A Guy’s Guide to Vegas Casinos

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Las Vegas is one of the United States’ premier tourist destinations for several reasons. Sin City attracts all sorts of different kinds of people. Some just want to get away and enjoy themselves for a few days, while others have grandiose dreams of winning big. Nevada is no longer the only state in the union that offers legal sports betting, but Las Vegas is still the place to be if you want to have fun gambling.

You can always decide to bet online, but there is something to be said about being in Vegas and enjoying the sights and sounds first-hand. At you can find online casinos that offer better promotions, but nothing compares to the atmosphere of the Vegas. Experiencing them in person is something every guy should do at least once in their lives.

If you’re planning a trip to Vegas for the first time, there is a lot you’ll want to know about hitting them ahead of time.

Learn the Rules Before Gambling

This may sound basic, but you might be surprised how many people are willing to put money down on games they do not even understand in the first place. Some casino games are easy to understand, while others may have more convoluted rules. Knowing the basics before dropping some cash down doesn’t require much effort.

Blackjack, poker, roulette, you name it. There is no shortage of high-stakes offerings available to you once you set foot in a Vegas casino, but being cognizant of how to actually play the games is the first step toward succeeding in your endeavours. You don’t want to be the guy that gets laughed away from the poker table because you didn’t realize that you’re supposed to keep your cards a secret until the end.

Know Your Limits

It may be difficult, but try to avoid spending all of your money when you’re in Las Vegas. Everything in Vegas is more expensive than it is where you’re presumably from, so be sure to budget before your trip. Drinks are expensive. Food is expensive. Shows are expensive. Lodging is expensive. You won’t be saving much money on your trip, that’s for sure.

If you plan on gambling while you’re there, be sure to set aside a specific amount of money before embarking on your journey. Set aside, say, $50 to start with at the poker table. Set aside another $50 for blackjack. Maybe $10 for roulette. If you happen to lose the money you have reserved for gambling, be sure not to spend even more money trying to chase those losses. Just accept your defeat and move on. The worst thing you can do is to try and double down in an attempt to recoup any losses you endure at the casino.

You Can Take Gambling Lessons

This may sound amateur, but it’s true. If you’re worried about embarrassing yourself at the table, you can always take lessons to learn the ropes ahead of time before putting your money on the line. Some people may be too prideful to actually take this step before gambling, but if you do it, you won’t regret it.

Just about every major casino in Las Vegas offers gambling lessons, free of charge. It’s one of the few things in Las Vegas that doesn’t actually cost you anything other than time. These lessons will inform you about the rules of the games, as well as intricacies like “dealer speak” so that the terms the dealer uses don’t just go flying over your head.

The sights of a Las Vegas casino can be overwhelming. There is a lot going on. Bright lights, loud noises, tons of people. Taking the time to sit down and study the basics at a free gambling class will have benefits once you sit down to start betting for real.

Keep An Eye on the Time

One thing you should know before setting out on your Las Vegas adventure is that you won’t find many, if any, windows on the casino floor. Everything about the construction of a Vegas casino is by design, and the lack of windows and clocks is certainly no exception. Those running the show want you to stick around and spend as much money as possible while you’re there. Not having windows and the absence of clocks on the walls means it can be easy to lose track of time.

Most Vegas casinos are also massive with no apparent way out. Shops, restaurants, bars, you name it. It’s easy to get lost, so be sure to keep an eye on signs posted all over the place in order to help you know where you’re going.

So, keep track of the time while you’re having fun. It’s a bit jarring to spend an afternoon in a casino before leaving and discovering that the sun has already set. Where does the time go? Sitting down and losing track of the time is a good way to see your bankroll dwindle more quickly than you may have expected.

Don’t Waste Time on Slot Machines

Slot machines are hugely popular. Once you step foot in the doors for the first time, you’ll probably see slot machines all over the place. And, along with those slot machines, you’ll surely see people camped out in front of them, mindlessly pulling the lever and hoping for untold riches with each motion of the arm.

Slots are a fine way to pass the time, but that’s about it. If you have aspirations of playing the slots and leaving the casino with pockets full of cash, you’re dreaming. The odds are seriously stacked against you. For a standard 3-symbol slot machine, the chances of hitting the jackpot image on just one of the 3 reels is 1 in 64. That means the odds of hitting the jackpot on all 3 is 1 in 262,144. Not great!

Odds with even larger jackpots will almost always have even more symbols in the reel, which lengthens your incredibly long odds of hitting said jackpot even more.


There is money to be made in Las Vegas. Really, it’s all about discipline, knowing your limits and enjoying a little bit of good fortune along the way. Long story short, don’t be dumb. Managing your bankroll and avoiding the urge to chase any betting losses should help make sure you have a fun, and potentially profitable, time in Vegas.

Just A Guy Thing is a men's lifestyle magazine focused primarily at guys wanting to better themselves.

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