working in Vegas

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  1. Jeremy Illingworth

    Jeremy Illingworth Supporting Actor

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    Are things back to normal in Vegas since Sept? Are the hotels back to their previous levels of occupancy?

    I'm asking because I met a woman who moved here from Vegas where she dealt blackjack at a Casino and made obscene amounts of money. She was layed off in Sept but has since twice been called to see if she'll come back. Is Vegas one of those places where you can make lots of money in short periods of time? Because I'm looking for one of those and I love Vegas already.

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  2. Aurel Savin

    Aurel Savin Supporting Actor

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    Been there 4 times myself in the last year and all i can say is that I am kicking myself and my parents for not following the bus drivers advice in 1989 and invest in some property there ... everything was dirt chep right of the Strip at that time ...

    I am still tempted to go there and get a job. At least the weather is great!
     
  3. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    What kind of pay could I expect in Las Vegas?
     
  4. Marshall Alsup

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    Man I'd love to live in Vegas. I'm about to graduate with a degree in Computer Science though and jobs are hard to come by. I'll take whatever I can get. Well, maybe someday!!!!

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  5. Evan S

    Evan S Cinematographer

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    I just got back from Vegas about 3 hours ago actually. Seems like it was pretty hoppin all around, but it was Super Bowl weekend so take it with a grain of salt. The strip clubs weren't as crowded as I thought they would be but there is like 5,000 of them out there and maybe my buddies and I just picked the wrong one.

    As for living in Vegas, I was hanging with some friends of a friend, one of whom lives in Vegas (He's going to school at UNLV). He said that it sucks to be a local there. If you are single, all the girls (or guys) you are going to meet are all tourists. If you do meet anybody who actually LIVES in Vegas, they usually get all hung up on the lifestyle (partying and drugs) that it's not worth getting involved.

    I would think the Casinos would get VERY tired after a while if I lived there. I'm sure the money is very good however. I know a lot of the things I've said here are stereotypical and there are exceptions but I just wanted to show both sides of the story.
     
  6. Ashley Seymour

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    Aurel Savin

     
  7. Jeremy Illingworth

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    I don't want to live there permanently, just for three years or so and make some money while living as inexpensively as possible. I'm already a recluse so its not like I go out or anything.

    In my many visits there I have talked to locals and few of them seemed to like living there, but I didn't see them leaving.

    Besides, I already live in hell. It can't be any worse.

    jeremy
     
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    i had a friend who went out there years ago. he was also looking for quick bucks dealing blackjack. if i remember correctly the waiting list to get to an actual table is fairly long. i think he had to take a shit job and work his way up. i believe it took him 2 or 3 years before he got behind a table. here's the kicker, although he was making very good money he was also living in one of the easiest cities to blow money. the last i heard was that he left vegas just as he arrived there, broke.
     
  9. JamesMH

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    It gets amazingly hot there, Death Valley (which is an amazing place btw) with buildings. If you like sand storms, thats the place to go.
     
  10. Aurel Savin

    Aurel Savin Supporting Actor

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    I still like Vegas ... there is something about it. Personally I would rather live in 110 degree dry heat than 90 Humid NY bathhouse weather!
    The best people to talk to in Vegas about anything is Taxi drivers ... they always seem to know a lot of goings on.
    But on the other hand I feel the city has reached it's peak, it feels more like Disneyland than the cool adult hangout it was a decade ago.
    Jeremy, you should go there for a few days and see if you like it. The town is definetelly not for everyone [​IMG]
     
  11. Shawn C

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    Living in Vegas is pretty awesome. It really depends on what you do and where in the Valley you live. There are two Las Vegas'. There's the strip Las Vegas and there is the normal city Vegas.

    Once you get outside of the strip and downtown area, Las Vegas is just like any other Western city. I compare it to Phoenix all the time. We have everything that other cities have. Lots of parks, lots of new schools, plenty of community activity. Las Vegas has it's "bad parts of town" just like anywhere else.

    I live in the Northwest part of the valley where everything is less than 10 years old, most places are under 5 years old. It's really pretty cool. Brand new shopping centers, malls, restaraunts, etc.

    As far as the weather goes, it's really only HOT HOT for a few weeks. It's great being able to ride my motorcycle 365 days of the year. Even when it's super hot outside, it's really not that big of a problem. When you get in your car when it's 115, that's the problem. Yowza.

    So, we have Wal-Mart, KMart, Target, Best Buy, Applebee's, Chili's, Krispy Kreme, and just about any other store or restaraunt you can think of, just like every other big city in the country.

    You can't judge Las Vegas from just hanging out on the Strip for a weekend. That's the tourist Las Vegas and is very, very different from the rest of the Valley.
     
  12. KyleS

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    Coming from someone who just moved away from Vegas all I can say is that it really is a fun town but dont expect to get rich. First you will have to go to dealing school which will cost you approx 150-500 per game, which the casinos you need to learn. (BlackJack, Craps, Let it Ride, Pi Gow, Roulette, etc) Then once that is completed usually (Unless you are lucky or know someone) you have to deal at a local smaller casino which means LESS money. Most dealers will have to deal at the smaller casinos with less then steller shifts (Morning) and then move up to the larger strip or local casinos to a swing shift, then finally you can move to a night shift (Where more money is).
    The weather is actually pretty damn good considering the 2 years I lived there I saw a total of 7 days or so of rain or clouds in the sky. It was great waking up EVERY day practically to Blue skies and sunshine. What sucks? End of June through end of July when the Avg temperature is 115-125 or so. When you get in your car and its hard to breath its not a lot of fun, especially when it takes even the best cars 10-15 minutes to start to cool down using there AC.
    If you have kids the School systems are well behind where they need to be at (Overcrowding 3 high schools and about 6 middle schools shy). They just cant build them fast enough to keep up. Henderson is actually the fastest growing town but most people consider Henderson/Las Vegas to be pretty much 1 town. The Green Valley/Parkway area of Henderson is really nice as well as the homes around the mountains. (If you can afford them). Renting is pretty expensive, almost cheaper to buy then rent (Mine was $890 per month for rent).
    Hey worst that could happen is you go to Vegas, have a great time, and leave like I did [​IMG]
    KyleS
     

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