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One Last OpenThread: What's Your Favorite Casino Game?

July 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

OpenThreads are one of my favorite type of posts to read here on VegasChatter. Itís been a great way to learn about the habits of the people that read the site. So let's do it one more time. Shall we?

As we already know, gaming revenue has been decreasing for Las Vegas casinos over the past 20+ years. It's easy to understand casinos changing priorities to increase revenue because of the new attitude of the millennial customer. Blah, blah, blah. But this Gen-Xer likes to gamble!

There are professional gamblers and those that gamble for entertainment. I fall in the latter category and use my discretionary entertainment dollars for the gambling. I have other hobbies but as it turns out being a sports fan ties into sports betting which Nevada residents no longer need to visit a casino to enjoy.

Machine games are the focus when Iím alone in a casino. Video poker is the main game but there are some slots thrown in the mix when others aren't around. Occasionally Iíll play a table game without friends but thatís rare. When I gamble with friends we stick almost exclusively to table games like 3-card poker, blackjack, craps, Mississippi stud poker and Pai Gow poker.

But enough about me. I'm always curious what games people play in the casino as it gives me an idea of what to write and who's reading. This is one last time for me and the other VegasChatterer's to know your gambling preferences.

Whatís your favorite game(s) to play when you visit Las Vegas? Sound off for one last time in the comments below!

[Photo via Danny Ocean]

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Wynn Drops to 2x Craps Odds, Aria and Bellagio Now Dealing 6:5 Blackjack

July 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

It seems as though gambling becomes more of a losing proposition every week on the Vegas Strip.

A couple weeks ago, we were tipped off to New York-New York taking their house edge tweaks in blackjack to the high limits room for the first time. Now we get word from numerous sources, including the photo above from tipster @PaperPoster that the last two casinos on the Vegas Strip that didnít offer 6:5 blackjack--Aria and Bellagio--have joined the growing trend.

This isnít a small change to blackjack at Aria and Bellagio. @John_mehaffey reports that there are now a total of 40(!) blackjack tables that say ďBlackjack pays 6-5" between the two properties. The difference from the traditional 3:2 blackjack is that you're getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.

But wait...thereís more.

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The Good, Bad and The Questionable at The Cromwell

July 24, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

There is a lot to like about The Cromwell but like most things in Vegas, it isnít perfect.

The Cromwell was built for todayís millennial visitor but that doesnít mean people of all ages canít enjoy the hotel and casino. On a recent stay we noticed more families than we expected for a hotel with one restaurant and limited amenities for families

When Caesars Entertainment turned Billís Gambling Hall into a modern boutique hotel, there was a concerted effort to offer a hotel room above and beyond the usual fare found at Caesars properties. On this mission, they succeeded. Even the basic rooms at The Cromwell have a look and feel unlike any other rooms at any other Caesars hotels. The vanity area outside of the bathroom is stunning. While much of the room has a dark color palette this is very much a literal bright spot in the room.

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Two Old Games Get a New Look at The Palazzo

July 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

(Example of the LED Money Wheel, the dealer yelled and waved at us not to take photos on site)

The Palazzo recently debuted a couple of new table games on their casino floor. The casino game concepts arenít new but their physical presentation is. The two games are an LED Money Wheel and the Chinese game Sic Bo. Both are very very bright and are manufactured by TCSJOHNHUXLEY.

The Palazzo is the only casino on the Vegas Strip that has this LED Money Wheel. The new LED Money Wheel is played similar to other any other Big Six Money Wheel youíve seen in casinos, but it incorporates the latest illuminated technology, providing eye-catching attract modes with a flexible range of graphics to suit any casino interior or theme. Not only is the wheel brightly lit but the slots on the wheel change colors. The wheel really stands out in the cavernous and dimly lit casino floor of The Palazzo.

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Tales from Inside the Pit: Dark Superstitions at The Table

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

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.

ďHow come you're not letting me win?Ē 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 | ()

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 werenít 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 | ()

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 | ()

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.

Weíre 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 weíre 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 | ()

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 youíll A) need to play with perfect strategy and B) play with max credits. Letís take a look at Bonus Poker pay tables since itís 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 | ()

Between all of us Vegas Chatter contributors, weíre 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 | ()

This weekend, temperatures are expected to hit 100 degrees in Las Vegas for the first time this year. And thereís no turning back. Weíll 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 youíre 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 | ()

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

For those not familiar, letís 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 isnít 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 didnít 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 theyíre 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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