August 7, 2009

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Introduces Paradise Tower - Cheap Room Rates

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Paradise Tower becomes the newest addition to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The highly anticipated project, completed almost two months ahead of schedule, has created jobs and hope as the Las Vegas horizon begins to see signs of resurgence. The new tower opened this past week and is ready for booking.

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Just as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is known in a sense for upping the game in Las Vegas, the new Paradise Tower steps up the Hard Rock's game on the hotel side. The tower's 490 lavish rooms were designed with the property's signature party attitude in mind but with a jolt of sexy sophistication. Hotel devotees will notice a significantly more luxurious atmosphere in Paradise Tower, but without sacrificing the irreverent, anything-can-happen feeling that they've come to expect. Rooms evoke visions of a rock 'n' roll manor house, using iconic materials like leather, wood and silver studded velvet to enhance the sensory experience and emphasize that this is no standard hotel room. Designed by Mark Zeff, the rooms exude a chic playfulness with atmospheric touches that allow for optimal comfort and function by day, but then come alive at night.


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July 31, 2009

Las Vegas Hotels Go Budget - Cheap Show Tickets, Rooms, and More

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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

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July 24, 2009

Sprint Offering 4G Network to Las Vegas Residents

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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.

Via CNET

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July 17, 2009

Vegas Restaurants in Trouble - Recession Woes

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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

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July 10, 2009

Blackjack Basic Strategy - A Guide to Winning at Blackjack

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This amazing primer and guide will get you started on your road to Blackjack success.

Blackjack basic strategy is based on the mathematics of the game. It has been tested and refined through computer simulations. When it is followed correctly it reduces the house edge to the minimum, which is usually about one-half of a percent. Minor adjustments are made to basic strategy depending on certain rule variations that the different casinos can chose to use. For example some casinos will allow you to double down after splitting (DOS) and some do not allow it. There are also some changes made to basic strategy for single and multiple deck games.

At Blackjack Basic Strategy

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July 3, 2009

Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games

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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

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June 26, 2009

Table Games Could be Coming to Pennsylvania

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That's right - Blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette could be coming to PA. The money that could be generated would far outweigh any potential problems, according to an analyst, but we think there's always a few problems. The state believes it could bring in $165 million annually if table games were allowed.

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June 19, 2009

MGM Mirage CEO Doesn’t Plan to Sell Vegas Casinos - Good News for Us

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We love the MGM, and would find it sad to be in anyone else's grubby little hands. Looks like MGM is not getting the money it wants for offers, and we expect they won't for awhile.

MGM Mirage Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren doesn’t plan to sell any casinos on the Las Vegas Strip because of low offers.

“As it relates to Strip properties we haven’t engaged in any discussions on those,” Murren said yesterday in a telephone interview. “We don’t feel like we could come close to what we believe the values are worth. The multiples are low, it seems like the wrong time.”

The company, the largest operator of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, will probably decide “within the next month” whether to sell three properties in Michigan and Mississippi, and is in a fresh round of bidding, Murren said. Prospective buyers are offering more “now that we’re not as forced a seller,” he said. “Bid valuations are rising.”

At MGM Mirage CEO Doesn’t Plan to Sell Vegas Casinos

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June 5, 2009

Buy Slot Machines for Your Home - Build a Home Casino

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If you are looking for a casino used slot machine, look no further. These are genuine Pachislo skill stop slot machines that were used in international casinos are perfect for your home casino. Skill Stop Slot Machines get their name because you control when each reel stops which also adds an element of skill to the game.

We love the Vegas slot machine above, and we think there may be a little slot machine in our home casino soon.

At Used Slot Machines-Slot Machines for Sale

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May 29, 2009

Luck running low in Las Vegas - Will it Turn Around?

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There's a really interesting article over at CNN. Seems like luck and money is running out in Las Vegas, and this means more than just cheap rooms.

A search online turns up rooms at Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel for as low as $26 -- a sure sign the recession is taking a toll on Las Vegas and rates are being slashed to attract visitors.

Judy Bagley, a casino cashier who traded chips for cash and vice versa, found out about recession's toll another way.

"My supervisor came and said I had to close the booth and she was going to count me out and I was to go and meet with the manager and director," Bagley told CNN. "When I went up there they said my services were no longer needed and my job was being eliminated."

So three months ago, after more than 28 years at Fitzgeralds, she was out of work.

"It felt like I was more or less stabbed in the back after all the years I had been there," Bagley said. "I'd been very loyal to the company and never called in sick and I have very little discipline [issues] and it felt like betrayal."

At King: Luck running low in Las Vegas - CNN.com

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