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How To Handle A Tight, and A Loose, Poker Table

August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all been there, especially if you’ve played enough hands of poker in Las Vegas card rooms. We're talking about when you find yourself at a table full of “rocks” who only play the best hands or at the wild and crazy table full of buzzed gamblers ready to tear it up on a hot Sin City night. How do you handle these situations? You’ll certainly have to make adjustments if you want to come out a winner.

The makeup of a no-limit Texas hold’em game can vary greatly from table to table depending on the lineup of players in each setting. Often, the addition of just one reckless player can cause the entire game to change, from a relatively tight and conservative match to one in which all the players begin to loosen up and the chips start to fly in an attempt to win the money of the reckless player. Here are some characteristics of tight and loose games:

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Three Casinos With 3:2 Blackjack Just Off The Vegas Strip

August 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

The hunt for good blackjack games in Las Vegas never ends. The expansion of 6:5 blackjack on the Vegas Strip means there are less 3:2 games available, which offer better returns and are more desirable to play. Experienced visitors and blackjack players know where to find the better games in town.

VegasChatter reader MinnesotaPhats recently emailed us to remind everyone that there are better alternatives if you venture off the Strip:

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The Rise Of The Smaller Casino

August 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (4)

Casino openings in Las Vegas are a blast. There are so many new things to do, see and touch. With every new property opening we see the entire hotel and casino concept evolve. Operators follow the money so it's no surprise to see the spread of smaller casinos. When The Cromwell opened earlier this year, few were surprised to see the low-rollin' property become a nightclub that also had an intimate hotel and casino.

It's not news when we say the majority of revenue on the Vegas Strip has been coming from non-gaming outlets. Last year, when Sam Nazarian spoke about his now open SLS Las Vegas, his goal was to reap 70% of its revenue from non-gaming sources. When it was revealed SLS would open with nine restaurants and three clubs it wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone.

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Sick of Hold'em? Here's Where to Head for Some Poker Variety

August 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sure, Texas Hold’em is the game du jour of poker, the focal point of the vast majority of cash games and tournaments, but don’t you sometimes get tired of playing it?

Yeah, this writer too.

Fortunately, if you, like me, prefer to branch out into other forms of poker you do have some other options in Vegas; though, not as much as you may like.

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Lion's Share Hits At MGM Grand For $2.4 Million, Winner Inserted $100

Where: 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
August 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM | by | Comments (11)

So many people who can now say they came this|close to realizing the seemingly impossible.

Before this VegasChatter writer was a regular contributor to the site, I was a reader of its content and definitely fell for this year's April Fool’s joke for about a half of a second. When I read the Lion’s Share slot at MGM Grand machine hit on April 1, I was about to send the story to friends when I noticed the date… the joke was almost on me!

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What To Do With Leftover $1 Casino Chips

August 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (13)

We've all been there. You're sitting at the table defeated after losing countless thousands hundreds dollars to {insert favorite table game here}. It can be frustrating and leave a sour taste in your mouth. Somehow you always end up with spare $1 chips, perhaps from hitting that awesome blackjack, hitting your number on roulette, or cashing some in for tips for the cocktail server or dealer.

So, what to do with them? Most often they are used to tip out the dealer, or tossed to the funny, cool person at the table, but sometimes, you just can’t let them go. Obviously, the embarrassment of cashing in $3 in chips at the cage can sometimes be too much to bear so the chips end up making the long journey home as a souvenir.

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More Online Vegas Freebies, And No Need To Be A Poker Ace To Apply

August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (3)

Recently, we profiled GoldenNuggetPoker.net and its plentiful freebies. Let’s also take a peek at what you can find at Stratosphere's AcePlayPoker.com, where you can win a great variety of freebies.

Similar to Golden Nugget's free-play online poker site, this one lets you play cash games or tournaments for fun, with the chance to use the points you earn to buy in to tournaments offering real-world prizes.

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At Aria's Poker Room, There's Now A Leaderboard With That

August 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

Some poker players like to be recognized for having great skill while others would rather remain anonymous. it looks, however, as if there might be more people in the former category than the latter based on Aria's latest partnership.

Global Poker Index (GPI) has teamed up with the CityCenter resort to recognize its best players. A leaderboard now tracks the performances of the top players in the casino's poker room. GPI is poker’s ranking authority and owner of the world’s largest live poker database, The Hendon Mob. GPI will now track the results of daily tournaments hosted at Aria.

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You Can Turn The Heat Up At The Craps Table, But Should You?

August 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | Comments (13)

If you’re not a craps player, you’ve probably walked by the table in a casino and witnessed the hooting and hollering that make the game so much fun. Some play it for the excitement, others do so for the relatively small house advantage and many do it for both.

If you’re an experienced craps player, you probably play a certain way based on the game's original bets. With the introduction of 6:5 blackjack a few years ago, casino operators have been adding side bets to find a way to make more money off the game. Fire bets aren't new, but really seem to be picking up steam in Las Vegas casinos of late. “Lemme get a YO!” used to be the phrase you heard most by craps players. Now, we're starting to hear “Let's get some FIYUH” a lot at the tables.

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Free Rooms and Poker Tournament Entries at Golden Nugget? Yes, Please

Where: 129 Fremont Street [map], 89101
August 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

The freebies just keep getting better when it comes to Golden Nugget’s online poker site.

GoldenNuggetPoker.net has just added a free live tournament entry to its weekly Sunday Main Event to complement the complimentary two-night stay the winner already enjoys. All it takes to join in the fun is a computer or smartphone -– no credit card needed.

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Downtown Grand Increases Its Video Poker Pay Tables

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
August 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (14)

When Downtown Grand opened last year, its casino had both good (blackjack) and bad (video poker) gambling. Since then, the former Lady Luck has seen some ups and (more) downs so execs have been changing things up in an effort to generate more traffic. Most recently, discounted dining was offered to locals and tourists alike.

When Downtown Grand first opened, it had video poker pay tables you might expect to see on the Vegas Strip. Those pay tables were downgraded shortly after opening to the kind nobody would play away from a bar. There is a lot of good video poker in Downtown Vegas and Downtown Grand was the worst. New casino management understood they had to do something and they did.

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Be Mindful Of Where, When You Stay And Play When Looking To Maximize Comps

August 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM | by | Comments (19)

Even though players clubs are evolving to include non-gaming spending, it's the gambling that still moves the needle. One of the best ways to maximize your players club rewards is to be mindful of where you're staying and playing and when you're visiting Las Vegas. Before diving into the subject, it must be noted that playing for comps rarely pays off because you'll usually end up risking more money than the comps you receive. That said, comps are awesome so why not get the best bang for your buck?

Las Vegas is a demand based economy. The law of supply and demand says that when demand is high so are prices, and vice versa. Visit Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend (#LDW, yo) and you'll pay more money than you would when there are less people visiting in mid-December.

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