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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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When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.
People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since I’m a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but they’re making their gambling budgets last all day. The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.
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The World Series of Poker wound down last week. The nine remaining players in the Main Event (CardsChat.com takes an in-depth look at them here) will return in November to play for $10 million. As the brass at Caesars Entertainment closed the doors to the Amazon room at the Rio convention center, it represented the end of nearly two months of poker nirvana for both amateur and professional players alike –- unless, like this writer, you were quickly shown the door with a meager bankroll and a string of bad luck.
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Is there anything less exciting than talking about mergers and acquisitions when it comes to gambling? That’s debatable, but we're going to do it anyway. Last night, video poker and slot machine manufacturer, IGT entered into a definitive merger agreement with Italian lottery company, GTECH S.p.A. This wasn’t quite a merger as much as it was GTECH purchasing IGT for more than $6 billion in cash and stock.
So, now what? Not much will change for slot machine and video poker players that are familiar with IGT’s games. You can go about your day without worry unless you, a friend or a relative work with or at IGT. This and other mergers and acquisitions in the gaming space have been made to maximize corporate efficiencies. The slot machines, video poker games and systems that IGT offers complement the services and products that GTECH offers. There will be some overlap and that will be dealt with when the merger actually takes place. When the purchase goes through, the new IGT/GTECH company will be called NewCo.
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
Every business wants to know who their customers are. Made up of casinos, game manufacturers, suppliers and others, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is one of the leading voices of the commercial casino industry. Each year, AGA surveys casino customers to see who's visiting and what they're doing. Unlike the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority (LVCVA), the AGA works with casinos across all the United States. Here are some random facts about the people who visit casinos:
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The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:
David Copperfield has had us hypnotized at MGM Grand for years now with his stage production, but you don't need to buy a ticket to see him work his magic, anymore. He's now a permanent fixture on the casino floor thanks to the David Copperfield slot.
Behold, the "Magic of David Copperfield" game in all its towering eyebrow-tastic majesty!
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This writer grew up playing Centipede at the bodega down the street so this was especially exciting. While my excitement for a Centipede bonus round was high, my expectations were limited. At the time, skill-based slot machines still needed approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission before any of us would be able to yell out pew pew pew while playing a bonus round.
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If ever a slot came close to skating the line between courting the young and the young at heart, it's likely the forthcoming Tokidoki game by IGT. Bright and colorful like any of the other machines that fill casino floors, it's the brand's cute cartoon-like characters that have a legion of fans, ranging from children to grandparents but mostly within the 16 to 25 demographic.
Inspired by Japanese culture and art, Tokidoki's Simone Legno creates fantasy worlds in which the morals of friendship, individuality and creativity play central roles and where children are referenced often. Punkstar features a "band of neighborhood kids that got together to restore an abandoned karaoke machine factory into the ULTIMATE hangout." The characters of Moofia fight against "schoolyard bullies" while Cactus Friends armor themselves in cactus suits because "kids are naive and vulnerable and need protection." Other kid-attractive worlds include Donutella & Her Sweet Friends (where sugar holds energy), UnicornO (unicorns that chill in a magic kingdom), and 'Til Death Do Us Part (where goth is adorbs).
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Make no mistake about it, Palms is hustling for your business. It's opened a new poolside burger joint for everyone to enjoy and began offering a couple of interesting concepts for incoming and outgoing hotel guests (a sad trombone update on that tomorrow).
Now, execs are making a big offer to bring in new gamblers. Through June 30, Palms will offer players club status-matching between Club Palms and any other club in town. In addition, bonuses will be offered. All-Star signups will receive two buffet passes, MVPs will receive two buffet passes and $25 in free slot play, and Hall of Famers will receive two buffet passes and $50 in free slot play.