Vegas Report – Early Friday

…so after only about 3 hours of sleep I was wide awake so I decided to shower and head down to the casino.  The closest cup of coffee was Payard’s, so I grabbed a large cup and a croissant.  Both were excellent.  While drinking my 1st cup I was checking twitter when I read the news that Danny Gans had passed away.  Many were saddened by this and it’s always sad to see someone pass away so young.  A cynic will wonder how they will replace all of the billboards around the airport and Las Vegas strip.

I played a slew of penny and nickle slots throughout the morning.  I lost everything I put into the machines.  I did so bad, I didn’t even take note of how bad.  This was a rough start to the day.  After a couple hours I went back to Payard’s for a crepe and orange juice.  I’ve never had a crepe before, but this one was pretty damn good.

I was invited for a tour of Zappos Friday afternoon, but the time coincided with the Manny Pacquiao & Ricky Hatton weigh in and the fight was the excuse for the trip.  I love Zappos, so this was a hard decision for me.  However, I was traveling with someone who’s never heard of Zappos (gasp!) so that eased the pain.

After a little relaxating back in the room I headed over to MGM for the weigh in.  It was packed!  There were tons of Brits in for Ricky Hatton.  I made my way towards the arena when I found all of the boxing fans.  I could not believe how crowded it was.  In fact I was told that they were only letting VIP’s after standing in the crowd for about 20 minutes.

weigh-in

After not moving for another 10 minutes I decided to head back to the casino to gamble.  Standing around isn’t very fun to me.  On the way toward the arena I noticed a giant slot.  Of course it was another stupid penny slot.  I lost another $20 and really didn’t have any fun playing so I headed over to play 8/5 Jacks or Better video poker where after about an hour or so I left up $5.

Since this was my friends first time at the MGM I decided to show him the Lion Habitat. The Lions are located on the opposite side of MGM – about a 15 minute walk when not crowded.  On the way there we were sidetracked by 3 card poker.  Table minimums were $10 and would be $25 by the time we left.  After too many drinks, a great dealer and nice pit boss I walked away up $400.  Not too shabby.

Unfortunately, closed circuit viewing of the fight at MGM had sold out while I was at the table so I was told to head over to NYNY to get tickets there.  There was a pit stop to look at the lions on the way to NYNY.  No more tickets available by the time I get NYNY but I was able to secure viewing at the Mirage.  Not ideal, but it wasn’t a big deal.

It was back to the room to change before dinner at Prime…

Vegas Report – Thursday – Let’s Roll!

…after checking out the room it was time to explore Caesars Palace.  After walking around the casino a little bit I decided that I needed a snack before dinner.  I hit up Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  It was just opening for dinner so I decided on the baby romaine salad.  This was a fancy name for a Caesar salad with chorizo.  It was damn good and the perfect snack.

I found a strange looking 7 card/3 hand video poker game by Shadow Bar and decided to get my gambling started.  Since I really didn’t know anything about this I played $20 that went away rather quickly.  I then swore this game off because it wasn’t really fun.

I went back up to the room to change for dinner and watch the end of game 6 of Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics.  Of course this game ended up going to overtime.  Since I haven’t been to Palazzo, I got there with plenty of time to walk around.  I signed up for Club Grazi online and went to pick up my card.  I forgot that I received a $50 gaming credit when I signed up.  That would have been awesome if the machines would accept the card.  I decided to have a drink at the bar while I lost another $20 on video poker.  I couldn’t see the TV’s, but the bartender was getting updates and the Bulls and Celtics ended up going to a game 7.

It was time for what I was assuming would be the highlight of the night – Carne Vino.  I sat at the bar waiting for some friends and had a wonderful glass of Valpolicella.

carne-wino

As the glass was emptying my friends arrived and it was off to mangia!  After watching this video about 20 times I could not be more excited for what was in store.  No appetizer, no funny business, just bring me the steak.  Being the polite people we are we decided to wait while the final steak was delivered.

bone

In the meantime, my porterhouse was taken off the bone and drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil.  I’ve eaten a lot of steak, but this piece of meat was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.  It was hard to wait and 5-10 minutes felt like 30 minutes.

steak

The steak was accompanied with mashed potato zeppole.  I nice creamy and crunchy compliment to the steak.  The delay in the final steak delivery proved to have one upside surprise – Free Dessert!  We were presented with a trio of sorbet for the table: Rhubarb, Banana and Date (I think).  Banana was the clear winner for me, but the table was split.  Overall, this was a great dinner and maybe the best steak I’ve had in Las Vegas!

After dinner we parted ways and it was time to go downtown.  We watched KISS on the Fremont Street Experience.  I’m not a KISS fan, but this was pretty awesome.

kiss-downtown

After the show was over we walked around Fremont Street just so my friend could enjoy the spectacle.

gulch

After walking around for a little while I went on the hunt for Golden Monkey.  This is my favorite penny slot and not located in many casinos.  However, the Golden Nugget has a bank of these machines so I headed in.  After roaming around for a few minute I found it and proceeded to lose another $20.  It seems as if any time I put a $20 in that nothing is coming out, so I decided to stop after the loss.

I moved to a mini Pai Gow table to really get the night moving.  Pai Gow is kind of a fun game, but with all of the pushes it’s great for drinking.  After about 8 drinks and 90 minutes I left the Golden Nugget up $100 dollars.  I was happy with that and after small rolling for the first day I was happy to be up a little heading back to Caesars.

Once back to Caesars I promptly lost $300 sitting at a 3 card poker table.  It was the most expensive Coors Light in my history of gambling.  I may have won 2 hands.  It was an aweful session.  It was just after 3am and I was hitting a wall.  I decided to play $5 9/6 Jacks or Better on my way back to the room.  I lost $300 quicker than I did in 3 card poker.  That was a sign that it was time to call it a night.

All in all my first day in Vegas lasted over 25 hours.  I had a great meal and was buzzed enough to pass out quickly…I only had about 3 hours of sleep and it was off to Friday…

Kentucky Derby!

I don’t follow horse racing too much, but I always pay attention to the Triple Crown races.  This weekend will be no different with the Kentucky Derby taking place.  

 Horse Betting at sportsbook.com

 I usually make an exacta wager or two on the Kentucky Derby.  This year I’ll probably add a couple of long shots to the exacta mix.  Unlike most years I’ll get a magazine and study up on my flight out to Vegas.  

Click the ad above to place your bets on the race.  There are a slew of odd prop bets that are too far above my knowledge to get into.  I never thought I’d see a bet I couldn’t handle.  That time has finally come.  To each their own!

Las Vegas Blackjack Research

I have been on the hunt for the past few weeks to find infomation on Las Vegas blackjack payouts by casino.  While that information has showed me some new resources that search has also led me to many dead ends.

It seems as if the Las Vegas blackjack community is loud, but not as organized as the video poker players I’ve met.  So what have I learned from my search?

17’s:  Almost every table in Las Vegas seems to be where the dealer hits on soft 17.  This is to the advantage of the casino.  All tables in Atlantic City have dealers hiting on soft 17, so I’m used to this.

Payouts:   Blackjack pays both 6:5 and 3:2 in most casinos.  It seems as if 6:5 is taking over and the game most easily available.  3:2 blackjack games are supposedly hidden.

Shoe vs. Single Deck:  6:5 blackjack increases the house advantage by 1.39% when playing with a shoe.  House advantage with single deck goes from .2% to 1.6%.

Best reference found:  BJ21.com.  This was the best reference I was able to find.  For more details on 6:5 odds take a look at this post.

Best community:  The Las Vegas Trip Advisor forum had many willing voices.  While the Atlantic City forum has more video poker advice, Las Vegas’ forum had more people that played a wider variety of games.

What did I learn?  Not too much.  I really learned the difference between 6:5 payouts vs. 3:2 payouts.  I knew a little, but I feel much more well versed.  As long as I keep my wits about me I should be able to find a 3:2 blackjack game.  I’m not sure that will happen, but at least I know.

If you have any more references, please email me or comment below to share with everyone.

Las Vegas Full Pay Jacks or Better

I’ve been looking at incoming searches to ECG and have noticed that every day there are people looking for full pay 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker for both Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  

I’ve cleaned up information from vpFREE2.   I realized how great the community is at vpFREE while doing research on Las Vegas blackjack payouts.  If you are very into video poker I urge you to participate on the vpFREE forum.

This is a list of all casinos in Las Vegas with their full pay 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker machines if they have them. Each entry also includes type of game and denominations avalable.  For details on all games head over to vpFREE2.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1

Bally’s Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

Barcelona Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c(3 lines, 5 lines), 25c(3 lines, 5 lines)

Bellagio Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $25(10 lines, 3 lines,
5 lines), $100

Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon 
NA

Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c

Boulder Station Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $2

Caesars Palace Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

California Hotel and Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $2(10
lines, 3 lines, 5 line…

Cannery Casino & Hotel 
NA

Casino Royale and Hotel 
NA

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
NA

Eastside Cannery Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢(5 Coins, 10 Play, Slant-top, TITO)
25¢(5 Coins, 1 Play, Slant-top, Coin, $1, $2, 5 Coins, 10 Play, Upright, TITO)  

El Cortez Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 10c(MS, STP), 25c(MS, STP)

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5

Encore Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3
lines, 5 lines, SP), $25(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $100(3 lines)

Excalibur Hotel and Casino 
NA

Fiesta Rancho Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP)…

Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel 
NA

Flamingo/O’Shea’s 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

Four Queens Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 25c, 50c, $1

Fremont Hotel and Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, $1

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c(3 lines, 5 lines, MS, STP), 50c(10 lines, 2 lines,
3 lines, 5 lines), $1(10 lines, 2 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $2(10 lines,
2 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $5(10 lines, 2 lines)

Gold Spike Hotel and Casino 
NA

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino 
NA

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $25

Greek Isles Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c

Green Valley Resort Spa Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 50c(Prog)

Hacienda Hotel and Casino 
NA

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $10, $25, $50

Harrah’s Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

Hooters Casino Hotel 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1

Imperial Palace 
NA

Jerry’s Nugget Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c

Las Vegas Hilton 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 25c(10 lines), $1, $5

Longhorn Hotel Casino 
NA

Luxor 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5
lines), $25

M Resort 
99.54% JoB (FP): $25, $50, $100 , 5 Coins , 1 Play , Upright , 

MGM Grand Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1(100 lines, 50 lines), $2(100 lines, 50 lines), $5(10
lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $25(10 lines,
3 lines, 5 lines), $50(3 lines, 5 lines), $100(3 lines)

Main Street Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3
lines, 5 lines), $25, $100

Mirage Resort & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $2(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5
lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25(3 lines), $50, $100

Monte Carlo 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25

MonteLago Village Resort 
NA

New York New York Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25

Opera House Casino 
NA

Orleans Hotel & Casino 
NA

Palace Station Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $2

Palazzo Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP)

Palms 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $2, 5 Coins, 3/5 Play, Upright
25¢, 5 Coins, 1 Play, Slant-top
1¢, 5 Coins, 50 Play, Slant-top
25¢, 5 Coins, 5 Play, Upright

Paris Las Vegas 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas
99.54% JoB (FP): $5 (5 Coins, 1 Play, Slant-top)
$10, $25 (5 Coins, 1 Play, Slant-top)

Plaza Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1

Poker Palace Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c

Rainbow Club & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c(3 lines), 25c(3 lines), 50c, $1(3 lines)

Rampart Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25¢, 50¢, $1, $2(5 Coins, 1 Play, Upright) 

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1, $2

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100

Sahara Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $2, $5

Sam’s Town Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c(Prog), $1

Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino 
NA

Silver Nugget Casino 
NA

Silverton Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 10c, 25c(Prog), 50c, $1

Skyline Casino 
NA

Slots-A-Fun Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1, $2

South Point Hotel Casino & Spa 
NA

Stratosphere Hotel 
NA

Suncoast Casino & Hotel 
NA

Sunset Station Hotel & Casino 
NA

Terrible’s Hotel Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1

Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
NA

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25

Tropicana Hotel & Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP): $1, $2, $5

Tuscany Suites & Casino 
NA

Vegas Club Hotel & Casino 
NA

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino 
99.54% JoB (FP)

Western Hotel & Casino 
NA

Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa 
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c

Wild Wild West Hotel & Casino 
NA

Wildfire Gaming 
NA

Wynn Las Vegas
99.54% JoB (FP): $2(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $5(10 lines, 3
lines, 5 lines, 50 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP),
$25(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $100(3 lines)
99.54% JoB (FP): 5c, 25c, 50c, $1, $5

 

Betting on the NFL Draft!

I was watching ESPN over the weekend and there was wall to wall coverage, as usual, in preparation of the 2009 NFL Draft.  After repeated stories of the NY Jets looking for a way to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez my mind wandered.  The NFL always has a reason to gamble and, of course, sportsbook.com has prop bets ready.  

Odds taken from sportsbook.com 4/22/09

Number of Quarter Backs taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 2.5 (-350)
  • Under 2.5 (+225) 

Number of Running Backs taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 2.5 (+120)
  • Under 2.5 (-160)

2009 NFL Draft – Number of Wide Receivers+Tight Ends taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6 (-170)
  • Under 6 (+130)

Number of Offensive Linemen taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6.5 (-105)
  • Under 6.5 (-135)

Michael Crabtree – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (+200)
  • Under 7.5 (-300)

Andre Smith – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6.5
  • Under 6.5 (-130)

Mark Sanchez – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 10.5 (+160)
  • Under 10.5 (-220)

Jeremy Maclin – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (-140)
  • Under 7.5 (even)

Knowshon Moreno – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 21.5 (+110)
  • Under 21.5 (-150)

Chris Beanie Wells – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 15.5 (-170)
  • Under 15.5 (+130)

Rey Maualuga – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 16.5 (-250)
  • Under 16.5 (+175)

Hakeem Nicks – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 29.5 (-200)
  • Under 29.5 (+150)

Brandon Pettigrew – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 23.5 (-130)
  • Under 23.5

BJ Raji – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 8.5 (+150)
  • Under 8.5 (-200)

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Knowshon Moreno (Georgia) +150 
  • Chris Wells (Ohio State) -200

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech) -250
  • Jeremy Maclin (Missouri) +175

 Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Percy Harvin (Florida) -250
  • Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) +175 

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Brian Orakpo (Texas) -200
  • BJ Raji (Boston College) +150

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) +175 
  • Clay Matthews (USC) -250

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Brian Cushing (USC) -160 
  • Rey Maualuga (USC) +120

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Javon Ringer (Michigan State) -160
  • Glen Coffee (Alabama) +120

Total SEC Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (+160)
  • Under 7.5 (-200) 

Total ACC Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5 (-150)
  • Under 5 (+110)

Total Big 12 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5.5 (-135)
  • Under 5.5 (-105)

Total Big 10 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 4.5 (-120)
  • Under 4.5 (-120)

Total PAC 10 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5.5 (-135)
  • Under 5.5 (-105)

James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -120
  • No -120

Brian Robiskie (Ohio State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes +175 
  • No -250

Clay Matthews (USC) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -400
  • No +250

Josh Freeman (Kansas State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -700
  • No +400

 Patrick White (West Virginia) – Will he be Drafted on Day 1 of the Draft (Rounds 1 and 2) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -200 
  • No +150

 John Parker Wilson (Alabama) – Will he be Drafted on Day 1 of the Draft (Rounds 1 and 2) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes +225 
  • No -350 

People from New Jersey Want Sports Betting

A Fairleigh Dickenson study shows that New Jersey residents wan’t sports gambling.  In fact they want it by more than a 2 to 1 ratio.  The sample size is very small but, as someone who would love to see legal sports gambling in New Jersey, this is nice to see.

In the poll, 63 percent of New Jerseyans said they support making sports betting legal at the 11 Atlantic City casinos, while 32 percent opposed it. Men favored it by a 69-27 margin, while women’s support was softer at 58-36.

Its interesting to see the difference in where these same people would like to see sports gambling.

The poll also found similarly strong support for allowing sports betting at horse racing tracks, by a margin of 63 percent to 30 percent.

But voters were nearly split on whether to allow it at off-track betting parlors, with 48 percent saying yes and 43 percent saying no.

By a wide margin, 66 to 26 percent, New Jerseyans oppose legalizing sports betting by telephone and the Internet.

I find it strange that anyone would want to legalize sports gambling in public, but not on the internet – in the privacy of someone’s home.  I must be missing something there.  

Hopefully, the continued public acceptance of sports gambling will prove to government that there is a place for this.  This can only help the casino business.

 

Source: Philly.com.  Read the results of the poll from FDU.

Penny Slots are NOT Your Friend

As I’ve mentioned before, the lower the denomination on a slot machine the worse the payout.  Todays Press of Atlantic City goes a little deeper into that subject.  Here are some nuggets from the article.

  • Penny machines outperformed all other slot machines in 2008.
  • While Atlantic City’s casino revenue has plummeted overall, the take from penny slot machines and their 2-cent counterparts rose 8.4 percent last year, compared with 2007, to nearly $698 million.
  • Every property in town except for Showboat Casino-Hotel added more penny machines last year. There are currently 7,584 penny slots, a nearly 20 percent increase from 2007, New Jersey Casino Control Commission statistics show.
  • They represent 22 percent of Atlantic City’s 34,000 total slot machines.
  • Borgata boosted its penny slots inventory last year by 32 percent and trails only Bally’s Atlantic City and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in the number of 1-cent machines. At the end of 2008, Bally’s had 991, the Taj Mahal 946 and Borgata 927 of those slots

Casinos will only add a game if it makes them money.  Clearly there are of these machines and they are making casinos money.  It’s humnan nature to think anything that costs a penny will allow your dollar to go farther.  When it comes to gambling, that is counter-intuative.  

I’ve noticed more slot machines in casinos, but never consciously thought about it.  Now that I think about it, I’ve definitely been drawn into some of these penny slots over the past year.  For me, they are little more than entertainment.  I enjoy playing slots with bonus games like Top Gun or Golden Monkey.  If I win, it’s a bonus.  I know going in that I shouldn’t expect to win.  With that mindset I can happily enjoy these games for what they’re worth.

Slot Machine Payouts – April 9, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before I find slot machine payout percentages very interesting.  I used to look more in depth for information from local gaming commissions.  Every time I looked I found the same thing.  The higher the denomination, the higher the payout.  With that being said, with a trip planned for Las Vegas I’m happy to see their slot machines are paying out a little better than the last time I checked.  

 

These payouts include all machines: video poker, keno and slots.  Total machine payout %’s for all denominations.

 

Atlantic  City

Resorts 91.8 *

Borgata 91.7 *

Trump Taj Mahal 91.4 *

 

Connecticut 

Foxwoods 91.7

Mohegan Sun 91.4


Nevada

Boulder Strip 96.1

North Las Vegas 95.9 *

Balance of County 95.2

Reno 94.9 *

Mesquite 94.4 *

Downtown Las Vegas 93.6 *

Laughlin 93.5 *

Lake Tahoe 93.2 *

Las Vegas Strip 93.1 *


* — Denotes change in casino rankings or areas since last reporting.

All information was taken from Gamblingteachers.com who take the time to gather and share this information.  Again, I’ve only posted payout information for where I normally would gamble.  For slot machine payout information from all parts of the country make sure you check out their site.  It’s chock full of great information.

What does this mean for me?  It means that I won’t shy away from playing slot machines in Las Vegas if I get the itch.  If payouts last month trended lower I’d probably spend my low limit wandering playing video poker.  It’s nice to see that Las Vegas payouts are much better than Atlantic City and Connecticut.  It’s nice to see that until I head back to the east coast casinos.

Las Vegas Video Poker Research Part 2

Last month I began to examine video poker pay tables for casinos that I plan on enjoying on my next trip to Las Vegas.  As I found out it seems any 9/6 Jacks or Better machines are $5 and above.

This time I explore the best paying games at those same casinos below $5 that are not 9/6 Jacks or Better.  I’m editing all information to just show the best paying games below $5.  When playing 9/6 Jacks or Better I usually play $1 machines.

Like part 1 of my research all information taken from the wonderful people at vpFREE2.

Bally’s
7/5 BP (98.0%)
(12) 25c MG PROG (RF) near the Keno Lounge.
(12) 25c MG PROG (Suited RF’s) near the Keno Lounge.
(8) 25¢/50¢/$1 MG/MD near the Keno Lounge.
(6) 25¢/50¢/$1 (3/5 Play) MG/MD near the Keno Lounge.
(8) $1 MG PROG (RF) near the Keno Lounge.
(4) $1/$2/$5 MG/MD near the Keno Lounge.

Bellagio
7/5 BP (98.0%)
(6) 50c PROG (RF) slant-tops near Snacks snack bar.
(10) $5 PROG (RF) MG slant-tops outside high-limit area.
6 DB (97.8%)
(10) 25c PROG (RF) slant-tops near Jasmine Restaurant.
(5) 25c PROG (RF) slant-tops near Caramel Lounge.
(4) 25c (10-coin) PROG (RF/SF/Quad 5-K) slant-tops near Circo Restaurant.
(5) $1 PROG (RF) slant-tops near Fontana Bar.
(10) $5 PROG (RF) MG slant-tops outside high-limit area.

Caesars Palace
8/5 JoB (97.3%)
25c PROG RF (slow meter) carousel in the garage entrance area.
(7) 25¢/50¢ (3/5 Play) MG/MD play machines in the garage entrance area.

Encore
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(10) $1 PROG (RF) slant-tops near Southside Bar.
$2 MG/MD bartops @ Southside Bar.
$2 MG/MD Spin Poker bartops @ Southside Bar.
(8) $2 MG/MD Spin Poker slant-tops outside high-limit.
$2/$5 MG/MD bartops @ Eastside Lounge Bar.
$2/$5 MG/MD Spin Poker bartops @ Switch Bar.
(4) $2/$5 MG/MD Spin Poker Deluxe slant-tops outside high-limit.

9/6 DDB (99.0%)
(1) 25c/$1/$2 MG/MD Spin Poker Deluxe slant- top near Red Card Desk.

Flamingo
6/5 BP (96.9%)
(12) 25c PROG (RF) in NE corner of the casino.
(10) $1 PROG (RF) in NE corner of the casino.

Gold Coast
12/4 DBDW (99.8%)
25c/50c/$1 MG/MD uprights scattered around casino.
(6) 50c/$1/$2 MG/MD uprights near escalator to bingo.

NSUD (99.7%)
(8) 25c MG/MD uprights near Flamingo Road Bar.
(4) 25c Multi-Strike MG/MD uprights near Bowling Center escalator.
(6) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD uprights near (4 rows in front of) Ping Pang Pong restaurant.
50c/$1 MG/MD uprights scattered around casino.
(12) 50c/$1/$2 MG/MD uprights near Ping Pang Pong restaurant.
(12) 50c/$1/$2 MG/MD uprights between high-limit room and table games.
(8) 50c/$1/$2 MG/MD uprights between high-limit room and Sportsbook Bar.
(7) $2 MG/MD uprights in high-limit area.
(4) $2 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area.

Golden Nugget
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(8) 25c MG/MD slant-tops beside Fremont Street Bar towards Four Queens.
(8) 25c MG/MD slant-tops near The Grille.

Hard Rock
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(4) 25c (3/5 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in front of cashier.
(2) 25c (3/5 Play) MG/MD slant-tops down steps from hotel registration.
(4) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD slant-tops down steps from hotel registration.
(8) 50c/$1 MG/MD slant-tops down steps from The Joint.
(6) $1/$2 MG/MD slant-tops near slot club.
$1/$2/$5/$10 (3/5 Play) MG/MD in high-limit room.

Harrah’s
9/5 JoB (98.4%)
5c/10c/25c/50c/$1/$2 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD All-Star Poker near Poker Palace, diamond buffet entrance.

Luxor
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $1 (Blue Game King) in high-limit area.

Mandalay Bay
12/8 LDW (99.2%)
(3) 25c MG uprights near the noodle shop.
(2) 25¢ MG uprights between the House of Blues and the sports book.

MGM Grand
15/9 DW (98.9%)
(4) 25c (10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops between Crazy Horse Theatre and Lion Habitat.
(4) 25c (50 Play) MG/MD slant-tops between Crazy Horse Theatre and Lion Habitat.

Mirage
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(1) $1 slant-top near Players Club.

9/7 DB (99.1%)
(5) $1 on west side of high-limit area.

8/5 JoB (97.3%)
25c slant-tops scatterered around casino.
(8) 25c PROG (RF) slant-tops between Poker Room and front atrium.
(10) 25c PROG (RF) slant-tops near Carnegie Deli.
(10) $1 PROG (RF) uprights between Players Club and Stack Restaurant.
(12) $1 PROG (RF) slant-tops between Ava Lounge and table games.

New York New York
8/5/30 BP (98.5%)
(17) $2 MG/MD bartops @ Times Square Bar.

Palazzo
17/7/940 JW (98.4%)
(8) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD uprights between walkway to Venetian and Laguna Bar.

Palms
FPDW (100.7%)
(10) 25c PROG (RF – 0.05% meter) slant-tops near Mint Lounge.

20/7 JW (100.6%)
(6) 25c uprights outside entrance to Garduno’s.

10/7 DB (100.2%)
(10) 25c uprights near the front (valet) door.
(2) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD bartops on the far east end of the Island Bar – one on each side.
(1) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD bartop @ far left side of Lounge Bar.
(1) 25c/50c/$1 MG/MD bartop right beside cocktail server station on Sportsbook side of Sportsbook Bar.
(4) $1 uprights near hotel registration.
(10) $1 slant-top PROG (RF) near Bistro Buffet.
(2) $1/$2 MD uprights near hotel registration.

Planet Hollywood
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(2) $1/$2/$5 MG/MD uprights in a circular carousel of 6 machines beside table games towards main cashier.
(2) $1/$2/$5 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area by main cashier.
(5) $1/$2/$5/$10 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area by main cashier.
(5) $1/$2/$5/$10 (3/5 play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area by main cashier.

Venetian
8/5 TB+ (98.7%)
(14) $1/$2/$5 MG/MD slant-tops near food court.

9/5 JoB (98.4%)
(3) $1/$2 MD Spin Poker slant-tops in the high limit room.
(3) $1/$2 (10 Play) MD slant-tops in the high limit room.
(3) $1/$2/$5 (3/5 Play) MD slant-tops in the high limit room.

WYNN
8/5 BP (99.2%)
(3) $1/$2/$5 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(1) $2 Spin Poker Deluxe MG/MD slant-top near Zoo Za Crackers Deli.
(1) $2 (50 Play) MG/MD slant-top near Red 8 Restaurant.
(1) $2 (100 Play) MG/MD slant-top near Red 8 Restaurant.
(3) $2/$5 Spin Poker MG/MD slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
$2/$5/$10 MG/MD bartops @ B Bar and Sportsbook Bar.
$2/$5/$25/$100 MG/MD slant-tops scattered around casino.

While there is a good variety of video poker games the pay tables outside of the Palms are less than optimal.

While reading through this information and receiving tips from others I decided to brush up on my Double Double Bonus Poker strategy at Wizard of Odds this weekend.  It’s a pretty volatile game, but it’s strategy is very similar to Jacks or Better which I’ve pretty much mastered.

I consider my video poker research complete.  I’ll practice strategy a little more throughout the month.  Next on the research list is Blackjack payouts.