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Hollywood may have promised the third dip in the Hangover pool would be the last, but don't presume that means director Todd Phillips isn't against dragging the wolfpack back into the desert. No, Hangover 4 hasn't been greenlit (yet), but Phillips is teaming up with that jungle cat Bradley Cooper again.
According to The Wrap, Phillips and Cooper are joining forces to direct and produce, respectively, a movie retelling the 1980 extortion plot at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino (now known as Harvey's Lake Tahoe).
Casino openings in Las Vegas are a blast. There are so many new things to do, see and touch. With every new property opening we see the entire hotel and casino concept evolve. Operators follow the money so it's no surprise to see the spread of smaller casinos. When The Cromwell opened earlier this year, few were surprised to see the low-rollin' property become a nightclub that also had an intimate hotel and casino.
It's not news when we say the majority of revenue on the Vegas Strip has been coming from non-gaming outlets. Last year, when Sam Nazarian spoke about his now open SLS Las Vegas, his goal was to reap 70% of its revenue from non-gaming sources. When it was revealed SLS would open with nine restaurants and three clubs it wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone.
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If you’re not a craps player, you’ve probably walked by the table in a casino and witnessed the hooting and hollering that make the game so much fun. Some play it for the excitement, others do so for the relatively small house advantage and many do it for both.
If you’re an experienced craps player, you probably play a certain way based on the game's original bets. With the introduction of 6:5 blackjack a few years ago, casino operators have been adding side bets to find a way to make more money off the game. Fire bets aren't new, but really seem to be picking up steam in Las Vegas casinos of late. “Lemme get a YO!” used to be the phrase you heard most by craps players. Now, we're starting to hear “Let's get some FIYUH” a lot at the tables.
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The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.
Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.
Generally, there are two types of gamblers. There are the serious gamblers who will only play casino games where they have an advantage on the casino or minimal disadvantage. There are also casual gamblers who come to Las Vegas for a good time and don’t really care about the house edge. They just want to have fun. While not adversarial, the two types of gamblers don’t always understand how the other thinks.
Casual gamblers are simply in the casino for entertainment. The money they are risking at casino games is thought of similarly to the budget they’d use for dinner and a show, for example. Gambling is their way of having a good time. Instead of a good meal and Celine, they’ll find fun at 3 card poker or another game with a relatively large house edge for the casino. The fun gambler may even head over to a bar and play the worst odds video poker games anyone will find just so they have a closer proximity to drinks.
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SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!
Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.
Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.
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When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.
People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since I’m a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but they’re making their gambling budgets last all day. The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.
Every business wants to know who their customers are. Made up of casinos, game manufacturers, suppliers and others, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is one of the leading voices of the commercial casino industry. Each year, AGA surveys casino customers to see who's visiting and what they're doing. Unlike the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority (LVCVA), the AGA works with casinos across all the United States. Here are some random facts about the people who visit casinos:
It was good for a chuckle, but a Daily Mirror article stating that the first English-themed gaming resort was headed to the Strip is more fiction than fact. The Mirror is well-known as a tabloid overseas. Type "is the Daily Mirror" into Google and the site will suggest the word "reliable" to complete your search.
Still, it was an enjoyable read, if better suited for the Onion. The Mirror's fantasy casino was dubbed Ye Olde England Casino and touted over-the-top kitsch as its main draw:
We can see with our own eyes that the casino floor has changed a lot over the past 20 years, but now we have specific documentation as to how. What goes up, must come down and that is true for more than our bankroll. (sigh)
Casinos expanded almost every year from the 60s until the mid-2000s. Now, the action on the floor is shrinking as the focus falls to adding pedestrian-friendly new restaurants or easy-to-grab, overpriced cups of coffee. Here's how casino floors have evolved throughout Nevada over the past 20 years (from 1994) according to UNLV's Center For Gaming Research:
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You have questions and we have answers! Timely answers, at that. We were walking through The D the other day and were reminded that many casinos still offer free gaming lessons. This experienced gambler hasn't taken a gaming lesson in a while, but it's nice to see that casinos still offer this kind of education.
VegasChatter Reader Chris R. was wondering if this was still a thing... and where he might get a lesson on the Vegas Strip:
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To gain more players, casino operators are doling out more free play to players club members. Free play can be free bets at the tables, but are more often slot dollars for use in a slot or video poker machine. These offers aren't open-ended. They're usually set for specific dates and are usually redeemed by inserting a players club card into a machine. Larger players may receive promo chips for one time use.
While a few extra bucks may not make you choose to take a Vegas vacation, it may help sway where you stay if room rates are equal. In exchange for giving out copious free play to casino guests over the past few years, casino operators also decided to tighten slot machines to the point where they can still make money from guests. Sneaky casinos!