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Casino party pits aren’t for everyone. These parts of the casino are often marked with scantily clad go-go dancers and dealers, even louder music and less-friendly blackjack payouts. There are people that enjoy the atmosphere and don’t mind playing a game that pays 6:5 as long as they’re having a good time.
One of our go-to resources for casino gaming information, Michael Shackleford (a.k.a. Wizard of Odds), recently interviewed Angela Wyman, a former party pit dealer, who revealed some interesting information about what it’s like. The interview (embedded below is 15 minutes long, but here are some highlights if you don’t have the time to devote to it.
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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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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:
New casino games come and go pretty quickly, especially in Las Vegas. It takes a lot of positive feedback (money) to move a new game from the testing phase to becoming a permanent fixture on the casino floor. Some people look at new games and just move on while others will give it a try. If you like blackjack, you have a few weeks to check out a new variant at the Fremont in Downtown Vegas.
Change It 21 is currently in testing at the Fremont and should be available for, at least, the next couple of weeks. If the game shows that it’s popular this field trial may last up to 180 days.
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Gambling is as healthy as anything else you do for hours without moving. Yeah, it's not all that healthy and the habits developed while gambling, like drinking and smoking, only make things worse. That said, gamblers aren’t any less healthy than the rest of the population. This is according to a survey of 2,000 gamblers in England.
The poll found gamblers in England have the same general Body Mass Index (BMI), 27, as the rest of the population. According to the CDC, Americans have a similar BMI. For the sake of commonality among gamblers, let's assume that Americans and English have similar lifestyles, too.
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PlayStudios, known for its MyVEGAS Slots app and Facebook game, has announced the launch of its newest product, MyVEGAS Blackjack. MyVEGAS Blackjack is an entirely new and separate app from MyVEGAS Slots and is free to download and play on iOS and Android devices. Much like the MyVEGAS Slots app, you can sync your points between MyVEGAS Slots, MyVEGAS Facebook and MyVEGAS Blackjack.
The newest offering provides core table games players with the chance to earn real world casino, restaurant and entertainment rewards while enjoying a familiar blackjack experience. With the launch of MyVEGAS Blackjack, PlayStudios hopes to capture an entirely new segment of the gaming market. Blackjack players tend to skew male while slot machine players tend to be female.
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The hunt for good blackjack games in Las Vegas never ends. The expansion of 6:5 blackjack on the Vegas Strip means there are less 3:2 games available, which offer better returns and are more desirable to play. Experienced visitors and blackjack players know where to find the better games in town.
VegasChatter reader MinnesotaPhats recently emailed us to remind everyone that there are better alternatives if you venture off the Strip:
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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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One of the things about having a great vocal community is that people listen. Wednesday, we revealed more details about gaming at SLS Las Vegas and you voiced concerns about what blackjack games will actually be offered when the renovated resort reopens August 23. SLS was listening and offers up more information to interested fans.
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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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Caesars Entertainment has taken to the casino in an effort to drum up business for the High Roller observation wheel. Last week, Flamingo, The Quad and other Caesars casinos began issuing free High Roller tickets to any player that received a suited 21 at the blackjack tables. That means any time the first two cards dealt to a player are an Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King in the same suit (diamonds, hearts, clubs, spades), the player would receive a coupon for a free ticket to ride. The coupons are non-transferable (in theory, not so much in application) so whoever the ticket is made out to has to use it.