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How Much Money Do You Need In Vegas?

January 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (18)

We recently asked one of the most popular questions that comes up when planning any trip to Las Vegas, “how long should I stay” Now, we take on budgeting, a subject that, while not quite as exciting, is just as important. In a city full of temptation, sticking to a budget might be harder than anywhere else. Going bust halfway through your trip can prove disastrous and spoil an otherwise great vacation. A little planning and discipline can help make any trip a success.

“How much money do I need each day in Vegas?” We get the question all the time. Budgeting for a Vegas trip starts just like any other. You’ve got the essentials like meals and a place to stay. You plan for local transportation costs, entertainment, and souvenirs if you want to take something home with you. Those are simple enough, but Vegas requires adding a few more variables.

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You Can Stop Looking For Rapid Craps

January 7, 2015 at 10:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Every so often, we're asked where to find Rapid Craps in Vegas. Well, we reached out to its manufacturer and found that it's gone the way of the casino it initially debuted in -- it no longer exists in Vegas.

Our latest query came from Wayne from Down Under:

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Where You Can Still Play Coin-Operated Slots

January 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.

But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.

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Prop Bets Everywhere For NFL Playoffs

January 5, 2015 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Prop bets are the untraditional sports bets that have made wagering on the Super Bowl Big Game so popular over the years. The SuperBook at Westgate became famous for releasing more prop bets than any other casino for the Big Game back when the hotel was still known as Las Vegas Hilton.

Things are different today and sportsbook operations have evolved to the point where prop bets have become a part of the wagering menu for all major sports events. This year, you can find a plethora of prop bets available for every NFL playoff game at almost every sportsbook in Vegas.

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The Best Sportsbook Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.

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A Look Back At Gambling In 2014

December 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

There’s been a slow shift in gaming over the past 20 years. And, much of it really started to stand out this year. Both casino floors and gaming companies have consolidated to, theoretically, create greater efficiencies. Aristocrat Technologies purchased Video Gaming Technology, Scientific Games merged with Bally Technologies, IGT was purchased by G-Tech and Multimedia Games was snapped up by Global Cash. You may be familiar with some of these names and not others. Mergers and acquisitions like this often create a more homogenized product for the customer by creating less competition. For the time being, these businesses are just streamlining activities.

After these manufacturers debuted their newest games at G2E this year, it doesn’t seem as though the industry can get any less creative than it already is. Let’s just take another TV show, musician or movie from 20-30 years ago and slap their name on a machine. Hopefully, this lack of creativity is just temporary.

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Get To Know Pachinko

December 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (11)

If you’ve never been to a casino outside of America, you may not have played one of the fastest-growing gambling games in Asia. Pachinko originated in Japan and was originally used as a recreational arcade-style game. More recently, Pachinko is being used as a rival to slot machines in America.

A Pachinko machine looks like a vertical pinball machine without flippers. The game is played with a large number of small metal balls. Like slot machines, it's a fairly mindless game as it simply fires balls into the machine. The balls rush down through a maze of of pins and, hopefully, fall into certain slots. The object is to have as many balls as possible captured. Captured balls may set off sequences of events that trigger more balls being released. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes. In the gambling version of Pachinko, you can exchange the prizes for money.

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You May Soon Be Able To Bet On The Olympics And Oscars

December 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

There are some who say if people could legally bet on lab rats running through mazes, they would. While not that extreme the South Point has petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow some non-traditional bets in their sportsbook. Execs are asking that wagering be allowed on events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee as well as non-athletic events like the Oscars and the Heisman Trophy winner.

According to ESPN.com, the Westgate SuperBook and William Hill have sent Nevada Gaming Control official letters of support. There will be a public hearing to discuss the issue February 26.

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Why We're Not Digging The Renovated Sportsbook At Caesars Palace

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December 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | Comments (10)

Caesars Palace is the latest to squeeze the regular guy out of sportsbook. The resort's recently(ish) renovated sportsbook is less of a remodel than it is gentrification. By that we mean, the sportsbook added a bar to make the tired old space look new.

If you remember the glory days of the Caesars Palace sportsbook, you probably recall the giant space with lots of seats where anyone could watch the games. Fast forward to 2014 and that space has been enhanced (read: drastically reduced). The sportsbook is now blocked off by a bar and the actual sportsbook TV screens haven't been replaced. The majority of seats inside the sportsbook are reserved for Diamond and Seven Stars Total Rewards members or people spending large sums of money on booze. This makes Caesars' sportsbook accessible to about 5% of Total Rewards members.

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More Slot Machine Industry Consolidation

December 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

Last week, there was another big merger in the casino gaming universe. A union between Scientific Games and Bally Technologies was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. You may not be familiar with Scientific Games as they’re mostly a lottery system and equipment provider. Last year, Scientific Games acquired a slot machine manufacturer with more name recognition: WMS Gaming.When Scientific purchased WMS there was little effect felt by consumers still playing slot machines like Wizard of Oz, Monopoly and Willy Wonka.

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Vegas Strip Club Looks To Add Sportsbook

December 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (3)

On Friday, off Strip strip club Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club filed an application with the Nevada Gaming Commission to add a sportsbook its lineup. If approved, Hustler Club would become the first strip club with a sportsbook.

Officials say this isn’t a publicity stunt, but a legitimate way to expand their business. If the sportsbook is approved, the club plans to offer parlay cards, complimentary lap dances based on points earned from wagers made and the use of handheld devices so customers can make bets while receiving said lap dances.

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Golden Gate Touts Free Play On Slots

December 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Golden Gate wants you to know it really dishes out the rewards through its Club 1906 players club. If you didn't realize it, all slot machine players earn 1 players club point for every $1 played. Additionally, they earn $1 of free play for every 100 points earned.

This is the most free play you’ll earn from a casino anywhere in Vegas. The second highest return on free play is .67% of what Golden Gate now offers. That makes its free play rewards 33% better than any other players club.

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