The best way to leave Vegas with a million is to go there with two million. But still, as long as you stay within your limits, gambling is fun--you can always just play the one-armed bandit slot machines if nothing else.
Vegas is awesome. I've been there twice and had a lot of fun. The Mirage is my favorite, though the Rio is cheaper (it's not directly on the Strip). Caesar's Palace has possibly the best shopping in the city, and they have a Virgin Megastore there...which has a HUGE manga/anime section. The only place I've seen more manga/anime at is ACen.
Just be aware of your surroundings at all times. Travel in a large group (or make sure that you move with the sidewalk traffic)--it's the best way to avoid pickpockets. And there are some places in Vegas where you do NOT want to go. The Strip is safe, other than the occasional pickpocket and the godawful traffic on the roads. However, there are places in Vegas that if you wander four or five blocks to either side of the Strip, and you might be taking your life in your hands. (The concierge at the Rio told me not to go to the area of Koval Lane east of the Hard Rock unless I wanted to commit suicide.) It's probably no worse than downtown Chicago.
Oh, and you'll get really tired of all the people handing out ads for "escorts" on the Strip (aka prostitutes). They're literally on every corner, and they often don't take no for an answer. But if you're traveling in a group, you can just ignore them. I went alone and man, try telling some guy who speaks almost no English that you don't want a 2-page newspaper of naked women who want to sleep with you for a low, low price. I finally took the paper just so he'd leave me alone.
Ben Da Mad Irishman
"I gave it to my college roommate"
This post has been edited by sentinel28a: 02 September 2010 - 04:24 PM