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What's Up With Keno, Brah?

January 27, 2015 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (8)


Keno isn’t one of the more popular games in the casino, but you’ll see it in different varieties here and there. Keno is a simple lottery-like game where players pick numbers a la bingo. Correctly pick a certain amount of numbers drawn at random by a machine or person to win varying amounts of money. Pay tables differ and may vary by how many numbers you match up correctly.

All the variations involved with keno mean there's not just one exact way to win. There may be a game where you win if you match a minimum of three numbers correctly and there may be a game where you don’t win unless you match five. The more numbers you match, the more money you’ll win.

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.

It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:

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Tales From The Party Pit

January 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (10)

Casino party pits aren’t for everyone. These parts of the casino are often marked with scantily clad go-go dancers and dealers, even louder music and less-friendly blackjack payouts. There are people that enjoy the atmosphere and don’t mind playing a game that pays 6:5 as long as they’re having a good time.

One of our go-to resources for casino gaming information, Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), recently interviewed Angela Wyman, a former party pit dealer, who revealed some interesting information about what it’s like. The interview (embedded below is 15 minutes long, but here are some highlights if you don’t have the time to devote to it.

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Great Bites Without A Great Big Price

January 9, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (8)

As a food writer, I get many many questions regarding where people should eat while they are in Vegas... but with a caveat. "Mitchell, you handsome devil," they'll ask me, "where should I dine next Saturday night?" I'll answer something like Sage or Twist or Carnevino, but am quickly shot down with something like "ehhhhh, I mean eat ON A BUDGET."

Oh? A budget? You want a terrific dining experience for pennies on the dollar? Oh, well, why didn't I think of that? But, sarcasm aside, it can be done. It can! So, I have collected here the five best places to get a fine meal for a small amount of money.

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Four Ways To Be A Better Gambler This Year

January 8, 2015 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (11)

Many of us like to go back to the basics to become a better person in a new year. Soul searching can sometimes do the body and the mind good. We’re not going to get that deep. We will, however, look at four basic concepts that will help you become a better gambler in 2015, and beyond.

1. Don’t chase: It's instinctual to chase losses when gambling. Nobody likes to lose. Unfortunately, chasing losses often ends up extending a cold streak and sees your money going in the wrong direction. Casino games all have a house advantage. Sometimes you’re going to win and sometimes you’re going to lose. Losing stinks, but it’s going to happen. Just take the loss to your allotted budget and move on.

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How Much Money Do You Need In Vegas?

January 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (18)

We recently asked one of the most popular questions that comes up when planning any trip to Las Vegas, “how long should I stay” Now, we take on budgeting, a subject that, while not quite as exciting, is just as important. In a city full of temptation, sticking to a budget might be harder than anywhere else. Going bust halfway through your trip can prove disastrous and spoil an otherwise great vacation. A little planning and discipline can help make any trip a success.

“How much money do I need each day in Vegas?” We get the question all the time. Budgeting for a Vegas trip starts just like any other. You’ve got the essentials like meals and a place to stay. You plan for local transportation costs, entertainment, and souvenirs if you want to take something home with you. Those are simple enough, but Vegas requires adding a few more variables.

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A Happy Dilemma At The Cosmopolitan: Which Room To Select?

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 7, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (13)

I travel to Las Vegas about four times a year, and I've stayed at many different casino resorts up and down the Strip. Lately, I've really been digging the Cosmopolitan, so much that I've stayed there three times in the last seven months.

Like most Vegas casino resorts, the Cosmopolitan has multiple room classes, and I've booked three of them. I've stayed in the resort's two smaller rooms that have terraces, the Terrace Studio and the Terrace One Bedroom, and I've experienced the first level of its premium rooms, the Terrace Suite. (Thanks to my awesome casino host KJ for that one!) I have not yet stayed in their room without a terrace, the City Room, or in any of their larger suites. When I look at a casino hotel websites, I often can't tell what's really different about the different room classes so I thought I would compare these three levels to help you decide which room to select if you decide to stay.

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How Long Should You Stay In Vegas?

January 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (34)

“How long should I stay in Vegas?” It might just be the most frequently asked question for first time visitors and it’s certainly on the minds of many now planning vacations for the new year. Even Vegas vets often struggle with the question, especially when trying to plan trips for groups with complicated travel schedules. Is two days enough time to fit everything in? Is a week too long? What’s the right answer?

The only correct answer is, of course, it depends on what you want to see and do. When planning, consider creating a list of your essential attractions and then work them into a rough itinerary. This works as a good starting point and, while including only the must-sees, allows for the flexibility that makes Vegas vacations so much fun. Shows, restaurants, and nightclub and lounge trips work great as these staples.

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My Vegas: 702Becca

January 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (34)

My filter/selfie game is strong.

Writing this, I feel like the scene from Wizard of Oz when the great and powerful Oz is revealed to be just an ordinary, awkward person doing the best they can. Pay no attention to that woman behind the blog! Didn't work? Rats.

Most of you know me as 702Becca. I'm Rebecca Frisch in real life. I'm one of the most Vegas-y journalists in town. Just sayin'. My folks moved here when I was two, trading the Jersey Shore for Vegas sparkle. Growing up here, my most vivid memories are connected to the city's growth. I remember when I was in elementary school and we had to move because the freeway was coming through our neighborhood. Hello, 95. I remember when Torrey Pines was hella far. Not so much, anymore. I've seen countless casinos fall and rise, and been among the first to breathe in that new resort smell over and over throughout the years. I got engaged at Olives at Bellagio. I tied the knot on Fremont Street with 99 other couples as part of the city's centennial. I bought my first house here. Gave birth to my son here. And, have helmed VegasChatter for four years now.

You may not know that I'm editor of the site. I decide what stories you'll read, who'll tell them and write a fair share myself. I'm an opinionated know-it-all with a dry, rapier wit, a huge ego and no compunction about calling things how I see them. So, that helps. I'm also an introvert. That does not. I don't have a million friends on Facebook by choice. As for those I do count as compadres? I will be on their team 'til the bitter end.

While I love what I do, the love of my life is my son. He's seven years old, in the second grade, a space geek with dreams of working for NASA and a straight A student who reads and comprehends on the fifth grade level. Just writing that has me teary-eyed. Four years ago, his outlook was uncertain. That's when he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. My world shattered then and this job became a lifesaver, allowing me to work from where I was, and that was often on the go. For several years, I covered much of Vegas while in therapist waiting rooms, parking lots, nearby parks, fast food restaurants, whatever was most convenient while my son received a whirlwind of intensive intervention. It was tiring, stressful, emotional, and completely worth it to see the bright future he has today.

There's not much more to tell, except to share My Vegas. And, here's where I wish I would have gone before Mr. Pappagiorgio as he is my spirit animal and some of our responses are the same.

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Five Useful Vegas Valet Hacks

December 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (6)

Not all Vegas hotel porte cocheres are created equally. Sometimes, you can leave your car with valet, grab your bags and quickly get where you need to go. Sometimes valet is on the opposite side of the property and entirely inconvenient for your visit. It's not fun lugging yourself through the casino until you get to whichever part of the property you want to be in. Here are some valet tips for visitors who prefer to drive themselves, but don't know Vegas quite as well as they'd like to yet:

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The Higher The Denomination Of The Slot Machine...

December 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (5)

It isn’t a secret that slot machines are some of the worst bets in the casino. Unfortunately for some gamblers, like this writer, they’re also the most fun bets in the casino. The penny slots with the mainstream entertainment themes are the biggest winners for casinos in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at how much casinos won from different denomination slot machines in 2013.

1 cent - 11.90%
5 cent - 9.03%
25 cent - 8.63%
$1 - 6.70%
$5 - 5.26%
$25 - 4.80%
$100 - 3.74%

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Beware The Five Dollar Catch At Circus Circus

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (19)

In Vegas, guest rooms can vary widely within a single hotel. We’ve looked at the differences between the towers at Rio. And, we’ve explored the best and worst that Caesars Palace has to offer. Choosing the wrong room type before your trip to Vegas can be a huge mistake. The consequences are most severe at a place we expect few would guess, Circus Circus. Even more surprising, the fact that five dollars is often all it takes to avoid such a disaster.

What are we talking about? The monstrosity that is the Manor Motor Lodge.

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