Advanced Secret Deals

Before we get into the secrets, there are a few rules you must follow:

Do not abuse these secrets.  It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone.

Keep quiet!  Don't let the casino employees see you using these secret deals.

NEVER call a casino about a secret deal.


$20 Trick

You've never heard of this?  That's not surprising.  Do you know who has heard of this?  Every hotel front desk clerk in Las Vegas.  It's common knowledge in the hotel casino business.  The concept is you tip the clerk $20 upon check-in and he upgrades your room.  It's cheap, it's easy, and it works every time.  Just make sure a manager isn't around when you do this and don't let anyone around you see what's going on.  The steps are easy:

While you are checking in, place your credit card, ID, and a $20 bill on the counter in front of you (the clerk will need the ID and credit card anyways).  Ask the clerk, in a somewhat low voice, if he has any upgrades available.  If he says no, simply put the $20 back in your wallet, but that will never happen.  You will get an upgrade and for a mere $20 you are now staying in a room that would have been substantially more expensive.  Are you keeping track of the money you're saving?

Rewards Cards

Make sure you sign up for the rewards cards at any casino you visit.  These rewards are not just for high rollers.  In fact, I consider myself to be a very low roller and I haven't had to pay for a room in Las Vegas in years.  Here are the secrets to loading up on those rewards:

Make sure you have the rewards card in the slot machines while you are playing.  Give them to the pit boss while you are at the tables.  As long as you show a little activity, you will get offers in the mail when you get home. 

Charge everything to your room.  Everything from shopping to drinks to food.  And not just at your hotel but at every hotel under the same ownership (Harrah's properties are Harrah's, Rio, Caesars Palace, Bally's, Flamingo, and Paris.  MGM properties include MGM, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, and Treasure Island).  This will show a lot of activity on your account and will result in comps on meals, shows, and even free hotel stays


Clubs in Las Vegas can have a hefty price tag when it comes to the cover charge.  Most are around $30 per person.  However, some promoters and hotel staff have free passes that they hand out as they choose.  Some of these people choose to sell these passes on eBay.  A pass to Pure can be bought on eBay for about $2 and admits two people ($60 value).  The passes state that they are not for resale, so use at your own risk.  Besides, with $12 mixed drinks when you get inside the club, the casino isn't losing anything. 

Swimming Pools

Beautiful fountains, sandy beaches, and swim up blackjack tables are just a few of the luxuries you'll find at some of Las Vegas' better pools.  The drawback is that the better the pool, the tighter the security.  During the summer months, the Hard Rock hotel will only allow hotel guests to use their world famous pool.  Upon check-in, they issue guests wristbands that they must wear in order to get past security at the pool entrance.  So, if you don't feel like spending $350 per night at the Hard Rock during the summer but you really want to see what's going on pool side, here's a Secret Deal that is sure to work:

Hotel guests are allowed a limited amount of wristbands (usually 4) to give to their friends that are not staying at the hotel.  They have to ask for them though, they are not offered.  So, let's say you walk up near the front desk and notice a group of friendly people standing in line to check in.  You strike up a conversation about the great pool outside and how nice it would be to check it out.  You can explain the wristband situation and how they could request additional wristbands for free and, if they felt so inclined, might consider giving one to you.  You may want to offer to buy them a drink for their troubles.


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