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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.
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We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and don’t make it online or into the brochures.
Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you won’t. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. They’ll just leave stickers on the machine.
Sometimes, it’s fun to do something dumb in the casino. A few weeks back, I was playing a 3 play video poker game and was dealt a Straight Flush on the 4th or 5th hand after sitting down at the machine. 250 quarters x 3 = sweet score of 750 quarters (that’s $187.50)! I held all five cards, took the pay day and played a few hands before walking away.
Later that night, it was pointed out that the hand was four cards to an open ended Royal Flush draw. A Royal Flush would have paid 4,000 quarters or $1,000. Even getting one Royal Flush in the three hands would have paid much better than keeping the cards. It was fun to talk about, but I was consoled by the fact the WinPoker app said that I made the right play by keeping the Straight Flush.
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Last year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we saw the introduction of crazy huge gaming cabinets. The sheer size of these games was impressive. The games came equipped with equally large chairs, which may have been made for one person but could comfortably fit two. These chairs have become so popular that we’re now seeing them paired with slot machines closer to the size of traditional machines.
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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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The Main Street hotel-casino announced it was downtown’s best place for video poker. There are a lot of great video poker games to be found downtown so this is a bold statement. But, is it true? That’s up for discussion, but they do have a great selection of video poker games, according to vpFREE2.com.
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If you follow VegasChatter on Twitter or Facebook (hopefully, both?), then you've seen photos of the awesome new slot machines being debuted at G2E. If this writer had seen the Britney Spears slot machine the day would have ended and I wouldn’t have found something(s) even more awesome. Once you dig through the insane amount of slot machines at G2E, you can find the other games that should be coming soon to casinos, too.
IGT is one of the leaders of video poker games. In fact, when you visit SLS Las Vegas, you’ll notice just about every video poker game on the casino floor is by IGT. The Ellen Show slot machines are well and good, but it’s no Britney Spears slot machine so I wandered. The IGT booth at G2E is one of the largest and it took a while to navigate. After a few too many minutes perusing slot machines (not that there's anything wrong with that), I finally made my way to the new video poker games that were on display. I’m stoked with what they will have to offer.
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Video poker is one of the most popular games in the casino for a lot of reasons. Some enjoy it because they prefer playing machines, others because players can find the highest returns and some just like to have something to do while sitting at the bar while enjoying a few drinks. Whatever the reason you play, you’re going to want to get the most out of the experience. Here are a handful of tips to make the most of your video poker sessions:
1. Play The Best Games: Playing the best games a casino offers will extend your playing time or even help you make some money. If there’s a game that returns 99% while another only returns 92%, you’ll probably play longer with the same buy-in on the former game. The longer you play, the greater the chances you'll hit a Royal Flush or another great hand. vpFREE2.com is a great resource to find the best games in a casino.