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Old Apr 1, 10, 10:49 pm   #1
 
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Do they check IDs in Vegas/Are there lines to get into casinos?

I am 21 and have a DL, so I'm not trying to break the law. I was wondering if there are lines to get into casinos and if they are checking IDs as you enter. I have a meeting at 10 and a lunch at 12, and I was wondering if I could just walk into a casino, spend like 15-20 minutes playing blackjack and just walk out and make it to my lunch. Will there be a line to get into the casinos/is it hard to get a seat at a table before noon on a weekday? If I have to wait in line and have them spend 5 minutes looking at my ID and trying to figure out why the picture looks like my younger brother its not worth it to go over there. Anyone have any experience, or suggestions? I want it to be empty enough where I can walk in and find a seat within 1-2 minutes, but not so empty that I have to say "hi, no, i don't need any help" to 30 people on my way in.

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Old Apr 1, 10, 11:01 pm   #2
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Lines to enter casinos (and waits for places (seats) at tables and machines) are a phenomenon found in some states that heavily regulate gambling facilities (restricted hours, maximum number of players admitted per hour, etc). These things are not found in the wide-open, 24-hour Nevada gaming environment.

Generally: There is no ID check to enter the casino proper. When you sit down to play, if you appear especially young, you may be asked to provide identification, but the process will be completed quickly - the intent is to keep the games moving, not to create hassles for customers.
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Is your meeting in the rooms associated with a casino? Or is it in another hotel? Which ones?

It might be a long walk from the hotel entrance/exit you choose to the gaming area.
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No line or hassle to enter a Vegas casino (especially at noon on a weekday). It's a certainty you'll be carded at the blackjack table. It's also a near-certainty you'll do something to reveal what a noob you are, but who cares?

Recommend you spend a LONG time REALLY studying and memorizing blackjack basic strategy, for example by using practice drill software, BEFORE you whip out those dollars.
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I am 21 and have a DL, so I'm not trying to break the law. I was wondering if there are lines to get into casinos and if they are checking IDs as you enter.
No.

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I have a meeting at 10 and a lunch at 12, and I was wondering if I could just walk into a casino, spend like 15-20 minutes playing blackjack and just walk out and make it to my lunch.
Easily.

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Will there be a line to get into the casinos/is it hard to get a seat at a table before noon on a weekday?
Nope and nope.

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If I have to wait in line and have them spend 5 minutes looking at my ID and trying to figure out why the picture looks like my younger brother its not worth it to go over there. Anyone have any experience, or suggestions? I want it to be empty enough where I can walk in and find a seat within 1-2 minutes, but not so empty that I have to say "hi, no, i don't need any help" to 30 people on my way in.
Enjoy your time in Vegas. You won't be hassled, unless you look 14.
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Old Apr 2, 10, 4:03 pm   #6
 
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I've never been carded while gambling, and I rarely get carded while drinking. I'm in my late 20s.

I will say that I was just in LV during Spring Break/Final Four and I got carded more in that week than I had in all my previous trips combined, but that was just at bars and clubs.
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Enjoy your time in Vegas. You won't be hassled, unless you look 14.
"Can I see your ID please, sir? So, Mr. Pappageorgio is it?"
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Old Apr 3, 10, 4:36 pm   #8
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"Can I see your ID please, sir? So, Mr. Pappageorgio is it?"
I was so thinking about that when I wrote my reply!
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Luckily Vegas isn't Louisiana. Doubtful that carding will be an issue for you, but if it is, request a wristband from a pit boss.
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I'm 32 and get carded at least 5 times everytime I go to Vegas, mostly at the tables not at the clubs/bars. I keep telling myself its the Chanel moisturizer I'm using
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I've never been carded except when cashing in chips at the cage. Nor have I seen any lines as others have stated.
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Old Apr 6, 10, 9:23 am   #12
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You very rarely see someone asked for ID and if so, it's always done in a swift and courteous manner without any fuss. They want people to play.

I was ID'd at a BJ table at the Hooters on my first (and only) visit there, aged 36... Wonderfully embarrassing for the Hooters girl when I turned out to be older than all the others at the table. Needless to say, I loved it so I stayed until she'd taken all my money. But I left with a smile
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As others have said there won't be any delay on entering. It's usually the dealer who will ask you for an ID and that takes about 10 seconds. Keep in mind that before noon they tend to have fewer tables open and if you are looking to play the lowest limit table at a resort casino it could be filled for a few minutes. Also remember to allow a few minutes to cash out at the cashier prior to leaving.
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Slightly off topic, but when I was living in Berlin and teaching, I had some students (married couple) who went to Vegas and when they came back, I asked how they liked the casinos.
They were surprised to hear from me that they could have gone into OTHER casinos, if they didn't have a room there! Thus, they never went to a single other casino the entire time there were there! Then again, in Berlin casinos (yes, they have quite a few small ones) you have to pay a cover charge to get in.

I get the same shocked response from many Californians when they drive into the parking garage at casinos and say to me, "What, free parking?!"

The vast majority of casinos on The Strip are gigantic - I like to say the MGM Grand alone is the size of Belgium.

So to answer your question:
No, there are never lines to get into a casino - unless it is New Year's Eve after the fireworks or the opening day of a new casino. Otherwise, just saunter in leisurely. Granted, table games can be crowded on Friday or Saturday nights, but normally you can always find a seat at a table with a brief scan around the room.
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Old Apr 12, 10, 3:14 pm   #15
 
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Thanks to everyone for all the help. Everything went smoothly and I was not carded. It was also kind of surprising to see how empty it was (not really empty, just a lot less full than I would have expected). I was expecting it to be really crowded with people standing around tables waiting to get a seat, etc...

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Also remember to allow a few minutes to cash out at the cashier prior to leaving.
Unfortunately, I didn't have to worry about that.
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