Over the past 5 years, my Mom, who is still working but of retirement age, has had both hips replaced and major surgery on her knee. She's been keeping up with the physical therapy, and while things were looking bad for a long time, she is now able to walk with a cane and is able to go places around town by herself again. She's also, understandably, stir crazy from not having been able to walk or go out by herself for so long. She suggested the possibility of meeting her in Vegas over the holidays. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on Oct 6, 2013 -
Next month, I will be travelling to Las Vegas. For the very first time in my life. I have a whole bunch of Vegas-newbie questions. I’d like to ask you for your help. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Feb 27, 2013 -
What magical tropical paradise with beaches and casinos should we take my mom to, within a 4-hour flight of Chicago, for her birthday? Bonus points for a destination with cultural activities for a non-gambler non-sun worshiper. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl
on Dec 27, 2012 -
I'm going to a casino in a few days, and I want to play blackjack. However, I've never played any of the card games at a casino, and I'm pretty ignorant about the strategy to use for blackjack, as well as any etiquette I need to be aware of. [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Dec 16, 2012 -
How would one (legally) take advantage of the change in odds of a given NFL team to win the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia
on Sep 24, 2012 -
I'm going to Macau and I'd like to see a few casinos and gamble a bit, but I'm also a poor student. What are the best games for me to play to get the most time and fun for my money, or to have the best odds of winning (impossible, I know)?
posted by reductiondesign
on Mar 28, 2012 -
Help me figure out how much the average casino gambler (anywhere) spends/loses per hour. [more inside]
posted by Partario
on Feb 11, 2012 -
What are some unconventional things to do in Vegas? I've done just about everything obvious. Halloween activities could be especially fun. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Why did the cashier give me these two particular five dollar bills at the casino? [more inside]
posted by Taurid
on Jan 23, 2011 -
There are a number of websites that show the odds and (if I'm using the term right), the "lines" for various sporting events that physical and online casinos offer (linking would be spammy, but a quick search of "vegas odds" or some such thing will turn them up). My question is how do the site owners obtain the data from the casinos? I have to imagine the data is provided subject to a license agreement (and I would expect there to be some sort of schema to prevent sudden changes to the format of the data presented). How would one go about getting access to the feed of the odds and the payout ratios (?) from one or more casinos without getting rampaged by hoards of angry lawyers? Contacting the casinos has, unsurprisingly, proven fruitless given the difficulty explaining what I'm looking for to a non-technical support representative ("So you want to know how to gamble online?"). NB: I've never bet on sports, so apologies if my lingo is off. I appreciate any help and guidance!
posted by Imhotep is Invisible
on Jun 22, 2010 -
In a few months, I'm heading to Las Vegas for a conference. I am absolutely not a gambler, but figure I'll spend an hour or two checking out some of the gaudiest casinos and maybe playing some slots. But, for some reason, I also have an urge to try playing blackjack. My question is twofold: 1. What can I expect from the blackjack-playing experience? I've only played slots before and have never interacted with anyone at a casino. How can I keep from looking like an idiot? 2. Any recommended resources for basic blackjack strategy?
posted by laze
on Mar 23, 2010 -
On a single round of betting at a casino what is the best odds? (One that doesn't require skill such as BJ or Poker. Something where I can just walk up and put a chip(s) somewhere like Roulette or Craps.) [more inside]
posted by who else
on Aug 22, 2009 -
Question about casino record-keeping. Let's say I need to prove what someone did at a major national casino on a certain day, approximately two years ago. The person used his player's club card on every game he played, and he used the player's club card to get comped on one meal. The more detailed information I can get about his activities, the better. My question is two-part:
(1) Can I expect the casino to still have detailed records of what this person did, or would the records have been purged/destroyed by now?
(2) What will it take to get the casino to release the records? (You can assume the person will sign a release for me to get the records, but will not go to the casino in person.)
posted by anonymous
on Jul 23, 2009 -
How do casinos in Las Vegas get their glasses back when you walk them down the strip? [more inside]
posted by hutta
on May 21, 2009 -
Do I have to show up in person at a casino sportsbook to redeem a winning futures bet? [more inside]
posted by mbd1mbd1
on Jan 28, 2009 -
NPR-story-with-little-to-go-on-filter: Several years ago, I heard a radio story involving a tribal election in which one candidate was represented as being for re-investing funds in the tribe, while another was for direct payments to tribe members. An tribe member, interviewed, said he'd vote for the latter, although even he didn't think it was best for the tribe or for him in the long term -- because he wanted the cash. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Mar 18, 2008 -
What should I expect in the casinos in London? Is there a dress code depending on where I go? Should I be expecting the James Bond types or Vegas Vacation types?
posted by thetenthstory
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Any information on the ambient tone that seems to emanate from many casino slot machine halls? It seems to be consistent from casino to casino, and I can't tell if it comes from the combined sounds of the machines, or if it is an underlying tone.
posted by pt68
on Mar 26, 2007 -
I'm going to Panama for a short (6 days) trip and am looking for recommendations for how to spend my time. [more inside]
posted by maniactown
on Jan 10, 2007 -
I know somebody who has the opportunity to design casino-worthy playing cards. What does a playing card need? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 14, 2006 -
How far is it from Harrah's to the Venetian in Las Vegas? I'm heading to a convention being held in the Venetian. I have the option of staying there, or at Harrah's. If I stay at Harrah's, I get a little extra money for drinks and expenses. What I really want to know is how long it realistically takes to walk from a room in Harrah's to wherever the convention center is in the Venetian.
posted by thinman
on Oct 16, 2006 -
GamblingFilter: How does a person reserve a poker room at a casino not in Atlantic City or Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit
on Jun 10, 2006 -
Tonight, I lost it all on the hard eight. In an effort to become a better player, what's the best craps video game (or general casino game) for Mac OS X?
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Feb 18, 2006 -
Help me jazz up poker night! I need a casino background sound loop for poker night. [more inside]
posted by cptnrandy
on Oct 29, 2005 -
When I was at the Indian casino tonight, the dealer mentioned that he had to pay the casino to work there. Was this BS or standard casino procedure? [more inside]
posted by Ugh
on Jun 19, 2005 -
I'm going to be in Las Vegas this weekend with friends. Coincidentally, the new ultra-luxe Wynn casino and hotel is also opening there this weekend. The mainstream media has been "prohibited" from publishing photos
of its super-secret interior until at least a week after
the next issue of "Vanity Fair" hits the stands May 4th, since VF got some sort of exclusive deal
with Wynn. But ordinary Vegas tourists--and, presumably, our cameras--will be allowed in starting this weekend. If I take and upload photos of the hotel's interior to my blog or to a site like ourmedia.org while I'm in Vegas, the photos will beat VF by several days and the mainstream media by almost two weeks. If I license the photos under a non-commercial Creative Commons license and won't be profiting from them, would/could I get sued for breaking the media embargo?
posted by Asparagirl
on Apr 25, 2005 -
Where can i buy/rent a big money wheel (like an upright roulette wheel with black and white areas) like in casinos? NY area a plus.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 22, 2005 -
Anybody else familiar with the program Golden Palace Casino? Its malware that is forced into your computer that is next to impossible to get rid of. In fact, I had to call them and they had to SEND ME a file to completely remove it. I asked to speak to their legal department, and they said they didnt have one. My question is:
Are there law firms fighting the rights of people receiving malicious software such as this, and do they have a website?
posted by Keyser Soze
on Apr 8, 2004 -