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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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VegasChatter reader Barbara E. is a big Elvis fan and a regular Las Vegas visitor from California. After visiting an Elvis Festival in San Diego, she knew she had to experience one in the city Elvis helped make famous.
With 837 performances since 1969 in the hotel now known as Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, formerly the International Hotel when Elvis performed there), Barbara knew this would be the spot to meet up with other Elvis-minded fans. She submitted the tale of her trip to VegasChatter so read on to hear more about her experience.
I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was 16 in 1956. I remember a radio host announcing “a new and controversial singer,” or some such phrase that got my attention, before he played “Heartbreak Hotel.” Those were the days when there were portable radios in the bedrooms, not TVs. I bought all his records and still have them. Unfortunately, termites ate Elvis’ first album–the little buggers.
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No matter the name, whenever the off-Strip property that can be found next to the Las Vegas Convention Center is mentioned, its demise is inevitably traced back by many to the closure of Star Trek: The Experience.
The attraction -- which featured a museum, ride and replica of Quark's Bar -- debuted at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton back in 1998 and lasted ten years before it was shuttered. A failure to agree on a lease was blamed. ThemeParkInvestigator.com details the experience that once was:
The LVH letters, which stood for Las Vegas Hotel after Hilton parted ways with the property in 2012, are coming down this morning:
Well, it sounds like we won't have to explain LVH, anymore.
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the former Hilton property has been sold to Westgate for somewhere around $150 to $170 million.
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There are plenty of music icons that come to mind when thinking about the history of Las Vegas, but none bigger than Elvis. Every year, Elvis fans and impersonators descend on Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Elvis Festival at LVH. This year’s event takes place July 10-13. If you’ve been to LVH before, you probably remember seeing a bronze Elvis statue (above) right near the entrance. Sometimes he’s inside, sometimes he’s outside and sometimes you can see that he'd just lei’d.
The main feature of the festival is an Elvis tribute artist contest, a four-round competition taking place over two days with two rounds of cuts, one after the second round of the competition and one after the semi-final round, leading to a final face-off by the top five. The festival is open to everyone, but some events might charge an entry fee. Here’s a look at the schedule and accompanying costs:
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The most popular football contest in Las Vegas begins taking entries Tuesday, July 1. The SuperContest at LVH may not be the biggest football contest in Las Vegas because of its $1,500 entry fee, but that’s what makes it the most popular. Last year’s winner David Frohardt-Lane from Chicago,won $542,850. Not bad for $1,500. In addition, he won a bonus prize of $15,000 by picking over 67% of the games correctly.
SuperContest pays out 100% of the winnings to the top 30 people who guess the most games correctly. Here's how it works: you have to be 21 to enter and, each week of the NFL season, you have to pick five games against the spread. It’s that simple. It might sound obvious but you have to register before the season begins to participate.
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The World Cup is just a few weeks away! While this writer may be excited for the largest worldwide sporting event of the year, many Americans may not be. The world’s game isn’t even in the top five of America’s favorite sports. The World Cup will still take over the sports media landscape June 12 through July 13 and you won't be able to escape it. People who have never watched or bet on soccer will likely still drop a few bucks on the games at the sportsbook, anyway. If that's you, here's a primer on how to bet on soccer:
3 Way (a.k.a. money line): This is a traditional way to bet soccer. Just like betting on baseball, all you need to do is pick the winner. You’ll be paid based on the money line of the team you bet. The money line is based on bets of $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 on a $100 bet. On the other hand, if the money line is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100.
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Yesterday afternoon, the LVH SuperBook released their 2014 NFL season win totals. While these aren’t the first NLF season win totals to be released, they’re probably the season win totals that sports bettors look to the most. Unlike some other early sports bets where you can only place a few hundred dollars per bet, you can place wagers of $3,000 each for these win totals.
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At any given casino, you can find delicious craft beers. The new trend has taken Vegas by storm and cicerones now join the ranks of sommeliers in the world of beverage professionals. While you could do a fun Strip pub crawl of sorts to hit the best brews in town, an easier way to try a larger assortment would be to hit the LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) for Lee’s Beer and Tequila Experience.
In addition to the opportunity to sample 300 handcrafted beers and 70 tequilas, you’ll be giving back to the community as the net proceeds go to Lee’s Helping Hand, an organization that contributes to local charities. Think of it as drinking for a cause. There is also a silent auction for charity, though it might not be wise to drink and bid.
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You know who's not messing around? The line makers at LVH.
The NFL released the schedule for the upcoming pro football season yesterday afternoon. Before the sun went down on the west coast, LVH had point spreads available for week one games. While some sportsbooks only take bets of $500 when they release lines early, LVH is taking bets up to $5,000 on sides (teams) and $1,000 on totals (over/under).
Here are the point spreads for the first week of the NFL season if you're in town and want to get some action on week one games this summer:
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There are a lot of things we'd love to find in our Vegas hotel room -- chocolates, a welcome fruit basket, a personal note from management inviting us to a free meal at their finest restaurant. (That last one may be a long shot.) We'll pass, however, on what two recent Vegas visitors found inside their accommodations -- condoms. And, while one VegasChatter fan found the unused variety (mostly), another found one in a way that would make you seriously consider bathing immediately in bleach.
First, Tony describes his find at The Quad. (Oh, yes, you could have guessed this hotel, right?):
...I visit Vegas every couple of months. I always stay at Harrah's or The Quad. Well I stayed at The Quad last Monday. Here are a few housekeeping tips: Do not think they offer free condoms. Upon entering the room the first thing I do is check all the drawers. This is what I found.
My friend called the front desk and asked if it was customary to give free condoms. They said NO SIR. ”Then why are there 3 in my drawer and one opened?” They sent someone up to clean it up. The guy that came said it’s a shame but “Hey this is Vegas." I said screw Vegas. It is a maid's JOB to clean the room entirely whether it be Wisconson or Utah. CLEAN THE BLOODY ROOM. Later my friend said they offered us a different room. I just about fell to the ground and said, "Why didn’t you take it?"
After checking out, I asked to speak to a manager. Just to get my frustrations out. He said "Sir, I can give you a complimentary breakfast worth $30 on us.' I said I had checked out already. He said “Just check back in and it will be valid only for today." UMM, first day of the biggest convention in Vegas (CES). So, I have to pay $200 for a room to get a $30 dollar breakfast. I DON’T THINK SO.