Station Casinos Holding On. For Now.

Last night Las Vegas’ mostly locals casino chain, Station Casinos, announced that they were given an extension on their deadline to file for bankruptcy by their lenders.  The extension is for 30 days and doesn’t mean that Station Casinos is in the clear just yet.

The May 15 deadline gives holders of $2.3 billion in bonds more time to consider Station Casinos’ offer to buy back investors’ bonds and exchange them with new, discounted notes with extended maturity dates, potentially reducing the company’s debt by $1.7 billion.

The extension postpones a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Station, which anticipates filing for bankruptcy protection regardless of whether bondholders approve the exchange.

Filing for Chapter 11 isn’t always the death of a business.  In this case it could allow Station Casinos the ability to restructure, pay off debt and stay in business.  

As I’ve mentioned before, I like Station Casinos and think there is a place in the market for them.  I, almost always, make it a point to stop off at the Gold Coast.  I have plans on doing that again on my next trip.  The Gold Coast was on of the places where I honed my gambling chops and I hope things stay in tact.

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.

Betting on Golf? The Masters Odds Are In

I was looking for a game to bet on sportsbook.com while watching the Final 4 this weekend.  While looking around I decided to check on odds for the Masters, which begins on Thursday.

Tiger Woods is, obviously, the favorite.  What intrigued me was the odds for the players that aren’t Tiger Woods.  Sportbook.com has the following odds:

Aaron Baddeley     +10000
Adam Scott     +5000
Andres Romero     +6000
Angel Cabrera     +8000
Anthony Kim     +3000
Ben Curtis     +12500
Bernhard Langer +15000
Boo Weekley     +12500
Brandt Snedeker +12500
Bubba Watson     +8000
Camilo Villegas +3000
Carl Pettersson +15000
Chad Campbell     +12500
Charles Howell III +15000
Charley Hoffman +10000
Chez Reavie     +25000
Colt Knost     +25000
DJ Trahan     +15000
Daniel Chopra     +20000
Davis Love III     +15000
Ernie Els     +3000
Fred Couples     +10000
Geoff Ogilvy     +2000
Graeme McDowell +15000
Greg Norman     +20000
Heath Slocum     +20000
Henrik Stenson     +6000
Hunter Mahan     +8000
Ian Poulter     +8000
JB Holmes     +15000
Jeev Milkha Singh +10000
Jim Furyk     +4000
John Merrick     +20000
Jonathan Byrd     +25000
Jose Maria Olazabal +15000
Justin Leonard     +10000
Justin Rose     +6000
KJ Choi     +6000
Kenny Perry     +6000
Lee Westwood     +8000
Lucas Glover     +20000
Luke Donald     +6000
Mark Calcavecchia +20000
Mark Omeara     +25000
Martin Kaymer     +15000
Michael Campbell+25000
Miguel Angel Jimenez +15000
Mike Weir     +5000
Nick OHern     +20000
Nick Watney     +4000
Oliver Wilson     +20000
Padraig Harrington +2000
Pat Perez     +15000
Paul Casey     +4000
Peter Lonard     +25000
Phil Mickelson     +700
Retief Goosen     +3000
Robert Allenby     +8000
Robert Karlsson +8000
Rocco Mediate     +10000
Rory McIlroy     +4000
Rory Sabbatini     +10000
Ross Fisher     +15000
Ryan Moore     +25000
Ryuji Imada     +15000
Scott Verplank     +20000
Sean OHair     +5000
Sergio Garcia     +2000
Soren Hansen     +20000
Stephen Ames     +12500
Steve Flesch     +15000
Steve Marino     +20000
Steve Stricker     +5000
Stewart Cink     +6000
Stuart Appleby     +8000
Tiger Woods     +175
Tim Clark     +8000
Todd Hamilton     +25000
Tom Watson     +25000
Trevor Immelman +10000
Vaughn Taylor     +25000
Vijay Singh     +5000
Zach Johnson     +5000
Field (Any Other Golfers) +2500

I know a little more about golf than I do NASCAR, which I took a chance on betting for the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

Unless you’re betting on Tiger Woods or Phil Mickleson you will find pretty big payout potential with everyone else in the field.  I know a few of these golfers and I will place a few small bets after doing a little research during the week.

Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

World Series Prop Bets

This is my favorite time of the year.  The weather is getting warmer and baseball season is starting!  The first game of the year is this Sunday.  What better time to make World Series picks?  I don’t tend to make picks at the beginning of the baseball season because the season is so long.  After looking at the pre-season odds I may change my mind.

All odds are courtesy of sportsbook.com – where I do all of my online sports gambling.

Arizona Diamondbacks           +1500
Atlanta Braves             +3000
Baltimore Orioles         +8000
Boston Red Sox             +500
Chicago Cubs             +700
Chicago White Sox         +4000
Cincinnati Reds         +5000
Cleveland Indians         +1500
Colorado Rockies         +7500
Detroit Tigers             +2000
Florida Marlins         +3000
Houston Astros             +10000
Kansas City Royals         +8000
Los Angeles Angels         +1200
Los Angeles Dodgers         +1800
Milwaukee Brewers         +5000
Minnesota Twins         +3000
New York Mets             +700
New York Yankees         +350
Oakland Athletics         +4000
Philadelphia Phillies         +1500
Pittsburgh Pirates         +10000
San Diego Padres         +10000
San Francisco Giants         +3000
Seattle Mariners         +8000
St Louis Cardinals         +2500
Tampa Bay Rays             +1200
Texas Rangers             +10000
Toronto Blue Jays         +7500
Washington Nationals         +10000

Betting $100 returns the amount after the “+.”  There are plenty of good returns available.  The favorites such as the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox have a decent return.

There are good returns available for some of the teams that have an outside chance.  Giants and Marlins seem to have great pitching staffs.  The Tampa Bay Rays are 12-1 and last years champs, the Phillies, are 15-1.

All of this is making me reconsider not placing a few small bets before the season starts.  If I decide to make any bets, I’ll update this post this weekend.

UPDATE: I’ve decided not to make any World Series bets.  I need quicker gratification.  I’ll look to the Masters instead.

Bet on Baseball at sportsbook.com

Bally’s Las Vegas Closes Sportbook

This week Bally’s in Las Vegas closed their sportsbook for the Summer.

Deanna Pettit, a spokeswoman for Bally’s, confirmed the 285-seat sports book’s closure, but she said the move is temporary. The sports book is scheduled to reopen in September.

Pettit wouldn’t elaborate on reasons for the closing, but she said remodeling was not a factor. The sports book will occupy the same spot when it reopens in the fall. For now, the sports book at Paris Las Vegas will do double duty and serve customers of Bally’s. Harrah’s Entertainment owns both resorts.

I’ve never been to Bally’s, but evidently the Paris sportsbook and Bally’s sportsbook aren’t too far away.  Apparently, less than 10 jobs will be lost.  I think more money would be save on electricity than the payroll.

Bally’s in Atlantic City has made similar small closures to parts of the casino.  This is the first move like this that I’ve seen in Las Vegas.  It probably won’t be the last.  I guess every penny saved nowadays is a penny earned.

Las Vegas Video Poker Research Part 1

Everyone tells me that there is no good video poker machines on the Las Vegas strip.  My research shows me that there are indeed plenty of 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker machines.  Where the problem arises for most video poker players is that the 9/6 JoB machines are mostly $5 and above.

That’s not really affordable for most machine players.  Below is a list of casinos with 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker at casinos that I would possibly frequent, on and off the strip.  All information taken from the wonderful people at vpFREE2.

Bally’s
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(2) $5 MG/MD slant-tops (SF = 239, no bonus RC’s) in high-limit area.
(2) $10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops (no bonus RC’s) in high-limit area.
(2) $100 MG uprights in high-limit area.

Bellagio
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(3) $10 MG/MD slant-tops outside high-limit area.
(2) $10 (3/5 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area.
(2) $10 (10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area.
(5) $25 TITO slant-tops in high-limit area.
(2) $25 (3/5 Play) slant-tops in high-limit area.
(1) $25 (10 Play) slant-top in high-limit area.
(5) $100 slant-tops in high-limit area.

Caesars Palace
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $5/$10 MG/MD slant-top in high-limit room.
(3) $5/$10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit Palace Court Slots Room.
(2) $25 MG slant-tops in high-limit room.
(2) $100 MG slant-tops in high-limit room.

Flamingo
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $5/$10/$25/$60 MG/MD (The $60 is $100 3-coin) slant-top farthest on the right in high-limit room.

Gold Coast
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(2) 25c (3/5 Play) MG/MD Super Times Pay uprights near Slot Club.
(4) 25c (3/5 Play) MG/MD Super Times Pay uprights near Bowling Center escalator.
(4) 25c Multi-Strike MG/MD uprights near Bowling Center escalator.
25c/50c/$1 MG/MD uprights scattered around casino.
25c/50c/$1 MG/MD bartops @ Sportsbook Bar.
(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.
(1) 50c/$1/$2/$5 (1/2/3/5/10 Play) MG/MD Flex Play upright in high-limit area.
(8) $1/$2/$5 MG/MD uprights in center of high-limit area (not against wall).
(7) $2 MG/MD uprights in high-limit area.
(4) $2 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area.

Golden Nugget
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(3) $5 MG slant-tops in high-limit area.
(2) $5 MG/MD slant-tops in Nouveau Salon near Grotto Restaurant.
(3) $25 MG slant-tops in high-limit area.

Hard Rock
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $10/$25/$50 MG/MD upright (1 point = $6 coin-in) in high-limit room.

Harrah’s
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $5/$10/$25 MG/MD slant-top (No Bonus reward credits) in high-limit room.
(6) $10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops (No Bonus reward credits) in high-limit room.
(3) $100 MG slant-tops in high-limit room.

Luxor
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $1 (Blue Game King) in high-limit area.
(2) $5 (10 Play) MD slant-tops in high-limit area.
(2) $5/$10 MD slant-tops in high-limit area.
(4) $5/$10 (3/5 Play) MD uprights in high-limit area.
(3) $5/$10 (3/5 Play) MD slant-tops in high-limit area.
(2) $10/$25 MD slant-tops in high-limit area.

Mandalay Bay
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $5 Spin Poker slant-top in high-limit area.
(1) $5/$10 MD Spin Poker in high-limit area.
(4) $5/$10 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD in high-limit area.
(3) $5/$10/$25/$100 MG/MD in high-limit area.
(1) $25/$100 MG/MD in high-limit area.

MGM Grand
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(1) $1/$2 (100 Play) MG/MD upright in high-limit area
(2) $1/$2 (50 Play) MG/MD uprights in high-limit area
(12) $5 MD outside the high-limit area to your left.
(3) $5 (3/5/10 Play) MG slant-tops in high-limit area.
(3) $5 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD uprights just outside of high-limit area.
(2) $5/$10/$25 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD uprights in high-limit area.
(6) $10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit area towards Grand Wok Restaurant.
(1) $25 MG upright in high-limit area.
(2) $25 MG slant-tops in high-limit area.
(4) $25 (3/5/10 Play) MG uprights in high-limit area.
(1) $25/$50 (3/5 Play) MG/MD upright in high-limit area.
(4) $100 MG uprights in high-limit area.
(1) $100 (3 Play) MG/MD upright in high-limit area.

Mirage
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
$2/$5 (3/5 Play) MG/MD bank 2 rows away from hi-limit, next to the table games.
$5 MG/MD bartops @ Kokomo’s Bar.
(8) $5 MG/MD slant-tops between Players Club and Caribe Cafe.
(10) $5 MG/MD slant-tops outside high-limit slot room.
(1) $5 (3/5 Play) MG slant-top in high-limit slot room.
(1) $5 (10 Play) MG slant-top in high-limit slot room.
(3) $5/$10 (3/5 Play) MG/MD uprights in high-limit slot room.
(1) $5/$10/$25 MG/MD slant-top in high-limit slot room.
$5/$10/$25/$100 MG/MD bartops at the high-limit bar.
(2) $25 MG slant-tops in high-limit slot room.
(1) $25 (3 Play) MG upright in high-limit slot room.
(3) $25 (3 Play) MG/MD uprights in high-limit slot room.
(2) $25/$50/$100 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit slot room.
(2) $100 MG slant-tops in high-limit slot room.

New York New York
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(17) $5 MG/MD bartops @ Times Square Bar.
$5 (10 Play) slant-tops in high-limit area.
$5/$10 (3/5 Play) slant-tops in high-limit area.
$5/$10/$25 slant-tops in high-limit area.

Palazzo
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
They exist see VP Free

Palms
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(5) 1c (50 Play) MG/MD slant-tops near Ben & Jerry’s.
(5) 25c MG ($12,500 seq RF) near Lounge Bar.
(10) 25c (5 Play) MG uprights near Garduno’s entrance.
(8) 25c (3/5 Play) MG/MD uprights between poker room and Lounge Bar.
(6) 25c (10 Play) MG/MD uprights near cashier.
Many 25c/50c/$1/$2 uprights scattered around casino.
(10) $1/$2 (3/5 Play) MG/MD uprights between box office and Lounge Bar.
(3) $1/$2/$5/$10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit slot room.
(6) $10 (3/5 Play) MG/MD uprights in high-limit slot room.

Paris
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(2) $5 MG/MD slant-tops (SF = 239, no bonus RC’s) in high-limit area.
(2) $10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops (no bonus RC’s) in high-limit area.
(1) $100 (3-coin) MG uprights in high-limit area
(2) $100 MG uprights in high-limit area.

Planet Hollywood
NA

Rio
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(4) $5/$10/$25 MG/MD slant-tops ($5 SF = 239) in high-limit area.
(1) $25 MG upright in high-limit area.
(2) (3-coin) $100 MG uprights in high-limit area.
(2) (5-coin) $100 MG uprights in high-limit area.

Venetian
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
They exist see VP Free

WYNN
9/6 JoB (99.5%)
(6) $2/$5 (3/5/10 Play) and Spin Poker MG/MD slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(5) $5 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(4) $5 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops near Red Card Desk nearest high-limit room.
(6) $5 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops near center of casino.
(8) $5 (3/5/10 Play) and Spin Poker MG/MD uprights a few rows in front of the sportsbook entrance.
(2) $5 MG/MD Spin Poker slant-tops near cashier.
(3) $5 MG/MD Spin Poker slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(3) $5 Spin Poker Deluxe MG/MD slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(1) $5 (50 Play) MG slant-tops near Red 8 Restaurant.
(1) $5 (50 Play) MG slant-top in high-limit room.
$5/$10 MG/MD slant-top banks scattered around casino.
(2) $5/$10 Spin Poker Deluxe MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
(2) $5/$10/$25 Spin Poker MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
(2) $5/$10/$25 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
$10 MG/MD bartops @ B Bar and Sportsbook Bar.
(4) $10/$25 (3/5/10 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
(6) $10/$25/$100 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
(3) $25/$100 MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.
(1) $100 MG slant-top in high-limit room.
(2) $100 (3 Play) MG/MD slant-tops in high-limit room.

If you’d like to see all payouts at all casinos please go to vpFREE2.  They put together a great website of information.  Since 9/6 JoB is out of the picture for heavy play while I’m at Caesars Palace (I’ll play some $5 machines) I’ll look for the next best games at these casinos.  Stay tuned for more information.

Las Vegas Building Timeline

There has been a lot of building stoppages and delays in Las Vegas.  Vegas Tripping has created a nice visual representation of what and when each project is scheduled to be completed.  There’s also a nice little trash can to note which projects have been shelved.

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A lot of projects have been pushed back or postponed.  I haven’t been to the Golden Nugget in a few years so I’m looking forward to seeing the new changes when I visit.  I love seeing a visual perspective on things like this.  Thanks Vegas Tripping.

Station Casinos to File For Bankruptcy

It has been a rumor for a while that Station Casinos would either sell some or all of the company or file for bankruptcy protection.  Much like most rumors in the casino business this one is now true.  Station Casinos will file for bankruptcy protection by April 15.

Station had its attorneys file court papers Monday opposing a motion for a court injunction sought by a bondholder who is seeking to block the debt-exchange, a key part of Station’s plan to file a pre-packaged bankruptcy petition that would keep its business operating and includes a cash infusion of $244 million by Station owners the Fertitta family and Colony Capital.

Boyd Gaming is still moving aggressively to buy Station Casinos, but they’ve not been able to get that done.

“Station employs over 13,000 people and plays an important social and economic role in the local community. There is no reason to needlessly jeopardize the economic health of this company and its various constituencies so that a single bondholder can pursue spurious claims outside of the established restructuring process.”

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  I really like Station Casinos because of their local flavor.  They’re always a nice change of pace from the strip casinos.  Nothing will effect my next trip to Las Vegas and I hope Station is able to fight through this.  This kind of feel like a fight for the little guy.  Go little guy!