The Podcasts of Casinos USA

Episode # 78 South End of the Strip is Hip

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Today’s Podcast

1. Coach Fav and Janie present the many benefits that the Casino Resorts in the south end of the Las Vegas Strip offer visitors to Las Vegas.

2. Craps Talk today presents the explanation of True Odds vs the odds that PLACE BETS pay. We will teach you exactly how true odds are determined. Smart Craps Strategies do not encourage making place bets; however, there is one important advantage of a craps place bet over a pass line bet or a come bet.  The advantage is that the player can turn the place bets off or request that the dealer takes them down. So I place two numbers. If I get one hit, I tell the dealer to turn them off. (She places an “off button” on one of them.). So I have locked up my place bet win(s) and have no further risk of losing money on my place bets. This system of going “off and on” on place bets protects the players from the math of the game that tells us that it is most likely that a 7 will roll every 6 or 7 rolls. Ouch!  Yes, I might win less by going off and one, but I will lose less also. That is a certainty.  

3. Casinos USA will most likely not be going to Las Vegas this summer. Rather we will be on the road visiting casinos outside of Las Vegas. We do plan to be in Reno in September followed by a 3 or 4 day stay in Las Vegas. So we will give our listeners definite dates later, but we do expect to be in Las Vegas in September. We will also be presenting our summer travel schedule so we hopefully can meet up with our podcast listeners at a casino this summer.

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Episode # 77 Sports Betting and the Mayo Clinic

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Coming home from a hip replacement requires some help the first few days following the operation. Because I was homebound for a month, I spent a lot of time with my new sports app, After amazing success in college and NFL football wagers, I got so excited that I began to worry that I was getting addicted to sports betting. 

Part I

Advantages of a legal sports betting app is convenience and extremely low minimums. I bet on college and NFL football, NASCAR, and Hockey. In thinking about my “excessive  excitement,” I came across a bulletin from the Mayo Clinic that I want to share with you regarding the Mayo Clinic’s Danger Signs (symptoms) of an emerging gambling addiction. Check yourself as I did paying attention to my own feelings of excitement.

Part II

Rather Personal: We use very little or no profanity in our shows. No dark, deep vulgarity from us. We do not glorify intoxication. It’s a fools game. Drunks at a craps table are disgusting. We are aware that some people are trying to avoid drinking so we do not talk as if that drinking 0is something that one should do. We have great credibility regarding Las Vegas because we have family living there, and a grandson who is a dealer on the Strip. Our podcasts tell of our many travels to casino resorts around the country. Casino 

to Casino trips are our thing and we enjoy attractions outside of the resorts.

Part III

Five Star recruits make the difference at Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson.  Sure, coaching figures into the mix, but recruiting the best high school football players in the nation is what these four teams have done so successfully the past four seasons. Three of them will battle for the National Championship this season.

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Episode # 76 Four Most Expensive Vegas Casino Resorts

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1. If asked, what is the most expensive Vegas casino resort ever, I might have answered the Bellagio, the Aria, or the Cosmopolitan. I would be wrong, of course.  A mega resort being built in the Northern part of the Las Vegas Strip (surprisingly?) on land once occupied by the Stardust has recently increased it totality of costs in building to 4.3 billion, which will make this new construction  the most expensive casino property ever in the history of Las Vegas. It is called the Resorts World Las Vegas. The parent company is the Malaysia-based Genting Group. The resort will open sometime in 2021. The president of Resorts World is the former MGM executive Scott Sibella. Scott was the chief operating officer and president of the MGM GRAND for 8 years.  No rookies are leading this project.

Top Four Most Expensive Vegas Casinos

Resorts World …. 4.3 billion

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas completed in 2010 4.18 billion

Wynn Las Vegas 3.26 billion

Bellagio 2.3 billion

2. Video Poker’s problem hands for me

3. How to play craps with the right frame of mind, our best advice for all levels of craps players.

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Episode # 75 Do You Want to Buy a Las Vegas Casino?

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1. Rumor has it that Penn National operators of the Tropicana are quietly seeking buy offers. M-Life has sold Circus-Circus to Phil Ruffin who has a Net Worth of 2.91 Billion. 

Golden Entertainment recently purchased the Stratosphere, rebranded it The Strat and put 90 million dollars into upgrades inside and outside of the property. Eldorado Resorts merged with Caesar’s Entertainment in a cash and stock deal worth about 17.3 billion dollars. They also made the assumption of Caesar’s debt. The Rio has also been sold.  How much does it cost to buy a Strip casino. Prices begin at 850 million and into the billions of dollars.  The Las Vegas Strip continues to reinvent itself so it seemingly never gets old. It’s continual change and growth is an amazing story for certain.

2. A West Coast caller asks if Coach Fav bets with progressive strategies or regressive strategies. A great question. As a general rule, gamblers should bet more when ahead and less when behind.  To do otherwise is called, “chasing loses” and can be dangerous. Yet occasionally chasing loses works. In craps, I often make my largest bets first as soon as I get my chips and get into the game. I do this for comp power. Then I regress as my play continues because the average length of a shooters roll is only 8 throws of the dice. Just 8! Coach Fav goes on to explain in detail how to press and parlay and when to go off.


3. Sports Betting Apps are addictive for most college and NFL football fans.  Here’s how we have been doing.

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Episode # 74 Dark Side Craps 28

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Dark Side 28 is a Craps Don’t Pass Line Strategy that Casinos USA employed successfully during the month of October at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Not only did we win money our room comps for future stays were expanded from two days to four with other benefits provided.

Casinos USA reacts to a recent poll taken via 10Best Readers Choice Awards listing according to readers.  We do not agree with every selection made. Yet we present and review the listings.

1. The D Las Vegas

2. The STRAT Hotel and Casino

3. Golden Nugget Las Vegas

4. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

5. The Venetian & The Palazzo

6. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

7. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

8. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

9. Belliagio Las Vegas

10. M Resort Spa Casino 

Closing thoughts regarding our Hip Replacement Surgery and Craps.

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Episode # 73 88 Degrees, Too Cold to Swim

Casinos USA’s 73rd podcast is filled with a variety of audio clips created on site during our recent 7 day trip to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. The title of the podcast is taken by comments spoken by a Nevada native who felt that 88 degrees was too cold to swim. That struck us as funny because in Western Pennsylvania, 88 degrees is a heatwave; in fact, our area may have just a few days in the 90’s, if any, during the summer months.  

The  Reno experiences are recaptured with summaries by Coach Fav as he details the excitement of visiting a new city, new casinos and exploring the University of Nevada Reno. 

Gamblers should know that the Video Poker machines with high payback numbers abound in Reno, Nevada casinos. Many experts consider Reno to be one of the best casino venues in the country to play video poker.  We had great action in four casinos in Reno playing video poker. So for us, the experts are right.

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Episode # 72 Lock It Down or Give It Back

CHP 1. When do you stop gambling and lock down your wins? .. Pizza oven analogy and the Gambler’s Lament. Take the winning voucher out of the machine and put in in your purse and wallet. Then use hard cash to play just a bit more. Winning early makes it harder to stop playing. Remind yourself how upset you will be if you give most of your winnings or all of your winnings back to the casino by continuing to play. Casinos USA has Vegas credibility with family in Las Vegas and a young Blackjack grandson at the Strat.  To be a winner one needs discipline – SELF DISCIPLINE. Lock it down before you give it all back!

CHP 2. Are you pretty good at what you do? How about the people who claim to be professional scouts in selecting talented high school athletes? Wow, do they miss at times with so many great players forced to walk on because they were not offered an athletic scholarship. Here’s the amazing stories of walk on Chris Fink at Notre Dame and walk on Brandon Talton of the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). I bet Michigan State and the LA Rams both wish they had a field goal kicker as good as Brandon Talton. Some people are just not as good as they think they are in evaluating talent. We on the other hand believe that we are good at what we do on our Casinos USA’s podcast in making them entertaining and informative at the same time.

CHP 3. Craps Segment: The one thing that one can do in craps to become a better craps player and more successful is LEARN TO GO OFF AND ON. The math behind this betting strategy is examined, and it is very difficult to challenge.

CHP 4. The Millennial Makeover of Las Vegas continues at full speed. Janie and Coach Fav discuss the reality as Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself. Millennials are young people who are reaching adulthood in the early years of the 21st century. RIGHT NOW! We welcome the changes that they are demanding in Las Vegas.


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“Talkin about My Generation” by THE WHO.

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Episode # 71 Smart Phone Sports Betting Apps .. Crazy Fun

1.  Janie discusses reviewing your own criteria to make a decision on reserving rooms at a casino resort, which one?  This is what she considers. What are your needs?

a. Proximity to your home or a family or friend that you are visiting.

b. Destination Vacation Plan

c. How often do you go there? If first time visit, do your research before you reserve.

d. Safety of the location of the casino is always a consideration.

e. Hotel, clean, attractive rooms, staff, registration process, security personnel 

f. Food options are a big consideration

g. Venue in a city or small town area, even a rural area?

h. Amazing Blue Chip in Michigan City, Indiana or something similar in another state

i.  Entertainment possibilities, Can you get comped tickets? 

j. Does the casino have a sports book?

K. Pools, Pools, Pools….. indoor and/or outdoor

L. Does the casino have its own horse racetrack 

M. In Las Vegas, do you choose the Strip or Fremont hotels?

N. Even comp room offers require a decision

2. Sports Apps, Crazy Fun

a. How do Money Line bets work? Coach Fav explains it all.

b. Geolocator determines if you are a legal bettor online by your location

3. Craps Talk explains Don’t Pass Line Odds

a. Be flexible by learning how to bet from the Don’t Pass

4. Latest Stats from the Nevada Gaming Control Board

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Episode # 70 $375,000 Win at McCarran International Airport

Part I: How many of the “experts” tell us never to gamble at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas – “machines have low payout rates,” they say. “Save your money because you will never win,” they warn us.  That’s what I have read from a dozen or so sources of Vegas the so called Gambling Experts. Despite this wisdom a young man from Western Pennsylvania won that $375,000 have spending  but $3 on a Max bet on a  dollar machine.  His one max bet paid off SO BIG. Good for him and I recently met his mother who is one of the happiest nurses that I know. I love telling this story because the winner lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, just 24 miles from our front door. Yea, Man! This is another reason I always spend $20 on the Airport slots when flying back to Pittsburgh from a Las Vegas stay.  

Part II. Mini Casino coming to Westmoreland Mall in the building previously owned by a clothing store, now defunct. Wow. The proliferation of casinos in the United States is not over yet. For us, it means we have another nearby opportunity for a casino experience: The Rivers in Pittsburgh, The Meadows near Washington, Pa, Lady Luck in Farmington, Pa, and now the soon to be built casino in Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Two, Pa.  

Part III.  Rocky Gap with Jerry and Elaine Day 1. Crab Cakes, Fire Pits, and Gambling.

Rocky Gap Day 2 with Geoff: Swimming at the beach, Swimming in the indoor pool with a sliding roof open to the sky on a 90 degree sunny day. Dinner at Signatures. Later it was craps and blackjack. 

Part IV. Coach Fav gives a very important tip in Craps Talk about coming to a craps table with a hot roll going on. Here’s how to get in without bothering the shooter.  IMPORTANT.

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Episode # 69 Casino Dangers


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1. Coach Fav considers the TripAdvisor Reviews List of the Top 50 Casinos in the United States determined by comparing a venue’s 5 Star Reviews as compared to the entirety of the casino’s total reviews.

2. To see TripAdvisor’s entire Top 50 join our Facebook Group: Casinos USA

3. Discussing major Casino Dangers:

a. Fires 

b. Street Crime, Parking Garage Crime, Crimes inside the casino or hotel

c. Accepting a drink from a new acquaintance that is “loaded.” Do not be so trustful.

d. General intoxication may make your judgement so hazy so that you cannot defend 

  yourself or even think logically.

e. Losing all your money the first few hours or the first day you are in Las Vegas is a    fast way to ruin your vacation

f. Protect yourself from the sun. Always use sunscreen and be careful of too much     sun.

4.   In Craps Talk Coach Fav reviews the specifics of a 45-minute session of craps at the Lady Luck Casino on the grounds of the 5 Star Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a resort of more than 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania. This craps game occurred during the 3 Amigos Reunion held recently at the same venue.  We learn that Churchill Downs is now managing the Lady Luck Casino and as such have eliminated the previous $10 admission charge.  TripAdvisor ranks Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin as the 7th best casino venue in the country (by 5 star review percentages).

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