You don’t hear about it much anymore, but using coupons in Las Vegas can be a great way to stretch your bankroll. The variety of coupons available in the city is diverse, and there are plenty of places where you can get coupons for free. If you’re willing to spend even a small amount of money, you can really rock and roll with some coupons in Vegas.
This post offers multiple real-life examples of coupons you can use to stretch your casino bankroll in Las Vegas, and it offers some tips for how to get the most out of your couponing.
The Las Vegas Advisor
One of my favorite sites on the Internet is the Las Vegas Advisor, which actually (I think) predates the internet itself. The Las Vegas Advisor sells a membership that entitles you to multiple discounts and deals.
Besides the coupons and discounts that come with your membership, their newsletter and website will point you to the best values in Sin City.
Here are some examples of the deals available to members there today.
- You get 2-for-1 pricing at El Cortez, which is already affordable at $45 per night. But who wouldn’t want to save another $45?
- There’s a whole list of buffets with 2-for-1 coupons, including the Medley Buffet at Aliante, Charlie’s Market Buffet at Arizona Charlie’s, the Feast Buffet at Boulder Station, the Cannery Row Buffet at Cannery, and the House of Blues Gospel Brunch at Mandalay Bay. These deals are worth about $20 on average, but on the high end, they’re worth $50 or more.
- There’s also a whole list of restaurants which aren’t buffets with 2-for-1 deals, including Siegel’s 1941 at El Cortez, Barbecue and Brew at Ellis Island, and the Fuego Steakhouse at Fiesta Henderson. These are all worth $20 to $50 or more, too.
- You can get three free rounds of drinks at Ellis Island Casino, a value of $30, and a free margarita at Sunset Station.
- You can get 2-for-1 or otherwise discounted tickets to shows big and small, including the hypnotist show at Binion’s, the Righteous Brothers show at Harrah’s, and Carrot Top at the Luxor. Some of these entertainment coupons are worth over $150.
- The number of free slot machine coupons is staggering. Usually, they’re in the amounts of $10 in free play or match play, but the number of casinos they have coupons for is staggering: El Cortez, Ellis Island, the Four Queens, and the Orleans all have deals available.
- You can even get discounts of between 25% and 65% on rides and attractions, like tours of the Grand Canyon or rides in the Tower at the Stratosphere.
I also need to point out that those lists are all organized by category, but I only listed a few highlights for each type of offer. For every restaurant deal I listed, there are probably six or more that I didn’t include.
I don’t generally like to plug other people’s products here, but a membership to the Las Vegas Advisor pays for itself in just minutes.
And a membership only costs $37.
Is Couponing Worth the Time If You’re a Real Gambler?
You might think that all this time running from casino to casino and taking advantage of one coupon after another is a waste of time. Maybe you think you’re a real gambler who would be best served by spending more time at the blackjack or craps table. You might even think your casino host will make sure you get more than your money’s worth in comps.
I would respectfully submit that this attitude isn’t frugal or realistic. And maybe you’re not frugal, but you probably should be.
For one thing, the more time you spend in one place playing one game, the more you’re going to lose over time. That’s a near certainty. The way the casino makes its money is by applying the house edge to you repeatedly. The more hands you play and the more rolls of the dice you bet on, the more likely you are to see the expected losses.
Also, if you’re reading this page to begin with, you have at least some passing interest in being smart with your money. Las Vegas casinos generally reward their players by paying back their expected losses at 10% to 20% of what they think you’re going to lose.
This means that for every dollar you earn in comps at the tables, you’re losing $9 or $10. That’s not a good ratio, especially not when you compare it to the kinds of savings you could get if you just broke down and picked up a fun book and used it.
It Pays to Be a Nice Guy (or Gal)
Some people forget that casino employees are people, too. I try to go out of my way to be kind to anyone in the service industry, especially in Vegas. Part of this is because I like being able to look in the mirror and know that I’m a nice guy.
Part of it, though, is because I know nice guys get treated better sometimes.
You’d be surprised at how some employees can actually make this kind of decision. If I’m nice to them, they’re more likely to help me out than if I walked in and simply demanded a deal.
Just keep in mind that they don’t owe you anything just for being nice. You should be nice anyway. Getting something extra out of it is just a bonus.
You can get all kinds of cool stuff in Las Vegas for half the price or less! All you need is access to some of best the coupon books.
I think the Las Vegas Advisor is a great value at just $37, but I know they’re also not the only one in town.
What kind of success have you had earning comps and using coupons? Let me know what you think in the comments.