Elder Puffer Fish Leader
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Webster, Monroe Co, NY ROC City Metro
Most of the high end casinos have some not so public lounges, but if you can get ahold of a good concierge, slip him the appropriate cash, you can find some wonderful things in Vegas. My sister and family have lived there for awhile.
I have been to Vegas uncountable times and have had great to bad trips, but my eyes were opened to what money adds to a trip to Vegas as we met up with my wife's sister there. They have a friend who made millions in the cell phone game. He's a whale and we spent a night with him via limo going from club to club where the VIP sections in the big casinos required a minimum of $700 per 15 minutes.
I ended up hacking after a couple hours in the Hard Rock because I couldn't find a bathroom and had way too many double 151/cokes. I should have just ordered Cristal or something, but such an eye opener. I spent some rest time in, (we call him leisure suit Larry) his suite at te 4 seasons atop the Mandalay Bay. His suite was bigger than my house. The dining table had almost every high end spirit on top. After about 5 hours of rest and rehydration, we headed back to my sisters house to crash. I was a bit embarrassed.
Funny that my college roommate is loaded to the gills as a renounced spinal surgeon. He collects exotic cars, houses that he rents out, and not your average rental home. He owns suites at MGM, Trump and the Wynn. I didn't even know they had that sort of business model. He paid $1.5M per suite but gets 90% of the casinos take when the have these suites booked out, but he doesn't blow money, like a whale.
Larry did and it was crazy to see how much it buys in service. They have tons of great humidor, lounges and pretty much everything is okay in these VIP sections.
However my point is that a good concierge, even if you are not a whale can help you out a ton, if you tip them well, and are cool how you approach the situation. They make great money but love to serve guests. That's their pleasure in life. Just have a good time.
I would be honest up front, saying you aren't a huge player but hope one day to be. Ask politely and tip them $50 if they guide you to a great cigar oasis.
Also be careful. Vegas, right now is loaded with crime. They are so inundated and understaffed in the police ranks. Luckily the casinos have stepped up personal security but there have been unprecedented robberies on the strip, even in the best parts.
Sin City. Everything from the best to the worst exists there. Enjoy the experience and don't end up being the "Lost Wages," version as the house always wins... except places like the old Sahara and such. A changing world we live in.
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