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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:
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Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.
A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.
Video poker is a funny thing. Most players fall in one of two categories: they’re either a slave to only playing the best pay tables or they don’t care about them at all.
I care about pay tables about 80% of the time and usually only play the best available. The other 20 percent? I don’t care. I will play a game that features a random bonus round, one that sits atop a bar where I want to drink, or one that has a twist, like Ultimate Poker X. Nickel and penny video poker games often have awful pay tables so I didn’t even bother looking when I first pull up a seat at a 3-play nickel Ultimate X game, which takes 30 credits.
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Last week, we told you about a pretty sweet low roller rebate at Casino Royale that's been running since the end of last year. VegasChatter reader @valleyman0505 wasn’t familiar with how loss rebates worked and asked the following questions:
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Casino Royale may not be for everyone, but it is one of the best casinos for low rollers on the Vegas Strip. What's not to like about low limits, good odds (especially for craps players) and $1 Michelob beers?? They may not need to offer more to lure gamblers, but they have a pretty good promotion currently underway, anyway.
Each game has a different pay table and that affects odds and returns. Reader @rickwozniak asked a fair question in the comments section of the post that others have probably wondered as well, “if video poker is random, 52 card deck, why would one game have a higher variance then another?”
First, here’s a definition of what variance is, as it relates to video poker from vpFREE2:
To beginners, all video poker games are the same. They look the same, so they must be the same. Right? Wrong. Video poker players know this to be far from the truth. There are different types of video poker games, different variations, different payouts, different odds, different strategies, games with different volatility and more. A video poker player doesn't just sit willy nilly down and play any ol' game. Here are some factors that go into choosing the right machine:
Returns and Odds: Video poker returns and odds you see posted online are based on perfect play. Anything less than perfect play will affect the expected returns for the worse. Even though it's rare there are still video poker games with positive returns. You can find where they are in Las Vegas on vpFREE2.com. I’m okay playing with a small house advantage and I try to stick with 9/6 Jacks or Better which returns 99.54% with perfect play.
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We’re always dreaming of new and awesome ways to enjoy Las Vegas. While sitting at a casino bar drinking a disgusting cup of
brown water coffee the other day, I had a revelation. Why can’t we have a coffee bar? Not specifically a coffee shop and cafe like Sambalatte at Monte Carlo but a coffee bar, complete with bar-top video poker and slot machines?
One of my rituals when staying in a hotel in Las Vegas is to wake up and grab a cup of coffee and then head to the casino to ease into the day. I usually start slow playing slot machines until the coffee kicks in. Once my brain is ramped up to normal speed, I'll switch to video poker or table games. I would love it if I could get a good cup of coffee (or coffee drink like a cafe latte) and gamble in the same place instead of wandering the casino like a zombie. I’d probably drink more coffee which would make me gamble faster. The more I gamble, chances are the more money the casino would make over time.
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Many of us like to go back to the basics to become a better person in a new year. Soul searching can sometimes do the body and the mind good. We’re not going to get that deep. We will, however, look at four basic concepts that will help you become a better gambler in 2015, and beyond.
1. Don’t chase: It's instinctual to chase losses when gambling. Nobody likes to lose. Unfortunately, chasing losses often ends up extending a cold streak and sees your money going in the wrong direction. Casino games all have a house advantage. Sometimes you’re going to win and sometimes you’re going to lose. Losing stinks, but it’s going to happen. Just take the loss to your allotted budget and move on.
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If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.
But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.
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Late last year, MyVEGAS launched a slots app for mobile phones and tablets. Due to its popularity, a blackjack app was added this year. And, it won’t be the last for the franchise as a video poker app is already planned.
Social casino games, in general, are having a great year. Revenue is expected to be north of $3 billion. Sixty million of that will be earned by MyVEGAS alone. That sounds like a lot, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Here's what 2014 brought for MyVEGAS:
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Though the Show in the Sky is no longer happening at Rio, several venues show the property is still alive and well
in some areas. On a recent weekend visit, we enjoyed live entertainment at the stage near the former Show in the Sky area. A six-piece band performed for a sizeable crowd.
Another crowded spot in the casino was the recently renovated iBar. While the entire casino recently got new carpet, iBar got some additional upgrades. New bench-style seating around the perimeter has given the bar a much more loungy feel, making it a great spot to sit and sip while people watching from the center of the casino floor.