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Yowza, MyVEGAS sure is popular. Any time we have news, there's a flood of comments, both good and bad. MyVEGAS is obviously polarizing and the freemium (free to play, but you can also buy chips to play more) social game by PlayStudios only continues to grow.
Often as a company expands, some moves are meant to attract more customers. Simultaneously, those moves may sometimes alienate the existing base. This happens with music†all the time (i.e., "I used to like that band until they sold out/changed their sound/got all popular.") Right now, MyVEGAS is the big dog. Between MyVEGAS on Facebook and the MyVEGAS Slots mobile app, it's one of the top grossing social games. MyVEGAS isnít just popular, however. Itís addictive. The average MyVEGAS player logs onto the game three times a day for somewhere between 45 to 90 minutes.
This morning, the social media game maker announced a rewards partnership with Station Casinos, and prizes are already available online. Until now, MGM Resorts had been the sole hotel-casino proprietor. Will this mean more resorts, once viewed as competitors, will now play together for the greater
revenue good? Or, is there an even deeper meaning to uncover?
Even as we complain about MyVEGAS, we have to acknowledge its success. The social casino game has helped MGM Resorts keep their customers engaged year-round while at the same time allowing Vegas visitors to get more bang for their buck. Itís a win-win, so it should come as no surprise that others are trying to get in on the mobile gaming action.
While MyVEGAS offers slick graphics and increasingly realistic slot games, other casinos are going the low-tech route. We recently stumbled across an intriguing text-based promotion while up north in Renoís Nugget hotel and casino. The gameís simplicity was a refreshing change of pace. There was no Facebook account required and no web-enabled mobile device needed. No loyalty points to track or friends in need of daily ďgifts.Ē All the action happened either via text message or in-casino display. The ease of participating certainly seemed to make the promotion a popular one and it may not be long before the concept catches on.
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It's not news to say the "legal" reemergence of online gambling is off to a slow start. We've said it before and this gambler hopes it picks up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately,†it doesnít look as if online gambling†will pick up drastically in the near future. While Nevada and Delaware have an agreement to pool online poker games, New Jersey has yet to come on board. The Garden State isnít the be-all end-all for online poker's continued growth, but its addition would certainly help.
There were hopes California would be the next state to legalize online poker, but that wonít happen this year as a bill aiming to do so was shelved. Supported by Senator Lou Correa, the lawmaker won't be returning to the California senate in 2015 so the bill's future is uncertain.†While California recently marked the launch of PrivateTable.com, a real-money online poker site, it's run by a Native American tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and likely won't link with any existing poker rooms in Nevada, or elsewhere.
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Now two years old, social casino game MyVEGAS continues to add new users, new rewards, and new mini-games. Earlier this month, PlayStudios unveiled its latest slot title, China Mystery. New ways to earn those valuable loyalty points are always welcomed, but we were even more excited by the addition of new dining rewards. As we took a closer look at whatís new, however, we were left wishing we could turn back the clock.
Anytime anyone criticizes MyVEGAS they are inevitably met with the same response, so letís get it out of the way. Yes, the game is free. Itís been possible to rack up free hotel stays, dining vouchers, shopping credits, show tickets, and more, all from day one without spending a dime. For those who joined early on, itís been a great ride. Many of us here at VegasChatter are MyVEGAS players and this writer alone has racked up at least $1,000 in rewards. Thatís the good, on to the bad.
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MyVEGAS brought new rewards on board for Vdara, the non-gambling, non-smoking hotel in CityCenter. This writer was especially happy to see a spa discount offering a 80-minute service for the price of a 50-minute booking. Hopefully, this will spur similar rewards at other properties and, maybe, a complete freebie at a higher loyalty point tier in the future.
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As MGM Resorts and PlayStudios continue to add more games, more rewards and more players to their ever-growing, uber popular MyVEGAS Facebook game, it begs the question of what (if anything) can they not link to the game.
MyVEGAS has been steadily adding new partners. Sugar Factory, the Las Vegas Monorail, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues and Vdara have all climbed on board. Are there others on the way? It's probably a safe bet.
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The loyalty points have really been racking up ever since the MyVEGAS App launched in November. With players now earning points from both their desktops and mobile devices, itís about time some new rewards have been introduced.
The most popular of the new rewards is clearly Freeplay. Up 'til now, if you managed your rewards the right way, you could pay for just about every part of a Vegas vacation with MyVEGAS points. Rooms, meals, shows, even monorail transportation have been available. The only aspect that hasnít been addressed, until now, is gambling. With the addition of Freeplay rewards, even your bankroll can come at no cost.
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After what felt like an eternity the MyVEGAS app is here for both Android and iPhone platforms. Thankfully, you no longer have to spend countless hours at work earning loyalty coins for your upcoming trip. Now, you can do it on the go, too.
This writer got a chance to play the beta version as I'm a resident of Canada so I had some early concerns about the full release. But, just over a week after the official launch, I'm happy to report that the game runs much more smoothly than I ever expected it would. Being a regular player of the original Facebook version of MyVEGAS (brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS) since it first broke onto the scene last August, it has been a frustrating, to say the least, experience when the game freezes up or lags significantly. However, the MyVEGAS phone/tablet app has been quick and responsive, especially impressive when running on 3G!
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The myVEGAS app weíve all been waiting for is finally hereÖ in America. We were giving the opportunity to play the game ahead of the masses and, we have to say, weíre pretty impressed.
The game play on your mobile device looks identical to the game weíve all fallen in love with on Facebook. The same slot games are included, but there are new mini-games when you're lucky enough to get three bonus icons on the reels. But, the best part of the app is something not included in the Facebook game; both, by the way, brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS.
Gamemaker PLAYSTUDIOS reveals a mobile version will launch in November and, to ramp up for the release, they've sent out a sneak peek at what it will look like as well as some of the games you will see (see below and above).