Last week I saw and retweeted a pretty amazing picture from poker pro Phil Hellmuth getting dealt a Royal Flush on $5, 5-hand video poker. It’s pretty amazing I want to share again via ECG for those not on twitter. Nice pull, Phil.
Harrah’s will continue to be one of the company’s brands, along with Caesars, Horseshoe, Total Rewards, and World Series of Poker.
On the surface, nothing will change but this does open up many possibilities of rebranding or selling some properties across the country.
It’s interesting that a company that had such little interest in their IPO would take on the expense (anywhere from $30-$100 million) of making a name change like this. At least the employees will get fancy new business cards before their jobs are cut to pay for the expense.
It’s been a long week in Vegas. I’ve split time between the Mirage and Harrah’s.
I’m still at Harrah’s and wanted to share some of my ups and downs.
There are many positives here:
– Very nice staff – everyone.
– Plenty of food options on and off property.
– Starbucks at elevator entrance.
– No resort fees. Zero cost to me for staying here.
– I was able to extend my stay by 2 days.
– Diamond Lounge may be most comfortable in Vegas. Great staff.
– I made Diamond Total Rewards this morning.
– Bank of 98% Bonus Poker is like my own personal ATM.
– Sportsbook bartenders are great. Never have to ask for a refill. Use grey goose when asked. No switch (to well) like most Harrahs bars.
– Room is “very very retro” aka out of date.
– Walls are paper thin. I hear every conversation my southern neighbors have.
– Windows are paper thin. Can hear pirate show from TI and Volcano at Mirage as if they were here.
– No free wifi on site.
– Old crowd. Limited eye candy.
I’m sure there are more to each side, but I’m pooped and want a nap. More to come.
I love sports betting. I write about it pretty often on ECG and I tweet about it even more often.
People throw their virtual hands in the air whenever a company like Harrah’s or MGM Resorts International expands in Vegas and other markets.
Well, that’s happening with my sports betting more and more by the day as Cantor Gaming expands their reach with sports betting on a regular basis. Tropicana and Cosmopolitan are the two most recent casinos to add Cantor products.
Cantor is apparently getting another excellent “display case” for its growing line of wagering products that now include remote/mobile gaming and In-running Wagering, which are now available at casinos such as the M Resort, the Venetian-Palazzo complex and the Hard Rock Casino.
Cantor also recently negotiated the right to operate a race and sports book at the Tropicana, a casino whose new owners are looking for the customer-pleasing tools with the potential to give them a step up on the competition. Current plans call for the Tropicana book to be open in time for football season.
It’s already difficult to find a point spread advantage in Vegas casinos and Cantor’s expansion can’t help that as they can hit one button and change lines in multiple casinos. No different than Harrah’s and MGM, respectively.
With that being said, Cantor may bring more good than bad to sports betting. My first instinct always thinks the worst.
The club, which has already been implemented at MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica was originally planned to make its way to Las Vegas in the 4th quarter of 2010. As of this week, the M Life website predicts “early 2011” as ball park date for its debut.
Well, that’s lame. MGM’s forray into mass marketing a la Harrah’s Total Rewards will have to wait. Postmen across the nation are stoked.
I write about the consumer speaking with their dollars if they have a problem with the way they’re being treated. I’ve walked out of enough businesses to show that I practice what I preach.
Wynn is jacking up the Garth Brooks tickets by $110 to $253, including taxes and pencil-sharpening fees and whatever else.
These illicited an outpouring of complaints in the blogosphere and twitterspere. Why wouldn’t Wynn raise ticket prices to the always sold out show? It’s a simple case of supply and demand.
Sure a $100 raise in price is shocking, but until shows go with empty seats there’s no reason for Wynn to stop increasing prices on the Garth Brooks concert.
If you don’t like the price increase don’t go. The best way for any business to hear you is for your money not to continue flowing their way. If you’re very upset, stay away from the Wynn and Encore hotel, casino, restaurants and bars and spread the word to your friends.
For full disclosure I don’t care for Garth Brooks, so this won’t effect any plans I have in the future.
Next week is the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. I first learned about G2E last year. G2E is like most expos and where most of the gambling companies will be debuting their latest and greatest casino games.
Numerous new games from pop culture joining the MegaJackpots family include Godzilla, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, and a new addition to the popular Sex and the City family of games.
I’m already bored with the slots that came out this year and I could enjoy Godzilla and Ghostbusters penny slots.
I have another trip to Las Vegas coming up next week so I decided to check video poker pay tables on vpFREE for games at the two casinos I’ll be staying. For this trip I’ll be splitting time between the Mirage and Harrah’s. I check check other casinos on my iPhone, so I only checked where I’m staying since I play video poker at these the most.
There isn’t much good video poker on the strip so I didn’t expect much. However, when I checked the Mirage I got less than I ever expected. There isn’t a machine under $1 that any smart player would recommend playing. At least they have a good restaurant selection.
Here is the info from vpFREE, which is a must read before any trip to a casino if you play video poker.
Mirage (Last updated June 2010)
99.54% JoB 1-2-3-4-6-9-25-50-800 JoB (FP)
(4)$53/5/10 1 Play Slant bank 2 rows away from hi-limit, next to the table games
$5 1 Play Bar @ Kokomo’s Bar
(8)$5 1 Play Slant between Players Club and Caribe Cafe
(10)$5 1 Play Slant outside high-limit slot room
(1)$5 3/5 Play Slant in high-limit slot room
(1)$5 10 Play Slant in high-limit slot room
(3)$5, $10 3/5 Play Up in high-limit slot room
(1)$5, $10, $25 1 Play MG Slant in high-limit slot room
$5, $10, $25, $1001 Play Bar at the high-limit bar
(2)$25 1 Play Slant in high-limit slot room
(1)$25 3 Play Up in high-limit slot room
(3)$25 3 Play Up in high-limit slot room
(2)$25, $50, $100 1 Play Slant in high-limit slot room
(2)$100 1 Play Slant in high-limit slot room
99.45% BDW 1-1-3-4-4-9-20-40-80-25-200-400-800 BDW (FP)
(1)$5, $10, $25 1 PlayMG Slant in high-limit slot room
99.17% BP 1-2-3-4-5-8-25-40-80-50-800 BP (FP)
(8)$5 1 Play MG Slant between Players Club and Caribe Cafe
(1)$1 1 Play Slant near Players Club
(4)$10 1 Play Prog outside high limit towards atrium
(4)$25 1 Play Prog outside high limit towards atrium
99.11% DB 1-1-3-5-7-9-50-80-160-50-800
(5)$1 1 Play Slant $1 on west side of high-limit area
$10 1 Play MG Bar @ the new high-limit bar area
98.98% DDB 1-1-3-4-6-9-50-80-160-160-400-50-800 DDB (FP)
$10 1 PlayMG Bar @ the new high-limit bar area
98.45% JoB 1-2-3-4-5-9-25-50-800
(8)$5 1 Play Prog Up near Samba Restaurant [Read more…] about Las Vegas Video Poker Check
Stations Casinos is offering Veterans a free buffet, today, for Veterans Day.
Station Casinos are mostly for the Las Vegas locals so this should fit nicely with their overall marketing scheme. In the event that some Veterans are traveling this weekend they increase their reach a little with a promotion like this.
This is a nice piece of outreach to the people that spent part of their lives protecting and serving this country. Kudo’s to Station!