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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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Online Poker Looking To Grow

July 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Online gambling isn’t such a big deal right now. It’s getting off to a slower start than many originally thought it would. That will change as states add online gambling, but it won't happen very quickly.

One of the first steps in growing online gaming will come from online poker. Online gambling isn’t so simple to explain to everyone because it’s not an equal monster. Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. While Nevada only allows online poker, the other states offer other types of casino games from blackjack to slot machines.

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These Little-Known Cards May Separate The WINners From The Losers

July 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM | by | Comments (5)

Sure, you know all about match plays and “lucky bucks,” but have you ever used a WIN card?

These promotional cards and accompanying casino chips are the hidden secret for advantage gamblers seeking a little extra edge at the tables. (Just don’t ask us why WIN is in all caps as it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Perhaps, they don’t want you to realize you can still LOSE.)

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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