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Tales from Inside the Pit: Dark Superstitions at The Table

June 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (35)

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

Five years working in the casino industry may not sound like a very long time compared to other, long-time employees in this town. But I have found it long enough to experience a lot of superstitions by both gamblers and the casino. What I do not understand is, "Why?" Why be superstitious about something that is simply math? It has nothing to do with the dealers or the other players. Nothing outside of the game itself determines the outcome.

Yet there are hundreds, if not thousands, of gamblers who truly believe a particular dealer will be lucky for them or sometimes, unlucky. (Coolers, they're called.) They actually believe the dealer determines the outcome of the game. And they aren't afraid to voice their belief.

“How come you're not letting me win?” is one of my favorite complaints. What you need to know is that--the dealer controls nothing except for the speed of the game, and some of them can barely control that.

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Hit It and Quit It: How to Slow Your Penny Slot Roll

June 17, 2015 at 7:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

The attraction of penny slots is a fairly simple one. Bright lights and loud noises to humans can be similar to jingling car keys to a dog. When a dog sees and hears the keys he wants to go for a ride. When ECG sees bright lights and hears loud noises he wants to play penny slots

A few weeks ago I noticed a slew of new slot machines on the suburban casinos floors. Between Red Rock and Suncoast, it felt as though every other slot machine was new. They all have bright HD screens which can almost seem like 3D in the right light. Noticeably the volume on each of these games was very loud. These new slot machines weren’t the big-name themed slot machines but they were proprietary games with fairly generic in-house themes.

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VegasChatter Question: Which Casino Host is Right For Me?

June 11, 2015 at 7:22 PM | by | Comments (4)

Pick a host, any host.

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter! Reader Bill P. had a good question about what kind of casino host he shoudl seek out when gambling in Las Vegas.

"When you acquire a casino host, is it better to have an executive host or a slot host? What are the main differences? Play mainly slots. Some table games."

We reached out to our Casino Host Insider to see what they had to say.

Keep reading to learn which kind of host you might need!

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Another Day, Another Cosmo Rumor: This Time About a Poker Room

June 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (3)

The World Series of Poker kicked off a couple a weeks ago which means Las Vegas is full of even more poker players than usual. The excitement for the WSOP seems even greater this year with the amount of poker players that came to town to take part in the record-breaking Colossus tournament.

Poker rooms all around town have been slammed and have had huge waiting lists. While this is great for players, this also gives dealers and hotel employees an excuse to chatter and spread some rumors.

We’re could care less about rumors regarding the personal lives of poker players, but when a rumor about one of our favorite casinos is spreading, we have to pay attention. Last week, word started to trickle out that The Cosmopolitan would be opening a poker room this year.

The Cosmo has only vaguely teased plans for the property since Blackstone purchased the casino last year but we’re beginning to see some things trickle out. Which means this rumor may have some legs to stand on.

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Why Max Bet is Key to Getting The Best Returns in Video Poker

June 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (9)

One of the fun things about playing video poker is that it's one of the few games in a casino that you can play at your own pace. If you get caught up in the fever, you can play fast. If you want to have a drink at the bar and chat with friends you can play slower. Regardless of the speed you play video poker, you have potential to be playing a game with the smallest house edge for the casino.

I say potential because in order to receive the best returns in video poker you’ll A) need to play with perfect strategy and B) play with max credits. Let’s take a look at Bonus Poker pay tables since it’s one of the most popular video poker games.

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Flirting With and Falling in Love With New Video Poker Games

June 3, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

Between all of us Vegas Chatter contributors, we’re probably in a casino at all times of the day, especially this contributors who is always searching for new games to play. The game may be a slot machine (or 10) one week, a table game another week or even a video poker game. The games themselves may not be new to the casino floor, but they are new to me. Like Hot Roll video poker.

Long-time readers here know my affection for both craps and video poker, but especially for craps. When I first saw that IGT combined the two games at G2E last year my head nearly exploded.

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Where You Can Play Blackjack Poolside in Las Vegas This Summer

May 28, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (25)

This weekend, temperatures are expected to hit 100 degrees in Las Vegas for the first time this year. And there’s no turning back. We’ll feel this dry heat (this east coast transplant says that's a real thing) for the next few months. Spending time indoors with air conditioning can be a nice relief from the heat, but so can hanging outside by the pool with a nice frosty beverage.

But if you’re a gambler like this guy, sitting around Las Vegas just drinking frosty drinks can get boring after a while. What better way to get liven up the day by the pool than by gambling a little? Thankfully there are more than a few casinos all over Las Vegas dealing poolside blackjack. Take a look:

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Got Skillz? Bill Allowing Skill-Based Slot Machines Approved

May 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (10)

If it feels as though we’ve been talking about skill-based slot machines coming to casinos for the past few years it’s because, well, we have!

For those not familiar, let’s explain skill-based gaming as it relates to slot machines. These are slot machines that (duh) involve some form of skill to win great larger jackpots for those that know the particular skill. The idea isn’t quite new as it was introduced to casinos almost 10 years ago.

In 2007, Bally Technologies brought a skilled-based Pong slot machine to casinos. That incarnation of skill-based slot machines never became popular. The casinos didn’t like it very much because the skill involved with the bonus rounds changed the payout schedule. Traditional slot machines are all programed to return a specific amount so they’re much easier to forecast revenue. And there wasn't much demand from players to keep the games on the casino floor.

But that started to change a few years ago.

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Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer

May 22, 2015 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (42)

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

When it comes to tipping the dealer here are a few pointers. First, I must remind you that I myself am a table games dealer. I know that I might piss off a few dealers with this post but honestly, a few of them could use a dose of reality.

For those of you that don't know, the dealers usually pool their tips for a 24-hour period as only a couple of casinos allow dealers to keep their own tips.

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Tales From Inside The Pit: Let's Talk About Sucker Bets

May 15, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (15)

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

Let's talk a little bit about sucker bets. Just about every table game in the casino has a “bonus” bet attached to it. I know that I might catch heat from some of you, but you should be betting a few of these.

Experts will tell you to avoid these bets at all costs because they favor the casino with a high house advantage. These bonus bets do favor the house, but if you're just gambling for your own entertainment, you might as well try to win some big money out while you're at it.

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What are The Average Blackjack Dealer Bust Rates?

May 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (9)

You probably know that blackjack is one of the most popular games in a casino. On the surface it’s a simple game--you take cards until you feel as though you’re as close to 21 as you’re going to get. The reality is that it’s not quite that simple when you look at the math behind the game.

Without getting too deep into blackjack strategy there are hands where you should stay where your brain may tell you to hit. Likewise there are times you think should hit but you should really stay.

Once you learn blackjack strategy, knowing when to hit and stay becomes second nature. But until then, you can expect players at the table to huff and puff when you stay on a 16 or hit on an 18. When you learn proper blackjack strategy, you’ll know what to do based on the cards you have and the cards the dealer has. Both are equally important factors in blackjack strategy.

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A Tale of Two Blackjack Payouts at Downtown Grand

May 7, 2015 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (17)

Don't Get Too Excited

Downtown Grand has been off to an inauspicious start since opening in 2013. They’ve opened and closed restaurants, they’ve changed odds and moved tables around the casino and most recently they’ve renamed their pool from Picnic to The Deck.

It's easy to make a hot take and say that they're a failure but truth is Downtown Grand is still a new business still trying to find their niche in Downtown Vegas off Fremont Street where the majority of the action is.

But now, Downtown Grand is focused on fixing their casino. The only problem is that they’re kind of all over the place--a strategy that has hindered the property from the beginning. Case in point is their current blackjack offerings. Some blackjack tables pay 3:2 when you get blackjack, while others only pay 6:5.

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