13 Worst Tourist Traps in Las Vegas

13 Worst Tourist Traps in Las Vegas


♪Pada pa Pada pa pa♪ – [Announcer] Yellow Productions presents – [Chris] The 13 biggest tourist traps on the Las Vegas Strip. I’m Chris, this is the Yellow Productions I do travel guides that
are fun, informative and entertaining. This is part of my series on Las Vegas and in this video I’m gonna be tellin you the biggest tourist traps that are here and you might be thinking, well Chris, isn’t all of
Las Vegas a tourist trap? Well, yes, all of Las Vegas is certainly designed for tourists, and is popular for tourists, but the things I’m gonna be talkin about that are tourist traps are things that are specifically designed to deceive or overcharge
tourists. Things that they’re only ever gonna
get somebody’s money once, because they’re turning
out new suckers every day. The first Las Vegas tourist
trap are the club promoters on the Las Vegas strip. If there’s a rule of thumb when it comes to Las Vegas nightlife is you get what you pay for. And so all these people
that stand around the strip that offer deals that
sound too good to be true, well chances they are. And so you’ll find these
people, they’ll be offering bypass-the-line tickets,
they’ll be offering VIP tickets, maybe two-for-one drink specials, but usually the by-pass-the-line is only good early in the night, when there’s actually
no line at that club. Two-for-one drinks usually
have similar restrictions, so you might find you get to the club, and you can’t actually use those things. The really extra scam though,
is some club promoters will try to sell you VIP
tickets, and frankly they aren’t. Those club promoters,
they’re already getting paid to hand out these things
to get you into the club. Never buy a club pass from anybody standing on the Las Vegas strip. What does this second tourist trap have to do with the Roman statue? Well, it’s inside the Caesar’s Palace, in the forum shops, it’s the gelato stand. What did the gelato
stand do to you, Chris? I’m calling the gelato stand out because they charge $10 for
a small scoop of ice cream. That is crazy. Why is it $10? It’s because you’ll never eat there again, you’ll have that ice cream
once cuz you feel like it. Also, the food court in the
Caesar’s Palace, huge rip-off. They’ve got an Earl of Sandwich
in there that charges about 30% more for the same sandwiches that are sold at Planet Hollywood, which is just, well, you can
actually see Planet Hollywood right back here two blocks away. The third tourist trap
on the Las Vegas strip are the time-share salespeople. Much like the club promoters, you’ll find the time-share
salespeople all over. They’ll be walking on the strip. They’ll be inside the Hotels. Behind booths. They’re come-on usually starts like this, “Hey, how long are you in town
for, or where are you from?” Don’t answer those
people or your answer is, “I’m leaving tonight.” or, “I live here.” And they’ll generally offer you things like free show tickets,
free helicopter rides, they are really not worth it, for the amount of time
that you have to spend at their time-share presentation, right? They’re free as long as you come to their hours long
time-share presentation. I mean they won’t cost you money, and maybe it’s not a tourist trap, but that’s only if you
don’t value your time. The fourth biggest
tourist trap in Las Vegas are the rides on the
top of the Stratosphere. Three rides on top of the Stratosphere is gonna cost you $36. Those same three rides at a
county fair, no more than $10. They’re really not worth 36 bones. The fifth biggest tourist
trap on the Las Vegas strip is posing for pictures with
characters on the strip. Whether it be Elvis, showgirls, or a character from your favorite movie, you’ll be walking by and they’ll say, “Hey, why don’t we get a picture?” Actually, it just happened
to me a moment ago. Two showgirls were
standing there and said, “Hey, why don’t we get
a picture together?” Well, it’s only once you get there and get your camera
out that they then say, “Well, that’ll be five or
10 dollars for the picture.” Then by the time you’ve already set-up, well you feel victim to it. So, don’t be victim to these
people standing on the strip, thinking that they’re paid for
by the hotels, they are not. They are there to make
money for themselves. And I guess it works out as a business, cause people want those pictures, but I just don’t want you
to end up with a picture and having to pay money
that you didn’t expect. The sixth biggest tourist
trap on the Las Vegas strip are the resort fees. I hate them. I probably hate this trap the most. This is something that
hotel’s in Las Vegas used to charge a room rate, but they slowly started
charging these resort fees. And now Caesar’s Palace and the Venetian charge resort fees per
night of $39 per night. That goes straight to the hotel, that is not tax, there’s
also a Las Vegas tax of 13%. So, whatever that hotel
room rate is per night, add the resort fee plus the tax to find out how much you’re paying. It can be more than the
room rates at some hotels. You can pay in the resort
fee plus parking, too. It’s pretty crazy. Las Vegas, please stop
nickel-and-diming us. How do you get away from your resort fees? Well, you pretty much
have to get off the strip. Pretty much every hotel
in the Las Vegas strip charges a resort fee. You can check out some of the Marriotts, or Hyatt’s or Hilton’s,
that are off the strip, and not have to pay resort fees. Another set of tourist
traps on the Las Vegas strip are the cheesy restaurants
and bars that are strip-side. They’re greatly themed, but
the food is often mediocre, and the drinks are expensive. I won’t name any names but… There’s a few of them on the strip, if you want cheaper food, cheaper drinks, get right off the strip, and get inside a little
bit, into the hotels. That’s where you’ll really
find the better restaurants. By the way, you can watch my video on the best cheap-eats in Las Vegas, you’ll find the link in
the description below. It’s not about the cheapest eats, but it’s about cheap and tasty
eats that are on the strip. And, of course, one of my
favorites is In-and-Out Burger, and they’ve got a location in the link, which is right behind me on the sign. You can’t actually see it, or me anymore cuz it’s too bright, but trust me, they’re down in there, behind this green construction fence. It’s right across from Caesar’s Palace, next to the Ferris Wheel. – [Chris] The eighth tourist
trap on the Las Vegas strip it’s also restaurants, but this time it’s
celebrity chef restaurants. There’s many restaurants in Las Vegas that have a celebrity chef’s name, and why is it a tourist trap? Well, because this place is
gonna cost you more money, because it’s got that
celebrity’s name on it. You can get just as good
food plenty of places around, but you won’t pay the premium cuz it doesn’t have that stars name on it. This tourist trap amazes me
that people still fall for it, but people do, so it’s in here. It’s called three-card monte.
You’ll see these people set up underneath bridges or
in dark corners of the strip, just on the sidewalk someplace. They’ll bring a table or a cardboard box, they’ll put three cards on
it, they’ll say you can bet, they show you the cards, and
you bet where the card ends up. If it turns over and it’s the
card you picked, then you win. But it never will be, because
the game is frankly rigged. They switch the cards
out as you’re playing, so, don’t bother with three-card monte. The 10th tourist trap
on the Las Vegas strip is back at Caesar’s Palace. It’s the Bacchanal, Bashunal buffet, not exactly sure how to
pronounce it, but that’s OK, because I won’t be eating there again. The dinner at that buffet on
a weekend is gonna run you $64.99 but the lines are crazy long. So, if you want to make a
reservation to skip the line, book the VIP package. It is only $94.99. That is crazy for a buffet. You want a buffet that’s pretty tasty and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, check out the buffet at the
Aria Hotel, it’s about 40 bucks. For these next two tourist
traps, I’m joined by safety man. I met him on the strip as
I was shooting this video, and he wants to share what he
thinks a couple of the biggest tourist traps from a safety
man’s perspective are. So, safety man, what do you think the biggest tourist traps
are on the Las Vegas strip? – [Safety Man] I think slot machines are the biggest tourist trap, honestly. You know, you sit down at a
slot machine, and you but a– let’s say you put in $1,000, and you know you hit that max bet button, and you win, and these lights
go off, everything flashes, the dopamine rush in
your brain. You’re like, Yay, I’m a winner, but what really happens is you just won a little bit. You actually lost money, but
you feel like you’re winning, so you’re like, yeah, I
want another dopamine rush, you keep hittin it like a rat at a feeder. Just like I want more
dopamine, more dopamine, more dopamine, and then
they give you free drinks. So, they make you less likely
to understand what’s goin on. And then, before you know it, some people will sell
everything in their house so they can get that dopamine rush. They think that’s gonna fill
what’s empty in their soul. This slot machine just kind of becomes–
– Yeah. – you get in a relationship
with the slot machine, and that dopamine rush. You love it. It’s the same thing that
happens when you meet a woman and you fall in love. You get these chemicals in
your brain that just go off, and fire, that’s what we call love. And so it’s all kind of related, relationships, slot
machines, it’s addiction. They’re…
– Addiction’s what this place lives on, right? – Absolutely.
– Vegas is the city of addiction. – Absolutely. It’s sin city.
It’s sin city for a reason. – So, you were also mentioning shows. You thought shows were a big tourist trap. – Well, what they do is,
– Why? look behind us. They have Donnie and Marie. So, let’s say you wanna go
to the Donnie and Marie show at the Flamingo. If you buy the tickets for this, you’re gonna go, you’re
gonna have to walk through every single slot machine
saying play me, play me, as you make your way to the back. And they’re gonna try to
pull you into every bar, and get you to spend as much
money and time as you can. And they make it confusing
so you get lost on the way. And by the time you get to
the Donnie and Marie show, you’re waitin around. They
make you get there early. Now, you’re waitin around,
you’re gonna buy drinks, or you’re gonna play the slot machines that are right there
saying play me, play me. And when you get in the show,
they have a two-drink minimum, so, now you’re spending probably
like 50 dollars a person on top of what you paid for the show. – So, what you thought it was a $50 show, is now 100 dollars. – Absolutely. And that’s not counting the time you’re playing the slot machine, waiting for the doors to open. – Right. Safety man, thank you very much. – Thank you. – [Chris] And the final
tourist trap I’m gonna mention on the Las Vegas strip, well
it’s actually two combined into one number. The first one is the roller coaster at the New York, New York Hotel. I actually like this roller coaster. I think it’s fun, but
a lot of people online said they felt robbed by paying
$15 for a pretty short ride. Also, there’s the Madame
Tussauds Wax Museum, over at the Venetian. It’s $30 to go in to the wax museum and people just have the principle of why are you going to see this in Vegas? When the wax museum’s exist
all across the country. But, hey, now many places
can you take a selfie with Lady Gaga? If you enjoyed this video,
you’ll enjoy watching some other video’s from
my Las Vegas series. You can click here, here, to watch them. Find links in the description below to my entire Las Vegas series playlist, including classics like
the best cheap-eats on the Las Vegas strip,
and the worst cheap hotels. I won’t say good-bye because
I’ll see you over there.

100 thoughts on “13 Worst Tourist Traps in Las Vegas”

  1. You might enjoy watching more of my Las Vegas videos in this playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-JzE5fiVleugu6HTYLsr2sk

  2. i wish i’d had watched this before i went the first time. I’ve learned some of these the hard way. Great advice.

  3. Best way to beat 3 card monte, After the dealer agrees to a bet with you, they will flourish the 3 cards on a table or flat surface, acting as if they are attempting to hide the card you are looking for, if you find the hidden object card you win. Sounds simple enough but the dealer is a magician who is a slight of hand master and exchanges the card you are supposed to find replacing it with a third non winning card, so no matter which card you choose, you lose. The only way to win this scam is to chance getting shot stabbed or beaten down but once they ask you to pick a card slam your hands down over two cards and state it's not these two, then turn them over. They won't reveal the last face down card because they know it's also a non winning card.
    Normally to keep others from seeing their scam they will pay up, but tell you something like you are that good on the first try you're too lucky for me to keep playing against you. In reality they are saying here take the win and get outta my hustle, that is if they decide to pay up in hopes of continuing their scam instead of shooting or stabbing you, and don't think for a minute they aren't packing because they know they are gonna have some suckers, I mean upset losers, they might have to fend off after the scam cleans out the losers wallet.

  4. This is very informative but the only thing I didn’t agree with is the part about the promoters. My friend and I both got on the guest list for a club twice and ended up not having to pay the cover charge (and there was no catch) , so in the end it saved us a good amount of money.

  5. Imma comment by order
    1) Bypass the line passes are fine when they are free, and I have encountered many of them and they do work. But even if they don't, they are free. Never pay to get into a club unless you know there is a concert. 2-4-1 drinks are usually rail vodka mixers or something like that
    2) Never been there to gelato, but that food court is decent when you realize everything costs more in Vegas. I'd prefer not that food court, but if you're staying at Caesar's its the only late option within 15 minute walk
    3) Don't ever get time shares
    4) Never been there but they seem super scary
    5) I mean, if you wanna pay $15 for a showgirl picture one time because it's Vegas-y, then go for it but don't overdose on that. I wouldn't anyway but it's not the end of the world
    6) I agree, I got a room at Rio that was an average of $33 per night and the resort fee was $34 per night. By the way, always lyft/uber from the Rio, never take that walk unless you want sketchiness and blisters
    7) All food on the strip is expensive, it shouldn't be a surprise
    8) You aren't eating food from Gordon Ramsay or Emeril so don't do it
    9) Never seen this
    10) I wouldn't do that buffet, Excalibur has a solid buffet and is the cheapest on the strip
    11) If you want to lose 49 out of 50, and come away with 15 bucks do slots all day. If you want free drinks, go slow and do minimums
    12) Never saw a show in Vegas but they $$$$$$$
    13) I don't mind the rollercoaster, but don't do it more than once

  6. Great video! Was in Vegas recently and found a pretty cheap hotel within walking distance of the strip and the resort fee was only $10/night + tax, also, it did include breakfast and an airport shuttle! Staying on the strip is overrated folks! Save some $$$ by going off the strip!

  7. So this WAYYY WRONG! IF your going to Vegas on Vacation enjoy it!! If This guy only knew how much these businesses are spending for a spot on the strip!! Then you would understand why it cost much more then average. But, VEGAS isn't AVERAGE. It's an Amazing time and more importantly an experience. If your on a budget you probably shouldn't go then. However,There are things you can do on a budget and still enjoy it. So have FUN and BE SMART!! That's all you need to do to enjoy it!

  8. Love the time share people! Lemme get my free 100 bucks for 4 hours of yall bullshit time share! $25 bucks an hour, cant be that!

  9. 3:55 is no one gonna talk about the SWEAT pouring out of Billy Bob? it must be at least 8 PM in the video and he'a making his own gravy…. 😰

  10. I visit Vegas 4-5x a year. I stay OFF THE STRIP on Paradise (NO RESORT FEE HOTEL). I do rent a car and it's inexpensive. I park at the resorts that offer FREE PARKING when (if) I stroll the strip. CHEAP EATS: Sam's Town, east of the strip. Great selection, it's where the locals eat. Also, NEVER GAMBLE AT THE AIRPORT.

  11. Just go Eat Sleep, Do everything OFF the Strip. South of Vegas. All the Asian Stores, Mall,.. Or Just Yelp it… YELP!! Fallow me @ IG Honey_berighthere

  12. If you want good food for realistic prices, eat at restaurants on paradise Rd., the next major road East of the strip, and between Sands/E Twain and Harmon. There is a great little local restaurant called Paradise Cantina on the NE corner of Paradise and Harmon. Gotta try it! Also, on the SE corner is the Hofbrauhaus which is a indoor German beer garden owned by the same folks that own the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich. They even ship their own beer there and make real German food. One thing to remember though is do not go south of Harmon and Paradise as this is called the Fruit Loop area due to all the gay bars being located there and that area can get dicey at night.STAY AWAY FROM THE STRIP!!!!!!!!!! Try Freemont street to include East Freemont St. and the Container Park which is a small park-like shopping area made out of the 20 and 40 ft shipping containers. Don't go any further East than there though unless you like getting mugged.

  13. Hey Chris, I have a question you may be able to help me with. If I check into the Linq hotel in Las Vegas, when I check in the hotel, should I give them my casino loyalty card for the Linq to get points on my card??? Keep in mind, I paid for the room several months ago. I am thinking I would get points on my loyalty card. Your thoughts???

  14. How is the #1 tourist trap not "6-5 blackjack" – i.e. if you bet $5 and get a blackjack, you win $6 (instead of $7.50 at a 3-2 table)?

    And I wouldn't call Bacchanal a tourist trap; from what I have heard, it is worth the money – if you're into seafood. (However, I am not, and the rest of the buffet is not worth the cost.)

  15. Watch out for anyone who randomly comes up talking to you. It may be is this your first time in Vegas or I love your shoes/purse or whatever but they are all wanting you to by something. I just straight up ignore them or tell them nope I’m heading to airport in a bit and keep walking because they don’t take no for an answer. You have to get rude sometimes

  16. I live here in Vegas and have for 30 years – people come here for a number of reasons and we are more than happy to accommodate them- those bright lights of the strip have drawn people for many years to fun, to party, to gamble, for conventions, for vacations, to experience some of the best AND the worst in food, dancing, showmanship of all kinds and humanity in general. Vegas is a mirror, of our side that lets everything go wild. It’s a crazy, eclectic adult mix of rich with good taste and gaudy with bad taste. We have some of the worlds finest chefs in the world and we have your basic ‘hole in the wall’ joints- it’s up to you what you want to spend and experience here. We have something for everyone here as we don’t discriminate against anyone for any reason. We welcome all that come here and ready to play in the worlds largest and strangest electric playground for adults – open 24/7! With that being said, yes, you will find the whole spectrum of colorful people here along with an array of people trying to make money in different ways. If you wanted it ‘’normal’’- then you should have stayed home!

  17. The Tropicana waivers the resort fee, it’s an awesome hotel and the views of the strip are stunning! Stayed there in December and the staff were awesome, I’m staying there again in December, this time for ten days!

  18. Tip #10….You lost me..Bacchanal is one of the best buffets on the strip, Aria is one of the worst. -Uncle in Law who's lived there 20 years and worked in LV buffets for years.

  19. That Gelato place use to have no prices posted and it was even more expensive. I wrote a Yelp review about 12 years ago…can't believe it is still around. Ordered one for my boyfriends daughter and the cashier said 17 bucks…I almost died of shock…not sure why I paid, should have told him to stick it. When we walked off with the Worlds most expensive ice cream, I told Nicole she better plan to eat the spoon at that price.NEVER AGAIN

  20. If you don’t want to pay resort fees the only way I don’t pay is being a diamond member at Caesars

  21. NEVER EVER PLAY SLOT MACHINES, THE BIG SIX WHEEL, KENO, OR ROULETTE! These games require luck and luck ALONE, since they have a high house edge! I'm a local and the only games wroth playing along the strip are the Video Poker Machines at the Cromwell located on the corner of Flamingo Rd. and Las Vegas Blvd.

    When you first walk in near the entrance to your right, you'll see a big purple sign that says "up to 99.73%, with optimum play"

    I snagged FIVE ACES for a 100 bucks alone playing Deuces Wild Bonus Poker, while playing there! A lot of people were impressed, some even took pictures!

  22. Great video and tips. You nailed these. The rides at the Stratosphere will never get a dime from me. It’s too f**king high and I don’t even like being this tall ! F that ! You failed to mention the 2000 Mexicans on the sidewalk, snapping and giving out hooker trading cards (click, click..click, click…) 😁

  23. I'm sure it's been said a few times in these comments but, I tell people the casino's weren't built because of everyone winning.

  24. I saw Chris angels last year was pretty sick!! Wasn't a trap for me, my fiance and best friend haha but we are fans soo 60$ well spent

  25. I find in some cases,, Foods at resorts, fairs, and other attractions are expensive because set up fees or cost for a space is expensive. Its like 1500.to set up for 3 days at some fairs and trade shows. So, you have to cover the lot fee, food cost, utilities , employees if you have any, and you yourself want to make money. Lots of overhead. Out of that 10.00 ice cream cone, maybe only a dollar is actually cleared after over head.

  26. Definitely tourists traps cause a local RARELY does any of this shit. But the gelato stand and food court in Caesar is so expensive because of its location. Much like a store or food court in an airport are expensive cause of the location. Also as a showgirl I am employed by an agency some I know are employed by hotels. I've met a few though that are self-employed

  27. Wow!! You must be a blast to go on vacation with. Probably stay at the motel six and eat from the corner gas station. Some of them are true but most of them is an experience!! Yes, 35 bucks for 3 rides but the point is that you are hanging off of the building!!!!!!! Plus you get to hangout as long as you want up there with a fabulous view of the city.

  28. Why tf is the resort fee do damn high, I get comp free room's but 3 days during the week still cost 120 not including the tax. Smh that's crazy that's like regular price!

  29. pics w/SHOW GIRLS (that were never in a show or could ever be).
    I've seen those costumes at the Halloween store closeout for 90% off!

  30. The thing about Bacchanal Buffet is they set up free reservations as a celebration. So that makes it not much of a scam.

  31. Using slot machines to rip people off is the oldest trick in the Vegas book. Anyone still pumping money into slot machines is as lame as can be. The mini bars using high tech to detect when you remove something for over a minute is what brought me here. Vegas has truly fallen off…no more cheap eats, lowered payouts on popular games and newfound angles to rip people off.

  32. Omg they are awful criminals because they don't tell you until after you take the picture. My response… I'm sorry but I don't carry cash and unless you try to steal my phone I suggest honesty might be a better approach!! I do not pay them

  33. Those "showgirls" are disgusting! I'd be embarrassed to take a picture with them…I mean, saggy asses, tats all over them…they look like truck stop ho's!

  34. 3;22 how much do they charge for a photo if you leave the obese showgirl out of the photo?

    something tells me she's not a REAL one….. OR at least doesnt pass on a good buffet if one is in front of her… 😉

  35. I don’t care if quarters or dog turds come out of the slot machine I only care about the $$$ that show on the screen

  36. There is no excuse for drunkeness…. A bunch of bored with life losers trying to escape reality buy drinking themselves until vomit and piss.. And that's why the Las Vegas strip exists

  37. First of all, I fundamentally disagree with the premise of your video and your misuse of the word "scam". You can expect to pay more on the Strip, just like you can expect to pay $4.50 for gas in California or $6 but that doesn't constitute a scam and neither does

    1. Disagree. First of all, I LOVE CLUB PROMOTERS. Jamie at KAOS is the man and has gotten me into see Tiesto, Steve Aoki and 4 nighttime pool parties at the Palms FOR FREE!!! In fact, all the girls I bring get drinks for free, so 4 pina coladas at $18 = $72 total cost me me and my entourage of women to see a world famous DJ. BIG FOCKING DEAL.

    It's true that there are some "promoters" that you have to watch out for, they're not real promoters employed by legitimate entertainment company, they're freelance hustlers and there are two types:

    a. People on the strip offering to get you into a strip club for cheap.
    b. Taxi/Uber drivers that are overly enthusiastic about taking you to a specific club.

    2. Agreed but DUH! Time share scams are everywhere, just like cell phone insurance.
    3. *Somewhat agree*. Caesar''s owns Planet Hollywood, so why the discrepancy in price from the same company?
    4. Strongly disagree. Those rides kick ass, IDK what you're smoking!!!
    5. Disagree. Some slut trying to guilt you into a $5 donation isn't a scam- that's a hustle. Just say you don't have any money and walk away. There, you scammed them.
    6. Probably I've never paid to stay at any hotel on the strip. The casino has always comped me.

    7. Disagree While food costs more on the strip, REAL price-gouging occurs at the airports.

    8. *Disagree*. The same idiots that buy Prada bags are free to give Gordon Ramsey $30 for a caesar salad.
    9. Agree! 3-card Monty should be illegal. The first TRUE SCAM that you've mentioned.

    10. Maybe. I never paid for that buffet, they've always let me in free because I gamble.
    11. Disagree. Slot machines a scam? Las Vegas has some of the loosest slots in the country. Seriously, Google it bro.
    11-12. Disagree. They can charge what they want. Nobody is forcing you to go to a wax museum

    13. THE REAL SCAM is the supercar and "Slingshot" rental places. Don't get me started on them because I'll be here all day.

  38. Wow. 16 winters in Vegas and I have never encountered one of these strip scams. Of course the extra fees on rooms etc. is standard fare. The big ripoff is the sales tax. Vegas used to have deals 10 plus years ago, note used to have.

  39. Hey now, don't be talkin smack about Margaritaville. We had a cheaper meal there including drinks than we did at Dick's Last Resort or the Hard Rock.

  40. whenever someone comes at me for the 3 Card Monte game, I always say, "SORRY, I DON'T PLAY GAMES WITH COLORED FOLK….. YOU PEOPLE ARE KNOWN CHEATERS…." and walk on.

    I think they're shocked at my overt racism, but impressed with my candor and brute honesty. 😉

    And when we depart, we both acknowledge the cunning wiliness of the other. Like two soldiers from opposing forces, acknowledging the skill and commitment of the opposition. 🤠

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