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December is usually a quiet time for casino developments. Besides sales and openings, not much new happens on the promotion side. There's sometimes rumors, but they're just that. If you remember there were rumblings last December that Total Rewards might change their players club, but there wasn't any proof until January. Things are a little different this December.
M Resort has quietly changed their players club from iMagine to Marquee Rewards. M Resort is operated by Penn National which also operates Hollywood Casinos... which uses Marquee Rewards. Sometime in 2014, Marquee Rewards members will be able to use their cards at participating Penn National properties across the country.
WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
While many players clubs detail how much money spent equals a certain reward, they will often leave their table play more ambiguous. For example, while Total Rewards specifically details that $1 spent on dining equals 1 reward credit their explanation for how to earn rewards by playing blackjack or other table games isn’t so specific.
Perfecting skill and winning casino games isn’t easy. In fact, perfection is impossible since the casino has a built-in advantage in every game. At best, we want to play games with a small house advantage and an easy strategy to learn in order to maximize how long we play. Playing longer improves chances of hitting a hot streak or a jackpot. Here are a few resources we use for honing our gaming skills:
vpFREE: vpFREE2.com is a great site for video poker players or people interested in learning how to play. vpFree2 lists how much optimal returns are for different video poker games as well as which casinos have those games. They also detail exactly where you can locate the games on the gaming floor. The information is updated every few months so it may not be 100% accurate, but it’s pretty darn good.
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Downtown Grand’s players club is called MyPoints and is a traditional casino players card in that it only rewards you for gaming. Many of the players clubs for casinos on the Vegas Strip have made the move to reward you for all spending in all parts of the hotel, from retail shops to the spa. That's not the case at this newly opened casino. Instead, here’s how you earn points with MyPoints:
Earn 3 points for every $1 coin-in when playing reel and video reel slot machines.
Earn 3 points for every $2 coin-in when playing on video poker machines.
Table game points are generated based on average bet and length of time played.
Total Rewards is the largest casino players club and has taken steps to, possibly, be the best. Their algorithms may be confusing and the rewards may not entirely make sense, but they do make it easy to earn and keep reward credits.
Total Rewards credits expire after six months of inactivity so you'll have to visit a Caesars property every six months to keep your points alive. Well, you used to have to visit a Caesars property. Total Rewards now has a few ways to earn Reward Credits (not Tier Credits) to keep your account active without stepping into a casino. It's a nice perk for people that can't make it to Las Vegas as often as they'd like.
Earlier this year, Caesars introduced a new Total Rewards credit card that offers many benefits including a Platinum Total Rewards upgrade along with Reward Credits, a Buffet o' Buffet pass and more. One of the sneaky benefits of the Total Rewards credit card can be found when browsing the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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We've known why the Westin's Casuarina Casino has been empty for years. And, now (finally), so does Westin.
We may not need to worry about finding our way back to The Cosmopolitan's hidden VIP lounge.
VegasChatter fan Trevor wrote us on Friday evening to inform us that the Identity Platinum Lounge was closed with a front desk agent terming it as "in transition." An Identity players club rep further relayed to Trevor that the entire program was in transition as well. VegasChatter reached out to The Cosmo to confirm the closure and discover more about any possible changes, but got
the hand little in response:
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One thing we like about visiting locals casinos is that we often run into random promotions. Some will gift us with a sun visor for our car and some will offer up some American flag bling for our wrists. Recently, when walking through Red Rock Resort, we noticed a few different banks of slot machines offering 12 Boarding Pass point for every dollar played. This is four times the normal three points per dollar played. Okay, this is intriguing.
Maybe this tactic was being implemented to get people to play old slot machines. Regardless, they’re all upright penny slots and, by law, must meet the same minimum returns as other penny slots. There was a nice mix of slot machines available to play. Some were old machines that look as though they’re on the way out the door while others looked like they were fairly new machines. They just weren't the popular big name, themed slot machines.
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The past few days have been chaos for Caesars Entertainment. First, Caesars was asked to withdraw their Massachusetts casino project. Then, they dropped Gansevoort as a partner because of possible ties to the Russian mob. Then, there was a shooting at Bally’s this morning. And, now there are reports about money laundering allegations at Caesars Palace.
This all happened between Saturday and 7 a.m. today. WHEW!
The gambling day at Caesars Entertainment casinos isn’t what you think. While a normal day begins and ends at midnight, that’s not always the case in a casino. Casinos set their “day” to track gaming for different times. At Caesars properties in Las Vegas, the gaming day begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 5:59 a.m. the next day. This is convenient in a city like Las Vegas because most of our days seem to begin and end in strange hours, anyway.
This doesn’t mean much for most, but gamblers who take their gaming data seriously will want to know and care about this. Many offers are set by your ADT, which is short for Average Daily Theoretical (win or loss). ADT is based on your day of gambling and, if you take your comps seriously, you’ll want to consolidate your play. Consolidating play just means stay steady and avoid days where you spend less. One light day on your ADT will be a strike against your offers from a casino. This is why some people who are really concerned about their offers won’t use their players club cards when gambling on the half day they have before catching a flight home. Half a day of play will lessen their ADT, which will decrease future offers from a casino.
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One ball not enough for you when playing roulette? Well, there’s a fix for that. We ran across Double Ball Roulette for the first time at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo). Double Ball Roulette is different from the original game in that the dealer doesn’t actually spin the ball(s). The dealer places the balls into a machine and they’re shot into the wheel. The first ball will make a complete lap before the second ball comes out. A machine is used to ensure there are less chances the balls will knock into each other.
The appeal of roulette is its simplicity. Pick a number. Spin the ball. Win or lose. Double Ball Roulette isn’t quite as simple. Adding a second ball changes payouts and odds. For example, if you bet on red then both balls must land on red for you to win. You get paid 3-1 instead of even money, but the odds of that happening are smaller than one ball.