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Mega Fun With Megabucks

December 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (5)

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 (3)

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 (14)

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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Sons Of Anarchy Will Live On For Slot Players

September 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

The fine people who brought you The Walking Dead slot machine at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) last year, Aristocrat, are bringing another cable television hit to the casino.

FX Network’s Golden Globe-winning Sons of Anarchy will come to gaming floors soon. The fact that it is Tuesday’s highest-rated show on cable TV reveals its popularity. In fact, SOA (as the cool people call it) is FX’s highest rated series period as it rolls out a new multi-site progressive while in the midst of its seventh and final season.

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Get Ready To Dance: There's Two Ellen Slots Coming To Casino Floors

September 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

There’s usually a huge buzz before the annual G2E (Global Gaming Expo) with big names being attached to new games. It’s been relatively quiet this year aside from the confirmed Friends, Mad Men and Wonder Woman slot machines we told you about last week. Things hit a new high yesterday, though, when IGT announced they’ll have not one, but two Ellen slots.

These won't just be machines featuring comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Rather, they will be based on her hit daytime talk show. The games will be known as The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots.

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Are Non-Gaming Hotels Better?

September 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (14)

With so many choices in Las Vegas, one of the most daunting choices you have to make will be done long before you set foot off the plane. Choosing where to rest after long days and nights of gambling, eating and, of course, boozing can have visitors vacillating between the latest and the greatest, the closest and the cheapest, and more. This writer has even heard of decisions based on the size of the shower!

When looking for hotels in Vegas there are so many options, your first time or two usually results in a stay at one of the main hotel-casinos on The Strip. And, why not? All the lights, glamour, action, romance and nostalgia exist around those hotels. After a couple trips to Vegas, however, that feeling might wear off. A transformation into a Vegas veteran may send you off Strip or downtown when choosing a spot to sleep. If you aren't interested in leaving The Strip, there are other options that provide a good bang for your buck and don't come with the annoyances of a mega-resort.

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