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Cosmopolitan Will NOT Have A Poker Room

I just saw on twitter that the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will NOT have a poker room.  I’m very surprised by this, so I wanted to pass the info on.

This was confirmed to me a few minutes later on twitter.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad for the casino, but it certainly separates them, in another way, from the other strip casinos.  I don’t play casino poker so I’m not bothered by this.  Props for the Cosmo for continually doing things to separate themselves from the rest.

Check casino tweets if you’re on twitter and looking for casinos to follow.

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Las Vegas Video Poker Research

As I always do, I’m prepping a trip to Las Vegas with video poker research.  I don’t think I’ll be gambling at most of these casinos, but I want to make sure I have the information in case I decide to.  Of course, I can always visit the vpFREE mobile site, but I still use ECG for my research.

Nothing too surprising here, the list states that the Venetian has $1 9/6 Jacks or Better machines.  I don’t remember seeing that in April and the comments mention they the machines are gone.  I’m sure they are gone, but I’ll look.

Here are findings of places I’ll possibly gamble.

Aria
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(3 lines, 5 lines)
99.17% BP (FP): $1(SP), $5(SP)
98.98% DDB (FP): $1(SP), $2(SP), $5(SP)
98.91% LV Airport/Illinois Deuces: $1(SP), $2(SP), $5(SP)
98.45% JoB: $1
97.30% JoB: $1(Prog)

Bally’s
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
99.17% BP (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
98.01% BP: 25c, $1(3 lines, 5 lines), $2, $5
97.87% DDB: 25c(Prog)

Bellagio
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $25(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $100
99.17% BP (FP): 25c(SP), $1(SP), $2(SP), $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines)
99.11% DB: $2(SP), $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP)

Bills
98.01% BP: 25c(Prog)
97.87% DDB: 25c(Prog)
97.30% JoB: 25c(Prog)
96.77% Colorado Deuces: 25c(Prog)

Caesars Palace
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
99.17% BP (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
97.30% JoB: 25c(3 lines, 5 lines, Prog), 50c(3 lines, 5 lines)

Encore
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $25, $50, $100
99.17% BP (FP): $5, $10, $25
98.01% BP: 25c(Prog), 50c, $1(Prog), $2

Harrahs
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
99.17% BP (FP): $5, $10, $25, $100
98.98% DDB (FP): $5
98.91% LV Airport/Illinois Deuces: $5
98.01% BP: 25c(Prog), 50c, $1
97.87% DDB: 25c(Prog)

Imperial Palace
99.54% JoB (FP): $1
98.01% BP
97.30% JoB

M Resort
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c
99.40% Ace$ (FP): 25c
99.17% BP (FP): 25c, 50c, $1
99.11% DB: 25c, 50c, $1
98.98% DDB (FP): $1, $2, $5, $10, $25

MGM Grand
99.54% JoB (FP): $1(100 lines, 50 lines), $2(100 lines, 50 lines), $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10, $25(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $50(3 lines, 5 lines), $100(3 lines)
99.17% BP (FP): $5
98.91% LV Airport/Illinois Deuces: 25c(10 lines, 50 lines)

Mirage
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25(3 lines), $50, $100
99.45% BDW (FP): $5, $10, $25
99.17% BP (FP): $1, $5, $10(Prog), $25(Prog)
99.11% DB: $1, $10
98.98% DDB (FP): $10
98.45% JoB: $5(Prog)
97.30% JoB: 25c(Prog

NYNY
99.54% JoB (FP): 25c, $1, $2, $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25
99.17% BP (FP): 25c, $1, $2, $5(3 lines, 5 lines), $10(3 lines, 5 lines), $25
98.98% DDB (FP): 25c, $1, $2
98.91% LV Airport/Illinois Deuces: 25c, $1, $2

Palazzo
98.91% LV Airport/Illinois Deuces: $5, $10, $25
98.45% JoB: $1(SP), $2(SP), $5(SP), $10, $25
98.44% JW: 25c, 50c, $1
98.01% BP: 25c(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP, STP), 50c(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $1(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP)

Planet Hollywood
99.54% JoB (FP): $5, $10, $25
99.17% BP (FP): 50c, $1(3 lines, 5 lines), $2(3 lines, 5 lines), $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $25(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines), $100
99.11% DB: $5(3 lines), $10(3 lines), $25(3 lines)

Red Rock
100.76% FPDW (FP): 25c
100.17% DB (FP): 25c, 50c, $1
100.15% LDW (FP): 25c, 50c, $1
100.13% SBDW: 25c, 50c, $1
100.07% DDB: 5c(NS), 10c(NS), 25c(NS), 50c, $1
99.92% TDW (FP): 5c
99.17% BP (FP): 25c(5 lines, MS, Prog), 50c(5 lines, MS), $1(5 lines, MS, Prog)

Venetian
98.45% JoB: $1(3 lines, SP, STP), $2(SP), $5(SP)
98.44% JW: 25c, 50c, $1
98.01% BP: 25c(3 lines, 5 lines), 50c(3 lines, 5 lines), $1(3 lines, 5 lines), $5(Prog)
97.87% DDB: 5c(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, QQ), 10c(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, QQ

Wynn
99.54% JoB (FP): $5(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $10(10 lines, 3 lines, 5 lines, SP), $25(3 lines, 5 lines), $100
99.17% BP (FP): $5, $10
99.11% DB: $5, $10
98.01% BP: 25c(Prog), $1(Prog)

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Rapid Baccarat

In the series of rapid games that probably won’t catch on we have Rapid Baccarat! Rapid Baccarat is not off to a good start in Singapore.

Rapid Roulette is a big hit at Resorts World but Rapid Baccarat a flop.

I can see why people would play roulette, but the other rapid games involve some form of human interaction and I don’t see them succeeding beyond a trial.  One of the main reasons people play baccarat is the ease of playing and ability to touch the cards.  I’m not sure I understand why that’s a big deal, but supposedly it is.

The game bores me, so I haven’t paid much attention to it.  Here are some of the “features.”

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Seven Stars Insider August Edition

Here’s the latest edition of Seven Stars Insider.  This is an easy read and an excellent resource for Harrah’s players.  Head over to Seven Stars Insider to sign up for the newsletter.  There is lots of new and useful information in this edition (some of which I’m going to reference in future posts), so read on for all the goods.

Seven Stars Insider – August 2010

NOTE: While this newsletter was originally designed exclusively for Seven Stars members, there is useful information for anyone who has a Total Rewards® player’s card and/or plays/stays at a Harrah’s property.  Please feel free to pass this on to your friends.  Back issues of the Seven Stars Insider newsletter are available online at http://sites.google.com/site/sevenstarsinsider/ .  You will need Adobe Acrobat to view them, but this is a free program available at www.adobe.com.

Seven Stars Hotline
Since I started the Web site and this newsletter I’ve been surprised – but not really! – how many Seven Stars (and Diamond) players have contacted me with questions or problems that their local Total Rewards desk and/or host cannot (or will not) answer.  Wouldn’t it be a nice benefit if Harrah’s introduced a dedicated toll-free hotline and/or email address where Seven Stars members could turn for answers to their questions and solutions to their problems?

Harrah’s Reports Loss; Confirms Discussions Regarding New Philly Casino
Citing reduced customer spending in all of its U.S. regions and asset write-downs, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. has reported a second-quarter net loss of $274 million, compared with a profit of $2.29 billion a year earlier, Bloomberg News reports.  Sales fell 2.2 percent to $2.22 billion, the news service said.  Harrah’s said that, for the quarter ended June 30, it recorded a $52.3 million charge related to an investment in a Foxwoods casino project in South Philadelphia.  Last month Harrah’s confirmed that “discussions have opened up again” regarding its role to take over as a 33 percent investor, in addition to developing and managing the property; however, the company said it was not at liberty “to discuss the substance” of those talks at this time.  The statement was in response to an earlier report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  According to the Inquirer, Harrah’s holds a promissory note of $67 million for the 16-acre parcel from a group of local investors.  Harrah’s said it acquired the note when it purchased Caesars Entertainment in 2005.  “Over the years we have had numerous discussions around different deal structures involving the note and other roles,” Harrah’s said.

Las Vegas Diamond Clubs
It’s official. . .you now can take out your favorite cocktail (in a plastic cup) from the four Diamond Clubs in Las Vegas.  The policy was quietly changed about a month ago.  Up until then, only beer and bottled water were allowed out of the clubs – unless, of course, you were able to sneak one past the employee at the door.  [Some folks were known to ask the bartenders to fill an empty Perrier or water bottle with gin or vodka, or decant their clear drinks themselves.]  It’s about time.  Most other Diamond Clubs allow drinks to be taken out; plus, it seems to me that Harrah’s would prefer their customers to be out on the casino floor rather than warming a seat in the club.

Sports Bar or Diamond Club?
It’s bad enough that nearly every television in the Vegas Diamond Clubs (and practically every other club in the country) is tuned to ESPN or some other sporting event, but, according to one of the bartenders at Caesars Palace, the TV over the bar must be tuned to sports.  The “policy” came to light recently when two customers sitting at the bar asked for the channel to be switched to CNN.  [The other two sitting at the bar didn’t care which channel was on.]  Whatever happened to listening to the customer?

[Read more…]

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New MGM Players Club – MLife

MGM Resorts M Life Players Club

M Life

MGM Resorts has been planning to launch a new players club to rival Harrah’s Total Rewards.  MGM Resorts International announced Mlife and will slowly start rolling it out to most of its properties nationwide.

Mlife is currently available at Beau Rivage in Tunica Biloxi, MS.  In August Mlife will be available in Detroit and in Las Vegas before the year is over.

Essentially MGM will try to mirror everything Total Rewards offers does both offline and online.  Examples from the Mlife FAQ:

  • Mlife will slot play more heavily than table play.
  • Mlife will now group players by tiers.
  • Use of tier credits and reward credits.
  • Ability to link users to one account.
  • MGM Holiday Gift Shoppe rivals Total Rewards Gift Rewards.

If imitation is the most sincere for of flattery Harrah’s should be blushing.  Current Players Club points will move to Mlife when your favorite property switches over to Mlife.

To their credit the MGM Mlife website is pretty sharp looking.  Cheers to the rollout working smoothly.  Keep the room offers coming.

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Harrahs Adds Starwood To Total Rewards Alliance

I notice that Harrah’s added Starwood to their Total Rewards Alliance while I was poking around Total Rewards to make sure I was confirmed for an upcoming trip to Atlantic City.  The Total Rewards Alliance includes deals with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Hawaiian Airlines.  Here are the details on how things will work with Starwood.

Total Rewards introduces Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) as our newest member of the Total Rewards Alliance! By adding new members to our Total Rewards Alliance, we are giving you more flexibility to build your Reward Credit balance. Now, earn 2 Bonus Reward Credits for every eligible dollar you spend at over 500 participating SPG locations in North America, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. As a Total Rewards member, you’ll also receive exclusive SPG rates at incredible resorts including the W, Westin, and Sheraton.

To be eligible for this exclusive promotion, you must register with your Total Rewards number prior to booking at www.spg.com/TotalRewards. Reward Credits received through your stay will post to your account within 14 days of checking out.

Eligible dollar spent includes only the hotel room rate at participating locations in North America. Taxes, incidentals, or other fees are not included as eligible spend, and will not qualify for Reward Credits. Guests must register for the promotion with their Total Rewards account number prior to booking, and must book through the designated booking site. Other Terms and Conditions apply. For a complete list of Promotional Terms and Conditions, visit us at www.spg.com/TotalRewards.

Total Rewards account must be in good standing to be awarded Reward Credits. All Rules and Regulations of Total Rewards apply. Click Here to see a complete list of Rules and Regulations for Total Rewards.

I’m a starwood member and try to stay at their locations whenever I travel, so getting Total Rewards points is just a bonus.  I don’t see many points coming from this, but if I can get a free meal out of some business travel I’ll take it.

I have to make hotel reservations for an upcoming trip, so this comes at a convenient time for me.  The FAQ answered most questions I had.

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New Slot – Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers

I was checking my twitter feed yesterday when i came across this this video for WMS Slots new Wizard of Oz slot machine – Ruby Slippers.

I have a love hate relationship with nickle/penny slots, but this looks like a lot of fun.  Most of the WMS slots have similar features and I dig them.

Unfortunately, Ruby Slippers is only at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City right now.  I don’t see myself making it down there on my next trip to Atlantic City.  At least I have this video.

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World Series of Poker TV Schedule

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) just narrowed the field to 9 as we prepare for the final table in November.  Until then ESPN‘s weekly coverage will tide us over until the live final table.  Here’s the schedule.

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World Series Of Poker Final Table Set

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) narrowed the field from over 7,000 to the final table of 9.  The final table takes place and the 9 remaining players are called the “November Nine.”  Witty, huh?

Following 13 days of intense competition at the 2010 World Series of Poker(1), two North American PokerStars players have advanced to join the elite ‘November Nine’ and will compete for the $8,944,138 first prize and the title of 2010 World Series of Poker champion.  Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and American Jason Senti skillfully outplayed their competition to earn the coveted seats at the final table, and now await the November 6 final date for their next shot at the grand prize.

That’s quite a prize for the winner.  It’s amazing how far the WSOP has come from it’s small beginnings.  Here’s a look at the November Nine from the Atlantic City Weekly blog.

Seat 1: Jason Sentl

Hometown:  St. Louis Park, MN (USA)
Age:  25
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Sentl’s first time to ever cash in a WSOP event

Chip Count:  7,625,000

Seat 2: Joseph Cheong
Hometown:  La Mirada, CA (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Cheong won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and earned a degree in psychology from UC-San Diego.

Chip Count:  23,525,000

Seat 3: John Dolan

Hometown:  Bonita Springs, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Dolan has six WSOP cashes, including three at this year’s series.

Chip Count:  46,250,000

Seat4: Jonathan Duhamel

Hometown:  Boucherville, Quebec (Canada)
Age:  22
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Duhamel’s third time to cash at this year’s WSOP.
Chip Count:  65,975,000

Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi
Hometown:  Miami, FL (USA)
Age:  29
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note: He won his first WSOP gold bracelet and $1,559,046 in this year’s Poker Players Championship.
Chip Count:  14,450,000

Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis
Hometown:  Surrey, BC (Canada)
Age:  25
Profession:  Poker Pro/Student
Note:  Jarvis is primarily an online player.  This marks his first time to cash in a WSOP tournament.

Chip Count:  16,700,000

Seat 7: John Racener
Hometown:  Port Richey, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Racener is one of the stars of the national WSOP Circuit, with more than $500,000 in earnings, including the 2007 Main Event championship victory at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Chip Count:  19,050,000

Seat 8: Filippo Candio
Hometown:  Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
Age:  26
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Candio is the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event final table.  He has a number of cashes at major tournaments held in Europe.
Chip Count:  16,400,000

Seat 9: Cuong “Soi” Nguyen
Hometown:  Santa Ana, CA (USA)
Age:  37
Profession:  Sales (Medical Supplies)
Note:  Nguyen is the senior player at this final table, at the advanced age of 36.  He is also the only amateur sitting among the final nine

Chip Count:  9,650,000

I don’t know any of these names, but I’ll probably take a look when ESPN TV coverage starts.

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Bookies – Movie Review

I’d never heard about the movie “Bookies” before.  I saw that it was on IFC last month so I recorded it and held it for a rainy day.  I figured a movie about bookies can’t be all that bad.  Well, it rained today for about 3 minutes today so I decided to watch the movie.

First thing I noticed is that Rachael Leigh Cook and the dude from Big Bang Theory were in the movie.  I don’t watch many movies, so it was cool to see actors I recognized on IFC.

Bookies” is the story about college kids who enjoyed betting on sports who realize the money that can be made and turn to the other side and decide to be the book makers.

In brief, they start raking in the cash, the dude from Big Bang Theory starts doing cocaine and going a little crazy, and they get in trouble by the guys they used to make bets with.

The movie has just about every stereotype you could imagine with people involved in illegal gambling.  In the end the problems are “taken care of” and the guys pay the consequences with their futures.  Of course, they’re young and in college and life goes on.

Bookies” wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t a great movie.  Between my fondness for Rachael Leigh Cook and the subject matter, I’d watch it again if I saw it while flipping the channels.  I give this 3 of 5 stars – right down the middle.

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