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  • Writer's pictureDonna Piergies

Welcome to Las Vegas

Let's talk the Strip. I have lived in Vegas for 24 years. Like a lot of locals, I live in the suburbs and avoid the Strip like the plague. I would only go there once in a blue moon, like if I had tickets to a show or was meeting guests from out of town or something. But then, I started dating a poker player/dealer and all of sudden, filled with the giddiness of new romance, I found myself on the Strip all the time to meet him.

At first, I kept getting lost driving down here. I'd miss the turn for whatever casino's parking garage and have to make a u-turn. I'd get lost inside the casinos, unsure where I came in from and which way the exit was. Though I am still not the best at navigating Las Vegas Boulevard or the casino interiors, I have come a long way from where I started.

Here are a few things I want to share about my experience with the Strip, casinos, and gambling.

1. If you want to gamble, but don't want to blow a lot of money, the old school penny Buffalo slot machines are great. You can find them everywhere. Get your slot fix without feeling irresponsible. A dollar takes you a long way. 😂

2. I only recently found out what a hand-pay was. For those like me who need an explanation, it's when you win $1,200 or more. A slot attendant pays you and hands you a W2-G for your taxes.

3. If you're going to be walking around a lot, don't try to be cute. It's not worth it. Wear comfortable shoes.

4. Rides on the monorail are only $1 if you are a local.

5. The best building on the Strip doesn't have any slots: T-Mobile Arena. Go, Knights, Go! ⚔️

6. I still don't know how to play poker.

~Donna, #VegasBorn



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