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Over the summer, we brought you some great options for enjoying a movie in Vegas. Based on your comments, it seems weíre not alone in our love for a flick, even while on vacation. Weíre back now with more possibilities, as well as details on how you can see the blockbuster film Interstellar the way it was meant to be seen.
If high-priced theater tickets arenít your thing, then Regency Tropicana Cinemas is your best bet. All shows here are just two bucks. Better yet, swing by on a Tuesday and get in for half off. Trade-offs? There are plenty. The screens are smaller, the movies are older, they donít have stadium seating, and it occasionally seems like parents use the place as a daycare. Concessions are just as expensive as at any other theater, but when you can get five tickets for the price of one, itís OK to splurge a bit. The Regency is located about four miles east of The Strip on Tropicana. Itís way too far to walk, but not a bad drive if youíre at the southern end of The Strip.
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We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and donít make it online or into the brochures.
Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you wonít. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. Theyíll just leave stickers on the machine.
Earlier this year, we introduced you to the people (and, sometimes, the faces) behind the bylines here at VegasChatter. Now, it's time to introduce you to a few more. (If you missed our first eight profiles, check the right side of your screen for links.) This time around we shine the light on our Mr. Pappagiorgio. Yes, real name still redacted, but at least we got this sweet childhood photo out of
his mom him.
We're actually a bit unclear as to what Mr. P. does in the real world. We pretty much imagine him in a work environment similar to The Office. He'd probably be Ryan in that analogy. At least, that's what this gal pictures, #sorrynotsorry. As VegasChatter's Assistant Editor Mr. Pappagiorgio has had the
unfortunate task wonderful job of being my sounding board for years. (I'm editor of the site, as long-time readers will know.) He's been with 'Chatter even longer than I have and -- this is where things get wind beneath my wings maudlin -- has been there whenever I've questioned myself, whenever I've needed to vent, whenever I've had a meme to share, whenever I've been walking around on The Strip and have found myself in desperate need of someone (anyone) in front of a computer due to breaking news. He's always been there for me even that one time I got sloppy, falling down drunk.
And, as one of our most prolific writers, he's been there for you, too. View all his articles from over the years here. He's authored a staggering 848 (!!) posts, ranging from hard-hitting exposes on all the ass at Red Rock to his (unintentionally) controversial report on the greening of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Now, without further ado, here's Mr. P.'s Vegas:
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Players cards are more popular than ever, and for good reason. If youíre gambling, using a card is a must if you want comps or room offers. Even for non-gamblers, carrying a card makes sense. Most casinos now offer comps based on dining and entertainment purchases. Many restaurants, especially those in properties owned by Caesars, even discount their menus for cardholders. And, some resorts go so far as to combine room keys and players cards into one. As cards continue to do more and become increasingly valuable, itís important to consider whatís at risk when one is lost or, even worse, stolen.
Slots seem to be the biggest culprits when it comes to misplaced cards. Despite the bright lights that surround card readers, itís easy to walk away after cashing a big win without remembering to pull your card. Slot attendants are tasked with removing and discarding cards that are left behind, but thereís no guarantee that someone else wonít get to it first.
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If you like to roll them bones, youíre better off frequenting some Vegas casinos than others.
Thatís because only a handful offer the best pass line odds bets at the craps table Ė one of the rare instances where youíre playing even with the house. In a land where high rises are built on the backs of tourists with a jones for gambling, thatís one bet weíre happy to take.
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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.
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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 arenít Tier Credits which allow you to earn better status like Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars.
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 donít have quite the number of challenges in their way, but weíre 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 isnít until late at night, well after check-out? Many visitors resort to hauling their bags around all day. Donít 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 arenít 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. Thatís 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
Letís first look at what exactly a casino hostís 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 ďquit while youíre aheadĒ certainly comes to mind in these situations. So whatís a poker player to do to prevent this?
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With so many fantastic dining options available on The Strip, itís 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 isnít 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 weíve featured plenty of local eateries in the past. If youíre without transportation or just don't want to venture that far, off-Strip cuisine isnít 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, youíre 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 thereís a game that returns 99% while another only returns 92%, youíll 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.