Top 5 of the best Las Vegas casino secrets

Don’t go up against the locals
If you sit down to play poker and the dealer greets everybody at the table by name, leave. These players are locals. They play every day. They make their living off chumps like you. So ask the floor supervisor for a table change. Or rack up your chips and head to a different poker room. You want a game in which you’re playing against other tourists. Drunk ones, ideally. Use the time change to your advantage: head to the poker room at 3am, when the clubs are clearing out. Try the Venetian. Its poker room is right below megaclub TAO. All those drunk, sexually frustrated guys pouring down the two-storey escalator? They’re coming to play poker against you. You can beat ’em. You got this.

Drink for a buck at the Wynn
egas casinos serve free booze to all gamblers. You don’t have to sit down at a $100 blackjack table; they’ll bring you cocktails at the penny slots. So, if you’re planning to get plastered, do it before you hit the clubs. It’ll save you $75 a night. You’ll find the best complimentary casino drinks at the Wynn, as it offers gamblers free mojitos and brand name tequila. Just remember to tip your waitress a dollar a drink. Oh, while you’re here, stop by the Koi Pond. (A Koi is like a big, sensitive, fanged goldfish, and a koi pond is the aquatic equivalent of a rock garden.) It’s the most relaxing room in the Strip, but nobody knows about it – not even the locals.

Lose your money in style
The Cosmopolitan is the newest and swankiest hotel on the Strip. It’s the one that looks like the Wynn, if the Wynn were bedazzled by Liberace. As long as you’re gambling away your hard-earned cash, you might as well do it alongside the pretty and the powerful. Oh, and if you’re gambling at the Cosmo on a Friday, Saturday or Monday night, do it at a table below the elevator that leads up to Marquee, the hottest club on the strip; this is the best people-watching spot in Vegas. More affordable people-watching destinations include Kokomo’s Lounge at Mirage and the coffee shop at Wynn.

Make new friends at the Circle Bar
Every casino has a Circle Bar. Usually right in the middle. This place, not the club, is where you want to make new friends. Couple of reasons: you don’t have to pay a cover, and the turnover rate is high. So if you’re being pestered by a drunk weirdo – this will happen – he’ll be out of your way soon. The only casino-goers who never visit Circle Bars are locals. And you can’t befriend locals. They come to the strip for business; they seem like they’re on the strip to have fun, but that’s part of their business. Best casino Circle Bars: Hard Rock’s Center Bar, Mandalay’s Eyecandy, and Venetian’s Oculus.

Bet the Pass Line
If you want to gamble but don’t know anything about gambling, play craps. More specifically, play craps and bet the PASS LINE. It’s easy: you put your money on the table and somebody rolls the dice. If everybody starts cheering, you’ve won. If everybody gets quiet, you’ve lost. It’s the closest thing to a 50/50 bet you’re going to find (except for the DON’T PASS LINE. But if you play that, it’ll piss the other players off). Head to O’Sheas, where the low-stakes craps tables practically pour out onto the strip, and where, if you crap out, you can take your final $20 and play beer pong against a team of just-turned-21 frat guys from Ohio State. Tell them you went to college at the University of Michigan – see what happens!