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Downtown Vegas can be a difficult place to operate a casino. Many properties want to keep the vintage feeling, but they don’t want to fall too far behind when it comes to technology. Walking through the casino at El Cortez, you can feel and see that push and pull.
El Cortez recently added four touch-screen kiosks for Club Cortez players club members. These kiosks stand out like rocket ships on the old-timey casino floor. There's no question, however, regarding their usefulness. We all welcome advancements like this no matter how strange they may look. Club Cortez members can use the machines to find promotional offers and play a few games. El Cortez is currently offering four promotions at the new kiosks:
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Shake Shack is an interesting test of new casino design. The quick-serve burger joint is located in the space at New York-New York that was formerly inhabited by Sporting House and, before that, ESPN Zone. However, you can’t access Shake Shack from inside the New York-New York casino like you could before. In time, Shake Shack will be more a part of MGM Resorts' coming "Park" complex then it will the casino it's attached to.
With that being said, this location of the small burger chain is embedded into MGM Resorts through the M Life program. The top two tiers of M Life, Platinum and Noir, will find their own line. That line was empty on my recent visit to Shake Shack while the "regular people" line has been out the door at times. The M Life line at Shake Shack will probably be empty most days.
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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Players cards are more popular than ever, and for good reason. If you’re gambling, using a card is a must if you want comps or room offers. Even for non-gamblers, carrying a card makes sense. Most casinos now offer comps based on dining and entertainment purchases. Many restaurants, especially those in properties owned by Caesars, even discount their menus for cardholders. And, some resorts go so far as to combine room keys and players cards into one. As cards continue to do more and become increasingly valuable, it’s important to consider what’s at risk when one is lost or, even worse, stolen.
Slots seem to be the biggest culprits when it comes to misplaced cards. Despite the bright lights that surround card readers, it’s easy to walk away after cashing a big win without remembering to pull your card. Slot attendants are tasked with removing and discarding cards that are left behind, but there’s no guarantee that someone else won’t get to it first.
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Cannery and Eastside Cannery are both offering up to a $500 refund on gaming losses for new members of their players club, the C.A.N. Club. This isn’t a new promotional concept, but it is a hefty incentive to visit one of the casinos, join the club and do a little gambling. In recent years, we’ve seen the Cosmopolitan and Tropicana offer similar promotions with much smaller rebates. The $500 loss rebate at Cannery or Eastside Cannery is a whole 'nother level of financial incentive.
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There are a couple of new ways to earn Total Rewards credits without stepping foot in a casino. Earning points without visiting a casino is a useful way to keep existing points from expiring, especially if you only make one trip a year to Las Vegas. If you're new to Total Rewards, you might not know that points expire after six months of inactivity.
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Did you know you can earn Total Rewards credits when playing House of Fun on Facebook? You earn them whenever you purchase chips to play the game. Unfortunately, you cannot earn credits when playing with free coins. Also note that these are Reward Credits, the kind of credits you can use for hotel rooms, food, entertainment, etc. These aren’t Tier Credits which allow you to earn better status like Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars.
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If you’ve been visiting casinos for a while, the concept of free play (Freeplay, as one word, is the trademark of a specific casino company) isn’t anything new. However, if you’re new to casino promotions or just noticed free play as an offer from MyVEGAS, you might not realize that it’s not quite as simple as receiving money.
Free play is a reward of “free money” that casinos offer players. It can be spent on video poker and slot machines. Free play isn’t real bills, but credits can be turned into straight cash homey as you win.
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Over the past couple of years, Riviera has done more promotions than most Strip casinos to attract gambling customers. Their most popular promotion has been $1 blackjack which started a year ago and is still available. The same can’t be said for Riviera’s craps promotion. While 1,000x craps odds sounds awesome, few players are going to Riviera to drop a minimum of $5,005 ($5 pass line and $5,000 odds) per roll.
Riviera’s latest promotion to attract new gamblers is an offer for up to $100 in Free Play. New players club members can receive up to $100 in Free Play. This isn’t a rebate on losses like you’ve seen at Tropicana and Cosmopolitan in the past year. This is Free Play in the casino with only one string attached:
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About a year ago, Palms totally revamped its players club so it must be time to tinker with things again. The biggest change to Club Palms last year was the addition of multiple tiers based on how much money is spent. This year, the players club has received a mild makeover which seems aimed at making sure anyone who has any kind of status is a consistent spender.
Earning 400 points still gives you $1 in free slot play and you must earn 2,000 points ($5) before you can spend it. In addition to earning points from gambling, you can earn 1 point for every dollar you spend in the restaurants, hotel, spa, salon and gift shop. The first changes you’ll notice are the requirements for each tier.
Over the past couple of years, MGM Resorts has expanded its customer base greatly by creating partnerships with a number of businesses around America. These match-ups have linked other players clubs and loyalty clubs with M life.
MGM's players club partnered with Ameristar casinos back in 2012 and then with Pinnacle’s MyChoice after it purchased Ameristar. In the past year, M life also has partnered with Southwest Airlines, Hyatt and even went outside of travel to partner with the UFC to gain new players. Now, M life is heading east.
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Video poker is one of the most popular games in the casino for a lot of reasons. Some enjoy it because they prefer playing machines, others because players can find the highest returns and some just like to have something to do while sitting at the bar while enjoying a few drinks. Whatever the reason you play, you’re going to want to get the most out of the experience. Here are a handful of tips to make the most of your video poker sessions:
1. Play The Best Games: Playing the best games a casino offers will extend your playing time or even help you make some money. If there’s a game that returns 99% while another only returns 92%, you’ll probably play longer with the same buy-in on the former game. The longer you play, the greater the chances you'll hit a Royal Flush or another great hand. vpFREE2.com is a great resource to find the best games in a casino.
That's where you get The Code.
Las Vegas' newest casino is well into its first official day of business after opening to the public at midnight last night. A gaming floor already brimming with guests of an invite-only grand opening party for SLS Las Vegas swelled even more when the public rushed in.
Before you join their ranks, you should know that SLS, an sbe property, offers The Code as its players club. That’s different, if you're familiar with it, from the existing sbePREFERRED loyalty program. While The Code is only used at SLS Las Vegas right now, that may change in the future. Current sbePREFERRED members will receive benefits from sbePREFERRED and The Code until the end of the year.