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Auburn, Illinois
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Forgive my ignorance

Oh, gods and goddesses of Vegas wisdom, forgive this Vegas virgin's ignorance.

Here are my admittedly ignorant questions:

Am I fooling myself to think that I will be able to play quarter slots, or should I plan to play $1 or higher?

Is it possible to get decent food without breaking the bank?

Is staying at the Excalibur a mistake?

Is there anything under $50 a ticket worth seeing? Shows, museums or otherwise.

Thanks in advance,

Tina

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1. Re: Forgive my ignorance

Carotgirl,

Everytime I go to Vegas, all I play on slots is pennies. I may not win 1000 jackpots but I do win 200-300 ones. Only once have I ever put a bill into a dollar slot. and I lost.

There are some gret free shows and some inexpensive shows. Vegas.com has a list of all the shows that are going on, free and $$$$$ along with a description. Best free show is Big Elvis at Bills.

Inexpensive food is there --Ellis Island is one place right behind Bally's. There are plenty of inexpensive places DT for food. I'm not too familiar with other places on the strip.

I have never been in Excalibur, so I don't know what the rooms are like. Hopefully some one who has stayed there will help you.

Enjoy your trip!

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1. Quarter slots are fine. Play whatever machine you can play full credits on, might be nickel, quarter, or dollar.

2. Absolutely

3. Yes. Big.

4. Yes. Many free shows (Bellagio Fountains, TI pirates, Mirage Volcano). You can get many tickets under $50, especially once you arrive at the 1/2 price booths.

Auburn, Illinois
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Where do you play penny slots?! I never heard of such a thing!!

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Why would you not be able to play quarter slots? There are plenty of them. Is it a matter of self control?

There is lots of decent food in Vegas that isn't too expensive. Of course "too expensive" is a subjective term. A lot of restaurants show their menus online. You should be able to get an idea of what the restaurant prices are ahead of time.

I wouldn't stay at Excal because I find the property to be fairly run down. But again, it depends on what you are looking for.

I don't know of any great shows for under $50 per ticket but stop by the 1/2 price ticket booth each morning and see what they have. It's getting easier to get good deals. For instance, I like the show Jubilee! You might be able to find a good price for that show.

If you plan a little you will be able to have a lot of fun without breaking the bank.

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Hi there,

I've stayed at Excalibur before and I didn't mind it. I've stayed in nice places and cheaper places and honestly as long as the shower works and you stuff is safe it really doesn't matter.

Cheap food can be found everywhere. Most hotels have sort of a food court deal. There are fast food places along the strip and cafes in most hotels as well.

Take advantage of all of the free things there are to see.. just trying to make it to a few hotels to check them out will keep you busy! You'll be shocked at how massive they all are.

You're going to have a blast!

Auburn, Illinois
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My plan is to plan. I am just having a bit of overload in the process not knowing really anything about Vegas except the big names. There's just so much to choose from that I'm having trouble narrowing it down... :) I guess that's a good problem to have.

Thanks for the info so far - I look forward to more replies!

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I can agree with most all of the above. We were in Vegas last week and spent 2 nites at Excalibur. We thought the rooms were fine. We were comped two nights in a wide screen room. A year and a half we spentr five nights there and thought it was fine. Just don't expect the Wynn and you will be fine. The penny slots are all ove. Most machines are multi denom.

Auburn, Illinois
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My casino experience entails a HoChunk reservation casino about 10 years ago, and a Bahamian casino about 5 years ago... so...

How on earth do you get a room comped?

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9. Re: Forgive my ignorance

First, there are places much better than Excalibur.. try the Tropicana just across the street. I love that corner, lots going on. For a decent show, not too expensive, I have seen BITE at the Stratodphere with 1/2 price tickets from the 1/2 price store... if you like loud rock music, bare bodies, etc.... great show! Check your coupons that the hotel will give you. If you stay at the Trop and gamble for 1 hour you could earn tickets to the Follies... great Las Vegas showgirl show. Enjoy your trip!

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10. Re: Forgive my ignorance

Carotgirl, have no fear.Inexpensive Gaming, dining and shows in Vegas, and good ones too, are plentiful. If you want to try a great dinner buffet without going far north of $30 per se, check out Planet Hollywood's Spice Market. Great variety, fresh food and at least as im typing this now while eating there, not too crowded.