For my first ever trip to Vegas next month my wife and I are trying to see and do as much as possible, including visiting as many casinos as possible just to get a taste of them all (staying at TI). We are probably only planning on actually gambling not more than 2 or 3 hours a day tops. We're also on somewhat of a budget and want to keep our casino spending to about $100 each per day (4 day trip). I know there are no real 'strategies' for slot machines, but my question is how you guys would maximize our fun. It's been a long time since I've played slot machines (well over 5 years since I used to go to some of our local Ontario casinos like Casino Niagara, Casino Rama, Casino de Hull, and Fallsview Casino) and I know slots have changed a lot with more and more penny and nickel machines and lots more themed machines.
My plan would be to just try out a number of different machines, get some free drinks (with some good tipping of course), and just see what happens. I want to play the video poker too and after reading this board I'm going to do the 'simple strategy' from Wizzard of Odds for Jacks or Better.
I've read a lot of different opinions on max-bets, avoiding penny slots, etc. Are there any general tips for how best to enjoy myself at the slots? Should I try and stick to the nickel slots? But then wouldn't maximum bets be like $3/spin? Obviously it would be boring playing a single line on a penny or nickel slot, but I also want my money to last at least enough to get a taste of what vegas has to offer.