How to have fun in Las Vegas without gambling

A view from the hotel room

This is the night time view from our hotel room in The Flamingo

My wife and I recently traveled to Las Vegas for the very first time. She had to go for a convention with her job, and I just tagged along for the fun of it. We had never been to Vegas before, and we didn’t know if we’d ever have another opportunity to go, so we figured, “Why not?”

Anyway, while I was there, I noticed that there are 4 different types of people that go to Las Vegas: 1) Tourists who just want to experience all the entertainment that the city has to offer, 2) Compulsive gamblers who are hoping that they’ll “win big” so they can have more money to gamble with, 3) Losers who just want to party, get drunk, and get laid (this is a BIG group!), and finally, 4) People who HAVE to be there for a convention or a job or whatever (that would be us).

So… what’s a guy like me to do? I don’t drink. I have a very addictive personality, so gambling would be a pretty stupid thing for me to try. I didn’t have much money, so going to shows was out. My wife was working all day, so I was left to myself most of the time.

These are the times when being a creative person comes in handy. Here’s my list of fun things that I found to do:

  1. Walk into Caesar’s Palace and ask them if this is where you can bet on “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”
  2. Play “Punch Buggy” with random strangers on the street.
  3. Carry a camcorder around and tell people that you’re shooting a documentary on Las Vegas. You’d be surprised at how many people want to be interviewed.
  4. Go into one of the theaters where Cirque du Soleil has a show and ask them what they did with the singing cats.
  5. Walk into The Belagio Hotel and tell the people at the front desk that you would like to leave a message for Mr. Daniel Ocean.
  6. While in a crowd of people, accuse the person next to you of “stepping on your aura”. When I did this, a guy actually moved over and said he was sorry.
  7. When you get into an elevator, DON’T turn around and face the door (this really freaks people out!).
  8. While walking down the strip, suddenly point into the sky and shout, “Look! Is that the Flying Elvi?”
  9. Often, people would ask me to take their picture, so I did… way out of focus. I usually managed to snap off a couple of pictures of the sidewalk before giving their camera back, too.
  10. Walk up to a flamboyantly gay man and ask him for directions to the nearest hardware store.
You see, even a guy like me can have a good time in Vegas!

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1 Response to How to have fun in Las Vegas without gambling

  1. Hey man. I went to Vegas a few years ago. Same kind of trip. Not a fan. Although I did get to see Celine Dion there and it was one amazing show. But had I been you, I would have gone to the pawn shop on the show Pawn Stars. (can’t think of the name of it.) Glad you had a good time.

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