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Downtown Grand Increases Its Video Poker Pay Tables

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
August 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (14)

When Downtown Grand opened last year, its casino had both good (blackjack) and bad (video poker) gambling. Since then, the former Lady Luck has seen some ups and (more) downs so execs have been changing things up in an effort to generate more traffic. Most recently, discounted dining was offered to locals and tourists alike.

When Downtown Grand first opened, it had video poker pay tables you might expect to see on the Vegas Strip. Those pay tables were downgraded shortly after opening to the kind nobody would play away from a bar. There is a lot of good video poker in Downtown Vegas and Downtown Grand was the worst. New casino management understood they had to do something and they did.

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A Timeline For Harrah's New Food Hall, Casino Bar

Where: 89109
August 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.

Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.

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Gamble While You Charge Your Phone At Venetian, Palazzo

Where: 89109
July 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (20)

Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.

VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.

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Online Poker Looking To Grow

July 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Online gambling isn’t such a big deal right now. It’s getting off to a slower start than many originally thought it would. That will change as states add online gambling, but it won't happen very quickly.

One of the first steps in growing online gaming will come from online poker. Online gambling isn’t so simple to explain to everyone because it’s not an equal monster. Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. While Nevada only allows online poker, the other states offer other types of casino games from blackjack to slot machines.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Looks Like It Will Live Up To Its Promises

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!

Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.

Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.

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Why We're Loving TAG At The Quad

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (11)

When corporations write press releases and marketing materials, they often focus on what matters most to them. They're sometimes more concerned with filling a buzzword quota more than focusing on what makes the product, in this case a bar, unique. The first paragraph of the description of TAG Bar at The Quad (soon-to-be The LINQ Hotel) fits that bill and it's not right.

TAG Lounge and Bar in Las Vegas revolutionizes the traditional gaming floor into a state-of-the-art interactive gaming lounge with cutting-edge digital casino games, touchscreen table top gaming units and a unique hologram blackjack table, as well as a beverage list of more than 300 beers and sports from around the world, streaming 24 hours.

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You May Not Be Surprised By The Most Popular Casino Game In The Country

June 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (6)

The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:

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Downtown Grand Shuffles Its High Limits Rooms

Where: 206 N 3rd St. [map], 89101
May 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (6)

The High Limits rooms at Downtown Grand have been closed for a couple of weeks for reconfiguring. This isn't a renovation, just some shuffling around. This was probably a good idea as neither room ever appeared busy. Even though the sign still says "888 Baccarat" for now, the room no longer houses baccarat. The 888 Baccarat room is now home to all of the High Limit slot machines and video poker games.

The original High Limit room is now higher limit table games with two mini pits of three tables that form a circle. One half of the six-table pit is baccarat and the other is blackjack. This semi-circle allows players to be more removed from staring at a wall, although that wall is still pretty close. The High Limit room at Downtown Grand is so small -- how small, is it? -- that a wall isn't very far away. In real estate they'd call this "cozy."

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Blackjack At The Cromwell Might Surprise You, But The Rest Of The Casino Won't

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

The Cromwell opened its casino floor Monday afternoon and, boy, did it take us a minute to find a hidden gem! There are two $10 tables that return 3:2 when you are dealt blackjack.

Color this writer surprised that the 3:2 blackjack game we saw over the weekend is available to low limits players. The game is dealt from a shoe and the dealer stands on 17 just like the original picture shows. These are only two of the 66 table games in the casino, but they're definitely worth looking for. Since these tables aren’t in plain view, you may end up at a quiet table. We didn’t see anyone playing this morning and had to ask ourselves before we found it. You'll find them in front of the Drai's construction wall, just to the left of the High Limit nook.

The rest of the gambling is what you’d expect from a Caesars Entertainment property. Here’s a quick breakdown:


Blackjack: $10 minimum, 6:5 blackjack, dealer hits on soft 17; $10 minimum, 3:2 blackjack, dealer stands on 17
Roulette: $10 minimum, double zero
Craps: $5 minimum, 3x-4x-5x odds
Video Poker: 7-5 Jacks or Better (9-6 would be full pay if you’re not familiar with the lingo)

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Is Promising

April 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas has revamped their website and revealed some interesting facts about their casino that have us excited for its opening at the end of summer.

Last year, we relayed Sam Nazarian's vision for the SLS sportsbook. He mentioned that it would be operated by an outside company, later revealed as William Hill. He also said that it wouldn’t be a traditional sportsbook, rather it would be a combination sportsbook and bar/restaurant. A place to grab a beer and a burger while watching the game you just bet on. Now, we know the sportsbook will be attached to Umami Burger and a beer garden. Add in some 50 TVs and the concept sounds great. We can’t wait to see it in action!

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Playing Video Poker And Watching TV On Same Screen Now Possible

April 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM | by | Comments (3)

This writer sat down to play a little video poker at Downtown Grand before lunch the other day and noticed something a little different. (I know the video poker pay tables aren’t that great, but I wasn't risking much money.) After inserting the MyPoints players club card, I saw a variety of options from playing in a slot tournament on the same screen as my video poker game to cashing in free play. What really caught my eye was the ability to watch TV on the same screen. I could change channels, but really only ESPN seemed to make much sense on mute.

The option is a really cool feature for playing video poker in the casino, but still being able to keep tabs on a game. Looking a little deeper, I found out that it was made possible through the SYNKROS gaming system by Konami Gaming. This is the casino management system that runs when you insert your players club card into a slot or video poker machine.

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In Nevada, Don't Look For Online Gambling Beyond Poker And Sports

March 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the many great and strange things about living in Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is that you can gamble just about everywhere you turn. Get a carwash and you can play video poker while you wait. Head to a drugstore or supermarket and get the itch to gamble? You can take a break and play some slots. If you’re just grabbing a bite or a drink somewhere, chances are you can sidle up to the bar and gamble, too. If you’re just driving around town, you’ll inevitably pass one of many tiny casinos like the Dotty’s across the street from In n Out Burger on Sahara.

All of the gambling you see in Nevada takes a little getting used to, but after a while you realize that gamblers get the urge to play just about anywhere. At least Nevadans aren’t gambling while dropping the kids off at the pool like 42% of online gamblers do in New Jersey. (At least, we don't think...) This is different than other states that have legalized all types of online gambling. In New Jersey, you can play online blackjack or slots anywhere, but you can only gamble at a land-based casino in one town (Atlantic City). Since gambling is so ubiquitous in Nevada, online gambling has been limited to just poker.

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