“What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!” How many times have you heard this line over and over again? But how many of us know what really happens in Vegas, even when we are there? You could be at the famous Vegas Strip feeling, over the moon, having just won a massive hand at blackjack, and the next moment you would be poorer than a beggar on the street.
What you don’t know is that the Vegas casinos have rules; rules that you must play by if you want to make the best of your trip. Lurking behind these rules are secrets that the casinos don’t want you to know, lest you earn so much that the thrill of gambling wears off!
Remember, the ‘Oceans Trilogy’? “The house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes.”
So, here they are, the 10 best kept secrets of Vegas casinos!
Stay Away From the Booze!
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As absurd as that sounds, although you will get a complimentary booze with every game you play, odds are that drinking too much may lead to poor decision making ability. Stay sober and you might just improve your chances of making a massive buck from the game you choose to bet on.
The House is the Boss!
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Quite obviously, the house, meaning the casino will always have a fairer hand i.e. the edge. Every game has one, so be very very sure where you are going to place your bets. Some games like roulette have an edge as big as 5%! While others like blackjack have lower odds of 0.28%. According to the insiders, the best game to play is poker. Since you actually do no pay much money to go in, the house edge is considerably lower.
Here we go around the Mulberry bush!
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Casinos are constructed such that the patrons will not be able to walk out easily once they walk in. This is to ensure that every time you cross the same machines and slots, over and over again; you are bound to play atleast a hand or two. Doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out why, does it?
They want your Money!
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Casinos are designed in such a way that you would end up spending more! Artificial pumped air, soft rug floors and labyrinthine architecture is designed to keep you in. What’s noteworthy is that there are no clocks anywhere! This is to ensure that the patrons don’t know how long they have stayed and keep playing till they eventually get squeezed out.
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Provided you are finally able to reach the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, (which means you have truckloads of money, anyway), the reward system is also pretty badass! If you win big, at some places like ‘Caesar’, the hotel will sponsor your meal for as many people as you want to invite at any of their restaurants! They can also choose to fly you out along with one more person to their restaurants across the country and sponsor your food as well as drinking expenses.
There are Cops, in undercover!
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No, we are not talking about those fascinating Bond Movies. They are watching you for any instances of foul play or cheating. So, if you are thinking of pulling a ‘Hangover’-ish adventure make sure you have the ever resourceful Phil and not the Alans of this world.
The Bartenders have a job and they intend to keep it!
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Leave aside what you have seen in Hollywood, the bartender will not hook you up with extra shots or a stronger drink! It goes out of his pocket, you know? Always insist on your drink being poured out of the bottle directly in front of your eyes, to get a more potent concoction.
Be humble enough to walk away if you are up against the locals!
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You sit at the poker table thinking, “THIS, is my day!” And the Dealer greets everyone by their names, get up slowly and leave! You are wayyyyyy out of your league! These people who are at the table are regulars and know how to pump you dry to your last penny!
There are Decoy players too!
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Almost at every major casino in the Strip, there are decoy players who pretend to be customers. They are playing for the house and get paid big bucks to do so. Every time you are improving your chances at winning, these players swoop in and rob you off your winning hand. The dealer too has magic hands that are hard to make sense of.
Speaking of leaving, quit while you are still at a high!
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The biggest mistake that a rookie can make while playing at the casino, is to stay even after winning big! Quit when you are still at a high point in your luck. If you don’t, you will eventually run out and lose it all and a little more out of your pocket.
You see now? Winning at Vegas is not as easy as it is shown in the swanky Hollywood films! The best way to stay safe, therefore, is to refrain from doing so. Make that trip to Vegas and you can do so many other cool things like golfing, all-you-can-eat challenges, swimming with the dolphins and even have the thrill of alifetime at the crazy roller coasters that dot the strip.
However, if you are still the risk taker, we have done our job and now you know what to do- May the Force Be With You!