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Checking Into (and Maybe Out of) Those 'WTF Rooms' in Vegas

June 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM | by | ()

No, this is not a prison...

Recently we ran a warning piece on Manor Motor Lodge, a relatively-revolting collection of motel structures behind the main towers of Circus Circus. We alerted readers not to fall for the “Five Dollar Catch” and avoid these rooms, which operate as part of the main resort.

There are several other Vegas hotels with similar “WTF” rooms. You may have already (and unwittingly) reserved one of them for an upcoming trip. Let’s look at a few and see if you might enjoy their quirky charms--or if you should run in the other direction.

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How NOT To Be A Jerk When Visiting Las Vegas

May 12, 2015 at 12:55 PM | by | ()

Here in Las Vegas, we love tourists! You are fun, you are the reason that we have thousands of jobs on The Strip, and you are part of the reason we don’t pay state income tax (thank you!). But with that said, there is that occasional person that comes to visit and they are the absolute worst. I mean, they are really, really, crappy. They try to visit and they do Vegas alllll wrong. When it comes to those people, we…can’t…even.

We decided that some visitors need guidance (these can apply to all vacation destinations). So we compiled a list of 20 things you can do to ensure you are not one of those horrible people that locals dread coming in contact with.

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Rock in Rio Begins Tonight: What to Know Before You Go

May 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

The U.S. debut of the Brazil-based Rock in Rio music festival is here at last. Although the weather may not be ideal (the forecast has a high of 63 degrees with a possible shower and thunderstorm later tonight), the crowds are ready to rock. But they need some instructions first.

Rock in Rio has posted a slew of new information on their website today, including ticket pick-up directions and the full set line-up for this weekend and next. Here's the pertinent info:

WHO'S PLAYING AND WHEN
Taking the stage tonight at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on the North Strip, near Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevards, are No Doubt and Foster the People while Metallica and Linkin Park will headline tomorrow. The following weekend is the Pop Weekend which will see everyone's bestie Taylor Swift perform on Friday night, with Ed Sheeran and Jessie J. On Saturday, Vegas lover Bruno Mars will perform, followed by Sam Smith (tentatively out due to surgery) and John Legend. Both nights will have many more artists performing but unfortunately, there are no set times available. It's best to use the age-old concert wisdom which is the biggest name will come out last.

Update: A helpful commenter let us know that the set times can be seen here.

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We Don’t Know Why, But These Hotels Really Want to Give You a Free Meal

May 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

We’re not quite sure why, but summertime always seems to bring out hotel offers that are all about dining credit. We saw it last year, mainly at the Downtown hotels that don’t contain pools, and suspected that it might be a way to compensate guests for the lack of an important summer amenity.

Now, many of last year’s deals are back, pool season is well underway, and quite a few new names are getting in on this type of offer as the summer season winds up. What’s prompting these promotions now? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re not going to complain about a free meal.

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Comps 101: Rating vs. Points

April 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

Some of you are veterans to this type of information, but we come across several people often that are not quite sure exactly how a players club card works in the table games pit. As you likely know, when you insert your players card into a slot machine or video poker machine, every dollar you spend will earn you points for your play. You can use these points for comps on rooms, meals, drinks, and at some casinos, cash back or freeplay. Now, with that being said, let's talk about how it works in the pit.

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Before You Hit The Vegas Tables For Your 21st

April 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM | by | ()

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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26 Casinos With Video Poker Returning More Than 100%

April 9, 2015 at 12:02 PM | by | ()

Good gambling is getting harder to find every day. Thankfully, it’s not gone altogether. While some casino operators are looking at new ways to generate revenue (i.e., bottle service) there are still some operators who still look to the casino to earn their revenue. These casinos often offer better odds in blackjack, craps and, in this case, video poker.

Better odds aren’t all we’re searching for when it comes to video poker. We’re looking for the best odds. Specifically, we're looking at games that return at least 100%. Playing video poker games with 100%+ returns and perfect strategy will allow for a rare positive when gambling, expected value. That represents the average amount you can expect to win per bet if the bets each have identical odds (like these games) and are repeated many times. When you have a game with positive expected value, you’re repeating a wager that will return more than you play over time.

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Here's How To Wager On Baseball

April 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

The first pitch of the new Major League Baseball season was thrown last night in Chicago (the Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals). The season is now in full swing with games stretching into tonight.

Wagering on baseball is different than betting on football or basketball since baseball games don't use a point spread. When you wager on a baseball game, you're mostly going to bet the money line. Money line wagers mean all you have to do is to pick a winner. If you pick the winning team, you get paid, but not the traditional -110 ($11 to win 10) you would with point spread sports. Since money line betting is different from what most people are used to, it's always nice to have a refresher.

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Limit Or No Limit? That Is The Question

April 3, 2015 at 1:27 PM | by | ()

Walk into any of the dozens of poker rooms in Las Vegas and the game you are most likely to see running is Texas hold 'em. While there are plenty of places around town to hit up if you're looking to mix things up with some different games, hold 'em is currently king in the world of poker and shows no sign up giving up that crown.

It's important to note that hold 'em comes in two distinct flavors: limit and no-limit. While the general rules of the game are the same regardless of which style you are playing, the difference in the betting structures can make the games massively different when it comes to how the action plays out.

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Looking For A Good Gamble? Game Selection Isn’t Enough

April 2, 2015 at 7:41 PM | by | ()

Most casino visitors know the odds are stacked against them. Still, it’s fun to try and take on the house. Some players go for broke and play games like Megabucks, where the chances of winning are minute but the potential payout colossal. Others pick games like blackjack, where big wins are rare but the chances of leaving ahead aren’t so bad. Whatever you choose, it’s important to understand game selection alone doesn’t determine your odds.

Gamblers thinking they’ll play things safe by sticking to conservative games like video poker and craps often overlook the fact that those games are only safer if played under the correct circumstances. Played incorrectly, either by using imperfect strategy or by making the wrong types of bets, these games can have a house edge as bad as the worst of slot machines. Additionally, even if playing optimally, casinos can change the rules such that the odds aren’t as you would expect. Here’s a look at just how widely the house edge can swing on some of the most popular games:

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10 Steps To An Epic Vegas Fail-cation

April 1, 2015 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

Nobody goes to one of the world’s premier fun destinations planning to have a terrible time. Anyone who goes to Vegas with any frequency, though, can attest to seeing the poor bastard who lost all of his money, or that girl yelling at her boyfriend in the cab line about taking “one more goddamn step in these heels.” Las Vegas is a strange place with more quirks than your weird uncle. When you bring five, six or 10 of your best buds, things can get dicey. Pun intended. Here are 10 fails that will certainly throw a wrench in the gears:

1. Packing your bag in five minutes: If you pack in a rush, you’ll forget everything. Some things you DO NOT want to forget: phone charger, dress clothes, belt, sunglasses, swimsuit, dress shoes, casual shoes, flip flops, your unexpired ID and money.

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Video Poker Probability Is Strange And Kind Of Fascinating

March 27, 2015 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

Call us (me) simple, but there’s almost always something interesting when looking behind the numbers in gambling. Today’s example of being easily intrigued comes from looking at how often certain hands show up when playing Jacks or Better video poker.

We already know a Royal Flush will appear once almost every 40,000 hands played. Knowing that helps players adjust to rarely getting the big hand and makes it one of the best games in the casino.

What’s fascinating today is the following:

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