There are thousands and thousands of articles, videos, and websites dispensing advice to first-time Vegas Visitors. Much of it is good, sound advice. But some of it is not! Let's debunk some Vegas newcomer myths:
Myth: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas
Contrary to popular belief, your actions in Las Vegas do not disappear the moment you leave. Just because you're in Sin City doesn't mean you can escape the consequences of your actions.
Las Vegas isn't an oasis of anonymity, the reality is that your actions here can follow you anywhere. With social media and smartphone cameras, it's easier than ever for your Las Vegas adventures to be shared with the world.
Every casino in Las Vegas is equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance systems. From the moment you step foot inside a casino or hotel, your every move is recorded and monitored. Big Brother is always watching.
Think you can let loose in your hotel room? Think again. Housekeeping is not your silent confidant. Hotel staff are trained to report any suspicious activities or damages, ensuring that nothing truly stays hidden.
And how about those impulsive decisions made in the Las Vegas wedding chapels? Well, that spontaneous "I do" might come back to haunt you. Legal documents and marriage records are kept long after you've returned home.
"I've seen it all" says one seasoned casino manager, "The idea that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas is just a clever marketing slogan. People need to remember that their actions have consequences. It's not a free pass to do whatever you want."
Myth: Use the Deuce bus because the monorail stations are too far in the back of the casinos
No, the Las Vegas monorail does not make sense in all situations. If you are staying on the west side of the strip, getting to the monorail stations will take longer than walking to your destination. But if you are staying on the east side of the strip, particularly at Flamingo, Harrahs, Horseshoe, or MGM Grand, then the monorail is pretty convenient.
And unlike the Deuce bus, the monorail shows up at regular intervals and usually on time. It is almost never very crowded and doesn't have to make frequent stops at stoplights and pickup locations.
There are rumors the monorail may not be around much longer, but as long as its still open, it is a great option for getting up and down the east side of the strip.
Myth: A slot machine is ready to pop & machines by the door/in the front pay the best
Many gamblers believe that if a machine hasn't paid out for a while, it must be on the verge of hitting the jackpot. This is simply not true. Slot machines are designed to operate on a Random Number Generator, ensuring every spin is independent and isolated from the previous or upcoming ones.
Just because a slot machine hasn't produced a significant win, that doesn't mean it's holding back waiting for the player who will be lucky enough to cash in. Each spin has equal odds of winning or losing, completely unaffected by the previous outcomes.
This also means the location of the machine makes no difference. The machines in the front of a casino use the same random number generator as the machines in the back. Your chances of winning remain the same.
But why does this myth persist? Well, it’s human nature to search for patterns and meaning in randomness. Our brains crave a sense of control, leading us to attribute a planned sequence to the unpredictable nature of slot machines. Casinos are fully aware of this psychological tendency and capitalize on it.
So please remember when you step into a casino that every slot machine outcome is purely random. There are no hidden cues, no magic codes, and certainly no secret timers.
Myth: Counting cards is illegal
False, false, false! While casinos definitely frown upon it, counting cards is not illegal. However, the casinos do not like it and if they catch you, you will be asked to leave the property, and probably told to not come back.
Myth: Prostitution is legal in Vegas
While counting cards is not illegal in Vegas, prostitution definitely is! So why does this misconception exist? Well, it's because some areas of Nevada, outside of Las Vegas, have legalized regulated brothels. But not here. Under the Nevada State Code, Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, does not permit brothels. That means operating or soliciting for prostitution within the county is against the law.
Myth: If you don't gamble, you won't have fun in Vegas
The list of non-gambling things to do in Vegas is endless.
Feel the rush of excitement as you soar through the air on a thrilling zip-line ride, experience the sensation of skydiving without jumping out of a plane, or take a supercar for a couple laps around a track. Las Vegas offers endless opportunities for adrenaline junkies.
Alternatively, you could be amazed by world-class performances that will leave you in awe. With spectacular shows like Cirque du Soleil and residencies from top artists, Las Vegas is an entertainment hub that never disappoints.
And you can indulge in a culinary adventure like no other. Las Vegas is renowned for its high-end restaurants and famous buffets that offer a vast array of mouthwatering dishes from all around the world. Your taste buds will thank you. Recommended locations include Hells Kitchen, Yardbird, and the Wynn buffet.
You can escape the city and explore the natural wonders that surround Las Vegas. From the stunning Red Rock Canyon to the majestic Grand Canyon to the awe-inspiring Hoover Dam, these beautiful landscapes offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle.
Las Vegas also caters to romance. Treat yourself and your loved one to a luxurious spa experience or embark on a romantic (and overpriced) gondola ride at the Venetian. Love is always in the air in Las Vegas. (along with other things)
Myth: Las Vegas is not for kids
The question of whether or not to bring your kids to Vegas is hotly debated. The strip gets crazy at night and the casino floor is certainly no place for young children. But Vegas does have plenty of family-friendly activities to offer.
The High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel! Hop aboard this family-friendly attraction and enjoy breathtaking views of the Strip.
The Bellagio fountains, known worldwide for their spectacular shows, are a must-see for the entire family.
And for an educational experience, visit the Mob Museum. Discover the fascinating history of organized crime through interactive exhibits that both kids and adults will enjoy.
But that's not all! Vegas also offers exciting shows suitable for all ages. From Cirque du Soleil's mesmerizing acrobatics to mind-bending magic shows like Mac King, your whole family will be entertained.
And of course, we can't forget about the amazing pools! Vegas is home to numerous family-friendly pools where you and your kids can relax and have fun.
Need more kid friendly attractions?
The Big Apple Coaster at NYNY
Adventuredome at Circus Circus
X-Scream and Big Shot rides on top of the Strat
Flyover Vegas - a Disney inspired ride that makes you feel like you are flying over various locations in a hang glider.
So there you have it. Several common Vegas myths that simply aren't true. Please remember not all Vegas advice is good advice and do your own research before you visit!