you're headed to Vegas, and you want to come home with your
suticase full of Christmas gifts . Wonderful gifts like
free decks of cards, coffee mugs and slot card keychains.
What six-year-old's eyes don't light up when he opens up
a half-used coupon book? Here are the things you need to
Visit the visitor's
centers in town and pick up all the free magazines (at the
airport, in mediocre hotels' lobbies, at the rental car
place). These are going to have coupons for free stuff like
decks of cards, free hot dogs, free slot play and occasionally
a free kidney from the local hospital.
Next, join the
slot clubs wherever you go. When you sign up for them you
often get a bungee slot club keychain, sometimes you get
a gift, sometimes free slot play and you also get on their
mailing lists for future room discounts or other offers.
And whenever you sign up for a slot club, also ask if they
have a funbook. That's a coupon book that may have more
freebies or some free slot play or matchplays for the table
Okay, on to the
Island - Well, it's a block off the Strip, but they
give new slot signups a free deck of cards. They also give
you a ton of slot club points, which are worthless unless
you earn another ton. The deck of cards? Yours to keep.
That's gifts for 52 orphans in every deck!
- Well, it's not crap you can touch, but it's a free ride.
Harrah's runs a free shuttle over to the Rio every twenty
minutes or so, up until 1 a.m. It's a great way to get over
there from the Strip, plus you never know who'll you'll
meet on the bus. Maybe us! You'll know you did if someone
hits you up for your loose change.
- During their free sky
parade in the Masquerade Village area of the casino,
the entertainers sometimes throw cheap plastic beads and
coupons. Like all the other free crap these aren't worth
much, but people fight for them as if they were the winning
home run ball in game seven of the World Series.
- Next to Circus Circus, this small, crowded place usually
offers something free like a hot dog, donuts for slot players
in the morning, or a free gift like a deck of cards with
a coupon found in the free magazines.
- Out in front, the Tropicana often hasa giant slot machine.
We know what giant slot machines mean--giant winning! On
this one you get to pull the handle for free, and there
is a marginal chance that they'll give you something free
- like tickets to see the afternoon magic show, or tickets
to see Folies Bergere, their Vegas-style showgirl revue.
- You can get a free photo with their million-dollar display
right there in the casino. It's a real million bucks, made
of $100 bills encased in Lucite. They don't let you touch
it, or take a picture of yourself with it (they do it for
you). And, as we discovered, they definitely don't let you
use it at the craps table. Still, the free photo is a nice
memento, and if they hand you a nice sheet of coupons, all
Cortez - When you sign up for a slot club card,
you get a free keychain with your own picture in it. Just
go to the slot club booth next to the keno area, where they
will take your picture. The keychain will be ready about
a half-hour later, but you don't have to stick around, and
it will be waiting whenever you want to claim it. They used
to let you get as many as you wanted, but now you're limited
to one keychain when you sign up for the club.
La Bayou and
Mermaids - These two slots-only grind joints on the
Fremont Street Experience are all dressed up like a swamp
and an undersea prom theme. Out front, they hand out free
beads to anyone who asks. Go for the beads, but then get
away from their tight slots and gimmicks fast.
- If you give them your e-mail address at the slot booth,
they'll give you a small gift. Don't think that great things
come in small packages. in this case, small junk comes in
a small package. But it's free!
- When we signed up for our slot club cards at this Boulder
Highway joint (which was necessary to redeem coupons) they
gave us free cookies. We don't know why, but we were thrilled
because we were practically passing out fromhunger at the
time. Now, maybe they don't give these to everyone and maybe
they just had a stale batch they needed to get rid of. Or
maybe somehting even better awaits you.
- Way south of Vegas, the M has a nice buffet, fancy rooms
and, we hear, free glasses or other goodies for anyone who
joins the slot club. Either pack them carefully in your
luggage or smash them in a parking garage. Your choice.
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