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Dice Control: Real, Fake Or Other?

January 22, 2015 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (21)

Dice control in craps is the theory you can influence the outcome through your throw. Controlling dice is no easy task since not all craps tables and rolls are exactly the same. The bounce in the felt on tables can be different even in the same casino. Likewise, the back wall of craps tables may offer a different bounce by their pyramid placement. Dice control goes beyond simply setting the dice in a certain manner. It's the entire process of rolling the dice.

In theory, dice must be rolled at the exact same velocity and angle every time while hitting the same spot on the back wall to achieve the same result over and over. It would take a lot of practice to come up with the muscle memory to roll the dice exactly the same all the time.

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Dirty Bird: Is Flamingo The New Imperial Palace?

Where: 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (40)

Until its recent transformation into The LINQ Hotel, the hotel-casino formerly known as Imperial Palace served an important role in Vegas. Sure, it was the smoky dump of a casino that people scoped out just for laughs. And yes, the rooms were so cheap and hilariously awful that they afforded broke college kids on spring break the opportunity to stay center Strip. But, we’re talking about its most important role: making the rest of The Strip look good.

For years, you could stay anywhere else on Las Vegas Boulevard, pay any price, even get the worst of rooms right next to the noisy ice machine with a view of an AC unit and still say “well, at least it’s not Imperial Palace.” And, you would be absolutely correct in doing so.

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Perspective On 'Looser Slots' In Downtown Vegas

January 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (10)

Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?

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Just One Drink: PBR In A Bag At Pizza Rock

Where: 201 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
January 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (7)

At VegasChatter, we can be easily amused. (Reference: underboob) If that's you, too, and you haven't made it to Pizza Rock yet, make sure you order up awesome in a can when you do make the visit.

We’ve told you about Pizza Rock before. It’s located a block off Fremont Street at the corner of Ogden and 3rd (201 north 3rd Street, to be exact). They have a variety of specialty drinks and beers, but the fun choice is PBR. You see, Pizza Rock doesn't just serve Pabst Blue Ribbon. It sells 32-ounce cans of PBR. And, they serve them in paper bags! (Yes, as one of the newest writers for VegasChatter writer, I am just discovering the awesomeness of Pizza Rock for myself.)

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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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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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A Look Back At Gambling In 2014

December 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

There’s been a slow shift in gaming over the past 20 years. And, much of it really started to stand out this year. Both casino floors and gaming companies have consolidated to, theoretically, create greater efficiencies. Aristocrat Technologies purchased Video Gaming Technology, Scientific Games merged with Bally Technologies, IGT was purchased by G-Tech and Multimedia Games was snapped up by Global Cash. You may be familiar with some of these names and not others. Mergers and acquisitions like this often create a more homogenized product for the customer by creating less competition. For the time being, these businesses are just streamlining activities.

After these manufacturers debuted their newest games at G2E this year, it doesn’t seem as though the industry can get any less creative than it already is. Let’s just take another TV show, musician or movie from 20-30 years ago and slap their name on a machine. Hopefully, this lack of creativity is just temporary.

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At TI, The Pirate Show That Could Have Been

Where: 3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

It’s been just over a year since TI abruptly pulled the plug on its outdoor pirate spectacle. Original plans called for a brief hiatus during construction on a shopping mall located adjacent to the show’s viewing area. Instead, in late 2013, TI informed the Sirens of TI cast the production would not be returning. Few expected such a drastic move. Even TI staffers anticipated a revised show to emerge once construction settled down. Now, we’ve learned that an upgraded show actually was in the works and that it could have been The Strip’s latest tech marvel.

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Mega Fun With Megabucks

December 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (6)

Megabucks slot machines are as close to having a lottery as the state of Nevada has. The allure of playing Megabucks is to be the lucky winner of a jackpot that’s always north of $10 million. The most recent hit was less than a month ago for $14 million at Rampart Casino. The largest we could find on record was for over $33 mil at Terrible’s in Sparks, NV back in 2009.

Those big jackpots are pretty sweet, but the odds of hitting are 1 in 49,836,032. Returns for Megabucks can legally be set to about 75%, but history tells us that’s not typically the case. Overall, casinos return about 88% of money played in Megabucks to players when you include jackpots hit. This is just slightly less than returns for penny slots, if you’re curious.

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The Strip's About To Get Lit Up In A Fancy Way

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (2)

Bally’s couldn’t let The High Roller have all the glory as a colorful addition to the Vegas skyline. The hotel's Grand Bazaar Shops will sport a sparkly attraction of its own. The outdoor mall was initially scheduled to open this month, but you should now expect a February debut.

The already ridiculously colorful project is upping its visibility game even more with the addition of a Swarovski crystal starburst. Last Friday, the sparkly structure was delivered and installed. The structure is 14 feet in diameter and was a collaboration between Swarovski and The Young Electric Sign Company, better known as YESCO.

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One Thing We Loved And One Thing We Loathed At Wynn

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
December 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (17)

If you’re not up on your latest edition of Wynn magazine (the in-room publication at Wynn), you may be unaware of Steve Wynn’s philosophy on hotel organization. Basically, he likes to arrange things logically in a manner that groups related concepts into “neighborhoods” for easy enjoyment. It seems this philosophy didn’t transfer over to his rooms, though.

Despite being a top-tier luxury resort, Wynn Las Vegas is behind the times with certain aspects of in-room technological convenience. Though rooms have not one, not two, but three different sets of controls for the room lights and drapes (logically placed within about five inches of each other, plus another at the door which actually makes sense), you’ll be hard pressed to find a way to plug anything in by the bed.

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