Casino vacations can be delightful escapes for both gambling enthusiasts and novice casino gamblers. The insane amount of entertainment will keep you distracted and keep thoughts of work and the stress of bills at bay for several days.
Most casino trips go according to plan, and many exceed your wildest expectations. Still, there’s plenty that can go wrong when you’re far from home and spending buckets of money every time you turn around.
Fortunately, most of the significant issues you may face during your adventure can be eliminated entirely by merely preparing before you leave the house. Make a plan in case these nine easy ways to ruin your casino vacation rear their heads.
1 – Make the Trip With the Wrong Crowd
One of the quickest ways to sink a casino vacation is by traveling with the wrong crew. The most suitable unit will consist of people that have similar interests and gambling habits as your own.
For example, if you make a trip with a group that’s all about partying until the wee hours of the morning, sleeping until after lunch, then hitting the slot machines, it could make you feel like an outsider.
Plus, your traveling mates probably aren’t going to quietly sneak in after eight hours of partying.
Traveling with family can also be tricky. But everyone usually knows what to expect, and it’s easier to break off into groups.
Make sure that the group you’re traveling with knows what you intend to do there so that you can accomplish what you want.
2 – Get Lost or Separated From Your Group
Breaking off into groups or branching off on your own can be a fantastic way to get some one-on-one time and share some unique experiences.
I personally love getting alone time with my daughter when we’re on vacation. It gives us a chance to strengthen our bond and gives me an opportunity to share lessons passed on to me by my parents and grandparents.
Fortunately, I can read a map and my navigation skills are above average. So, we’ve been separated from the family plenty of times but never been lost.
My wife is another story. In fact, my wife and sister got separated from the rest of the family as we were taking a casual stroll down Fremont Street. Their cell phones were with us in the strollers. They weren’t in any real danger, but it was an inconvenient experience linking back up.
Not every place you’ll visit will be as safe as Fremont Street, so keep your phone on you and make sure the group stays together on all adventures.
Ensure that you don’t get separated from your group or have an intended meeting spot if it does occur.
3 – Leave Your ID at Home
You would think that grabbing your passport or ID would be one of the top things you marked on your mental checklist before heading out the door. You would think.
Recently, I went on a vacation where I had a two-day turnaround to go on a golf vacation with some buddies to Colorado. We were driving and planned to hit a few Colorado casinos in Cripple Creek as a fun side trip.
Luckily, it never became an issue. However, had I been under 30, my experience might have been severely dampened by the lack of any proof of my legal age.
4 – Fail to Make Dinner Plans
Many casino guests don’t ever think to make dinner reservations. So, when they arrive, they are either forced to walk from restaurant to restaurant looking for an available table or relegated to eating in some sub-par casino food court.
Casino trips are almost always booked well in advance. That allows plenty of time for making dinner reservations at the best restaurants at your destination.
If the event is centered around a special occasion, this becomes even more paramount. Nobody wants to have their engagement dinner at the casino buffet.
5 – Run Out of Money
Running out of funds while gambling is among the most common and most devastating of all the potential problems casino travelers run into.
Many novice casino gamblers have no grasp of casino bankroll management. So, they spend and spend until it’s all gone. Usually, this happens well before the end of the trip, and it can spoil the trip for everyone.
When you run through your bankroll too early, you’ll be left wandering around the casino aimlessly while your friends and family are living it up.
What’s even more dangerous is the gambler that burns through their bankroll then drains their entire bank account.
He was broke to the point where my friend was buying all of his meals for the rest of the trip. Not long after that, the guy was back living with his parents. Apparently, he had wasted his rent money on the roulette table trying to get back all the cash he had lost.
It was an unfortunate affair. Brush up on your bankroll management and set a budget before you ever get to the casino. And never bet money that you can’t afford to lose.
6 – Leave Your Casino Tools at Home
Leaving your handy strategy charts at home can have an enormous impact on your gaming experience. For blackjack players, leaving your basic strategy card behind isn’t too bad because they’re readily available at the casino gift shops.
Video poker players may have a much tougher time finding the cards. In a game where the right strategy can give the player the advantage, this can be incredibly frustrating.
7 – Overindulge on Free Drinks
We’ve all seen the person in the casino that’s had several too many. The level of intoxication and the way it manifests itself can be different for everybody. And the way casinos deal with drunk gamblers varies between casinos.
For most gamblers, the biggest problem will be making dangerous and careless plays at the tables. The primary concern here is that you’ll burn through your money or spend much more than you intended.
Others may merely fall asleep in the casino and be either escorted to their room by security or to jail by the police.
I was having a conversation with a clearly intoxicated guy in a casino bar one day. I took a brief timeout to make a quick phone call. When I turned around, the man was face down on the bar snoring; this was at about 3 pm.
Then, there are the belligerent drunks. It doesn’t matter if they’re at the tables berating the dealer, outside the casino screaming at their significant other, or in the club trying to start a fight, someone is having a stormy night.
The belligerent drunk is by far the worst person in the casino, and it can be extremely tempting to put one of these jerks on the ground. However, you should always avoid any violence. Plus, you could be the one on your way to jail.
8 – Book the Wrong Room
I once had a buddy traveling with us that refused to upgrade his room and got the cheapest he could find. He wasn’t even at the same casino as the rest of us.
His reasoning was that he didn’t plan to spend more than a couple of hours a day in his room, so all he needed was a bed and a shower.
He also spent double what it would have cost him to upgrade to a junior suite with a king bed, in a nice Las Vegas hotel, in rideshares alone. That’s on top of the hour-plus he had to spend coming to and heading back from wherever we were that day.
The point I’m making is, don’t skimp on the room when it’s necessary. Get the nicest that you can afford because you’ll likely spend more time there than you think.
9 – Finding Trouble
Las Vegas isn’t the only casino destination in the USA where there are plenty of ways to find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
People who wouldn’t usually land themselves in any trouble may cut loose a little too much and suddenly face local law enforcement.
Worse yet, you may wake up in jail. Merely because you’re on your memorable vacation does not exempt you from the law.
These are nine ways to ruin your casino vacation are scary. Luckily, they are also easy to avoid.
Behave yourself the same as you would on any other vacation, and you should be fine. Make a list of all the items you need to double-check before you leave. This step will help guarantee you have the best vacation possible.