WSOP 2012 Hints and Tips

Hiring a Car

Hiring a car is always the best option when it comes to Las Vegas as the costs of getting from A to B can certinainly build up. Whether it be a quick trip down to the supermarket or to get some dinner, having a car really makes it easier – and that’s not even considering arriving and leaving a poker tournament or cash game yet.

However the one thing that you must consider when hiring a car is insurance. If you take out travel insurance in Australia with a level that covers the car excess it will only cost you a few hundred instead of the $30-minimum a day that car rental places will charge. So in conclusion, get travel insurance, hire a car, and save a few thousand dollars that you’ll be able to put towards a few tournaments.

Cheap Phone Options

Instead of racking up huge International phone bills by using your Australian mobile, head to Cellular Superstore at Fashion Show Mall. For just $45 a month you get unlimited domestic text messaging and calls as well as International text messaging and you can receive free International calls but can't make them. There is also unlimited internet access, picture messaging and email access. 

As for phone options there are a range of phones starting at $29 and going up to $299 with HTC, Samsung and Blackberry some of the options. The network is MetroPCS, and although the quality of calls can sometimes be less than premium, the value in the deal is worth a few echoing phone calls.

Eat Healthy … Go to Wholefoods

Located on Charlestown (Summerlin) and at Townsquare and The District (Henderson), Wholefoods sells the highest quality natural and organic products and gives shoppers better options then the dominant fast food places in Las Vegas.

Although it is more expensive then the average supermarket, the benefits will be felt in your body as all the food sold at Wholefoods are better options all round – and they even sell ready-made meals you can eat in store.

Who Can Resist $1 Bowling?

The answer is no one! The Gold Coast (opposite the Rio and Palms) offers $1 lane and shoe hire as well as $1 beers after midnight. There are other casinos that offer the same deal (Red Rock and South Point) but are both off the Strip. So if you want a fun and cheap activity where you can get drunk, prop bet and get off tilt, then $1 bowling can’t be beat.

Swing a Bat

Think you can convert those cricket skills to the baseball field? Well make your way to Slugger Stadium (East Sunset Road near the Airport) where bat hire costs $2 and another $2 gets you 14 pitches. There are a range of different speeds of pitches to test out and a deep outfield to see if you are the next Albert Pujols.

Shoot hoops

There are several places where you can shoot hoops, but one great place that’s less than 15 minutes from the Strip is the Desert Breeze Park (located on the corner Spring Mountain and Durango). There are two outdoor courts with full night time lighting that lasts until midnight. Often there are pick-up games in the late afternoon / early evening, but if you can’t get in the game, then there are vast fields next to the courts which are great for kicking a footy or soccer ball.

Get That Dress Code Right

For those that are Vegas virgins, going to a club in Las Vegas is very different to back in Australia. Good luck trying to get into a club with a crumby pair of jeans, sneakers and a v-neck because unless you are getting a booth (where that outfit just passes) you’ll need a dress shirt and shoes and a nice pair of pants to get in the door. As for getting the girl, we can’t help you with that one!



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