Las Vegas Isn’t Just About Gambling

Las Vegas a.k.a. ‘sin city’ is a popular destination for both international and American tourists every year, millions of people will visit the strip in the summer months alone and will no doubt lose plenty of money but have a great time whilst doing it. Las Vegas vacations are a great way to get away from it all, if you have a hectic lifestyle and you always seem to be rushing somewhere then just take a week or two off and hit Vegas, you will forget all about it with amount of things to do there!

People think Las Vegas is all about gambling and while that may be largely true as it does revolve around hundreds of casino’s it is not all there is to do there, there is more than one side to Vegas. Rather than hitting the blackjack or roulette table as soon as you get there, why not see the sights and experience the other side to the city. You can arrive at McCarran International Airport, drop your bags off at the hotel and then go on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon after that you could get something to eat and then see a show, maybe Tom Jones or Wayne Newton who are regular performers. If singing and dancing isn’t your thing then you could go and visit the MGM Grand and see if there is some boxing on, there is no shortage of world title fights on there, only the biggest and the best get to fight in Vegas, the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Bernard Hopkins and Manny Pacquiao.

Vegas is also renowned for its adult entertainment sector, there are plenty of strip clubs to choose from when you’re there and these helped Vegas get the name ‘sin city’, it’s from all the people who go there, have a bit too much to drink and then make a ‘mistake’. But you know the saying, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

When you go to Vegas it is like stepping into a dream world, it is unusual experience, you are in the middle of a desert and when you are flying in you see absolutely nothing until you are about to land when you get the glimmer of the lights coming closer and closer. You then head for the strip and see flashing lights all around you, none stop action wherever you look and people trying to sell you tickets or get you in their casino/hotel. Even though you are on a relaxing Las Vegas vacation it feels like it is none stop action throughout your trip and it’s over all too soon.

Of course you will want to hit a casino at some point in your stay and the secret to this is set aside a certain amount of money you are prepared (and can afford) to lose and then only take that in with you, don’t take credit cards or your whole wallet, this is how people lose lots of money there, they get carried away. Work your way around the table have a bit of fun on the slots, blackjack, roulette or craps, it is definitely worth a go if you have never done it before. Money won is better than money earned! If you win a decent amount then it’ll make your trip and you won’t be able to wait to get back there again, if you lose then so be it, you’ve had a fantastic trip and it was worth it to you. Las Vegas vacations are certainly one of the best ways to spend your time off from work.

Las Vegas vacations are one of the most popular destinations in the world. When looking at vacation packages and travel deals to Las Vegas bundle and save your packages for better deals on your vacations. Buying the car, flight, hotel, and activities all at once will increase the savings on your trip.

How Matched Betting Changed The Way I Think About Gambling

I was barely 18 and had not long been legally allowed to step inside a bookmaker when I discovered a phrase that unknowingly at the time was about to change my fortunes – matched betting.

My Dad had grown up impartial to a flutter on the Grand National but was not a betting man. The same was true to the rest of my family. My closest friends were huge football fans and some might say this is where many relationships with the betting world begin as here in the UK we absorb such a huge number of gambling related advertisements pre and post build up and between halves throughout the course of a regular Soccer Saturday or Super Sunday as Sky famously branded its coverage of the English Premier League. Still though – only one of them had ever been inclined to pass through the revolving door of rags and riches into the realms of the bookie and this was never much an influence on me.

With this in mind, it strikes me odd that I ever gave matched betting a shot in the first instance and if you asked me how I actually initially discovered the term I actually struggle to remember.

I guess I was probably looking for information on how to make money online as many young lads at that age no doubt do and somehow stumbled on to a goldmine of information discussing everyday regular folk consistently snatching money out of bookmaker and casino owners hands through implementing a method of arbitrage.

Admittedly when my eyes first set on this feast of information I was a bit dumbfounded by it all. I understood the principles but actually undertaking any of calculations myself seemed a bit scary. More so for somebody who had never actually staked a bet at a bookmaker before! In fact I think I can say with confidence that I never actually physically stepped inside a bookie and placed a bet over the counter until I had already extracted thousands of pounds worth of easy coin through matched betting.

I’m a bookmaker’s nightmare!

For those of you reading this little discourse down memory lane then you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about when I raise the phrase matched betting?

Simply put – matched betting is the process by which you match any bet you place at a bookmaker with an opposing bet at a betting exchange to ensure you cover all outcomes.

In taking a classic football match by way of example let’s suppose Manchester United are taking on Liverpool in no doubt bitterly, heated local derby at Old Trafford.

A normal punter of whom have contributed to the continued success and endless riches of bookmakers all around the world would undoubtedly just stake their money on a single outcome and then hope that within the event that their prediction comes to fruition.

A matched better on the above hand is for the most part not entirely bothered by the final outcome of a game because they will have covered every scenario.

Again – an example of matched betting would be to stake a bet of £10 on Manchester United to beat Liverpool at odds of 2/1 but then head on over to a betting exchange such as Betfair and bet against Man United to win at odds of 2/1.

Are you confused yet? Good! Because I sure was – and partly because on the face of it carrying out the process of matched betting seems to hold little value at all! What’s the point in betting to win at a bookmaker and betting against the bet you’ve just placed at a betting exchange right!?

On foundation of the above bets I have identified you would for sure be right that I have little to gain from them unless the odds represented an arbitrage opportunity. In this instance I’d have nothing to gain from them. From the bets I have exemplified I wouldn’t make a single penny.

My purpose of carrying this out however lies in the finer details and the fact that with the abundance of online bookmakers situated all around the world we find ourselves in an advantageous situation whereby we can choose where we bet and therefore the bookmakers must make us a convincing special offer to get us to play with them – they give us free bets (or bonuses!).

If I am to sign up with a bookmaker that wants to match my deposit and offer me a free bet of up to £50 after I first place a bet then consider that that first bet can be a matched bet like the one I specified above.

I might make nothing from this bet alone but importantly I would have qualified for the bookmakers sign up bonus and will be rewarded with a £50 free bet for my troubles!

This is free money that I can then – again through the principles of matched betting – extract and keep for myself.

Rather than gamble my money in the purest sense I have invested it through method of risk-free staking. Sure you could argue that I could have put my £50 free bet on a long odds 10/1 shot, cross my fingers and hope for the best. And sure you’d be right that if that were to come in I’d be laughing but the reality is that it’s a 10/1 shot for the reason that it’s unlikely to occur and I’d be far better off collecting the tidy, guaranteed sum of £50 instead.

That’s a far better interest rate than a bank or building society is ever going to give you and essentially only takes a few minutes work!

So this is how matched betting changed the way I think about gambling. The phrase ‘gambling is a mugs game’ still resonates well with many and that’s for good reason. It kind of is – unless you think outside the box and turn the odds in your favour through advantage play like that I’ve described.

My time matched betting nearly spans over a decade now (that’s scary in considering how much I’ve aged) and with the profits I’ve generated from it I’ve survived university without having to get a job, travelled the world and banked considerable funds to look after my future. I can honestly say hand on heart that I could not have done many things I have done in life without the support of the gambling industry who have genuinely gifted me thousands and thousands of pounds