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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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Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.

What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)

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Gamble While You Charge Your Phone At Venetian, Palazzo

Where: 89109
July 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (22)

Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.

VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.

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What Kind Of Gambler Are You?

July 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (15)

Generally, there are two types of gamblers. There are the serious gamblers who will only play casino games where they have an advantage on the casino or minimal disadvantage. There are also casual gamblers who come to Las Vegas for a good time and don’t really care about the house edge. They just want to have fun. While not adversarial, the two types of gamblers don’t always understand how the other thinks.

Casual gamblers are simply in the casino for entertainment. The money they are risking at casino games is thought of similarly to the budget they’d use for dinner and a show, for example. Gambling is their way of having a good time. Instead of a good meal and Celine, they’ll find fun at 3 card poker or another game with a relatively large house edge for the casino. The fun gambler may even head over to a bar and play the worst odds video poker games anyone will find just so they have a closer proximity to drinks.

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