You go to Vegas, you gamble. Now, you may not go to Vegas specifically to gamble, but youâ€™ll find yourself doing that anyway. The first time I went, I spent a whole dollar at Caesarâ€™s Palace, just to say Iâ€™d gambled at Caesarâ€™s Palace (yes, I am that lame!). This year, I spent about $10 â€“ not exactly what youâ€™d call a high roller, but you never know. One year, I will come back with $1 million from the quarter I put into the slots!
Or at least I would if I learned how to gamble properly. I went to the Venetian, and put in my obligatory solitary dollar, and what do you know, I won $21. My gambling philosophy is, if you win more than you put in, cash out quick! So I promptly cashed out, and got my ticket.
In Vegas, the machines no longer pay out actual cash. Cash can be stolen, itâ€™s heavy, and it can be used at other casinos. Tickets that represent how much money youâ€™ve won, on the other hand, are much better. Itâ€™s less obvious how much money youâ€™ve won with one, they canâ€™t be transferred between competing casinos, and obviously they arenâ€™t heavy. So all casinos use their own ticket system, with each slot machine paying you in a ticket rather than in 1,000s of quarters.
Now I should have remembered this when playing the slots at The Venetian. But no, I completely forgot, left it at my hotel (Circus Circus), only found it again when checking out, and so ended up with a ticket that could only be cashed at The Venetian (over a mile away)! What else could I do but leave it for the chamber-maid? I am an arse!