My Las Vegas First Impressions
When people tell me that they’re going to Vegas, I can’t help but get excited for them. I want to know all the details. I find myself holding back from asking too many questions, in case they think I’m a complete Vegas nut.
If they could take me step by step through their itinerary, I’d be delighted. It’s even worse when they’ve returned from their journey. I want to know where they’ve ate, what games they’ve played, who they got talking to….everything. Most people aren’t so caught up in the details, but I’m afraid I am.
I have a general problem with getting stuck into the details. While most people who watch Vegas slot wins on YouTube are interested in the big wins, I’m more interested in the ones where people don’t win. I like counting how many spins it takes the person to get to their eventual win, or to run out of credit. When I’m giving advice to people on their upcoming Vegas trips, I go to extremes of writing down the information I think they will benefit from, right down to drawing maps for the location of particular slot machines.
The reason I like to share my experiences in detail, is because I feel I could have enjoyed my initial trips so much more if I had the benefit of some of this information…..and saved myself some money along the way.
MY VEGAS FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
Arriving into Las Vegas McCarran airport for the first time was a unique experience for us. The first thing that hit us was the ringing of the slot machines in the airport lounge.
We chose to take the shuttle bus to the Venetian, where we were to be staying. This gave us a great opportunity to see much of the Vegas Strip, as the bus stops at multiple hotels on the way. If we thought the airport was amazing, we were equally impressed with the Venetian. The smell of the perfume that’s blown through the air conditioning, the huge lobby, the sound of the casino floor……and then the massive queue for check-in.
To get to our room, we were given directions that took us through the casino floor maze, onto a lobby of elevators. The next task was to figure out which elevator would take us to our room floor. Our room was spectacular, being luxurious and having a split-level seating area.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE:
The only game we knew how to play was roulette. We weren’t confident enough to approach the tables, so we stuck to playing roulette slot machines.
Our first interaction was with a guy in the Venetian who won over a thousand dollars in a hand pay. We were amazed and excited for him as he had just won the equivalent of my total Vegas budget. We realized we may have been a bit over zealous, when he started complaining to the attendant about having to pay tax on his win. He had spent more than two thousand dollars before eventually getting that win. We were shocked when we heard this and a bit embarrassed about our misplaced enthusiasm. We decided to keep our congratulations to ourselves in the future.
The next person we met told us, he was only playing the slot machines because he had just lost a few thousands on the tables. He said his wife preferred playing the slots and usually did alright, sometimes winning a thousand at a time. We realized that budgeting was not something that he or his wife needed to worry about.
Later on during the trip, we tried our chances at a Roulette table in Paris. There was no one else at the table, so we felt comfortable there, learning the table etiquette while playing minimum bet. We were doing okay, but as soon as my boyfriend left to go to the restroom, someone else joined our table. He spent thousands in the matter of a few spins. When he was joined by several bejeweled female friends, placing big bets all over the table, I found myself getting pushed off to the side. My $5 bet was so insignificant that the croupier forgot to pay me my win. I wasn’t sure if I should draw attention to myself by highlighting my very insignificant bet. In the end, I decided to just nod at the croupier and point discreetly to my bet. He discreetly nodded back and paid me up…..he felt my shame! As soon as my boyfriend returned we cashed out and left the table quietly.
By this stage, my boyfriend and I felt well out of our league in Vegas, and had developed the mind-set that we should keep somewhat to ourselves. I realize now that we had let a couple of passing interactions form incorrect impressions on us. They made us guarded and reserved, reluctant to interact with others.
This is not the case anymore. Our favorite part of visiting Vegas now is the interaction that we have with others. We’re respectful of the fact that some people prefer to keep their winnings low key, and have learned to take cues when opening up conversations with others or congratulating them on their wins.
FIRST DAYS LAS VEGAS:
The Venetian is considered one of the best Vegas hotels, and it’s easy to see why. We loved our room there. Each morning my boyfriend would run downstairs to get us a Starbucks coffees and croissants. We would follow that up with a bit of people watching over breakfast in the Grand Lux café.
The Venetian hotel is amazing, the Grand Canal Shoppes, the gondolas and the sheer number of restaurants. There’s so much to see and do there, that it’s difficult to even want to leave the hotel.
We did leave though. On our first day, we walked up and down the entire length of the Las Vegas Strip, stopping into most of the Casinos on the way. The Strip was awesome to us, with painted footpaths, spotless streets, street travellators and escalators, and an all-round jovial atmosphere.
Over the next few days we discovered the fabulous Bellagio fountains, the moving statues of Caesar’s palace and the Siren’s at Treasure Island.
On our second last night there, we bumped into a friend from Ireland that was on honeymoon and staying in the Venetian. We spent the night, all night, at the Venetian bar leaving us quite tired and hungover for our last full day in Vegas.
By this stage, we were tired, our feet were killing us, the heat was getting to us, my nose was dry, my skin was dry, and I had not really gotten into the gambling. Our 5 days in Vegas were over, and it was time for us to move on to Los Angeles. We had a great time in Vegas, but now needed some rest and recuperation.
We didn’t see ourselves returning to Vegas, particularly as we didn’t normally like to visit the same place twice. Obviously this wasn’t to be the case. As it turns out, we returned not only once, but numerous times since.
I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t love Vegas, however people ask me if I would not prefer to try a different kind of holiday. They can’t understand why I visit the same place all the time and how I manage to stay at such a busy and overwhelming location for more than 4-5 days. I understand where they’re coming from, as that’s how I felt during my first visit. I’d like them to see it from my perspective, and enjoy it the way that I do. Hopefully this blog contributes to this.
Thank you for reading. I hope you get something of benefit from this site, and I welcome any feedback. Enjoy Vegas!