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iBar At Rio Adds Video Poker

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
November 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (5)

Though the Show in the Sky is no longer happening at Rio, several venues show the property is still alive and well in some areas. On a recent weekend visit, we enjoyed live entertainment at the stage near the former Show in the Sky area. A six-piece band performed for a sizeable crowd.

Another crowded spot in the casino was the recently renovated iBar. While the entire casino recently got new carpet, iBar got some additional upgrades. New bench-style seating around the perimeter has given the bar a much more loungy feel, making it a great spot to sit and sip while people watching from the center of the casino floor.

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No Guts, No Glory At The Video Poker Machine

November 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (11)

Sometimes, it’s fun to do something dumb in the casino. A few weeks back, I was playing a 3 play video poker game and was dealt a Straight Flush on the 4th or 5th hand after sitting down at the machine. 250 quarters x 3 = sweet score of 750 quarters (that’s $187.50)! I held all five cards, took the pay day and played a few hands before walking away.

Later that night, it was pointed out that the hand was four cards to an open ended Royal Flush draw. A Royal Flush would have paid 4,000 quarters or $1,000. Even getting one Royal Flush in the three hands would have paid much better than keeping the cards. It was fun to talk about, but I was consoled by the fact the WinPoker app said that I made the right play by keeping the Straight Flush.

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Spotted: The Largest Video Poker Game Ever! (We Think)

November 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

Last year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we saw the introduction of crazy huge gaming cabinets. The sheer size of these games was impressive. The games came equipped with equally large chairs, which may have been made for one person but could comfortably fit two. These chairs have become so popular that we’re now seeing them paired with slot machines closer to the size of traditional machines.

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Cannery, Eastside Cannery Offering $500 Promo

November 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (4)

Cannery and Eastside Cannery are both offering up to a $500 refund on gaming losses for new members of their players club, the C.A.N. Club. This isn’t a new promotional concept, but it is a hefty incentive to visit one of the casinos, join the club and do a little gambling. In recent years, we’ve seen the Cosmopolitan and Tropicana offer similar promotions with much smaller rebates. The $500 loss rebate at Cannery or Eastside Cannery is a whole 'nother level of financial incentive.

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Nevada Says No To Proposition 3

November 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (7)

High rollers in Las Vegas and all of Nevada can breath a little easier. Proposition 3 was defeated on Election Day.

The proposition would have created a 2% tax on revenues exceeding a million annually. Gamblers would have had to pay taxes on the gross amount of money played, not just what they won as is currently legislated. For example, if a video poker player had $5 million in action just to make a profit of $300,000, they would have to pay taxes on $5 million. That, however, won’t be the case now.

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Yahoo! Poker Is A Thing Now

November 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week, Yahoo! quietly snuck into a seat at the online poker table. Yahoo! Poker is a free, online casino game (for the time being) that can be played anywhere and has more in common with other social games like HDPoker than it does with Ultimate Poker as it’s not a real money enterprise.

Gameplay for Yahoo! Poker is simple. Head to the game, spin for free chips, choose the table limits you'd like to play, and get in the game. If you run out of chips, you can purchase more like any other social game.

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Play (Nearly) Even With The House At Craps

November 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you like to roll them bones, you’re better off frequenting some Vegas casinos than others.

That’s because only a handful offer the best pass line odds bets at the craps table – one of the rare instances where you’re playing even with the house. In a land where high rises are built on the backs of tourists with a jones for gambling, that’s one bet we’re happy to take.

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Should We Gamble On An Empty Stomach? A Study Says...

October 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (10)

It's time for another study about gambling from overseas. This one comes to us from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The study says that it’s best to gamble when you’re hungry.

In brief, the study revealed that hunger is associated with advantageous decision-making. The research team ran three trials that examined the counterintuitive hypothesis that hunger improves strategic decision-making. The first two demonstrated that participants with more hunger or greater appetite made more advantageous choices in the Iowa Gambling Task compared to sated participants or participants with a smaller appetite. The Iowa Gambling Task is a psychological test used to simulate real-life decision-making and is widely used in research of cognition and emotion. The third trial revealed hungry participants were better able to appreciate future big rewards in a delay discounting task and were not more inclined to take risks to get the object of their desire. Altogether this research challenges conventional thinking that an empty stomach or bad conditions are detrimental role of impulsivity in decision making.

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Negreanu, McClelland to Enter Poker Hall of Fame

October 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

The game’s, perhaps, most popular player and a stalwart tournament director will be the two newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.

A 41-person panel of existing HOF members and poker media members chose Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland to enter the hall. An official induction ceremony will be held at Binion's at 7:30 p.m. on November 9, a day before the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event takes place at Rio. The festivities will take place in the Longhorn Room. Formerly known as Benny’s Bullpen, the room was home to the final table of the WSOP for the bulk of its existence.

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Sports Connection Prepaid Cards Are Now Available

October 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Way back in January we alerted you that prepaid cards for casinos were a strong possibility. Shortly after the article published, the concept was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Essentially, it allows a player to load a debit card and use it for gaming. Well, there’s finally a casino using the prepaid card technology, but it’s not exactly for use inside of the casino.

Station Casinos recently announced the availability of the Sports Connection prepaid card. It's to be used in conjunction with Sports Connection wagering accounts and, ultimately, the Sports Connection betting app. This card will be used to streamline accounts so the user doesn’t have to visit the casino when they want to add funds. Since the card is linked with Discover, you can use it anywhere Discover is accepted.

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Would You Play A 3 Card Poker iTable? This Guy Wouldn't

October 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (4)

Way back in 2011 we saw our first iTable in action at Planet Hollywood. Since then the chipless tables haven’t taken over Las Vegas as their manufacturer may have hoped. That hasn’t stopped them from trying, though.

Since we first spotted the Shuffle Master iTable back in 2011, Shuffle Master changed its name to SHFL Entertainment and was acquired by Bally Technologies. The most recent Global Gaming Expo was really Bally Technologies’ first where SHFL was fully integrated into their ecosystem and it showed. There were almost as many table games on display in the Bally Technology booth as you’ll see on the casino floor at Downtown Grand. Many of these games were iTables.

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At Palace Station, New Carpet And A Not-So-High-Limit Room

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
October 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (5)

VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was “voted the casino I want to love again if only they’d stop making weird decisions.” While he seems ok with the carpet upgrade, the changes in the high limit slot area came across as a bit odd.

First, check out the new carpet on the right in the photo below. It’s being rolled out in segments across the casino floor. The machines from the coffee shop up to the oyster bar had been removed to make room for the new flooring on Greg's recent visit.

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