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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
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Downtown Grand is a beautiful hotel. The hotel happens to have a casino. The casino is beautiful because it’s new, but it’s not very big and doesn’t feel very comfortable for a gambler. But, let’s begin with the good news.
Limits on table games are $5 (during the day) as the property's opening week kicks off. Blackjack pays 3:2 as it’s clearly marked on all tables. The small casino only has about 10-14 table games with about half being dedicated to blackjack. All games are dealt from a shoe which is nice, too.
We didn’t get to check all the video poker machines, but we saw 7/5 Bonus Poker available on most. Many are connected to a Royal Flush progressive which helps increase returns to a better level. The high limits room has better 8/5 Bonus Poker games, but you’ll have to do so on $1 3-play games there (that's $15 per game with max credits). These aren’t the worst video poker returns, but they’re not the kind of returns that will make Downtown Grand a destination for video poker players.
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As much as we love to scoff about The Quad's remodel (we kid because we love.. or something like that), it's been
pretty fairly serious about bringing the new. (Although, we'd all love to see that happen with its rooms more than anything else right now.)
Once known as the Imperial Palace, a renovation has brought many changes to the aging hotel-casino including a new name, a (mostly) new facade (seen above), a remodeled and expanded casino floor, a new valet entrance, and a coming soon(ish) restaurant by Guy Fieri. More recently, a new wave of unannounced change brought the closure of the Quad's buffet earlier this month. But, we've now found that it's not the only closure to report.
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It's football season and that means it's a busy time in the sportsbook. Yesterday, we gave answered why sportsbooks will or won't show certain games. Strange enough, it makes sense. Now, we answer the often-asked question of which sportsbook has the best odds and point spreads. Some sportsbooks have better odds for some games, but there isn't a "best odds sportsbook." Sportsbooks often have similar odds, but since the odds are based on the amount of money bet, you'll see some noticeable differences.
Sportsbooks that cater to Vegas Strip tourists tend to have worse odds on teams from large cities. So, for example, you'll see that Caesars and MGM sportsbooks may have worse odds on teams from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since there are so many tourists from those cities that place their wagers on The Strip. Caesars and MGM properties make up the majority of casinos on The Strip so you may see the Lakers with shorter odds to win a title or larger point spreads on a game at these properties than you would at, say, a Cantor Gaming-operated sportsbook.
This is a question we get often. Sportsbooks are the possibly the best part of a casino because they have a lot of televisions showing all kinds of sports and horse racing. More than twenty television screens showing different games can be a sensory overload to some yet beautiful to others. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, there’s a method to the madness on what games the sportsbooks will show.
Every square inch of a casino is designed to make money. Sportsbooks are no different. While sportsbooks used to be a value added amenity to keep high rollers in the casino during cold streaks at the tables, that’s no longer the case. The sportsbook may seem like the best living room or man cave, but that's not their purpose. Sportsbooks don’t exist for us to sit around and not spend money. The games shown on the TVs are generally focused around how much money is wagered. For example, if a lot of money is wagered on a specific game, it will probably be the game shown on the largest screen in the sportsbook. The game with the least money wagered on it will get the smallest TV.
Sports bettors have a new network of casinos joining the mobile sports betting party.
Similar to other sports betting apps, the new Nevada Sports Books app allows you to make wagers on-the-go and manage them from anywhere in Nevada. The app features lines set by South Point which recently appointed Jimmy Vaccaro from William Hill to run its sportsbook.
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Okay, NFL fans, simmer down now. We know. It's almost here. So, where in the hell is our 2013 Guide to Everything Pigskin in Las Vegas? It's dropping tomorrow. And, it's chockfull of details on parties, contests and specials all around town. In fact, we need to cram in five more parties we just learned about today.
Until then, William Hill is sharing its most up-to-date "futures, season win totals, player futures and player match-up props." A rep says these odds are available at all their Nevada locations and the William Hill app, but - for most - only until Sunday. Here's some of the highlights below. If you want to know something specific, ask in the comments and we'll pass it along!
Pro Football Player Futures
MOST PASS YDS 2013 REG SEASON:
6401 D BREES 3/1
6402 M STAFFORD 11/2
6403 P MANNING 6/1
6404 T BRADY 10/1
6405 T ROMO 18/1
6406 A RODGERS 9/2
6407 M RYAN 12/1
6408 A LUCK 18/1
6409 C PALMER 50/1
6410 RTHLSBERGR 40/1
6411 M SCHAUB 30/1
6412 E MANNING 12/1
6413 J FREEMAN 75/1
6414 S BRADFORD 50/1
6415 C NEWTON 45/1
6416 J FLACCO 50/1
6417 A DALTON 75/1
6418 P RIVERS 45/1
6419 J CUTLER 20/1
6420 M VICK 75/1
6421 R TANEHILL 75/1
6422 A SMITH 75/1
6423 M FLYNN 50/1
6424 KAEPERNICK 60/1
6425 R WILSON 60/1
6426 R GRIFFIN3 40/1
6427 FIELD 75/1
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As a Facebook user recently penned, "The Quad is starting to look better and better..." And, it's true. Well, as long as you continue to ignore the rooms. And, some of the exterior. But, we digress.
On Friday, The Quad came that much closer to completing renovations to its casino, opening almost the entire gaming floor to guests. If you've already been through the new section of the casino which debuted back in March, you'll find a continuation of the same bright red signature hue accented with multi-colored, multi-patterned carpeting in the older, remodeled sections. Update: Our Quad quy, erm, guy begs our apologies and says renovations are not quite 100 percent complete. He relays that a few more sections and slot banks still need to be brought online.
Mobile and online gaming have taken off more slowly than some expected. Ultimate Poker is the first, legal US site to offer online poker but they’re the only one. World Series of Poker was supposed have their cash games up and running online before summer was over, but they’ve reached the unofficial end of summer (Labor Day) without any being available. Technically, fall begins on September 22 so there is still time for WSOP to keep their word.
Meanwhile, mobile gaming is still getting its legs under it with multiple sportsbook operators offering apps to bet from mobile devices. More sportsbook operators will continue to come on board with sports betting apps, but there are no plans for any different casino games to be offered on mobile devices in the near future.
Today, William Hill announced it will be teaming up with SLS Las Vegas on a state-of-the-art sportsbook concept. When were heard SLS Las Vegas head honcho Sam Nazarian speak at RD&E (Retail, Dining & Entertainment) Experience back in May, we speculated that William Hill might be the sportsbook operator since SLS Las Vegas plans on outsourcing much of its management.
Details of the "state-of-the-art" sportsbook concept are sparse as the sportsbook (and entire hotel) are still being built but a little new information was revealed:
It's time for another Vegas guessing game and, with all this talk about football, we thought we'd switch from rooms and casino floors to sportsbooks.
This is probably an easy one since even I was able to guess it correctly (and, if you knew the questions I ask regularly about sports and subsequent posts I inspire, you'd be completely impressed by that), but I thought I'd share this photograph if only for the shock value. Yes, this is an actual sportsbook still in operation, and not a photo from Vegas past. Do you know where it can be found? And, for extra credit, can you tell us where we were when we captured this vantage point?
Leave your best guesses below and we'll post the official answer soon.
The sportsbook can be the best place in the casino. It is for this writer. I'm a sports fan and bettor. I like it so much that I can work there. The sportsbook is second nature for me. That's not the case for everyone. Football season is the busiest time in the sportsbook and it's growing in popularity with fantasy football bringing new people in. Fantasy football players aren't traditional gamblers, but they have interest in the game.
The sportsbook can be as intimidating as the craps table for people that don't bet and are not familiar with the lingo. Since we want everyone to have a good time in the sportsbook, we figured that it's the ideal time to give a primer on some of the terms sports bettors use freely. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.