Good Odds

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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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:

Age
Stay alone?
0-6
Never
7-11
Possibly, for short periods.  The National SAFEKIDS campaign recommends that no child under 12 be left home alone.
12-13
Possibly (judge on a case-by-case basis), but not overnight
14+
Yes
Source
See considerations about leaving your child home alone from Latchkey-Kids.com

Hotels with childcare facilities

Notes:
  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. Care.com.  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.

You can play Bovada's games (below) 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 the mean reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising 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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