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So you or someone you know has just turned 21 and you want to get out there and have some fun gambling in Vegas. Every year, thousands of people come to Vegas for their 21st birthday to drink, party and, of course, gamble
legally for the first time. But, a good question is where do you take a first-time player to ensure they get the most bang for their buck?
I have been a casino dealer for about five years and, when I gamble, I look for the best odds with the best limits. When friends and family hit the big 21, they always ask me to take them out for a night of lucky chance. I love to gamble! Some might think, “wow, this guy has a problem!” Not at all, actually; I play smart and never put myself in financial harm. So, with that in mind, here's my personal guide to how to go all in for the big 2-1:
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Las Vegas will dim its lights on Saturday for the second time this year.
After going dark for Tark in February to mark the passing of iconic UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, resorts and business both on and off the Strip will turn off the lights this weekend as part of a now annual Earth Hour tradition.
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You don’t have to be a fan of boxing to know that Floyd Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in the "Fight Of The Century" May 2 at MGM Grand. The boxing match took five years to come together and people are stoked. As previously detailed, hotel room prices have skyrocketed for the weekend. Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but brokers are already offering tickets for up to $10,000. Yowza.
Whenever there’s a big fight, sportsbooks are quick to make odds available. In fact, odds for this fight have been appearing off and on for the past couple years while the fight was negotiated. Here are the current odds from Station Casinos:
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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.