Well friends, the day has finally arrived. A day that I have waited 6 long years for. A day that will forever after live in infamy. Ok, that’s just going too far… But today is an exciting day, that I really have waited for for a long time.
Today we head to Sin City itself – Vegas.
Vegas is the mecca. It is the place where all things
hedonistic fun take place. You can gamble to your heart’s content (potentially at the expense of your bank account), you can drink in the streets, drink for cheap, prostitution is legal (I’m not so interested, but it’s there if you are), bright lights, gaudy hotels, swanky casinos, street magicians, real magicians, naked Australian men dancing, circus shows, drive-thru marriage chapels, 4 t-shirts for $9.99 deals, musical performances, steak buffet dinners everywhere, and just about anything else you can imagine. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, I don’t know what will. And I’m finally going*.
It took my youngest sister turning 21 to make this trip happen, but hey, if that’s what it takes…. My siblings and I decided that was a good enough occasion for us to make the trip. We are all over 21 now, so what better place to celebrate. They’re in it for a variety of the things I listed above. I’ve always been in it for the gambling (though it is Vegas, so I’m definitely going to enjoy a lot of other things as well!).
At some point in high school, I got into playing poker. We played pretty low stakes (though at times things seemed to get “wildly big” for our *lack of* high school budgets). I found out that I was a pretty decent poker player, and started playing fairly often in college. I’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple of casinos in Canada, and several in Atlantic City (go there almost every year) and have done reasonably well overall. Along the way, I’ve developed a real affinity for the craps table as well (super excited to try and find some $5 tables), and more recently, I’ve gotten into Caribbean Stud poker (a bit more difficult to find in Vegas, I’ve heard). I also sometimes dabble in black jack and roulette. But I’ve not yet been able to do any of this stuff in Vegas, and for anyone who knows anything about gambling (and even for those who don’t know anything about gambling), they know that Vegas is where it all happens.
And so I called the Godfather of Vegas, Cohen (my former swimming coach),
for some advice and tips for all things Vegas. Cohen’s the man, and he had
plenty of great advice – some afternoon shows that are good deals, where to
gamble for cheap, what buffets are decent, and where to drink. He also passed
along a few great web sites that have tons of information and deals on all sorts
So here’s a short list of some of the stuff I’d like to do while there:
- Poker tournament at Excalibur (this is where we are staying and they have daily tournaments for decent buy-ins)
- Mack King Comedy show at Harrah’s in the afternoon
- Casino Royale – super cheap beers and margaritas as well as low limit craps tables
- Mainstreet Station – buffet dinner
- Limo tour of the strip
- Check out the downtown light shows and street magicians at night
- New York New York – roller coaster
- Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall – gamblin’ of course
That’s a short bucket list of things to do. I’d like to try and hit most of them, but I’m definitely a “go with it” person, so if we miss some and do other things instead I’ll be perfectly happy. We’ve been saving up some money for this trip for a while now, so we should have a decent amount to spend on lots of different fun stuff without having to worry quite so much! Also, thanks to my tax returns, my gambling fund received a happy little jolt which means I’ll be able to hit up some of those craps tables and poker games!
Vegas, here we come!! Viva Las Vegas!
Here are a couple of sites that have lots of good information/deals on them:
*Disclaimer: I actually have been to Vegas once before. When I was 18, I went with three of my best friends from high school. We walked the strip, wandered through casinos, and stayed out all night which was a great deal of fun. However, none of us were 21, so we weren’t able to drink or gamble or do lots of other things, so I am considering this my first “real” trip to Vegas where I truly get to experience everything.