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Republican prudes take on online gambling

When billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson dangles money, Republicans tend to jump. Adelson is trying to protect his massive casino empire by opposing online gambling, trying his best to make it illegal.

Now politicians like Rick Perry, Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal are jumping at the chance to impress Mr. Moneybags by coming out strongly against online gambling.

If you believe that the government should stay out of entertainment decisions made by citizens, can you support these clowns?

Setting the Super Bowl lines

So who do you have today? The Broncos or the Seahawks? It’s the biggest sports betting day of the year, and there will be tons of high rollers in Las Vegas, New York and around the country laying money on the game or one of the many prop bets.

Here’s an interesting article on how the lines get set. High rollers of course already know how this works, but the article is pretty good at explaining it and also telling some good stories, like this one:

The handicapper predicts what team will win; the bookmaker doesn’t care who wins. So when Super Bowl XXIII rolled around and the San Francisco 49ers were a 7-point favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals, Gaughan — the man who revolutionized sports bookmaking in Vegas — decided to split the action.

You could have the 49ers at minus-6.5 or the Bengals plus-7.5 at Gaughan’s Barbary Coast property. He’d make the game attractive to both sides, drive as much money on the game as possible, and would likely win on either side. The only way he’d lose — and potentially lose big — was if the 49ers won by 7 and he had to pay both sides.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Bengals led the 49ers 13-6, with the game sitting on that disastrous 7-point margin. Two San Francisco touchdowns would have cost him $18 million.

It wasn’t until three minutes remained in the game, when the Bengals kicked a field goal to go up 16-13, that the game moved off a potential 7-point margin.

“I was in bed with the covers over my head,” Gaughan said. “I’d still be paying it off today.”

Check it out.

Sean “Diddy” Combs loses $1,000,000 in dice game?

That’s the report we’re hearing based in part on Diddy’s Instagram video you can see below. Apparently he lost some bets with fellow rapper Rick Ross.

Low rollers rule Las Vegas

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The game is changing in Las Vegas. There are still plenty of incredible ways to enjoy the place if you’re a high rollers, but now the low rollers are arriving in droves. They love to party and hit the clubs, but they’re really not into gambling that much. Time has a story focusing on the new trend.

Vegas is packed again, but the casinos aren’t making the gaming revenues they saw in past years. We’ve discussed this many times, as the trends have been obvious.

One issue is that the casinos don’t cater to serious gamblers like before. The new corporate entities are so obsessed with maximizing every inch of the casino that they are flooding them with slots. Blackjack doesn’t get the attention we saw in the past, but this is one of the games that attracts people who like to gamble. The casinos have played with the rules way too much.

It’s harder for a group of guys who want to gamble as a group to find a table in the best casinos that will satisfy everyone in the group. Limits are too high, so while a casino might not want guys who play the $10 tables, their friends might be the ones who bet $100 per hand.

I think casinos need to think about catering to guys who love to gamble, and that will help create environments that attract more high rollers.

Today’s gamblers in Las Vegas

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Things have been changing for years in Las Vegas.With so many options on there for the gambling fan, Las Vegas is no longer the only viable option out there. This is true whether you’re a high roller or a casual one-armed bandit. For example, you can go to these sites if you’re a high roller, so now there are more options to meet your needs. Sure, high rollers love junkets to Las Vegas and all of the fringe benefits that go along with it. But many guys just love the rush of gambling and the thrill of winning, and now people can get that whether they go to Vegas or not.

Las Vegas is now selling the overall experience and entertainment just as much as they’re selling gambling. You can see that with new spots like the Cosmopolitan which is the latest hot spot where the beautiful people like to congregate. It can be fun as hell, but that also affects the gambling crowd. It seems like the casual gambler is much less educated these days, so the casino plays around with the table games offered. They haven’t messed with craps much, but games like blackjack are manipulated with the decks and the odds. Ignorant gamblers don’t know any better, so they’ll sit down at a one-deck game thinking they have an advantage, but not realizing that the altered blackjack payouts are screwing them.

This is less prevalent in the high roller areas, as those gamblers are usually much more educated. But the casinos have been messing with the formula on the casino floor for so long that they’re chasing away the guys who aren’t quite high rollers but will come to Vegas with a $1,000 bankroll. If you mess with them too much, you lose them to other outlets, like online options or the casinos around the country. It will be interesting to see how the gambling experience continues to evolve.

Popular casinos to visit in Las Vegas

When selecting a travel destination somewhere in the Western Hemisphere that provides casino gambling, most people pick the city of Las Vegas. With literally over a hundred casinos spread out over the city, there are many casino options for tourists. Some casinos stand out in comparison to others and area ideal venues to include in one’s travel itinerary.

Caesar’s Palace is definitely one of the top casinos found in Vegas. It is part of a large complex that includes a hotel and other buildings. Located right on the Vegas Strip, it is found between two other popular Vegas casinos, the Bellagio and the Mirage. Poker is definitely one of the top games played at Caesar’s Palace. In fact, it is the only Vegas casino that hosts a World Series of Poker event. Many visitors also flock to the slot machine when at Caesar’s. The reason for this is that the casino has had more million dollar prizes awarded from these slot machines than any other casino. Therefore, Caesar’s Palace is a popular choice for slot machine players. When visiting the casino at Caesar’s Palace, keep in mind that are other forms of entertainment attached to the casino. For instance, the Colosseum provides over 4000 seats for live entertainment. Since its opening, there have been numerous performances here by various artists.

One of the largest Vegas casinos is the MGM Grand. This casino has been part of Vegas’ casino landscape for over 40 years now. Given its long history, the casino has built up quite a reputation for itself. The casino floor measures a total of 171,500 square feet. Here, a special game is found known as Sigma Derby which may remind some of the online casino game of Royal Derby. However, Sigma Derby is a mechanized horse racing game. As many a ten people can make wagers on the five horses that are part of this race.

These grand hotel casinos are miles ahead of playing on sites like online casino Australia, while the comfort of being at home is enjoyable for some, the full Vegas experience offers so much more.

James Bond hits Las Vegas in “Diamonds are Forever”

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James Bond if the ultimate high roller, and the Bond movies are filled with great casino scenes. He’s also a world traveler, so man of his casino scenes throughout the film take place in exotic locations around the world. But in 1971′s “Diamonds are Forever” he takes his gambling skills to old school Las Vegas.

In the screen shot above, we have James Bond (Sean Connery) playing craps with the beautiful and well-endowed Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood). As usual, Bond has no trouble winning some serious cash, which naturally excites Ms. O’Toole, who plays a classic Las Vegas gold digger who seeks out high rollers in the casino.

This part of Las Vegas has not changed. If you have money and you throw it around, you’ll have no trouble having busty beauties like Lana Wood hanging around you. And we have to say that’s not a bad thing!

Check out Bullz-Eye.com’s look back at “Diamonds are Forever” for more about this cool film.

It Takes Balls to Win in Las Vegas

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For anybody who has ever had the fortune of visiting Las Vegas, there’s a lot to be learned from walking the streets. For one thing, there’s a lot of walking to be done. The distance between hotel & casino resorts is staggering. And if you’re not wearing comfortable socks and shoes you’re going to be blistered beyond compare. But that’s not the half of it, because the real reason that you’re in Las Vegas is to win – hopefully at least your money back. For many first-time visitors to Sin City, it’s a spectacle to behold. The bright lights, glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is captivating, enthralling and dazzling. But once you’ve started playing at the casinos, you soon realise that your best friend in Las Vegas is your back pocket. And if your back pocket is a little light on cash, you won’t be feeling so great for too long. The realities of Las Vegas are perhaps best summed up in the words of the locals who prowl the streets in search of spare change from unsuspecting tourists. Many of these characters refer to Las Vegas as “Lost Wages.”

This begs the question: how do you make money in a city that was developed with the purpose of taking your money? The answer is simple: bingo. That’s right – bingo is a player friendly game they can be played at affordable wagers, enjoyed among friends and experienced in the casino metropolises that pepper the Vegas Strip. Some folks are calling bingo the best kept secret of Las Vegas. It appears that this trend has now caught on and many people are deciding to play bingo for cash at halls across the city and on the Internet. The traditional hall is less popular today than in the times of old. This is largely due to the meteoric rise in popularity of online bingo sites. One of these is Posh Bingo. As its namesake suggests, this site prides itself on elegance, class and sophistication – much like the grandiose establishments of Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, the MGM Grand, Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Stratosphere and other Vegas icons. It’s true what they say: it takes balls to win in Las Vegas – bingo balls!

Heat wave hits Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is hot right now in many ways. Pool season is underway, so the party atmosphere is definitely wild as tons of hotties and high rollers flock to Sin City to enjoy the festivities. Also, with the World Series of Poker getting underway, the town is loaded with poker players looking for that huge score, along with tons of side action in hotel rooms and the poker rooms around town.

However, Las Vegas is also experiencing a pretty intense heat wave along with the rest of the Southwest portion of the United States. Sure, it’s always hot in Vegas in the summer, but when it’s scorching like this it makes it a lot harder to really enjoy all of the fun.

If you’re there mostly to play all the casino games, then of course you can enjoy yourself with no problem by just staying in the casino. This is even easier if you’re staying at one of the new ones that are completely decked out like The Cosmopolitan, Vdara or Aria. But do you really want to go there only for the casino action when you can always have fun at home with sites like Canadian Casino Club? I guess it depends on your game of choice. If you love the slots or video blackjack you can have just as much fun in front of your computer. Of course the atmosphere of playing craps at 3:00 AM at a table loaded with high rollers and sexy tourist babes wearing next to nothing is hard to replicate online.

When the weather is like this I’m partial to postponing the trip until the weather cools a little in the fall months. Plus, right now there’s really only baseball as an option for sports betting, unless you’re really into the horses. If you wait until fall you can enjoy your casino games, the pool, and of course football season, where the sports book is a a real blast.

Again, you can make your own call, but I suspect we’ll be seeing fewer impulse Vegas trips, particularly drive trips, when the weather is this brutal.

The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort: “The Ultimate James Bond Experience in Ocho Rios, Jamaica”

The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort offers high rollers the ultimate Caribbean vacation escape for those seeking VIP treatment and luxury amenities. Owned by the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell and named after one of Fleming’s World War II missions, Operation GoldenEye, this hotel and resort is home to five luxury villas.

The hotel is perfectly situated in the charming little village of Oracabessa which lies on the north coast of Jamaica. The GoldenEye Hotel and Resort is where author Ian Flemming brought 007 James Bond to life in 1952.

The hotel itself includes Flemming’s home and three original villas, nine new beach cottages, six new lagoon suites, two new lagoon cottages and is spread across 52 acres of lush Jamaican land. The surrounding land offers guests the perfect opportunity to unwind, explore and swim because of its picturesque private beaches, secret coves, breathtaking lagoons and tropical forests.

It’s all about privacy when guests stay in the Flemming Villa which features the most private atmosphere you can imagine and glorious. You will feel as though you literally left the rest of the world behind. Of course, there is rich history to be absorbed. If the walls of this villa could talk, guests would hear amazing tales of spies, famous writers, artists and great seducers also known as James Bond himself. This 10-person villa has fabulous amenities such as a fully equipped situ kitchen, spacious dining area with jalousie-style windows, a fully stocked wet bar with Blackwell Rum and popular Jamaican snacks, private swimming pool, large media room and more. When it comes to dining you can choose to dine under the renowned almond trees which were planted by Ian Flemming, enjoy spicy jerk chicken at the Fleming Beach BBQ or dinner in the Fleming Cave. The two and one bedroom villas are equally beautiful and offer exquisite amenities for all who stay there and the lagoon cottages are steps away from Low Cay Beach. Think you can afford $7,500 a night minimum? If you’re a high roller you probably can!

Guests staying at the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort can sip pina coladas at the Bizot Bar on the beach by the sea, enjoy low key dining and authentic Jamaican specialties and listen to the sounds of Radio Nova, broadcast from France. In the mood for dinner by sunset? Dine sky high in the treetops at The Gazebo restaurant which overlooks the lagoon and Low Cay Beach and sample succulent dishes such as lobster tail and seasoned rack of lamb. If you want to stay in your room, you can dine there too with the hotel’s excellent in-room dining service!

If guests want to stay active during their stay at this first-class hotel and resort, they can get involved in a variety of fun activities like core training where you can burn off unwanted calories, tennis courts, water sports like skiing and snorkeling and a team morning run. Ride a mountain bike to Firefly Hill, jog along the beach during a picturesque Jamaican sunset and practice sunset yoga with other guests.

If you are seeking a little more adventure, you can go on the glass bottom boat ride and see over 700 species of colorful fish in Oracabessa Bay or join one of the local Oracabessa fisherman for a morning fishing trip! Looking for some pampering and VIP treatment to compliment the rest of your luxury experience at GoldenEye? Check out the FieldSpa which offers a variety of facials, massages and world-class spa treatments.

Simon is a writer and content specialist who is addicted to being on the front page of anything. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he specializes in using the em dash too often. Currently, Simon rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada. Check out his recent thoughts on gaming.