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John Mehaffey

Las Vegas Blog

This section of Online United States Casinos covers the Las Vegas tourism industry.  This includes tips on how to save money and get around.  This casino blog also reports the best and worst gambling conditions so that you can get the most for your money when on vacation in Las Vegas.

John Mehaffey is the author of the blog.  He is an expert casino player that knows where the good games are.  He compiles information on blackjack rules, craps odds, video poker pay tables, players clubs and where the best comps are.  His casino visits will be chronicled here.

John goes to shows weekly.  He writes about the shows he saw and how he got the tickets.  He also tracks specials in Las Vegas for both locals and tourists.

Latest Blog Posts

Players Club – Golden Gaming: Golden Rewards


Golden Gaming owns a chain of locals taverns in Las Vegas.  The main brands are PT’s and Sierra Gold.  Each bar owned by Golden Gaming spreads 15 machines.  These devices offer video poker, video slots, keno and blackjack.  Some Golden Gaming taverns also have Star Bar machines.  These offer video poker, slots, keno, craps, roulette, […]

Players Club – Ellis Island Passport


Ellis Island is a casino located one block off the Las Vegas Strip.  It is on Koval Lane between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue.  It shares the property with a Super 8 hotel. Ellis Island uses the Passport Club players card.  It is the only casino that uses it. How to Receive a Passport Player […]

Trip Report: Plaza Cabana Suite


I play more at Plaza than any other Las Vegas casino. It offers better video poker than nearly any other casino, even in the locals’ market. I’m there playing the full pay games at least once a week. I don’t ask Plaza for many comps. I rarely use even a portion of the $30 a […]

Players Club – El Cortez


El Cortez is located in downtown Las Vegas.  It is just east of the Fremont Street Experience.  El Cortez uses the Club Cortez players club.  That rewards club is not used at any other casino. How to Receive the Club Cortez Card The Club Cortez desk is located near the sportsbook and table game pit.  […]

Players Club – Downtown Grand Rewards


Downtown Grand is located in downtown Las Vegas.  It is just north of the Fremont Street Experience on Ogden.  It is the remodeled version of Lady Luck.  Downtown Grand uses its former hotel and parking deck. Downtown Grand uses the Downtown Grand Rewards players card.  No other casinos use this rewards program. How to Receive […]

Trip Report: Topgolf Las Vegas Chairman’s Suite


I was invited to hit some golf balls at Topgolf in Las Vegas by an industry group. We had about a dozen people and reserved two pads. The Chairman Suite was available when we arrived. We made a deal to get it. The Topgolf Chairman’s Suite was an impressive upgrade. The Chairman Suite at Topgolf […]

Players Club – Cosmopolitan Identity


Cosmopolitan is located on the center of the Las Vegas Strip.  The resort uses the Identity players card.  It is the only casino that offers Identity for its rewards program. Cosmopolitan was the first players club to integrate purchases made outside the casino floor in its rewards formula.  Some other Las Vegas casinos quickly followed. […]

Players Club – Circus Circus and Slots A Fun


Circus Circus and Slots A Fun are located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.  The casinos have no neighbors after Riviera, Stardust, New Frontier and Westward Ho were imploded to make way for developments that never materialized.  This left Circus Circus and Slots A Fun to fend for themselves. The pair seem […]

Players Club – Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards


Total Rewards is the players club used by all Caesars Entertainment casinos.  This includes resorts in Las Vegas, Reno, Kansas City, Biloxi, Tunica, Atlantic City and Cherokee.  Total Rewards is used at more casinos than any other rewards card. How to Receive a Total Rewards Card Every Caesars Entertainment casino has a Total Rewards center.  […]

Players Club – BConnected – Boyd Gaming


BConnected is the players card used by Boyd Gaming.  The company operates seven casinos in Las Vegas as well as many regional markets throughout the United States. How to Receive a BConnected Card Visit the BConnected booth in any Boyd Gaming casino to receive a players card.  This is usually near the front desk but […]

Players Club – Binion’s and 4Queens


Binion’s and 4Queens are owned by the same company, TLC Casino Enterprises.  Binion’s was acquired in 2008.  The two casinos are within walking distance on Fremont Street.  The hotel at Binion’s closed in 2010.  Players at that casino are referred to 4Queens for a room.  Comp hotel rooms offered to Binion’s players are actually from […]

Why Is Casino Revenue Stable in New Jersey and Delaware?


The big story in the U.S. regulated market is the lack of performance by poker sites.  New Jersey only rakes around $2 million at the poker tables each month.  Nevada hovers around $500,000 monthly.  Delaware can only manage about $20,000 per month in rake, which is even more disappointing since it now networks with […]

Players Club – Casino Royale


Casino Royale is located on the Las Vegas Strip.  It is between Harrah’s and Venetian.  The Casino Royale players card is called Club Royale.  It is a simple program that is not used by any other casino. How to Receive a Casino Royale Players Card The players club at Casino Royale is located just inside […]

Players Club – AcePlay – Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s


AcePlay is the players card used for Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas.  Aquarius Casino in Laughlin also uses the AcePlay card. How to Receive the AcePlay Card The AcePlay card may be picked up at Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas, as well as […]

Las Vegas Table Games – Where to Play Pai Gow Tiles in Las Vegas


Pai Gow Tiles in the original form of Pai Gow.  It is difficult to find these days in most casino markets.  There are only three casinos in Las Vegas that still offer Pai Gow Tiles.  Players will find it at Harrah’s, Rio and Aria.  Each casino has a $25 minimum bet.  There are three tables […]