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We love the free drinks that are so readily available throughout Vegas casinos. Sometimes, we won’t even be playing and will still be offered our favorite beverage by a cocktail sever who knows us too well. The downside to all the freebies comes when we step away from the tables and are reminded that, in the real world, pouring from the tap comes with a tab.
In Vegas casino restaurants, this situation can be especially frustrating. While on the gaming floor, we can drink ourselves silly for next to nothing. Once we step into a restaurant, often just feet away from the nearest slot machine, the comps end and the pricey brews begin. The easy solution, of course, would be to bring in free drinks from the casino floor. The restaurants typically see us coming from miles away, however, and make us finish or trash them prior to entering. A few will let it slide, but most (especially chain restaurants) are strict about their no-outside-drinks policies. We’ve tried every trick in the book to get out of paying for cocktails and will even dash out mid-meal to quickly down a glass if we see our server making her rounds.
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We were sitting at a video poker machine while sipping on a beer at Suncoast when we were tapped on the shoulder by someone resembling a security guard. "Uh, oh." As it turns out, Suncoast staff just had similar colored shirts to security. They were merely getting our attention for a promotion where they chose people to receive random amounts of slot dollars as a prize. BOOM! We won $150 in machine play! The only caveat was that the money had to be used by midnight or it would go away. Yay! Now what?
This trip to the casino was designed to last a couple beers which would take about an hour or so. Now, we were flummoxed. What to do with this newfound play money? The money would turn into real cash if we'd won anything but, for the time being, it was just funny money. There were way more options to spend the money then we were prepared for.
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At the end of the process, the representative asked us if we'd like a free iMagine t-shirt or $5 in free play. To nobody's surprise, we took the $5 and put it towards one of their video poker games. M Resort has a pretty wide array of games which we were happy to see.
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We're flexible and open to different experiences which we find every day in Vegas. Sometimes, the more mundane activities in our lives make us wonder what other people do and if they consciously act like we do. When we park sometimes we'll drop at the valet (which is always free plus any tips we leave) and sometimes we'll park ourselves. Really, it's about convenience for us. If it's easier for us to self park and get to our location, we will. If it's easier to get to our destination by valet, we'll do that.
We'll always use valet at Planet Hollywood, because their parking area leaves us in the back of the Miracle Mile Shops and about a 10-15 minute walk to the casino which is much less convenient than the valet which puts us a quick escalator ride into the center of the casino.
So we're attending a conference in Vegas next week that's being held at the Las Vegas Sands convention center. After we scored a super cheap flight on Southwest from LAX to LAS for just $85, we set about finding a hotel room for the night. After some research, we were confronted with another Vegas Dilemma
Did we want to stay at The Venetian for $219 a night (about $249 after taxes) or book a room for $115 on Hotwire, which we deduced to be the Trump Las Vegas across the street? (The absence of a casino amenity is the dead giveaway.)
The thrill of scoring a one-night trip to Vegas for about $200 had us tempted to book the Trump on Hotwire. Then we started to think about what "across the street" really means in Vegas (about 1/4 of a mile). And then we remembered that the Sands is in the back of the Venetian/Palazzo so getting from our hotel to the convention could feasibly end up being about a mile of walking, or at least a $6 cab ride, each way.