Obviously the most popular activity in Las Vegas is gambling. Whether playing the slots or playing against the dealer at a game of blackjack, There are a few things you’ll need to know.
The legal age for gambling in Nevada is 21, so make sure you have an ID on you at all times. According to state law, it’s illegal to pay out winnings to people under 21, so if you can’t prove your age, you might go home empty handed! Slot machines no longer pay out coins, so you’ll need to buy a pre-paid card which will keep track of your winnings, which is redeemed for cash when you’re done playing, then you can rent a car and go and see the Nevada desert.
In general, gamblers will be offered free beverages as long as you’re playing, even on the 5 cent slots. But in return, make sure to tip the waitress at least a dollar for each drink, otherwise they might be less keen on keeping you refreshed. Players are given a player card, and it’s worth showing this at every table or machine you play. If you play enough, you could be offered a free meal, a free room, or something else. The casinos want to keep you happy and want you to live large, so give them the opportunity!
It’s certainly worth learning about the games you want to play before you hit the tables. Do some research online, look for tutorials, consider buying a book about your game of choice. Some people take gambling more seriously than others, and you don’t have to memorize the odds of the next card being a heart or a spade, but your chances will be greatly improved with some basic knowledge. If the table isn’t too busy, don’t be scared to ask the dealer to explain the rules to you.
If you are not a US citizen, your winnings will be subject to a 30% withholding tax. Don’t worry! You have to make sure to get a 1042-S form from the casino, and this will allow you to reclaim the money later.