Three Usual Scams to Avoid When in Vegas


Las Vegas, the diamond, golden nugget or pearl of the Nevada desert, home to the world's most glittering casinos and incredible shows, a Mecca for gamblers from all over the United States... these are all true. But Las Vegas has another side, one that is out to make an extra buck off the hundreds of thousands visiting the city during a year. Here are some scams you can usually be subject to when visiting the city, and how to avoid them.

1. Celebrity Chefs' Restaurants

Being such a popular destinations for tourists willing to spend some money, Las Vegas is a perfect place to set up a restaurant for celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, or Tom Colicchio. Some tourists visiting the city for the first time might be led to believe that the celebrities themselves are the ones running these venues, cooking their meals in person. This is not true at all - most of the celebrity chefs backing restaurants in Vegas seldom visit the city, and even then just for a photo opportunity or a special events. These restaurants all have well trained chefs and incredible dishes on their menus, but they are not at all cooked by the well known kitchen wizards themselves.

2. Too long taxi routes

Although local authorities have eliminated most drivers taking tourists to their destination using an unnecessarily long route, the phenomenon still exists. Some drivers (not all, of course) consider tourists and first time visitors an easy prey, making some extra cash by taking them to their hotel on a route longer than necessary. Visitors can avoid being scammed by such drivers by taking a look at the Nevada Taxicab Authority website, which has a list of the approximate fares from the city's McCarran Airport to the venues at the Las Vegas Strip. They usually know their destination in advance, after all...

3. Blackjack tables paying 6 to 5

This is one of the most ruthless scams employed by some of the local casinos. Las Vegas is a place most people visit for gambling, and Blackjack is one of the most popular table games here. Some casinos have introduced a new version of the game, with payouts set at 6 to 5 instead of the traditional 3 to 2. 6 to 5 may sound good at first, but if you do your math, you will see that while the traditional game pays $1.5 for a $1 bet, the new version only pays $1.2. This increases the house advantage, and leaves winners with less money in their pockets. Avoid 6 to 5 blackjack tables. (This never happens at casino lavida or other internet venues.)

Las Vegas is the city of glitter, lights and fame, but it has a darker side, out for its visitors' money. Beware!