Gambling Podcast: You Can Bet on That (general)
A podcast for the recreational gambler
  • Mark incorrectly referred to Due For a Win co-host Craig as Greg.
  • There are actually two Jim's from New York who contributed to the show, not just one as we claimed. One of them caught the 90°/180° mistake from Episode #112 and sent us the PayPal donation. The other one reported that buy bets were gone from Downtown Grand.
  • Penn National Gaming doesn't own Hollywood Casino Jamul. It is owned by the Jamul Indian Village and managed by Penn National Gaming.
  • The timeline for the Paris power outage was a little muddled. Here's what happened:
    • 03-Nov 09:45 AM: Power goes out
    • 03-Nov 10:30 PM: Power is partially restored
    • 04-Nov 12:25 AM: Guests are allowed to return to their rooms
  • Mark incorrectly referred to Marc Meltzer as being from MeltzVegas. MeltzVegas is Marc's Twitter handle. His website is EDGe Vegas.
  • Measure C (not Prop C) that would have raised hotel taxes to build a stadium for the Chargers got 43% of the vote, not 38%.
  • Dr. Mike is going to the National Finals Rodeo, but not on the same weekend as Caesars Great Gift Wrap Up.
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm PST

Listener Paul Stephens

I was in Vegas for G2E this week and have a few points of interest / observations for you guys.

  1. I did not see a single craps table at the show.  :(  There was virtually every other game imaginable.

  2. The Gamblit booth of skill-based gaming was constantly packed. The zombies walking around there helped (advertising Into the Dead machines I'm sure). People were enjoying the games, but whether they would pay / gamble money on them is another question.  The pace of the games seemed really slow in many cases. Lots of games were actually played against other players and were like arcade games, where each person puts up money, and the winner takes (most of) it.

  3. Scientific Gaming has a couple new poker-derivative type games coming for Dr. Mike's dad.

  4. Celebs at the show included Shaq, Tim McGraw, and Larry Thomas (the Soup Nazi).

  5. There are many new blackjack progressive side bets being marketed, along with some baccarat progressive side bets.

  6. There are a few companies pushing visual analytics and other technology for monitoring occupancy and accurate bet tracking.  The bonus here for you guys is the possibility of them correctly tracking wagers for ratings. Based on demos year over year a few companies are close on this for regular table games, but it might be a little way off for craps as the betting spots are not well defined.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm PST

Listener Shaun from Canada

A bit of trip summary from a trip my wife and I took to Las Vegas in early April.

I flew out Friday afternoon, and my flight was delayed by an hour, so I stopped at the wine bar in the airport and had a flight of three wines. Great start to the trip.

I arrived at LAS, and our airline didn't tell us that our flight's baggage would be at the secondary baggage claim. It was the first time I flew from Canada as I usually drive across the border for a cheap flight, but the exchange rate killed that idea. So I didn't even know there was more than one claim. About half the plane did the same thing. So after some searching for our carousel, I finally figured out that we had to find the shuttle to the other terminal. As a result I got to the hotel 30-40 minutes later than expected.

I was staying at Luxor via some free rooms in the tower. They are nice deluxe rooms. Similar to most four-star rooms I stay in when business travelling. Check-in was quick and painless, and the clerk was a friendly woman.

After finding my room (and getting lost on the way once), I dumped my stuff and headed to the poker room for the 8:30 p.m. tourney which had just started and had a wait list already. Decided to grab some dinner instead and then headed to the craps table at Excalibur for $5 craps.

First round of the table was pretty cold, and I lost close to 50% of my initial buy-in. I got to throw and had a bad throw. I had decided on this trip to start playing 6 and 8 place bets with some pressing, and pass line with single odds. Usually I just do pass line and double odds, and then if things get good I'll start adding the odd place bet. Once I was down so much I decided to pull back a little and just do pass line and odds. Bad timing: the next guy had a lot of 6s and 8s. I eventually went back to the 6/8 pass line/odds.

Then the guy two away from me started a nice roll. He started throwing lots of different numbers with a bunch of 6s and 8s in there. About halfway through I started adding a come bet. After hitting three or four points he closes the All/Small/Tall, and the table erupts in cheering as five or six of us were betting it. 175:1 payoff is a great way to come back and start the night. I played at the table for the next four to five hours and met a lot of people. During this time a lot of people played the field and did well. At one point I had a good roll hitting three or four points and a LOT of rolls. Those rolls are fun; everyone is high-fiving you, the lady at the table is saying things like, "Come on handsome, make the point." At one point a woman put all her money on the field before cashing out. I threw a 12! It was amazing seeing that work out for her. I eventually cashed out up just a bit; the night was very even. Up a little, down a little. It was late so I decided to walk back to the hotel, and on the way to the room I detoured to the Luxor craps pit to see what the limit was, thinking I would look and go to bed.

$5. I've never seen $5 at Luxor. So out comes my initial buy-in and I start playing. The table does decent and I'm up a little, down a little. Never really losing, having a lot of fun, drinking, chatting with people. The dealers were good and nice. After another three or four hours I'm starting to feel the alcohol and tiredness a bit. So I step away from the table, cash out, take a small break and sit down. After a few minutes I decide I'm not ready for bed (I am a night owl) and decide to walk to Excalibur and maybe New York New York to see what is going on on the Strip. Once I get to Excalibur I feel like playing again, and I play for another three or four hours. Mostly the game is even, and eventually the table cools, and I'm down to 50% of my buy-in. It is now about 8 a.m. and I started playing at 9 p.m. So I decide to head to my room.

I of course detour by the Luxor tables and figure, what the heck, I'll play the 50% and go to bed when it is gone. Well the table heats up, and everyone is cheering and having fun. I think I only ever got up to just below double my buy-in. I have some good conversations with people while playing. and around 11:00/11:30 a.m. I decide I really do need to sleep since my wife is arriving that night and will be annoyed if I haven't slept. At the end of 14 hours or so of play I've made a few dollars but haven't lost anything, had a lot of drinks, and made a few new friends. The late arrival worked out for the best in hindsight.

We concluded our trip by road tripping to Palm Springs and San Diego. Both were very nice, and I’ll probably return to them.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm PST

Listener Mark from Ontario

I enjoy travelling to different casinos across North America, and this past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Windsor Caesars property located in Windsor, Ontario for the first time. For those of your listeners who don’t know, Windsor is the city on the Canadian side of the border across from Detroit, Michigan.

So I thought I’d provide you with a short trip report.

Some general thoughts:

  • It is a large casino and the only ‘Vegas-esque’ Casino in Ontario in terms of look/feel (much more than Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls).
  • It’s a beautiful facility inside and out. Spacious, multiple gaming floors, and was very clean.
  • Entertainment seems to be a big draw for them (Santana was there while we were there).
  • We couldn’t stay there; it was full up, and the only available room on-site was $500 a night.
  • As a Caesars property, the Total Rewards cards from Las Vegas (or other Caesars locations) are accepted here, and the same promotions are available here as well.
  • They also had self-serve coffee and soft-drink beverage stations, which is always a nice touch for those who can’t wait for drink service or for when they are really busy.
  • All blackjack I saw was paying 3 to 2 on blackjack.
  • I only ended up near the craps table on Sunday morning around 10:30 AM, and at that time the min bet was still $10 and up to 5x odds.

As a poker player, I spent most of my time there (17 hours or so), playing poker.

A few notes on the poker room:

  • It has a World Series of Poker theme. The logo is everywhere, and pictures of famous poker pros are all over the walls. It felt similar to Bally’s in Atlantic City.
  • They ran multiple tables of 1-3 No Limit with a max buy-in of $300.
  • They also had one table running 2-5 No Limit with a max buy-in of $500.
  • Beverage service in that room was really fast. I would order a coffee and have it within the same hand; it was extremely fast.
  • The other thing that stuck with me was the number of regulars that were there. The first table I was seated at had seven regulars, one random guy, me and an empty seat. These are players who have obviously played significant hours in the room and against each other. The poker room management shook hands and exchanged hugs with the players and knew significant details about each player. Now this is usually a warning for potential collusion or soft-playing, but I didn’t see any of that and had a really good experience overall.
  • Floor staff were generally friendly and really seemed to like their jobs, which is a nice thing.

Small caveat: The bad-beat jackpot at the MotorCity Casino across the border was over $400,000 while we were there, and that likely drew many players away. So it may be typically busier on a Saturday night.

Overall, all my interactions with staff at this casino were positive, issues were dealt with quickly, and the dealers all seemed competent (which is sometimes a hard thing to find in a poker room). It was a very comfortable, welcoming environment and my wife and I will be returning.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm PST

Vegas Tripping has announced the nominations for the 2014 Trippie Awards, and we're proud and honored that You Can Bet on That has been nominated for Best Podcast.

Head on over to http://www.vegastripping.com/trippies2014/.  Voting is open from now until Wednesday, December 11.

Thanks to everyone who helped get us nominated, and congratulations to all the other nominees!

Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

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