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Slot Machines / Slots / Gambling / Luck / Vegas Stories / Vegas Rants / → All Tags
We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, itís a game that weíve had a nice score on in the past. Or, it may be a game like Wheel of Fortune that draws us in with familiar sounds. Few of us, however, have probably given thought to our least favorite machines, but could certain games be cursed? Consider this tale of woe we recently heard:
When I play slots, I usually just wander around until one catches my eye. I have a few favorites that I might hit, but I typically go for something that I havenít played before. If a game hasnít been particularly good to me in the past, Iíll eventually try it again in hopes of settling the score. Never have I sworn off a machine for good, until my final time playing JAWS.
Betting / Gambling / YouTube / BetTube / → All Tags
With each passing day, the possible answers to that ages old, often rhetorical question -- wanna make a bet? -- increasingly becomes "okay, where and how much"?
Poker fans can already bet on the final table of the WSOP and while money can't be wagered on the Oscars (in a land-based casino, at least), the wonders of Internet have made wagering on that independent darkhouse film a reality.
Now, Munich-based BetTube is betting you want odds on all those YouTube vids you're already watching. The premise: win by predicting which YouTube videos will go viral. The catch: While hopes of real-money wagering is very much in the plan, the beta version offers play money only.
While many players clubs detail how much money spent equals a certain reward, they will often leave their table play more ambiguous. For example, while Total Rewards specifically details that $1 spent on dining equals 1 reward credit their explanation for how to earn rewards by playing blackjack or other table games isnít so specific.
Perfecting skill and winning casino games isnít easy. In fact, perfection is impossible since the casino has a built-in advantage in every game. At best, we want to play games with a small house advantage and an easy strategy to learn in order to maximize how long we play. Playing longer improves chances of hitting a hot streak or a jackpot. Here are a few resources we use for honing our gaming skills:
vpFREE: vpFREE2.com is a great site for video poker players or people interested in learning how to play. vpFree2 lists how much optimal returns are for different video poker games as well as which casinos have those games. They also detail exactly where you can locate the games on the gaming floor. The information is updated every few months so it may not be 100% accurate, but itís pretty darn good.
Gambling / Baccarat / Roulette / Palazzo / Venetian / Stadium Gaming / → All Tags
On Friday, the Palazzo unveiled what it's calling Stadium Gaming in an area that used to house much of their video poker. Stadium Gaming is a new way to play table games. You and 23 friends can sit at a huge bank of machines and play both baccarat and roulette at the same time.
Slot Machines / Megabucks / IGT / Bally Technologies / Gambling / Jackpots / → All Tags
Weíre one step closer to even bigger Megabucks jackpots. Last month, we let you know that slot machine manufacturers, Bally Technologies and IGT, would petition the Nevada Gaming Commission to expand the pool of linked slot machine jackpots beyond Nevada's borders. This would be like adding Powerball or Mega Millions to your normal state lottery.
Gambling / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Grand / Players Clubs / Comps / → All Tags
Downtown Grandís players club is called MyPoints and is a traditional casino players card in that it only rewards you for gaming. Many of the players clubs for casinos on the Vegas Strip†have made the move to reward you for all spending in all parts of the hotel, from retail shops to the spa. That's not the case at this newly opened casino. Instead, hereís how you earn points with MyPoints:
Earn 3 points for every $1 coin-in when playing reel and video reel slot machines.
Earn 3 points for every $2 coin-in when playing on video poker machines.
Table game points are generated based on average bet and length of time played.
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Last week, we reported that Downtown Grand lowered its video poker pay tables shortly after they opened. Nobody was happy to see this reduction so quickly, but Downtown Grand's video poker only went from bad to worse. Most people concerned with playing good video poker games wouldn't have played the better option at Downtown Grand, anyway.
The reaction to Downtown Grand's video poker pay tables led us to check out how other downtown casinos compare. According to vpFREE2,†there are plenty of good video poker games to be found downtown. Here's a list of the best games in each casino with percentage of return. They're broken down only by the best game(s) offered. Click on each game listed to find details on how many of those games are in that casino, where they are located, and what other good video poker games are available.
Vegas Observations / Downtown Grand / Blackjack / Video Poker / Gambling / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
Things change in casinos. Thatís why VegasChatter exists. Things changed for the worse while†Downtown Grand†was still in their soft opening phase and don't look like they'll change for the better any time soon. When we first walked through the casino on the opening day, we found†good returns on blackjack, but not much elsewhere. 3-4-5 craps odds arenít bad, but they arenít good, either. When we checked, video poker the Bonus Poker game was 7/5 (pays 7-1 for full house, 5-1 for flush). Again, not the worst, but not good, either.
As the days past, we read a few Facebook and forum posts about Downtown Grand changing the pay tables on their video poker games, but we didnít see before and after pictures to confirm these reports. When we checked the video poker at Downtown Grand for a second time, the pay tables were, indeed, changed. The same Bonus Poker video poker pay tables that used to be 7/5 were downgraded to only pay 6 for a full house and 5 for flush.
OpenThread / Gambling / Video Poker / Blackjack / Craps / Mississippi Stud Poker / 3 Card Poker / Penny Slots / Slot Machines / → All Tags
Trips to the casino are filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, there's a winning session and, sometimes, there's a losing session. The casino has a few percentage point advantage on every game so losing a little isn't really a surprise. We can deal with losing by small percentages. It's part of the territory. The sessions, however, where there's no winning at all is what really grinds this writer's gears.
On a recent trip to the casino, I couldn't shake off a cold streak. I played every game to see if I could change my luck and nothing worked. The first session started out at the tables with 3 card poker where I was actually up for a little before losing. Later, I played craps and that was a loser, too, mostly on my rolls. Gasp! I switched to Mississippi Stud Poker and that was a loser. The only win was $10 while killing time on a penny slot before dinner. After the break, the losing continued with blackjack, video poker, higher denomination slot machines and Mississippi Stud Poker (again) before I just gave up.
WSOP / World Series of Poker / Poker / Rio Las Vegas / Caesars Entertainment / Sportsbooks / Gambling / → All Tags
The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
Gambling / Downtown Grand / Blackjack / Video Poker / Slot Machines / High Limits / Baccarat / → All Tags
Downtown Vegas is known more for low-limit gambling than high limit rooms, but that's slowly changing.
When The D and Golden Gate renovated their casinos, they included small high limit rooms. These traditional high limit rooms have some blackjack tables for people that prefer a little privacy when they play with bigger money. The D even has baccarat available since thatís one of the more popular games that was only available on The Strip. Since The D opened with baccarat, the Golden Nugget has added a baccarat area to their casino. High rollers are being welcomed to Downtown Grand with a separate high limit room featuring slot machines, video poker and blackjack as well as an Asian gaming room which features baccarat.