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Do you just bring cash? Travellers cheques? Put it all on Visa and take cash advances? Can we use our Canadian bank debit cards there?

I don't want to carry $1000 cash, help!

Pickering, Canada
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1. Re: Canadians?

i would just take how much youre planning on spending , in us , carry some for each day and rest put in the safe in your room ....

bring the credit card for emergency only .

thats what i do

Milton, Canada
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2. Re: Canadians?

You can bring $30 worth of $1 bills for tips and a few $20s then bring Traveller's cheques for the rest. They can be exchanged in any casino cashier. As the other poster said, bring your CC just in case.

Toronto, Canada
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3. Re: Canadians?

We just use our debit cards, they work in all the ATM's in the casinos.

Winnipeg, Canada
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4. Re: Canadians?

We were there in Feb. We took cash for incidentals during the day and playing the machines...used credit cards for meals and purchases. Worked fine for us.

Any cash we didn't need for the day stayed in the safe.

Sarnia, Ontario
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5. Re: Canadians?

I take it all. Cash, traveller cheques, visa and debit card. I have enough cash on me to get me started then when I need them I cash in the travellers cheques. The visa is good if I need to book shows or expensive dinners. I have to have my ATM card at all times you never know when you might need some extra cash.

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6. Re: Canadians?

I always take enough cash for my first few days of gambling, pay for room, meals and shopping with Visa and use the ATM at the casino if I'm not lucky at the slots and need more cash LOL.

I'm very careful using my debit card anywhere so I always pick a casino for my withdrawals and make it large to avoid paying fees for small withdrawals. With casino's high security I feel safer using their ATMs.

Note: Many Canadians don't realize that when using their Visa card for foreign currency transactions they are charged a 2.5% fee (very small print on your statement) also cash advances on your credit card cost you interest from the day you take the advance I believe, if you are not a frequent traveller it never hurts to advise VISA the dates you will be using your card in Vegas

Hope this helps


Wooster, Ohio
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7. Re: Canadians?

With the use of atm cards, traveler checks are going by the wayside. My bank issues very few of them these days. We travel with some cash and use the atm card for advances. Hit the atm for a few days cash at a time. Everything else can be put on a card too.

The only time it becomes inconvenient is when you have to do the conversion for your own records in pesos or euros. The U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar are pretty close right now.

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8. Re: Canadians?

If you do use an ATM at a casino, make sure you check the fees first on that particular machine. Some of their rates are pretty high. I remember one machine that my mom almost used until she saw she'd be charged a $12 fee. No thanks.

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9. Re: Canadians?

I take as much cash as I am gambling and tipping!

For all meals and or shopping I iwll use the credit card, I usually put money on my card before I go so there is`nt a huge bill waiting for me after all my Vegas fun.

Taking money out on your credit card down there can be pricey, we paid $18.95 for 1 transaction so if you are thinking that take money out locally in Canada. Travelers cheques can be frowned upon also.

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10. Re: Canadians?

I keep track of the dollar and when our loonie is equal to the u.s. dollar or more, I exchange like $3,000 and just bring all that cash with me to vegas. I hide some in my luggage but most in the hotel safe. I only take what I want to spend out of the safe for that particular day. I don't bring credit cards or bank cards......I don't trust myself. Never had a problem this way.