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It's such a fascinating topic that even Hollywood can't resist it -- cheating the casino. Odds are you've never done it, but have you wondered about it? The answer is likely yes. And, if that's you, the Mob Museum's next speakers series has your
fingerprints name all over it.
On May 21, the downtown attraction will host, "Beating the Odds, An Inside Look At Casino Cheating." The title pretty much says it all, but it becomes even more interesting when we hear that a "former card counter, a casino surveillance director and (the) Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief" will all take part. Here's a brief look at the panelists:
Vegas For Beginners / Players Clubs / Vegas Observations / Survival Strategies / Gambling / Casinos / Tips / → All Tags
We all know that players clubs don’t exist only as a vehicle to give us freebies and discounts. They’re marketing tools that casinos use with much more diligence than you may realize. Rewarding casino customers for their loyalty makes plenty sense, but there’s a rhyme and reason behind every single offering. Casinos look at players clubs as a way to reinvest in their most loyal customers. Casino executives call this “Player Reinvestment” since rewards have historically been based solely on gaming revenue.
What might surprise you is how much casinos value customers. Casinos spend anywhere from 20%-40% of tracked gaming revenue on player reinvestment. As you might imagine, that money isn’t spread equally among customers. The more money a customer brings into the casino, the more the casino will invest in making that person return.
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The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.
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It was on the second night of this four-day vacation at around 2 a.m. when I found my new brown baby at Planet Hollywood. Her name is Macallan.
Enjoying an alcoholic beverage in a casino is a must for many. Some will grab a drink before waiting in the check-in line. It’s a good excuse to yell VEGAS, BABY! Others will wait until they sit down to gamble to enjoy a “free” drink. We know those drinks aren’t free because we’ve already added to the casino's coffers so why not have one? This writer has always enjoyed a little of both. Drink at check-in? Check. Drink at blackjack? Check. Drink in a lounge? Check. I’ll pay for a drink and relax, party or gamble. It doesn’t quite matter. It’s Vegas (baby)!
Almost every year since turning 21, I’ve come to Las Vegas in December with my dudes. We usually rage until our bodies force us to stop. The end of the night used to be 24-26 hours after it first began. As we got older, the end of the night became a little earlier. Six am steak and eggs at Grand Lux at Venetian has turned into late-night secret pizza at the Cosmopolitan. Not bad, but not the same. With age has also come a curiosity to try new, more “adult” drinks. On this last trip, I tried sampling the brown boozes. This is a big step for a vodka and beer drinker.
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When we think about casinos, we imagine there’s no way they can possibly lose money. The casino has a profit margin built into every game they offer. There may be less than a 1% advantage, but there’s still money coming their way. It’s a little surprising when you read the headline “Nevada Casinos Post Fifth Straight Fiscal Year Net Loss”. However, this article takes all revenue into account, not just the casino portion of the hotels in the state of Nevada. Seeing stories like this only make us more curious about how the numbers actually work. Luckily, UNLV’s Center For Gaming Research publishes a lot of this information.
Since this is VegasChatter and not NevadaChatter, we’ll look at Vegas Strip hotel data. It’s time for fun with numbers!
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As a Facebook user recently penned, "The Quad is starting to look better and better..." And, it's true. Well, as long as you continue to ignore the rooms. And, some of the exterior. But, we digress.
On Friday, The Quad came that much closer to completing renovations to its casino, opening almost the entire gaming floor to guests. If you've already been through the new section of the casino which debuted back in March, you'll find a continuation of the same bright red signature hue accented with multi-colored, multi-patterned carpeting in the older, remodeled sections. Update: Our Quad quy, erm, guy begs our apologies and says renovations are not quite 100 percent complete. He relays that a few more sections and slot banks still need to be brought online.
Every year, the American Gaming Association (AGA) surveys the country to learn about casino visitors. Any time there is major research surrounding casinos and gaming, we like to dig through it and pull out certain bits of information that strike us as interesting, or strange. This AGA survey didn't reveal much data that wasn't already assumable from current casino trends, but it did help confirm what we see.
The AGA survey is a general outlook on casino visitors across the United States and not just Las Vegas so it gives us a little understanding as to why things are happening at your local casino in addition to Las Vegas. The results of this survey show that 39% of casino visitors across the country are between 21 and 35 years old and that 42% of that group have finished college. This is the most of any age group that was surveyed.
The answer is now in the comments below!
Will this one do what all others haven't yet? Can you name the Vegas casino? And, yep, this photo is the only clue you get. You're way too smart for us as we've now learned! Leave your best guess below!
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We're always paying attention to what's happening in casinos, from the obvious and random to the subtle. It's nice to overhear a cocktail waitress a few tables away getting ready to take our drink order or see her when she's at the end of the pit ready to deliver a delicious libation. The latter makes shuffling through our pocket to get a tip less rushed.
Our keen hearing also means that it is rare for us to hear a song in a casino that we haven't heard before. It happens every now and again, but the Shazam app on our iPhone makes it so it only happens once. Last week, this writer spent a lot of time bouncing between different Caesars Entertainment casinos and, between various songs featuring Pitbull or Train, heard A LOT of Britney Spears.
There was an uneven and awesome amount of Britney in our ears. Unlike the majority of the current music played, the Britney songs ranged through her entire career from "Hit Me Baby One More Time" to her newest single "Ooh La La". Yes, this is Britney and we love us some Britney and have zero complaints about hearing extra Britney. This was not a bad thing, but the amount of Britney being played stood out.
We enjoy beer and cocktails as much as the next guy (or gal), but every now and again there's a desire to drink something different in the casino. The same handful of drink options become boring after a while, especially if you visit casinos often. When it's 100+ degrees outside, the body doesn't want hot beverages like coffee or tea and there's only so much soda we can drink before losing our teeth.
While playing video poker the other day, we wondered to ourselves when casinos will begin offering some new non-alchoholic drinks like iced tea or coffee. It would be nice not to have to stop playing and walk to the nearest Starbucks to drop $4 on a
large venti iced coffee or to the gift shop for a Snapple. If the idea is to keep us stimulated, these drinks will certainly do the trick. Casinos can even add punch or an orange drink like McD's has to jack up our sugar level if that's easier to manage.