Fireworks Return To Red Rock Resort And Green Valley Ranch On July 4th

Fireworks at Red Rock Resort Las Vegas
Fireworks at Red Rock Resort

ICYMI, people love fireworks.

Station Casinos brings in the heavyweights of fireworks, the Grucci family, to do their 4th of July fireworks show. “If you’re not going to hire the Grucci’s to do your fireworks show you shouldn’t bother”, says the guy who grew up with the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show in New York City.

Fireworks will go for 9 minutes at 9pm a both Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch. Caesars Palace has done 4th of July fireworks on the Vegas Strip in the past but hasn’t made an official announcement yet.

Caesars Entertainment is probably too busy cleaning up the poop pipes that broke at The Linq over the weekend. I’ll just tweet that info when it comes out. Enjoy the best of the Red Rock fireworks video I could find on the YouTube.

Update: Stratosphere announced that will have fireworks at 9:15 sharp.

Photo: Vegas News

UFC 174 Viewing Parties

UFC 174 Las Vegas Viewing Parties
UFC 174

Las Vegas is home to the UFC and people here love MMA of all kinds. The casinos don’t show pay per view fights (boxing or UFC) so you can’t watch these fights in a sportsbook.

Since Station Casinos owns part of the UFC they throw viewing parties at some of their casinos for each Pay Per View. The casinos are different for each pay per view. Here are their parties for the UFC fights this weekend.

The below parties have doors at 5 p.m., $10 cover and are 21 years or older.

Wildfire Valley View will also host a free viewing party in its lounge area.

 You can usually watch the preliminary fights in the sportsbook. Station Casinos cannot take bets on UFC because of their partnership. If you want to bet UFC fights you might want to load up a William Hill or Cantor Gaming account.

Crazy Players Club Point Multipliers At Boyd Casinos This Month

Boyd Gaming Bonuses And Players Club Multipliers
Boyd Gaming Bonuses

Last week Howard Stutz at the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote an article called “New Life Being Breathed Into Local Gaming Market“. The article was more about how gaming revenue isn’t driving business on the Vegas Strip or the Vegas Locals market more than anything else. It’s an interesting read but then it jogged something in my head…

Over the past few months I’ve noticed that the casinos that market mostly to locals (Station and Boyd) have been very aggressive in gaining casino customers. While non-gaming revenue may be the future for the local casino operators they’re actively and aggressively pursuing gamblers today.

In the past month Boyd Casinos has been offering gamblers a few multipliers and special promotions. In June they’ve gone off the rails trying to attract gamblers.

The picture above is from 4 different bonuses and B-Connected players club point multipliers that Boyd Gaming casinos are offering for the month of June.

  • Every Day – 10% cash bonus on a Royal Flush in video poker. This is $100 on quarters.
  • Tuesday – 11x B-Connected points on reel slot machines, 7x points on video poker.
  • Wednesday – Up to 50x points. You have to swipe players club card to find out.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 4 of a kind bonus (5-9) at casino bars. Bonus depends on denomination. I think it’s $20 in free play for quarters.
  • Friday & Saturday – 15x points on Penny Reel slot machines, 11x points on Penny slot machines, 7x points on video poker.

These multipliers and bonuses are significant. They Royal Flush bonus is sweet cash. The 4 Of A Kind bonus gives you more money to gamble with on a future trip (the next day) and the multipliers make getting a comp bottle of wine much quicker.

I don’t gamble for comps but I’ll take them. Red Rock is still my local bar and the casino where I hang out most in the burbs but these multipliers and bonuses will make me think twice if I’m in the mood just to play some video poker.

Whether you’re a local or visiting will slot machine multipliers and video poker bonuses sway where you gamble? 

It’s The App That Does Everything You Want

Station Casinos App Ad
Station Casinos App Ad

In April I wrote a review about the new Station Casinos app for Vegas Chatter. I’ve written a lot of app reviews and I can usually find additional features that will make an app more user-friendly. The Station Casinos app really blew me away simply because it had just about everything a Vegas casino app should have. As I told a friend, you’d be surprised how many Vegas casino apps are completely useless.

Rebecca, the big dawg at Vegas Chatter, sent me a heads up on Saturday that Station Casinos used a quote from the post in their June mailer. This is the first time I’ve seen a business use words from an article I’ve written in their marketing materials. I’m stoked about this so I just wanted to share.

Download the STN App for free to see for yourself. It’s best used when you have a Boarding Pass players club account.

Check out the post about the STN App on Vegas Chatter.

UFC 173 Viewing Parties

UFC 173 barao vs. dillashaw
UFC 173

Las Vegas is home to the UFC and people here love MMA of all kinds. The casinos don’t show pay per view fights (boxing or UFC) so you can’t watch these fights in a sportsbook.

Since Station Casinos owns part of the UFC they throw viewing parties at some of their casinos for each Pay Per View. The casinos are different for each pay per view. Here are their parties for the UFC fights this weekend.

The below parties have doors at 5 p.m., $10 cover and are 21 years or older.

  • Grand Ballroom at Palace Station
  • Club Madrid at Sunset Station
  • Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station
  • Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort
  • Lobby Bar at Green Valley Ranch

Wildfire Valley View will also host a free viewing party in its lounge area.

 You can usually watch the preliminary fights in the sportsbook. Station Casinos cannot take bets on UFC because of their partnership. If you want to bet UFC fights you might want to load up a William Hill or Cantor Gaming account.

Free $25 Bet When You Sign Up For Station Casinos Sports Betting Account

Sports Connection App From Station Casinos
Station Casinos App

I was bouncing around my Station Casinos App (Vegas Chatter review here, the app is great) and noticed a promotion for a free $25 sports bet when you sign up for a Sports Connection mobile sports betting account. I don’t love the lines and point spreads from Station Casinos (especially for baseball) but I do like how the app connects with the Boarding Pass players club. Sue me, I like that can get some extra players club points from my sports betting. Those “free” cups of Starbucks are nice.

Since you only have to deposit $50 in the account to get this bonus you’re looking at a pretty sweet deal. I wish they had this kind of incentive when I first signed up. If you’re not looking to make Station Casinos one of your regular sports betting outlets in Vegas then this sounds like a good way to grab a free swing at a college or pro football futures bet.

BREAKING: Cosmopolitan Sold!

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was sold by Deutsche Bank to Blackstone Real Estate Partners for $1.73 Billion. Since this is still developing I’ll pass on information as it’s decimated disseminated.

I’ll keep updating this list as news comes in. I’m off to get coffee.

William Hill Unveils “Summer Rewards″ Promotion For Mobile Sports Customers

William Hill Sports Book Logo
William Hill

One of the benefits of using the Station Casinos Sports Connection app to place sports bets is the ability to link the money you spend through the app to your Boarding Pass players club account. You may not get a drink ticket when you bet with your mobile device but you earn points that may be used a drink (or more) at one of the restaurants at a Station Casino. None of the other sports betting apps had this kind of players club/rewards connection until this week.

While William Hill doesn’t have the same players club connection as Station Casinos they’re now offering cash back bonuses if you bet with your mobile device this summer. Straight cash (homey) is probably better than players club points. I’ll be signing up for this later.

Here are the details on the promotion from the press release.

William Hill Race & Sports Book is offering a major new summer incentive program for customers who make their sports wagers using the William Hill Mobile Sports app. With the new “Summer Rewards” promotion, customers can unlock cash rewards up to $100 when wagering with William Hill on their smartphone or tablet.

The promotion is open to all Mobile Sports customers who enroll on the William Hill US website (www.williamhill.us) between May 5 and August 5. Once enrolled, customers will receive 1 Summer Rewards point for every $1 of sports wagers and double Summer Rewards points for InPlay sports wagers placed through the app during the promotion.

InPlay sports wagering allows bettors to bet the game during the game with LIVE point spreads, totals and money lines. William Hill InPlay Sports wagering is offered this summer for all pro basketball playoff games, select baseball games and soccer matches.

On August 15, enrolled Mobile Sports patrons will automatically receive $1 added to their account balance for every 1,000 Summer Rewards points earned between May 5 and August 5.

“With the NBA and NHL playoffs heating up and the World Cup just around the corner, we are very excited to launch a cashback promotion for sports bettors who enjoy the convenience of wagering on a smartphone or tablet,” said William Hill Director of Marketing Michael Grodsky. “InPlay wagering has been wildly popular and we wanted to make it doubly rewarding for our patrons that like wagering on live odds during the games.”

As an added incentive to new William Hill Mobile Sports customers, a new account registered between May 5 and August 5, 2014 will receive a bonus 5,000 Summer Rewards points with their first qualifying wager.

The William Hill Mobile Sports wagering app is available for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices carried by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or Boost Mobile. New accounts can be registered at any of the 76 full-service William Hill sports books throughout Nevada. Accounts can also be funded at any PT’s or Sierra Gold Tavern location in the state. For a full list of William Hill Race & Sports book locations and promotion rules, please visit www.williamhill.us.

Crazy Wide Disparity In US World Cup Odds

US Men's Soccer Team
US Men’s Soccer Team

Earlier today Todd Fuhrman from Don Best, Fox Sports, etc. tweeted the odds for the US Men’s Soccer team to win the World Cup from various sportsbook operators. They were all over the place!

Each sportsbook caters their point spread and odds to their customer. You’ll generally find the sharpest odds at LVHCaesars and MGM cater mostly to tourists on the Vegas Strip who will not be the most savvy on soccer as much as they’ll want to support their country. It’s no surprise that the US soccer team odds are where they are.

Following smart people like @ToddFuhrman will help you learn about the sports betting industry. Leaning the clientele of each casino and sportsbook operator will go a long way to finding the best line value. Shopping around is always an important way to get the best value for your bets.

Photo: US Soccer

Green Valley Ranch Renovations Include 2 Pizza Jointzzz

Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas
Green Valley Ranch

I’ve been to Green Valley Ranch once in 3 years. It’s a nice casino but there’s nothing there that’s worth going out of my way for. GVR is owned by Station Casinos and I live down the street from their flagship property, Red Rock Resort. I already have the best Station Casinos has to offer just down the street.

There’s rarely a reason for me to visit the other side of the Vegas Strip. Adding two pizza joints and a Keno lounge won’t change that. The Downtown Vegas location of Pizza Rock is a much more convenient location for me and I will return soon. If you like GVR here are the details on the $20 million renovation.

Press Release:

Station Casinos LLC will invest $20 million over the next year in Green Valley Ranch Resort by introducing a new lineup of four acclaimed restaurant and bar concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the AAA Four Diamond award-winning property in Henderson. New concepts include Mercadito, Tippling Hall, Pizza Rock and Tony’s Slice House.

The news comes on the heels of Station Casinos recent announcement that its other luxury resort, Red Rock Resort, will undergo a $35 million investment, bringing a total of $55 million in capital improvements and new offerings to both resorts.

Highlights of the $20 million reinvestment include:

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