There’s one great thing about this whole looming global recession thing – super cheap trips to Las Vegas. You can get there for about fifteen bucks, so I hope you’ve already booked your trip. If you have, you should prepare a little before you go.

How? You can learn some new table games. You don’t want to go to Vegas and just sit in front of a slot machine for 48 hours. Table games are way more social. After all, have you ever see James Bond pick up a sexy Eastern Bloc beauty while playing nickel slots?

Try Pai Gow Poker. It’s the absolute best game for those who like to drink a lot of complimentary casino drinks. Why? Because it’s the slowest table game in Vegas. The dealer shuffles between every hand, and players have to spend a minute arranging their cards every game. So try Pai Gow Poker and you’ll be ready for some mellow, boozy action when you hit the Strip.

If you’ve never played Craps at a casino, you’ve probably wondered what all those people at the next table are doing cheering and hugging and making plans to meet up later. Those are Craps players and they’re having a helluva time. Only problem is, you cannot learn how to play by watching it. Seriously. It’s ridiculous. But if you play online, without a dozen people yelling at you to roll already, it’s a breeze to learn. So play Craps and see for yourself.

And then there’s Blackjack, my favourite, most hated game. I love it when I win. And on the rare occasion I lose…well, let’s not talk about that. Now Blackjack is a pretty easy game to learn, and chances are good you already know the basics. But playing online, at your own pace, can help you remember all those tricky little plays that can really help your bankroll – like when to split, and double-down and all that esoteric stuff. So try Blackjack now for that little bit of extra preparation.

Beyond that, the only advice I can give you for your trip is to tip big, win big and never, ever ride the roller-coaster on top of the Stratosphere after three hours at the buffet.

Play some Blackjack now.

Peter Alexander

With over ten years experience as an online writer and content specialist, Peter has written for a wide variety of clients and industries. At various points, he has helped define the online voice for clients such as Nintendo, Nike’s Jordan brand and Electronic Arts. For the last number of years, he has specialized in writing for the online gaming world, for clients such as Bodog and Silver Oak Casino.