Caesars Semi-Annual Sale In Las Vegas

Caesars Semi-Annual Sale
Caesars Semi-Annual Sale

Caesars semi-annual sales usually offer good prices on Vegas hotel rooms – especially if you don’t have a higher tier status with Total Rewards.

Here are links and approximate discounted prices (deepest discounts are for weekdays) for the Caesars Las Vegas hotels. The sale extends to Atlantic City and other markets if you’re looking to go elsewhere.

The Linq Las Vegas – Rates starting at $55/night
Bally’s Las Vegas – Rates starting at $45/night
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas – Rates starting at $50/night
Flamingo Las Vegas – Rates starting at $40/night
Harrah’s Las Vegas – Rates starting at $35/night
Rio Las Vegas – Rates starting at $35/night
Paris Las Vegas – Rates starting at $75/night
Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Rates starting at $90
Cromwell Las Vegas – Rates starting at $105/night

Use A Blackjack Strategy Card At The Table

Blackjack Strategy Card
Blackjack Strategy Card

 

A couple of weeks ago I played a little blackjack with Mark from the 360 Vegas podcast at The D in Downtown Vegas. We had a blast and I had my first winning blackjack session in far too long. My level of perfection with blackjack strategy is about 90%-95% accurate. It’s not perfect but good enough for me.

Mark used a blackjack strategy card as a reference every time he wasn’t sure what the right play was. I haven’t seen someone use a blackjack strategy card in a casino in a while and that’s silly. Blackjack strategy cards are legal to use at the table and cost less than $5 whether you buy in a casino or via amazon (links below).

$5 for blackjack strategy card is a small investment that you should recoup in your first session or two of blackjack, even if you’re playing at a $5 table. Over time you should learn the correct plays without having to use the card. This is a great item to keep on hand in Vegas if you’re unsure how to play blackjack perfectly or you’re drinking a few too many to think straight this comes in handy.

Over time it may not matter mathematically if you or others at the blackjack table play with perfect strategy but in the moment making the wrong play stinks when you lose. Making the wrong play also makes other players cranky.

Gambling should be fun. Don’t make people cranky.

Buy on Amazon
Single Blackjack Strategy Card (4/6/8 decks) – $2.67
Set of 6 Blackjack Strategy Cards (different rules) – $12.78

March Madness Opening Lines From William Hill

March Madness at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

William Hill just released their opening point spreads for the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament aka March Madness. These are already adjusted from some openers released online and in other Vegas sportsbooks (CG Technology was first to release in Vegas).

Expect these lines to move again – some before the night is over. Enjoy!

HAMPTON VS MANHATTAN
MANHATTAN -7.5 (-110)

OLE MISS VS BYU
BYU -2.5 (-110)

ROBERT MORRIS VS NORTH FLORIDA
NORTH FLORIDA -2 (-110)

BOISE STATE VS DAYTON
DAYTON -3.5 (-110)

WOFFORD VS ARKANSAS
ARKANSAS -7.5 (-110)

HARVARD VS NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA -9 (-110)

GEORGIA STATE VS BAYLOR
BAYLOR -8 (-110)

NORTHEASTERN VS NOTRE DAME
NOTRE DAME -12.5 (-110)

TEXAS VS BUTLER
TEXAS
-1 (-110)

LAFAYETTE VS VILLANOVA
VILLANOVA -23 (-110)

LSU VS NC STATE
NC STATE -1.5 (-110)

PURDUE VS CINCINNATI
CINCINNATI -1 (-110)

UAB VS IOWA STATE
IOWA STATE -13.5 (-110)

UCLA VS SMU
SMU -2.5 (-110)

STEPHEN F AUSTIN VS UTAH
UTAH -6 (-110)

EASTERN WASHINGTON VS GEORGETOWN
GEORGETOWN -8.5 (-110)

TEXAS SOUTHERN VS ARIZONA
ARIZONA -22.5 (-110)

OHIO STATE VS VCU
OHIO STATE -2.5 (-110)

BELMONT VS VIRGINIA
VIRGINIA -17 (-110)

GEORGIA VS MICHIGAN STATE
MICHIGAN STATE -5 (-110)

ST. JOHN’S VS SAN DIEGO STATE
SAN DIEGO STATE
-2.5 (-110)

BUFFALO VS WEST VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA -4.5 (-110)

VALPARAISO VS MARYLAND
MARYLAND -4.5 (-110)

ALBANY VS OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA -13 (-110)

NEW MEXICO STATE VS KANSAS
KANSAS -12 (-110)

INDIANA VS WICHITA STATE
WICHITA STATE -5.5 (-110)

COASTAL CAROLINA VS WISCONSIN
WISCONSIN -19 (-110)

OKLAHOMA STATE VS OREGON
OKLAHOMA STATE -1 (-110)

WYOMING VS NORTHERN IOWA
NORTHERN IOWA -7.5 (-110)

CAL IRVINE VS LOUISVILLE
LOUISVILLE -9 (-110)

NORTH DAKOTA STATE VS GONZAGA
GONZAGA -17.5 (-110)

DAVIDSON VS IOWA
IOWA -2.5 (-110)

Vegas Hotel Rooms Up 15% From 2014, Highest Since 2007

SLS Las Vegas Carpet - Vegas Hotel Rooms
SLS Las Vegas Carpet

Prices for Vegas hotel rooms are booming.

..the month’s average daily room rate of $136.02, up 15.1 percent from a year ago, was at its highest level since the Great Recession.

Strip rates were up 13.1 percent to $145.80 while downtown rates climbed 2.8 percent to $64.62.

Furthermore

Visitation to Las Vegas inched up slightly in January…Monthly visitation hit 3.4 million, just 0.1 percent ahead of January 2014.

2014 had a record number of visitors to Las Vegas and that trend is expected to continue in 2015.

More visitors in Vegas and less rooms available (with Riviera closing) is a recipe for higher hotel prices. (don’t forget to add resort fees, here’s a good list).

Happy New Year!

Speculation Games: SLS Las Vegas To Become Cosmopolitan Jr.

SLS Las Vegas Blackjack Table
SLS Blackjack Table

Speculating on the future of Vegas is fun. This isn’t rumor or anything I’ve heard elsewhere. Just speculation on current news.

Subject: Blackstone may acquire more property in Las Vegas

On February 20th Vegas Inc. had an article the reiterated many of the big changes in store at the Cosmopolitan that were revealed the middle of December. Sort of hidden towards the end of the article is the following quote:

Blackstone will hold onto the Cosmopolitan for a while, and possibly acquire more property in Las Vegas

Speculation: Blackstone will purchase SLS Las Vegas.

SLS Las Vegas is off to a rocky start with employees being let go and restaurants being closed or rebranded. Their business model is similar to the Cosmopolitan where the casino generates 20-30% of the revenue and the rest comes from clubs, restaurantsbars, hotel rooms, etc.

If the financial woes continue at SLS Las Vegas throughout the year their owner, Stockbridge (90% owners of SLS), may look to cut their losses.  If Blackstone can turn around the Cosmo’s financial woes to become profitable they may look to target SLS Las Vegas. The property is new and business model is similar to the Cosmo that it might be a perfect addition.

The two hotels are already linked through Blackstone. Blackstone owns Hilton and SLS Las Vegas is already a part of the Hilton Curio collection of hotels. Cosmopolitan is without an outside hotel partner for the time being but a Vegas Curio combo could help the collection.

Hotel room rates are rising rapidly and capacity is shrinking with the Riviera closing. Adding a second property to their Las Vegas portfolio makes sense to create more value for when Blackstone decides to sell. SLS Las Vegas might be the quickest property to turn around and sell again for a larger profit.

I see this potentially as a 1+1=3 scenario if A) Blackstone can create positive revenue at the Cosmo B) Stockbridge decides to sell SLS Las Vegas C) Blackstone can repeat a turnaround at Cosmo at SLS.

2015 MLB Season Win Totals From William Hill

MLB Season Win Totals
MLB Season Win Totals

Earlier today William Hill released their Major League Baseball season win totals. These are different from the openers from Westgate on Sunday that I wrote about on Vegas Chatter.

Any limit bets over or under of any of this totals will change the number. If you want to wager on the totals close to these numbers you should act quickly. If you need a point of reference for these totals here’s a link to the 2015 season win PECOTA projections that I posted last week.

Who ya got??

Arizona Diamondbacks 71.5
Atlanta Braves 74.5
Baltimore Orioles 83
Boston Red Sox 85.5
Chicago Cubs 83
Chicago White Sox 82
Cincinnati Reds 78
Clevelands Indians 83
Colorado Rockies 72
Detroit Tigers 84
Houston Astros 76.5
Kansas City Royals 80.5
Los Angeles Angels 89.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 94
Miami Marlins 81.5
Milwaukee Brewers 79.5
Minnesota Twins 72
New York Mets 81
New York Yankees 81.5
Oakland A’s 83
Philadelphia Phillies 69.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 84.5
San Diego Padres 83.5
San Francisco Giants 84.5
Seattle Mariners 87.5
Saint Louis Cardinals 89
Tampa Bay Rays 79.5
Texas Rangers 78
Toronto Blue Jays 83.5
Washington Nationals 94

Best Cheap Blackjack On The Vegas Strip

Cheap Blackjack Cards
Blackjack

At first glance there are more good cheap blackjack games on the Vegas Strip than you might think. You should expect that there are only one or two of these tables at most of the casinos listed below.

For simplicity I’m using $15 as the cut off for cheap blackjack and just listing the house edge of the games. I’m also listing the casinos alphabetically, not by the smallest house edge. Visit the survey on Wizard of Vegas to see the complete details of the games listed below and higher denomination games.

$5 Blackjack
Circus Circus – House Edge: 0.64
Riviera – House Edge: 0.62 (until they close, obviously)

$10 Blackjack
Bally’s – House Edge: 0.57
Bellagio – House Edge: 0.46
Caesars Palace – House Edge: 0.55
Encore – House Edge: 0.48
Excalibur – House Edge: 0.64
Flamingo – House Edge: 0.57
The Linq – House Edge: 0.57
Luxor – House Edge: 0.62
MGM Grand – House Edge: 0.48
New York – New York – House Edge: 0.48
Paris – House Edge: 0.57
Stratosphere – House Edge: 0.57
Treasure Island – House Edge: 0.46
Tropicana – House Edge: 0.57
Wynn – House Edge: 0.48

$15 Blackjack
Cosmopolitan – House Edge: 0.50
The Cromwell – House Edge: 0.57
Planet Hollywood – House Edge: 0.57

XS, Hakkasan, Marquee, Tao Top Nightclubs In America

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan Las Vegas top nightclubs in Las Vegas
Steve Aoki At Hakkasan

XS, Hakkasan, Marquee and Tao were the top 4 nightclubs in America in terms of gross revenue in 2014. In fact, 7 of the top 10 grossing nightclubs and bars were in Vegas and 15 of the top 100. Not too shabby.

If you’ve ever wondered where to party in Vegas then here’s a good place to start. Below is a breakdown of all of the Vegas nightclubs and bars on the Top 100 list from Nightclub.com.

1. XS Nightclub, Encore
2. Hakkasan, MGM Grand
3. Marquee Nightclub, Cosmopolitan
4. Tao Nightclub, Venetian
6. Surrender Nightclub, Encore
9. Hyde, Bellagio
10. Lavo, Palazzo
17. Chandelier Bar, Cosmopolitan
18. Tryst Nightclub, Wynn
28. Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop, Paris Las Vegas
48. Ghostbar, Palms
55. Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo
66. Bond Bar, Cosmopolitan
67. Vesper Bar, Cosmopolitan
68. The Bourbon Room, Venetian

4 of the top 100 bars and nightclubs in America are at the Cosmopolitan. That’s not surprising because the Cosmo is my favorite bar on the Vegas Strip. Chandelier Bar (floor level) is one of my favorite bars to sip on a drink and hang out in all of Vegas. Last year they added video poker to this beautiful bar so you can get excellent comp drinks while you gamble. WIN!

What is surprising is that Chateau at Paris, Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo and The Bourbon Room at Venetian are in this list generating between $5 million and $15 million in 2014. To be honest I didn’t know Chateau was still open, I thought Lagasse’s Stadium was considered a restaurant and had no idea people went to The Bourbon Room en masse.

Live and learn!

Riviera Rumors Are Like 50 Shades Of Grey

Riviera Las Vegas
Riviera rumors

Like the movie “50 Shades of Grey”, Riviera rumors are everywhere I look today. It took a week for other outlets to catch up on the rumors that the Riviera will be closed and demolished but they’re out there like gangbusters today.

Riviera hasn’t confirmed any rumors but it seems like that may only be a matter of time. Here’s a quick roundup of current Riviera rumors. Click on links for full story.

  • “Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Will Buy and Demolish Riviera Las Vegas” – Vital Vegas says an official announcement will be coming on February 17.
  • “Riviera focus of LVCVA purchase” – Las Vegas Sun digging for information says that the Riviera may be demolished by June.
  • Las Vegas Advisor is hearing rumors from reliable sources.
  • “Is Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel about to be history?” – Las Vegas Review Journal trying to become more upworthy and offering nothing beyond clickbait.

UPDATE: CBS News Las Vegas CONFIRMS Riviera will be sold to LVCVA.