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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.
It wasn’t quite a hilarious April Fools gag, but Station Casinos launched its mobile app on April 1st. As we do with most hotel apps, we took it for a test drive and found it to be one of the best hotel-casino apps around. Unlike other apps recently released, the STN app is smooth, easy to use and very functional.
The home page is laid out simply by listing all 18 Station, Fiesta and Rancho casinos. Since the app works with your phone's geo-location features, it also gives you mileage to each property and directions, too. If you’ve rented a car and are in the mood to explore this is a great feature. Once a destination is chosen, users are taken to an easy-to-navigate tile design which features 10 categories including promotions, gaming, dining, hotel, spa, entertainment, movies, meetings and property maps.
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It feels as if we’ve been talking about March Madness all year (because we have been), but it’s finally here. The NCAA college basketball tournament begins tomorrow night. (Although, March Madness in Vegas doesn’t begin until Thursday at 9 a.m.)
It’s almost game time, odds to win the college basketball championship have been adjusted and point spreads are available. Sportsbook operators and the committee that pick the teams may not agree on how teams were seeded, but that tension only helps make the tournament so much fun.
If you’re in Vegas before March Madness begins and are looking for a different way to get in on the action, you can play a couple contests that cover the entire NCAA tournament:
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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.