High Rollin’: My First Time in Las Vegas Gambling Experience

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I always used to say that Las Vegas was one place I had no desire to see. But during my big road trip, curiosity got the best of me and I found myself there for a day. My first time in Las Vegas!

The city is ridiculous. Every hotel has slot machines, even the Super 8. I decided to give myself a $10 gambling budget while in town. Because I’m such a high roller! I stopped by some of the big attractions in town, including the MGM Grand and Caesar’s Palace.

First Time in Las Vegas: My Initial Gambling Experience

I inserted $5 into some of the nickel slots, beginning with the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve game. After a few minutes of careful, measured betting, I cashed out with a cool 39 cents profit. This was starting to get addicting!

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I moved on to the Press Your Luck game. No whammies, no whammies! I lost a couple bucks here, so I decided to cut my losses and move on.

press your luck slot machine

I ended up losing the $10 rather quickly, as I decided to try out one of the $1 blackjack video games and accidentally ended up hitting Max Bet, which meant I lost $5 in an instant. That was half of my gambling budget! My friend Jason, of course, went to the penny slots and turned $1 into something like $57. Crazy!

Overall Impressions of Vegas

Vegas was fun for a day, but I’d never want to live there. I tried to find the cool, hipster neighborhood and couldn’t. Instead, I found “tent cities,” where homeless people set up tents on sidewalks throughout the city. This is a sad part of modern America.

las vegas tent cities

I no longer strongly dislike Vegas. Now, I’m just indifferent. I won’t be broken up if I never make it back there. But it would be cool to give it one more shot.

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Update: I made it back here a few years later, and this time my luck totally changed. In fact, I made $7200/hour on the slot machines!

Further Las Vegas Reading:
Red Rock Canyon, the Most Awesome Day Trip from Las Vegas
Quirky Attraction: The Neon Museum
The Five Quirkiest Museums in Las Vegas
Quirky Attraction: Pinball Hall of Fame

11 thoughts on “High Rollin’: My First Time in Las Vegas Gambling Experience”

  1. If I were in Vegas, I’d probably take the safe route too – you can lose so much so fast! Still, it sounds like you got to have a little fun and scratched a destination off your bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. at least the homeless people have tents. and i’ve never been to vegas, but i don’t know if i’d be into it, considering i’m not into gambling. i am, however, into buffets…

  3. Your friend got very lucky, turning $1 into $57 🙂 Las Vegas is one of those places that I would like to see one day, but not so sure If I would like it that much. Not really into gambling anyway.

  4. The picture you paint sounds like the one I have in my mind about Vegas — never been, never felt the urge to — and now you’ve convinced me that my impression was correct.
    Friends and I used to go to Atlantic City every summer and in the fall. I’d give myself $20. Once that was done, that was the end of it.

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