Other popular choices include the DoubleTree by Hilton and the Mandarin Oriental. The DoubleTree has its own shuttle that picks travelers up from the airport and takes them back to the hotel, which reduces the amount of toxins in the air. Hilton also replaced the existing appliances in the hotel with energy-saving devices, which produce less carbon and other toxins. The Mandarin Oriental added green-friendly furniture and replaced its light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs. These four hotels and casinos only represent a small number of companies going green in the Las Vegas area. Travelers and gamblers will find the city cares about reducing its impact on the environment and that its top hotels and casinos want guests interested in green technologies and the environment to feel comfortable in the city.
Companies around the world understand the importance of loyalty and reward programs. These programs let customers earn points when making purchase online and offline, and customers can redeem those points for gifts cards, discounts and free products. The website MyVegas launched its own reward program to treat those who play online games through the site, and one player used the points he earned to treat his wife to a once in a lifetime event.
Eric Wiebusch was just another online gambler when he created an account on the MyVegas website. MyVegas lets players attach their Facebook pages and other social networking accounts to the website and share their wins and losses with family and friends. The website offers the same games that players would find in traditional casinos, including multiple slots and blackjack games. Every time account holders play games, they earn points that they can redeem for hotel rooms and other events in Las Vegas.
Wiebusch became the first player in the history of the website to earn a total of 1 million points. The player admits that he found the website on Facebook when a friend invited him to play. After trying a few of the slots on that website, he found his way to the MyVegas website. Though he noticed the points accumulating on his account, he wasn’t sure what he would use those points for in the future. Wiebusch, who lives in Seattle, Washington, decided to keep accumulating the points and see how many he could win before his wife’s upcoming birthday. When he finally cashed out, he decided on a trip to the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Wiebusch became the first player in the history of the website to earn enough points for the rewards package. The package comes with a free trip to the Bellagio, free seating at one of the top attractions in the city and other perks that he could share with three other people. Wiebusch later admitted that he surprised his wife with the package and surprised her even further when he informed her that he won the trip just for playing online casino games.
When MyVegas first launched, it partnered with Las Vegas hotels, resorts and casinos. Players can cash in their points at any time and redeem those points for free hotel rooms and other perks. The Bellagio package is only available for the top players, and Wiebusch remains the only player in history to win that
In the casino, some games look hard but are actually quite simple. Baccarat takes no skill at all, and Roulette doesn’t take much more. For a table game that beats both of those for excitement and for the chance it offers to beat the house, however, gamblers choose Blackjack. Its strategies may be challenging, but thanks to the new infographic from Casino UK, any player can sit down at the green felt and play like a seasoned pro.
Blackjack dealt face-up
The first variation of Blackjack revealed by the infographic sees cards dealt to the player with their faces visible. In this version, the player never touches the cards, but instead communicates with the dealer via hand signals. To hit, or ask for another card, the player makes a little scratching motion with the index finger. When the player has all the cards he wants, a hand is waved over the cards to signal the dealer that he stands.
Blackjack dealt face-down
The other variant of Blackjack dealt at casinos slides the player’s cards with the faces down and only the patterned back of the card visible. This is played differently from the face-up version, in that the player here is supposed to pick up the cards. Important: Players must use only one hand to hold the cards. To signal a hit, the cards are scraped lightly on the baize. To stand, all one need do is slide the cards face-down under his chips being bet on that hand.
Happy pit boss, happy player
These different ways to play Blackjack may seem arbitrary, but they were developed in order to allow greater transparency for shift supervisors, pit bosses, and surveillance personnel watching from the Eye in the Sky cameras. A hit or stand is unambiguously signaled with this system, so casino employees and players can both feel comfortable that no shenanigans is going on.
Casino UK offers this infographic to help players have more fun. Whether in Las Vegas on gaming online, it’s always a better time when you know what to do.
In Las Vegas, Blackjack is king of the table games. For every Three Card Poker or Caribbean Stud, there are four or five Blackjack tables. The reason for this is simple: Gamblers have heard that Blackjack can be beaten. Ever since the 1961 publication of Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorpe, card counting and other strategies based on counting have given hope to thousands that winning at Blackjack is simple.The reality is slightly different. Although playing perfect strategy at Blackjack reduces the House margin to just a sliver, perfect strategy takes a lot of memorization and practice. Card counting takes a lot more. But let’s leave counting out of it and say that you know some strategy you learned for your Vegas trip. Is that all there is to playing Blackjack in Las Vegas?
In fact, no. Something casual visitors may never know is that 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. is the best time to hit the Blackjack tables in casinos on the Strip. That’s because, while most every Strip casino sticks it to gamblers by offering just 6:5 on Blackjacks instead of the customary 3:2 most of the time, you can find 3:2 games on the Strip in those wee hours when they’re just trying to fill seats at the tables. It’s the dead time, especially during the week. Also:
- Blackjacks pays 3 to 2 instead of 6 to 5 during the 3-7 a.m. period, increasing the player’s edge considerably. It is recommended by most every Blackjack expert that one should never play 6 to 5. If you want to find 3 to 2 games, travel just a block or two off of the Strip. Those casinos want to siphon customers away from the big boys, so they offer better odds.
- $5 minimum bets instead of $10 of even $15. Again, off the Strip you can find the $5 minimum, but during the magic hours of 3-7 a.m., many Strip joints offer the same. They figure it’s better to make a little money than none of at all.
- Double and even single decks instead of six- to eight-deck shoes. The player’s edge goes up as the number of decks go down. I’ve seen 3:2 games dealt from one deck with a $5 minimum bet only during those choice morning hours.