I have been to Vegas 4 times. My favorite part was fine dining and awesome shows. I started playing slots but quickly became bored. I found Black Jack tutorials on line and learned the basics . I carry a strategy card I enjoy sitting at the BJ table with an assortment of people . I play the lowest ante table and bet conservatively. In Louisiana we have barge casinos on rivers in NOLA, Baton Rouge , Lake Charles and Shreveport. There are also several Native American reservation casinos. I always have a $ limit. I bring cash and leave the debt card and credit cards at home . I usually walk away with a few hundred dollars extra in my wallet. It is entertainment. I do not make the side bets. I call them sucker bets. If I am not sure about a play I ask the dealer . I do not consider myself an expert at BJ. I am happy if I break even. The last time I went to a casino I played for 18 hours. There were 2 women at the table who could do a stand up comedy routine . I laughed until tears ran down my legs. I walked away with $600 extra and woke the next morning with my face hurting from laughing so much . The poor dealer was VERY pregnant . As in 4 weeks from her due date. She laughed so much that she had to ask for an unscheduled bathroom break That is why I play BJ and not slots. Not to mention that BJ has the best odds . I am not a Horse racing fan . My sister and BILL breed quarter horses . When there is a breeder's cup race I will bet on there babies and win. Last year they sold a colt at auction for $400,000. You know it. They are very smart, successful, sought after breeders. The sad thing is that I have friends who are addicted to gambling. They a thing in their head that makes them believe that they can get rich gambling. Such an oxymoron . I know that walking into a casino means "make a donation . Give me all of your money. " I have a bad taste in my mouth about gambling. I made a huge mistake and married a compulsive gambler. I did not know that. He was also a very talented compulsive liar . The marriage lasted 6 months. He cleaned out my savings account, checking account and maxed out my credit cards. It took years to recover financially. I do not have a problem with gambling as long as there is a limited entertainment budget and no delusional thinking about getting rich. Sorry I ramble.