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

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

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

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

Ditch the car to save on parking fees

Before Strip casinos started charging parking fees, it was clearly beneficial for most out-of-town visitors to rent a car, given the low cost of rentals and the convenience of having a vehicle. This was especially true when the WSOP was at the Rio, given its distance from the Strip and ample free parking.

Now that parking at most places on the Strip costs over $20 a day, the cost curve has tilted towards using other means of transportation to get around if you plan to stay in the general area and no, for example, to trek to Mt. Charleston.

When using taxis, the “long haul” through the tunnel near Harry Reid International Airport is no longer an issue, as regulators have set fixed fares from the airport to various sections of the Strip . It now costs a flat $23 to get from the airport to Bally’s or Paris, for example. As a general rule, it’s always better to use Uber or Lyft to get from place to place instead of taxis. Recent trips from the airport to mid-Strip costs about $10 to $15 via transmission services, depending on surge pricing.

The monorail is now also a viable option, as it stops at most major casinos on the east side of the Strip between Sahara and MGM Grand, including a station for Bally’s and Paris. Moreover, it is not flown by Homer Simpsonsafety is therefore not an issue.

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 located in the middle of the Strip, it’s now easier to walk from this poker festival to many restaurants, casinos and other activities than before.

Get Great Discounts Using Casino Games Apps

In 2019, I highlighted three casino game apps that users could play to earn great rewards: myVegas, Wynn Slots, and Binion’s. These have been watered down considerably over the past three years, unfortunately. Binion’s no longer awards rewards to users and Wynn Slots requires extensive coin purchases to earn room rewards. (I spent four nights at the Wynn during the 2019 WSOP completely free.)

However, myVegas remains a solid option for free or discounted room and food options. And since the game is part of the MGM Resorts International family, you’ll enjoy plenty of gift options near the WSOP. The list of MGM Strip casinos offering 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 special meals can usually be obtained for a low number of loyalty points (the currency to buy rewards on the app), while the best rewards offer free nights (minus fees resort required, of course) or free food without the BOGO requirement costs more. Luckily, you get 400 loyalty points a day when you log into myVegas now, and there are four versions of the game you can play to earn points (these also include myVegas on Facebook, myKonami, and myVegas blackjack).

Think outside the box when it comes to accommodation

Moving the WSOP to a more central location opens up many more accommodation and dining options. You’ve probably never been to Ellis Island Hotel & Casino because it doesn’t have a poker room. But the property, a block behind Bally’s and Paris (a walkable stretch on Flamingo Avenue), offers cheaper rooms and great food (ask about the steak special that’s not on the Village menu Pub & Cafe). Plus, it has its own brewery with some of the best local beers in Las Vegas.

Ellis Island (Visit Las Vegas)

The small Ellis Island hotel and casino is a block behind Bally’s and Paris. (Image: 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, don’t forget the possibility of renting a condo nearby, such as the one located at the Polo Towers or the Jockey Club.

One last note: having a mini fridge in your room will save you money on food and drinks. Most hotels charge for this equipment, but if you say you need a fridge for medication, they should provide one for free. If that stretches the truth a bit… well, I won’t say it if you won’t.

Written by

Johnny Kamis

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 for 2004 When he’s not playing poker, he’s a professional journalist writing for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, and more. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and serves on the FCC’s Media Advisory Board.

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