Blast From the Past

I am cleaning out my computer files and found this old article. How old? I’m not sure since there was no date on it. In fact I don’t know whether it was ever published. But by some of the details – and the fact I hadn’t changed “slot club” to “players club” – I think it was written many years ago. But it proves that, although much does change in the casino world, so much stays the same! 

         If I Ran a Slot Club

If I ran a slot club, I’d run it in the morning, I’d run it in the evening, all over this land. My apologies to the folk song, but I’d institute so many user-friendly and consumer-kindly policies that it would be the most popular slot club at any casino in the country, and all the other slot clubs would have to follow my lead to compete.

First, I’d put the club booth in a very easy-to-find section of the casino, probably near the main entrance, near the front desk. Why hide it in a corner? I’d hang plenty of signs directing players to it. I’d WANT people to join.

I’d consider every slot club employee a casino host. Continue reading

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Informational Links

MGM Resorts has launched a new program – mobile casino tournaments.   Mark’s Las Vegas has the details. I wonder if these will be popular?  Most people like to do tournaments because of the fun enthusiastic group atmosphere.  This new “invention” is kind of like having sex by yourself instead of with another person.  Maybe it will appeal to some?

Steve Bourie interviews Las Vegas Advisor newsletter publisher Anthony Curtis about 10 tips for Las Vegas visitors to get the best deals.

Don’t want to lose so much in a casino, but don’t want to study.  Here is my Casino Gambling 101 take.

Here’s a brand new idea – stadium gambling.  Hybrid table games combine the ease and fast pace of a slot machine with the feel of a live dealer.


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More Vegas News and Promo Info

I like the pull-tab promotion Silverton is running this month, on Fridays and Saturdays.  You pull from one of three different “baskets,”  depending on how many points you earn that day.  The bigger point “basket” has bigger minimum prizes and a bigger top prize, with proportionately smaller prizes from the other two baskets:

5,000 points = Gold pull tab
Top Prize of $10,000

2,500 points = Silver pull tab
Top Prize of $5,000

500 points = Bronze pull tab
Top Prize of $1,000


“REAL BODIES” human anatomy exhibition just opened at Bally’s Las Vegas –located on the lower level.  I think this is the one that used to be at Luxor and perhaps other casinos before that?


As usual, Mark’s Las Vegas will keep you up on the casino social media news.  A recent report gives details about MYVEGAS adding a new app and other updates. Continue reading

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August must be “buffet month.”  Seems like every mailer or casino e-mail I open has a buffet special running:

Gold Coast has reduced prices for their dinner buffet Monday through Thursday, with added discounts depending on your card level.

Silverton is running an Earn & Win Buffet special on Thursdays.  Earn 50 points for one free lunch buffet coupon to print before 3 p.m.  Earn 100 points for one free lunch or dinner buffet, coupon available to print at kiosk from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CZR properties – Tuesdays in August, earn 50 Tier Credits in a day at any of the Total Rewards casinos in Las Vegas and get one free entry to Carnival World & Seafood Buffet.  This one has some tricky fine print. Continue reading

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Rattlesnake Finish

Okay, okay – here is “the end of the story” so many of you have been clamoring for:

Not very dramatic – saw no rattlesnakes, but that is probably a good thing! We saw some Pokemon Go players there but Kaity considers them way down on her adventurer list, no comparison to geocaching!

And if you have never heard about geocaching,  here  is Kaity to explain it for you:

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Awesome Outdoor Art

After 31 years of visiting and then living in Las Vegas, Brad and I are a bit jaded on the subject of “Vegas Sights” – been there seen that! But this week we were surprisingly awed by a relatively new in-my-opinion-must-see Vegas attraction.

We didn’t immediately think a fluorescent “Stonehenge” in the middle of a barren desert was worth a 10-mile ride down south Las Vegas Boulevard, way beyond civilization that ends at the M Resort. But, as usual, with family in town, we were looking for new sightseeing adventures, so off we drove to see “Seven Magic Mountains.”

When these colorful columns appeared in the horizon, such a contrast to the dull desolate desert landscape, it was a moment of astonishment and amazement for all of us. We had seen pictures of this, but they couldn’t capture the real-life intense effect. Both my daughter Angela and granddaughter Kaitlynn are avid photographers. In fact, Kaitlynn is beginning in the fall her master’s program in Video Production. So they couldn’t wait to begin their shooting.

It is just a very short walk from the primitive parking lot to the actual columns so you can not only enjoy the longer-distance full view of the installation, but you can get up close and personal to it – hug a column if you wish. The temperature was 110 degrees this afternoon we were there, with the sun so bright even our sunglasses didn’t keep us from squinting in most of the pictures. And Brad posed for just a couple of minutes and then tromped back to the car and turned on the air-conditioner to wait for the rest of us.

7 Magic Mountains - 1

Jean and Brad – Above

Grandma Jean and Granddaughter Kaitlynn – Below

7 Magic Mountains - 4

Later, when Kaitlynn has time to work on the video she shot, I will post that, which will describe “the rest of the story,” which includes venomous rattlesnakes.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

Nothing like getting rid of a 15-year-old desk and filing cabinets to bring back memories. Slot cards from casinos we haven’t entered for many many years, some of which don’t even exist anymore. Strategy charts from games we won’t ever play again. Win/loss records for our 30 years of gambling – a perfect example of the “long term.”

Thank goodness I have my Mom-you-don’t-need-to-keep-this daughter visiting me for a couple of weeks. She is a master organizer – wonder where she got that? – but a tough taskmaster when it comes to reigning in a squirrel.

And here is my favorite memory find, a 2003 receipt from the Palms Kids Quest. Grandkids Kaitlynn and Zachary were 9 and 10 and I had signed them up for “unlimited” comps at this child care center. They were already experienced comp hounds so had no problem running up the bill!

Kids Quest


Fast forward to today. Kaitlynn is in town visiting, along with her mom Angela – you know her as the Frugal Princess – co-author who helped me write More Frugal Gambling. And you might not be surprised to learn that since Kaitlynn has now turned 21, our plan for the day is a major coupon run.

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Perhaps I should just write an on-going blog called Promotional Perils.  Casinos seemed to want to provide me with new fodder every month!

BOYD PROPERTIES (The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, and Sam’s Town)

Lots of promo lessons here every month.  This is getting to be a monotonous pounding on the same drum here.

Not all properties under the same ownership umbrella offer the same promotions.

Check casino websites EVERY month.  Many promotions change frequently,

I wrote this last month (June):  “Different casinos may offer different multiplier days.  And each casino may have its own capping rules on the multipliers.  And there can be different caps on multipliers in the same casino depending whether it is a “corporate” promotion (like the Young at Heart) or a specific-to-that-casino promotion.  For example, at the Gold Coast you can get the mystery multiplier on the Young at Heart Wednesday for up to a cap of 10,000 points for VP.  But on multiplier Mondays in June (it might be another day another month!) you face a cap of 5000 points.  This fact might be a surprise to you if you didn’t get out your magnifying glass to read the fine print since in the past months the cap was 10,000 points.”

I may be psychic: Continue reading

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A Trip Report

I probably rightly could have titled this “Using My Own Advice.” Sometimes people question whether the casino information I write about is actually usable in real-life situations. So I decided to report on a recent trip Brad and I took to Harrah’s Cherokee and how we put into practice a lot of the frugal hints and recommendations I have written about for years. (I will put those in red!)

First, some background about this trip. Granddaughter Kaitlynn was graduating from college and she liked the idea of celebrating with a family “adventure” rather than a party. Brad and I had taken her parents to the Harrah’s casino in Cherokee a few years before and she had heard us rave about this beautiful Smoky Mountain resort. So this outdoor adventure gal was thrilled when we decided to make this place headquarters for our family and some of Kaitlynn’s friends to celebrate her graduation. It would be the perfect place to use one of our Harrah’s Seven Stars tier annual trips. Continue reading

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Boyd Property Father’s Day Multipliers

Not all the multiplier limits are the same at each property:

Gold Coast – 5K limit on VP

Orleans – 5K limit on VP

Sam’s Town – 10K limit on VP

Suncoast – 25K limit on slots and VP




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