Visit mid-week. Hotel rooms often cost three to four times as much on the weekends as during the week! Plus, with weekend crowds you’ll wait in line for everything. Mid-week visitors save tons of money and have a much better time.
Get a player’s card. Go to the Player’s Club desk at any casino you visit and sign up for a free player’s card, even if you don’t plan to gamble there. Then the casino will mail you offers for discounted or even free rooms on your next visit. You can also sign up for the MGM-Mirage card online, which will work at 10 Vegas Strip casinos.
Set a strict bank limit and stick to it. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. Set a budget for each playing session and if you lose it, stop playing.
Don’t play games you don’t understand.
Tip the dealers $10/hr., and the cocktail waitresses$2 every drink or two.
Use the buses. The Westcliff Express bus goes straight from the airport to the South Strip (MGM Grand, NY NY, Luxor, Tropicana) for $2. The #108 goes from the airport to the Stratosphere and then to downtown, for $2. Pay $7 for a 24-hour pass when you get on any bus, and then ride any bus in the city for free for the next 24 hours, including the Deuce and Strip/Downtown Express buses.
Walk. The whole strip is four miles long and you could walk the whole thing in an hour and a half. Plus, it helps work off the calories from the buffets.
Bank your winnings. Set aside half your win when you win big, and never gamble it, so you have a guaranteed win.