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Some of you are veterans to this type of information, but we come across several people often that are not quite sure exactly how a players club card works in the table games pit. As you likely know, when you insert your players card into a slot machine or video poker machine, every dollar you spend will earn you points for your play. You can use these points for comps on rooms, meals, drinks, and at some casinos, cash back or freeplay. Now, with that being said, let's talk about how it works in the pit.
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So you or someone you know has just turned 21 and you want to get out there and have some fun gambling in Vegas. Every year, thousands of people come to Vegas for their 21st birthday to drink, party and, of course, gamble
legally for the first time. But, a good question is where do you take a first-time player to ensure they get the most bang for their buck?
I have been a casino dealer for about five years and, when I gamble, I look for the best odds with the best limits. When friends and family hit the big 21, they always ask me to take them out for a night of lucky chance. I love to gamble! Some might think, “wow, this guy has a problem!” Not at all, actually; I play smart and never put myself in financial harm. So, with that in mind, here's my personal guide to how to go all in for the big 2-1:
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Vegas trips generally don’t require much in the way of transportation. Once you get from the airport to your hotel, you’re pretty much set. I’ve spent entire Vegas weekends confined to a single resort property without feeling like we were missing out on anything. And, with so many hotels packed together along The Strip, it’s easy to explore on foot if you are so inclined. When your vacation calls for more than casinos have to offer, however, a rental car is the way to go and Vegas is just about the best place in the country to get one.
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Good gambling is getting harder to find every day. Thankfully, it’s not gone altogether. While some casino operators are looking at new ways to generate revenue (i.e., bottle service) there are still some operators who still look to the casino to earn their revenue. These casinos often offer better odds in blackjack, craps and, in this case, video poker.
Better odds aren’t all we’re searching for when it comes to video poker. We’re looking for the best odds. Specifically, we're looking at games that return at least 100%. Playing video poker games with 100%+ returns and perfect strategy will allow for a rare positive when gambling, expected value. That represents the average amount you can expect to win per bet if the bets each have identical odds (like these games) and are repeated many times. When you have a game with positive expected value, you’re repeating a wager that will return more than you play over time.
It's time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes to us from reader Bill who needs a bit of inspiration for an upcoming trip:
hello to you VegasChatter dudes and dudettes, first off i have to tell you I think you guys have a great site. but here’s the deal, the wife and I are coming down in May and staying at the Golden Nugget. Great hotel, we’ve stayed here before, and will add this will be roughly our twentieth odd trip to Las Vegas. Stayed at many different hotels, Mirage, Paris, Planet Hollywood, etc. so we're not the new kids on the block but were wondering if you can turn us on to something really different to check out when we arrive. hey guys, we're versatile. Already did a bacon martini at the Double Down Saloon and sipped merlot at the Paris, know what i mean?
Well, Vegas is a weird place. Where else can you gamble at 7-11 or pose for pictures with a fake Gene Simmons on the walk to a bikini contest judged by a minor celebrity? But, there are only so many slot machines to wager on, three-foot-tall drinks to pound, and escort cards to collect. While the Strip never truly loses its luster, the frequent Vegas visitor can sometimes use a little help to find ways, both on and off Las Vegas Boulevard, to see how wonderfully unique this place can get.
Many Vegas vacationers likely have no idea how close they are to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Red Rock Canyon boasts miles of gorgeous rock formations. It is a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. When smoky casino halls and endless booze get the best of you, a drive around the canyon’s 13-mile loop will do your soul some good.
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The first pitch of the new Major League Baseball season was thrown last night in Chicago (the Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals). The season is now in full swing with games stretching into tonight.
Wagering on baseball is different than betting on football or basketball since baseball games don't use a point spread. When you wager on a baseball game, you're mostly going to bet the money line. Money line wagers mean all you have to do is to pick a winner. If you pick the winning team, you get paid, but not the traditional -110 ($11 to win 10) you would with point spread sports. Since money line betting is different from what most people are used to, it's always nice to have a refresher.
Walk into any of the dozens of poker rooms in Las Vegas and the game you are most likely to see running is Texas hold 'em. While there are plenty of places around town to hit up if you're looking to mix things up with some different games, hold 'em is currently king in the world of poker and shows no sign up giving up that crown.
It's important to note that hold 'em comes in two distinct flavors: limit and no-limit. While the general rules of the game are the same regardless of which style you are playing, the difference in the betting structures can make the games massively different when it comes to how the action plays out.
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Most casino visitors know the odds are stacked against them. Still, it’s fun to try and take on the house. Some players go for broke and play games like Megabucks, where the chances of winning are minute but the potential payout colossal. Others pick games like blackjack, where big wins are rare but the chances of leaving ahead aren’t so bad. Whatever you choose, it’s important to understand game selection alone doesn’t determine your odds.
Gamblers thinking they’ll play things safe by sticking to conservative games like video poker and craps often overlook the fact that those games are only safer if played under the correct circumstances. Played incorrectly, either by using imperfect strategy or by making the wrong types of bets, these games can have a house edge as bad as the worst of slot machines. Additionally, even if playing optimally, casinos can change the rules such that the odds aren’t as you would expect. Here’s a look at just how widely the house edge can swing on some of the most popular games:
Nobody goes to one of the world’s premier fun destinations planning to have a terrible time. Anyone who goes to Vegas with any frequency, though, can attest to seeing the poor bastard who lost all of his money, or that girl yelling at her boyfriend in the cab line about taking “one more goddamn step in these heels.” Las Vegas is a strange place with more quirks than your weird uncle. When you bring five, six or 10 of your best buds, things can get dicey. Pun intended. Here are 10 fails that will certainly throw a wrench in the gears:
1. Packing your bag in five minutes: If you pack in a rush, you’ll forget everything. Some things you DO NOT want to forget: phone charger, dress clothes, belt, sunglasses, swimsuit, dress shoes, casual shoes, flip flops, your unexpired ID and money.
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Call us (me) simple, but there’s almost always something interesting when looking behind the numbers in gambling. Today’s example of being easily intrigued comes from looking at how often certain hands show up when playing Jacks or Better video poker.
What’s fascinating today is the following:
This will seem like a no brainer for all you pros, but will be much appreciated advice by those still learning their way around Vegas: just because your room is booked, doesn't mean you should cross it off your Vegas list. Sometimes, a call back can add quite a few dollars to your Vegas budget, as VC reader Greg D. reminded our Facebook fans:
One of our readers, Chris, recently asked the following question about setting up a private poker game at a Vegas casino for an upcoming trip:
Help: I'm a daily reader and appreciate the constant Vegas updates. I'm planning a July bachelor party and the groom-to-be is interested in seeing if we can reserve a few tables at one of the casinos to host 20 of us for a private poker game. I don't think I've seen a story on this but would appreciate if you could put your collective heads together.
While it's quite common to see table games such as craps, blackjack, or roulette reserved for certain players, things are a little different when it comes to poker. According to Nevada gaming laws, casinos may not specifically prevent anybody who is lawfully on the property from sitting in any poker game that is taking place in the casino. Many people see the high limit rooms such as Bobby's Room at Bellagio or Ivey's Room at Aria and presume that these are private games. This is not the case. The fact that these games take place in walled off areas of the poker room, often with security personnel lingering nearby, does not mean that your average Joe off the street can't take a seat in the game, presuming he has enough money in his pocket to meet the minimum buy-in.