Originally Posted by tableclown
1.) How much would a trip to Vegas cost roundtrip including a room for 1 week? I'm from MA.
2.) What are some good casino's for 1/2 2/5 No Limit? I usually play 2/5 NL at foxwoods.
3.) Is everything within walking distance in vegas? (1-2 miles) or will I need more money for taxi's?
This is the way you do it on a tight budget and if you don't want to ever take a cab.
-Found a flight combo on Orbitz for $342 out the door from Logan leaving 7/18 and coming back 7/24. Flying out of a city is almost always cheaper on tue or wed.
-Shuttle to and from the airport will run you $12-$15 round trip, or it least it did a few years back.
-Imperial Palace for that same week is $286 out the door, which is pretty unbeatable for an on-strip property. This would allow you to operate without a car all week. The place isn't a luxury motel, but you are in the heart of the strip.
-Imperial Palace is located in the middle of some of the best poker rooms to girnd low limit NLHE on the planetóBally's, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Venetian and Wynn are all within very reasonable walking distance. Bally's won't spread 2-5 much, but the others will. For 1-2, you can add Flamingo, IP, Mirage and Treasure Island to that list. The farthest walk for you will be Bellagio and Wynn, with one poker room being about 2 miles away and the other perhaps being a shade less. Bring a backpack to put some comped bottled water in (you'll drink a lot of water in vegas, it is so dry!) and don't be afraid to ask the cocktail server for two bottles. Tip accordingly.
-Save your water bottles and fill them up at water fountains or in your room. It isn't baller, but it will save you money. Always have bottled water on you if you will be walking the strip, and if you go to Vegas, you will.
-You'll be able to eat off your comps if you play at Venetian. It used to be that way at CP, but I'm not sure anymore. If Bellagio has seen your face on consecutive days, and you tell the poker room manager you'll be there every day, they may give you buffet passes if you are playing at least 2-5. I know my buddy used to get comped playing 5-10.
-Pack plenty of protein bars with you if you are serious about cutting cost. Finding cheap food on the strip while you are playing poker isn't easy. Or, you could just drink your calories with the comped bevs. By the way, there is a McDonald's very close to IP for cheap/fast food. The pizza in the food court at both Venetian and CP is both large and affordable, too. If you want to splurge, I recommend the Bellagio Buffet for $19.99 for lunch. Get there later in the session and you'll be good through your night session if you eat your money's worth. The Mirage has a good lunch buffet, too, for a few dollars less and it is right across the street from IP.
-Flight+transportation+week's stay on the strip at IP= $650ish
-Center strip location at IP gives you access to several solid poker rooms
-Live off your comps and stay away from the overpriced food.
-If you do splurge, hit up a quality buffet in an in-between time to kill two meals with one sitting.
-re-use your bottled water bottles and save money.
This isn't the glamorous way to do Las Vegas, but it is effective.
Remember, you're paying $650 before you're even dealt a hand. Maximize your winning potential by playing as much as you can during the weekend nights and into the early AM hours. Also, don't be afraid to play 2-5 in LV. The swings are bigger, but you at least want to pay for your trip. Some places, like the MGM, have 1-2 games that play bigger and have wild action. This is a long walk (about 4 miles, I think), but it could be worth it.
Keep in mind that for about $200 out the door, you could stay off strip at a place like Terribles or on Freemont St. and rent a car for about $130 for the week. This would let you come and go as you please, and avoid expensive strip food altogether. Whichever way you slice it, you're going to be paying $650-$700 to get out and be in LV for a week.