As a regular writer of the world of gambling, I have spent a lot of time inside of casinos. Tens of thousands of casino patrons find themselves using the ATMs inside of casinos everyday. In many, if not most, cases, these gamblers never take a look at the ATM fees that will be associated with their transactions. If they did, chances are good that they might not follow through. Also, if they realized the alternatives, they might end up saving money.
Casino ATM Fees
I have seen cases in the past where casino ATM fees can be as high as twenty percent of your overall transaction. So, for a $200 withdrawal, you would be forking out an extra $60 on top of any fees that your bank might charge. Casinos know that many drunk gamblers will allow these fees to pass due to the fact that they believe that they will win back that money, plus more.
Casino Cashier Option
At most casinos, you can withdraw money from your ATM card at the cashier’s desk. In some cases, the charge for doing so might be as high as doing a withdrawal from the casino’s ATM. Some, though, have minimal, or non-existent fees for doing so.
Restaurants and Bars In Casinos
Many of the restaurants and bars inside of casinos (or on the same property) might have ATMs. Check these machines to see if the fees are lower than the ones that you find in the casino. In many cases, since the restaurants and bars are separately owned, the owners will take strides to take care of the customers. One of those points of satisfaction might come in the form of a very low ATM fee.
One of my favorite facts about Las Vegas is that there are more ATMs in Las Vegas than any other city in the world. Almost every store along the Las Vegas Strip, and Downtown, have ATMs. In many cases, the ATM fees will be nominal compared to the casino ATM fees. If you can, try to use these ATMs first.
Keep these ideas in mind if you find yourself in need of some extra cash inside of a casino. The casino ATMs might take you for as much money as the slot machines. I figure that if you are going to be taken for that much money from any machine, you should have at least a small chance of coming out ahead.