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What Would You Do With A $100 Gambling Budget?

July 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (24)

When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.

People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since Iím a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but theyíre making their gambling budgets last all day.†The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines†and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.

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Are Some Slot Machines Cursed?

December 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (15)

We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, itís a game that weíve had a nice score on in the past. Or, it may be a game like Wheel of Fortune that draws us in with familiar sounds. Few of us, however, have probably given thought to our least favorite machines, but could certain games be cursed? Consider this tale of woe we recently heard:

When I play slots, I usually just wander around until one catches my eye. I have a few favorites that I might hit, but I typically go for something that I havenít played before. If a game hasnít been particularly good to me in the past, Iíll eventually try it again in hopes of settling the score. Never have I sworn off a machine for good, until my final time playing JAWS.

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When Playing Slots, Itís Best To Bet The Max

October 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (4)

Some of our friends scout out slot machines with low minimums. They bet only a few cents per spin, and usually only when the cocktail waitress is nearby. Youíll never find them sitting at any of the new, high-denomination machines. Others are looking for big payouts. They canít resist the allure of a monstrous progressive jackpot and will play several bucks a spin if thatís what it takes. Itís the latter type that always reminds us of the importance of making a max bet.

Encouragement for betting big is nothing new. Slot revenue is the biggest slice of the gaming pie, accounting for nearly double what table games bring in. Casino operators, naturally, pay a lot of attention to ways they can maximize their take from machines. Penny slots get people in the seats, but todayís casinos want your dollars, not your dimes. To encourage gamblers to risk more, the bonuses on many machines are designed to offer better returns when you bet more per line and bet more lines. Customers often sit down expecting to play a few cents a spin, but quickly find themselves increasing their bet to 10, 20, or more credits per line.

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Weekly Blackjack Tournaments Turn Up At The Strat

June 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the most frequent questions we get about gambling is from people looking to get into tournaments -- specifically blackjack tournaments. Most blackjack tourneys in Vegas are by invite only for casino players club members while slot tournaments are more widely available in many different casinos. Stratosphere, however, is changing the game up a little. While Station Casinos is offering a free slot tournament every Sunday in June,†The Strat is offering blackjack tournaments every Saturday.

Besides being different games there is a monetary difference in to the tournaments as well.†Registration for blackjack tournaments at the Stratosphere is $40 for Ace Play players club members. Everyone that reaches the final table will receive some form of monetary prize, ranging from $800 for 1st place to $150 for 6th or 7th place.

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These Are The Slots You Are Looking For

January 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no surprise that Megabucks is one of the most played slots. Nor, is it shocking to hear that Wheel of Fortune ranks right up there, too. But, we didn't expect to hear that the King of Pop is the King of Slots, too.

Vegas Inc. reports that those three slots were the top games for the fourth quarter of 2012. (WoF ranking first and the other two tying for second.) The news should make Mandalay Bay extremely happy as it prepares to launch Las Vegas' newest Cirque du Soleil production which just so happens to celebrate Michael Jackson.

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How To Get Something For Nothing In Downtown Vegas

November 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

We would like to welcome our brand new VegasChatter contributer, Nick Holliday. A recent transplant from Chicago, Nick is firmly settled on the east side of Las Vegas. Nick spends most of his time and dollars as far from The Strip as he can since he works there all day. That means you can expect coverage of both off Strip and downtown finds. Nick loves punk rock, craft beer, decent whiskey, casinos, dive bars, and being comped which is fitting because, for his first post, he shows us how to turn nothing into something at the casinos of downtown Vegas.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to how a Vegas vacation will turn out. Maybe you win big and take some of the casinosí cash with you. Maybe you ďbreak even.Ē Like the majority of thrillseekers, you will probably party and gamble nonstop until your vacation bankroll is spent. There is always something going on in this town, so whatís a visitor with hardly any cash in their pocket do when they want to have a little fun in Las Vegas?

Fremont Street offers a ton of opportunity for the average small-time gambler. The great promotions, cheap food, and cheesy neon reminds us of a Las Vegas that we have only read about. Where the Strip is full of luxury resorts and high-end shopping malls, Fremont is all about the gambler. That sits right with this low roller.

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Rock Of Ages Ready To Knock Your Slots Off

October 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM | by | Comments (3)

The live show doesn't start until December 18, but you can practice some early head-bangin' at the Venetian's all-new Rock Of Ages slot machines. The 80s, hair-metal, jukebox musical Rock of Ages, replacing the departed Blue Man Group, is benefiting from a hard sell by the resort.

We stumbled upon the new display just as it became operational. Twenty dedicated, themed, Rock of Ages penny slots. The slammin' square set-up features a drum kit, flames and a boat load of steel. But, wait. There's more!

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Do You Miss Real Coin Slots?

August 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (10)

The clanging. The jingling. The search for a bucket that hadn't been used already as an ashtray. That dirty, metallic-y scent on your hands.

Oh, the lost Vegas days where coin slots actually required, you know, coins. And, spit them out, too. Those times are gone, but if you're willing to brave the north Strip, you'll find at least one hold out.

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The Lost Slots of Vegas

June 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Another one today? Yes, our amazing readers have great questions! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!

New slots hit the Vegas gaming floor all the time, from the King of Slots Pop to ones designed to really take us for a ride.

Recently, a VegasChatter reader wanted to know if Vegas had KISS'd off slots by his buddy's favorite rock group. Tears fell when the answer seemed to be yes. Now, an anonymous fan (or, perhaps, one too distraught to leave their name) turns to us for help in finding their fave games:

Do you know if any casinos in Vegas still have the family fued or Pinball slot machines? Thanks

Well, Anon, we didn't, but that's never stopped us before. Here's what we did, step by step, if you're searching for a specific slot, too.

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Our Favorite New(ish) Slots

June 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

It's no secret that we like the slots. More specifically, we like the penny slots. Loud noises and bright lights attract us to some of the newest games on the casino floor. Strangely enough, we don't find ourselves playing many of the games that we saw debut at last year's G2E expo. In the past few months, we've noticed a lot of new penny slots on the casino floor and so we play.

Truth be told, we'd prefer playing higher limits, but all of the new games are all penny denomination. Payout percentages from the Nevada Gaming Commission say that penny slots are the worst paying denomination so we tend to play just enough to get a bonus. Penny slots are pure entertainment and if we're up, we'll usually skate to the next shiny and loud game. Usually, but not always. Here's a look at some of the penny slots we've enjoyed recently:

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A Closer Look At Hard Rock's New Players Club

March 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (5)

Earlier this month, we told you that the Hard Rock was rockin' a brand new players club. Now, the hotel is releasing more info regarding just what it offers.

We already knew that the new rewards program would allow members to rack up points outside of gaming, just like almost every other players club these days. Dine, stay, shop, and earn points. The card will also entitle you to discounted dining, complimentary nightclub entry, and more.

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Cosmopolitan Gives You $100 For Slots. How Long Did It Take Us To Lose It?

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (6)

A fool and his money are soon parted - Proverb

On a site called VegasChatter with correspondents named EastCoastGambler and DenverGambler, an article about betting $100 might seem small potatoes. But, stick with us.

Inspired by an ongoing promotion at The Cosmopolitan, this writer decided to see what it would be like to risk $100 at slots using the best available information at hand. This would be our first time. Nope, never done it before. Never put more than $20 in a machine. And, only ever won as much as $60.

The Cosmopolitan Identity Play offer has been ongoing for the past year and now continues through March 31st. Currently it's only available only for new sign-ups. If you lose $100 in one day and go back to the membership desk, they will credit your card with $100 to play on most machines. If you lose, you win. Right?

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