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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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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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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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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:
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.
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!
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 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:
One of the many great and strange things about living in Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is that you can gamble just about everywhere you turn. Get a carwash and you can play video poker while you wait. Head to a drugstore or supermarket and get the itch to gamble? You can take a break and play some slots. If you’re just grabbing a bite or a drink somewhere, chances are you can sidle up to the bar and gamble, too. If you’re just driving around town, you’ll inevitably pass one of many tiny casinos like the Dotty’s across the street from In n Out Burger on Sahara.
All of the gambling you see in Nevada takes a little getting used to, but after a while you realize that gamblers get the urge to play just about anywhere. At least Nevadans aren’t gambling while dropping the kids off at the pool like 42% of online gamblers do in New Jersey. (At least, we don't think...) This is different than other states that have legalized all types of online gambling. In New Jersey, you can play online blackjack or slots anywhere, but you can only gamble at a land-based casino in one town (Atlantic City). Since gambling is so ubiquitous in Nevada, online gambling has been limited to just poker.
“I miss the themed casinos.”
It’s one of the most frequent complaints we hear about Las Vegas. For every Aria or SLS that goes up, a Boardwalk or Sahara is erased. And, while themed casinos aren’t likely to make a comeback anytime soon, there are still a number lingering around. One is Texas Station in North Las Vegas. During a recent trip to the movies, this writer spent the better part of an afternoon exploring the locals destination.
Texas Station’s theme is apparent even before you step out of your car. The state flag is displayed proudly, and replica oil drilling equipment is scattered about. While the casino isn’t large, it does stand out because it’s a bit isolated.
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Ever since it opened in December of 2010, The Cosmopolitan has been known for not getting gamblers. Despite having beautiful hotel rooms and suites, great fried chicken (among other excellent dining options) and being home to a nightclub that brings in some of the most money in the country, the Cosmo has continued to lose revenue. That's slowly changing as losses for the Cosmopolitan have lessened over the past year and a new focus on gamblers has begun. In fact, casino revenues increased 25% in 2013 from 2012.
Casino changes at Cosmopolitan haven’t been subtle. When you enter the resort from The Strip at night, you’re smashed in the face with the lights, a DJ and dancing girls at the new(ish) Bond gambling pit. There’s nothing wrong with another party pit on The Strip (besides the 6:5 blackjack). As you walk deeper into the casino, there’s gambling everywhere now. The once serene Chandelier Bar now has video poker. Even Queue Bar has been morphed into a gambling lounge with Pai Gow Poker and a few other table games. When you hop across the casino, you’ll be greeted by a couple hologram dealers throwing hands of (virtual) cards in the air and somehow spinning a detached roulette wheel.
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Poof! Some of the best and affordable blackjack on the Vegas Strip is gone!
Last week, Venetian and Palazzo changed the payouts for most of their blackjack games under $100. The majority of blackjack games now pay 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2. This affects about 50 blackjack games between the two casinos. The house advantage on a 6:5 blackjack game is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game. That may not seem like a lot on the surface, but it adds up over time.
Before March Madness, Venetian and Palazzo had some of the best blackjack games you could find on the Vegas Strip for under $25. Today, they’re no better than most. You’ll still find a few games that pay 3:2 for blackjack at each casino. There are a few double deck, Super Fun 21 and video blackjack games under $100 that pay 3:2 for blackjack, but those are in the minority.