The value of a Las Vegas players club should not go unnoticed. There are more rewards for new members of a Las Vegas players club than ever before. There have been a lot of changes in the past few years to almost every Las Vegas players club because they’re now more useful to casino marketers and thus offer more value to you, the customer.
For the uninitiated, a players club is the loyalty club for Las Vegas casinos and hotels. Players clubs started off as cards to track spending of slot machine players but have evolved into something closer to the loyalty club of your local supermarket. Like that supermarket loyalty club the benefits from a Las Vegas players club are free when you sign up. Similarly you receive points to use as rewards for dollar you spend when you use the card.
Everything else to do with a players club card is different because the properties have different business models. Some players clubs will reward points for all spending on property while other only offer rewards when spending money in the casino. Check your favorite casino’s players club for benefits and how to earn rewards.
Since your information is more valuable to casino marketers the players clubs have evolved to offer more entry level benefits than ever before. These players club entry level benefits are free just for signing up. When you spend money with the property you’ll get more rewards and greater benefits but there are a few things you’ll get just from signing up.
Immediate Discounts – Just about every players club will offer a small discount when purchasing items from casino operated restaurants, bars and shops. Entry level players club discounts may start at 5% but as you become more loyal to a property these discounts will grow to become as high as 50% off items in these outlets. Entry level players club member may also receive random discounts that aren’t promoted like $1 or $2 discounts per item at specific restaurant. Every property is different and you can find a lot of these discounts on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The expanded discounts are a reason that everyone visiting Las Vegas should sign up for a free players club card. Here are a couple other benefits that entry level players club members receive.
Better Access – Another basic benefit of players clubs is access to events at a property. When a property is hosting a concert or special event they’ll often allow their players club members first access to tickets. This is mainly seen as a simple thank you but it’s a benefit when you’re looking at events that will sell out.
When you spend more money and your status with a players club grows this greater access will extend into the other areas of the property where you may be able to have a dedicated check-in area or the ability to skip long lines at restaurants. These benefits don’t hold a dollar value but the intrinsic value is a nice perk to the beneficiary.
Partnership Benefits – The larger casino players clubs will team up with partners outside of the property to offer benefits that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Total Rewards (Caesars Entertainment), has a partnership where all members can earn reward points when they make purchases from 1-800-Flowers. As your status increases with Total Rewards you can gain up to 30% discounts on cruises from their partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Again, check your favorite players club for their partnerships.
Sign Up Gifts – Some of the locals casinos will offer small gifts when a new customer signs up for the players club. These gifts can range anywhere from a discount book to a free deck of cards to a few dollars in slot play. These aren’t huge gifts but they’re a nice bonus.
Signing up for a players club should only take a few minutes. If you don’t feel like waiting for someone to enter your information into a computer when you get to Las Vegas you can sign up for some players club accounts online. If you’re an analytic type and want to see if the benefits are worth your time just measure the savings you receive from having a players club card versus the value of the 5-10 minutes of time it takes to sign up. You might be surprised by what you see.
Last week we told you about saving money in Las Vegas by making the right wagers. Playing games with a smaller house advantage extends your bankroll and gives you a better chance to win in the casino. This week we’re going to look at the other side of things. Making bad bets are the easiest way to lose money quickly in the casino.
Below you’ll find some of the worst wagers you can make in the casino. If you enjoy the games or specific wager or game feel free to play it but approach with caution or limit your wagers. For example, I only allow myself $20 per penny slot game. I know it has a large house edge but I love playing them. This just helps minimize the damage while maximizing fun.
If you play blackjack with perfect basic strategy you can bring the house edge to almost zero (actually 0.20% on a game with favorable rules). Blackjack is a great game that involves just a little skill. One of those skills is to avoid buying insurance when the dealer shows an Ace as their upcard. Depending which blackjack game you’re playing the house edge on insurance can be almost 8%. When you play blackjack you’ll almost always see other players wave off insurance as soon as they see the dealer’s Ace. Follow your fellow players.
Big 6 Wheel
The Big 6 Wheel is a game anyone can play. It involves absolutely no skill and you’ve probably played a similar game before ever walking into a casino. You’ve grown up seeing variations of the Big 6 Wheel at carnivals. The game is easy, you place a wager on a number (or dollar amount) and if the wheel lands on your number you win. There’s a reason this game is displayed so prominently as soon as you walk into a casino. The Big 6 Wheel comes with a huge house advantage ranging from 11% on the $1 wager to over 24% if you play the joker or wild slot on the wheel. If a casino game looks to easy that’s because it comes with a large house edge.
Craps Prop Wagers
You can make certain wagers when playing craps that take away almost the entire house edge. When you play the pass line with max odds your house edge can be as low as 0.00099% depending on the odds available in the casino. Unfortunately the craps table is littered with bad wagering options. Most of these are the proposition (or prop) bets you see in the center of the table. The hard way wagers (rolling doubles) have a house edge between 9% and 11%. The worst wager at the craps table is that “any 7” will show up on a roll. The house edge on “any 7″ is 16.67%. Avoid the center of the table and you’ll be safe from the bad wagers at craps.
Live Keno (as opposed to video keno) used to be a popular casino game but that popularity has waned over the years and you’ll no longer find a live Keno lounge in every casino. They still exist and should probably be avoided. The game is played similar to the lottery where you pick a certain amount of numbers and when a ball matches enough numbers selected you win. Prizes vary depending on how many numbers are hit and where you play. Live Keno has almost a 25% house edge depending on which casino you play. Over time you’re going to lose $25 of every $100 wagered at Live Keno. That’s more than any other game in the casino.
The casino floor isn’t filled with these bright, shiny and loud games because they’re the most fun slot machines to play. They also give the casino a large house edge without even paying a dealer. While high limits slot machines may have a house edge as low as 4%- 5%, the penny slots may have a house edge as high as 15%. A 15% house edge may not seem like a lot when you’re playing a game at 9 cents per spin but some of these games have a maximum wager above $5 per spin. Even though the house edge is the same for each type of spin you feel it a lot quicker when you’re playing that higher maximum wager.
Last week MGM Resorts and M Life announced a new partnership with Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity’s Captain’s Club and MGM Resorts’ M life players club members can choose from exclusive premium offers throughout the year. These offers include complimentary cruises for qualified M life Platinum and Noir members, and Captain’s Club members can enjoy benefits and special access at MGM Resorts’ destinations including concerts, events, entertainment venues, restaurants and more.
This partnership encourages guests to sign up for both loyalty clubs as it offers rewards for members of both. The current MGM Resorts/M Life cruise partnership with Royal Caribbean is still in tact (you can find details here). This means you now have two cruise partnerships to choose from if you’re an MGM Resorts M Life rewards member. The addition of Celebrity Cruises just adds to your travel options when you’re in the mood to cruise.
M Life has some of the most robust players club partnerships that you’ll find in Las Vegas. M Life is currently partnered with Hyatt Hotels, Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Avis, Pinnacle Entertainment (casinos), Cirque Du Soleil and more. You can find more information on these and other partnerships on the M Life website.
M Life isn’t the only Las Vegas players club with outside partnerships. Here’s a quick look at some other partnerships:
- Caesars Entertainment (Total Rewards) – Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, 1-800-Flowers and more. You can find more details here.
- Cosmopolitan – Marriott Hotels
- SLS – Hilton Hhonors and other sbe venues across the country.
- Tropicana/M Resort (Penn National) – Carnival Cruises
- Venetian/Palazzo (Grazie) – Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG)
- Wynn (Red Card) – Southwest Airlines
Generally the larger the Las Vegas players club the better the chances are that they have rewards partners aligned with their hotel and/or players clubs. These partnerships may or may not offer you casino players club points but they will offer you savings that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Casino-resort operators are constantly looking to expand their marketing reach so you should expect to see more partnerships between Las Vegas casino-resorts and non-Vegas businesses in the future. While the big names may be leading the way you will find some partnerships with smaller properties in Las Vegas.
Right now Best Western and Casino Royale may have the most surprisingly useful partnership on the Vegas Strip. Many people stay at Best Western hotels across the country while traveling for business. Earning loyalty club points from work to use on a hotel for vacation right in the center of the Vegas Strip is a pretty sweet.
Years ago I stayed at Planet Hollywood for the first time because of their partnership with Starwood. Planet Hollywood became my go-to hotel in Las Vegas for a few years after that visit.
These partnerships allow you to try new hotels, airlines, cruise lines and more for free or at a discount just because of your love for Las Vegas. The world might be a better place if all things we loved were so giving.
Playing low limits in the casino is great but if you’re not playing the right games you’re not really creating a good value for yourself. Often times lower limit games can cost you money. On the surface penny slots sound like cheap gambling. When you dig deeper you see that A) the maximum wager can be almost $10 and B) the house edge is one of the largest you’ll find in the casino. Penny slots are fun but they aren’t cheap and the house edge means that you’ll lose over 10% of what you play over time.
Having said that knowing the right games to play can extend your bankroll and even allow you a better opportunity to win. Some games in the casino involve skill and some don’t. When there’s a game that involves a skill, you’re going to need to learn correct strategy in order to receive the maximize returns. Here are some of the best bets in the casino.
Unless you know how to count cards the casino will have a house edge on you. Even if you can count you may be asked to stop playing blackjack. Las Vegas casinos now offer blackjack games with a variety of rules that can sway the house edge from as low as 0.20% to as much as 2.3%. Obviously you want to look for games with the best rules (like 3:2 on blackjack) and snag that tiny house advantage. In order to obtain the lowest house edge you’ll have to play perfect basic strategy. You can use a strategy card at the table so feel free to buy one online or in the casino.
Craps isn’t only the most fun casino game to play in the casino but it offers a few different bets with a small house edge. The house edge on the most basic wager, the pass line, is only 1.41%. If you lay “free” odds (actual odds with no house edge) you can bring the house edge down to as low as 0.00099% in Las Vegas depending on which casino you’re playing at. There are other wagers you can make with a similarly low house edge but it’s easiest to keep it simple in the beginning.
Baccarat used to be the game of ultra rich but that’s slowly been changing in Las Vegas casinos over the years. Baccarat is now offered in a few different size games but it still offers a very small house edge. Play the banker and there’s only a house edge of 1.06%, play the player hand and the house edge is just 1.24%. Don’t play the tie (14% house edge) and you’re all set.
Sports betting has a house edge for the casino of 4.5%. The thing about this house edge is that it’s not a hard 4.5%. It’s not easy but you can beat the house in sports betting. It can be done if you have great sports handicapping skills. If you can pick winners approximately 53% of the time you’ll become a winning sports bettor. That sounds easy but you should realize that most sports bettors aren’t this good. Skill is what will make wagering on sports profitable.
Poker is a game of skill and one of the best bets in a casino. The casino actually has no house edge in poker. They take a small commission, called the rake, from each hand but that’s all. The rake in Las Vegas is usually 10% of the pot with a limit of $4 or $5 depending on the casino. You can overcome the rake and become a winning casino poker player by learning how to play the game and the math behind it.
You’ll be hearing these words a lot over the next couple of months in Las Vegas and beyond. The 46th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) begins this week! The action kicked off Wednesday, May 27 at noon with the annual Casino Employees Event – a unique poker event bringing all Las Vegas employees together under one roof.
The action really picks up over the first weekend when a new tournament hits the WSOP. On Friday and Saturday (May 29-30), huge crowds of poker players will descend on Rio for a $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament called Colossus that guarantees $5,000,000 in prize money. This event will have four starting flights – two each day — one at 10:00 a.m., the other at 6:00 p.m. Colossus is expected to be the largest live poker tournament ever held.
Colossus is expected to be bigger than the Main Event at the WSOP and that’s no small feat.
The Main Even is the big $10,000 buy in tournament made famous on ESPN. The winner of last year’s WSOP Main Event, Martin Jacobson, bested 6,683 players and took home the grand prize of $10 million. This year’s Main Event is expected to have slightly less competitors and a slightly smaller grand prize of $8 million.
This year the Main Event gets underway on July 5 and ends on July 14. Professionals and amateur hopefuls from more than 100 countries around the globe will participate in this year’s WSOP. In 2014, 82,360 entered and $227 million in prize money was awarded to players from 110 different countries.
This year, eleven new events will debut at the WSOP. Here are the details:
May 29-30: $565 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
May 31: $1,000 Hyper No-Limit Hold’em with a fast, two-day structure.
June 20: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em featuring longer, 90-minute levels.
June 21: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. (Must be age 65+ to enter.)
June 26: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, two-day structure with a high buy-in.
June 27: $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em. Half the field to be paid.
June 29: $25,000 High Roller 8-handed Pot-Limit Omaha. 4-day event.
July 1: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em. Every player is a bounty. Each is worth $500.
July 3: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em, featuring a first-ever $777 price point.
July 3: $10,000 Dealers Choice, featuring 19 variants – the most ever played in a single WSOP event.
Here’s a little known secret – you can watch World Series of Poker in person at the Rio for free. The entire World Series of Poker is a spectacle but the great people watching kicks into high gear once the Main Event which begins on July 5. This is a one-of-a-kind “only in Vegas” experience that’s free for anyone to enjoy. It’s also a good excuse to visit Rio and the other casinos in the area.
If you’re not able to watch the action in person in Las Vegas you can watch the WSOP streaming on WSOP.com or on ESPN if you prefer television. You can find details for both at WSOP.com.
Casino players clubs are a great way to earn discounts and freebies when you visit Las Vegas. Players clubs were introduced as a way to entice gamblers to return to a casino to gamble. They used to only reward those gamblers. That’s no longer the case as many larger players clubs act more like traditional loyalty clubs for any kind of business.
The larger and more forward thinking casino players clubs are offering points and rewards for all money spent on property. Cash spending rewards often offering points for spending on dining, hotel rooms, spa treatments and shopping. Here’s an overview of which casino players club offer points for money spent outside of the casino.
Total Rewards (Bally’s, Caesar Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Linq Hotel, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Rio) – Earn 1 Reward Credit for each dollar spent on dining, shopping, hotel rooms and amenities (i.e. pools, golf). Note that some off-property and leased businesses may not participate offering points. Check with each business when making a reservation or when making a purchase.
M Life (Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York) – Earn 25 M Life Tier Credits for every dollar you spend on hotel, dining, entertainment, or spa in Las Vegas per dollar spent. MGM/M Life hotels in other locations offer different ratios.
Grazie (Palazzo and Venetian) – Grazie offers different amounts of point rewards for cash spending based on your status in the club. Grazie level receives 5 Status Points per dollar spent. Gold and Platinum earn 20 Status points $1 dollar spent. All spending must be charged to your hotel room. You may want to charge everything to your room at Palazzo and Venetian.
Red Card (Encore and Wynn) – Spending is rewarded differently at Encore and Wynn than other Las Vegas hotels. You should charge everything you spend to your hotel room. At the end of your visit a host will let you know if you’ve spent enough to receive any complimentary items or discounts. The ambiguity isn’t meant to be sketchy, it’s a way for the hotel staff to create a better one on one relationship with their customers.
Identity (Cosmopolitan) – The Cosmo probably has the most aggressive players club regarding cash spending. You earn 5 Identity points for every dollar spent on hotel, dining, spa and shopping. Additionally you earn $5 in resort credit for every $100 spent.
The idea of rewarding casino customers for spending outside of the casino and in the rest of the hotel is only a few years old and still growing. Like the original players club rewards in the casino these new rewards are aimed at keeping you loyal to the particular brands.
Not every casino operator has moved to this model yet but some of these companies are already looking ahead at ways to extend their brand to you beyond Las Vegas. Total Rewards and M Life have started to offer players club rewards outside of Las Vegas and even in your house. Casino operators are always looking for new ways to attract customers today so expect more outreach.
Las Vegas players clubs have changed a lot in the past few years. In many casino resorts you can now earn rewards from all money you spend at a property and not just from gambling. In addition to earning points everywhere on property some casino players clubs have also changed by adding outside partners where you can earn and use casino players club points from other businesses and even games. These are great ways to use your rewards but, more importantly, you can now earn rewards without ever stepping foot into a casino.
Caesars’ Total Rewards and MGM’s M Life have taken players club partnerships to a whole other level by adding partners where you can not only use your rewards but you can earn rewards. Earning extra comp points at home or when traveling for work is a great way to save money on your personal vacation in Las Vegas. Let’s take a look at the their partners where you can earn reward credits from before ever you get to Las Vegas. Note that these are reward credits and usually won’t apply to your tier status.
Caesars Casino – Play the Caesars Casino game on Facebook for free and you can enjoy the game for fun. You can earn reward credits for coin purchases. The more you spend on coins for the game the higher your reward credit bonus.
$20 = 20 Reward Credits
$50 = 60 Reward Credits
$100 = 150 Reward Credits
$200 = 400 Reward Credits
Total Rewards Visa – This might be the easiest way to earn reward credits without going into a casino. You can earn up to 10,000 reward credits as a bonus when you spend $750 outside of Total Rewards destinations in the first 90 days of having a credit card. You can also earn up to 5X reward credits for every $1 spent at Total Rewards destinations, 2X reward credits for every $1 spent on gas, groceries & airlines, and 1 reward credit for every $1 spent everywhere else Visa is accepted.
Starwood Hotels – Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars Total Rewards members earn both Tier Credits and Reward Credits on eligible room rates and folio spend in addition to earning Starpoints. This isn’t available to Gold Total Rewards members.
TR Marketplace – You can earn reward credits at hundreds of Total Rewards retail, dining and entertainment partners like – Apple, Best Buy, Gap and Target. You can also earn reward credits by purchasing gift cards from the TR Marketplace.
1800-Flowers – You can earn up to 15X Total Rewards credits when ordering with 1800-Flowers.
M Life only has a couple of partnerships where you can earn rewards without visiting Las Vegas. The majority of their partnerships are more outward, meaning M Life will get you a discount elsewhere.
Hyatt hotels (including Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House) – M life members may present their M life card at check-in at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts to receive Tier Credits for their eligible spend. Membership in Hyatt Gold Passport is required.
Pinnacle Entertainment (locations all over the US, details here.) – M life members may receive gaming, food and hotel offers from Pinnacle Entertainment’s casino resorts.
M Life has partnerships where you can earn discounts and reward points with many other businesses including Southwest Air, Royal Caribbean and Avis. You can see a full list of M Life partners here.
Players clubs are continuing to expand their reach so this is just the launching point for earning rewards outside of a casino. Keep tab on your casinos partners and earn and use your rewards wherever it’s convenient.
Players clubs have been a part of casino culture in Las Vegas for years. If you’re staying or playing in a hotel-casino you’ll often sign up for the players club to get discounts or possibly complementary items from the property. If you’re a casino hopper you might do this everywhere you spend money. Why not?
Players clubs in the past were more concerned with spending in the casino but that’s no longer the case. Players clubs have changed a lot in recent years. They’re still concerned with spending in the casino but have evolved include all of your spending with the property (or “properties” in the case of Caesars and MGM Resorts). Casino players clubs are still different but much more similar to loyalty clubs for traditional businesses. This hybrid makes players clubs more valuable than ever before.
The annual Global Gaming Expo happens in Las Vegas around this time every year. The conference is more commonly known as G2E and is expo and conference for the casino industry by the casino industry. It’s the largest casino industry gathering of the year. There are panels discussing the business side of things that casino executives find useful but the expo is where it’s at for casino visitors. The expo side of G2E is where all casinos look to buy products for their respective casinos. There’s everything available from signage and food to casino games. Someone has to buy those chairs for the Diamond Lounge at Planet Hollywood, right?
Slot machines, of all the different casino games at the expo, are what end up getting the most press. Unlike most other casino games on display you’ll see many of the slot machines from the expo on casino floors soon. Some slot machines like the new Wonder Woman slot machines may already be on casino floors as you read this!
New slot machines are so popular at G2E because they’re not just available in Las Vegas. Even small casinos and racinos located all across the country will have some of these slot machines on their property soon. Here are some of the highlights of the new games we found at G2E.
Nearly half of casino visitors go with a gaming budget under $200. In fact, according to a survey by Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority 13% of visitors to Las Vegas budgeted under $100 for gaming on their visits last year. When hitting the casino with a limited budget you’re likely going to play low stakes. When you’re looking to maximize your money in the casino you’re going to want to make sure you’re playing the right games.
The casinos make a lot their money on low rollers so you’ll generally see that the lower limits games have the largest advantage for the casino. For example, casinos generally win about 10%-12% of money spent at penny slot machines. That’s the largest win percentage of any denomination of slot machine. You can cut their win percentage almost in half by playing nickel or quarter slot machines instead.
One of the most overlooked ways to save in Las Vegas is by having a casino players club card. Despite popular belief, casino players clubs offer discounts to everyone who signs up and it doesn’t matter whether or not you gamble. In fact you don’t even have to spend a penny to get savings from a casino players club. Unlike many other business loyalty clubs you will see greater discounts the more money you spend with a casino. Look at that as a bonus.
Most casino players clubs will offer base members small discounts for many different items purchased in their casinos. For example, with Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards you can save a dollar or two per food item at certain restaurants. You can also save 10% on all purchases at their gift shops.
The casino industry’s largest conventions, Global Gaming Expo (aka G2E), happens every year in late September (early October next year). The convention gives people that work in the industry a chance to discuss the state of business and share tips. Unless you’re a casino dork like me the convention is fairly mundane and probably like any other industry convention. Things change for the better when you walk into the expo itself.
The expo floor at G2E is where businesses offer their products for casinos to buy. Businesses hawking their products range from ATM manufacturers to food companies to slot machine and other gaming companies. While it’s interesting to see which brand of coffee may be served in the casinos next year it’s much more fun to see which games will be coming to casinos soon.
I’d estimate that 40% of the G2E expo floor is occupied by slot machine manufacturers showing off the brightest new games for casinos to purchase. Sneak previews are great but being able to play the cool new games is even better. Some of the more popular slot machine themes that were previewed included at G2E included games for Avatar, The Walking Dead and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Some of the slot machines, like The Walking Dead, won’t be in Las Vegas casinos until 2014. Thankfully that’s not the case for all of the slot machines. The Avatar and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are already in casinos. Some other games are also making their way to casinos in Las Vegas.
Last week we looked at playing games with the best odds to maximize your money spent at the casino. You might have to raise how much you wager per hand but you’ll be getting the best potential returns. While you may get better odds for your dollars by playing a higher denomination you may not want to have that much at risk at once. If that’s the case you can turn your head to the lower limits games. Lower limits gaming isn’t as easy to find as it once was but you can find it if you know where to go.
The lowest limit game that you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas is at the Riviera. The Riviera recently introduced $1 blackjack. For the right to play $1 blackjack you’re giving away a some potential returns since this game only pays 6:5 on blackjack. In the short term this is $1.50 vs. $1.20 for each time you get blackjack. Over time that would add up but it probably isn’t much for a few hours at the table. Chances are that you’ll probably tip the cocktail waitress more on drinks than you’ll lose with the lesser odds.
The $1 blackjack at Riviera is always open. Even though it never closes the table will probably be busy on the weekends. The good news is that if you don’t feel like waiting for a seat to open up you can find other low limit games at the Riv.
Fine dining and great shows are big attraction to visiting Las Vegas but there is one constant that has always been a draw – the casino. Even though there is casino gaming in just about every state in the country today, Las Vegas is still seen as the gaming capital of the United States. Casino gambling was born in Las Vegas and there are few places where you can have luxury hotels, fine dining, 5 star spas to go along with the casino games.
We always want to get the most bang for our buck but that’s not always available when playing the least expensive casino games. You’ll usually have to risk more money in order to maximize your dollars spent. For example you can play $10 blackjack at many casinos on the Vegas Strip but you’ll be playing a game that’s much worse than if you played a $25 blackjack game.
Many of the $10 blackjack games will only pay 6:5 for blackjack ($6 for every $5 bet) while the $25 games will return 3:2 ($3 for every $2 bet) when you get blackjack. You can look at a blackjack calculator (like this one on Wizard of Odds) and see that the 3:2 blackjack game has a much lower house advantage.
Football is the most popular sport in the Vegas sportsbooks. There is more money wagered on pro and college football than all other sports combined. Beyond the casino fantasy football is a huge business. All of this helps the ratings on TV where football games are continually top of the ratings for all sports.
We’re almost at the halfway point in the college and professional football seasons but it’s not too late to get into the action. Between the rest of the regular seasons, playoffs and bowl games there are plenty of games remaining.
Technology is changing how we live our lives every day and casinos have realized this. We’re not gambling the way our grandparents did. We don’t want to be tied down to one thing. We’re constantly on the move and casino gambling wants to go with us wherever we may be.
Mobile sports wagering was introduced to Nevada a couple years ago and it has quickly caught on. It’s almost commonplace for a sports bettor to have a sports wagering account and app. Sure we can watch the games in the sportsbook but we never even have to walk into the counter to place a wager. We can also place the wagers while anywhere in the entire state and watch whenever we’re done with a show or zipline ride.
It’s not often that you can get something for nothing in Las Vegas but it is possible. For example, some of the off-strip hotels offer free shuttle services for you to explore their properties. On face value you’re getting a free ride to a different hotel with no strings attached. The ultimate goal for the hotel is to entice you to visit or stay at the property. Sounds like a fair exchange and a potential win-win for the customer and hotel.
The same can be said when you sign up for a casino players club. The casino uses the players club to offers discounts and complimentary items in exchange for adding your name for their marketing database and for the ability to track how and where you spend your money. This is very valuable information for the casinos. Some casino players clubs will lure you with deep discounts on hotel rooms meanwhile other properties have to add freebies to entice you to share your information.
Casino players clubs have evolved over the years in a manner similar to the way the casino has evolved into a casino hotel & resort. Once used to track how much you gamble, players clubs can now track how much you spend in every area of a casino. Players club cards are now more similar to loyalty club cards at supermarkets than the slot club cards of yesteryear. Like other loyalty programs casino hotel players clubs offer various rewards and benefits based on how you spend your money.
Players clubs are a good deal for both the casino resort and the customer. Casino resort players clubs enable them to follow every dollar you spend on their property in exchange for comp points and discounts on the things you use at the resort. It’s a win-win. The casino bean counters can follow the dollars in exchange for discounts or free items on their property. The exchange creates mutual loyalty for both the customer and the casino hotel.
Not all casinos offer comps for all money spent but a few years ago The Venetian’s players club, Grazie, started to credit players club accounts when for all money spent. Other players clubs in Las Vegas like Total Rewards and MGM Resorts’ MLife have since followed.
It’s football season! We know this because a new pro football website, TheMMQB.com, debuted this week and because NFL teams begin training camp this week. The Hall Of Fame game will be the first NFL preseason game and that takes place on Sunday August, 4. The first regular season NFL game is a month later on September 5 with the following Sunday being the first full day of NFL football. It’s time to get busy planning Sunday’s for the rest of the year!
All sportsbooks are great.
Some sportsbooks in Las Vegas are better than others but the concept of hanging out, betting on games, watching all 8 to 15 of those games at once without paying a cover charge is undeniably great. Most people can’t do this at home and with sports fans from all over the country congregated in a small space, why would you want to? The fun in casinos always provides a good time but the camaraderie in the sportsbook is unlike any else you’ll find in any casino. For sports fans like me a Sunday in the sportsbook used to be one of the main reasons to visit Vegas.
Having your buddies over for a poker night? Tired of betting with matchsticks and fighting over the last remaining can of lager? Follow our five step plan to make your weeknight poker feel more like a bachelors weekend in Vegas.
Step 1 – The Cards
You can’t play cards without a deck, but not all decks are the same. Don’t use a set of old, beat-up playing cards as they just make you look cheap. Buy a brand new deck and break the seal in front of your friends for a professional touch, or invest in a set of more expensive – but far more durable – plastic playing cards for that true Vegas feel.
Step 2 – The Table
If you are using the dining table, make sure it is covered with a cloth that doesn’t rumple or catch the cards. Otherwise you are just going accidentally expose cards. If you can’t afford to buy an off-the-shelf poker table, there are many websites out there that show how you can cheaply build your own. At the very least, buy some nice felt to cover the dining room table with.
If you’re a sports fan and a gambling man, Las Vegas can seem like a sports bettor’s dream. On the famous Las Vegas Strip there is an amazing array of great casinos and hotels to choose from, and they all have some type of a sports book. That said, there are good sports books, bad ones, and the plain old average or even mediocre. The good news is that every so often there is a truly great sports book. The Venetian is one of those rare casino hotels on the Strip that can actually brag about having an absolutely fantastic sports book.
There are several reasons The Venetian Race & Sports Book operated by Cantor Gaming gets high grades. One is great free drink service. During some major sporting events you might be required to put down a certain bet level, but many patrons have reported that as long as the sports bettor is polite, they pretty much get as many free drinks as they want. The service is outstanding, the individuals taking bets are very polite, and the TV spread is fantastic. The “small” flat screen televisions on the side would make most men ecstatic if they had one in their house. The 3 large screens over six feet tall are just bonus.
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