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It was on the second night of this four-day vacation at around 2 a.m. when I found my new brown baby at Planet Hollywood. Her name is Macallan.
Enjoying an alcoholic beverage in a casino is a must for many. Some will grab a drink before waiting in the check-in line. It’s a good excuse to yell VEGAS, BABY! Others will wait until they sit down to gamble to enjoy a “free” drink. We know those drinks aren’t free because we’ve already added to the casino's coffers so why not have one? This writer has always enjoyed a little of both. Drink at check-in? Check. Drink at blackjack? Check. Drink in a lounge? Check. I’ll pay for a drink and relax, party or gamble. It doesn’t quite matter. It’s Vegas (baby)!
Almost every year since turning 21, I’ve come to Las Vegas in December with my dudes. We usually rage until our bodies force us to stop. The end of the night used to be 24-26 hours after it first began. As we got older, the end of the night became a little earlier. Six am steak and eggs at Grand Lux at Venetian has turned into late-night secret pizza at the Cosmopolitan. Not bad, but not the same. With age has also come a curiosity to try new, more “adult” drinks. On this last trip, I tried sampling the brown boozes. This is a big step for a vodka and beer drinker.
You may remember "Money Talks," the docu-drama based on sports bettor Steve Stevens. It was supposed to begin airing weekly on CNBC last year. We speculated that the show may never hit the TV screen as Steve Stevens was alleged to be a fraud and criminal by Wager Minds. Well, we were right and wrong.
After low ratings for the premier episode of "Money Talks" in September, the show was never seen again even though it was scheduled to begin airing in December. After a few weeks of speculation, it's been revealed that "Money Talks" will begin airing March 19. That's right in time for March Madness, one of the busiest times of the year for Las Vegas sportsbooks. Seems like a good time for a pick seller to have a glorified infomercial run.
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Most Vegas casinos will offer free lessons in the most popular table games like blackjack, roulette and craps. These lessons are a great way to learn the more popular and social games that you’ll find in the casino. Since each of these games has a decent house advantage, it’s kind of a win-win. The customer learns how to gamble while the casino earns a new player they should be able to extract a few dollars from. You should see signs for lessons when you walk around your favorite casino floor during the day.
NASCAR / Big Game / Super Bowl / Daytona 500 / Sportsbooks / Gambling / → All Tags
While most people are gearing up for the
Super Bowl Big Game, others are looking a few weeks ahead to an event that you can actually call the Super Bowl. The Daytona 500 is also known as the Super Bowl of NASCAR and takes place February 23 in Daytona, Florida. The Daytona 500 is the biggest and most prestigious NASCAR race of the year. If we’re going to watch one NASCAR race a year, this is the one.
NASCAR isn’t one of the major sports in America like football, baseball and basketball, but it is still very popular. While those other sports may occupy most of the TVs in the sportsbooks, you will usually find the weekly NASCAR race on at least one TV and it will always be available to bet.
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When we think about casinos, we imagine there’s no way they can possibly lose money. The casino has a profit margin built into every game they offer. There may be less than a 1% advantage, but there’s still money coming their way. It’s a little surprising when you read the headline “Nevada Casinos Post Fifth Straight Fiscal Year Net Loss”. However, this article takes all revenue into account, not just the casino portion of the hotels in the state of Nevada. Seeing stories like this only make us more curious about how the numbers actually work. Luckily, UNLV’s Center For Gaming Research publishes a lot of this information.
Since this is VegasChatter and not NevadaChatter, we’ll look at Vegas Strip hotel data. It’s time for fun with numbers!
El Cortez / Gambling / Downtown Vegas / Gambling Gourmet / Dining / Downtown / Eating / → All Tags
Ever get hungry while on a hot streak in the casino? It happened to this guy a few months ago. I was in the middle of an epic Mississippi Stud Poker session and couldn’t walk away from the table. Black ($100) and Purple ($500)(!) chips were flying in my direction for nearly ten hours. It was the kind of session at the tables that doesn't happen very often. It would have been irresponsible to leave, but after my stomach had started to yell. This might not have been a big deal if I had lunch or dinner beforehand.
Eventually, this epic session had to end so that I could get a bite to eat. If the Flamingo had table-side food service I may never have left. If there's ever another session this good, hopefully, it takes place at El Cortez. El Cortez has something called the Gambling Gourmet which brings food to you while you gamble. Here's how El Cortez describes it:
Gambling / Roulette / Craps / Happy Hour / Ellis Island / MAX Casino / → All Tags
Ellis Island is located off the Vegas Strip and known mostly for two things. One, being a brewery, and two, steak and BBQ dinner specials for under $10. Around Christmas time, Ellis Island introduced something new for the gamblers -- Happy Hour Craps!
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Downtown Grand officially debuted November 11, 2013. Soon after, criticism followed. Gamblers weren't happy with odds and pay tables. Beer lovers weren't happy with what they found at the bar. Diners were meh about the culinary offerings. For all the things we loved about Downtown Grand aesthetically, the same regard wasn't true for what we found just under the surface. But, executives are listening. And, changes are already underway with more to come in 2014.
Just a few weeks ago, the Grand surprised us by radically switching up the initial concept behind its fast-casual destination, The Commissary. What was, at first, due to be a collection of stand-alone brands morphed into one concept under the helm of one very well-respected chef, Richard Sandoval (who once helmed Isla at TI). Another chef with Vegas roots, Todd Harrington (formerly of Central at Caesars Palace), also recently joined the culinary team to help evolve the dining experience for the Grand proper.
There are good blackjack games and there are bad blackjack games in Vegas. There’s only one great blackjack game in Vegas. Where? First, let’s look at the basic rule that makes for a good blackjack game. A good blackjack game starts by paying 3:2. For every $2 bet, you win $3. So, for a $10 bet you’d get $15 for blackjack. There are other rules, but in an effort to keep things simple, let’s keep it to the payout. You’ll find good blackjack at some casinos on The Strip, but they usually start at tables with a $25 minimum. Most blackjack games you see with minimum bets under $25 fall into the bad category.
Bad blackjack is a game that pays 6:5 when you get blackjack. For every $5 bet, you’d win $6. So, for a $10 bet, you’d only receive $12. When looking at a $10 wager, this isn’t much money, but over time, it adds up. The casino’s advantage in these 6:5 games is much larger, about 300% greater. No bueno.
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Last week, we took a look at some awfully disappointing casino giveaways. From complimentary socks to slices of pie, casinos haven’t been overly generous with the freebies. This week, we take a look at some other casino promotions, specifically those aimed at blackjack players.
If you’ve got a formal holiday event coming up, but still want to party, then Gold Coast has the perfect promotion for you. Players who hit a suited blackjack win a fashionable tuxedo t-shirt. The odds on receiving a suited blackjack when dealt any two random cards? Just over 1%, assuming a six deck shoe. It might take a bit of time to earn, but this shirt has class written all over it. We wouldn’t give it up for anything, not even five free cans of beer.
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We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, it’s a game that we’ve had a nice score on in the past. Or, it may be a game like Wheel of Fortune that draws us in with familiar sounds. Few of us, however, have probably given thought to our least favorite machines, but could certain games be cursed? Consider this tale of woe we recently heard:
When I play slots, I usually just wander around until one catches my eye. I have a few favorites that I might hit, but I typically go for something that I haven’t played before. If a game hasn’t been particularly good to me in the past, I’ll eventually try it again in hopes of settling the score. Never have I sworn off a machine for good, until my final time playing JAWS.