I'm Michael Bluejay, and I'm here to
what I know about Las Vegas and gambling. You're in
good hands: I wrote a cover story on money
management for Casino Player magazine, and I worked with the
of Odds for many years.
Here's what I've got for you:
Las Vegas: I've got
lists and info about Casinos, Hotels, Cheap
Airfare, Attractions, Gambling
101, the buses, how to
get Comps, Maps,
Dining, and more.
Learn how to gamble: Never
gambled before? I've got you
covered. Start with Gambling
101 and proceed to my exclusive and popular Crash Course in Table
Games. I've also got specific lessons for Blackjack, Craps,
more. What's more, these tips will help you
avoid losing big money. I also cover some
interesting topics like betting
systems and how
to win a million dollars.
Online Gaming: In
the sidebar at left you can see why I
recommend Bodog if you want to practice
casino games for free. I also have a beginner's
guide to online gambling which answers
questions about the legality, fairness, and
Gambling in General: I
offer special features such as the odds
of winning a million dollars and a rundown of
systems, including my very own Half-Bankroll
System -- all stuff you won't find anywhere
else (until someone steals it, that is).
I'm also proud of what
I DON'T have...
- No annoying animated banner ads.
- No frustrating popup windows.
- No browser-crashing Java
- No confusing navigation system.
- No spam -- I don't share your email with
Vegas Click in the News
98.1fm, Philadelphia PA, Morning Show, about the new Sugar House
Casino in Philly, Sep. 23, 2010
Sonoma County, CA, Marci Smothers Show, about casino gambling, Aug. 5, 2005 MP3
Articles we've been quoted in:
- Vegas, Casinos Lose Their Luster, TheStreet.com,
Aug 11, 09
- Rivers Casino debuts today, Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, Aug 9, 09
- How Vegas lures visitors, even in a recession, Fox
Business, Jul 31, 09
- The truth about fruit [slot] machines, This is
Money (UK), Jun 10, 09
- Experts: Electronic blackjack best bet at Sands Casino
Resort Bethlehem Express News (Easton, PA),
May 22 09
- Playing, Paying, and Pain [slot machines], Meadville
Tribune, May 31 06
The VegasClick editor also write the cover story for Casino
Player magazine in October 2005 and Wikipedia references our article on slot machines in their own
article on the subject.
Best Free Attractions. Bellagio Water
Fountains, and the Fremont Street Experience.
Best Thrill Rides. Anything on top of the
Easiest Game for a Beginner to Get Good
Gambling Odds. Craps (bet on Pass Line with Full Odds)
Best Transportation Deal. The "Strip &
goes up and down the strip and to downtown, 24/7, $7 for a 24-hour day
pass. From the airport, the Westcliff Express goes to the South Strip,
and the #108 goes
to the Stratosphere and downtown, either
for just $2.00. (more...)
Best Hotel Value on the Strip.
Stratosphere, often as cheap as $35. Circus Circus is just as
cheap but much dumpier and smokier. Sahara used to be a cheap
option until its May 2011 closure.
Best Vegetarian Food on or Near the
Strip. Cottage Café (Ethiopian) and
Tamba (Indian). (more...)
True Single-Deck Blackjack (3:2). El
Cortez, Four Queens, and Binions (all downtown). That's IT --
single-deck black is almost dead. (more...)
Classiest Hotels. Cosmopolitan, Aria,
Wynn/Encore, Bellagio, Venetian/Palazzo, Mandalay Bay/THEhotel, MGM
Best Video Arcade. GameWorks, on the south
strip between MGM Grand and the giant Coke bottle. The largest
selection of games, plus you can buy all-you-can-play gaming cards.
Top 10 Las
- 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
which will work at 10 Vegas Strip casinos.
- Don't lose your shirt. Don't bet more
than you can afford to lose. Set a budget for
each playing session and if you lose it, stop
- Don't play slot machines. They suck
your money away hand over fist. Compare $600 lost over 16
hours on a $0.25 machine compared to just $40 lost at blackjack
or craps @ $5 a hand. See our crash
course on table
games to have a much better chance of
- Tip the dealers $5/hr., and the cocktail
waitresses $1 every drink or two.
- Ask for comps. When you play either
slots or table games the casino will reward you
with buffets, show tickets, or room discounts.
Ask at the player's club booth (slot players) or
at the tables (table players) for how to claim
your goodies. (more
- 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. See our
that tells you all about the buses.
- Don't try to get taxis on the strip.
Taxis can't stop directly on the strip; that's
why they're passing you by. Go to the taxi area
of the hotel to get one. Up to 4 people ride for
the same price as 1; if there's just 2 of you,
don't be afraid to yell out, "Anyone want to
split a cab to [some casino]?" It
doesn't just save money, it's eco-friendly.
- 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
- Get Half-Price Show Tickets. You can
tickets for most Vegas shows at one of the several booths on the
Strip (just S. of the
Riviera, outside the Fashion Show Mall across
from the Wynn, in the Hawaiian Marketplace
across from the Monte Carlo, and next to GameWorks), or downtown
(outside the Four Queens).
- Bank your winnings. Set aside half
your win when you win big, and never gamble it,
so you have a guaranteed win.
Most recent stuff:
- Vegas Strip Map.
After ten years, I finally got around to drawing my own map, and it's
getting decent reviews. 12/10
- Airport Express
bus. Finally, a bus that
goes straight from the airport to the South Strip! 12/10
- Coupons. What
self-respecting Vegas website would be complete without a page on
coupons? Well, here ya go. 12/10
- Gambling & Taxes.
Yes, gambling winnings are taxable, but you can deduct your
losses. Here's the full scoop. 12/10
- Overhauled the $30,000
betting system challenge 11/10
- All about taxis in Vegas
- Vegas Babysitters.
Who to call if you bring your kids to town. See especially the
"Parents Night Out" services which take kids to a rec center, mini
golf, etc. 11/10
- Vegas News. A
new section, sporadically updated. 11/10
- Taxis in Las Vegas.
Everything you need to know. 11/10
& Facts in the movie "21",
recommended by Micky Rosa himself! 3/08
- Completely redid the list
of casinos 3/08
- Completely reorganized the Vegetarian
- Brand new page on Gambling
- Brand new page on Cheap
- Completely overhauled the Comps