Traveling with cash
Started by drunkcrapsplayer on Saturday, 7th September 2013 6:27 am
Heading to Vegas in 12 days and counting. I will be taking a little more cash than normal. Does anyone "send" money out there to avoid carrying your entire bankroll. I have not heard of nor do I know of any way to get money to the hotel I am staying at. Any thoughts? I know about travelers checks but not really the way I want to go.
Last response by wpsteel66 10th September 4:18pm
nodeuces responded on Saturday, 7th September 2013
five hundy talked about a pouch to wear under your shirt. Like a body fanny pack.
I have a friend who buys a cashiers check, and goes to the chase on Las Vegas blvd south of Mandalay and cashes it there.
A line of casino credit is usually the easiest.
anawas responded on Saturday, 7th September 2013
Carry your money like you're trying to smuggle it into prison. (Kidding.)
Every casino has third-party ATMs, as do many drug stores. But if you are like me, you hate transaction fees. If you go this route, make one massive withdrawal rather than lots of little ones.
I didn't know about the Chase ATM. I do know there is a Bank of America ATM on the Strip. It is in (or near) the Coca-Cola and M&M stores and only accessible during regular business hours.
I've also seen people buy chips at some casino tables (maybe not in Vegas, though), but there's a fee associated with that, too.
To avoid all of that, I usually split my bankroll and put some in my wallet, some in my carry-on luggage and some in a safe place in my luggage. And nobody will notice a money belt or pouch that hangs from your neck.
koltunowicz responded on Saturday, 7th September 2013
I always wear a smugglers belt (bought it from duluth trading a couple years back but looks like they quit carrying it, amazon has lots of options though). The one I have the inside has a zipper to conceal cash. It will max out at about 30 hundred dollar bills with creative folding so depending on your needs this may or may not work.
I like this option because not every vegas hotel has an in-room safe and I can put my belt on each day and ensure my money is safe at all times. Never had an issue with it with airport security although you do have to take it off of course and let it run through the machine.
chesh1520 replied on Saturday, 7th September 2013
Do you have to take it off when you go through security at the airport?
HedgedBettor responded on Saturday, 7th September 2013
Once you start playing an amount of money you don't really want to have to carry out, its best to either wire money to the casino cage or set up a line of credit. Either way, call Casino Credit at wherever you're staying. I've done credit twice personally and its pretty easy. I've never wired money.
But honestly, carrying your bankroll shouldn't be that tough. Split it evenly between your various bags and your wallet and if one of them gets taken you shouldn be in terrible shape. Dress to avoid a pickpocket (untucked shirt, wallet in your front pocket) and do something you should already be doing, which is booking an airport pickup via Presidential so you don't have to deal with the cab line, and you should be fine just carrying the cash.
blackjacker1979 replied on Sunday, 8th September 2013
Wire your bankroll into the casino cage of choice. Basically at that point you'll have cash on deposit which you can take out as markers at the table, only without the credit line.
Contact the hotel prior to your travel (at least 2 weeks) and set everything up including any necessary forms.
drunkcrapsplayer replied on Sunday, 8th September 2013
Already booked Pres Limo for the first time. Looking forward to it.
drunkcrapsplayer responded on Sunday, 8th September 2013
Thanks everyone for the info. Definitely going to look into getting the $ to casino before trip.
levans responded on Monday, 9th September 2013
I take some money but because there are Chase ATM's at the CVS I take just enough for a few days then get more later. It makes things easier for me since I stay near MGM most of the time.
jester122 responded on Tuesday, 10th September 2013
call casino credit and ask them for wiring instructions to deposit money at their casino. usually there's a minimum amount ($2500-3000). Caesars use Wells Fargo and MGM-Mirage use BofA. It usually costs about $75 and 1-2 business days when you wire unless you have a premium checking account. Always leave your player's club number in the instructions when you wire. When you do arrive at your destination, you have to go to casino credit (usually in the same room as VIP services) and finish up the remaining paperwork. be careful what you sign, last time i wired $$$ to Aria they almost had me sign a form allowing them to pre-approve me for a maker for future trip. If you do wire money, make sure the casino wires it back before you leave. they won't do it automatically.