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Q: I am off to Vegas. Tips and tricks for the Casino, please.

Casino secrets friendly dealerDon’t play with the locals

If the dealer is calling these people by name, you know they are locals. They are daily players. They know their chips, and they know the dealer—which means your chances of winning are thinner. Pick up your chips and move to a table where tourists like you are playing. If they’re drunk, even better!

Carry less cash

A standing casino joke goes like this:

Q: which machine pays the most at the casino?

A: the ATM machine.

It’s a joke with a message for you: don’t carry more than you plan to spend. It’s easy to get carried away at the casino. Leave your debit and credit cards behind, and carry only as much cash as you can spend without feeling terrible if and when you lose it. The idea is to have fun!

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Stack your chips safely

Always place your higher denomination chips at the bottom of your pile. That way, a roaming thief won’t be able to lop off  big amount—you’ll be surprised how many chips and bags get stolen at casinos daily.

casino betsKnow how much to bet

When you’re losing, start placing smaller bets. If you continue to lose, walk away rather than hoping for the next deal to be a jackpot. Remember: the majority of casino visitors leave with their pockets empty. That’s because the games are designed to the advantage of the casino, not the player.

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Know the game before you play

If you’ve never played poker before, don’t start without a basic idea of what it’s all about. Ideally, you should read up on the basics before you leave your home or hotel. If you didn’t have the time to do that, simply stand by a table for a few minutes and request a kindly-looking player to allow you to let him/her play. After a few rounds, you’ll get the hang of it. Don’t be shy to ask the players for tips and advice while the game is on. Many are happy to oblige!

Play the maximum coins in the slots.
How do you get the biggest bonus? Simple. You play the most coins. So, pick a machine that lets you put in the maximum amount of coins, rather than one with a higher limit into which you can put only one or two coins. Rule of thumb: if you put in less, you will get less.

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Play the new machines

Team Travel Secrets has been on the move quite a bit, and we know from personal experience that brand new machines promising multiple bonuses and payouts actually deliver the goods. Try them.

Best of luck!

Q: I am going to Niagara Falls. What else should I see and do there?

ImageA: TS Editor Shubhra Krishan has 10 great ideas for you!

Catch the night lights: During day, the Falls are bathed in sunlit rainbows. At night, they change into an opera of light and grandeur. Take up a room that gives you the view; it’s every bit worth the extra you pay. If you’re lucky and a local festival is on, you’ll be treated to some magnificent fireworks, too!

 

Stroll up Clifton Hill: this steep street snakes its way seductively up Niagara town. It’s filled with fun, and dotted with cool, kitschy attractions: souvenir shops, open-air eateries, ice-cream parlours and museums with names like Nightmares Fear Factory and the Fun House. Perfect for both adults and kids.

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Try your luck at the Casinos: The town of Niagara has two towering casinos, equipped with state-of-the-art slot machines and dozens of table games. After you have viewed the Falls at night, get inside one of them and try your luck.  Who needs Vegas?

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Get a view from above:  The 12-minute Niagara Helicopter ride is totally worth the splurge.  Let the snug headphones hug your ears, and lift off to enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular aerial views. This short trip is composed of two things every traveller craves:  jaw-dropping moments and fantastic photo opportunities.

Drive down to the Floral Clock: Located at the foot of Niagara town, this 40-foot wide timepiece is decorated with—hold your breath—nearly 20,000 carpet bedding plants. It has been keeping time with flowers and sunshine since 1950. Stand, stare, and of course, adjust your watch.

floral clock

Take a walk in the Park: The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden is a floral wonderland with 40 hectares of plants and flowers, including a rose garden that boasts more than 2400 roses. Winding footpaths lead past the Butterfly Conservatory, ponds and arboretum. The best part: admission is free!

botanical garden niagra

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