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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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My Vegas: Wake And Wander

August 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (4)

In the newest installment of our on-going introductions to the VegasChatter staff and their Vegas faves, we turn the spotlight on @wakeandwander. Or, we would, if he would just stay in one place.

Known to friends and family as Will McGough, his byline -- a nod to the blog that chronicles his travels -- isn't seen all that much on VegasChatter. That's because Will's pic is in the dictionary next to "Jetsetter, see also: Globetrotter." Will wanders the world so much when he's awake (cue light bulb), that he became the natural pick as assistant editor of our sister site, Jaunted. Brainard Lake Recreation Area in Colorado? He's hiked it (see above). Swimming with pigs in Exuma? Done that, too (shown below.) Don't know where Exuma is on a map? He can point it out with his eyes closed.

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My Vegas: Nick Holliday

August 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (4)

You see, our Nick Holliday has always been an all-star.

Lucky number seven in our series introducing you to the people behind VegasChatter focuses on Nick Holliday. If sammasseur is the embodiment of our brawn and Juliana of our mamma bear attitude when it comes to protecting our readers from all the hype, Nick embodies our fun-lovin', anything goes spirit.

Nick is that stranger at the dive bar you end up becoming brahs with by the end of the night. He's the guy you always see biking around and you find yourself wondering how he possibly has the 1) time to do so being in Vegas, 2) inclination to do so being in Vegas, and 3) stamina to do so being in Vegas. He's the guy standing next to you at the indie concert who's in full rock out mode (when he's not sloshing suds all over the place). He's the guy with the balls to go to that new restaurant run by the same management who ran the old restaurant that was shut down by the health district. The guy who's booing some dick umpire at the game (no offense to dick umpires.) The guy who can fit in anywhere and everywhere, bookstore, thrift store, adult store, whatever. Ok, we really have no idea about that last one, but trust us when we say he really is that guy. Not that guy at the adult store. That guy. This is spiraling out of control. Moving on...

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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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My Vegas: Joe Fortenbaugh

August 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (7)

Wynn Golf Club, L-R: Shooter McGavin, Bob Barker, Joe "Chubbs Peterson" Fortenbaugh, Mr. Larson.

Next up in our resident writer My Vegas series is Joe Fortenbaugh. Joe's fortes (oh hey, look at that) include sports, mini-burgers and busty cocktails. As a member of the VegasChatter team, he's been a roller coaster crash test dummy and an EDM guinea pig. As our resident golf guru, Joe has played more Nevada holes than Tiger Woods. Not one to shy from a fight, he even wrote our guide to boxing in Vegas.

You can catch up on all of Joe's mostly golf stories here. If you're more about the pigskin than the bogey, he also moonlights as a non-golf writer at National Football Post. Now that you know the man behind the club, here is Joe Fortenbaugh's My Vegas:

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My Vegas: Ramblin Gamblin

August 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ramblin Gamblin isn't afraid to document the seamy underbelly of Vegas.
Or, take a photo of one f'd up billboard.

Sometimes, we learn about our fellow writers the same way you do. One story at a time. Not everyone who reports for VegasChatter lives in Sin City so you usually won't find us all bellied up to the same bar. (Although, the highest concentration of VC'ers now can be found in Summerlin so you never know who might be in line with you at the new Sprouts or two rows up at the Village Square theater.)

Ramblin Gamblin joined Team VC just over a year ago in July 2013. While not a resident, he visits often and reports on his experiences regularly. With a story count now numbering 75 posts, we know what you're thinking -- he really loves a budget Vegas stay.. low-rollin' gambling.. off-beat Vegas.. cheap eats.. thrills... thinks he can get away with not submitting a pic? Well, we're sorry to say, but yes, Ramblin Gamblin will need to remain a mythical figure in real life, but we can tell you he sounds exactly like actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. We mean, it's uncanny. And, swoon-worthy. But, we digress.

Peruse the full archive of Ramblin's adventures in Vegas here, but first, here's his favorite things to do around town:

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My Vegas: Juliana

August 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (12)

Ahh... the timeless Vegas bathroom selfie.

Necessity might be the mother of invention, but in the case of a small piece of online real estate focused on Las Vegas, that mother is named Juana Juliana. VegasChatter is the result of an idea born by her 5+ years ago after identifying a need for unbiased and honest (sometimes brutally so) news and reviews from this desert destination. Having already won an audience on the Internet for HotelChatter, Juliana made her Vegas debut in March 2009, gushing about a talented, good-looking duo performing at Flamingo.

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My Vegas: jproz

August 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM | by | Comments (13)

Now that you know @East Coast Gambler is the kind of guy you can break bread cut steak with and that @sammasseur would be the perfect brawny teammate for Amazing Race, it's time to spotlight a new VegasChatter correspondent as part of our My Vegas series.

@jproz (pictured above) is one of those Vegas visitors who not only strays from the Strip, he often strays so far afield there's no sight of it. A resident of Canada (eh?), Jeff's thirst for adventure is only matched by his thirst for that perfect Vegas bar and, of course, one smooth glass of scotch. And, speaking of My Vegas, Jeff is a ninja of the same-named social media game by MGM Resorts and cashes in free experiences with every visit south of the border, all without paying one cent loonie. If you ever have a question about the game, he's the man to answer it.

You can peruse a full archive of Jeff's posts here, but first, here are his picks for a perfect Vegas experience:

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