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.
Watching and gambling on football in Las Vegas has changed a lot in the past five years. There are more ways to enjoy both than ever before. Make no mistake, watching and wagering on football inside of a casino sportsbook is still a great experience. However, thanks to the popularity of football you can watch the games all over town. Thanks to mobile apps you can place bets from anywhere in the state of Nevada.
Slot machine players have stepped into the future. Remember the days when you could drop a quarter into a slot machine and pull the arm and you were a winner if the symbols lined up you would win actual money? Ahhhh…one-armed bandits…those were the days. It’s a new day for slot players.
We have shared the virtues of playing Bingo in Las Vegas a few times over the years. Yes, most of the people playing bingo in a casino are who you think they are. Some Bingo players are a little younger and there’s sometimes even a few players who very much younger but are still legal casino in the Bingo rooms.
Blackjack is the most popular game in Las Vegas casinos. There are more blackjack tables in Las Vegas casinos than any other game. Unfortunately, the game isn’t what it used to be. There was a time when all casinos offered blackjack with the same or similar rules. That changed as corporations started to take over operations of Las Vegas casinos.
Casino loyalty clubs (commonly known as players clubs) are a great way to receive discounts and comps in Las Vegas. Earning rewards in Las Vegas that can only be used in Las Vegas isn’t convenient for most people who travel to Las Vegas. Thankfully, there are multiple casino operators that have casinos in Las Vegas and around the country. Not only can you earn and redeem points close to home but you can keep your account active by visiting local casinos in between visits to Las Vegas.
Almost three out of every four visitors to Las Vegas spend some time and money gambling. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Visitor Profile, 74% of people visiting Las Vegas gambled in 2017. That’s the highest percentage of visitors to Las Vegas that have gambled in the past five years.
The 49th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is upon us! The WSOP is one of the longest-running poker series of tournaments. Cards go up in the air for the first tournament on May 29. Events on the schedule for the 2018 tournament at the Rio include a tournament festival consisting of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular poker variations.
We typically keep this blog to the news in Las Vegas, things to do when visiting, and ways to get the most bang for the buck when in town. Today will be a little different but at the end of the day, everything comes back to Las Vegas.
Westgate Las Vegas recently upgraded their players club. The new WOW Rewards is more of a traditional loyalty program than the slot club it used to be. The new tiered customer loyalty program will reward guests for playing their favorite slots, table games, and sports bets. The new loyalty club will also reward for retail purchases and dining at one of the many restaurants at Westgate Las Vegas.
Last summer I spent a week at Planet Hollywood on the Vegas Strip. This trip was the first time I noticed Lightning Link slot machines. There was a small bank of four machines near Earl of Sandwich. Almost every seat was occupied whenever I walked by the game. I finally found an open game and didn’t understand why the game was so popular. The unbranded themes aren’t spectacular like other slot machines.
Earning and using a complimentary or deeply discounted hotel room is always great. However, there’s no better feeling than using those freebies and discounts on hotel rooms when vacationing in Las Vegas. Back in the day, I used a national hotel chain reward to stay at Planet Hollywood when it was a Starwood property. That was before the casino-resort joined Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards loyalty program.
Station Casinos probably comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas locals casinos. However, they’re one of the more forward thinking and cutting edge casino operators in Las Vegas. With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, I thought I’d look at how they’re ahead of some of the competition.
There are casinos all over the country today and you can pretty much gamble in every state. Las Vegas is always trying to stay ahead of the curve to keep visitors returning. There are always new shows, restaurants, attractions, and other forms of entertainment that you can’t find in every casino around the country.
After the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) I tipped you off on what the casino of the future could look like. Recent announcements of new esports gambling and new skill based games at multiple casinos show that the operators are looking to the future. Unfortunately, they’ll be in separate casinos for the time being. That’s okay, we’re on the way to the future and we can catch a preview right now.
The casino floor is always changing in Las Vegas. If you don’t visit Las Vegas often the changes are noticeable with new games, machines, and other amenities. There’s a new advancement hitting Las Vegas casinos that you may not notice right away. However, this new tech it will offer more convenience to your visit.
You may not have noticed this but Las Vegas casinos have been changing over the past couple of years. After spending a week with gaming manufacturers and casino operators I can say that changes will continue with a similar but new vision for the casino floor. The future is always changing but I heard some interesting thoughts on casino floors may look like in the future.
The Global Gaming Expo (AKA G2E) was just in Las Vegas. This is an annual gathering for the casino business. There’s a lot happening throughout the week but the most interesting part of the conference takes place on the expo floor. This is where casino game manufacturers show off their newest products.
When I first started gambling I never thought that I’d play Bingo. It’s always been a game for the old people. I’m older but not quite as old as the avid Bingo player. Shortly after moving to Las Vegas I was invited to play Bingo on a random midweek night at Red Rock Casino. I was promised a couple of drinks and fun time hanging out. Ya know what? That first time playing Bingo was weird and delivered on the promise of fun.