WORST Tourist Traps in Las Vegas (Scams, Rip Offs & More) !!

WORST Tourist Traps in Las Vegas (Scams, Rip Offs & More) !!

What’s up Members of the Barrio It’s Jon coming to you from Las Vegas And Sin City has bigger rip offs than that over priced mini-bar in your room Today i’m going to be sharing with you the biggest tourist traps, scams, and ripoffs to avoid On your next trip to Las Vegas Make sure to tell me down below in the comments If any of these have ever affected you. Here we go. We are going to start with something you need to avoid Seconds after you step off the plane The slot machines at the airport While it may seem fun to start your gambling right away Just a few minutes into your vegas trip Let me tell you that these machines right here Have some of the worst payouts in town Not to mention you don’t get free booze For sitting around Which to me is half the fun Of gambling.. So save your betting until you get to the casino This scam is so common it even affected me my first trip to Las Vegas And it involves taking a taxi from the airport It’s called Longhauling Where instead of taking the local route What the taxi is going to do Is take the freeway instead Which is going to add at least an extra 10 dollars to your bill Watch how I handle this How are you? We’re going to Treasure Island I don’t want to take the tunnel. I want to take Swenson So remember When you talk to your driver tell them you don’t want to take the tunnel And if you want to get more specific Say that you want to take Swenson Or go the local route And also there are exceptions to this rule If you’re staying on the Northern part of the strip Let’s say the stratosphere Or west of the strip Let’s say Rio
It actually could make sense To take the freeway so make sure to check google maps In advance. Almost every single hotel in Las Vegas Charges the dreaded resort fee Which I think is one of the biggest rip offs out there It can be up to 45 dollars a night extra To cover such things as wi-fi, access to the pool, business center. Not necessarily things you’re going to be using during every stay anyway It’s never shown next to the price. It’s always something you’re going to be paying after Even in many cases if you book with reward points There are a couple of ways to get around it One would be if you gamble a lot.. They’ll certainly waive it Another would be if you have loyalty in a certain program Let’s use Caesars as an example If you’re Diamond with Caesars At any of their properties You would have the resort fee waived And then there’s another way.. which to me Just kind of justifies things a little bit And it’s called the $20 trick This is a city that runs on tips What you have to do Is stick a 20 dollar bill in between a credit card and your license When you check in And the front desk clerk Usually knows what’s going on I did that exact thing right here At Treasure Island And what you have to say is.. Do you have any complimentary upgrades available? Normally if they have upgrades available Which they usually do They’ll put you in a higher floor room With a view of the strip Which is what we got here at Treasure Island And on top of that for 20 dollars I got a bottle of champagne It helps to ease the pain of that resort fee a little bit Getting any kind of an upgrade There’s actually a website that you can go to To see if your hotel is a good candidate for the 20 dollar trick The website is called Frontdesktip.com Put your hotel in And see what your odds of success are going to be But the 20 dollar trick is one of those ways again to off-set Some of those high charges of Las Vegas You’re sitting down at a slot machine Enjoying one of the finest perks of Las Vegas The free drinks But did you know that MGM Resorts themselves have admitted To only putting 1.25 ounces of alcohol In each mixed drink When normally it’s supposed to be 1.5 ounces That explains why after 2 or 3 rum and cokes You might not be feeling anything Your best bet if you’re going to order anything at a casino for free Is beer Because you know exactly how much alcohol is going to be in it You’re walking down the strip It’s over 100 degrees And you see somebody selling a 1 dollar water bottle Now it seems like a good deal in practice but.. The Las Vegas Police Department actually did an undercover investigation And a lot of these guys were selling bottled water That was actually filled with local tap water I advise you not to buy bottled water from the street Instead buy it at CVS Or somewhere else Just to be on the safe side I originally wasn’t going to include this in the video But the CD Guys are alive and well in Las Vegas Somebody will approach you hand you a CD Say it’s their music And then demand a tip A lot of times there’s nothing on the CD Or even just one or two tracks Who even has a CD player anymore? Anyway, my best advice is just to avoid these guys at all costs Fake monks are an epidemic all over the USA New York has them And so does Las Vegas They’ll approach you try to slap a bracelet on your wrist And then ask you for a donation To a bogus temple They may even show you a guestbook of other people that have donated before Trust me.. It’s all lies Don’t donate to these guys They’re not real monks I dont’ recommend you spend full price on Vegas Show Tickets Unless it’s something that is absolutely Always sold out Instead you can check out one of the booths like here Tix4Tonight You can get discounts, 20, 30, even 50% if you’re lucky Or better yet Visit their website to see what deals they have going on You’ve got nothing to lose by checking This is one of the biggest rip offs in Vegas The Casino ATM Machines can charge you as much as 10 dollars Per transaction And i know they’re convenient to use But do yourself a favor And stop by one of the many bank ATM machines Along the strip To save a little bit of extra money Because you’re going to need that.. with all the spending you’re likely to do on your trip I urge you to stay away from the casino convenience stores They charge as much as 3 to 4 dollars for just a bottle of water You’re better off finding a CVS There are a lot of them all over Las Vegas You can get a 6 pack of water For 5 dollars And as a bonus you can also get your alcohol much cheaper there Bring it to your room And avoid some of those expensive mini-bar costs Which will rack up really quickly If you just start drinking right out of it Having a meal on the Vegas Strip is almost always going to cost A premium My go to affordable spot for a quick bite Is Tacos El Gordo North of the Wynn My favorite is the Adobada Made fresh right in front of you I order at least 3 every time Team Adriana approved And it’s not necessarily a rip off but do know that they don’t work for the casinos And they are going to expect some sort of a gratuity For taking a photo with them Something like 5 dollars Heck it can be a lot of fun Just make sure to give them something for their time You’re all dressed up with no place to go Walking along the strip And somebody approaches you Offering you VIP Club Passes To a bunch of the big events for that evening They’re going to assure you that you’ll cut the line And then they’re going to expect a tip from you When in reality you could just show up at the Casino yourself And pick up an early entry pass Or better yet use a website like FreeVegasClubPasses.com To put your ratio of guys to girls On the website Much simpler Much easier And you don’t have to tip anybody While we’re on the subject of people offering you free things on the strip Be careful about free show vouchers You may get offered them But you have to read the fine print closely A lot of these shows may have 2 drink minimums Or extra service fees On top of everything else If you’re going to get something for free in Vegas Usually there is some sort of a catch Always always read the fine print You’ve heard of all the awesome free shows you can watch on the strip in Las Vegas like the fountain show at the Bellagio Or the volcano at the Mirage But with these shows comes really big clusters of people And the opportunity for pickpockets To roam free Be extra careful with your belongings When you’re watching any of these shows Really stuck next to other people Ahh the Time Share guys Somebody is going to ask you.. is this your first time in Vegas? When are you leaving? They’re going to offer you free stuff Free shows, free food.. And give you this high pressure sales pitch To get a time share to come back To Las Vegas whenever you want If you’re approached by these people Just walk away Or say you’re leaving the next day Avoid all that high pressure stuff Guys make sure to tell down below in the comments If any of these have ever affected you? I’m curious Also check out my other scams playlist Also linked in the description Guys thank you so much for watching as always Until next time

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  2. First time I went to Vegas I got caught with the CD scam. Never even listened to it so I don’t know if there was even anything on it!

  3. how much money do you need for a two week stay in las vegas and you like playing the pokie machines and eating out and having some booze ?

  4. Slots at the airport are the loosest in town wtf… they’re there to make newcomers think they’re gonna win all over. Google it.

  5. The $20 trick doesn't work anymore. Also, MOST of the Casinos on the STRIP have nearly cut out live interaction with an Employee to Check In, and have made many CHECK IN KIOSKS. So, Computors are who you interact with now.

  6. Where were you when we made our first trip to Vegas ? we sure could have used your great tips !!!!! especially the damn time share sharks !

  7. 5:40 a pushy 'Budhist nun' tried to slip some bracelet on my hand for a donation on the Strip….. I pushed her back and laughed at her while screaming "CHOY-UN-HE-HAY!!!" which is Korean for 'STOP!' i think. but she got the message. ?

  8. I have stayed in hotels all over the world, from Dubai to Hong Kong, the only place I have been scammed for resort fees is Vegas, if you lads don’t mind getting ripped off then it’s not a problem.

  9. 46 years living in Vegas. 27 of those trying to drive an ambulance up and down the strip. Since I retired in 2010 I have not been down Las Vegas bvld once. At any rate the 1970s strip WAS so much nicer.

  10. I actually won $3500.00 on my first "pull" on the one-armed bandit at the airport. My flight was delayed, so I figured "Why Not"… Well, all the bells went off!!!! I guess I was VERY LUCKY!

  11. Have a sewn pocket in your jacket on your right handed side if you're right handed. Pickpockets will expect your pocket to be on your left. )or opposite if you're left handed. My Passport and critical cards are there, along with photo copies in my room. Keep your drivers' license in a separate wallet/case and if you're female, don't have EVERYTHING in your one bag. Safe travels.


  13. It also depends on who you know sometimes you could be given show or concert tickets ? etc or even your parking/speeding ticket ? to disappear ?????

  14. this guy a fool you can buy a 24 pack of water for 3bucks why would you go threw all the trouble to find old water bottles refill them with tap water lol vegas cops just dicks and vegas wants you to go in cvs and pay 4 bucks a water

  15. THE TIME SHARE GUYS ARE THE BEST! You get free food and free tickets to shows they pick you up in limo and sometimes discounts off of rooms. The pressure sales is over blown. You simply watch the show tour some great room and get a ton of free stuff at the end. Quit trying to scare people with YOUR own fears. The time share tours are GREAT!

  16. Family trip last year, I had to find one of the few hotels with free parking and no resort fees. I've been coming to Vegas for a very long time but this was the first in a decade. Lots of changes in that time.

  17. I live in Las Vegas, and I can tell everybody who might be interested, that there are nice hotels that are not on the Strip where even tourists can have a good experience. They include the South point, and any of the Station Casino properties. Along with live entertainment and all of the usual gaming, they have such things as multi-cinema movie theaters and bowling centers. The food in these places is also quite good.

  18. They call it "Las" Vegas for a good reason you loose your money there. Complete con job! Don't waste your time going to scam Vegas.

  19. ha… just don't come here! it's not that fun! unless you have deep pockets! and you throw your money around which no one has. like make it rain! ha. there is so much bullshit here now with charges. it turns people off! i live here. 30 years. from ny. long island. i got it!. this place is destroyed! dirty shit. i worked for ecolab. seen it. you'd shit!. that taco joint is actually your safest bet! ha. go somewhere else! then you go into your hotel. shade at the pool??? $$$$. etc. etc. etc. it jst burn you out and ruins the whole thing. disgusting! go to hawaii and get a bottle and dream? not being stressed. not who wants a dollar! this place sucks ass now..

  20. Great video. Be careful of the girls approaching you near the hotel lobies when you may have been drinking. Many properties have security at the elevators to prevent them from soliciting on the room floors (without a room key).

  21. I live here and I have been approached for all of the above even the "girls to your room" In the daytime!

  22. Las Vegas is a shit hole. It has ruined my State of Nevada. Like most thing in the world, money talks and everything else is just lip services. Most of the locals do their best to avoid anything that is near tourist. I get that tourism is what keeps some economies alive but the level of rip off is in Vegas is enough for me to wish the place burns down to the ground along with the people…

  23. Just FYI, I have won many times in the airport, while even hitting a $1 Royal Flush on video poker.
    AND I know many people who have won ON SLOT MACHINES before going home while some have won HUGE! you have to be at the right place at the right time!
    So that comment is not even valid regarding ripoff.
    As far as the taxi, yes you are right!
    I USED to tell them during the 80's-90's when going to the D.I. back then, take the back road when they would say I will get you there fast using the freeway, I always said no just take the back road, they knew what I meant.
    Good video for the beginner in LV, nice job.

  24. Had a prostitute after we had our fun went for a pee
    Caught her going thrue my pockets lucky I was watching her in the mirror

  25. I arrived at Las Vegas the evening before payday so I was kinda broke. Put $5 in a slot machine and won $160 my 1st try so I was good for that night ?

  26. Very good video and very true. Unfortunately Las Vegas is loaded with scam artists , crooks  and bums.  Their are also a lot of wonderful people that live there as well !!!!!!!!!

  27. You are on point with this. I've spent days and days in Vegas for my business and watched people get screwed by all of these scams. Also, here's a tip for dealing with the timeshare guys: if you are a man, tell them you live there and think they are cute. ("You wanna' come back to my place?") This will scare them away very quickly and it's funny to watch them retreat.

  28. Great tips. I met a guy asking me money to fill up his tank to go home to L.A. I figuredbout that he was a gambler, who ran out of money and was preying people for money. Giving him a benefit of doubt I asked him that I would fill up his van's tank if he could take me to his vehicle( I was serious and figured out that 50 dollars would fill his tank). He told me that his vehicle was three block awsy and I told him not to worry. I was out for a walk anyway. After walking about 50 yeards he stopped and told me that he could not make to LA on one full tank. I told him to call any family member from where his vehicle was out of juice. He wzlked few step again and stopped telling me that he had a guy in casino, who told him that he would help him after he was done gambling. I said good bye to him and he walked into the Casino. Hw was a fraud. I don't know how many people he rips off by telling his story. He may be living on the street of Vegas. I am talking about 8 years ago. I am sure he and others like him may be, still, there ripping good hearted people or they may have changed their tactics.

  29. You’re the reason were not as nice as California. Give your balls a tug you fxcken degen. Who even are you? Get back to crankin your shank you tart shxt. ES LV

  30. Ended up giving a cd guy $20 bucks! He caught me off guard. Put the CD in the nearest trash can and went on with my walk on the strip!

  31. Vegas was fantastic when Elvis was king, the Rat Pack was cool and the mob ran things… At least I've been told.

  32. I played limo driver in that shit hole. "What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas" ha, some fool was propositioning me like I was a whore, I just got the car up to speed, slammed brakes, he did a dash mash, I dumped it on the side of the road. Just cause you are in Vegas does not mean you can be disrespectful ?

  33. I did het the timeshare class and took the free tickets i just told them i was not interested, they asked me can you at least think a out it? I said i wii get them on my next trip because my hubby doesn't want them. I never did though I've been there 3 times after that. Is a pain though they insist on you to do it is crazy.

  34. Been twice and stayed at The Berkley part of The Silverton, it is one or two bedroom apartments, NO resort fees, it 6 miles from the strip, its quiet has a pool, casino across the way with lots of places to eat. Used Uber which I love because it is a set fee!

  35. My friend and I was approached buy a guy giving free passes with limo service to a strip club. We gave him a $10 tip and everything was legit! We were super shocked. They gave us drink passes and we had a great time.

  36. going to vegas in a few months so I've been watching vegas tips and tricks videos all weekend.  this is by far the best of what I've seen.  not only are the tips spot-on but the video/audio quality is great and an appropriate amount of snarkiness is added for no additional charge.  thanx.

  37. Perfect. We'll be visiting in October for the first time so this video is definitely a good to know. Cheers Jon!

  38. I always keep that wallet in my front pocket, aware of my cell and keys. Nothing expensive in the back pack, all on my person. Yes you will get ripped off if you let up your guard. Good insight, like this video. I try not to flash out the wallet but maybe before hitting the strip have cash only on one of the pockets. This way no one can grab the wallet and push me and be off.

  39. Respectfully, I disagree with your stance on timeshare salesmen on the strip. I've had great experiences touring cheaply constructed timeshares in exchange for fantastic tickets to popular shows. From the sales tour to pointing out the numerous errors in their sales material – the whole process may take 1 – 2 hrs. Accounting for time and tickets costs, laughing your way through a 90 minute hotel tour equates to earning 75-150$ per hour.

  40. To avoid the tunnel/highway, say you want to go up the strip. Any argument, say ‘I’m not in a hurry, gee I want to see the strip.” Always found it works,

  41. So I just got back from Vegas.
    * "Many bank ATM's along the strip"? There are none. Neither are there any in a 2-block radius around the strip. You'll need a rental car or an Uber to get to one.
    * CVS/Walgreens on the strip add $5 to each and every item compared to their regular off-strip prices. It's not a good choice to get water from, in fact, it is just another scam. I definitely didn't see a "six-pack of water" for $5 there! Vending machines are your best bet. The vending machines in the Forum Shops are owned by Coca-Cola, and they charge non-inflated prices for a bottle of Dasani. However, the catch is that they're in the restrooms all the way in the back.
    * As for the other scams, I can confirm they all seem to be very much alive in August 2019, though it's not hard to avoid them if you do your homework and watch this video.

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