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Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

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Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

My boyfriend & I are going to Vegas for our 1st time April 4th-9th we are staying at the MGM grand. It will also be our first time gambling, any tips?? Best casinos to play at? Thanks

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1. Re: Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

MGM is a good casino to play in. If you want lower table minimums, you can go over to Hooters, or the Excalibur.

If you want to read up on the games, the wizard of odds site covers everything you could ever want to know. You can always just ask the dealers in the casino to help.

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No advice - honestly totally unique based on what you want, budget, etc. Stay within your means and have an absolute great time!

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Sign up for the players club at MGM. It's MLife and the card works at all MGM resort casinos.

MGM has a very large casino with just about any kind of gambling you can imagine.

Last bit of advice, win and have some fun!

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Only advice i would have is to take a free lesson and play a table game if in your budget. Try and stay away from slots if at all possible.

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My first trip to Vegas I stayed at the MGM Grand and had a great "vegas" experience. For first time gamblers, it's important to make sure your gambling budget last the entire stay. I first figure out how much money we'll be comfortable losing (while still looking to forward to going home a winner).

This is your gambling budget for the trip, now divide this total by the number of days you'll be in Vegas, and this is you're daily gambling budget.

My wife and I put our money in daily envelopes and only gamble with that day's money.

Good luck...hope you have a great time

James

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If you have any interest in table games, I would head over to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Visit the mLife desk and ask about the WIN Cards. For $20, you will get 3 WIN cards which teach you the basics of craps, roulette, and blackjack. Along with these cards, you will also receive $30 in non-negotiable chips to be used at the tables. This is a good deal, even if you already know the basics of these table games.

Probably the best tip would be to do some studying up on any games that you may be interested in. There are many resources online for this sort of thing. In most cases, the dealers will help you learn the rules and also help you with some strategy if they know you are new to the games.

Another good bit of advice is to determine your gambling budget before you start playing, and then be sure to stick with that no matter what. Nothing will ruin a vacation more than chasing your losses and trying to get your money back. Be prepared to lose your gambling budget and consider it the cost of being entertained and having a good time. If you do end up winning or having some of your budget left by the end of the trip, then all the better!

Good luck, and HAVE FUN!!!!

Atlanta, Georgia
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7. Re: Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

My first trip to Vegas I stayed at the MGM Grand and had a great "vegas" experience. For first time gamblers, it's important to make sure your gambling budget last the entire stay. I first figure out how much money we'll be comfortable losing (while still looking to forward to going home a winner).

This is your gambling budget for the trip, now divide this total by the number of days you'll be in Vegas, and this is you're daily gambling budget.

My wife and I put our money in daily envelopes and only gamble with that day's money.

Good luck...hope you have a great time

James

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8. Re: Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

We take our $ with us ...divide it by 2 (2 of us) & the number of days we will be there. If your money is gone for the day, tough luck. We hit the ATM on one trip & I was ticked at myself for doing so--one reason being they charge horrid fees most places. Don't take more than you can afford to lose. (and EXPECT to lose it--winning is just icing on the cake)

Many casinos offer table game lessons during the day--take advantage.

Join all the players clubs--they will give you gifts or free play for doing so.

Don't be fooled by penny slot machines--most require a LOT more than a penny...

Gambling is much cheaper downtown. I recommend going for a day or evening.

In the gift shops they sell little "cheat cards" for blackjack, video poker & such. Great investment for beginners.

Have fun!!

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Wizard of odds website allows you to "play" all the games. You can practice there. Seeing as you're a girl, first time female shooters on the craps tables are considered good luck. I'd give it a try.

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10. Re: Advice on gambling?? I am a first timer

I would not start at the MGM. I would go to Hooters or take the monorail down to the Casino Royal. $10 table minimums are not place to learn. Start on $3 tables. Go downtown for a much larger casino selection of cheaper gambling.

Enjoy. The MGM is awesome and you will have a great time. Just go slow and don't be afraid to ask your fellow table mates. We were all new at this once too.