July 31, 2009
It's about time. We think cheap rooms, cheap tickets, and the like should be standard fare. Room rates over the past 10 years have just climbed and climbed - and we're thinking Casinos should worry about making money from our gambling losses and not everything else too. We do understand good entertainment costs money - but maybe they can put some of that money back into the operation instead of the profit train they've been on.
Discounted tickets are being offered to the biggest shows such as Cirque du Soleil - two tickets can now cost as little as $124 instead of nearly $200.
Some hotels are even offering credit in their casinos as part of their deals to attract more customers.
The dash to cut prices comes as big casino operators post losses or insignificant rises despite new casino openings, swathes of new slot machines and table games being introduced.
At Las Vegas hotels go budget as casinos post huge losses | Mail Online
July 24, 2009
How cool is that? If you live in Vegas you'll be able to tap into the new Spring 4G Network at speeds of 3 to 6 mbps. WOOT! I can imagine doing some video calls and other cool phone things while taking a break from a winning streak in Black Jack.
Sprint customers in Vegas might be claiming "Jackpot!" right now, as they will be among the first in the U.S. to experience Sprint's 4G network starting this August. Sprint claims the 4G speeds are three to five times faster than 3G, with a peak downlink speed of more than 10Mbps and an average of 3 to 6Mbps. Sprint's 4G services are running on Clearwire's WiMax network, which is no surprise considering Sprint's 51 percent stake in the WiMax company.
July 17, 2009
The New York Times has posted an amazing article detailing the woes of Vegas restaurants in the recession. The big woes really belong to all the displaced and out of work waiters and staff.
IN the late, lamented boom, waiters at luxury restaurants here could make $150,000 a year and more thanks to the electrifying arrival of high rollers renowned as “the whales.”
Robert Martinez, a 33-year-old waiter at Rao’s in Caesars Palace, said these heavyweights “had wads of $100 bills and gave them to everyone on the staff, and tipped generously on $12,000 to $15,000 checks.”
But now, said Kevin Carter, a 49-year-old waiter at Craftsteak in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, “the whales have migrated.”
At For Chefs in Las Vegas, the Odds Grow Longer - NYTimes.com
July 10, 2009
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July 3, 2009
We love the Wizard of Odds, and just found out about this book that makes Casino Strategy a little more interesting than just speculation. Plenty of gambling books explain how to play the games; that's Gambling 101. Gambling 102 takes you to the next stage, where you're playing the games in the best manner for the least amount of effort. Within these pages, gambling's Wizard of Odds provides the best strategies possible along with the easiest learning curve for all the casino games, from baccarat to video poker, from sic bo to sports betting.
At Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games