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Casino games you might want to avoid

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Seems odd, right? For an online casino to tell you to avoid certain casino games is a little bit counterproductive. We want you to play casino games, yes. Hey, that’s our business model and why we exist, at the end of the day. But we want you to play the right casino games, not just any old casino game. We’re casino players too and we know that not every single game is for everyone. In fact, it goes deeper than that.

The truth is that some casino games should be avoided at all costs by certain types of players. Today, we’ve identified fives types of players and called out the games we recommend they stay away from. If you fall into one of these categories, don’t worry. We’ve also pointed out the games you might want to consider.

Loud Talker

Love to chat loud with other people? Stay away from the slots. For one, if a slot bank is fairly empty, you won’t have many people around to chat with. And if there is someone around, they might not want to engage in conversation. Slot players tend to love staying focused on spinning and winning, without much care for chatting about the game, especially those slot players who are introverts.

If you feel the need to chat with others, try the Craps table. There, you’ll find people who love playing, screaming, cheering, and high fiving each other. And Craps is generally a communal game that breeds true camaraderie.

Quiet

If you’re the quiet type of casino player, whatever you do, stay away from the Roulette table. Things can get exceptionally loud at the table, particularly between spins and if you’re dealing with a crowded table. For quieter action, we recommend hitting the poker room at the casino. Yes, things can get loud. But if you’re a great poker player, staying quiet could work wonders, particularly if you’re a great bluffer.

If communal poker isn’t your thing, consider trying Video Poker. They’re solo machines, so you can enjoy winning without having to talk to people. Not into cards at all? Slot machines are always a good bet.

Anxious

If you’re a really anxious type of casino player, there isn’t necessarily a one size fits all solution in terms of the casino game you want to play. But let’s break this down a little to talk about your type of anxiety.

If you’re anxious in the sense that you can’t wait to sit down at a table and get money for a stack of chips, we recommend avoiding casinos altogether on a weekend, particularly if it’s a busy one. Instead, opt for online. If you head to a land-based casino, you could risk having to wait forever for a table. And if you’re anxious about it, that’s bad news.

If your anxiety stems from dealing with big win and loss swings (particularly the losing side of the equation), again, we’re going to recommend online casino games. That’s because when you play online, you can actually play for free (at least that’s the case at The Virtual Casino). While playing for pretend money could still cause some anxiety, it might be lessened by the fact that you’re not risking real money.

Fearless

Got an iron stomach? Then you’ll want to steer clear of games like Casino War. While fun, the you-vs-dealer game where the high card wins doesn’t involve taking many chances. You simply place a bet, wait for your card, wait for your dealer cards, and sit back to see who won. It’s one of the safest casino games around.

If you’re absolute fearless at the tables, head straight for the Roulette table instead. That’s because at game like Blackjack and War, you’re dealing with 1:1 payouts for the most part, aside from payouts that come from bonus bets, hitting Blackjack or going to war and tying on that war. But Roulette as entirely different ball of wax. You can place a bet down on a single number and if it hits, you’ll find yourself sitting on 35:1 payouts. That means betting $25 on a single number would get you $875.

Roulette comes with so many different betting options, so you can adjust your bet type based on how fearless or fearful you might be feeling at any given moment.

Scared or New to Gambling

If you’re not a fan of betting big, stay away from anything related to the High Rollers room. And if you’re playing live, we recommend strolling the casino floor before you sit down anywhere. One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is seeing a $50 Blackjack table and assuming that Blackjack is off limits. But the truth is casinos offer tables with varying limits. So just because you saw a $50 table, it doesn’t mean there’s a $5 table lurking around the corner.

If $5 is too rich, try free online casinos like The Virtual Casino. You can try play money games without having to risk one real red cent.

Find the perfect game now at The Virtual Casino

Look for the right game to play now that you know what to avoid? Join us at The Virtual Casino for an unforgettable online casino experience any time of day. To get started, all you need is a free account. If you don’t yet have one, set one up right now using a few pieces of information and you’ll be good to go.

You can access the best table games, video poker machines, slots, and specialty games from your Mac or PC. Plus, many popular titles are also available to play on the go on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet.

You can play for free using a complimentary play money balance. Or, when you’re ready, play for real by making a simple deposit. You’ll even enjoy a welcome bonus so you’ll have even more to play with off the bat — perfect in case you end up accidentally playing one of the casino games we told you to avoid.

Games you should be playing to get ready for the new Chinese-themed Las Vegas casino

coverchinese21062016It’s no secret that some of the world’s biggest gamblers hail from Asian countries. Macau is a big deal in the east. And hotels all around the world cater to Chinese gamblers, luring them in with free flights to their casino, comped rooms, comped dinners, and 5-star treatment in hopes that they’ll gamble.

And we’re not talking about the $100 limit Blackjack tables. We’re talking about the high roller rooms where dropping tens of thousands per bet on one hand makes you look like a penny pinching amateur.

So it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is getting its own Chinese-themed property. It’s called Resorts World Las Vegas, it’s slated to open in 2019, and it’s going to cost a whopping $4 billion.

While that price may be steep, Resorts World Las Vegas will likely be one of the most impressive properties on the strip. The hallmark piece of the property is the Celestial Sphere, a giant ball that will flash images of guests for a few seconds and likely captivate young gamblers, something that Las Vegas really needs to do if it wants to tap into a younger market.

And despite the massive 150,000 sq ft casino floor, it’s not all about gambling. The property will feature a Chinese garden so big that’ll put Bellagio’s Conservatory to shame.

Also on the property will be a 50 ft replica of a Chinese lantern, which will aim to be a recognizable piece of the property, along the likes of the Eifel Tower in Paris Las Vegas or Bellagio’s fountains. The lantern will rise and fall up and down 56 stories on the property.

It’s actually taken way longer than expected to build a Chinese-themed hotel. After all, you’ve got lots of major cities covered, including New York, Paris, and Venice. So why not cover the country that not only has the most gamblers, but that has the wealthiest ones.

Macau, for example, attracts an unfathomable number of people. While there aren’t as many casino hotels in the gambling paradise, Macau’s revenues exceed that of Las Vegas. When people gamble in Macau, they gamble big.

Resorts World Las Vegas plans to celebrate the best of Chinese culture and turn a little piece of Las Vegas into one of the most impressive properties built in years. It’s not slated to open until 2019, but you don’t have to wait forever to get in the mood. Today, we’re highlighting some Asian-themed games available to play right now at The Virtual Casino. We hope you enjoy them.

God of Wealth

No need to pray for riches. The God of Wealth has you covered with a jackpot that resets at $1,000 and pops frequently, a top award of 10,000x your bet per line, lots of free games, and more. Take this 25-payline game for a spin and get ready for Resorts World Las Vegas right now.

Pai Gow Poker

Pay Gow has always been hugely popular in China, but the game was too complex and took too long to play for a casino to really realize profits and keep the attention of American gamblers. That’s why Pai Gow Poker was created. Not only has it become a favorite among Western players, but Asian gamblers love it just as much. This one is a table game involving cards and you can play it right now at The Virtual Casino.

Super 6

If you’re looking to get extra lucky, Super 6 could be your best bet. The online slots game with 729 possible winning combos celebrates the best of Chinese luck with fantastic Chinese-themed symbols. The game is loaded with free spins and lots of ways to win, making it a true favorite.

Zhanshi

With a jackpot that resets at $1,000 and a top payout of 30,000x, there’s good reason why Zhanshi is one of the most popular Chinese-themed slot games at The Virtual Casino. The game stars you as an ancient Chinese warrior as you battle your way to larger than life payouts.

Golden Lotus

Remember the Chinese garden we told you about earlier? The one that Resorts World Las Vegas is building as part of their property? Well you can experience right now in Golden Lotus, a 25-payline slots game that takes place smack down in the middle of a Chinese garden. Discover rewarding flowers and the ultimate golden lotus that could reward you with life changing payouts.

Lucky Tiger

Experience the luck of the tiger in Lucky Tiger, an Asian-inspired online slots game with a very luck 88 lines available to play. There are two jackpots in this one—a minor jackpot and a major one, both of which can be triggered automatically and randomly upon the conclusion of a game.

Experience Chinese luck right now

If you’re ready to take these games for a spin, sign up for a free account at The Virtual Casino. It takes just a few minutes to create your free account and as soon as you’re set up, you’re ready to go. We only need a few pieces of information and you don’t even need to make a deposit if you’d rather not play for real money quite yet. And that doesn’t mean you have to sit there and stare at the walls. Most of our games are available to play for free, so you can test the waters without spending a dime.

You can play any of these games through our downloadable software on your Windows PC. If you’re on a Mac (or a PC, too), you can also access The Virtual Casino through your web browser via Instant Play.

It gets even better. Whether you’re in Las Vegas, overseas in China, or waiting for a bus, you can still hop over to The Virtual Casino on your mobile device. It works on smartphones and tablets like Android devices and anything with iOS (that’s iPhones and iPads, obviously). You don’t even need to download an app. Just go to TheVirtualCasino.com on your web browser and you’re good to go.

Sin City’s $4 Billion Chinese-Themed Resort –

coverchinese09062016Imagine a casino hotel that combines the glamour of the Las Vegas Strip with the history of China. We’re not talking about Macau here, we’re referring to an upcoming addition to Sin City that will introduce an undeniable infusion of Chinese flair to America’s gambling oasis. What was once the site of the Stardust casino is currently on its way to becoming a Chinese-themed super casino complex known as Resorts World Las Vegas. Planned to open in 2019, the $4 billion project is set to include all of the amenities you’d expect from a modern addition to the Las Vegas Strip, including a massive hotel with more than 6,500 rooms, a 175,000 square foot casino, a theater with room to seat 4,000 of your closest friends and plenty of retail, dining and convention space.

Resorts World Las Vegas is owned by the Genting Group, a Malaysian conglomerate focused on the tourism, resorts and gaming industries. Unlike some of the other properties sprinkled throughout Las Vegas, which include casinos following Roman, Egyptian and Medieval themes, the Genting Group is taking a stab at attracting one of the world’s most rapidly growing and high-demand tourism markets. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, China’s growing middle class helped propel the Asian nation’s tourism spending to $215 billion in 2015. That’s an increase of 53 percent from the previous year! To put it simply, Chinese tourists are currently leading the way in terms of spending, outpacing every other country with its roughly 120 million international tourists.

When it was originally announced last year, Genting’s focus on the Chinese tourism market was immediately apparent. The ceremony introducing the world to the company’s plans came complete with dozens of traditional Chinese lion dancers. KT Lim, chairman and CEO of Genting, went on to say that the sprawling new complex would showcase the best of China, including both the past and the present.

Some features planned for Resorts World Las Vegas that aren’t as common on the Strip include a panda enclosure, an aquarium, an indoor water park and a bowling alley. Much like the globally-recognized Integrated Resorts of Singapore, this resort is attempting to not only attract tourists, but keep them at the resort throughout the duration of their time in Nevada. If successful, this would definitely maximize the company’s investment thus far. Genting originally bought the land for the planned hotel from Boyd Gaming in 2013 for the tidy sum of $350 million.

Though an ambitious project, Genting isn’t exactly out of its depth with the Chinese-themed resort. The company already owns casino resorts on several continents, including properties in Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Korea and China. Genting also owns Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, which, along with Marina Bay Sands, became the most profitable casino in the world in 2013. Genting also operates properties in the United States, most notably Resorts World New York City, the only casino located in the five boroughs of the Big Apple.

Construction Delays

When originally announced, Las Vegas icon Steve Wynn referred to a 2018 opening as “ambitious,” and the early results certainly echo that sentiment. Earlier this year, a number of local media outlets questioned the status of the Resorts World project. This makes sense when considering that construction on the project was originally slated to begin in late 2014. In May 2015, the company held a ground breaking ceremony to signal the official start of construction, but locals insist that progress is at a standstill. In a February report by the local CBS affiliate, residents claimed that the only construction taking place on the property seemed to be focused on the parking garage. The delay has the attention of locals primarily because of the jobs it was expected to create. More than 30,000 construction jobs will be created during the construction of Resorts World Las Vegas, and about 8,000 permanent positions are expected. Throw in $155 million in annual tax revenue, and you’ve got a recipe for an anxious public.

Looking Forward

Regardless of delays, the Resorts World project is set to change the face of Las Vegas in the coming years. Once upon a time, the area between MGM Grand and Caesars Palace was the epicenter of Vegas action, but things have changed. Today, the north end of the Strip, which is home to Wynn Resorts and the Venetian, is the hottest location. Resorts World could shift the gravity of the Strip once again, driving high rollers further north on the Strip.

With a planned opening tentatively set for 2019, there’s still plenty of time before Resorts World Las Vegas becomes an option for Sin City travelers. For now, Chinese-themed gambling options are notably limited. That all changes, though, if you take your gaming experience online. The Virtual Casino offers a number of Chinese-themed games that will make you feel like you’ve just taken a flight across the Pacific. For something authentic, load up Sic Bo. This Chinese dice game takes craps to a whole new level, and the gameplay is electric. If you prefer something with a bit more ambiance, check out the Virtual Casino slots library. New games such as Zhanshi and God of Wealth come complete with tons of Asian-inspired imagery. Don’t forget about some of the older classic games like Happy Golden Ox of Happiness and Lucky 8.

When it comes to Chinese-themed gaming, Las Vegas is a little bit late to the party. The Virtual Casino has been offering a variety of games with a distinctly Chinese flair for quite a while now. Try one of the ones mentioned above, or explore a little deeper to find some hidden gems. In either case, a virtual trip to the Far East from the comforts of your own home can be just what the doctor ordered when you’ve got a case of wanderlust. Celebrate the dragon boat festival in style with your friends at the Virtual Casino, and maybe, in a few years, Las Vegas will catch up with the trend.

Follow these Tips to Drink for Free at the Casino

coverdrinks03062016Although online casinos offer a number of advantages over their brick and mortar counterparts – including lucrative deposit bonuses and the option to play from the comforts of home – there are some areas in which the online gaming industry just can’t match playing at your local casino. Sure, there’s the atmosphere and excitement, but that’s just the beginning. If you, like us, enjoy having a few drinks from time to time, a stop off in Las Vegas could be the perfect option for saving some cash, believe it or not. This is because all of the casinos in Sin City, both on and off of the Strip, offer free libations to players in exchange for their patronage. Whether you play at the slot bank or the tables, you can look forward to a waitress stopping by to find out if you’re interested in an adult beverage. Getting the first one is simple, but there’s a trick to ensuring that your waitress continues to stop by over the long haul.

You may be thinking that the amount of free drinks you get depends on how much cash you’re gambling with, and this can sometimes be the case. For example, table games, which feature higher minimums than slots, are regularly served with a larger roster of waitresses. However, you don’t necessarily need to be in the busiest area to keep the drinks flowing. Before you assume there’s a catch, let us assure you that this is one of the few great deals in Las Vegas casinos. If you don’t want to take our word for it, head over to one of the city’s many nightclubs and take a look at just how much a shot of alcohol can set you back without this well-known trick. Are you ready to find out how to make the most of the free drinks in Las Vegas? Let’s take a closer look at a few tips and tricks.

Finding the Right Spot

As previously mentioned, you don’t need to sit at a $100 blackjack table to catch the attention of a waitress. Even if you’re playing at the penny slots, you’ll still be on the route of one of the mobile bartenders. Though all of the casinos on the Strip offer free drinks, locals suggest heading to the Wynn for the best complimentary casino drinks in town. Beat the desert heat with a mojito featuring brand name tequila before hitting the clubs later in the night. Getting your fill before stepping onto the dance floor is an easy way to save a bundle of cash over your Vegas holiday. If you’re interested in stepping away from the action for a bit, consider taking your drink over to the Wynn’s Koi Pond for your very own moment of Zen. Just because you’re a visitor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow in the footsteps of those in the know. Playing in the right casino can result in some serious perks when free drinks are on the line.

Staying Under the Radar

Just because drinks are free in Vegas doesn’t mean that you can just walk up and ask for them. Some Sin City rookies make this mistake, heading to the video poker machines at the bar and expected an endless supply of liquor. While it may seem counterintuitive, playing at the bar is one of the worst ways to get your drinks. At most casinos, drinks are only offered if you’re playing the max bet at the video poker machines, which can range from as little as $1.25 per pull to $25 per pull at some of the trendier casinos. The way we see it, if you’ve got to pay $25 for a free drink, it’s not a free drink. Unfortunately, there’s much less leeway for bartenders than waitresses, and skirting the rules isn’t typically an option, even with a healthy tip. While the casino floor waitresses are tasked with keeping dozens of gamers’ thirsts quenched, bartenders have a much smaller pool, and they’re paid to make sure you’re not trying to take advantage of the free drinks.

Gratuity Welcome

If you want to keep a full glass, gratuity is a must. Your waitress has a lot of thirsty gamblers to visit, so you’ll do well to make a strong impression. Vegas regulars suggest opening the lines of conversation with a generous tip of about $5. After that, drop the tip to about $1 per drink. If you’re going to be in town for a while, it pays to build a rapport with the servers, particularly if you plan to spend a lot of time at one casino. There’s really nothing stopping waitresses from dolling out a bit of preferential treatment for casino-goers who treat them well, and you want to be on that list. More importantly than any other bit of advice, remember to tip. This is your ticket to stronger drinks and faster, more frequent service, even if you’re playing at the penny slots.

Advertised Margaritas

Casinos aren’t oblivious to the draw of free drinks, and many of the second-tier options on the Strip will attempt to cash in on this by advertising 99 cent margaritas or dollar daiquiris. As you may expect, these drinks will always be heavy on the sugary syrup and extremely light on the good stuff. Like the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Drinking is one of the few hobbies in Las Vegas that can be accomplished without crushing your bankroll. Just take a seat at your casino of choice, play slowly and remember to tip well. If you can handle those three things, you’ll do fine in the non-stop free drinks sweepstakes. Whatever you do, remember to drink responsibly. Getting slammed on the casino floor with a pocket full of cash can turn into a regretful affair once the liquid courage takes hold. After all, there’s a reason that every casino in Sin City offers free drinks, and it’s most certainly not generosity.

Which Presidential Candidates are Friends of Online Gaming

coverlextions-real27052016The United States presidential election is mere months away, and the key issues dividing the leading candidates are being pounded through the news outlets in a nearly continuous stream. Foreign policy, job creation and immigration all figure to play a large role in this November’s results, but there’s more to consider before casting your vote. If you’re an online gamer, and, since you’re reading a blog at the Virtual Casino, we’ll assume you are, it’s worth taking a few moments to study the candidates’ stances on what can be a real hot button issue in the U.S. Despite rising sentiment of the election being a two-horse race, we’ll include both of the remaining Democratic candidates for the sake of thoroughness.

The 2016 election figures to be one of the most divisive in history, and the difference of opinion on most every issue is almost certain to polarize the populace. Whether you’re a political junky or a casual observer of the election season circus, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on a little bit of knowledge that you probably won’t hear about when tuning into the primetime reports. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? Who has the best track record in the casino business? You probably already have a good idea of the answer, but let’s take a closer look.

Donald Trump (Republican)

If any of the three remaining candidates have a proven track record of supporting the casino industry, it’s got to be Trump. At one point, the Donald was known almost exclusively for his portfolio of Atlantic City casinos. Although some casinos still don his name, Trump is mostly a veteran of the casino business these days, but it would be difficult to justify turning his back on the industry that helped him complete his rise to national prominence.

Trump originally entered the casino industry in the early 1980s, opening the Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City in 1984. He doubled down in the years that followed with major stakes in a collection of casinos across the country. Now, it’s worth noting that some in the brick and mortar casino business have attempted to take down the online gaming industry, most notably Sheldon Adelson. However, Trump’s penchant for building casinos shows that he’s not against a little healthy competition against the established order, and he reiterated this sentiment in 2011.
“This [legalized online gambling] has to happen because many other countries are doing it and like usual the U.S. is just missing out,” Trump stated.

If online gaming is a key concern for you this November, a vote for Donald Trump could make sense. Then again, there are other issues to consider before casting your ballot.

Hillary Clinton (Democrat)

Clinton is Trump’s primary competition from across the aisle, and her stance on online gaming is a bit less defined. On one hand, she was secretary of state when the current administration cleared the way for online gambling on an intrastate level. In 2008, she also supported a move toward online gaming regulation, ensuring that safeguards were in place to protect children and problem gamblers. On the other hand, she cast a vote to pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as a senator back in 2006. Additionally, her 2008 presidential campaign included support from a number of top Vegas executives, who, admittedly, have a reason to impede the growth of the online gaming industry.

While she’s obviously not opposed to gambling in general, her stance on online gaming is difficult to crack. Good luck finding a straight answer on her position on the issue before November. Clinton’s campaign is a well-oiled machine when it comes to presenting well-formulated points and opinions. The closest thing we could find to an opinion was in a quote from 2008.
“For many places in the country, it [gambling] seems to be an important part of what they are trying to do to revive and maintain an economic base,” Clinton stated.

Bernie Sanders (Democrat)

As a self-professed democratic socialist, we’re not overly optimistic about Sanders’s stance on online gaming. In 2003, he voted to ban internet gambling by credit card. In 2006, he reaffirmed this position by voting for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act. With that in mind, if Sanders somehow gets elected, it will almost certainly be up to the individual states to allow online gaming, much like it is today. The free healthcare and college could make up for it, though, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that a lack of pressure at the federal level to weigh in on the status of legal gaming will maintain the status quo for the foreseeable future.

Take this knowledge with you on the way to the voter’s booth, and let’s kick off the revolution that online gaming facilitates. The days of expensive, over-regulated casinos holding a monopoly in the casino industry are now happily over, and The Virtual Casino is leading the way with a comprehensive library of the latest and greatest casino games, a rotating selection of generous promotional offers and the best customer support team in the business. You won’t need to take our word for it, though. The Virtual Casino allows players to try out our games without putting any cash on the line, so you can be sure that you’re completely comfortable with everything we’ve got to offer before making your first deposit.

No matter which candidate you decide to support this November, The Virtual Casino is here to stay. When it comes to a top notch gaming experience, no one is against it. Don’t settle for lesser casinos with shaky reputations and unhappy players. Visit the Virtual Casino, and enjoy the benefits of our commitment to leading the way in the online casino industry. Whether you enjoy slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, poker or all of the above, enjoy the action from the comforts of your own home, and you could be walking away with some serious winnings. If you’ve got any questions about Virtual, contact our industry-leading customer support team through the Contact Us page of our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you Like This in Vegas, Play it Online

cover-online18052016Casino games are great. Whether you’re in the mood for a little strategy or just looking to kick back and pass the time, modern casinos have a game or two that will fit the bill. For decades, the only way to experience the benefits of these masterful works of art was to jump on a plane or take a road trip to your nearest gambling destination. Considering the relatively sparse population of casinos in the past, just reaching a casino could often represent a significant investment. Luckily, times have changed. Not only are casinos in more destinations than ever before, but the availability of top quality casino games is at an all-time high. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you’ve probably uncovered a game or two that really suits your fancy, and that’s a great thing. However, making it back out to the desert to enjoy another dance with Lady Luck isn’t always in the cards. That’s where online casinos have changed the game.

No matter which games you prefer, you can now enjoy all of the excitement and action of playing at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip without leaving the comforts of your own home. Sitting on your couch with some time to kill? It’s a great time to test your luck with an immersive slot game. Taking the bus or subway on your daily commute? Pass the time by honing your blackjack strategy at The Virtual Casino. Moments that were once limited to looking out a window or trying not to fall asleep can now be occupied with all of the action of your favorite casino destinations. Still not convinced? Let’s take a closer look at a few of the best games to play online.

Roulette

Roulette is one of Hollywood’s favorite casino games, because the lively and energetic atmosphere that regularly surrounds the wheel encompasses the spirit of the casino industry. However, not all games are the same. If you gamble in Las Vegas, you’ll most likely find yourself at a roulette game that features two green spaces. Unlike European roulette, which features a single green space, American roulette offers less-than-favorable odds by adding another disadvantage to those famous 50/50 bets, such as red, black, even and odd. The best way to avoid giving up more of an advantage than is necessary is to play online. The Virtual Casino offers both American roulette and European roulette, letting players decide which variation they prefer. Since you’ve been so nice, we’ll give you a tip! Go for the European roulette game, and you’ll cut the house advantage in half. Not a bad way to start your gaming experience, right?

Video Poker

Did you know that some video poker machines actually offer no house edge with proper play? Casinos are willing to sacrifice this advantage to seasoned players, because the vast majority of patrons never take the time to learn proper strategy. If you play in a casino, all of the lights and noise can be a major distraction when you’re trying to refine your skills. Additionally, casinos tend to frown on the use of cheat sheets and gambling aids. Taking your video poker experience to the web promptly eliminates both of those concerns. Since you can play anywhere, choosing a venue that’s nice and quiet is always an option. If you prefer to play with a cheat sheet or online guide at your disposal, that’s also an option when playing online. With less rules and restrictions, you’ll be free to practice and enjoy your experience to the maximum.

Bingo

Unlike most casino games, finding bingo tournaments whenever you decide to play can be a bit of a struggle. After all, casinos and bingo halls aren’t going to host the events when there are no other players. For bingo fans, this can put a real damper on a nice evening. Online gamers never have to concern themselves with such restrictions, though, because bingo games are always going on at The Virtual Casino. Check out Bonus Bingo, a revamped version of traditional bingo with enormous payouts, bonus multipliers and joker balls that act as prize multipliers. Whenever the mood strikes you, online gaming allows you to break out your virtual dauber and get the games underway. Vegas just can’t compete with that sort of freedom.

Slots

Have you ever seen a slot at the casino that you really wanted to play, only to notice that the denomination of the machine was out of your price range? Have you ever been sitting at a machine for a few minutes and noticed a little old lady standing beside you, waiting to cash in on your cold streak as soon as you stand up? These little annoyances can add up, but online casinos offer the perfect solution. When you play a slot at The Virtual Casino, you’ll be free to set your wager however you see fit. If there’s anyone standing behind you while you play from the comforts of your own home, you’ll probably know who they are, at least. If not, well, that’s another story entirely!

The days of brick and mortar casinos dominating the gambling industry have finally come to an end. Modern gamblers have nearly limitless options when it comes to satisfying their gaming itch, and The Virtual Casino goes above and beyond to address the specific needs of these players with cutting edge games, huge promotional offers and top notch customer support. If you’ve been longing for the thrills of Vegas gaming but unable to muster up the funds for a flight to Nevada, consider taking your experience online with The Virtual Casino. Not only will you be free to play from wherever your day may lead, you’ll also have the option to take advantage of games with rules that are friendlier to players than those offered at major brick and mortar casinos across the country. Whichever game you prefer, it’s safe to say that the online casino industry can be a real win-win in terms of convenience and experience.

Vegas Hotels Compared: Where should you stay this weekend?

Last minute Las Vegas trips are always fun, but where you stay can make the difference between having money to gamble and sitting in your room twiddling your thumbs. Today, we’re going to explore pricing for a last-minute getaway to Las Vegas. We’re looking at room rates for May 20th through 22nd, so if you’re reading this at a later date, they don’t necessarily apply.

In figuring out the best place to stay, we’ve taken a look at room rates, food costs, gambling prices, and even costs of traveling up and down the strip. There are lots of other hotels worth exploring, but these three should give you an idea of what you can look forward to.

Bellagio

Room—Hotels.com has this room for $351 per night. That doesn’t include a Resort Fee of $35.84, which you’ll pay upon checking in. For two nights, you’re looking at $785.23, before you pony up the $71.68.

Buffet—The regular dinner buffet runs $35.99 with the Gourmet Dinner option hitting $40.99. These prices do not include taxes and gratuity. For the sake of keeping things easy, we’ll round up to $50 per person, which you’ll easily hit with taxes and tip at the $35.99, especially if you have a drink.

Gambling—You’d be hard-pressed to find table games for anything lower than $25. And on a Friday and Saturday, you’re more likely to end up sitting down at a $50 minimum table if those $25 minimums are full. Forget about finding a table minimum with $10 or less. Bottom line? You need big money to make gambling at Bellagio work.

Elara

While lots of people opt for a hotel right on the strip, there are a series of hotels and time share resorts that sit off the strip. Many of them are actually connected to the strip or various strip hotels via underground walkways with lots of shopping and restaurants, so you don’t feel so isolated. Many people opt for these properties because they offer kitchens and they’ll usually priced well below strip hotels. Let’s take a look at how Elara stacks up.

Room—You’re looking at an average nightly price of $419, which at first seems higher than Bellagio. But the good news is that Elara doesn’t have any resort fees. So, at the end of the day, you might not end up paying more, right? Well, not in this case. With taxes, your room runs you $938.56. But that’s not the whole store.

Food—Elara doesn’t actually have any restaurants on the property. Instead, you can access the restaurants in the shops below Elara, or of course exit onto the strip. But the 1-bedroom suite (and pretty much all rooms) at Elara comes with a kitchen. So you could stock up on groceries at the local store and save money on breakfasts, lunches, and even dinners if that’s your thing.

Gambling—There’s no on-property casino at Elara. Sure, that might seem odd for a town built on the concept of gambling, but many off-strip hotels (and even some on-strip hotels) don’t have gambling. If you’re the type of player who isn’t a huge gambler but you find yourself tempted by the blaring lights and flashing sounds of slot machines, Elara can help you keep your money in your pocket.

Mandalay Bay

At the far end of the strip, pretty much a cab ride from anything remotely good, sits an oasis called Mandalay Bay. It’s a pretty posh hotel, complete with its own private beach. And while it’s a bit isolated from all the good stuff, it tends to run pretty high in the nightly rate department. But if you’re booking for this weekend, you’re in for a surprise.

Room—This weekend you’ll find an average nightly rate of $190. With a Friday to Sunday stay, you’re looking at $425.60, plus a resort fee of $67.20. So far, this is the best deal, bar none.

Food—You have a great selection of restaurants that run the full gamut of pricing. But if you do want to venture out onto the strip, you’ll definitely want to set aside money for cabs or Uber trips. Because Mandalay Bay is so isolated, you’ll definitely want to avoid walking. While people definitely walk the strip, it can seem like an eternity getting from Mandalay Bay to Planet Hollywood than from Planet Hollywood to Trump. While the latter trip is greater in distance, it doesn’t feel as long of a walk with so many hotels dotting the strip and lots of people about and about.

Gambling—Gambling is fairly decent here, with a healthy mix of low tables and high roller tables. Slots are available at all rates, but that’s pretty much standard wherever you plan on playing.

And the winner is…

Definitely Mandalay Bay. While Elara is enticing with all that money you’ll save on food, you’re in Vegas. Do you really want to cook? And do you really want to save money on peanut butter sandwiches.

Even with the small sense of isolation, you can’t beat the Mandalay Bay manmade beach. Plus, even if you do venture out onto the strip for dinners and entertainment, the amount of money you’d spend on Uber rides or cabs wouldn’t add up to that much, especially if you’re heading out with a group of people.

Here’s another tip. Every major casino has a taxi stand at the back of the property. Most people are heading out somewhere onto the strip, so ask around and see if anyone is going in your direction. If so, you can split a cab and save even more money.

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These Renovations Sparked New Life for Famous Casinos

CoverrenovationsThe lifespan of casinos can be short. If you don’t believe us, all you’ll need to do is take a quick look at some of the enormous demolitions that have taken place over the past decade. In a world built on keeping a shiny and new image in order to attract guests from around the world, the sometimes extreme costs of destroying a dated casino in order to start fresh are often considered to be a good investment. In 2015, the Las Vegas Review-Journal gave readers insight into the scope of these demolition projects when it shined a light on the demolition of the Riviera hotel and casino. In this high profile building destruction, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority agreed to shuck out roughly $182.5 million to get the old casino out of the way.

In recent years, casino owners have come under fire for the wasteful and environmentally irresponsible practice of demolishing buildings in such spectacular fashion. While no amount of scrutiny is likely to change the casino industry’s take on keep things fresh, it has at least reminded industry leaders that there’s more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. Instead of spending millions to tear down casinos and start anew, some owners have opted to preserve the history of their establishments while maintaining a welcoming façade through the use of extensive renovation projects. Renovation work is a great alternative to demolition in some cases, and there have been a number of historical casinos that have been rejuvenated through the use of in-depth renovation plans.

Times change, as do preferences and the target audiences of casinos. When these changes happen, renovations inject new life into a casino. Whether the updates are as simple as refreshing guest rooms with new paint, carpet and wall coverings or something a bit more involved, Las Vegas real estate owners have proven themselves extremely well adept at meeting the demands of their target audiences. This fact was demonstrated in recent years when Luxor, the Egypt-themed casino resort on the south end of the Strip, made efforts to downplay its Egyptian theme in order to appeal to high rollers in seek of more upscale accommodations. Excalibur took a similar path when it chose to distance itself from its famous ‘Knights of the Round Table’ theme. With those examples in mind, let’s take a closer look at a few of the most notable casino renovations of recent years.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

You may not recognize the name of the Westgate, but don’t feel too badly about that. Originally opened in 1969 as The International, this property has undergone quite a few name changes and rebranding campaigns over the years. The property is worth preserving for its history alone. When constructed, it was officially recognized as the largest hotel and casino in the world. If that’s not enough, the Westgate was also the venue at which Elvis Presley performed 837 sold-out shows, attracting a total of 2.5 million fans to the resort located just off the Vegas Strip. Maintaining history is no excuse to fall behind the times, though, which is why the owners of the Westgate approved roughly $100 million in renovations, with work completed just last year. Everything from the guest rooms to the casino floor received a huge facelift, bringing this legendary Las Vegas casino into the modern era.

For an added wow factor, the newly-updated Westgate is also home to the world’s largest indoor 4k screen, measuring in at an astounding 240 feet long. The Superbook is designed to transform sports viewing and includes a 40 foot long bar, VIP club booths and its own dedicated parking garage. If you’re looking for a place to watch the big game while chowing down on Elvis’s favorite meal (peanut butter and banana sandwiches), the Westgate should definitely have a place on your itinerary.

The Linq

The former Imperial Palace received a $223 million renovation last year that removed all former marketing identities and ushered in a new era with millennial guests firmly in mind. The Linq renovations were a key part of Caesars’ efforts to transform the east side of the Strip into the social hub of Las Vegas. In line with its target audience, this resort is jam-packed with technological goodies that appeal to an ever-connected world. Guests have access to automated valet retrievals, automated check-in and touchscreen bookings for dining and entertainment. Additionally, an area of the property’s casino was transformed into O’Shea’s Casino, a historical play on a former stand-alone casino that was demolished to make way for an outdoor entertainment district. To remind everyone that they’re after the college crowd, O’Shea’s features several popular beer pong tables. It’s totally sweet, bro.

The Flamingo

The oldest surviving resort on the Vegas Strip, the Flamingo is set to get a $100 million makeover just in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. Obviously this renovation isn’t completed yet, but Vegas is all about the next big thing, right? Architects have already started work on the extensive project, and construction is set to begin this December. This remodel is also a great chance to look at the scale of modern Vegas, as compared to that of earlier eras. The first remodeling of the Flamingo, which was completed in 1953, cost just $1 million. Over the years, budgets have definitely moved higher, and there’s no ceiling in sight.

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May is the official month of winning streaks at The Virtual Casino

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Use these Bets to Maximize your Odds at the Tables

covebj19042016Table games are where experienced casino players go to make some money. Unlike slots and keno, table games can offer extremely slim house edges if you follow a solid strategy. In some games, such as poker, the strategy can change over time. However, the majority of table games offer the exact same odds with each passing round, making developing a solid strategy pretty simple. To get you on your way, we’re going to take a look at the best bets on each of the most common table games. We’ll let you know how much attention the game will require, as well as what kind of house edge you can expect to combat when following our simple strategy. All told, this post could be the most valuable five minutes of reading you ever come across, especially if you’re a casino newbie. Let’s get started!

Blackjack

Winning at blackjack isn’t tremendously difficult, but it will require a bit of homework. Memorizing basic strategy may take you a few hours, but it is definitely a worthy investment. Just surf the web to find a handy chart listing the many possible hands you may encounter, and head over to The Virtual Casino’s digital blackjack table to start studying. While brick and mortar casinos may frown on the use of a cheat sheet, you’re free to use such aids when playing online. Since this article is all about the best bets, let’s take a quick peak at a few general rules that can help you win. First, there’s the split. In blackjack, when you receive a hand featuring two of the same valued cards, you’ll have the option of splitting the hand and receiving two new cards with double the wager. Always split aces and eights. Never split fives and tens. Got it? Very good.

Now for the fun part: the odds. A typical blackjack player that goes with his or her gut to determine the best possible plays gives the house an advantage of about two percent. While this is already much better than most slot machines, which can feature edges of 15 percent or more, accurate use of basic strategy can drop the edge to about 0.5 percent. In general, the harder a game is to master, the better your odds could be. This is certainly the case with blackjack, so study up!

Craps

Craps is a simple game that can be intimidating because of the intricate design of the table. If you’ve never played before, don’t let all those boxes scare you away. At its core, this dice game offers winnable odds and an exciting, engaging play experience that’s difficult to match on the casino floor. The best bet in craps is the Odds. How good is this bet, you ask? It features no house edge. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, you should be asking more questions. Of course there’s a catch.

First, you’ll need to bet on the pass or come line. Both bets feature a modest house edge of just 1.41 percent, positioning them amongst the best on the casino floor. After the shooter establishes a point, you’ll have a chance to make a separate bet that compounds your original wager while offering true 50/50 odds. Depending on the rules at your choice of casino, the free odds bet will be capped out at a certain multiple of your pass or come bet. If, for example, you’re playing at a table with double odds (meaning that your odds bet can be twice as much as your pass or come bet), betting the max would effectively decrease the house edge on your original bet to just 0.6 percent, which is barely higher than blackjack with perfect strategy. You’ll still win and lose the same amount of times, but increasing your payouts on wins will keep your bankroll in good shape for longer, and that’s the whole point.

Roulette

Roulette is a simple game to play. There’s a big wheel with red and black numbered slots ranging from one to 36, as well as either one or two green slots with zero and double zero. Assuming you’re playing under American rules with two green slots, the house edge on most bets clocks in at 5.26 percent. Whether you wager on red, black, even, odd, 1 to 18, or 19 to 36, your odds are exactly the same. Other wagers, such as corners, streets, splits and individual numbers, feature the same house edge, but your probability of winning is much smaller. Because we all like to win, our suggestion is to choose one or two of the many near 50/50 bets on the table, and put your chips there. Mix it up from spin to spin if you like, or let it ride from game to game. It’s all the same from an odds perspective.

Baccarat

The game most synonymous with high rollers, baccarat is extremely simple to play. Basically, you’ll bet on one of two hands, then watch the cards being dealt. After placing a wager, players have no impact whatsoever on the outcome of the game. Despite how easy it is to play, baccarat, surprisingly, offers great odds for gamblers. The only two bets you’ll need to know are the Player and the Banker. The player bet features a house edge of 1.36 percent. On the other hand, the banker bet offers no real house edge, with wins coming at an average rate of 50.68 percent of all non-tie hands. Of course, casinos like to make money, so they’ve taken this advantage out of the equation by charging a five percent commission on all winning banker bets. The end result is a house edge of about 1.17 percent on banker bets, which is nothing to sniff at. The best option is to put your money on the banker bet repeatedly until you’re tired of playing. If you get bored, feel free to switch over to the player from time to time for giggles, but never ever take that dreaded tie bet (it features a house edge of 14.4 percent).

Now you know the best bets at all of the most popular table games. Put your skills to the test at The Virtual Casino before your next trip to your local gambling hall. Following these simple tips and with a smidge of luck, you’ll be walking out of the casino with a fat wallet and a big smile on your face!

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