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WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
Total Rewards is the largest casino players club and has taken steps to, possibly, be the best. Their algorithms may be confusing and the rewards may not entirely make sense, but they do make it easy to earn and keep reward credits.
Total Rewards credits expire after six months of inactivity so you'll have to visit a Caesars property every six months to keep your points alive. Well, you used to have to visit a Caesars property. Total Rewards now has a few ways to earn Reward Credits (not Tier Credits) to keep your account active without stepping into a casino. It's a nice perk for people that can't make it to Las Vegas as often as they'd like.
Earlier this year, Caesars introduced a new Total Rewards credit card that offers many benefits including a Platinum Total Rewards upgrade along with Reward Credits, a Buffet o' Buffet pass and more. One of the sneaky benefits of the Total Rewards credit card can be found when browsing the Frequently Asked Questions page.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.
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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
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We don't know enough about the goings on to call it work as usual, but there was some work -- or at least, construction workers -- on-site this week at (placeholder here).
Natural curiousity led two VegasChatter members to point their lenses at what was once
Barbary Coast Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon Gansevoort Las Vegas earlier this week. A deal between the hotel brand and Caesars Entertainment to turn the property into a chic boutique falling through just days ago.
The photos in the gallery below were captured on Wednesday (10/23) by VC uber photographer Greg C. while the full-size images on this page were snapped one day later by contributing editor @sammasseur.
Now that news has settled in about Gansevoort Las Vegas getting dropped by Caesars Entertainment, we're wondering what brand (if any) may go in its stead. While we suspect Caesars will end up keeping the revamped Bill's all to themselves now -- maybe by billing it as "The Real Caesars Palace" or The GO Hotel, a luxury spin-off of the Flamingo (they can keep the G initial, at least) -- it doesn't hurt to speculate about another boutique name that could brand the joint.
Our first thought goes to W Hotels which wanted to open in Las Vegas in 2009 but, ultimately, crapped out.. However, we don't think W has their eye on Vegas, anymore. The brand has gotten a little bit snobbish towards America, choosing only to open in exotic international locations.
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The past few days have been chaos for Caesars Entertainment. First, Caesars was asked to withdraw their Massachusetts casino project. Then, they dropped Gansevoort as a partner because of possible ties to the Russian mob. Then, there was a shooting at Bally’s this morning. And, now there are reports about money laundering allegations at Caesars Palace.
This all happened between Saturday and 7 a.m. today. WHEW!
Shocking pretty much sums it up.
Saturday evening, the Internet imploded when Bloomberg reported that Caesars Entertainment was ending its partnership with Gansevoort. The why is messy. Caesars Entertainment apparently dropped out of a project to bring a casino to East Boston after running into questions about a Gansevoort investor's alleged Russian mob ties. We said it was messy. You can read the full report here. Bottom line: the deal between the two brands to renovate and rebrand Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon on The Strip is kaput.
The gambling day at Caesars Entertainment casinos isn’t what you think. While a normal day begins and ends at midnight, that’s not always the case in a casino. Casinos set their “day” to track gaming for different times. At Caesars properties in Las Vegas, the gaming day begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 5:59 a.m. the next day. This is convenient in a city like Las Vegas because most of our days seem to begin and end in strange hours, anyway.
This doesn’t mean much for most, but gamblers who take their gaming data seriously will want to know and care about this. Many offers are set by your ADT, which is short for Average Daily Theoretical (win or loss). ADT is based on your day of gambling and, if you take your comps seriously, you’ll want to consolidate your play. Consolidating play just means stay steady and avoid days where you spend less. One light day on your ADT will be a strike against your offers from a casino. This is why some people who are really concerned about their offers won’t use their players club cards when gambling on the half day they have before catching a flight home. Half a day of play will lessen their ADT, which will decrease future offers from a casino.
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The length of the average stay in Las Vegas is between three and four nights, and that’s exactly what many casino operators want it to be. You might be inclined to think that the house wants you to stay forever. The long-standing myth about pumped-in oxygen designed to keep you awake and gambling certainly suggests as much. It may seem intuitive that the longer you stay, the more the casino will make; but, that’s often not the case. In fact, many casinos have policies in place designed to limit the time you spend at their properties.
El Cortez has the most straightforward policy about over-staying your welcome. Guests who spend more than seven nights a month in the hotel are penalized with an additional nightly fee. Short of sending security up to pack your bags, there’s not a much more direct way to say “go home!”
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It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.
Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.
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Last week, we gave you a primer on the upcoming LGBT events in Las Vegas, then scurried off to the gym to prepare for the requisite pool parties. This week, we’re back with some details, several photos, and our dignity intact. (Thank you, steamed vegetables and chicken.)
This year’s PRIDE festivities have come and gone, but it was hardly a 'blink and you’ll miss it' event. In fact, there may have been too many things to do. Las Vegas PRIDE had teamed up with Orlando’s Gay Days and MGM Resorts’ FABULOUS events to make 2013 the biggest year yet. But, the end result was somewhat chaotic.