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Poker professionals call it the cost of doing business. For amateurs, it can be the difference between a slight win and a slight loss. Of what do we speak? Rake, of course.
If you’ve spent any time in Las Vegas poker rooms, you’ve seen dealers collect money out of each pot, usually 10 percent, capped at $4 or $5. To put this in quick context of how it affects your bottom line, consider playing two pots heads-up against one other player in a room that takes $5 out of each pot. In both pots, $100 goes into the middle and each of you win one pot. Although, in theory, you’ve broken even, in effect each of you has lost $5 due to the rake.
Fortunately, with enough of a skill edge you can overcome poker room rake to be a long-term winning player.
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
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It's not news to say the "legal" reemergence of online gambling is off to a slow start. We've said it before and this gambler hopes it picks up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if online gambling will pick up drastically in the near future. While Nevada and Delaware have an agreement to pool online poker games, New Jersey has yet to come on board. The Garden State isn’t the be-all end-all for online poker's continued growth, but its addition would certainly help.
There were hopes California would be the next state to legalize online poker, but that won’t happen this year as a bill aiming to do so was shelved. Supported by Senator Lou Correa, the lawmaker won't be returning to the California senate in 2015 so the bill's future is uncertain. While California recently marked the launch of PrivateTable.com, a real-money online poker site, it's run by a Native American tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and likely won't link with any existing poker rooms in Nevada, or elsewhere.
We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.
Best rate guarantees aren't anything new for the hospitality world. But, when they're offered, you pretty much expect them to work as implied. Finding there are strings attached isn't unexpected, either. Finding there are so many strings that it becomes impossible to secure the cheaper rate, however, almost makes you want to unpack your bags and call the whole trip off. This is the frustration recently experienced by VegasChatter fan Joe M. who found the only thing guaranteed by Caesars Entertainment's Best Rate Guarantee program was a headache.
We don’t ask for much when it comes to Las Vegas besides an amazingly memorable experience. This writer used to have an iPod playlist made specifically for final descent into McCarran Airport. My first thought upon landing was that it was time to get busy.
When thinking about different ways technology could improve a hotel stay in Las Vegas, the first thing on my wish list was mobile check-in. After grabbing a Red Eye from Starbucks at the airport and a cocktail at the hotel, there’s nothing worse than spending 45 minutes in line to check-in. It looks as if Caesars Entertainment has heard our plea for speediness. A friend received the following email before checking into Flamingo last week:
A couple of weeks ago, the a long-rumored change in hotel names came true for The Quad which will become The Linq Hotel as of October 30. Hidden deep in the press release was the fact the renamed hotel-casino would have free, property-wide WiFi. That includes all common areas, hotel rooms and on the gaming floor. Everywhere. The Linq The Linq Hotel will be the first Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas to offer free property-wide WiFi. Back in February, we reported that Caesars would be rolling out free WiFi for all its properties throughout the year.
mall promenade already has free WiFi so this will allow guests to stay connected seamlessly between the two.
The Linq Hotel will be the first Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas to offer free property-wide WiFi. Back in February, we reported that Caesars would be rolling out free WiFi for all its properties throughout the year.
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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
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Another long-time rumor has become reality.
Caesars Entertainment has announced that The Quad, as part of more than $200 million worth of additional renovations, will emerge in November as LINQ Hotel & Casino, capitalizing -- of course -- on the adjacent LINQ shopping, entertainment and dining district (read: outdoor mall) next door which culminates in the soaring High Roller observation wheel.
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The World Cup is just a few weeks away! While this writer may be excited for the largest worldwide sporting event of the year, many Americans may not be. The world’s game isn’t even in the top five of America’s favorite sports. The World Cup will still take over the sports media landscape June 12 through July 13 and you won't be able to escape it. People who have never watched or bet on soccer will likely still drop a few bucks on the games at the sportsbook, anyway. If that's you, here's a primer on how to bet on soccer:
3 Way (a.k.a. money line): This is a traditional way to bet soccer. Just like betting on baseball, all you need to do is pick the winner. You’ll be paid based on the money line of the team you bet. The money line is based on bets of $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 on a $100 bet. On the other hand, if the money line is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100.
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When riding the High Roller last month at The Linq, we couldn't help but wonder if the views of Las Vegas and beyond were really that exclusive, especially when the Eiffel Tower at Paris has been giving the same sort of views for the past 15 years.
So we rode up the Eiffel Tower the other week to do a bit of comparison.
· The Eiffel Tower costs $14 for an adult ticket. The High Roller is $24.95 during the day and $34.95 from 6 p.m. on. Winner: Eiffel Tower
· The Eiffel Tower is pretty straightforward. Ride up an elevator and, voila!, viewing time. The High Roller puts you through an elaborate boarding process before you get to even step into the observation wheel pods. Winner: Eiffel Tower
· The Eiffel Tower lets you make your own time. You can hang out as long or as little as you want. The High Roller
traps keeps you in the pod for about 30 minutes. Winner: Eiffel Tower (Unless you hook up in the pod then: High Roller)
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Casinos make the majority of their money from high rollers. We're talking gamblers in the casino, not the people that like to pop $60,000 bottles of champagne in the club. That’s a different segment of the business. We're talking about the men and women that play baccarat for $50,000 per hand.
Casinos go through great lengths to assure the privacy of these players. Some high rollers don't want others to know that they travel halfway across the world to gamble. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Well, the US government is considering a new law to change the privacy laws and casinos are scrambling.