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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

Trip Report: Downtown Grand Blackjack


Downtown Grand was one of the few Las Vegas casinos that I had never played. That all changed last month. A friend of mine was in town. We decided to play blackjack there. Downtown Grand has favorable rules for both of its blackjack games, which is why we chose it. There is a double deck […]

Trip Report: Caesars Palace Staycation


My wife had a convention at Rio this week. We decided to make a staycation out of it. I searched my Total Rewards offers from Caesars. I had free rooms at all properties this week. We chose a room at Caesars Palace as we’ve never liked Rio, even during its prime. We were offered a […]

Las Vegas Players Club Index


Most Las Vegas casinos offers a players club. This is where players give the casino personal information in exchange for the chance at receiving perks. A card is issued to the player that tracks play. Comps that include free play, meals and hotels are awarded based on the level of action a player gives. No […]

Learning From Mistakes Made By $8,000 Jackpot Winner


Binion’s recently posted a screenshot of an $8,000 royal flush on Twitter. It’s one of many jackpot tweets that come from that account daily. This specific screenshot showed a player making several mistakes. Not Betting Five Coins Cost Player $12,000 The first thing I noticed from the screenshot posted by Binion’s is that the player was […]

How I’ve Been Getting Life Back to Normal


It’s been more than a week since the Las Vegas attack. Locals and regular visitors have been on an emotional roller coaster. Some days are better than others. I’m certainly in that camp. I’ve been working on trying to get life back to normal. I took several days off from writing because I was uninspired. […]

Random Thoughts About Las Vegas Mass Shooting from a Local


This is the first time I’ve written anything at-length publicly about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I wrote something to a close friend from high school today. She encouraged it out of me and it felt good to release the emotion. I thought that publishing a blog post on it would also help me, […]

Players Club – Westgate


Westgate operates on the former site of the Las Vegas Hilton.  Westgate acquired the property in 2014 when it was called LVH after a bankruptcy involving its parent property.  There was little in the way of change on the casino floor after the transition.  Customers already enrolled in the players club remained after the acquisition.  […]

Players Club – Station Casinos Boarding Pass


The Boarding Pass is the players club related to Station Casinos.  The company mainly operates in the Las Vegas locals market.  Station Casinos also manages some tribal gaming operations in California and hopes to expand into northern Nevada in the late 2010’s. How to Receive Boarding Pass Card Players that would like to join the […]

Players Club – South Point Club Card


South Point Casino is located south of the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd.  It was once known as South Coast.  South Point uses The Club for its rewards program.  It is unique to South Point.  No other casinos use it. How to Receive the Club Card The most common way to get the Club card […]

Players Club – Silverton Rewards


Silverton is a locals casino on the south side of Las Vegas.  It is on Blue Diamond Rd and I-15.  The Silverton Rewards card is used by its players club.  It is the only casino that uses this program. How to Receive Silverton Rewards Card Players that would like to sign up for the Silverton […]

Players Club – Rampart Rewards


Rampart is a casino-resort located in Summerlin.  That is on the far west side of the Las Vegas Valley at Summerlin Parkway and Rampart Blvd.  Rampart is an upscale, full service resort with a loyal locals following.  The resort includes an 18-hole golf course, as well as others in close proximity. Rampart uses the Resort […]

Players Club – Plaza Royal Rewards


PlayLV Royal Rewards is the players club used by Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.  It was once used at Western and Las Vegas Club.  Those two casinos recently shuttered. How to Receive a Royal Rewards Card The Royal Rewards players card booth is located near the cashier cage and host offices.  Simply present an ID […]

Players Club – MLife – MGM Resorts


MLife is the players club associated with most MGM Resorts properties.  The notable exceptions to the MGM casinos that use MLife are Circus Circus and neighboring Slots A Fun.  These two properties have their own players club that is not connected to MLife and the other Las Vegas MGM casinos. How to Receive the MLife […]

Players Club – Marquee Rewards


Marquee Rewards is the players club used by Penn Gaming.  It is used throughout the company’s system. This includes locations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. How to Receive a Marquee Rewards Card Players at a Penn Gaming casino must go to the Marquee […]

Players Club – Jerry’s Nugget MoreCard


Jerry’s Nugget is a locals casino in North Las Vegas.  It is just north of the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Main Street at the gateway to North Las Vegas.  It is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Las Vegas. Jerry’s Nugget is best known for its great gambling and low limits.  The […]