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We’re just weeks away from kickoff of football season and the sportsbooks are getting ready for the most popular sport for bettors by hosting a variety of football contests. Besides typical wagers on individual games, Las Vegas casinos offer contests at different price points to give gamblers a shot at making some, potentially, big bucks. Registration has opened for the following contests:
SuperContest at Westgate (Formerly LVH, formerly Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International, formerly just sand)
The SuperContest is easily the most popular football contest in Las Vegas and that popularity is only getting bigger. Entries for this year's SuperContest are already ahead of last year which sent the grand prize winner home with over $500,000! Entry for this football contest is $1,500. Unlike other contests, you don't have to live in Nevada to participate, but you do have to register in person. If you want to participate in the SuperContest, but don't live in Nevada you can hire a proxy to submit your weekly picks. FootballContest.com has info on what a proxy can do for you.
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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.)
All good things must come to an end, but this was a bit faster than even we would have expected.
Earlier this year, executives at the Palms had us cheering over two out-of-the-box guest programs. In March, we were impressed with the launch of a 24-hour checkout policy that allowed guests to leave (with a few strings attached) 24 hours after they arrived instead of at the usual pre-set time. A few weeks later, execs had us toasting the introduction of a Beverage Butler whose sole goal was to bring the bar to guests waiting their turn at check-in.
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Most of us are getting ready for March Madness or the first pitch of the Major League Baseball regular season. Football isn't front and center with most people that bet on sports, but that hasn't stopped Cantor Gaming (CG Technology) from looking forward to the NFL season. It's the first sportsbook operator to post season win totals for the next pro football season.
Over the past couple seasons, Cantor has become the first sportsbook operator to release NFL season win totals but this marks the earliest they've posted them to date. In fact, this is the earliest any sportsbook operator has released season win totals. Ever. Free agency hasn't begun yet and the NFL Draft is weeks away, but if you can see into the future maybe you're ready to place bets on how teams will perform. Take a look:
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The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.
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The off-Strip steakhouse is back with a stylin' new decor, a revamped menu and the addition of Center Table (seen above). Described as a "semi-private dining experience with prime location in the heart of the restaurant," Center Table is encased in sheer drapes so we're going to call it the 'look at me.. no, don't look at me' table. Meanwhile, a redesigned lounge (pictured below) provides a better view of the restaurant as a whole.
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Yesterday, we reviewed a Studio Suite inside Palms Place Hotel and Spa. Today, we get to the “and Spa” part by spending a few hours inside the Drift Spa and Hammam. And, while we were surprised by the peacefulness inside the Palms Place tower, it was Drift Spa that gave us new ways to “enhance our calm.”
This writer knows his way around a fitness center or two. While not necessarily popular to the casual Vegas visitor, fitness centers are commonly available inside most Vegas resort spas. The spa area, though, is where more people tend to gravitate, sipping cucumber water and lounging in robes between dips in bubbling pools. Whether you want to work out your biceps or some post-partying toxins, Vegas has dozens of spas to choose from, however, Drift was the first in the city to incorporate a hammam, and it provided my first experience with one as well. More on that in a bit.
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Have you ever tried a hotel for the first time, then kicked yourself for staying there? Happens all the time. But, how about scolding yourself for not trying a place sooner? That’s how this writer felt after a recent stay at Palms Place Hotel and Spa. After avoiding it for so long, I finally caved and booked a Studio Suite for two nights. Now, I wish I hadn't waited.
This VegasChatter contributor usually avoids the “party” resorts like Hard Rock Hotel or Cosmopolitan. (Those days are disappearing in the rearview mirror.) But now, with many recent changes (along with the fickle tastes of the hip crowd), Palms isn’t as popular as it once was. Recent visits for dining and a preview of Zowie Bowie’s short-lived show (at the quickly shuttered Heraea sports bar/restaurant), made me realize just how much Palms has fallen out of favor, or out of touch. With that in mind, I decided to give in and try a few nights, but played it safe by booking the non-gaming Palms Place tower. And, once I checked in, I didn’t want to leave. Seriously.
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While many look for the lowest rate when choosing a Vegas accommodation, others splurge to ensure a suite getaway. But, if you've never been able to enjoy a high-end accommodation, or just wanted to funnel your Vegas vacation funds to other parts of your stay, you'll soon have a chance to make this one suite holiday season.
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada will give you access to five of Las Vegas' swankiest suites for just $100. Now, now, don't get too excited. We said access, not the keys! Still, if you want to see how over-the-top accommodations can get in Vegas, there's really no better way as Junior Achievement also provides complimentary shuttle service to each hotel as well as in-suite tastings and beverages at every stop along the way.
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Another week. Another players club changes. This time, it’s the Palms. The biggest change to Club Palms is that there are now five different sports-inspired tiers: Club Palms (everyone), Pro, All Star, MVP and Hall of Famer. The calendar year for Club Palms began on September 1 so you’ll be able to discover what your tier is the next time you visit the casino.
Cantor Gaming operates the sportsbook at Palms and, in most casinos, you can’t earn comps when placing wagers with them. However, you can at the Palms by giving the ticket writer your Club Palms card before making wagers.
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Ghostbar at Palms reopened with a fresh new design this week, and we swung in for a quick look. And, it was impressive. Ghostbar is famous for what is almost certainly the best view of the Las Vegas Strip in the city. Positioned on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower, Ghostbar features 14-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, and also boasts a gorgeous sky deck where guests can party high above it all. The front of this patio still has a small section of clear glass where the pool can be clearly seen 55 floors below.
With a new color scheme of fuschia, black, and white and a revamped drink menu featuring rose cocktails and sugary martinis, Ghostbar is clearly targeting female clientele. That can be taken advantage of on Wednesday nights, when ladies get free admission until midnight and a complimentary rose champagne bar from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Whether baseball is just a filler for football's offseason or your primary sports drug of choice, MLB's trading deadline is an annual milestone Monday morning quarterbacks everywhere take note of. It coincides with the end of most fantasy baseball periods that determine whether your team is going..all...the...way or simply dumping useful players to a college buddy for his championship run. This year it also marks the suspension of several players for their primary drug of choice.
Whether you're riding the Reverse Cowgill to victory or putting the Mauer Patch Kids to bed, it's time to put the baseball brain in cruise control and get ready for some football. That means 'tis the season for some football contests! Here are the ones we know about. We'll add more as we discover them