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88 Days To Macau: Episode 7.3 - Gambling

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Jun 2016
88 Days To Macau: Episode 7.3 - Gambling The suitcases are out, supplies being procured, batteries charged and clothes folded... we're three days away from the start of our 10 day trip to Macau. In...

Tagged: macau   podcast   baccarat   gambling   

Wynn: This Is What Happens When You Squeeze A Gambler's Nuts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Apr 2016
Wynn Resorts just released preliminary results for Q1 business in Las Vegas and Macau. Normally, I wouldn't spend a lot of time on earnings results, but these numbers are worth studying and discussing,...

Tagged: wynn   casino   steve wynn show   craps   odds   gambling   casino biz   

The 2015 #VIMFP Hangover Casino Challenge Cup Recap

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Oct 2015
I've been wanting to have a multi-table gaming tournament since the germination of the #VIMFP idea. This year, thanks to the great folks at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino - we had it. ...

Tagged: vimfp   reach for the cup   gambling   golden gate   

The #VIMFP Hangover Casino Challenge Cup

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Sep 2015
We're only 17 days away from the Vegas internet's biggest weekend of the year, the annual gathering of the tribes that we call the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic. We've got three full days...

Tagged: vimfp   casino gambling   the d las vegas   

Throwing The Black Book at The Greatest Gambler Ever

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Sep 2015
Archie Karas is The Greatest Gambler of All Time. "The Run" - Archie's three-year streak of gambling that parlayed $50 into over $40 million dollars - is one of the rare Las Vegas legends...

Tagged: archie karas   nevada gaming commission   black book   gambling   cheating   poker   

The Steve Brags About Tightening Wynn's Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Jul 2015
On the most recent episode of The Steve Wynn Show, The Steve took 5 minutes out of the Wynn Resorts Q2 Conference Call (which doubles as his lunch) to give a history lesson on the...

Tagged: steve wynn show   craps   odds   wynn   gambling   

You Can Bet On... #VIMFP

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Apr 2015
Gamblin? I love gamblin! For this very special VIMFP announcement, we ask you to tune in to our friends Mark and Dr. Mike's You Can Bet On That - A Podcast for the Recreational Gambler,...

Tagged: vimfp   gambling   

Cardboard Check Watch: Mirage Gives Away $30k

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jan 2015
Long time readers of VT will tell you that I LOOOOOVE giant cardboard checks. One of my life's dreams is to one day hold one of these things and have it appear in the...

Tagged: cardboard check watch   mirage   gambling   slot tournaments   

Downtown Grand Giving Away A Tesla Model S

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 May 2014
The Downtown Grand hotel and casino is trying to jump start their casino marketing program by giving away a brand new Tesla Model S this summer. During the Summer Spectacular Giveaway, players will earn 1...

Tagged: downtown grand   jackpot   giveaways   tesla   gambling   

Downtown Grand Sued For Letting Drunk Guy Gamble

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Mar 2014
Mark Johnson claims he lost a ton of money gambling at Downtown Grand over Super Bowl weekend. He also claims he was drunk... and doesn't remember any of it other than hitting the bar...

Tagged: downtown grand   bender   gambling   lawsuit   lol   

The Abbey at The Cromwell To Bring Back Cabana-Style Private Gaming

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Feb 2014
The Cromwell will feature a branded Private Gaming salon called The Abbey. The Abbey will feature three gaming tables surrounded by plush seating for your entourage. Should you and your posse wish to...

Tagged: the cromwell   casino cabana   high limit   casino   gambling   cosmopolitan   

M Resort DeiMagines Their Rewards Program

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Dec 2013
M Resort sent out a mailer outlining changes and upgrades to their rewards club. The somewhat lousy name iMagine Rewards has been swapped out with the equally generic and perhaps confusing to Cosmotologists Marquee Rewards. ...

Tagged: m resort   comp clubs   gambling   

The 777th Running of The VIMFPTUCKY DERBY: Registration Is Officially Closed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Aug 2013
(VIMFPTUCKY, NV) The VIMFPTUCKY RACING COMMISSION today announced that registration for the historic 777th Running of The VIMFPTUCKY Derby has closed. All thirty slots as well as five standby entries have been filled with the greatest...

Tagged: vimfp   vimfptucky derby   sigma derby   the d   gambling   

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off Slot Machine

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Aug 2013
G2E is right around the corner along with the flood of new branded slot machine announcements. WMS Gaming has introduced a new slot machine based off of the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day...

Tagged: slots   ferris bueller   gambling   

Craps Dice Control, Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2013
Dice control... the ability to sharp shoot any two numbers on a casino craps table at will. Progenitors of this phenomenon state that by diligently applying sports-like mechanics, one can control the result...

Tagged: craps   dice control   gambling   fact or fiction   

Resort Fees and The Death Of The Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jul 2013
Caesars Entertainment announced their quarterly earnings report today. This is the first full quarter since they began charging resort fees earlier this year. The result, unsurprisingly, was an increase in hotel revenues. From the...

Tagged: caesars entertainment   resort fees   gambling   gary loveman   

When The Fun Stops - Episode 712

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Jul 2013
When the fun stops... Look out for Eugene! Thanks to VT superfriend Vespajet for the tweet tip! ...

Tagged: when the fun stops   slot machines   gambling   

Cosmo Kicks Casino Ass

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 May 2013
Recent filings by Nevada Property 1, the corporate holding company for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas confirm what I saw with my own eyes recently - gamblers are playing at Cosmopolitan. Revenues for the casino increased...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   gambling   casino   

Dice With No Edges

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 May 2013
I was at the mall the other day and found these round dice. I tossed em around a coupla times and decided I just had to have them. Lo and behold, they...

Tagged: dice   gambling   

This Week's Truth In Advertising Award Goes To The Riviera!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Apr 2013
The allure of casino. A vector of excitement which drives logical beings to ignore the palaces built around them and of math that is stacked against them. Are we not men?. And then there...

Tagged: truth in advertising   riviera   gambling   blackjack   

Venetian Unveils New Sands High-Limit Slot Salon

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Mar 2013
As foreshadowed in secret documents we unearthed in early 2012, The Venetian has been slowly renovating their public areas. The renovations have swept through the restaurant lineup (!) and the casino floor, now...

Tagged: venetian   sands   high limit   high rollers   gambling   psychology   wynn   

When The Fun Stops - Episode 642

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Feb 2013
Gambling addiction is no laughing matter. Ok, it is... just this once. Not just the indigent hopeless idiots trolling for any life line from the depths of despair are gambling addicts, they're preachers, billionaires, captains of industry...

Tagged: gambling   ooops   loveman   caesars entertainment   

Jackpot: Decemberist's $10k Royal at ARIA

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Jun 2012
VT's new resident jackpot inducer Decemberist sent in yet another one of his recent scores.... this one a $10k winner on a $5 video poker machine at ARIA. Nice one! Check out our entire gallery of reader-submitted...

Tagged: gambling   video poker   jackpots   aria   

This American Life Takes On Card Counting

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jun 2012
This American Life takes on blackjack and the myth of it being the only beatable game in the casino, if you count cards. Follow these handy links to download or stream the episode. Big thanks to VT...

Tagged: gambling   blackjack   podcasts   

Cardboard Check Watch: Orleans Money Madness Hits for $2M

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Jun 2012
Long time readers of VT know that there is nothing more I'd rather bring home from Vegas is one of those giant cardboard checks with the big money written on it. I'll trade...

Tagged: cardboard checks   jackpots   gambling   

Rantitorial: Why I Won't Be Playing Blackjack at Cosmopolitan Again

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 18 Apr 2012
Few things can awaken the slumbering hatred within a blackjack player. It's bad enough to end up with players who have their own rules, ignore the book, split tens, or jump in the middle of...

Tagged: blackjack   cosmopolitan   gambling   

Priest Purloins Parish Plate to Pay for Poker Passion

Posted by JohnH on 17 Oct 2011
In all honesty, that headline should read something like "Priest Steals from Parish Donations in Order to Subsidize Raging Video Poker Addiction," but hey, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do in order...

Tagged: jesus   gambling   

When The Fun Stops

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Sep 2011
How many times has this happened to you? Thanks to VT reader DoubleD for the link!...

Tagged: gambling   slot machines   

Yeah, But It's A Seven Card Charlie! UPDATED

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Aug 2011
VT super reader McTrees retweeted a photo (below) of a blackjack game that appears to have been taken by a Cosmopolitan pit boss violating Gaming Control Board rules (see update) and posted by one of...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   gambling   blackjack   

Flamingo To Offer Cheeseburgers On The Pass Line

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Jun 2011
Time to add one more Buffett to Caesars Entertainment's Buffet of Buffets. The fabulous Flamingo announced plans today to build a "Margarataville Casino at The Flamingo" adjacent to the Margaritaville lounge/bar/restaurant thingy. The casino will occupy 15,000...

Tagged: flamingo   margaritaville   gambling   buffets   

13 More Guaranteed Casino Superstition Voodoo Maneuvers

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 May 2011
Being that today is Friday the 13th, it is once again time to remind all of our faithful trippers of the fantastic array of 100% Guaranteed Slot Machine Voodoo Maneuvers, known far and wide to...

Tagged: gambling   true facts   

The Primm Lotto Store

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Mar 2011
Located just over the California border in Primm lies a little hut wherein Nevada residents can get their fix of California gambling - scratchers and lotto tickets. I've driven past this thing about 500...

Tagged: primm   gambling   lotto   

You Don't RFID? How Un-Wynn of You

Posted by JohnH on 21 Dec 2010
After a number of back and forth conversations among the members of Team VT concerning whether or not the technology was included in the new chip sets discussed in the previous post, a very, very,...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   gambling   rfid   

Taking A Deeper Peep At The Cosmopolitan's Casino Chips

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 21 Dec 2010
Because I know some of you are detail nerds like the rest of us, here's a quick look at the design of the newly minted chips at the Cosmopolitan. The design is simple and clean, with...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   chips   gambling   

More Cosmopolitan Video Poker Paytables

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Dec 2010
I posted these to The Twitter on opening day, but am only now getting them to the site, sorry about that. These are a set of five Video Poker paytables found in the bartop...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   video poker   gambling   

Cosmopolitan Gaming Breakdown

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 20 Dec 2010
As with any new opening in Vegas, the unwashed masses are clamoring to get at the gaming. After many rumors of new technologies and the horror of the possibility of 6 to 5 blackjack, the...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   gambling   craps   blackjack   

Cosmopolitan's Eager Hosts

Posted by MikeE on 20 Dec 2010
Just minutes after Cosmopolitan's public opening, team VT made their way to a craps table. It wasn't a particularly good run, but everyone was in good spirits - the drinks were flowing, the pressures of...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   casino hosts   gambling   

Cosmo Now Granting Credit Lines!

Posted by MikeE on 22 Oct 2010
Awesome! Even in the deepest hole of our nation's financial crisis, mediocre resorts like MGM Grand had the nerve to demand a minimum $10,000 when requesting a credit line. Give me a break! Your parent company's...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   casino credit   gambling   

I'll Bet You Ten Bucks...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jul 2010
How many times have you instigated a friendly wager amongst online acquaintances? If you've spent any time whatsoever reading this website, you know that I start bets here and on the Twitter about three...

Tagged: betable   gambling   internet   

The Leach: Mandalay Bay, LV Hilton For Sale

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jul 2010
Should you be willing to stomach wading through four paragraphs and two photos of Criss Angel chillin with his villains at his secret gothic lair, The Leach is reporting that *gasp* Mandalay Bay and...

Tagged: the leach   mandalay bay   las vegas hilton   bills gambling hall   harrahs   

Brunson Pwns Tech Dorque

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jun 2010
This is what happens when the CEO of a technology company butts heads with one of the greatest poker players of all time. It is worth mentioning that Doyle Brunson has gotten creamed nearly every time...

Tagged: poker   gambling   youtube   

Awesome: El Cortez' Gambling Gourmet

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jun 2010
While the big casinos are spending a coupla hundred thousand dollars a month farting around with iPhone apps that nobody is gonna use or paying 5 people to monitor their Twitter and Facebook feeds for...

Tagged: el cortez   downtown las vegas   gambling gourmet   

Yay: Harrah's Unleashes Table Game Finder

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 May 2010
Not sure how long this thing has been live, but Harrah's has launched a Table Game Finder, to go with their already fabulous Slot Machine Finder. You can search by casino, game name (blackjack switch, midi...

Tagged: harrahs   gambling   

A Family That Plays Together Stays Together

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 May 2010
My my my my my my my my pokah face. To the left, Theresa Sokatis. To the right, her sister Rose Bakaysa. After winning $165,000 at Foxwoods in 1995, these 70 somethings entered into a notarized...

Tagged: gambling   

Science Supports Theory of Near Misses Causing Gambling Addiction

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 May 2010
How many times has this happened to you.... sitting at your favorite Triple Diamond Slot Machine, half way through both a pack of cigs and a row of White Russians up on the bumper when...

Tagged: slot machines   gambling psychology   

George Who?

Posted by BlackHillsBoozeHound on 15 Apr 2010
Whether you're a follower of Stiffs & Georges, or you're just hip on your casino parlance, you're familiar with the term "george" as describing one who tips well, perhaps even overly-so (antonym: tom, which I...

Tagged: george   tipping   boozehouse   gambling   

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