Reason I like Bovada #3:

One-stop shopping

Let me share my experience at another online casino whose name I won't mention:  I wanted to try out their free-play games, and they made me sign up for an account.  That was annoying, just for free-play, but actually most casinos make you register, so they can annoy you by email to pressure you into depositing real money.

I didn't get to choose my own username, they assigned one, and it was long! An astounding twelve digits of mixed numbers and letters.  There was no way I'd be able to memorize it, I'd have to write it down.

After trying out the free-play games I decided to deposit money and play for real.  And guess what? I had to register a separate account to play for real.  They assigned me a brand-new twelve-digit username.  Great.

Shortly thereafter they started offering play-in-browser games.  That's convenient, so I wanted to get in on that.  Guess what?  Yet another username.

And guess how they handle they money they give you as a matching bonus on your deposit?  You guessed it, another account.

Okay, now let's fast-forward to Bovada: One account gets you everything.  And I mean everything.  Real money, fake money, bonuses, you name it.  I didn't get to choose my account name, but at least it's easy to remember.

And if you want to play for free with fake money, you don't even need an account at all.  For example:

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All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.

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Las Vegas Babysitters

Last update: August, 2018

Please don't take anything on this page as an endorsement or recommendation.  I just collected information I found on the net in an effort to be helpful.  Ultimately, I'm not responsible for your children, you are.  Thanks!

At what age can kids stay by themselves?

According to a child welfare agency in California:

Stay alone?
Possibly, for short periods.  The National SAFEKIDS campaign recommends that no child under 12 be left home alone.
Possibly (judge on a case-by-case basis), but not overnight
See considerations about leaving your child home alone from

Hotels with childcare facilities

  1. Nevada law requires immunization records for kids going to a childcare facility, so bring them.
  2. Most of these hotels are nowhere close to the Strip.
  3. All the hotels below charge $9-10/hr., have a 5-hr. max., and close circa midnight.
The List:
  1. Close to strip:  Orleans Casino
    All the hotels below are in the same casino family and run Kids Quest-branded facilities, so here's the single web page about that.
  2. North:  Santa Fe Station & Texas Station
  3. East:  Boulder Station
  4. West:  Red Rock Casino
  5. Southeast:  Green Valley Ranch & Sunset Station

Babysitter services

All of these services have at least 4 stars on Yelp.

  1. Nannies & Housekeepers USA, (702) 451-0021 • $45/hr., inc. 3 kids, 4hr. min.
    Sitters: 20+ yrs old, 2+yrs exp., background check, verified references, 1st Aid + CPR certified
    Insured. "We have been approved by the risk management departments of several of the largest hotels in the world and we act as their exclusive service."
  2. Artsy Nannies, (702) 448-4352 • $35/hr. + $20, inc. 3 kids, 3hr min.
    Sitters: 18+ yrs old, 3+yrs exp., background check, 1st Aid + CPR certified
    Licensed, bonded, & insured
  3. Nanny's & Granny's, (702) 364-4700 • $20-40/hr depending on sitter exp.; 4hr min.
    Sitters:  18+ yrs. old, background check, most are CPR-certified
    "30-year accident-free reputation"
  4.  Avg. $11.25/hr. • Criminal background check available
    This is a database of local sitters, not an agency.  You browse the listings and choose a sitter yourself.  You can get a lot of info about each potential sitter from the website.  Some sitters work from their homes and can't sit for you at your hotel.
  5. GymCats, (702) 566-1414 • $30/night 1st kid, $10 addl. kid • But a $31+ cab ride each way from the strip
    This recreation center offers a "Parents Night Out" one Saturday per month for kids 3+, where kids enjoy gymnastics, pizza, and a movie.  Though again, it's offered just one Saturday per month.

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.

I like Bovada's practice games the best, because you can play right away without registering for an account.  Most every other online casino makes you give up your email address just to play the fake-money games — ugh.  That's why Bovada is the only online casino that gets space on my site.  I hope other casinos will eventually start treating their visitors like human beings rather than walking wallets, but until they do, there's Bovada.  One click and you're in.

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