4 Most Lavish, Luxurious Casino Resorts in the Entire World

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Looking for where the rich and famous are spending their time? When you have money and want to be pampered while having a great time, there are places that are ready to provide you with what you’re searching for. Check out some of these amazingly lavish casino resorts.

1. Monte Carlo

On the French Rivera, in the small country of Monaco is the crown gem of luxurious casino resorts, the Monte Carlo. Not only has its belle époque architecture been featured in James Bond Movies and inspired several novels, but it has also been graced by some of the wealthiest people of the last century.

It has 21 gaming rooms and some of the newest, most innovative slot machines available. Not bad for one of the oldest casinos in the world. It’s exclusive, lavish, and even has a dress code – after 8:00 p.m. you must wear a jacket. Hop in your Lamborghini if you want to blend in; Grace Kelly and Cary Grant are holding a table for you.

2. The Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao in China is the largest (and possibly most luxurious) casino in the world. It is divided into four sections: the Imperial House, Red Dragon, Phoenix, and Golden Fish. Inside are more than 800 gambling tables and over 3,000 slot machines. Its Venetian-based architectural designs give many of the posh resorts in Las Vegas a run for their money. It also boasts a sports event hall and a million square feet in total floor space. Although it cost $2.4 billion to build, this place is the embodiment of luxury.

3. The Atlantis

What better place to build a lavish casino than in the Bahamas on Paradise Island? The Atlantis offers what you would expect from such an opulent resort. Table games like black jack and poker, baccarat and even craps are available, along with a large range of slot machines and more than 750 games that can be played with a penny or $100. But the best part, of course, is the beautiful outdoors. Stop by the Cain at the Cove and Seaglass where you can place your wagers in the glorious tropical outdoors.

4. The Bellagio

Built in the same spot as the Dunes Hotel and Casino, the Bellagio in Las Vegas has captured the heart of everyone who has decided to visit it. Not only has the Bellagio been featured in the remake of Ocean’s 11 with George Clooney, it has become famous for other reasons as well, like the artificial lake and its huge fountain. Its famous, long running Cirque Du Soleil show has also added to its considerable charm and appeal. Its size is quite impressive; with almost 4,000 rooms, the Bellagio is the most sumptuous location on Las Vegas Boulevard.

You may not be rich and famous yourself, but if you get a chance to visit any one of these gorgeous resorts, you just might find yourself in their company. Play the odds and bet on yourself at these destinations.

Personality Types and Casino Games: What’s Your Bet?

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Do you dabble in online casino games only to give up after a day or two because you haven’t won big? Do you love the thrill of a game of chance, but beat yourself up when your luck runs out? Don’t despair—chances are, you’re playing the wrong game. Certain personalities are better suited to certain casino games. Are you playing the game that suits your personality type?

Slots

You get Cinderella, and you can see yourself in a rags-to-riches story. Why not? You work hard, follow the rules, and smile in the face of adversity. You’re a generous, giving person, and occasionally forget to take care of yourself.  There’s nothing wrong trying your luck now and then. Progressive slots change lives: Where else can $1 turn into $1 million by a twist of fate?

Baccarat

You’re sleek and sophisticated in your tux or slinky black dress, and you take Vegas by storm when you’re out on the town. You’re in touch with your inner James Bond, and appreciate the difference between a gin martini and the vodka imposter. Baccarat, the classy casino game, is made for you: You have confidence in abundance to take on the banker, and why not? You like your odds.

Craps

You’ve got the stamina of a prizefighter, and you’re willing to go the distance, round after round. Of course, it never hurts to have a little luck, and in that way, you’re a natural—you’ve found your share of four-leaf clovers. Your laser-like focus and determination make you a natural for riding the waves at the Craps table. Go ahead, take your best shot.

Blackjack

Your friends call you hyper, and it’s true—you’re easily bored and like new challenges. You’re never one to dwell on the past because you’re always focused on the next great thing. You’re the first to buy the newest technology or gadget. Fast-paced Blackjack is the game for you: Every new hand feeds your need for excitement.

Roulette

There’s a little Machiavelli in you—you like to use your impressive intellect and charm to manipulate others into doing what you want them to do. Whoever said revenge is a dish best served cold just beat you to the punch line; you never forget a slight, and once crossed, you’re formidable. Your devious mind is well matched with Roulette, where luck and strategy reign in equal measure.

Keno

There’s nothing wrong with a little caution, and you’re not one to keep all your eggs in one basket. You love bargain hunting, and your favorite thing is a buy-one-get-one-free sale. You like familiar things, and sometimes you can be a homebody. But there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, that makes you a perfect fit for Keno. Why risk it all on one number when you can choose five or 15?

If you haven’t been winning as much as you should, chances are you’re playing the wrong game! Try your hand at the game that best suits your personality, and watch Lady Luck walk your way.

Know Your Online Gambling Etiquette

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Casino play is normally cordial, partly because players are face to face and partly because casinos have no qualms about tossing out rude, obnoxious, or hateful players out the door. However, playing online doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these basic etiquette tips, and you’ll be welcome in any online casino or game.

1. Know How to Play the Game

The other players aren’t tutors, instead they are there to have fun. Before you play an online game, take time to learn the basic rules. Use the demo games available on most websites to see how online play differs from what normally goes on at your grandpa’s kitchen table. In addition, it’s a good idea to master a few strategies so you’ll have a better chance of winning, thereby a worse chance of losing your cool.

2. Check the Site Guidelines on Conduct

Most online gambling sites are reputable businesses with guidelines for proper conduct. It only takes a few minutes to read the code of conduct at the site where you plan to play, and knowing these rules can keep you from being ejected or banned by inadvertently breaking the rules. It also gives you important cues about the personality of the site, and what is or isn’t tolerated.

3. Be a Graceful Winner and Loser

Players who gloat or boast after wins, or worse, have temper tantrums after loses make it miserable for everyone playing. Don’t be that guy or girl. Accept your wins with grace and gratitude, and take your loses in stride. It’s true: you can’t win them all. Sticking within your budget helps keep your temper in check. Players who blow up after a loss are often those who couldn’t afford the loss.

4. Avoid Excessive Alcohol

There is nothing wrong with casually sipping a drink while you play, especially if you do so to relax, unwind, and have a good time. But players who drink to excess often end up saying or doing inappropriate things, or betting too much money. This is especially true with strategy games. Drinking too much while gambling isn’t a smart idea.

5. Use Common Social Manners

Beyond “please,” “thank you,” and “way to go,” some social niceties that are truly important in online gaming. These games are open equally to men and women, people of different races, and people with different religious views. There is no room in online casinos for people who make others feel uncomfortable or insult them about their sex, race, religion, politics, or background. Every player should feel equally welcome and respected at the online casinos.

6. Don’t Even Think About Cheating

Some players think they can get by with cheating the casino, especially when it comes to cashing in on bonuses. Even if players get by with it for a while, they will eventually get caught. Not only will you be banned from that online casino, the owners and operators are likely to spread the word to other online gaming sites, and you could be banned there too. If you enjoy playing, play fairly.

Respecting the dealer and other players, taking time to learn your game, and refusing to cheat goes a long way in achieving your invitation to online gaming casinos everywhere.

5 Tips for First Time Gamblers

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If you haven’t gambled before, then you have a lot to learn. Remember that gambling for entertainment. It’s not a way to pay the bills. It’s a way to have fun. Keep that in mind and follow these tips to have a great night.

Tip #1: Learn the Rules Before You Play

Whether you want to play poker, craps, blackjack, or any other game, you need to understand the rules before you try to play. If you don’t know the basic rules, you can’t win. If you’re unsure of what you’re doing and you bumble around, you’ll most likely annoy the other players.

Experts have written plenty of books about each casino game. You can also find tutorials online. Use those resources so you look competent enough to join the game.

Tip #2: Observe Players

Game etiquette isn’t always outlined in books and tutorials. You’ll pick up these unspoken rules by watching other people play.

These rules can vary from casino to casino. In some casinos, the dealer does not want you to touch chips between rounds of betting. Other casinos don’t mind. Always take time to watch a few games so you don’t commit an embarrassing faux-pas.

Tip #3: Start With Small Bets

As a beginner, you probably won’t win much money, especially if you play card games against people with more experience. That’s okay. Treat it as a learning experience. As long as you make small bets and pay close attention, you’ll learn valuable techniques from other players.

That’s an inexpensive way to get an education that could benefit you in the future.

Tip #4: Establish a Bankroll

Beginning gamblers often treat the experience casually. They don’t set rules for themselves because they don’t know how quickly a fun night can turn bad. They just pull more money out of their wallets until they’ve run out.

Don’t do that. Enter the game knowing that you have a set amount of money that you can lose. Once you reach that amount, leave the game.

You should also have a set amount to win. Once you reach this amount, get out of the game.

Use what you have at the end of the night as your bankroll. Set it aside from the rest of your finances. It’s just fun money that you use when you play. That bankroll will ensure that you make smart financial choices while gambling.

Tip #5: Be Realistic

Unless you’re a math genius with a perfect memory, you aren’t going to blow anyone’s mind during your first game. You might catch some lucky breaks, but you don’t have the skills that you need to challenge anyone with more experience.

You are a beginner. That’s your mantra. Repeat it to yourself often so you won’t let your expectations run wild. It’s easy for a beginner to think he’s someone special during a streak of good luck, but luck comes and goes. You can have all of it one second and none of it the next.

What tips would you give a beginning gambler? Would you suggest certain games?

Slots for Dummies: 5 Things You Should Know

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Slots are one of the easiest games to play in a casino, but even then, there are some tricks every first-timer should know. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started and on the road to winning.

1. Loose vs. Tight Machines

Finding a loose machine is just about the best thing that can happen to a slot player. Loose machines are really the only advantage you’ll get playing the slots because every other factor is completely random. What makes a machine loose or tight is its payout percentage. Loose slots payout around 98 to 99 percent, and they are always next to tight machines. This is why you’ll see a person go from slot to slot and then settle on one for the next two hours.

2. Slot Machine Lingo

Believe it or not, playing slot machines comes with a whole new vocabulary that’s very helpful to understand. Hand Pay occurs for higher payouts or if a machine gives gamblers an incorrect payout; basically, it’s when you get money from an attendant and not the machine itself. RNG stands for Random Number Generator, which is the program inside the machine that generates random number combinations. When you hit the button at the exact second the RNG generates the winning number combo, you win. Some other terms to know include: Hold Percentage, Payback Percentage, and Progressive Jackpots.

3. Player Cards

A player card, or slot card, is a little piece of plastic worth more than most gamblers think. It’s a complimentary card casinos give their players for their loyalty. If you decide to play the slots, use your card instead of coins for extra perks like free drinks. Casinos favor their card users and provide better service to their loyal customers. The slot machines are the perfect way to rack up a few extra perks and special treatment, with very little money-spending.

4. Simplicity for the Win

Generally, the simpler the game looks, the bigger the payout. Slot machines with fancy lights and flashy signs lower your odds of winning. On the flip side, most players agree it’s the decked out slots that are the most entertaining to play. So if you’re wanting to win, stick with the plain machines, but if you just want to have a good time and don’t care about payouts, go ahead and splurge at the fancy slots. You’ll still have a chance of winning big either way.

5. Higher Denomination

Using slots with larger denominations have better odds of winning. For example, it is better to play one coin for one line at a five-cent game than five coins for every line at a one-cent game. Try to play slowly to have as much fun as possible, without losing all of your money.

No matter what machine you choose to play, your odds of winning all depend on the timing of the RNG and your hand. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t tricks to having more fun and winning more money every time you play. Try a few of these tricks to maximize your slot machine experience.

4 Great Casinos and Attractions in Biloxi Mississippi

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Forget about the neon lights of Las Vegas or the 1920s vibe lingering in Atlantic City, because you haven’t gambled until you’ve done it Southern-style. Biloxi is more than just a genteel, hospitable Mississippi city with a hometown feel, it’s also a site filled with excitement. Lady Luck likes to vacation there all year round, so if you visit for a little high stakes gambling or casual, low-key gaming, you might just find her sharing a cocktail with you.

Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville

Actually, you will not waste a single moment at Margaritaville, in spite of what the famed song says. Naturally, the Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant is part of Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back legacy. If you’re a Parrothead with a penchant for playing games, this is one of the best casinos you’ll ever visit in Biloxi. The town is well-known for its cool, easy pace, and it’s the epitome of the slow-moving molasses reputation of the South. Margaritaville follows suit, offering guests a taste of tropical getaways where the margaritas come complete with the chance to win big.

Betting Big in Boomtown

You really can’t resist a casino with a name like Boomtown. What’s even better is that it’s a themed spot. Called the “local’s casino,” you won’t just feel like a local, you’ll also feel like an old west cowboy (or cowgirl). The Boomtown Casino lives up to its name, because each time you enter, you feel like you’re stepping into a settlement in an old-time frontier.

As you pony up to the table or even the slots, you might well expect a proper saloon girl to deliver your good luck cocktail. Choose your table game with care, though, and take a break now and then to enjoy the food. You’ll get to stuff yourself on homey comfort food, not to mention your own self-made soda pops.

Go Bold at Beau Rivage

If you’re looking for a Monte Carlo experience in Biloxi, have no fear. Beau Rivage is a high-class kind of casino, one that will make you feel like a high roller celebrating in the lap of luxury. You’ll get to enjoy an on-site hotel, not to mention scores of salons and spas, shops, buffet and dine-in restaurants, clubs, a theater, a golf course, and a pool. What more could you ask for on your trip?

Find Your Treasure at Treasure Bay

Can you imagine placing your bets aboard a boat? Even in the grand tradition of Southern riverboat casinos, the Treasure Bay Casino stands out from the rest. This isn’t a riverboat, it’s a pirate ship, and the treasure is all yours if you play your cards right. This is a great place to visit even if you just want to try something new, and the view at night is especially praised.

Biloxi is a treasure trove in its own right, and it’s a fantastic place to visit no matter what your aims. Do you think you might try your luck?

4 of the Best Casino Hotels for Bachelor Parties

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Planning a bachelor party? Why not head to a casino hotel to have one last bash before tying the knot? You can hit a show, do a little gambling, and hang out with your buddies in an awesome suite. Take a look at these four casinos hotels in Las Vegas where you can have the best bachelor party ever.

Caesars Palace

With a prime location on the Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is the perfect place to host a bachelor party. You can literally go from casino to casino and take in all the sights without worrying about getting a cab. One of the most famous suites is the Forum Tower Emperor Suite because it was the featured model of “The Hangover” movie. Another option is the Tower Penthouse Villas that offer more than 10,000 square feet of living space. However, prices are rumored to be as much as $40,000 per night.

The Palms Casino Resort

Although it’s not located on the Vegas Strip, the Palms Casino Resort has amazing bachelor party suites. The Hardwood Suite is 10,000 square feet of ultimate man cave bliss. It has a basketball court, pool table, full bar, and massive TVs in almost every room. There is sleeping room for 18, but you can invite up to 350 people for an epic night. Of course, you’ll pay a premium to stay in this Vegas suite with rates that start at around $25,000 per night. If your budget is a little smaller, the Kingpin Suite is just as impressive, only on a smaller scale. It even has a private bowling lane.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is another excellent option for a bachelor party. It has tons of themed suites that are fun and trendy. The Penthouse Real World Suite has a single-lane bowling alley, a full kitchen, and sleeping space for up to 12 guests. It’s an awesome choice for a bachelor party. The Paradise Tower Penthouse sleeps six and also has fun bachelor party features, such as two dancer poles, a full bar, and a pool table.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Suites

If you’re looking for a casino hotel with something to do no matter what time of day, the Wynn Las Vegas has an 18-hole golf course and casino games to boot. Plus, it hosts two of Vegas’ most popular nightclubs, complete with go-go dancers, a waterfall, and a dance floor. You can book the three-bedroom duplex apartment for one of the swankiest bachelor parties ever. It has a billiard room, exercise space, and a personal massage room.

These are just a few of the awesome casino hotels available for your bachelor party in Las Vegas. Other good options include the ARIA Resort and Casino, Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, and the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Have you been to Vegas? What attractions would you recommend for a bachelor party? Leave a comment below.

Why You Should Be Playing Blackjack

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If you’re interested in playing card games, blackjack is a good place to start. It will teach you the fundamentals of placing bets, making decisions, and following rules. Here are five more reasons that you should be playing blackjack.

1. The Rules Are Simple

Blackjack has some of the simplest rules of any casino card game. You can play the game fairly well just by knowing that you want your cards to equal a number close to 21 without going over 21.

Even the more advanced rules are straightforward. Each player gets dealt one card face down and one card face up. If the player has a pair, he or she can split it into two hands. Players can decide to take extra cards from the dealer, or stick with what they have. Perhaps most importantly, players aren’t competing with each other. They just need to beat the dealer.

2. Blackjack is a Fast Game

Since blackjack involves so few cards, you can play hands quickly. This makes it a good training tool for other games. A hand of poker can take half an hour or more. By the time you reach the end, you’ve probably forgotten how the hand started. With blackjack, the game is over within a few minutes.

3. Blackjack Teaches the Fundamentals of Decision-Making

Gambling involves luck. Even experts lose hands because they catch a bad break. However, card games do involve some level of skill. Knowing how to make decisions based on odds will benefit you in blackjack and other games.

You don’t have to fully understand the math behind blackjack to know what action you should take when you and the dealer have certain cards. Plenty of card sharks have already worked that out for you.

For instance, if your hand totals eight, then you should always take another card. If your hand totals 17, you should never take another card. You can use this chart to help you decide when to hit, stand, or double down.

4. Many Blackjack Tables Have Low Limits

Beginning gamblers should take caution when playing with real money. It’s best to start out with small bets before moving on to bigger games with higher stakes.

Most casinos have blackjack tables where you can play for as little as $3 per hand. This low buy in gives you a chance to gain experience without losing your whole bankroll. It also gives you a chance to observe other people and learn the casino’s etiquette. It’s better to embarrass yourself at a $3 table than a $50 table.

5. Blackjack is Easy to Play Online

Blackjack is a game between the player and the dealer. That makes it easy for gamblers who have never played at online casinos. Once you get used to playing this simple game online, you will feel more comfortable participating in multi-player games like poker.

Many gamblers will simply tell you to play blackjack because it’s fun. Well, that’s certainly true but there are other reasons to play as well. Why are you interested in blackjack? Is there something special about it that you don’t get from other games?

4 Ways to Spend $10,000 in Las Vegas

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If your mother ever told you never to spend all of your allowance in one place, that’s because she’s never been to Las Vegas. That’s right; The Entertainment Capital of the World offers plenty of ways to spread the wealth around when you’re looking to have the ultimate vacation. With Sin City excitement in mind, here are 4 ways to spend a few months’ salary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1. Stay in Luxury

Staying in Vegas and playing in Vegas go hand-in-hand when you decide to spend your dough on casino accommodations. The Vegas Strip has plenty of luxury lodging from rooms with great fountain views at The Bellagio to the lavish Roman decadence of Caesars Palace.

For vacationers with a love for the beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has one of the largest pools on the Vegas Strip as well as its very own shark reef, which is separate from the pool of course. If you’re in the mood for Egyptian style alongside some of the hottest gambling in town, The Luxor is a great place to call home too.

2. Try Your Hand at Gambling

From classic casinos like The Flamingo, Riviera, and Tropicana to modern gambling hotspots like The Cosmopolitan and The Palazzo, Las Vegas is a gambling empire for everything from slots to table games like Blackjack and Roulette.

If you want to spend a portion of your $10,000 gambling the night away, then try casino crawling. A casino crawl boils down to gambling for an hour in every major casino on the Vegas Strip. Just remember to gamble responsibly and cut your losses when the hour is up because Vegas isn’t any fun when you’re penniless.

3. Take in the Shows

Vegas is anything but boring, which is exactly why it’s called The Entertainment Capital of the World. In keeping with entertainment, why not spend some of your cash taking in Las Vegas’ world-renowned shows? Whether you like music, magic, or acrobatics, Vegas has absolutely every form of entertainment there is.

The Mirage is the home of Cirque du Soleil, which is one of the most high-flying, creative, stunningly beautiful acrobatic shows in the world all to set to music by The Beatles. If Broadway musicals are more your thing, then Paris Las Vegas has the hottest ticket in town with The Jersey Boys.

4. Dine Like a Winner

Before you spend all your money on casinos and shows, put some cash aside for delicious eats because Vegas has some of the best restaurants and buffets money can buy. For a formal dining option, Sage has everything from foie gras to braised veal cheeks steps away from the Strip.

Likewise, when it comes to the ultimate Vegas dining experience, there’s no better culinary route to take than the buffets. From the Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan to The Buffet at the Bellagio, the Vegas Strip has mouth-watering menus to fit every appetite.

Instead of letting those $10,000 burn a hole in your pocket, ignore your mother’s advice and spend it all in Vegas with the suggestions above.

6 Casino Games With the Worst Odds

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Most casino games are all about odds. While some games’ odds are in your favor, others have poor odds for players. The exceptions are games of skill, such as blackjack. A skilled player can erase the house’s advantage, and even tip the odds in their own favor. Games with the best odds are the table games like blackjack, craps, and roulette. However, players have better odds at single-zero roulette than double-zero, simply because there are more slots with which players can lose. Here are the games with the worst odds for players.

1. Keno

Keno is fun and exciting, but carries poor odds for players. The house takes an average of 25 percent on keno games, meaning if you come with $100 to gamble and play for the average length of time, you’ll leave with just $75. Ask how many numbers you are allowed to play on the particular keno game you’re playing, because picking more numbers can increase your chances.

2. Slot Machines

Slot machines are among the most popular games at casinos, partly because there isn’t any card counting or other skills to master. However, the house has a winning percentage of four to ten percent. This means that if you walk up to a slot machine with $100 and play for the normal amount of time, you’ll likely lose between $4 and $10. You can slightly increase your odds at slots by placing higher bets, such as 50 cents instead of 1 cent at the penny slots.

3. Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune is a type of slot machine popular at casinos, partly because it’s a low bet machine. For 25 to 75 cents, players can enjoy the game for hours without spending much money. Unfortunately, the house advantage here is about 10 percent. As with slot machines, playing higher bet amounts can improve your chances of hitting the jackpot.

5. Roulette (Double Zero)

The double-zero roulette wheel has just one more slot than the single-zero roulette wheel, but this extra number makes it statistically harder to win. The double-zero roulette wheel gives the house an advantage of 5.26 percent, compared to the low 2.7 percent advantage the house holds on the single-zero wheel. You can up your chances of winning on roulette by betting on outside chances like Red/Black, Odd/Even, High/Low, Columns or Dozens.

6. Sports Bets

Sports bets do take a bit of knowledge and skill, but there are so many variables (player injuries, fluke scores, weather conditions) that it’s hard for players to come out on top consistently. Plus, the odds are already tipped toward the favored winner. The house holds a 4.5 percent advantage here. However, more knowledgable players can find games where the underdog has a little-known advantage over the projected winner, improving the player’s odds considerably.

Remember, bad odds don’t mean that players never win, nor that you have to stop playing the games you find fun. Be aware of how much you’re betting, and swap to games with more favorable odds if your point is to win big.