An important part of the fun of visiting Las Vegas is still gambling. Between the complimentary drinks and action on the table or machine, there are plenty of good times. I’ve gone through the ringer trying to find my favorite casino game(s). When I first started visiting casinos I played blackjack because it’s a simple game that all of my friends played. My preference in games has changed over the years but I still have one love in the casino.
We live in a society of convenience. Whether it’s ordering food or visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles, we simply want to access everything quickly and easily. Casinos are a little behind most businesses when it comes to efficiency but they’ve been slowly catching up.
MGM Resorts is making moves…most of which won’t affect your next visit. In early 2019, MGM Resorts formed a committee to evaluate its real estate portfolio. After reviewing its assets, the committee decided to take an asset-light approach for most of its US casino operations. This year, the CEO of the company decided to step away from his post. Coincidence?
I found Las Vegas and the casino business because of gambling. My first time gambling was in grade school when I learned how to play poker. We played for pennies and had a great time. My poker playing days stayed on the east coast since I only gamble in casinos nowadays. I don’t enjoy casino poker. The appeal of the game was beating my friends and taking all of their money! Muahahaha.
There’s a reason that it feels as though your money isn’t going as far as it used to in Las Vegas. Simply put, there’s a markup on price bars and restaurants. The more touristy the location the greater the markup. For example, the Starbucks at Red Rock Casino might charge 10% more than a freestanding shop while the markup at Planet Hollywood can be anywhere from 20%-50%. The price increases make sense since retail outlets are paying higher rent to be inside the casinos.
It’s time to get ready for the summer! The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, July 15. The world’s largest poker tournament will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The most well-known event at WSOP, the Main Event, will take place from July 1-14.
M Resort Spa Casino recently announced an official partnership with the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders. The deal makes M Resort the “Official Raiders Team Headquarters Hotel.” Not coincidentally, the Raiders will practice just a few minutes away from M Resort when they move to Las Vegas next year.
Pai Gow Poker is now my favorite casino game to play on the Vegas Strip. The game is always fun but it’s specifically great on the Vegas Strip. It’s been a long trip for Pai Gow Poker to become one of my favorite casino games.
Video Poker can be an important part of a Las Vegas vacation. There’s especially a good chance that you’ll play video poker if you enjoy hanging out at a casino bar and receiving complimentary drinks. It used to be that you could play video poker at any denomination at any speed and receive a “free” drink. That’s no longer the case at most Las Vegas casinos.
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) just ended and my feet are killing me! I walked the expo floor more than usual and I can still feel it. The gaming conference and expo bring the casino and gaming industry together. Panels discuss casino operations while the expo hall is where casinos go shopping.
Many visitors in Las Vegas enjoy gambling at a casino bar. One of the many reasons to gamble at a bar is that drink service is usually quicker than on the casino floor. Even with new(ish) added drink monitoring systems the complimentary drinks can still flow quickly as long as you’re playing video poker, keno, and on the rare occasion slot machines.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Is The First Casino On the Vegas Strip To Implement Slot Ticket Donations For Charity
The idea of donating leftover change from slot machine tickets isn’t new but it’s long overdue on the Vegas Strip. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently announced a new charitable giving offering. This platform is now available on all 12 ticket redemption machines on the casino floor.
As we recently discussed, most of the Las Vegas Strip casinos have updated their players clubs to be overall loyalty clubs for their customers. These newer loyalty programs reward customers for money spent throughout the casino and resort. The players club model only rewards players or gamblers.
When most people think of Las Vegas their minds immediately think about the bright lights and grand casino resorts on the Vegas Strip. That’s how I was when first visiting Las Vegas. There’s so much to do on the Vegas Strip that I didn’t even think about leaving the area.
The Cromwell is one of the best casinos for gamblers on the Vegas Strip. They recently reminded me that they’re also a great place for day drinkers visiting Las Vegas. On May 9, they tweeted about a price drop for their drink specials.
Casino owner and developer Derek Stevens will introduce Circa Sports in June. The new sportsbook venture will debut in downtown Las Vegas on June 1. The Nevada Gaming Commission recently approved Stevens’ Circa Sports license, which includes launching its first location – a sportsbook at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on June 1.
The gaming and casino industry recently held their annual conference and expo in Las Vegas. The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is where the casino industry meets to learn about hot topics in their industry. Most of the casino employees also visit the expo hall to look for new games and other goods for the casinos.
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