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,
the buses, how
to get Comps, Maps,
Learn how to gamble: Never
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
systems and how
win a million dollars.
Online Gaming: In
the sidebar at left you can see why I recommend Bovada
if you want to practice
games for free. I also have a beginner's
to online gambling which answers questions about
legality, fairness, and potential problems.
Gambling in General: I
offer special features such as the odds
winning a million dollars and a rundown of popular
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
- 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
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 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
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,
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
special page 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
- 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
- Bank your winnings. Set aside half your win
when you win big, and never gamble it, so you have a
Most recent stuff:
Last update: October, 2013.
- Went through most of the sit to make sure the info
is up to date. 10/13
- Vegas Strip Map.
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
What self-respecting Vegas website would be complete
without a page on coupons? Well, here ya go. 12/10
- Gambling & Taxes.
gambling winnings are taxable, but you can deduct your
losses. Here's the full scoop. 12/10
- Overhauled the $30,000
system challenge 11/10
- All about taxis in
- Vegas Babysitters.
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.
you need to know. 11/10
- Myths & Facts in
the movie "21", recommended by Micky Rosa
- Completely redid the list
- Completely reorganized the Vegetarian
- Brand new page on Gambling
- Brand new page on Cheap
- Completely overhauled the Comps