Viva Las Vegas (contd)

April 29, 2003

In the event that you do decide to shoot the moon, there are three things that you should do:
  • Take some lessons – Free instruction is offered at most casinos; inquire at the main cage.
  • Join a slot club – This is the gaming equivalent of a frequent-flier program: Membership is free and the more you play the more ‘comps’ you earn.
  • Ask to be rated – If playing tables, ask the pit boss to rate your play. Comps are granted based on how much you bet per hand, with $5-10 being the minimum to qualify for free meals.

Got a Problem? Time to Quit?

Free confidential counseling and referrals are available 24/7 from the national Problem Gambler’s Helpline (tel: 800- 522-4700). The local branch of Gamblers Anonymous ( tel: 385-7732; also staffs a 24/7 hotline.

Production shows

Vegas is a big show – a minimal plot production that typically includes a variety of song, dance and magic numbers. Leaving town without seeing a show is like leaving Paris without seeing Notre Dame.

Bars, Brewpubs and Lounges

Every mega-resort has at least one lounge with varying qualities of free entertainment. Most non-casino bars boast two-for-one happy hours, which generally run 4-6pm or 5-7pm; some are open 24/7/365


Nightclubs at The Strip’s mega-resorts are a Hollywood set designer’s dream. Seemingly no expense has been spared to bring Vegas on par with New York and Los Angeles in the area of wildly extravagant clubs. Check out or for current listings.

Las Vegas Condensed

Andrew Dean Nystrom

1st edition 1 74059 453 3

Due May 2003

128pp, full colour, 10 maps

US$12.99, A$19.80

This informative and savvy guide captures the best that Las Vegas offers in a practical, easy to use format. With opinionated reviews, essentail travel tips and detailed fold-out maps, Las Vegas Condensed has all the information the discerning visitor needs — for a day or a week, for business or for pleasure.

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