I’m a former eastcoastgambler and loved the Borgata when I used to visit Atlantic City. MyVegas just started offering rewards at Borgata so I figure that I’d give a heads up to get rewards in the best casino in AC.
MyVegas rewards work differently for me than most people since I live in Las Vegas. Locals receive different rewards so the change in room reward terms for MGM Resorts hotels don’t affect me. I’ll take my one night at a Station Casino and be happy. However…
…the MyVegas group on Facebook was flipping out because they can no longer redeem 10 days of free hotel room rewards for an almost free 2 week vacation. See below for more information on the new MyVegas room reward terms.
Effective April 1st, all comp room rewards from all MGM properties will be limited to one redemption per trip. This change was necessary to ensure an appropriate balance of value between our players and our partners. Rewards offered through myVEGAS are provided by our rewards partners who may at their discretion attach certain restrictions based on their business needs.
For players who purchased a comp room reward from MGM prior to the change of terms: you will be allowed to redeem under the previous terms on the reward. Just read your confirmation email for the exact terms and conditions of your reward.
Special Rate and Percentage Off Room Rewards can still be combined with our room comp rewards for multi-night stays.
Please know that we value you as a player and hope that you agree that even with restrictions, our program provides benefits of a substantial value. We truly regret if the limitations are problematic and you have been unable to take advantage of some rewards that you had planned to purchase. As always, we appreciate your feedback and always take it into account when planning our future rewards offerings.
Before I stay at a casino for the first time I always check the video poker pay tables. I usually take trips like this by myself so I end up playing a lot of video poker.
This weeks new adventure has me staying at Green Valley Ranch for the first time thanks to a MyVegas comp. According to vpFREE there is a great selection of good video poker at Green Valley Ranch. Check it out:
I’m usually happy playing 9/6 Jacks or Better or 8/5 Bonus Poker but I think I’ll change it up a little for this trip. I think I’ll take a stab at the 100%+ returns for a change. There are 4 different games on 15 machines so they should be somewhat easy to get on.
I’ll probably dabble in the 10/7 Double Bonus Poker game since the strategy isn’t too difficult. The worst case scenario (and it’s not bad at all) is that I sit at the sportsbook bar playing 8/5 Bonus Poker. Oh, the horror.
I play blackjack every now and again in the casino but unlike some of my friends I enjoy other games like 3 Card Poker or Mississippi Stud. When I do play blackjack in a casino I always want to play using correct basic strategy. Over time wins and losses will even out so I don’t really worry about other players. I just want to make sure I make the right moves – for me and for the table.
MyVegas Blackjack was introduced in the beginning of October (see details on Vegas Chatter). I downloaded the MyVegas Blackjack game to see what it was like. While MyVegas Blackjack is a game for fun it wasn’t as simple as a traditional blackjack game.
There’s a “Bold Play Meter” (aka “Wrong Play Meter”) which makes the game fun but rewards the player for making the wrong plays. This feature made me pause. I enjoyed playing MyVegas Blackjack more than I expected. However,
I had to delete MyVegas Blackjack from all of my devices.
MyVegas Blackjack was creating some bad habits in my blackjack game because of the ability to earn more points for bad moves. I enjoyed this feature a bit too much and had to stop. I have some friends coming to town that will play blackjack, almost exclusively, for a 4 straight days. I need my blackjack skills sharp for when we play.
(Eilers Research gaming analyst Adam) Krejcik said Eilers Research lists PlayStudios as the eighth largest publisher of social casino games worldwide with a run-rate to achieve more than $60 million in gross revenue this year. The revenue comes from customers buying tokens.
Overwhelmingly the people I know personally and online that play MyVegas view it as a free game. They take the daily free chip allotment and try to win prizes. It’s a fun way for some people to waste time. At the same time other people may not find the game worth their time after doing the math to see how much those prizes actually cost in time. Neither sides of the fence are wrong. It’s just preference.
It’s easy to see how MyVegas could make so much revenue just from chip sales even if only a small percentage of players ever spend a dollar. Chips don’t equal rewards. Chips just allow you to play the game. The chips allow you to earn loyalty points which you exchange for prizes.
If the players hits a cold streak while playing with a lot of chips at once those 3 million chips you purchased for $199 will be gone in a few minutes. If the player doesn’t earn the reward that they’re playing for it’s easy to dip back into the wallet, more likely a purse, to grab the credit card and buy more chips.
Just like real gambling $400 or $600 the player may win 2 nights at a hotel that would have cost $300 otherwise. Just like casino gambling who am I to mock someone else’s fun?
Is social gaming the future of mainstream gambling? Social casino revenue is growing rapidly. It may not be the future alone but it will be around for a while.
A couple of days ago I found a survey from MyVegas that asks a lot of questions about playing blackjack on mobile devices.
If blackjack was an available on MyVegas mobile I would give it a whirl. Right now I play blackjack on my mobile devices with the ODDcase blackjack training app. It looks great, reminds me when I make a bad move and helps me keep count of the cards. If there was an aesthetically appealing option for MyVegas I’d give it a whirl.
It also looks like MyVegas is even contemplating adding more table games to the Facebook version of MyVegas.
When I play MyVegas on Facebook I usually just let the slot machine games run in the background on another tab and check in to see if I have a bonus round to activate. When I’m bored with my day I’ll fire up blackjack. If any of the other games in this survey were available, besides roulette, I’d give it a whirl.
There are some open-ended table game questions and I recommended that they add craps. I’m guessing it’s difficult to create an exact replica of a craps game based on true odds and that’s why it was left off of the survey.
There’s nothing official about new games for MyVegas yet. This is just speculation for based on the MyVegas survey. Here are some quick links for you.
Earlier this week MyVegas launched a new Facebook game, Sherluck Hound, then they launched a new game for their mobile appAround The World in 80 Days. MyVegas is a great way to get freebies or discounts in Vegas and now they’ve opened the rewards to MGM Resorts and partner businesses outside of Las Vegas. Here are some highlights.
PLAYSTUDIOS and MGM Resorts International expand rewards program to Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi
For the first time, myVEGAS players can redeem rewards at 2 new destinations outside of Las Vegas, NV
Reward offerings from Beau Rivage and Gold Strike casino resorts include hotel suite upgrades, rounds of golf, tickets to Saltoriya and Taganai shows, and more
I’m not sure why anyone would want rewards outside of Vegas, but that’s just me. 🙂 Here are some of the rewards available.
This is a new version of the Bet Rock N Roll game for MyVegas mobile. There is an added bonus round only available on the mobile game. When they launched the original game last year players were upset it did not include an extra bonus round so they added one just for the mobile game.
MyVegas can get monotonous because of the repetition in some of the games but this dice bonus is great. They should incorporate more interactivity like this into the game to keep it interesting. See the bonus round below. It plays similar to one of my favorite slot machines in the past year – the Hot Roll bonus round.
I have pretty strange taste when it comes to music. If you follow me on twitter you get a sample of those tastes every now and again but my love of Britney Spears and Queens of the Stoneage should give you a pretty good idea of where my tastes lie. A few weeks ago I received a press release that one of my favorite bands of all time, Clutch, would be playing the Hard Rock Cafe (on the strip, not the casino) March 23rd and I nearly lost my mind (in a good way). I was told that they wouldn’t be playing Las Vegas any time soon. Thankfully, that changed.
Seeing Clutch live isn’t complete without a few beers so I’ll probably stay somewhere on the strip that night because even buzzed driving is drunk driving. Unfortunately, I’m losing my Total Rewards Diamond Status this year and my room offers show it. There’s not a comp to be found at any Caesars Entertainment property. I don’t mind paying for a crash pad but I like when they’re free. 🙂
A few people recently mentioned that they’re playing the MyVegas game on Facebook to get a variety of freebies to use at MGM properties. I decided that since I can’t get a freebie from Caesars, I’ll see what the MGM Resorts properties can offer.
MyVegas is a (very addictive) game on Facebook where you earn points playing casino games that can be redeemed for a wide array of prizes from MGM Resorts. After a few days playing MyVegas I have it to the point where I can leave slot machine games on autospin and do something else on my computer while the game plays and earns points in the background. Sweet!
If I end up staying at a new hotel you’ll see a link to a review on one of the various social media sites I have. In the meantime enjoy the new song from Clutch. “Earth Rocker” is the title track from Clutch’s new album.
You can buy all Clutch music on iTunes (They have a large catalogue. Feel free tweet me for recommendations). If you plan on being in Vegas March 23rd you can buy tickets to see Clutch at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip on TicketWeb.