It’s the Las Vegas version of the Mile High Club. Rocking the Casbah on the world’s tallest observation wheel is one of the most thrilling ways to create one-of-a-kind Sin City memories.
As you might suspect, there’s some strategy required when it comes to making this fantasy a reality, so we’ve got 11 sure-fire tips to ensure your High Roller escapade goes off without a hitch.
Hitting it on the High Roller is going to take some big brass ones.
1. Bring a Blanket
A small blanket or throw will be a lifesaver as you’re frolicking on the High Roller. First, it’s courteous to keep things sanitary for the riders who follow.
Second, a blanket will play a key role in avoiding being caught, or even detained, by The Man. One of the biggest risks in this sort of endeavor is other patrons who see your activities, get offended and complain. A blanket (or even a sweater or jacket) will help keep your activities on the down-low, pretty much guaranteeing a satisfying ride.
2. Ride When Business is Slow
Until recently, that wasn’t hard to do, as slow business has plagued the High Roller since a few weeks after it opened.
Now, prices have been adjusted downward ($19.95 daytime, $34.95 nighttime), so business is picking up. That means it’ll take a little more effort to figure out times when pods have few or no riders. Daytime during the week is when the ride is least busy, but for cavorting purposes, you’ll need the cover of darkness (see Tip #3). The bottom line: Plan on staying late.
Choose your moment.
3. Use the Cover of Darkness
Yes, the view from the High Roller is much better at night, but the bigger benefit of a nighttime rendezvous is less chance of detection by security or your fellow passengers in nearby pods. Choose a ride time as late as possible, just before the High Roller closes for the evening.
There’s another benefit to a late night ride: While it’s great to have a wild time in Vegas, the last thing you want is to have people photographing or videotaping your thigh-thumping, sending those images off to Facebook or YouTube for the world to see. (What happens in Vegas rarely stays in Vegas, despite what you may have heard.) At night, the lights are dimmed inside the passenger cabins so guests can see the Strip without glare. That makes for great cover. During the day, you’re pretty much scrod.
4. Tip a Ride Attendant
This is a critical element of your quest to successfully copulate on the High Roller. The folks that load passengers onto the pods make a modest wage, so a $20 should be enough to win them over to your carnal cause. As you get to the loading platform, stand back and watch the flow of riders. If you see a lull, approach an attendant and shake their hand, passing along the $20, saying, “We’d love to ride alone.”
Odds are you’ll get a response like, “We’ll see what we can do.” Which is a ride attendant’s way of saying, “If you’re willing to hang out here for a few minutes, I can make that happen.”
The $20 trick worked for your room upgrade, and it can work here, too.
5. Choose Your Spot
Congrats on getting your own private cabin. Let the games begin!
While the cabin will be pretty dark, you’ll still want to choose a spot that provides the maximum amount of privacy. There are two support beams that run along the sides of each cabin (they connect the pod to the High Roller wheel), with a crescent-shaped seat at the bottom of each. If you sit directly in the middle of the seat, the view from other passenger pods is almost entirely obscured. You’re welcome.
The idea is to be directly in one of the two blind spots (the part with the ridges), either fore or aft.
6. Watch the Time
So, a ride on the High Roller takes about 30 minutes. That sounds like a lot of time, but it goes by quickly. Sort of like sex, come to think of it.
Do yourself a favor and get warmed up even before you get in line for your High Roller ticket.
Once aboard, you’ll want to wait until you’re away from the launch platform before you start the festivities, and make sure to leave time at the end of the ride to get yourself together before you disembark.
Typically, in the area of amour, quick isn’t considered better, but in the case of a High Roller romp, brevity is optimal. If you want to play it safe as possible, don’t commence your tryst until your cabin nears the top of the wheel. That way, there’s less chance of being seen by anyone in a higher cabin.
The ultimate goal would be to climax at the apex, but we’ll save that for the Advanced High Roller Copulation course. Which doesn’t exist yet, but should.
Make it a quickie. The High Roller never stops revolving, even as people are getting on. And getting off.
7. Stay Seated
The best position for a High Roller dalliance is the lap dance position. The man sits (in the spot specified in Tip #5). The woman sits on his lap, facing away from him. With the blanket over you, this position should appear as though the woman is simply sitting on her man’s lap, albeit vigorously if you’re doing it right.
This isn’t the time to get totally crazy, or you may run afoul of High Roller security. The wilder you get, the more likely it is you’ll get caught. Don’t turn your adventure into an episode of “Cops” or the Vegas version, “Vegas Strip.”
8. Keep Focused, Guys
Don’t spoil your 550-feet-up coupling with an unintended fail. You know who you are.
There’s a lot to distract high above the Las Vegas Strip, including the jaw-dropping view and a running commentary by some dude on the pod’s video screens. Keep your eyes on the prize and your partner will thank you for it.
9. Use Moist Towelettes
Once the deed is done, you’ll want to clean up a bit. The High Roller’s cabins don’t have restrooms or running water, so break out your supply of moist towelettes. (You did bring some, right? We’re not barbarians, people.)
If you used birth control, don’t litter. Wrap your latex in the baby wipes and take your trash with you. It’s like camping. But without the bears.
Basking in the High Roller afterglow.
10. Be Prepared for Some Awkward
The end of your ride is the most perilous part. It’s possible your hijinks were observed by staff at the High Roller, and when you depart your pod, there’s a chance you’ll be approached by security, or worse, some stiff from Homeland Security.
Chances are the worst that will happen is you’ll get a stern look, or possibly a warning. If you used your blanket, you weren’t exposing a lot of skin, so you didn’t violate any public nudity laws. Hey, you were inside a pod, is that even public?
We are a blog and not a lawyer, so honestly, we have no ideas if you’re breaking any indecency laws. It will probably depend upon your level of enthusiasm.
People have been joining the Mile High Club on planes for decades. If you’re approached by staff or security at the High Roller, the best way to go is to apologize profusely and pretend to be really, really stupid. Say you got carried away by the heat of the moment and it won’t happen again.
A benefit of having sex on the High Roller, as opposed to a plane, is if you’re caught, you don’t have to sit there being judged for the rest of the flight. You get to leave.
The bottom part of the wheel is where you get off.
11. Be Fearless
Look, life is short. Pushing the limits isn’t for everyone, but it’s good to be bad sometimes. Knocking boots on the High Roller should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Boldness is required, because as we’ve said, your activity is likely to be observed (and possibly recorded) by High Roller staff. Hey, if there were no risk, it wouldn’t be as exciting.
Just be courteous, careful and it also wouldn’t hurt to keep the number of a bail bondsman on speed dial.
Update (3/21/16): Ignoring these tips may result in arrest, international notoriety and in rare cases, death. Read more.