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Dust off those marker thingys and prepare to B21. Or, if you're like this writer (if it wasn't clear from the lack of knowledge in that first sentence) and are ready to bust that BINGO cherry, an upcoming four day bingo bender may be right up your hard card.
Station Casinos will host the $600,000 Big Bingo Weekend II at seven of its properties (Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station) February 22-25.
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos in the Big Game last night by a score of 43-8. The game wasn’t even that close, but that last score by Seattle made bettors who bet over 47.5 happy as they cashed in on one of the more popular bets. That’s probably the only solace for many as the sportsbooks did brisk business and cleaned up with a Seahawks win. Sportsbooks took in close to a record $99 million in bets on last year’s Super Bowl. All indications are that, this year, they took in 3%-5% more for a new record.
The more money in play usually means the more casinos win. With a short underdog (2.5 points) winning this year, they stand to profit even more since only about 35% of the money bet was on the Seahawks. The night didn’t start off all that well for the sportsbooks, though, as the first score was on a safety. The few people that placed that bet scored a payoff of anywhere from 50-1 to 60-1.
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Last year, a simple tip on skipping the line at sportsbooks during March Madness came in handy for many readers. And, it will likely do the same for many others when it comes to this weekend's Big Game.
So, what's the tip? Betting with your mobile phone is the quickest and easiest way to get a bet placed with a sportsbook. Over 60% of people in the US own a smartphone and, chances are that if you're in Las Vegas for the Big Game, you'll have one with you. You won't get a "free drink" ticket if you wager with an app, but if you're at an all-you-can-drink Big Game party, that probably doesn't matter. Not waiting in lines when you're in Vegas is the best way to have the most fun.
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One thing we like about visiting locals casinos is that we often run into random promotions. Some will gift us with a sun visor for our car and some will offer up some American flag bling for our wrists. Recently, when walking through Red Rock Resort, we noticed a few different banks of slot machines offering 12 Boarding Pass point for every dollar played. This is four times the normal three points per dollar played. Okay, this is intriguing.
Maybe this tactic was being implemented to get people to play old slot machines. Regardless, they’re all upright penny slots and, by law, must meet the same minimum returns as other penny slots. There was a nice mix of slot machines available to play. Some were old machines that look as though they’re on the way out the door while others looked like they were fairly new machines. They just weren't the popular big name, themed slot machines.
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The past few days have been chaos for Caesars Entertainment. First, Caesars was asked to withdraw their Massachusetts casino project. Then, they dropped Gansevoort as a partner because of possible ties to the Russian mob. Then, there was a shooting at Bally’s this morning. And, now there are reports about money laundering allegations at Caesars Palace.
This all happened between Saturday and 7 a.m. today. WHEW!
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The Stardust casino is making a comeback of sorts. You may remember Stardust in its physical form on the north end of the Vegas Strip in the 70s through the 90s. Well, Stardust is making a comeback online and, specifically, on Facebook.
It may seem strange at first, but if you’re an American, you won't be able to take part in its comeback. For the time being, at least. When Boyd Gaming sold the property on the Vegas Strip where Stardust used to stand to Genting (which is now planning to build Resorts World Las Vegas on the site) they decided to keep ownership of the Stardust name. There were questions about why the name was saved, but now we know.
In conjunction with BWin.Party’s social gaming arm called WIN, Boyd Gaming has launched the Stardust Casino online. The social game will be free to play once it's available. Unfortunately, the launch was made a little premature for Americans as the game is only available via Facebook in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The United States version of the Stardust Casino will be available in a few months.
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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.
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Off-strip casino conglomerate Station Casinos has long been home to various promotions over the years, including their poker Bad Beat Jackpot and the (sorely missed) casino-wide Jumbo Jackpot. Now, the Station Casinos poker rooms are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their newest promotion, the Royal Flush Bonus by upping the ante.
Here's how the pre-amped up bonus works for all live-action Texas Hold 'Em games:
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Downtown Vegas is great in so many ways and is getting better by the day. There are new restaurants and bars popping up nearly as quickly as we can say Downtown Vegas. Gambling is alive and well there, too, but there's one thing that's lacking for sports bettors. Unlike casinos on the Vegas Strip, not every downtown Vegas casino has a sportsbook. Sure, you can watch the games at many bars, but you can't always wager and watch at the same place. With football season coming up, we thought we should rundown the sportsbooks in Downtown Vegas:
The Plaza introduced a big, bright renovated William Hill sportsbook earlier this year (seen above) and they share it with sister property, Las Vegas Club. This is probably the largest sportsbook in Downtown Vegas with easy access to Pop Up Pizza. There are plenty of tables and chairs for you to eat. It's almost as if they're encouraging us to eat pizza. Twist our arm.
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Comped rooms in Vegas are typically reserved for players who, well, play. If you’re not the gambling type, but still want a free stay, a current promotion at most Station Casinos might be right up your alley. This deal requires some planning, a little bit of work, and a single blackjack hand of good luck.
If successful, you can score a room at a variety of Las Vegas hotels for just about nothing. You may even come out ahead a few bucks. The only gambling involved is a single $10 hand of blackjack. If you win, you will have earned back a night's stay, resort fees and taxes included. But, to do so requires beating the suits at their own game. Interested? Keep reading.
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Let's call today Flashback and Flash Forward Friday as we look at Boulder Station. Another casino that's a little off our usual path between The Strip and Downtown Vegas.
Boulder Station became the second Station Casinos property when it opened August 23, 1994. (Leave us a comment if you know the first.) We're approaching its 19th birthday so we thought it would be a great time to look at this hotel and casino located off the Vegas Strip on what's referred to as the other Strip, Boulder Highway.
Boulder Highway is a Las Vegas entity unto its own and connects Downtown Vegas with Henderson. When we nerd out with gaming statistics from the UNLV Center For Gaming Research, we see that the Boulder Strip has its data broken out similar to Downtown Vegas and Las Vegas Boulevard. Besides Boulder Station, the Boulder Strip also includes Sam's Town and Green Valley Ranch which boasts a larger casino floor. And, yes, the Nevada Gaming Commission qualifies some non-Boulder Highway casinos as part of the Boulder Strip.
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Recently, VegasChatter has shared stories of fed up Vegas fans who have ditched one hotel for another. And, while they were eventually happy, others were mystified because they had simply traded one resort for its sister property, meaning the parent company kept their money, either way.
Were these unsatisfied guests unaware? Especially in this age of third party booking sites where relationships between venues aren't as obvious? Or, might it be due to the fact that while this isn't the first rodeo for most Vegas visitors, 16 percent of tourists are still first timers to this town? Or, maybe in the case of the stories we highlighted (here and here) the guests did know, but simply didn't care?
We may never know the answer, but if you're uncertain of how the dots connect in Vegas, here's a handy primer: