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If You Didn't Know, SLS Las Vegas Will Have An Evenings-Only Casino

June 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we we learned the exact time SLS Las Vegas will open its doors. Today, we have details on the second casino inside SLS Las Vegas.

You may have missed the quick mention about this casino in our overview of the hotel last month. The Bazaar Casino will be located by Bazaar Meat (mmmm... meat) by José Andrés.

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Highlights From Golden Nugget's Release Of College Football Point Spreads

June 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

To quote the great Michael Bruce Buffer, ”It’s TIIIIIIIIIIME.”

Today marks the beginning of the college football season even though we’re still a few months from kickoff. This afternoon, Golden Nugget released point spreads for what they consider the 200 college football games of the year.

Bet limits are $1,000 and, since many professional gamblers sit at the Golden Nugget sportsbook waiting on the release of the point spreads, you can expect certain lines to change pretty quickly. The college football games of the year will still be available to bet at Golden Nugget even if some of the point spreads are different than the openers listed below.

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Bridesmaids, The Slot Machine, Hits Las Vegas

June 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (3)

Do you (insert your name here) take this slot machine in good spins and in bad? For richer and for poorer until a zero balance do you part?

The slot machine based on the 2011 blockbuster movie, Bridesmaids, is finally in Las Vegas after making its debut in a few other markets first. Right now, you'll only find it at the Stratosphere, but we're sure Bridesmaids will soon be spotted all around town just like its real-life counterparts. Casino Journal describes the playing experience as so:

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$5 Poolside Blackjack At Red Rock

June 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (2)

Red Rock Resort has one of the best pools you'll find anywhere in Vegas. As you can see from the HDR’d photo above, it’s more like a pool complex with pools of varying size and depth. This is not what you'd expect to find at a "locals" casino. The complex also houses a covered bar and restaurant which features a similar menu to what you’ll find inside at the Grand Cafe. Fans and misting systems almost make you forget it’s 115 degrees. Almost.

Now that it's pool season, this writer is always looking for an excuse to take his gaming outdoors. After placing bets and waiting for the Belmont Stakes to begin, some friends and I decided to head outside and watch the race at the pool bar. It’s been almost a year since I last visited the bar and I'd forgotten one of its most important features.

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Another One Gone: Palms Closes Poker Room

June 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (4)

The Las Vegas valley has lost another poker room. CardPlayer.com reports Palms has shut down its poker room "indefinitely."

Operated by Cantor since 2012 and offering just a handful of tables, CardPlayer says "the news probably isn't too surprising." It reports that the Palms would not comment on the shutter.

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We're Less Than 100 Days From College Football And One Week From Point Spreads

June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

College football season is less than three months away! That means it’s time for football bettors to get ready for the season. Earlier this week, CG Technology (Cantor Gaming) released their season win totals for college football. (See SEC totals, here.) That’s just the appetizer, however, for early college football betting.

Friday, June 13 will mark the eighth consecutive year Golden Nugget will be the first sportsbook to post college football games with points spreads. They will release point spreads for 200 games. Football is, by far, the most bet on sport in casinos and college football gets a good amount of that money.

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Casino Games Going Away

May 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (6)

We can see with our own eyes that the casino floor has changed a lot over the past 20 years, but now we have specific documentation as to how. What goes up, must come down and that is true for more than our bankroll. (sigh)

Casinos expanded almost every year from the 60s until the mid-2000s. Now, the action on the floor is shrinking as the focus falls to adding pedestrian-friendly new restaurants or easy-to-grab, overpriced cups of coffee. Here's how casino floors have evolved throughout Nevada over the past 20 years (from 1994) according to UNLV's Center For Gaming Research:

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3:2 Double Deck Blackjack Found At Bally's

Where: 89109
May 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

The best days of finding good blackjack games at every casino are a thing of the past. It's possible to find good blackjack games, but now we have to hunt for them.

The blackjack game at El Cortez is as good as it gets, however, it’s a low limit game. It’s rare that you’ll walk away from a session of $5 or $10 blackjack too rich or too poor. It’s a great game for a fun time but, if the pit bosses see you on an epic hot streak, they'll either ask you to leave or close the table.

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VegasChatter Questions: Do Casinos Have Craps Lessons?

May 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

You have questions and we have answers! Timely answers, at that. We were walking through The D the other day and were reminded that many casinos still offer free gaming lessons. This experienced gambler hasn't taken a gaming lesson in a while, but it's nice to see that casinos still offer this kind of education.

VegasChatter Reader Chris R. was wondering if this was still a thing... and where he might get a lesson on the Vegas Strip:

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Is The Dog Wagging The Tail Or Vice Versa At Casinos?

May 16, 2014 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (6)

To gain more players, casino operators are doling out more free play to players club members. Free play can be free bets at the tables, but are more often slot dollars for use in a slot or video poker machine. These offers aren't open-ended. They're usually set for specific dates and are usually redeemed by inserting a players club card into a machine. Larger players may receive promo chips for one time use.

While a few extra bucks may not make you choose to take a Vegas vacation, it may help sway where you stay if room rates are equal. In exchange for giving out copious free play to casino guests over the past few years, casino operators also decided to tighten slot machines to the point where they can still make money from guests. Sneaky casinos!

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Downtown Grand Readies Street Dice

May 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (5)

Outdoor gaming was one of the most exciting things we heard about the Downtown Grand casino before it opened. Since the casino debuted during the winter we had to wait a while for the outdoor entertainment to begin. A few weeks ago, Picnic, the pool area quietly opened. Now it’s time for the outdoor gaming.

Downtown Grand's outdoor gaming area is comprised of three games. There are two blackjack tables facing the wall outside of the sportsbook and, last night, Street Dice was being readied.

Street Dice is a proprietary game to Downtown Grand so this will be the only place you’ll be able to play it. Craps players might have to adjust to Street Dice as the two games are very different. Our friends over at Vegas Rover grabbed video of the first demo of the game last night.



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$5 Video Blackjack At Venetian Has Great Rules

May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (9)

Hey, girl... (in your best Ryan Gosling impersonation)

It could be tunnel vision, but ever since Venetian switched low limits blackjack to pay 6:5, the games are virtually empty. In fact, besides on the weekend, all of the low limits tables that aren’t craps seem eerily quiet. The high limits 3:2 blackjack games, however, have been doing brisk business as usual. Nothing has changed there.

While walking towards the beautiful sportsbook recently, this writer noticed the Dealers Angel blackjack machine. This video blackjack machine has seats for five players, but nobody was playing when I walked by. A quick check of the rules showed that this video blackjack game paid 3:2 for blackjack and that the dealer stays on 17. These are great rules for the player. Even better is that the minimum bet is $5. This video blackjack game is one of the best low limits blackjack games you’ll find anywhere in Vegas.

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