Category Archives: Roulette

Play Like a Roulette Pro and Don’t Bet The Basket

Roulette is one of the most popular table games in the world, featured in myriad movies we can’t recall the names of, but we’re pretty sure roulette has been in movies, so just go with it.

The house advantage, or “edge,” in roulette is 5.26%. That’s for the most common version of the game, American roulette. You can tell American roulette from European roulette because: 1) it has a zero and double zero, rather than just a zero, and 2) it doesn’t use the metric system.

The bet to avoid in roulette is called a “basket bet.” This bet is placed strategically on the roulette layout in a way that screams, “I am a tourist, I have too much money, and I would like to give some to this casino!”

Basket bet at roulette

Behold the basket of suck.

The basket bet covers five numbers, the 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. Super convenient, right?

Well, yes, but that convenience costs a lot. The house edge for the basket bet is 7.89%, the worst bet on a roulette table.

So, it’s best to avoid this particular sucker bet and stick to the regular, less-sucky bets.

Another way to ensure you won’t look like a roulette novice is to always wait for the dealer to remove the marker (called a “dolly,” below) from the layout before placing new bets. It’s no fun having your hand slapped in public, even metaphorically, trust us.

Roulette dolly

Well, hello.

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing how you gave it to The Man at the roulette table. And by “gave it to,” we mean “took it from,” of course.

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Is This the First Video Slot Machine With Actual Porn In It?

You’ve probably seen video slots similar to this one in a Las Vegas casino. It’s a blackjack or roulette game with a “virtual dealer,” typically an attractive young woman beckoning you with her gaze. Or, in this case, cleavage.

Virtual roulette

Typically, “they’re coming out” is a craps term, but in this case, we’ll make an exception.

We spotted this roulette machine, from the visionaries at ShuffleMaster, inside the casino at Planet Hollywood, and quickly realized this was no ordinary virtual dealer.

The young woman in question sported large, artificial breasts, with a revealing dress requiring spray adhesive (or fashion tape) to keep things from getting completely R-rated.

Virtual dealer

Conclusion: Blogging about Las Vegas is hard. Difficult. It’s difficult.

Not content to entice players with her smile, this virtual dealer proceeds to lean over and spin the wheel.

Virtual dealer

A miracle of modern engineering.

This is about as close as it gets to porn in a casino, folks.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Let’s just say this roulette wheel is very, very happy to see her. (For casino nerds, the part of the roulette wheel she’s fondling is called the “turret.”)

Virtual slot machine

Behold the only casino slot machine in Las Vegas where you’re pretty much guaranteed a happy ending.

Pretty bold stuff, even for Las Vegas.

How much shame do slot machine makers have? We’ll let this virtual roulette game answer that question.

Virtual roulette

‘Nuff said.

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Bond Lounge Opens, Infusing The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas With Even More Awesome

There are a lot of things to love about The Cosmopolitan, and it just got another awesome thing: Bond Lounge.

Bond Lounge is an expansion of the popular Bond Bar, and features a party pit with a number of table games, ballet bar dancers and a friendly team of comely dealers.

Bond Lounge

Your average party pit just got schooled at The Cosmopolitan.

The party pit at The Cosmopolitan is unlike other popular party pits in Las Vegas casinos. Specifically, The Cosmo takes the high road. The dealers are tastefully dressed in black romper-style outfits, with their hair in buns.

The dancers, who perform on platforms with illuminated ballet bars, aren’t really go-go dancers, they’re more performance artists, with tasteful costumes and actual dancing talent.

Bond Lounge

We’re loving these tables. The lights are dramatic and are synchronized with all the other tables.

The table limits are very reasonable for The Strip, and a welcome departure from the higher table limits which have kept some low-limit gamblers away from The Cosmo’s casino.

There are about 16 table games, including a roulette table and a Casino War table.

Most of the tables are blackjack, of course, the vast majority of which have a $10 minimum. The blackjack games are either eight-shoe games or double deck games. The shoe games pay 3-to-2, with the double deck games paying 6-to-5.

Bond Lounge

Las Vegas didn’t invent attractive dealers, it just perfected them.

We love the new casino area, and our only gripe is that the music is about 30% too loud, not uncommon in party or pleasure pits on The Strip, unfortunately.

The nearby Bond Bar has become one of our favorite places to play video poker and sample the nearly-perfect signature cocktail menu. The cocktails run $12-14, but are free while you’re playing, of course.

Bond Bar at Cosmo

Friendly bartenders, delicious drinks and loose (at least for The Strip) video poker makes for a very happy us.

During our most recent visit, we had our best Bond Bar cocktail yet, the Pineapple Express.

This exceptional panty-dropper cocktail has Cariel Vanilla vodka, Kalani coconut liqueur, caramelized pineapple, pineapple and lime juices and vanilla-walnut simple syrup. This sweet concoction has edged out our next favorite, the It Takes Two to Mango cocktail.

Pineapple Express cocktail

Oh, Pineapple Express, is there any way we could have an IV of you?

We’re happy to report the video poker at Bond Bar is surprisingly loose, especially given the quality of the cocktails being served, gratis.

Four deuces

If “cha” and “ching” made sweet love, this would be their baby.

If you haven’t been to The Cosmopolitan recently, it’s time to fix that! You won’t be disappointed by the Bond Lounge or Bond Bar.

Although, granted, your Deuces Wild results may vary. As a Las Vegas blog, we’re a personal friend of Lady Luck, after all.

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Stadium Gaming: Sucking the Fun Out of Gambling Since Late 2013

It’s new! It’s gambling! It’s sort of sucking the fun out of gambling for everyone! What is it? Stadium Gaming.

At the moment, Stadium Gaming is exclusively at The Palazzo, and we’re hoping it stays that way.

Palazzo Stadium Gaming

Sorry, photography was strictly forbidden, so we’re unable to show you this picture.

Stadium is sort of a hybrid between video slots and live casino games, specifically roulette and baccarat.

Each chair in the Stadium Gaming area of the casino (it takes up quite a bit of real estate) has its own interactive video display. Wagers are placed through the screens as live games are dealt by actual human dealers, nearby.

The video screens are fairly intuitive, so you can jump right in. Rules of the games are also available via the screens, so beginners can learn before they make their first bet.

Stadium Gaming roulette

On the positive side, the roulette layout has a single zero (no double), which is advantageous for players. It’s known as European roulette.

From what we hear, this Stadium Gaming set-up has been imported from Asia, where the demand for table games is so great, the casinos can’t keep up. Stadium Gaming has obvious advantages for the casino. It takes just three members of the casino staff to serve all those players, two dealers and a floor manager. Low cost, high return, just the way casinos like it!

While we’re happy the casino is happy, this whole set-up leaves a lot to be desired.

There’s no camaraderie with Stadium Gaming. Everyone’s playing their own game. There’s no feel of chips, and no dealer interaction. There’s also no real excitement. It’s mechanical, and unlike with video slots with no live game component, there’s room for human error.

Baccarat

We’ve never gotten baccarat, but it’s one of the most popular games in casinos among high rollers.

It’s not that we’re against playing machines that simulate our favorite table games. For example, we love Shoot to Win Craps. But even in that game, you bond with your fellow gamblers and share in victories and losses. (Not that anyone ever loses in a Las Vegas casino, of course.)

Did we win trying out Stadium Gaming? Yes. Was it fun? Not really.

The whole time we played, we had this weird feeling the whole game was set up to benefit the casino, with little concern for what a player might want from a game.

Nowhere on the game’s official site does it say anything about saving money on payroll, or churning through more results (the key to the profitability of any casino game). Dealers must absolutely hate dealing this game, because beyond this game leading to fewer dealers being employed, there’s no way to tip them via the video screens, which is likely to lead to far fewer, and smaller, tips.

But don’t take our word for it! Give the game a go.

For a limited time, to pursuade (bribe) players to try Stadium Gaming, the Palazzo is giving players club members $10 to bet.

If you get a chance to give Stadium Gaming a test run, let us know what you think.

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