An important part of the fun of visiting Las Vegas is still gambling. Between the complimentary drinks and action on the table or machine, there are plenty of good times. I’ve gone through the ringer trying to find my favorite casino game(s).
Casinos across the country are closed right now in an effort to slow the spreading of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). There’s a lot to consider about returning to a casino when we’re no longer under quarantine. Will you immediately sit down at the first blackjack game you can find?
Rampart Casino in Summerlin is attached to the J.W. Marriott. It’s not the first casino people think of when planning a trip to Las Vegas but that could change with a new change to the casino bar. In February, Rampart Casino opened the first Buffalo Bar.
We’ve been looking at some of the best and worst blackjack games in Las Vegas recently. There are plenty of 3:2 blackjack games in downtown Las Vegas. Many of those games have a minimum wager under $25.
Las Vegas is different things to different people. The Vegas Strip is known for its mega casino-resorts. This part of Las Vegas is where you’ll find the luxury casinos, Michelin rated restaurants, huge nightclubs, luxurious spas, and big-name entertainment. There’s one thing noticeably missing from the Vegas Strip – great affordable gambling.
Blackjack on the Vegas Strip ain’t what it used to be. Sure, it’s the most played game in casinos. There are more blackjack tables on the Vegas Strip than any other game. According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, there were 1,196 blackjack tables on the Vegas Strip as of December 2019.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Feb. 18, 2020) – Resorts World Las Vegas announced the selection of Konami Gaming, Inc., as its exclusive gaming system management partner. Konami’s award-winning system, SYNKROS, will streamline, manage and optimize the US$4.3 billion resort’s gaming operations by converting meaningful data into actionable information. The dynamic system will provide the resort with powerful marketing, communications and tracking tools designed to increase player engagement through individually customized incentives; assess and optimize real-time casino performance through detailed reporting and visual analytics; and manage accounting, slot and table operations, among other capabilities.
Scheduled to open in Summer 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas will be the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip to integrate the full suite of tools available through SYNKROS’ comprehensive enterprise software license throughout the 110,000-square-foot, next-generation casino floor. Through the partnership, Resorts World Las Vegas and Konami will collaborate to bring a complete array of marketing solutions including first-to-market technology to the property, while simultaneously enhancing the players’ experience through key benefits including cashless wagering, mobile account management, loyalty and bonus awards and more.
“Reinventing the hospitality experience in Las Vegas means enhancing our service measures and
boosting customer engagement through every touch point of the Resorts World Las Vegas experience, including gaming,” said Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas. “Through this partnership with Konami and the implementation of SYNKROS, we will have the ability to connect with players in real time to provide the most cutting-edge, personalized gaming experience on the Las Vegas Strip.”
“The opening of Resorts World Las Vegas will bring a wave of leading-edge technology, convenience, and amenities to guests, in ways that are absolutely historic for Las Vegas and the larger global gaming community,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief commercial officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “For years, Konami’s SYNKROS has worked to deliver guest experiences at the forefront of innovation, so the chance to create new heights of engagement and entertainment for future Resorts World patrons truly resonates with our shared, enduring vision. The work of Scott Sibella and his team has made an exciting impression on the space and we greatly anticipate this addition to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.”
Press release: February 10, 2020 – LAS VEGAS – CBS Sports and William Hill, America’s leading sports book operator, today announced a strategic partnership that makes William Hill the Official Sports Book and Wagering Data Provider across all CBS Sports platforms. The deal will reimagine fan engagement through a unique integration of sports betting, media, product and technology. The partnership will tip off with initial integrations in March on CBS Sports digital platforms, with a full rollout planned for the fantasy football season.
The partnership extends CBS Sports’ digital leadership in the sports betting space and allows for the creation of even more relevant content across its wide array of platforms. CBS Sports will utilize William Hill’s odds, experts and more than 140 sports books to bolster its current digital offerings, delivering deeper information and programming produced from William Hill sports books across the country, and further engaging sports bettors and fans. In addition, the partnership includes opportunities to feature William Hill data, odds and markets across CBS television programming.
William Hill will receive exclusive rights to promote its brand across CBS Sports’ broad range of digital properties, including through CBS Sports Fantasy, one of the largest fantasy platforms in the world, resulting in highly efficient customer acquisition for the sports betting company.
“We’re thrilled to launch this momentous partnership, which will allow us to deepen our investment and further extend our leadership in delivering multi-platform sports wagering content, while providing William Hill with unprecedented reach for their market-leading betting platform as they continue to grow their industry-leading U.S. business,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital. “The power of our distribution, combined with the strength of our brands and the expertise of William Hill, has us well positioned to tap into the explosive growth of the legal sports betting industry in the U.S. Together, we will deliver even more value to this rapidly growing segment of sports fans.”
“CBS Sports, similar to William Hill, has a longstanding history of connecting fans directly to the biggest events and most iconic moments in sports,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “We are excited about this partnership, with assets including mass-reach digital content products, one of the largest fantasy sports databases and platforms in the world, and leading sports television programming, which will allow us to expand the William Hill brand across America quickly and efficiently.”
CBS Sports Digital is the second-largest sports property in the U.S. with more than 80 million users per month across its sites and apps as well as tens of millions of followers on social platforms. CBS Sports Digital offerings include SportsLine, the dedicated subscription platform for game picks and predictions that has seen strong subscriber growth in recent years; CBSSports.com; 24/7 streaming network CBS Sports HQ, which features the nightly SportsLine show focused on sports betting and delivered triple-digit viewership growth in 2019; CBS Sports Fantasy; CBS Sports apps; and 247Sports.
Powered by a heritage that dates back to 1934, William Hill established its U.S. presence in Las Vegas in 2012 and has grown to become America’s leading sports book operator by differentiating itself from the industry as an innovative pioneer in sports betting. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that overturned PASPA in 2018, William Hill has led the United States expansion of sports betting and now has operations in 10 states. The company currently accepts one out of every four sports bets placed in the U.S.
Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Feb. 10, 2020) – SAHARA Las Vegas will welcome players to its all-new poker room on Friday, Feb. 14 with an array of game offerings and impressive room features. The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas will be open daily beginning at 10 a.m.
The new poker room boasts seven tables, a 16-foot by nine-foot LED video wall and five additional screens throughout the room along with 24/7 food options provided by Northside Café. The room will offer an extensive game chart including No Limit Texas Holdem, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, 7-card Stud and various mix games with the ability to spread what players are seeking.
Tournaments will be offered daily with at least four start times and buy-ins ranging from $45 to $100, with No Limit Texas Holdem as the primary tournament. Live cash games will also run daily and promotions will be held throughout the duration of those games. The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas also offers a competitive rake at 10 percent with a $4 max. Players will receive $2 in rewards points per hour played in a cash game by signing up to play through Poker Atlas. Points can be redeemed at several of the resort’s restaurants, while Club 52 members are eligible to receive personalized deals and one-of-a-kind access to everything SAHARA Las Vegas has to offer.
The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 21. Players can enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, branded swag, gift cards and giveaways. Bounties will also be in play for the exciting event.
To view current cash games and tournaments or to register to play, visit pokeratlas.com/poker-room/sahara-las-vegas. For more information on the Poker Room and SAHARA Las Vegas, visit saharalasvegas.com.
I found Las Vegas and the casino business because of gambling. My first time gambling was in grade school when I learned how to play poker. We played for pennies and had a great time. My poker playing days stayed on the east coast since I only gamble in casinos nowadays.