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Blackjack / Tournaments / Stratosphere / Slots / Gambling / → All Tags
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.
Cashing Out / Slots / Vegas News / Gambling / → All Tags
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.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Las Vegas Club / Plaza / The D Hotel / Four Queens / Fremont Street / El Cortez / Gambling / Video Poker / Slots / → All Tags
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 casinos’ cash with you. Maybe you “break even.” 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 what’s 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.
Openings / Rock of Ages / Venetian / Slots / Gambling / → All Tags
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!
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.
VegasChatter Questions / Slots / Gaming / Gambling / IGT / → All Tags
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!
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.
Slots / Gambling / Bally's / Palazzo / → All Tags
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:
Players Clubs / Hard Rock / Backstage Pass / Gambling / Poker / Slots / → All Tags
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.
Gambling / Gaming / Slots / The Cosmopolitan / Identity / Players Clubs / → All Tags
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?
Snapshot / WTF / Slots / Vegas Mistakes / → All Tags
We didn't win no spellin' bees growing up but may
not have impressed a little chica or two on the playground with supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. These days we find ourselves stopping to think whether we live in the desert or eat it. So it came as no surprise we did a take times dos at the More Chilli slot machine.
Was that really the right spelling? It couldn't be. Unless the chain restaurant has had it wrong all this time. Had we just found the ultimate Vegas mistake? We then had the following conversation in our head and best Cheech and Chong voices:
Slots / Ghostbusters / MGM Resorts / IGT / MGM Grand / Bellagio / Mandalay Bay / The Mirage / → All Tags
Before you start reading this, you might want to play this first to set the mood. Ahhh, that's better. Now, hold onto your proton packs -- Ghostbusters slots have hit the casino floor in Vegas!
For now, you'll only find them at MGM Resorts hotels like MGM Grand, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and The Mirage due to an exclusive deal with IGT. (Sorry, Caesars Entertainment, but you did this to yourself.) But, after October 19, ghostly sightings will start popping up everywhere.
Tips / Casinos / Video Poker / M Resort / Craps / Casino Royale / Blackjack / Tropicana / Slots / Golden Nugget / Encore / → All Tags
When we go to Vegas, we rarely spend time in just one place. This is obviously because Vegas has so much to offer from a variety of properties that each have a unique and different feel. But more than that, it’s because no one place has everything that we like about Las Vegas. To talk about everything we like in a Las Vegas property would take up too much time in your day, so we’ll just focus on casinos. If we could design our perfect casino, these are the pieces would we incorporate from various Las Vegas properties.
Video Poker from M Resort - We love that we can play video poker and enjoy microbrews at the 32 degrees bar at M Resort. Fewer and fewer bars are comping drinks while playing machines at the bar, and even if they do, those drinks are usually bottom shelf booze. At least at 32 degree we can get our microbrew fix while playing a very reasonable 8/5 Jacks or Better game.