I recommend only one online casino: Bovada

There are hundreds of online casinos I could choose from to advertise on this site. Let me tell you why I chose Bovada:

  • You can play their practice games instantly, without having to register an account. (Most other casinos force you to register so they can market to you.) And the games play right in your browser, without your having to download any special software.
  • Best reputation. Online gambling is largely unregulated and if a casino refuses to pay your winnings you have little recourse. But Bovada pays out consistently.
  • They allow me to mediate. Bovada lets me personally mediate if a one of my readers clicks over and then has a problem they can't resolve on their own. I've never had to do this, since I've never received a single complaint from a player.
  • No spam. Lots of casinos sell you out to spammers. I use a specially-coded email address at each casino I test so I can tell who's naughty and nice in the spam department. Bovada is clean on this one. (They're one of the few.)
  • One account gets you everything. You can wager on casino games, or poker, with fake money or real money, all on the same account. Some other outfits make you use a different login for each — ugh.

Bovada also gives you free chips: The first time you buy in, they'll add an extra 10% to whatever you deposited.

Bottom line: I picked Bovada because it was the best one I could find.

Visit Bovada


Gambling Problem?
Call the 800-522-4700 hotline, and read this.

Also, know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.


Welcome! I'm Michael Bluejay, and I'm here to share 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 legendary Wizard 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, Vegetarian 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, Roulette, and 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 Bovada if you want to practice casino games for free. I also have a beginner's guide to online gambling which answers questions about legality, fairness, and potential problems.

Gambling in General: I offer special features such as the odds of winning a million dollars and a rundown of popular betting 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 applets.
  • No confusing navigation system.
  • No spam — I don't share your email with anyone else.

Vegas Click in the News

Radio Interviews

  • WOGL, 98.1fm, Philadelphia PA, Morning Show, about the new Sugar House Casino in Philly, Sep. 23, 2010
  • KSRO, 1350am, Sonoma County, CA, Marci Smothers Show, about casino gambling, Aug. 5, 2005 MP3

Articles we've been quoted in:

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 of Vegas

Best Free Attractions.  Bellagio Water Fountains, and the Fremont Street Experience. (more...)

Best Thrill Rides.  Anything on top of the Stratosphere Tower. (more...)

Easiest Game for a Beginner to Get Good Gambling Odds.  Craps (bet on Pass Line with Full Odds) (more...)

Best Transportation Deal. The "Strip & Downtown Express" 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.

Best Vegetarian Food on or Near the Strip. Cottage Café (Ethiopian) and Tamba (Indian). (more...)

True Single-Deck Blackjack (3:2). DOWNTOWN: El Cortez, Four Queens, and Binions.  STRIP: Riviera, Hooters.  (more...)

Classiest Hotels.  Cosmopolitan, Aria, Wynn/Encore, Bellagio, Venetian/Palazzo, Mandalay Bay/THEhotel, MGM Grand, Caesars.

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 Vegas Tips

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 playing.
  4. 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 winning.
  5. Tip the dealers $5/hr., and the cocktail waitresses $1 every drink or two.
  6. 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 on comps)
  7. 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 special page that tells you all about the buses.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Get Half-Price Show Tickets. You can get half-price 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).
  11. Bank your winnings. Set aside half your win when you win big, and never gamble it, so you have a guaranteed win.

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Last update: October, 2013.

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Online Casino Guide
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Gambling Problem?
Call the 800-522-4700 hotline, and read this.

Also, know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling