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The odds are always against you when you gamble, which is an excellent argument for not gambling in the first place.  If you're gonna gamble anyway, then it pays to play at a casino that offers good odds.  That's one reason I chose Bovada as the advertiser.  Let me first tell you about the competition, though.

Many online casinos are stingy when setting the odds on their games.  They think they'll make more money by setting the games tighter, so the player has less chance of winning, but they're wrong.  When players lose at a tight casino too quickly, those players much less likely to return.  Contrast that with a casino with good odds: Players get to play longer, which is a good experience, so they're more likely to return and become long-term customers.

Bovada has always offered games with good odds, knowing that if your money lasts longer, you'll be a happier, loyal customer.  They've got:

  • Two blackjack games returning over 99.8%
  • Single-0 roulette
  • Full-pay Jacks or Better (99.54%)
  • Nine other video poker games returning over 99%

Bovada's not perfect, but at least they offer decent odds.

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Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas

Last update: September, 2020.

Important things to know

  1. The South Rim is way better than the West Rim.  The South Rim has the incredible, iconic views you've seen in the pictures.  The West Rim is not nearly as impressive, but it's closer to Vegas, which means that's where the helicopters go (they don't go to the South Rim from Vegas), and bus tours to the West Rim are cheaper than to the South.  If you're taking the time and expense to see the Grand Canyon, I strongly suggest you go to the South Rim.
     
  2. The Skywalk at the West Rim has mostly negative reviews.

  3. There are only three real helicopter companies:  Papillon, Maverick, and 5 Star.  Anyone else selling helicopter tours from Vegas is just a reseller for one of those.
     
  4. Prices and reviews were last checked 9/2020.
     
  5. Guides expect tips (5-20%).

Bus tours to the Grand Canyon

Bus tours are 10.5-15 hours, from the time you leave your hotel to the time you return to it.  You get 1/2 hour to 3 hours at the GC, depending on the tour.  Travel time to 4.5 hours to the South Rim and 2.5 hours to the West Rim (one way).  The cheaper tours tend to be huge buses and the more expensive tours tend to be smaller groups.

Bus tours to Grand Canyon South Rim
Company Guided? Yelp rating # reviews Price
GC Tours YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 91 $78
Paradise Found doesn't
say
⭑⭑⭑ 6 $90
iTravel USA ? ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 2 $99
Grand Adventures YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ 129 $160
Grand Vegas YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 21 $165
Grand Canyon Tour Co.
aka GC Tour & Travel
doesn't
say
⭑⭑ 103 $180
Papillon YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226 $200
Pink Adventure Tours YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 173 $294
Grand Canyon Destinations no ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 149 $400
Grand Canyon Destinations YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 149 $429


Bus tours to Grand Canyon West Rim
Company
Guided? Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
GC Tours YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 91 $102
Papillon YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226 $114
Grand Canyon Destinations
no ⭑⭑⭑⭑
149
$124
iTravel USA YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 2 $125
Paradise Found doesn't
say
⭑⭑⭑ 6 $125
Grand Canyon Destinations YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 149 $144
Comedy on Deck YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 141 $145
Las Vegas En Tu Idioma YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ 143 $149
Grand Vegas Tours no
⭑⭑⭑⭑ 21
$180
Grand Adventures YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ 129 $185
Grand Canyon Tour Co.
aka GC Tour & Travel
doesn't
say
⭑⭑ 103 $200
Pink Adventure Tours YES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 173 $310


Helicopter tours of Grand Canyon (West Rim)

All helicopters go to the West Rim because it's closer, but the South Rim is the one with the iconic views you've seen in the pictures.  If you're taking the time and expense to see the Grand Canyon, I strongly recommend you see the South Rim.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are on the way, so all the helicopter tours go over those.

Duration is hotel-to-hotel.

Helicopter Combo Tours of the Grand Canyon West
Company
Duration
Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
Notes
Papillon 7 hrs
⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226
$499
Airplane + Helicopter combo
Papillon 7 hrs ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226 $522 Helicopter, Boat, and Ground

Helicopter Tours of Grand Canyon West
Company
Duration
Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
Notes
Papillon 3.5-4 hrs ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226 $299 Lands at West Rim
5 Star Tours 4 hours ⭑⭑⭑ 101 $299 NO LANDING
5 Star Tours not listed ⭑⭑⭑ 101 $349 Lands at gift shop
Papillon 4-4.5 hrs
⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226
$479 Lands on canyon floor
5 Star Tours 4 hours ⭑⭑⭑ 101
$499
Lands on canyon floor
5 Star Tours 5 hours ⭑⭑⭑ 101 $499 2 hours @ GC to explore

Helicopter Tours of Vegas Strip + Grand Canyon West
Company
Duration
Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
Notes
Papillon 3-3.5 hrs ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226 $379
Maverick not listed ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 470 $449
Papillon 3.5-4 hrs
⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226
$549 Lands on canyon floor w/time to explore.


Airplane tours to the Grand Canyon


Airplane Tours to Grand Canyon South Rim
Company
Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
Papillon ⭑⭑⭑⭑ 226
$372

Airplane Tours to Grand Canyon West Rim
Company
Yelp rating
# reviews
Price
5 Star Tours
⭑⭑⭑ 101
$499


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Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.

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