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Back Blogging Vegas Again

Discussion in 'YouTube, Blog and Social Media Links' started by NickPappageorgio, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. NickPappageorgio

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    The old Vegas blog has been dormant for about the length of time I've been away from the boards. Part of the reason is that real life, and health issues, got in the way.

    Las Vegas Central


    But I'm firing it back up. Although I'm thinking about combining it with my 'other' blog that mainly focuses on sports gambling and just having a general "gaming" blog.

    The Public Money

    I also like the name "The Public Money" better.

    Just did a quick post on double-booking hotels when visiting town and why I do it.

    If you do go take a peek, thanks for checking in.
     
  2. NickPappageorgio

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    Just skimmed the articles you linked, not sure what kind of connection (if any) they're trying to draw here, the last one was kind of funny though:

    "Stephen Paddock’s casino game of choice — video poker — was a perfect means to win money in a way that he could get complimentary rooms, like the Mandalay Bay suite where he died Sunday night, without raising suspicion."

    Wow, you mean instead of just booking a room and paying a few hundred bucks, I can spend years and years losing tens of thousands at video poker and get the same room for free?! What a brilliant (and highly relevant) discovery they've made here...

    "Experts who know the ins and outs of video poker and how players can score without calling attention to themselves say there are thousands of gamblers who could essentially hide in plain sight if they choose."

    Oh my god everyone! There are gamblers in Las Vegas! Thousands of them! Hiding in plain sight! What are we going to do?!
     
  4. NickPappageorgio

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    I enjoyed the pay table write up. Quads are the name of the game and what determines if you’re going to win in the short term. I know your pain on those droughts you’ve had despite playing better paytable. I sometimes downshift into a lower variance game like Bonus Poker or something like nickel 5play super times pay to help smooth things out.
     
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    Nicely done - thanks for posting again. I read the piece about the Vegas Knights - when we are not routing for Toronto - Vegas is our team!!

    Will bookmark to catch up on your other posts - especially the ones on VP
     
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    The CNF thing bugs me as why can’t they just raise the price 50¢ to $1 and accomplish the same thing? Can they avoid some of the food and beverage tax this way? It’s not like it’s a race to the bottom with prices as the people buying $9 Blue Moons at Beer Park are as worried about their money as those seeking out the $2 Michalobs at Casino Royale. I expect my drinks to cost more at a place with a premium view or location.
     
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    Nice post abt VP. I agree that we should patronize casinos that offer the best odds for any game. But you're right, most of the time it just isn't feasible. Doesnt make sense to pay for a cab ride off strip to play $.25 VP or $10-$15 BJ for a couple hrs. And those percentages include hitting a royal. If you never hit a royal, you are a lifetime loser and even then...
     
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    The Latest: The Las Vegas Strip is No Longer a Destination if you Want to Gamble

    Some of what's inside is (admittedly) based on what I've read on this board. Full disclosure: I did not give credit, or delve into specifics because I figured most of you would not want your name/adventures/experiences blabbed about on someone's blog.

    Shorter: Congratulations, you're all "sources" now.
     
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    This is great.

    The one thing I'll say is that the various drink monitoring systems aren't necessarily bad for people like us. This has been discussed a few times on the board before, but it fully depends on the implementation. At Cosmo, for example, if you're playing at a reasonable level the tickets tend to come faster than you can use them; the red/green light hasn't been a serious impediment to free drinks, either. And while I'm generally loathe to call something like this a "benefit" when it's clearly a cost-saving measure, what it does potentially do is free up seats for people like us who are there to play, as well as preserve the system of free drinks for gamblers (I could absolutely imagine a casino just getting rid of free drinks entirely, after all). While a lot of recent policies are unquestionably to the player's detriment -- resort fees, parking fees, and reduced odds first and foremost -- limiting the free drinks is a bit of a mixed bag to me.
     
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    I think I wrote something a long time ago saying basically the same thing. And I've always come out more or less in favor of fair drink monitoring systems here and other places. TBH, IF they had something fair on the slots I wouldn't mind either, because a LOT of people at the slots slow play for free drinks.

    Mrs. P and I watched a guy a couple of weekend back at L'Auberge sit at a slot talking to his girl friend, and would only spin when the cocktail waiter was in sight. Ordered a beer every time, they'd chug it between them, and then sit and talk until she came back around.then started spinning again, ordered another beer....etc.

    Thing was, they were sitting at two of the 4 Dancing Drums slots in the casino, the ones I like to play the most.

    That said, when the system is set to where it's almost impossible to get a ticket, or to keep the light green if you stop to socialize even for just a minute, those are bad.
     
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    Thinking about the Gambling Year 2019

    Where I muse on the future of sports betting, horse racing and Las Vegas. Including challenges and opportunities for all, trends that I see, hurdles to overcome and the importance of ridding the world of 3-Zero Roulette, bad VP pay-tables and a hope that blackjack doesn't get even worse (11/10 for example)

    Feel free to read and let me know what you think. Right, wrong or indifferent.
     
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    2018: A Year in Gambling

    Recapping a year that saw an increase in VP play, three royal flushes and the continuation of a pretty terrible slots run. All in all a good year however, and (more importantly) a fun one.
     
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    2019: Beginning a Year of Responsible Gaming

    I'm going to try something different this year. Over my last few gaming trips I've seen some sad sights, people betting their rent money, people trying for the white whale with no abandon. I'm under no illusions that my little blog in a dark, unused corner of the Internet is going to have that much of an effect, but if I can share something on math, gaming, bankroll control and the real, sometimes shitty, experiences that go along with playing negative expectation games it will be worth it.

    Obviously, and I HOPE y'all think this is a good thing, I'll still contribute here and I'll still complete long, rambling TRs, but I'm also going to chronicle trips on my blog, the People's Money, in a longer form, more narrative than snippit, in a format that allows me to really dig into the details.

    Granted, most of what I write will not be designed for users of this board. You are not my target audience. Nothing that I say or write here will be either groundbreaking or, truthfully, all that insightful, to someone who has experience in Vegas and casinos. I'm not trying to position myself as some great sage of the gaming world who has the secret to the luxuries of Midas without all of that icky turning your loved ones into gold statues mess.

    Nor will this be a big casino advert. I'm going to share my wins and, more frequently, my losses, my grinds, my bad beats and everything else in between. If I down my sorrows in liquor and regret, you're going to read about it. If I eff up, you're going to read about that. If I get too drunk and gamble away winnings before Mrs. P falls asleep out on the balcony of Cosmo you're......oh, wait, you already DID read about that.

    Anyway, I've been posting a lot of horse racing and gambling legal news up on the ol' blog lately, so if you're so inclined give it a read and, even rarer, a comment.

    Mrs. P and I have been talking about making some pretty significant changes to our Vegas trips, and how we approach them, this post is probably the start of that for 2019.

    It's going to be an interesting year that's for sure.
     
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    Looking forward to it!
     
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    That's some blogging and a good read..
     
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    I enjoy all you write.
     
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