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Late last year, MyVEGAS launched a slots app for mobile phones and tablets. Due to its popularity, a blackjack app was added this year. And, it won’t be the last for the franchise as a video poker app is already planned.
Social casino games, in general, are having a great year. Revenue is expected to be north of $3 billion. Sixty million of that will be earned by MyVEGAS alone. That sounds like a lot, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Here's what 2014 brought for MyVEGAS:
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We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and don’t make it online or into the brochures.
Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you won’t. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. They’ll just leave stickers on the machine.
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Boyd Gaming released their sports betting app called B-Connected Sports right in time for football season. In an effort to generate more new users, a new promotion has been added that provides new users with up to a $50 dining credit... depending on how much they deposit.
One of the reasons for signing up for a sports betting app is that you don’t have to visit a casino to place wagers. A dining credit will make sure you head there, anyway. It's a sound marketing strategy for the casino chain.
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First, let us just say we're not complaining. We fully appreciate that our comp cup has overfloweth thanks to MyVEGAS rewards. We also know nothing good lasts forever. That's why we weren't all that shocked to see the subject of an email sent in by VegasChatter fan Mr. CDN Vegas.
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Way back in January we alerted you that prepaid cards for casinos were a strong possibility. Shortly after the article published, the concept was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Essentially, it allows a player to load a debit card and use it for gaming. Well, there’s finally a casino using the prepaid card technology, but it’s not exactly for use inside of the casino.
Station Casinos recently announced the availability of the Sports Connection prepaid card. It's to be used in conjunction with Sports Connection wagering accounts and, ultimately, the Sports Connection betting app. This card will be used to streamline accounts so the user doesn’t have to visit the casino when they want to add funds. Since the card is linked with Discover, you can use it anywhere Discover is accepted.
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Yowza, MyVEGAS sure is popular. Any time we have news, there's a flood of comments, both good and bad. MyVEGAS is obviously polarizing and the freemium (free to play, but you can also buy chips to play more) social game by PlayStudios only continues to grow.
Often as a company expands, some moves are meant to attract more customers. Simultaneously, those moves may sometimes alienate the existing base. This happens with music all the time (i.e., "I used to like that band until they sold out/changed their sound/got all popular.") Right now, MyVEGAS is the big dog. Between MyVEGAS on Facebook and the MyVEGAS Slots mobile app, it's one of the top grossing social games. MyVEGAS isn’t just popular, however. It’s addictive. The average MyVEGAS player logs onto the game three times a day for somewhere between 45 to 90 minutes.
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As its name implies, Texas Station is one of the many Station Casinos you'll find spread out around Las Vegas. According to US Poker even though this is the second Station poker room to close this year (Sunset Station is the other) we shouldn’t expect to see moves like this at other sister locations. If Station is your casino in Las Vegas and poker is your game, that means you can still play poker at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station.
This morning, the social media game maker announced a rewards partnership with Station Casinos, and prizes are already available online. Until now, MGM Resorts had been the sole hotel-casino proprietor. Will this mean more resorts, once viewed as competitors, will now play together for the greater
revenue good? Or, is there an even deeper meaning to uncover?
In light of the old becoming new again with the Sahara-to-SLS conversion, it's time for a history lesson of a different sort. The first Station Casino was Palace Station which you can find just down the street from SLS Las Vegas on Sahara Avenue. Boulder Station was the second Station Casinos' property when it opened 20 years ago on August 23, 1994. The opening of Boulder Station two decades ago marked a significant time for Station Casinos’ growth as it effectively became Station’s first of many locals casinos. Today, Station Casinos is proud to be called a locals chain. After all, they heart locals.
Boulder Station is located off Boulder Highway in the area known as the Boulder Strip. For this non-native, this particular strip of highway essentially connects the Henderson area with Downtown Vegas. Boulder Station helped serve a niche among locals and tourists looking for alternatives to the usual casinos.
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We’re just weeks away from kickoff of football season and the sportsbooks are getting ready for the most popular sport for bettors by hosting a variety of football contests. Besides typical wagers on individual games, Las Vegas casinos offer contests at different price points to give gamblers a shot at making some, potentially, big bucks. Registration has opened for the following contests:
SuperContest at Westgate (Formerly LVH, formerly Las Vegas Hilton, formerly The International, formerly just sand)
The SuperContest is easily the most popular football contest in Las Vegas and that popularity is only getting bigger. Entries for this year's SuperContest are already ahead of last year which sent the grand prize winner home with over $500,000! Entry for this football contest is $1,500. Unlike other contests, you don't have to live in Nevada to participate, but you do have to register in person. If you want to participate in the SuperContest, but don't live in Nevada you can hire a proxy to submit your weekly picks. FootballContest.com has info on what a proxy can do for you.
Station Casinos recently announced a partnership with Princess Cruises that will offer Boarding Pass players club members discounted and/or complimentary cruises. All Chairman level Boarding Pass cardholders (the highest status level of Boarding Pass) will now be eligible to receive a complimentary cabin for two on select Princess Cruises each year. Cardholders who have Boarding Passes at other levels will receive special cruise fares and offers.
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There was a time in Las Vegas recently where it felt like a week didn’t go by without a new steakhouse opening. Steakhouses were a dining trend that was music to this carnivore’s ears. Now, just about every casino has a steakhouse so there’s not much new to experience on the steak front. I’ve been revisiting my favorites on the Vegas Strip like SW Steakhouse at Wynn and, more recently, Prime at Bellagio. There’s nothing wrong with eating at restaurants known to provide great food and great service, but there’s something exciting about trying one that's new. Enter The Charcoal Room at Palace Station.
Palace Station is just off the Vegas Strip on Sahara near SLS Las Vegas. It’s an older casino and not the first place people consider for dining. That may change with some new dining options coming on board. The Charcoal Room is a locals' favorite at Santa Fe Station and just opened its second location at Palace Station. If the locals like The Charcoal Room then there’s a good chance that we would be in for a solid meal at fair prices and that’s exactly what we had.