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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.
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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.