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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.
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
Now that you know how to bet on the World Cup, it’s time to find a place to watch the matches. The Cosmopolitan has a pretty great option for the championship match. On July 13, the resort will open The Chelsea for a viewing party that is likely to be unmatched by any other casino on The Strip.
The Cosmo will actually offer a two-part experience combining soccer with specially curated cocktails and cuisine. From June 12 through July 12, Book & Stage will show all World Cup matches free of charge while offering multi-cultural food and beverages. Tables can be reserved in advance.
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The World Cup is just a few weeks away! While this writer may be excited for the largest worldwide sporting event of the year, many Americans may not be. The world’s game isn’t even in the top five of America’s favorite sports. The World Cup will still take over the sports media landscape June 12 through July 13 and you won't be able to escape it. People who have never watched or bet on soccer will likely still drop a few bucks on the games at the sportsbook, anyway. If that's you, here's a primer on how to bet on soccer:
3 Way (a.k.a. money line): This is a traditional way to bet soccer. Just like betting on baseball, all you need to do is pick the winner. You’ll be paid based on the money line of the team you bet. The money line is based on bets of $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 on a $100 bet. On the other hand, if the money line is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100.
Active and veteran members of the military have a new reason to visit a Station Casino -- deals just for them.
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The fastest two minutes in sports is just a few weeks away and we’ve got you covered if you plan to celebrate the annual Run for the Roses from afar.
If you’re more of a hands-on sort of person, you can always play your own version with Sigma Derby at the D downtown and MGM Grand on The Strip. Otherwise, drink specials and betting lectures will be happening all over town. We aggregate them below, and will update this post as new events are announced. The Kentucky Derby takes place May 3.