How to save money now that the series is on the Las Vegas Strip

The World Series of Poker’s transition from Rio to Bally’s and Paris in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip will increase convenience in many respects, but it is also likely to increase costs, given the higher fees charged by tourists in the most popular locations. in the city.

The WSOP’s move to the Las Vegas Strip greatly changes the way you think about travel expenses for the tournament series. (Image: CardsChat)

Consider the following tips to save money on transportation, food and lodging so you have more for the poker tables.

Drop the car to save on parking fees

Before casinos on The Strip began charging parking fees, it was clearly advantageous for most visitors out of town to rent a car, given the low cost of renting and the convenience of having a vehicle. This was especially true when the WSOP was held in Rio, given its distance from the Strip and its ample free parking.

Now that parking at most places on The Strip costs upwards of $ 20 a day, the cost curve has shifted toward using other forms of transportation to get you around if you plan to stay in the public area and not, say, hike to Mt. Charleston.

When using taxis, “long distance” through the tunnel near Harry Reid International Airport is no longer a problem, as regulators have set fixed fares from the airport to various parts of the Strip. It now costs $ 23 to get from the airport to Bally’s or Paris, for example. As a general rule, it is probably still better to use Uber or Lyft to travel from place to place instead of taxi. The latest trips from the airport to the middle of the Strip cost around $ 10- $ 15 through the shuttle services, depending on overpricing.

The monorail is now also a viable option, as it stops at most major casino resorts on the east side of the Strip between the Sahara and the MGM Grand, including a station for Bally’s and Paris. In addition, it is not controlled by Homer Simpson, so safety is not a problem.

If you decide to rent a car, some casinos relatively close to Bally’s and Paris still offer free parking, including Casino Royale, Cosmopolitan and Tropicana. But with the WSOP now in the middle of The Strip, it is now more possible to go from that poker festival to many restaurants, casinos and other activities than it was before.

Get great discounts with apps for casino games

In 2019, I highlighted three casino gaming apps that users can play to earn some pretty good rewards: myVegas, Wynn Slots and Binions. These have been heavily diluted over the past three years, unfortunately. Binion’s no longer rewards users with rewards, and Wynn Slots requires lots of coin purchases to earn room rewards. (I stayed for four nights at the Wynn during the 2019 WSOP for free.)

But myVegas is still a great option for free or reduced room and dining options. And because the game is part of the MGM Resorts International family, you will enjoy many freebies options close to the WSOP. The list of MGM Strip casinos that offer rewards on myVegas includes Aria, Bellagio, Park MGM, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Mirage.

Discounted rooms and 2-or-1 food offers can usually be obtained for a low number of loyalty points (the currency for buying rewards in the app), while the better rewards that offer free nights (minus the mandatory resort fee, of course) or free food without the BOGO requirement cost more. Fortunately, you get 400 loyalty points daily when you log in to myVegas now, and there are four versions of the game you can play to earn the points (these also include myVegas on Facebook, myKonami and myVegas blackjack).

Think outside the box on accommodation

The fact that the WSOP is moving to a more central location opens up many more accommodation and food options. You’ve probably never been to the Ellis Island Hotel & Casino, as it does not have a poker room. But the property, one block behind Bally’s and Paris (a walk-friendly stretch down Flamingo Avenue), offers cheaper rooms and great food options (ask about the steak special which is not on the menu at Village Pub & Café). In addition, it has its own brewery with some of the best local beers in Las Vegas.

Ellis Island (Visit Las Vegas)

The small casino hotel Ellis Island is one block behind Bally’s and Paris. (Photo: Visit Las Vegas)

Being on the Strip also opens up more hotels within walking distance of the WSOP – a Motel 6 here and a Hilton Garden Inn there. Also do not forget the possibility of renting an apartment nearby, for example the one located at the Polo Towers or Jockey Club.

One last note: having a mini-fridge in the room allows you to save on food and drink. Most hotels charge for that convenience, but if you say you need a medicine fridge, they have to give you one for free. If it’s stretching the truth a little … well, I’ll not tell you if you do not.

Written by

Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis – the author of “The Essential Guide to Vegas during the World Series of Poker” and “Vegas or Bust: A Family Man Takes on the Poker Pros” – has been making the summer trip to Las Vegas from Alabama since 2004. When he did not play poker is he is a professional journalist who has written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org and many others. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and sits on the FCC’s media advisory panel.

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