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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 (3)

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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Gamblers Are Probably As Healthy As You Think

October 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (8)

Gambling is as healthy as anything else you do for hours without moving. Yeah, it's not all that healthy and the habits developed while gambling, like drinking and smoking, only make things worse. That said, gamblers aren’t any less healthy than the rest of the population. This is according to a survey of 2,000 gamblers in England.

The poll found gamblers in England have the same general Body Mass Index (BMI), 27, as the rest of the population. According to the CDC, Americans have a similar BMI. For the sake of commonality among gamblers, let's assume that Americans and English have similar lifestyles, too.

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Don't Head To The Tables Without Checking The Bravo Poker App

October 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you’re floating around Vegas in search of the best each poker room has to offer, you’ll find the Bravo Poker Live app absolutely essential to your quest.

The app will tell you pretty much anything you want to know about the games taking place from Stratosphere the off Strip Santa Fe Station to Mandalay Bay and many of the poker rooms, small and large, in between.

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Does The Plaza Now Offer The Best Video Poker In Downtown?

Where: 1 S. Main St. [map], 89101
October 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

While we were preparing to check out the new slot machines and games at G2E, the Plaza made a big proclamation for video poker players.

The Main Street hotel-casino announced it was downtown’s best place for video poker. There are a lot of great video poker games to be found downtown so this is a bold statement. But, is it true? That’s up for discussion, but they do have a great selection of video poker games, according to vpFREE2.com.

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How To Keep Your Money At The Poker Table

October 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (14)

So, you’re cleaning up at the $1-$3 no-limit Hold’em cash game on a Saturday night at Bellagio or plowing through the $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha game at Aria. When should you pick up and leave?

There are few feelings worse in poker than getting up by a large amount in a cash game and losing it all back; or, even worse, losing it back and then losing your entire buy-in. (You've got to save some for that late night steak dinner, right?) The adage “quit while you’re ahead” certainly comes to mind in these situations. So what’s a poker player to do to prevent this?

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Is This The Future Of Casino Gambling?

October 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM | by | Comments (14)

During G2E (the Global Gaming Expo), we saw quite a few things that caught our eye. The ever-growing popularity of TV and movie-themed slot machines, Britney, b*tch, and the new ways to play video poker. Something else that captured our attention? This neon green slot pod (our name for the lack of an official word.)

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Rumblings From G2E

October 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (7)

The expo floor at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) is where the focus is for casino visitors because of all of the shiny new toys. What you may not know is that G2E is much more. In addition to the expo, there are seminars and speakers. One of the goals is that the casino, hotel, food and beverage businesses can educate each other on the state of their business. Much of the discussion is inside business speak, but there are a some nuggets of information the average casino visitor will find interesting.

Fantasy Sports

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren stated that his company is “considering investing in fantasy sports leagues.” Murren went on to say that MGM Resorts already sponsors fantasy sports events and has been incorporating elements into slot machines.

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Step Up And Pick A Slot Theme, Any Theme

October 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (16)

As always, G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) was a haze of slot machines and casino wares. It’s going to take a minute to collect our thoughts on everything we saw. There’s one thing that’s certain and that is themed slot machines are taking over. There were more themed slot machines at G2E this year than this writer can remember ever before.

The slot machine themes aren’t only from our childhood, but they’re from some of the most popular TV shows of today and tomorrow.

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Bazinga! Big Bang Theory, Britney Slot Machines Are Really Happening

Where: 89109
October 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Yes, that is a Ted machine you spy in the background.

What was just a rumor in September is now a reality. Big Bang Theory and Britney slot machines really will be a thing.

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Six Ways To Remember Your Childhood At The Casino

October 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hey, remember the 90s? Or 80s? 70s? 60s?

You don't need to rely on BuzzFeed or Nick at Nite for flashbacks to the past. Just visit any casino to take a stroll down memory lane. And, more ways to remember yesteryear are on the way. Here are six games sure to evoke nostalgia, as featured on the exhibit floor of 2014's Global Gaming Expo. Some are already making their way to gaming floors while others will turn up soon.

Return to the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons.

See if you're finally able to keep up with The Jetsons now.

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You Can't Use Free Play Anywhere You Want

September 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (8)

If you’ve been visiting casinos for a while, the concept of free play (Freeplay, as one word, is the trademark of a specific casino company) isn’t anything new. However, if you’re new to casino promotions or just noticed free play as an offer from MyVEGAS, you might not realize that it’s not quite as simple as receiving money.

Free play is a reward of “free money” that casinos offer players. It can be spent on video poker and slot machines. Free play isn’t real bills, but credits can be turned into straight cash homey as you win.

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