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Renovations / Casinos / The Quad / Openings / Sportsbooks / → All Tags
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.
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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!
Britney Spears / Caesars Entertainment / Casinos / Music / Vegas Rumors / Vegas Residencies / → All Tags
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.
Gambling / Tips / Casinos / Survival Strategies / → All Tags
Casinos have the edge in every game we play. We know this going in and, for the majority of people, gambling is more for fun. While mathematic probability can be used to determine the house advantage, players won't experience that in the short term. The math behind the house advantage isn't realized through a half-hour session, but through thousands of games. UNLV Gaming compiled a basic chart looking at the house advantage with different games in the casino:
Depending on the game and player, the casino edge may be larger than what the data typically suggests. As you can see from the chart, there are plenty of different house advantages for blackjack with stats based on three types of games when played with perfect basic strategy. The house advantage in those games can be lessened by learning advanced strategy. Similarly, the house advantage may grow based on rule changes like paying 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2.
Well, that was quick.
It was just a few weeks ago when Tech Hive reported that MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment were okay with customers wearing Google Glass. Someone must have educated the staff at Caesars Entertainment about Google Glass, though, because they are now saying the high-tech eyewear will not be allowed in their casinos.
Here is an explanation on the banning of Google Glass at Caesars properties detailed in an email to Computer World:
Ok, we have all the info about the hotel, but will the hotel have a casino and if it does, who will operate the casino services? I know that sbe has some kind of rewards program, but that was a bust kind of. Will we see a revamp, maybe a loyalty program and a rewards program in one? -- @breannamstewart
Every year, the state of Nevada releases raw data about how the casino business did the previous year. The Nevada Gaming Abstract is a public document that anyone can read. The information is fascinating and helps explain why casinos operate the way they do. The document covers the entire state of Nevada, but we'll focus on Clark County since that's where Las Vegas is located. Here's the breakdown:
43.3% of casino revenue comes from gaming
21.5% of casino revenue comes from hotel rooms
22.2% of casino revenue comes from food and beverage (combined)
As soon as Thanksgiving passes, we begin to hear Christmas music in the casinos. Casinos start us off gently by mixing Christmas favorites into about 1 of every 20 songs, but as we close in on December 25th that ratio increases. Depending on the casino, we can expect to hear a Christmas classic mixed in about once every four to eight songs we hear. Right now, may be the perfect balance between holiday music and regular music in the casino.
This writer will be spending the next four days in various casinos and looks forward to some holiday cheer, but there's definitely a limit to how many times anyone can hear Mariah Carey sing "All I Want For Christmas." We prefer more up-tempo Christmas music and we will never tire of Paul McCartney 's "Wonderful Christmas Time." This east coast guy would like to hear "Christmas In Hollis" every now and agai,n but Run DMC isn't very casino friendly.
Hosts / Casino Basics / Casinos / Tips / Survival Strategies / → All Tags
Last week, we received a question about dealing with a specific offer from a casino host and, hopefully, helped Gail out a little.
The legend of casino hosts has been glorified on the big and small screen and our favorite is from the TV show "Las Vegas," Sam Marquez. The myth that a host only deals with high rollers is just that, a myth. Hosts will work with anyone from penny slot players to $1,000 a hand baccarat players. Both players are treated differently because of the amount wagered and, while a host may be able to provide the high roller with free weeks in the finest Las Vegas villas and the finest of dining is comped, the low roller can still get discounted or free rooms, show tickets and meals, too.
The job of a casino host is to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to that specific casino. No matter how nice they are, casino hosts don't have cart blanche to just give everything away. They report to marketing managers and have to justify everything they provide their players.
One Fun Thing / MGM Grand / Tropicana / New York-New York / Sigma Derby / Nine Fine Irishmen / Pour 24 / Gambling / Casinos / Fat Bar / Fatburger / → All Tags
Let’s paint a scenario. You’re in Las Vegas. You’ve done all of the obvious touristy things, but you want to know something not-so-obvious to do. Something fun and different. This series will walk you down The Strip, a few properties at a time, offering one fun and different thing to do at each. We hope you enjoy it and find something new to check out the next time you are in town.
We’re back in the saddle with another installment of One Fun Thing.
Previously, we were moving south and crossed the center Strip. Now we’re hitting the south Strip properties and Tropicana Avenue. So, without further adieu, here are our picks for one fun thing at MGM Grand, New York New York, and Tropicana: