I love Las Vegas. There is an energy there that is palpable. I know I am not alone, because the city draws 40 million tourists a year from around the globe. And everyone has advice for what to do – the top 10 lists, the must-see lists, and so on.
We can dispense with that quickly. There is only one must-see: the Bellagio fountains.
What I want to tell you is how to get an experience for your money, by being loose with it.
Here are 6 suggestions for your next trip to Las Vegas:
- While on the way from one spot to another and walking through a casino, bet $100, cash, on a table bet, and add an extra $20 for the dealer. Just step up and do it. One hand of blackjack, a roulette spin, the pass line at craps – whatever. Just do it. No ceremony, no chips, no delay. And no hanging around, win or lose.
- Buy a bottle of champagne. You can do it at a night club, but a less traditional time and place makes it better. Do it as your first round of drinks at dinner. Get one at a casino lounge bar. Order one poolside. Use room service if you are with someone special.
- Play credit card roulette. When out with friends for drinks or a meal, do not split the bill. Take a napkin from the table, or a hat, and have everyone put in a credit card. Ask the server to pull out cards one at a time until one remains. That is who pays the bill.
- Tip the maitre d’ when you arrive at a restaurant.
- Play a round of golf with an Acrobat Caddie (shameless self promotion) We are beautiful and many of us are Olympic level gymnasts, circus performers and even professional elephant riders.
- Group parlay. Pick a sport (horse-racing will do) and everyone makes one pick from different events and throws in $5. Buy a parlay card for the full amount using each person’s pick. You will not win. You will be able to tease relentlessly the person who made the wrong pick.
Changing your attitude to money can make a big difference in how you enjoy yourself in Vegas. And elsewhere.