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Old 08-08-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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I've been considering taking a casino vacation, but I'm undecided about where to go.

I've never been to a casino before, but I want to try the experience. Perhaps I'll play some craps, blackjack, and maybe pachinko. However, I want to do more than just hang around the casino. I would prefer to skip the car rental if possible to save money.

I've been considering Vegas, Atlantic City, and the gulf coast. Vegas, of course, is Vegas and tops in the sheer amount of choices. In fact, it seems overwhelming. Atlantic City and Biloxi both have the ocean. Biloxi is close by. I could drive there. Atlantic City is close to New York City. I wonder if it's practical to stay at Atlantic City and take a couple of day trips to New York.

How do casinos at these three locations differ as far as their vibe goes? By vibe, I mean, are they noisy and hectic or more relaxed? Which location is more touristy? Which have the best maintained casinos?
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes, it's practical to day trip from Atlantic City to NYC.

Vegas is Vegas. Nothing compares with it.

Biloxi/Gulfport? Yes, there are some casinos there, but they're nothing to brag about. Vicksburg and Tunica offer casinos too, but not much else unless you're a history buff.

Why not consider Oklahoma? Yes...Oklahoma. There are now something like 97 casino's in the Sooner State, some quite large, and the state ranks third in the nation in the number of slot machines.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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Do the OK casinos have table games or sports books?

I really don't know - i know that our casinos here in AZ are cards and electronics, same with MN .... however in NM there were tables set up, which is nice

I think a lot will depend on what you are looking for - I'm personally not a huge fan of Vegas ... however, if I were going for a casino vacation that is the place to choose

Lots of options from the strip to downtown to neighborhood casinos .... good shows, good restaurants .... good amount of non-casino activity to entertain ... not overly expensive

I used to go to AC quite a bit in college .... really not an impressive place ... i liked it because table minimums fit my college budget .... area around the boardwalk and marina are pretty decent, bulk of the city is an absolute dump

It's definitely practical to day trip to NYC - probably best bet would be by rail or bus (bus may actually be most direct) .... train ride into Philly is also really easy ... so from that angle your scope outside of casinos is pretty wide

Don't know much about MS
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Not sure if the OP is willing to travel a bit off of the usual beaten paths, but there are other options besides the three mentioned. For a casino newbie, yes, Las Vegas can be intimidating and somewhat overwhelming to visit alone without an experienced companion. Since Nevada is being considered, Laughlin and South Lake Tahoe are both much smaller and laid back than is LV. Laughlin is very inexpensive, with weekday hotel rates under $30 a night. Lake Tahoe has gorgeous mountain scenery. Both places are generally walkable, and one can get by without a car, although one would be helpful for sightseeing and ease of getting around. The drawback is that from Florida it could be a bit harder to get to either place than to Las Vegas.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Casinos anywhere can be intimidating. That's part of the atmosphere.

If you are wanting to immerse yourself then Vegas is the place to go.

If you want to "test the waters" then I'd recommend someplace you can drive to.

My reasoning is this: If you get to, say, Las Vegas and are totally overwhelmed you may decide you made a mistake. And you're in Vegas for a few more days, like it or not. If you can get to Biloxi easily and decide you aren't comfortable you can go home.

The danger is that your initial reaction may be one you need to get past. Casinos are noisy and very busy. There are rows and rows of slots running constantly and lots of flashing lights, etc. It can take a bit of getting used to. For a newbie confusion reigns.

If you can find someone to go with it's a good idea. That depends on how independent you are.

As for being "lost" you will find the casino employees (in most casinos) to be very helpful. In general you can ask a dealer at any table game for help and they will tell you what basic strategy is. This is a requirement of their employment, or so I've been told. You can find cards in some gift shops and online that give basic Blackjack strategy and I'd wager other games as well.

Free Printable Blackjack Strategy Chart by Online-Casinos.com

Blackjack strategy card that you can print. Right-click the image, click on Copy, open a graphics program like Paint, click on the Edit pull down menu and click on Paste. Now you can print the card. I use laminating sheets I buy at an office supply store to coat them with plastic. You can hold them in your hand and refer to them at a BJ table, but don't lay it on the table.

You might consider contacting a CD member that lives in Vegas and ask if they'd give you a tour. It wouldn't surprise me that you'd get someone to help out.

If you want to be able to get around Las Vegas has some good options. There is a monorail that runs from Excaliber to Luxor, to Mandalay Bay that is free. There is a monorail that runs from The MGM Grand (behind the casinos) all the way down to the Sahara. Las Vegas Monorail - Home Click on the Inreactive Map and use the not-very-obvious arrows that are at the four sides of the map that opens in a new window. There are also double-decker buses that run up and down the strip. Buy an all day pass. http://www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/transit/servicechange/Deuce%285-23-10%29.pdf (broken link)
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:33 PM
 
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Not sure if the OP is willing to travel a bit off of the usual beaten paths, but there are other options besides the three mentioned. For a casino newbie, yes, Las Vegas can be intimidating and somewhat overwhelming to visit alone without an experienced companion. Since Nevada is being considered, Laughlin and South Lake Tahoe are both much smaller and laid back than is LV. Laughlin is very inexpensive, with weekday hotel rates under $30 a night.
Reno is also less expensive with rooms at the nicer casino properties in the $30-40 during the week if you shop around.

The gambling is lower stake and generally less intimidating than Las Vegas.

There are also a heck of a lot of non-gaming activities in and around the surrounding areas.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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Vegas no question about it. Especially in this economy. You can get killer deals there. You dont need a rental car if your staying on the strip.

I wouldn't go to A.C. not worth it. And Biloxi is also a pit.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Do the OK casinos have table games or sports books?
As a former Oklahoman, I have been in several. I have never seen a sports book, except at Remington Park Racino in Oklahoma City there is simulcast wagering in the racetrack area and regular casino gambling in the casino part.

One thing about Oklahoma casinos, the state allows for a $.50 ante per hand on blackjack. That can add up in a hurry. Some casinos waive it.

I agree with others who suggest going to some place you can drive to if you're not sure you're going to like the casino scene. But if you really are set on a real casino destination, I suggest Reno. Smaller casinos, machines are looser (IMO), etc. And there's plenty to do around Lake Tahoe as well.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I agree with others who suggest going to some place you can drive to if you're not sure you're going to like the casino scene. But if you really are set on a real casino destination, I suggest Reno. Smaller casinos, machines are looser (IMO), etc. And there's plenty to do around Lake Tahoe as well.
One quite popular option is to do both Reno/Tahoe during one trip, a fly and drive vacation. Fly into Reno, stay there for the trip, and rent a car. Lake Tahoe is only an hour away, could also choose to stay there, if not, makes a fine day trip from Reno to enjoy the sights. Both Reno and SLT have many budget down scale motels if economizing. The major hotel/casinos tend to be a bit pricier at S. Lake Tahoe than in Reno.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Quiet Corner Connecticut
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Since AC has been mentioned as a day trip from NYC, I'd also suggest the two large casinos in Connecticut - Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Both are only two hours from The City as well as Boston, and have bus service out there. There's other little things to do in the area, such as Mistick Village and the Mystic Aquarium. If you like the outdoors, Bluff Point State Park in Groton is a nice sight.

The place is a bit out of the way for a vacation, but it's a nice area up here.
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