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For slot players, waiting out bonus games can be a maddening process. Bonus rounds generally provide the best opportunity for a large payout on a machine. They’re also the most fun part of playing. Many modern video slots are indistinguishable from one another during standard reel play and watching row after row of familiar symbols spin by can get tiring. It’s not until the music starts and the bonus round begins that games like Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune really get exciting. If you’ve never had the patience needed to wait out triggering a bonus, slot makers finally have the answer for you.
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The first weekend of March Madness has become one of the busiest of the year for Las Vegas. Now that the Big Game has passed, March Madness will be the biggest sports weekend (March 19-22) remaining for the year. Las Vegas will be electric for the Big Dance but there’s a growing amount of college basketball fans that consider that first weekend of March Madness to be amateur hour. They'd rather focus on college hoops the weeks leading into the madness.
Conference tournaments in college basketball take place all over the country from March 3 through March 15 (you can see a full list here). Many college basketball bettors look to these days as the best days of the season for gambling. Traditional college hoops fans of west coast basketball simply look to this as a great time to watch basketball in Las Vegas. Most of those games are on TVs in sportsbooks, but you can head out to The Orleans, MGM Grand and Thomas and Mack Center to catch college basketball tournaments in person.
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Two movies headed to a theater near you will focus on casinos and illegal sports betting.
Based in Las Vegas, Wild Card is about a down-on-his-luck degenerate gambler played by Jason Statham. The movie (trailer below) looks like your typical Jason Statham movie set in and around casinos. Besides gambling and typical Statham ass-kicking expect to see lots of Vegas in the background.
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Those who know me well, know that I'm not much of a gambler. Sure, I may drop few bucks here and there, but I'd rather spend on restaurants, spas or shows. New numbers show I'm not the only one walking through instead of stopping on the casino floor.
Vegas Inc. reports gaming revenue is down not just for last month (December 2014) but for all of last year. The business publication states numbers released by the Gaming Control Board show Nevada "casinos won a little more than $11 billion in 2014, a 1.1 percent drop from the previous year when gaming revenue increased by 2.6 percent." If you look at gaming revenue solely on the Strip, it's down 2.1 percent when comparing 2014 to 2013. Interestingly, downtown's numbers are up the same amount.
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Last year, Casino Royale stopped offering 100x odds on their craps game and went to only offering 20x odds (which was still the best on the Vegas Strip). Well, happy days are here again as the much-loved 100x odds returned earlier this year.
Why the excitement? When playing full 100x odds in craps, you’re basically eliminating the house advantage the casino has in the game. When you combine your pass line wager with the full 100x odds, the overall house edge is 0.021%, according to Wizard of Vegas.
Keno isn’t one of the more popular games in the casino, but you’ll see it in different varieties here and there. Keno is a simple lottery-like game where players pick numbers a la bingo. Correctly pick a certain amount of numbers drawn at random by a machine or person to win varying amounts of money. Pay tables differ and may vary by how many numbers you match up correctly.
All the variations involved with keno mean there's not just one exact way to win. There may be a game where you win if you match a minimum of three numbers correctly and there may be a game where you don’t win unless you match five. The more numbers you match, the more money you’ll win.
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Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.
It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:
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Prop bets on the Big Game have become big business for sportsbooks in Las Vegas over the years. When the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate) first started releasing Super Bowl prop bets, they were seen as a nice addition to the wagering menu, but not much more. Today, the amount of money wagered on prop bets for the Big Game are almost equal to the amount wagered on traditional side and total options. Westgate's SuperBook is traditionally the first sportsbook in Las Vegas to release prop bets on the Big Game and to boast the most and they did so again last night.
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago prop bets are, generally, wagers made on specific actions during a game that don’t necessarily affect the outcome. There are more prop bets offered on the Big Game than any football game all year, but you’ll only see game-related and quantifiable prop bets in Las Vegas casinos. Prop bets in Nevada must confirmed through official league statistics. You won’t see “what will Katy Perry wear?” or “how long will it take to sing the national anthem?” here. Those novelty bets are only available in overseas sportsbooks.
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Dice control in craps is the theory you can influence the outcome through your throw. Controlling dice is no easy task since not all craps tables and rolls are exactly the same. The bounce in the felt on tables can be different even in the same casino. Likewise, the back wall of craps tables may offer a different bounce by their pyramid placement. Dice control goes beyond simply setting the dice in a certain manner. It's the entire process of rolling the dice.
In theory, dice must be rolled at the exact same velocity and angle every time while hitting the same spot on the back wall to achieve the same result over and over. It would take a lot of practice to come up with the muscle memory to roll the dice exactly the same all the time.
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Casino party pits aren’t for everyone. These parts of the casino are often marked with scantily clad go-go dancers and dealers, even louder music and less-friendly blackjack payouts. There are people that enjoy the atmosphere and don’t mind playing a game that pays 6:5 as long as they’re having a good time.
One of our go-to resources for casino gaming information, Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), recently interviewed Angela Wyman, a former party pit dealer, who revealed some interesting information about what it’s like. The interview (embedded below is 15 minutes long, but here are some highlights if you don’t have the time to devote to it.
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We now know that, in two weeks, the New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game. The Super Bowl is big business in Las Vegas as you’ve seen by the ever growing list of parties that we continously update. Watch parties are secondary for people like this gambler. Betting on the game is the real focus.
The company is seeking help with some $20 billion in debt, but executives want you to know you don't have to seek out a new gaming home. Friday, Total Rewards members received an email from Caesars pledging that its players club will continue as is. And, that if you dropped in soon(ish) and threw some money around, they'd make it worth your while: