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Here are some basic dos and don’ts when visiting Las Vegas:

Gaming Etiquette

It's best to not bring personal electronic items into the casino and visitors cannot use a cell phone while seated at a casino game. Guests cannot bring a cell phone or pager into the sports book section of the casinos. All players must be at least 21 years old - no exceptions.


Our visitors are in a desert. Therefore, the body will need fluids, especially in the summer months. We suggest carrying a bottle of water and be sure to bring sunscreen.


The high-concentration areas of Las Vegas are among the safest places for visitors in the world. Security is tight, but that doesn't mean visitors should not take the same precautions they would at home. We recommend being aware of surroundings and staying away from threatening situations. If gaming, keep an eye on purses, change buckets or chips. If there is an incident, police and security personnel are generally highly visible.

Smoking Etiquette

Compared to the rest of North America, Vegas is still smoker-friendly, with a smoke 'em if you got 'em attitude in the casinos. Non-smokers should look for a no-smoking table or slots area, which many hotels have. Some restaurants now enforce a no-smoking policy, while others offer areas where visitors can still light up.

Tipping Guidelines

In Vegas, 15 to 20 percent of the total bill is a good rule of thumb for tipping. Some additional guidelines follow.

Hotel personnel
Generally tip $1 to $2 for each bag of luggage. If the visitor is using concierge services, a $5 tip is appropriate.

Dealers and slot attendants
A small bet for the dealer is the usual method of tipping at gaming tables. A small tip is also appropriate for keno runners and slot attendants.

Taxi drivers and tour guides
Taxi drivers usually receive $1 to $2 for a direct route, or follow the 15 to 20 percent rule, whichever is greater. Visitors should provide $1 to $2 to tour guides for each person at the end of the tour.

Valet parking and housekeeping
Visitors should tip $2 to a parking valet, while $2 a day is a good tip for housekeeping services.

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