Casino Guide Las Vegas

The Casino Guide to Las Vegas

Posted On: 02/26/2017

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of casinos. After you take a sightseeing tour, here is a short guide to the casinos you can’t miss, and what you need to know.

Caesars Palace, one of the most iconic casinos in the world, is a great first stop. If you’re not keen to play, it’s worth a visit to take in the spectacular building or watch the gambling action. Other iconic casinos with a classic Vegas atmosphere include the Golden Nugget, the Hard Rock and the Monte Carlo. Lesser known gems include the El Cortez, Orleans casino and Silverton casino. It’s especially hard to avoid the casinos in Vegas when they are in some of the most iconic buildings.

While you can watch from the sidelines, don’t be afraid to participate, if you’re over 18. Here are some key etiquette rules:

  • Don’t be intimidated. Bright lights, security staff, and casino rules would be enough to make anyone nervous. The casinos are for your entertainment, try to enjoy and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • That being said, try to learn the rules of the games before you play. Slots, Roulette and Blackjack aren’t as complicated as they look, but save yourself time and prep yourselves on the rules beforehand. There are plenty of expert guides online, and even in the casinos themselves.
  • Tip the dealer. Tip in chips, not cash. This is basic casino etiquette.
  • Practice, practice, practice. The golden rule to any skill. The rules will take time to get used to, so don’t be surprised if you’re not a millionaire after your first game.
  • Set your limits. Know when it’s time to quit and walk away from the table.
  • Check the table minimum. Before you sit down, check out what the lowest amount of money is you can spend on each bet.
  • No phones at the table. This is generally true for all casinos. Having your phone out puts you at risk for being told off by security.
  • Snacks and drinks are free, but keep in mind that staff often work for tips. Also, although drinks are free, drink responsibly.

While these general tips should get you around without a hassle, each casino may have their own individual rules, so keep yourself well-informed during your stay. Bet responsibly, but most importantly, enjoy your time in Vegas! Make the most of your time in Vegas and book your transportation ahead of time with Showtime Tours.


Las Vegas to Do List

What to Do in Sin City

Posted On: 02/17/2017

Enjoy your time in Las Vegas!Las Vegas is world renowned for its entertainment. Beyond the casinos, shows and restaurants, the choices can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Showtime Tours has made a quick entertainment guide for you.

After taking your Showtime Tour airport shuttle to your hotel, take a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip. During day or night, the Strip has all you need to keep you entertained. See the world without ever leaving the sidewalk, including Venice’s gondolas outside the Venetian hotel, Italy’s Lake Como at the Bellagio, and Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Day or night, the Bellagio Fountain shows, which start every 15 minutes, are a must-see. The fountains shoot almost 500 feet into the air to coordinated music.

Escape the heat with one of the many unique museums Las Vegas has to offer. The Pinball Hall of Fame has over 150 pinball machines for visitors to play. The Atomic Testing Museum will teach you the history of Nevada’s use as a nuclear-weapon testing site. The Mob Museum tells the story of how the mafia built Las Vegas into what it is today. Whatever your interests may be, there is surely something for you.

The Strip, museums, restaurants, shops and casinos can be overwhelming to take in. Don’t worry about missing a thing with Showtime’s Bright Light City Tour. This 2.5-3 hour evening tour in an open air pink Jeep Wrangler is the perfect way to take it all in, Vegas-style. Is nature more your thing? Showtime also has tours to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

No matter when or why you’re in town, Vegas is sure to have enough to keep you entertained. Keep your ride to and from the airport comfortable and reliable with Showtime Tours.


Free parking in las vegas

No More Free Parking in Las Vegas

Posted On: 02/15/2017

Hotels offer parking throughout Las Vegas, however, parking your vehicle always comes with a cost. Free parking has become a thing of the past on the Las Vegas Strip. Most Las Vegas hotels now institute paid parking.

What does this mean for Las Vegas travelers?

It means parking has become a lot more expensive in Las Vegas, and you have to plan your travel accordingly. There are two types of parking in Las Vegas: self-parking and valet parking. With self-parking, you park yourself and costs $5-$7 for vehicles parked 1 to 4 hours and $8-$10 for vehicles parked over 4 hours to 24 hours. With valet parking, the hotel parks the car for you, and costs a little more than self-parking. Valet parking fees are $13 for the first 4 hours and $18 for over 4 hours to 24 hours. There is an additional valet parking fee of $18 for each day or fraction of a day the vehicle is valet parked in Las Vegas.

Free parking on the Strip was once a Las Vegas staple, but has become harder and harder to find. The end of free parking started when MGM Resorts International announced they would start charging for parking, both valet and self-parking on all properties except Circus Circus. This was quickly followed up with Caesars Entrainment, who announced it would also phase out free parking on all properties except the Rio.

A shuttle service is a great way to avoid the cost of parking on the Las Vegas Strip.


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