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This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.
Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isn’t public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 6:
WuHu at Silverton: The off-Strip hotel-casino will add a new restaurant, WuHu Noodle, this June.
Presented without comment: SLS is hosting an 18+ pool party Thursday, April 16 at Foxtail. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for what's being called "the sexiest new pool club in Sin City."
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An empty poker room, a soon to be closing poker room, and an electronic poker room highlight this look at what's currently going on in the Las Vegas poker landscape. Shuffle up and deal!
The poker situation at Silverton has pretty much been in limbo for the past two years. The off-Strip property's room closed back in early 2012 only to pop back up near the end of 2012 as part of Cantor Gaming's new sports book. Word was the cards would start flying once the sports book opened, but that day came and went and the poker room has yet to see any action. A recent visit to Silverton confirmed that, yes, the five-table poker room is still there in all of its painfully bright red glory, but it still is not open for business.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works:
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The off Strip casino-hotel used to charge $4.99 for standard rooms and $9.99 for its suites. Now, the resort fee is a flat $9.99 (not counting tax), no matter the spaciousness of your room type. The policy change quietly went into effect September 1. Here's what the website says guests receive for their money:
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As part of our search for the best gambling odds, we constantly seek the best blackjack, craps and video poker games. Generally, slot machines aren’t high on the list for gamblers seeking the best odds in a casino. Slot machine payback is referred to in a different language. People aren't looking for slot machines with the smallest house advantage. They're looking for loose slots. Loose slots have the highest returns (yay) while tight slots have the lowest (boo).
So, where can you find the loosest slots in Vegas? Exactly where you think and probably not where you visit. The second best slot machine returns in the country are found just off the Vegas Strip. Off Strip casinos like The Orleans, Hard Rock, Palms and Silverton have slot machines that return 94.64% of the money played.
Las Vegas continues to nudge those hated resort fees higher and higher.
Since our annual guide to resort fees dropped in mid-Janaury, five hotels (Palms, Quad, Flamingo, Bally's, Plaza) have increased their nightly charges while one Downtown Vegas holdout (El Cortez) switched gears and joined the fee frenzy.
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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:
Everyone’s favorite business reality show is coming to Las Vegas to find new participants. Shark Tank features business pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The show has been on ABC since 2009 and has just entered syndication so, if you get on, you might see yourself on TV for years to come.
How can you vie for a spot? Shark Tank will be holding open auditions at 3 p.m. on February 20 inside Veil Pavilion at Silverton.
The off-Strip Silverton wants to build two new towers. And, make them timeshares. Once we checked our calendar to confirm it was, in fact, still 2013, we continued reading the agenda for a November 6 County Zoning hearing for more details.
Apparently, Silverton wants to build two, 20-story towers south of its existing parking garage where a surface parking lot can now be found. One tower would face east/west, the other north/south. Both would be connected by a walkway which would extend to the Silverton's porte cochere. Each would offer 400 guest rooms with 20 accommodations per floor.
While on a weekend visit to Silverton, which is definitely one of this writer's favorite Las Vegas casinos, I stopped to admire the aquarium as usual. One of the most awesome free things in Vegas, this tank is filled with various kinds of fish, stingrays, plant life and, on occassion, beautiful women dressed as mermaids.
As I made my way around the aquarium, I discovered an art gallery against the back wall featuring, you guessed it, mermaids! Local artist Wil Cormier has painted a whole series of mermaid paintings, called Mermaids of Atlantis. Cormier’s attention to detail is stunning. The mermaids are painted sitting on trees or rocks, coyly covering their naughty bits. Check it out:
Look at the naughty mermaid with her little bird!