Dreaming of Vegas and the Highroller Lifestyle

It’s the place that tops almost every poker player’s bucket list, and the number one destination for the gambling world’s highrollers, but what will your $millions get you in Las Vegas? Here’s how much the bright lights are going to cost you if you turn them up to maximum!

By: Andrew Burnett

The SkyLoft is the limit

First up, you’ll need somewhere to stay, and you can’t beat the Forbes 5-Star Skylofts hotel for luxury, sitting atop the MGM Grand and boasting everything from white-gloved butlers to billiard tables, with a Rolls Royce on call to take you wherever you desire.

You certainly won’t be getting any change from $1000 per night, but this is the lap of luxury and a stay you won’t ever forget. Of course, the MGM Grand has its own famous casino, and has a team of hosts on hand to ensure Vegas meets your expectations.

The Grand also has top-class eateries, the David Copperfield theatre and shows such as the Cirque Du Soleil if your idea of luxury means never leaving the same place!

Winning Big at the Bellagio

Naturally, Vegas is the modern spiritual home of poker and gambling, and you’d be crazy not to visit as many of the iconic cardrooms as possible.

The draw of a worldwide online casino from the comfort of your home sounds amazing right now when your choices are limited. Virtual casinos are one of the best places to find that big win to fund your Vegas trip, the biggest-ever wins online outdoing almost any live jackpot prize. But you’re now in Vegas and looking to spend big and hopefully win bigger.

The Bellagio is as good a place to start as any, because with a few words in the right ear you might find yourself in the famous Bobby’s Room. For a poker player, it’s the ultimate dream to sit down with Doyle Brunson, Jungleman Dan, or the Great Dane, Gus Hansen, on one of his flying visits.

As with your accommodation, though, this won’t come cheap and you could easily lose six- or even seven-figure sums if your luck, or skill, doesn’t match the poker legends playing at stakes of up to $5k/$10k. On the other hand, it’s a story few will be able to match.

Take your CUT of the finest Foods

Money doesn’t always mean quality, but it’s also hard to go wrong eating out in Vegas. You’ll have to plan in advance if you want to frequent the most exclusive eateries, however.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck, located at The Palazzo in the Venetian Resort is considered to be one of the finest steakhouses, though you’ll need to keep back $500 for one of their legendary Japanese Wagyu sirloin steaks (fries are extra!)

If Japanese food is your thing, then the Mizumi at the Wynn Macau should be on your itinerary, the 2-star Michelin restaurant offering mouth-watering, high-end sushi at equally, eye-watering prices.

Celine or Cirque? The Costliest Show

You can’t visit Vegas and not take in a show and as with everything else there is a budget way or two, a hundred others inbetween, and the highroller option for those who count their pennies in $millions!

Topping the list last year was Celine Dion, the Canadian superstars show at Caesars Palace seeing some seats going for $2300 apiece. A couple of years previously, it was Britney Spears’ ‘A Piece of Me’ show at Planet Hollywood topping the rich list must-see with a tiop ticket price of $855.

If Bobby’s Room took your bankroll, though, you’ll be pleased to know the average ticket price for a Vegas show is less than $100, but poker buffs will likely enjoy the connection between Cirque du Soleil and its co-founder Guy Laliberte.

Celebrating the Midas Touch

If you’re of a certain age or disposition, celebrating a huge Vegas win in style, means clubbing until dawn, and the Hakkasan is the biggest and most expensive venue of them all.

It brings us back to the MGM Grand and five levels of high-end partying, and if you splash out on a  bottle of its finest ‘anything’ you could easily be staring at a five-figure bar tab.

In fact, the top of the range Ace of Spades Rose champagne comes in a Midas sized bottle and costs $295,000, which is less than $1000 per litre you’ll be pleased to know!

Bragging A-list celebs and the richest of the rich, the Hakkasan does promise some of the most inspiring clubbing in the world for its expensive pricetag, DJs Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, and Lady Gaga all appearing in recent years.

That rounds up the most expensive way to ‘do Vegas’, but for those who haven’t made their fortune yet, just remember there’s always something in Vegas to suit every taste and pocket.

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