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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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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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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.
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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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 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.
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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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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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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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.
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:
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: