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Pawn Stars Slot Tournament Golden Nugget Las Vegas May 21, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | A $100 entry fee includes the two-day slot tournament, two free pulls on the brand new Pawn Stars slot machine, daily drawings for a VIP tour of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop downtown, and much more.

Hawaii, cash and cars in Las Vegas casinos in May May 14, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | Station Casinos’ “May $3 Million Swipe & Win” giveaway includes the chance to win roundtrip airfare for two to Hawaii on Allegiant Airlines as well as cash, dining and slot play prizes.

All casino games have a house edge May 14, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | The one and only exception is video poker, where there still remain some full-pay machines that pay over 100%. However, as most of these are at too low of a denomination to really do harm to the casino.

Mother’s Day is one of busiest casino days in Vegas May 07, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | Mother’s Day is always one of the busiest days at casinos in Las Vegas, especially in all of the restaurants. If you plan to take Mom out, plan ahead, call for a reservation if the restaurant offers them.

Bally Tech. and Mohegan Sun set World Records April 30, 2013 by Staff & Wire Reports

The Mohegan Sun Casino and Bally Technologies combined to set a Guinness Book World Record in two categories Monday.

Blackjack is low volatility game vs. video poker April 30, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | Unlike blackjack, video poker has a much higher volatility. Blackjack is a lot like a coin toss. You win about half the hands. You lose about half the hands. 

Players Club knowledge helps gambling plenty April 30, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart & Fun Gambling | Video poker has a very small house edge so casinos treat the game appropriately with low players club points. Every casino players club offers points and credits differently so it’s smart to check the rules in advance of a trip.

Konami’s China Shores Boosted Wins & Spins Xtra Reward April 26, 2013 by Loretta Sabin

Slots of Luck  | Konami’s China Shores, Xtra Reward version, China Shores Boosted Wins & Spins.

Jacks or Better has least variance of all video poker April 23, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart & Fun Gambling | Jacks or Better has the least variance of all video poker games, meaning it’s not very volatile. It also has the most simple strategy of all video poker games in part because the only great hand is a royal flush.

Wheel of ‘Fortunate’ at all Caesars Las Vegas casinos April 09, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | Now through May 19 stop by the promotional kiosk or a Total Rewards Center at any Caesars property and swipe your Total Rewards card for a free daily game piece for the Wheel of Fortune Millionaire Maker Sweepstakes.

‘System’ only real over longterm playing April 09, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | We’ve all seen the disclaimer that says “past performance is not an indication of future returns.” Nothing could be truer with slot machines. What happened in the last spin has absolutely no bearing on what happens in the next one. 

Breaking down ‘high card’ draws in video poker April 02, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | If the player holds the three High Cards, there are 1,081 possible resulting draws. It comes to 32.2% of the time that the player will wind up with a High Pair.

Identity Members worth $1M at Cosmo Las Vegas April 02, 2013 by H. Scot Krause

Real Deals | Identity Members at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas have a chance to win up to $1 million with a new promotion called “Unlock & Win” taking place now through June 9.

Casinos rely on human error to drive profits in video poker March 26, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | So, the only way I can see casinos adopting this concept is if they have some crazy reason to scare off some of their most loyal players and want to reduce profits. Nope. I don’t see this as a big trend. 

Hoping this Buffalo slot machine pays my bills March 19, 2013 by Mark Mayer

Pokin' Around | I have to concede that for the past few weeks I have been obsessed with the Buffalo slot machine. Perhaps it was spending periods of time testing various penny slots and hearing the machine shout out “BUFF-AAH-LOW.”

Changing tables for video poker casino comps March 12, 2013 by Marc Meltzer

Smart & Fun Gambling | The $1.25 (maximum bet) in video poker gets played over and over, so when you play a game with high returns the $20 entered into a video poker machine can be played for hours and comps add up much quicker.

90 seconds of virtual NASCAR racing for real money March 05, 2013 by Mark Mayer

On the Mark | NASCAR and South Point have capitalized on a neat venture, which is tied to this weekend’s racing card at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We have worked with Bally (Technologies) to use their technology for virtual racing."

Two versions of comps are cash back and free play March 05, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | I have frequently written about the value of casino comps. Comps generally come in two different versions. One is cash back and the other is free play.

Video poker is a streaky game with hot and cold spells February 26, 2013 by Elliot Frome

Winning Strategies | How many of you remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports from a few decades ago? It has a famous opening that talked about the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Some days it seems like they could’ve been talking about video poker.

S. Dakota approves penny video lottery games February 25, 2013 by Ray Poirier

It took approval of South Dakota lawmakers to permit casino customers to wager pennies instead of the previous nickels. The legislation will permit casinos to install video lottery games that can be played with a penny.

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Emerald Island offers only all penny casino

Emerald Island offers only all penny casino

Located in downtown Henderson (120 Market St.), Emerald Island Casino has a catchy phrase to describe the fun little casino: “Nevada’s ONLY All Penny Casino, Where Every Day is Promotion Day!”
They have over 400 all penny denomination slots (plus higher denomination video poker games) and have casino promotions every day of the week.


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