10 Common Scams To Avoid In Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the best and craziest cities in the world. “What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” is the most common used sentence when people are going there to party, get crazy, drunk and have some unforgettable moments with their friends or partners. However, this could be true and everything will stay in Las Vegas if you fall to some of common scams that you can find in this city that never sleeps.
So, if you do not want to fall on Las Vegas scams and do not want to lose more money, read carefully which are the most common scams that you can find in Las Vegas:
1. Do not start to play games if you do not know the rules
We put this scam as a first, because first of all, Vegas is a city with thousands of different games. It is a city of gambling and a lot of entertainment. Every game is interesting and fun to play. But, also every game is searching for your money and take it. So, unless you know the rules of the game that you want to play, you could play it and have a better chance at winning. Otherwise, you will risking to lose everything, especially if you play on a keno machine.
2. Do not believe in free VIP passes to clubs
In Las Vegas, you will find club promoters on every corner. Most of them are using interesting tricks to attract their customers – free VIP passes to nightclubs and strip clubs to name a few. According to these free VIP passes, they let you skip the line and enter for free. But, in practice, these VIP passes are actually putting you in a different line where you will still wait plus pay some other charges. Do not believe in this basic Las Vegas scam. If you are a group of girls, the rules change. There are guest lists, but these guest lists come with rules, so listen to these rules and if not provided to you, ask the questions.
3. Be careful with the hotels floors lie
Usually, if you are searching for a hotel in Vegas through internet, you will find incredible numbers of floors in those hotels. There are many ads that make some hotels in Vegas sound like skyscrapers. For example, some ads are showing that The Palms is 55 floors, but the truth is, it has 44 floors. So, do not fall on this basic scam and you should double check the floors of hotels in Vegas, especially if you want to take a room on the highest floor. The differences in what’s being told may not be a big difference, but if you want to be specific, do some research.
4. Be careful with taxis
Las Vegas is a place where money is power and vulnerability. This could be noticeable with taxi drivers who are driving long routes just to take more money from the customers. This practice is called Long-hauling and is illegal. Taxi drivers do this to customers that are not from Vegas. Before taking any taxi, it is better to educate yourself and check the real prices for taxi’s to and from your destination. To your hotel from the airport shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes and 15-20 dollars.
5. Playing blackjack? Be careful with 6-to-5 blackjack
If you are visiting Las Vegas, it would not be the same if you do not try to play blackjack at least once. However, you should pay attention to the tables in casinos that are paying 6-to-5, rather than 3-to-2 for blackjack. If you do not know what the difference is, it is better to learn about it before going to Vegas or maybe the best is to not play blackjack and play a game you’re better familiar with.
6. Buy a water in a store
Whenever you want to buy a water in Las Vegas, it is highly recommended to do so in a store and not from coolers on the street. Believe it or not, this is a basic but big scam in Vegas because in most cases, the water from coolers on the street is actually coming from a gas station tap. Sounds disgusting, right?
7. Someone says “No Change”?
“Sorry, no change”, could be a really common sentence that you will hear in Las Vegas. Well, don’t believe them. Never! This is a city where money never sleeps, so how it is possible for bar renders, waitresses or cabbies to not have change? Don’t be fooled.
8. Keep an eye on your luggage
You should always keep your eyes on your bags because in Vegas, you can find situations where someone will steal your luggage while unloading it.
9. Do not believe that a celebrity chef will prepare your dinner
There are so many restaurants in Las Vegas that you will never visit during your trip. However, because of so many restaurants, people are thinking that a celebrity chef will prepare their meals only because they read some article or watched a video. Well, the truth is, if you go in a restaurant with a famous name attached to it in Vegas, do not expect that the famous chef is in the kitchen and is preparing your lunch or dinner. Ask a manager at the restaurant if you’re that concerned about it.
10. Someone is offering you a free ticket?
It is too good to be true, right? Well, in Las Vegas, usually this is true and the only free ticket that you can get or someone offering you on the street is a ticket to spend the day at a timeshare seminar. If you are being offered free tickets to a show, chances are, the show isn’t that great and they offer free tickets to get the bodies in the room and hope to make money at the bar. This is a seat filler approach and if you don’t mind a C grade or D grade show, have at it.