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Dice Control: Real, Fake Or Other?

January 22, 2015 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (21)

Dice control in craps is the theory you can influence the outcome through your throw. Controlling dice is no easy task since not all craps tables and rolls are exactly the same. The bounce in the felt on tables can be different even in the same casino. Likewise, the back wall of craps tables may offer a different bounce by their pyramid placement. Dice control goes beyond simply setting the dice in a certain manner. It's the entire process of rolling the dice.

In theory, dice must be rolled at the exact same velocity and angle every time while hitting the same spot on the back wall to achieve the same result over and over. It would take a lot of practice to come up with the muscle memory to roll the dice exactly the same all the time.

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Tales From The Party Pit

January 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (10)

Casino party pits aren’t for everyone. These parts of the casino are often marked with scantily clad go-go dancers and dealers, even louder music and less-friendly blackjack payouts. There are people that enjoy the atmosphere and don’t mind playing a game that pays 6:5 as long as they’re having a good time.

One of our go-to resources for casino gaming information, Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), recently interviewed Angela Wyman, a former party pit dealer, who revealed some interesting information about what it’s like. The interview (embedded below is 15 minutes long, but here are some highlights if you don’t have the time to devote to it.

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A Look Back At Gambling In 2014

December 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

There’s been a slow shift in gaming over the past 20 years. And, much of it really started to stand out this year. Both casino floors and gaming companies have consolidated to, theoretically, create greater efficiencies. Aristocrat Technologies purchased Video Gaming Technology, Scientific Games merged with Bally Technologies, IGT was purchased by G-Tech and Multimedia Games was snapped up by Global Cash. You may be familiar with some of these names and not others. Mergers and acquisitions like this often create a more homogenized product for the customer by creating less competition. For the time being, these businesses are just streamlining activities.

After these manufacturers debuted their newest games at G2E this year, it doesn’t seem as though the industry can get any less creative than it already is. Let’s just take another TV show, musician or movie from 20-30 years ago and slap their name on a machine. Hopefully, this lack of creativity is just temporary.

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Mega Fun With Megabucks

December 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (6)

Megabucks slot machines are as close to having a lottery as the state of Nevada has. The allure of playing Megabucks is to be the lucky winner of a jackpot that’s always north of $10 million. The most recent hit was less than a month ago for $14 million at Rampart Casino. The largest we could find on record was for over $33 mil at Terrible’s in Sparks, NV back in 2009.

Those big jackpots are pretty sweet, but the odds of hitting are 1 in 49,836,032. Returns for Megabucks can legally be set to about 75%, but history tells us that’s not typically the case. Overall, casinos return about 88% of money played in Megabucks to players when you include jackpots hit. This is just slightly less than returns for penny slots, if you’re curious.

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Mirage Poker Room To Go On Hiatus, Return Smaller

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December 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.

The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.

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Spotted: The Largest Video Poker Game Ever! (We Think)

November 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

Last year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we saw the introduction of crazy huge gaming cabinets. The sheer size of these games was impressive. The games came equipped with equally large chairs, which may have been made for one person but could comfortably fit two. These chairs have become so popular that we’re now seeing them paired with slot machines closer to the size of traditional machines.

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Play (Nearly) Even With The House At Craps

November 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (5)

If you like to roll them bones, you’re better off frequenting some Vegas casinos than others.

That’s because only a handful offer the best pass line odds bets at the craps table – one of the rare instances where you’re playing even with the house. In a land where high rises are built on the backs of tourists with a jones for gambling, that’s one bet we’re happy to take.

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Beware The Penny Slots

October 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (21)

Things have settled down since we spent a few days looking at the newest slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). If you noticed most -- if not, all -- of the slot machines we highlighted this year were themed. These slot machines are usually penny slots when they hit casino floors. Penny slots aren’t what they used to be. You can now wager upwards of $5 per spin on a slot machine that, by name, makes you think you're only going to risk a penny or so. That’s just one of the dirty little secrets about our favorite penny slots in the casino.

The bright lights and loud music from these slot machines are great fun, but the real dirty secret of the uber popular penny slots is that they are some of the worst bets in the casino. Casinos win almost twice as often when you play penny slots as they do when you play any other denomination of machine.

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Gamblers Are Probably As Healthy As You Think

October 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (8)

Gambling is as healthy as anything else you do for hours without moving. Yeah, it's not all that healthy and the habits developed while gambling, like drinking and smoking, only make things worse. That said, gamblers aren’t any less healthy than the rest of the population. This is according to a survey of 2,000 gamblers in England.

The poll found gamblers in England have the same general Body Mass Index (BMI), 27, as the rest of the population. According to the CDC, Americans have a similar BMI. For the sake of commonality among gamblers, let's assume that Americans and English have similar lifestyles, too.

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Don't Head To The Tables Without Checking The Bravo Poker App

October 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you’re floating around Vegas in search of the best each poker room has to offer, you’ll find the Bravo Poker Live app absolutely essential to your quest.

The app will tell you pretty much anything you want to know about the games taking place from Stratosphere the off Strip Santa Fe Station to Mandalay Bay and many of the poker rooms, small and large, in between.

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VegasChatter Questions: What Is A Host And What Can They Do For Me?

October 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (16)

We’re always here to help when you have a question. VegasChatter reader Rob R. was just assigned a casino host for the first time and turned to us on Facebook for clarity and advice:

So I have a question that maybe someone can help me with... I'm a Diamond member with Total Rewards. I have been assigned a "Casino Host". What exactly is he/she and what kinds of things can they do for me? Am I supposed to tip him/her? I rarely even see him but I do have his cell phone number." -- Rob

Let’s first look at what exactly a casino host’s job entails and that's to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to the casino (or casinos) they work for. In other words, the host works for a casino with the purpose of making customers happy during and in-between visits.

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Sports Fans Will Enjoy What's On The Tube At SLS Las Vegas

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October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

A recent stay at SLS Las Vegas had this writer in my hotel room much more than expected. My reservation was for a Thursday night so I had the option of watching the Thursday Night Football game in my room, the Umami Burger sportsbook or at one of the TVs in-between the table games. The sportsbook is nice, but wasn’t necessary for a stand-alone game. I opted to watch in my room since I wasn’t in the mood to watch while playing blackjack. And, I’m glad I did.

The picture on the brand new 55” Samsung TV was wonderful. I also discovered something that sports fans like me crave when staying at hotels. There are a host of sports channels available at SLS Las Vegas that you won’t find in most Las Vegas hotel rooms.

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