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Station Casinos recently announced a partnership with Princess Cruises that will offer Boarding Pass players club members discounted and/or complimentary cruises. All Chairman level Boarding Pass cardholders (the highest status level of Boarding Pass) will now be eligible to receive a complimentary cabin for two on select Princess Cruises each year. Cardholders who have Boarding Passes at other levels will receive special cruise fares and offers.
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
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Make no mistake about it, Palms is hustling for your business. It's opened a new poolside burger joint for everyone to enjoy and began offering a couple of interesting concepts for incoming and outgoing hotel guests (a sad trombone update on that tomorrow).
Now, execs are making a big offer to bring in new gamblers. Through June 30, Palms will offer players club status-matching between Club Palms and any other club in town. In addition, bonuses will be offered. All-Star signups will receive two buffet passes, MVPs will receive two buffet passes and $25 in free slot play, and Hall of Famers will receive two buffet passes and $50 in free slot play.
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Now, members will be able to instantly download the points they've earned to their slot machine for use as free play. The new 24K Club offers $1 in free slot play for every 100 points earned. Free slot play will be available directly on your card within a few minutes of being accumulated.
Not all Vegas casino apps are created equal for some reason. Some apps have just about every feature you’ll ever need while others provide little more than pictures to make you crave your next Vegas vacation. The Cosmopolitan recently released an app that probably isn’t worth the 34 megabytes of space it will take up on your device. To be frank, you can do more on the Cosmo’s mobile website than you can with the app.
The Cosmopolitan markets itself differently than most Vegas casinos so you’d expect a different experience. You might expect a special one at that with features you won’t find anywhere else and cutting edge technology. Well... this app does offer some different features, but overall, is different than most casino apps in the worst way.
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To gain more players, casino operators are doling out more free play to players club members. Free play can be free bets at the tables, but are more often slot dollars for use in a slot or video poker machine. These offers aren't open-ended. They're usually set for specific dates and are usually redeemed by inserting a players club card into a machine. Larger players may receive promo chips for one time use.
While a few extra bucks may not make you choose to take a Vegas vacation, it may help sway where you stay if room rates are equal. In exchange for giving out copious free play to casino guests over the past few years, casino operators also decided to tighten slot machines to the point where they can still make money from guests. Sneaky casinos!
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Casino players clubs have come a long way from their humble beginning as slot clubs. Players clubs started as a way to track how much money slot machine players spent in the casino. The next step for players clubs was to track all gambling, including table games, poker, sports betting, bingo and keno.
While some smaller players clubs still operate by only rewarding gamblers, the casino operators on the Vegas Strip have updated their players clubs to meet customer demand by offering players club rewards for non-gaming spending, too. Cardholders will receive rewards from spending money in most restaurants, bars, spas and other on-property businesses. Total Rewards will even offer rewards when you spend money with their off-site social casino or their credit card.
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This writer sat down to play a little video poker at Downtown Grand before lunch the other day and noticed something a little different. (I know the video poker pay tables aren’t that great, but I wasn't risking much money.) After inserting the MyPoints players club card, I saw a variety of options from playing in a slot tournament on the same screen as my video poker game to cashing in free play. What really caught my eye was the ability to watch TV on the same screen. I could change channels, but really only ESPN seemed to make much sense on mute.
The option is a really cool feature for playing video poker in the casino, but still being able to keep tabs on a game. Looking a little deeper, I found out that it was made possible through the SYNKROS gaming system by Konami Gaming. This is the casino management system that runs when you insert your players club card into a slot or video poker machine.
It seems as if Cosmopolitan is enhancing its identity again. Late last year, its Identity players club became a little more transparent with how it dishes out reward points. And, earlier this year, a partnership with Marriott was expanded. Identity customers may have noticed a new change this week. Identity just got a little thicker in the middle.
If you’re not a low roller or a high roller, you might fall into the new Sterling (pinkies out) tier of Identity. What’s the difference? Here’s the difference. The website list benefits for its lowest tier, Silver, as nothing. Literally, nothing.
It wasn’t quite a hilarious April Fools gag, but Station Casinos launched its mobile app on April 1st. As we do with most hotel apps, we took it for a test drive and found it to be one of the best hotel-casino apps around. Unlike other apps recently released, the STN app is smooth, easy to use and very functional.
The home page is laid out simply by listing all 18 Station, Fiesta and Rancho casinos. Since the app works with your phone's geo-location features, it also gives you mileage to each property and directions, too. If you’ve rented a car and are in the mood to explore this is a great feature. Once a destination is chosen, users are taken to an easy-to-navigate tile design which features 10 categories including promotions, gaming, dining, hotel, spa, entertainment, movies, meetings and property maps.
It feels like just yesterday that MGM Resorts and Ameristar reached a partnership which would allow Ameristar's Star Rewards to connect with MGM's M Life. That players club partnership was actually more than two years ago now. Things changed for Ameristar late last year when Pinnacle Entertainment bought the company. Instead of squashing the Star Rewards/M Life partnership, Pinnacle created a new partnership between their MyChoice players club (which is not connected with Ameristar’s Star Rewards... yet) and M Life.
This partnership will allow all Pinnacle properties across the country to connect with Las Vegas. In addition to the Ameristar casinos in seven states, you can find Pinnacle casinos everywhere from Jackpot, Nevada to St. Louis, Missouri and Cincinnati, Ohio. You can view a full list of Pinnacle casinos here.
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We’re gamblers when it comes to just about everything in Vegas, but there’s one thing we don’t mess with and that’s taxes. Every state and country (Good luck, Canada) has its own tax laws when it comes to travel and gambling and it can all get a little confusing. We always recommend speaking with a certified tax professional before doing your taxes, but here are some tips to get you started.
Gambling winnings are all taxable and so are large comps (i.e., flights and vacations for high rollers, not your cup of coffee). You must report all gambling income on Line 21 ("Other Income") of IRS Form 1040. So, if you're a winner, prepare to pay up. If you're not, you're able to write off some of your gambling losses. Every casino will provide tax records called a win/loss statement of your gambling from the previous year around February and March. While you'll have to pay taxes for your winnings, you can deduct the losses. Keeping your own record of each gambling session is best, but win/loss statements are helpful for many gamblers.