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Blackjack At The Cromwell Might Surprise You, But The Rest Of The Casino Won't

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

The Cromwell opened its casino floor Monday afternoon and, boy, did it take us a minute to find a hidden gem! There are two $10 tables that return 3:2 when you are dealt blackjack.

Color this writer surprised that the 3:2 blackjack game we saw over the weekend is available to low limits players. The game is dealt from a shoe and the dealer stands on 17 just like the original picture shows. These are only two of the 66 table games in the casino, but they're definitely worth looking for. Since these tables aren’t in plain view, you may end up at a quiet table. We didn’t see anyone playing this morning and had to ask ourselves before we found it. You'll find them in front of the Drai's construction wall, just to the left of the High Limit nook.

The rest of the gambling is what you’d expect from a Caesars Entertainment property. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Blackjack: $10 minimum, 6:5 blackjack, dealer hits on soft 17; $10 minimum, 3:2 blackjack, dealer stands on 17
Roulette: $10 minimum, double zero
Craps: $5 minimum, 3x-4x-5x odds
Video Poker: 7-5 Jacks or Better (9-6 would be full pay if you’re not familiar with the lingo)

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The Cromwell To Have 3:2 Blackjack (In Some Form)

April 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (11)

While 6:5 blackjack may not be the worst bet in the casino, let's face it -- we'd all prefer 3:2. And, the good news is The Cromwell, which is expected to soft open on Monday, will have it. At least, in some variation.

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Sign Up For Players Clubs Before Visiting Vegas

April 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

Casino players clubs have come a long way from their humble beginning as slot clubs. Players clubs started as a way to track how much money slot machine players spent in the casino. The next step for players clubs was to track all gambling, including table games, poker, sports betting, bingo and keno.

While some smaller players clubs still operate by only rewarding gamblers, the casino operators on the Vegas Strip have updated their players clubs to meet customer demand by offering players club rewards for non-gaming spending, too. Cardholders will receive rewards from spending money in most restaurants, bars, spas and other on-property businesses. Total Rewards will even offer rewards when you spend money with their off-site social casino or their credit card.

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6:5 Blackjack Isn't The Worst Bet In The Casino

April 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (6)

There isn’t a topic in gambling that evokes more emotion than 6:5 blackjack. When Venetian and Palazzo made the switch from having 3:2 blackjack for every denomination to only offering 3:2 blackjack to players betting $100 per hand, the VegasChatter community was in an uproar. A 6:5 blackjack game has a house edge that is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game which also translates to about a 300% difference. If you're only gambling once per year, this difference may not add up to much. If you play blackjack often, however, it adds up.

Blackjack has become the most played game in the casino, in part, because of its low house advantage. Some of the best blackjack games you'll find offer a house edge around .50%. For example, the $5 3:2 blackjack game at El Cortez only has a house advantage of 0.19%. While the 1.8% house edge you'll find with 6:5 blackjack is much worse than the 3:2 blackjack game most of us love, it's still one of the better bets in the casino.

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Winning And Near Winning About The Same (To Our Brain)

April 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (2)

Everybody loves winning in the casino. Duh. But it’s the near-win that often keeps us coming back. We can often taste the next big jackpot if it just misses. It doesn’t matter if we’re one card shy of a royal flush in video poker or one Megabucks logo away from $12 million, we think that just missing a win means our next win won’t be far away. A recent study shows there's some truth to that. Near wins and actual wins feel almost the same in our brain:

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Ready For Mega Megabucks? Powerbucks Is Nigh

April 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

We first learned about Powerbucks last year before it even had a name. This mega Megabucks concept where multiple states would pool slot machine jackpots had potential to make for huge wins. 

This week, we know a little more about this concept and are another step closer to its arrival. IGT, creators of Megabucks and Powerbucks, announced separate deals with Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming to link some of their IGT slot machines to Powerbucks jackpots in New Jersey and Nevada.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Is Promising

April 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas has revamped their website and revealed some interesting facts about their casino that have us excited for its opening at the end of summer.

Last year, we relayed Sam Nazarian's vision for the SLS sportsbook. He mentioned that it would be operated by an outside company, later revealed as William Hill. He also said that it wouldn’t be a traditional sportsbook, rather it would be a combination sportsbook and bar/restaurant. A place to grab a beer and a burger while watching the game you just bet on. Now, we know the sportsbook will be attached to Umami Burger and a beer garden. Add in some 50 TVs and the concept sounds great. We can’t wait to see it in action!

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In Downtown Vegas, An Inside Look At Casino Cheats

April 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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The Cosmo Changes Its Identity Again

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (8)

It seems as if Cosmopolitan is enhancing its identity again. Late last year, its Identity players club became a little more transparent with how it dishes out reward points. And, earlier this year, a partnership with Marriott was expanded. Identity customers may have noticed a new change this week. Identity just got a little thicker in the middle.

If you’re not a low roller or a high roller, you might fall into the new Sterling (pinkies out) tier of Identity. What’s the difference? Here’s the difference. The website list benefits for its lowest tier, Silver, as nothing. Literally, nothing.

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In Search Of Sigma (Derby, That Is) Outside Of Vegas

Where: 55 U.S. 50, Stateline [map], 89449
April 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (9)

It’s no secret that we at VegasChatter have an addiction appreciation for the classic coin-operated horse racing game known as Sigma Derby. We’ve mentioned it more than a few times, and even teamed up with The D to send five lucky readers to the casino's Sigma Derby tournament last year. The Derby is this writer’s favorite casino game. It’s got the lively atmosphere of a craps game with the budget-friendly stakes of penny slots. Despite the high house edge (typically around 15%), the pace is slow enough that a few bucks go a long way. So, when outside of Las Vegas, how is a VegasChatter writer supposed to get his racing fix? By tracking down the nearest Sigma Derby game, of course!

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The Food Network Bets Big On 'Kitchen Casino'

April 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (6)

It’s not quite the Gambling Gourmet, but Kitchen Casino will bring casino games into the kitchen... and into you life.

Kitchen Casino is a competition between four chefs where casino games are part of the challenge itself, or are used as games to set up challenges. In each episode, the competing chefs will navigate through three rounds. Round one features the Kitchen Casino slot machine where chefs take a spin and reveal three categories -- cuisine, ingredient and theme –- which must inspire their dish for the 30-minute round.

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Riverboat Roulette Arrives At Golden Gate

Where: 1 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (10)

Riverboat Roulette debuts at the Golden Gate today. No, this isn’t an April Fools gag, but it is a different take on the traditional roulette game.

Riverboat Roulette was first revealed to the gaming industry at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo and has since been crowned one of the “Top New Table Games of 2013” by Casino Journal. The game finally hits Vegas casinos in 2014 starting with the Golden Gate. Riverboat Roulette retains full functionality for traditional roulette play and includes the option of multiple spin wagers with six new neighborhoods on the wheel.

There are two colored sections with five slots (orange and blue), two colored sections with four slots each (purple and red), two colored sections with three slots each (teal and yellow) and two sections of white that each occupy four slots. If the ball lands in a colored section you bet on, you will be paid based on the color it lands on (see details below). If a ball lands in a colored section that you didn’t bet, your bet is pushed and you get to keep your original bet. If the ball lands in a white section, you lose your Riverboat Roulette bet. You can also choose to bet that the ball will land in the white section. Here’s a breakdown of the payouts:

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