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More Ways To Earn Total Rewards Credits Without Visiting A Casino

October 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are a couple of new ways to earn Total Rewards credits without stepping foot in a casino. Earning points without visiting a casino is a useful way to keep existing points from expiring, especially if you only make one trip a year to Las Vegas. If you're new to Total Rewards, you might not know that points expire after six months of inactivity.

House of Fun on Facebook

Did you know you can earn Total Rewards credits when playing House of Fun on Facebook? You earn them whenever you purchase chips to play the game. Unfortunately, you cannot earn credits when playing with free coins. Also note that these are Reward Credits, the kind of credits you can use for hotel rooms, food, entertainment, etc. These aren’t Tier Credits which allow you to earn better status like Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars.

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Avoid The Bag Drag: How To Handle Luggage In Vegas

October 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM | by | Comments (10)

One of the most frustrating parts of traveling is dealing with luggage. Navigating airline limitations, deciphering security restrictions, and fighting for overhead space is no way to start a vacation. Those traveling by ground don’t have quite the number of challenges in their way, but we’re increasingly seeing questions about what to do with luggage after arriving in Vegas. Fortunately, Vegas makes it easy.

A locked hotel room is the obvious choice for storing your belongings. But, what do you do if you arrive before check-in time? Where do you put your bags if your flight isn’t until late at night, well after check-out? Many visitors resort to hauling their bags around all day. Don’t do this! Vegas is huge and the walk from one casino to another is long enough as it is. Dragging a suitcase behind you as you travel up and down The Strip or in between rows of slot machines will get old in a hurry and is completely unnecessary.

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Beware The Penny Slots

October 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (20)

Things have settled down since we spent a few days looking at the newest slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). If you noticed most -- if not, all -- of the slot machines we highlighted this year were themed. These slot machines are usually penny slots when they hit casino floors. Penny slots aren’t what they used to be. You can now wager upwards of $5 per spin on a slot machine that, by name, makes you think you're only going to risk a penny or so. That’s just one of the dirty little secrets about our favorite penny slots in the casino.

The bright lights and loud music from these slot machines are great fun, but the real dirty secret of the uber popular penny slots is that they are some of the worst bets in the casino. Casinos win almost twice as often when you play penny slots as they do when you play any other denomination of machine.

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VegasChatter Questions: What Is A Host And What Can They Do For Me?

October 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (13)

We’re always here to help when you have a question. VegasChatter reader Rob R. was just assigned a casino host for the first time and turned to us on Facebook for clarity and advice:

So I have a question that maybe someone can help me with... I'm a Diamond member with Total Rewards. I have been assigned a "Casino Host". What exactly is he/she and what kinds of things can they do for me? Am I supposed to tip him/her? I rarely even see him but I do have his cell phone number." -- Rob

Let’s first look at what exactly a casino host’s job entails and that's to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to the casino (or casinos) they work for. In other words, the host works for a casino with the purpose of making customers happy during and in-between visits.

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How To Keep Your Money At The Poker Table

October 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (14)

So, you’re cleaning up at the $1-$3 no-limit Hold’em cash game on a Saturday night at Bellagio or plowing through the $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha game at Aria. When should you pick up and leave?

There are few feelings worse in poker than getting up by a large amount in a cash game and losing it all back; or, even worse, losing it back and then losing your entire buy-in. (You've got to save some for that late night steak dinner, right?) The adage “quit while you’re ahead” certainly comes to mind in these situations. So what’s a poker player to do to prevent this?

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Forget Pricey In-Room Dining, Here's How To Get Real Delivery While In Vegas

September 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (5)

With so many fantastic dining options available on The Strip, it’s easy to forget Vegas is a real city full of real restaurants, just like anywhere else in the country. For most Vegas residents, dining on The Strip isn’t an everyday occurrence. Rather, dining out for locals usually means a visit to a neighborhood restaurant. We always encourage visitors to venture off-Strip and we’ve featured plenty of local eateries in the past. If you’re without transportation or just don't want to venture that far, off-Strip cuisine isn’t a viable option. That is, unless you consider delivery.

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Video Poker Tips For Beginners

September 4, 2014 at 7:24 PM | by | Comments (6)

Video poker is one of the most popular games in the casino for a lot of reasons. Some enjoy it because they prefer playing machines, others because players can find the highest returns and some just like to have something to do while sitting at the bar while enjoying a few drinks. Whatever the reason you play, you’re going to want to get the most out of the experience. Here are a handful of tips to make the most of your video poker sessions:

1. Play The Best Games: Playing the best games a casino offers will extend your playing time or even help you make some money. If there’s a game that returns 99% while another only returns 92%, you’ll probably play longer with the same buy-in on the former game. The longer you play, the greater the chances you'll hit a Royal Flush or another great hand. vpFREE2.com is a great resource to find the best games in a casino.

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How To Handle A Tight, and A Loose, Poker Table

August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all been there, especially if you’ve played enough hands of poker in Las Vegas card rooms. We're talking about when you find yourself at a table full of “rocks” who only play the best hands or at the wild and crazy table full of buzzed gamblers ready to tear it up on a hot Sin City night. How do you handle these situations? You’ll certainly have to make adjustments if you want to come out a winner.

The makeup of a no-limit Texas hold’em game can vary greatly from table to table depending on the lineup of players in each setting. Often, the addition of just one reckless player can cause the entire game to change, from a relatively tight and conservative match to one in which all the players begin to loosen up and the chips start to fly in an attempt to win the money of the reckless player. Here are some characteristics of tight and loose games:

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Tips For Attending The Midnight Opening Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (8)

When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.

If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.

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Don’t Forget This Low Rollers' Paradise, Bro

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (9)

If we ask you to name the top destinations on The Strip for some low stakes gambling, what would you come up with? This writer would fire back Casino Royale before the question mark even makes it out. Pressed for more, I’d name the new O’Sheas, The Quad, and maybe Riviera. All fine picks for a gambler on a budget, but there’s a big one missing from my list. And, as a self-professed low roller, I’m ashamed to admit that I forgot about Slots A Fun.

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Be Mindful Of Where, When You Stay And Play When Looking To Maximize Comps

August 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM | by | Comments (19)

Even though players clubs are evolving to include non-gaming spending, it's the gambling that still moves the needle. One of the best ways to maximize your players club rewards is to be mindful of where you're staying and playing and when you're visiting Las Vegas. Before diving into the subject, it must be noted that playing for comps rarely pays off because you'll usually end up risking more money than the comps you receive. That said, comps are awesome so why not get the best bang for your buck?

Las Vegas is a demand based economy. The law of supply and demand says that when demand is high so are prices, and vice versa. Visit Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend (#LDW, yo) and you'll pay more money than you would when there are less people visiting in mid-December.

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Sigh, Another Vegas Taxi Scam To Look Out For

July 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (22)

By now, most Vegas visitors have been clued in to the long-hauling game. A simple “no tunnel” as you enter your cab can ensure that your ride doesn’t unnecessarily cost an extra 25% or more. Unfortunately, long-hauling isn’t the only way to be ripped off. As this writer found out during a recent trip to Venetian, cab customers are sometimes being fleeced even before the ride begins.

My group’s night on The Strip concluded with a late dinner inside Venetian and, as we finished off a second carafe of sake at Noodle Asia, we decided on cabbing home. As a Vegas resident, I know how to avoid a long-haul and was expecting an uneventful ride. What I didn’t anticipate, and was disgusted to discover, was a group of Venetian employees attempting to extort money from customers in exchange for bypassing an artificially inflated cab line.

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