New Year’s Eve Dates in Las Vegas
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and some of you have come up with the brilliant idea of taking your gal to Las Vegas to ring in the new year with a big party and hopefully some memorable sexy time. Like every other night of the year, there are tons of options in Vegas for New Year’s, and what you choose can have a huge impact on how much fun you have.
The most important decisions will be picking where you stay, and then where you will party. If you’re not limited by budget, then you’re going to want to pick the hottest hotels or maybe one of the newer high end hotels. The Cosmopolitan is the hottest hotel in town these days and you’ll be surrounded by the beautiful people. Also, there are new luxury hotels within the older hotels, like Nobu at Caesar’s Palace. Please like this offer a nice luxury upgrade over the typical Vegas experience. You may not be spending a ton of time in your room, but you want to make that time as enjoyable as possible, and most women appreciate luxury settings. Places like the Bellagio, Aria and Wynn are also excellent choices because the two of you will feel like you’re in a 24/7 party even while you’re hanging out in the casino or just playing poker, as the hotel itself is one of the Vegas hot spots.
Picking a hot hotel is also important for another reason. Unless you have a limo lined up to take you everywhere, you have to consider that taking cabs on New Year’s Eve will be a complete nightmare. The lines will be very long, and it will also be cold out there. Standing in a cab line for an hour is a total buzz kill, so we strongly recommend partying in the hotel where you’re staying. All of the bars and clubs will be full that night, so you don’t necessarily have to be at the hottest club. So if you can’t stay at a place like the Cosmo, you can still have a great time at a mid-level casino like New York, New York. Just find a place to eat and party there so you don’t have to deal with the cabs.
Another cool option includes the rooftop bars like Voodoo or Ghost Bar. These clubs aren’t at the hottest hotels, but watching the fireworks on these rooftop decks can make your whole evening. Also, keep this in mind for all the clubs – don’t plan on going without a table reservation. Yes, bottle service is expensive, but without it you and your date will be standing all night. That’s another guaranteed buzzkill. Also, at the hottest clubs, your table reservation will likely be way off the beaten path unless you have a solid connection with a host who will take care of you.
So be smart and really think through all of the details. You’re going to have fun just about anywhere so make sure to minimize things like waiting for cabs or bad tables that might derail your plans. Have fun!
Platinum Play high definition casino app reviewed
As you might have guessed from the title of this article, I am going to describe one of the few native online casino apps available for players with Apple mobile devices (iPhones and iPads). But first things first: let’s find out a bit more about the operator behind the app.
Platinum Play is an online casino operated by Fortune Lounge, an UK based company with its headquarters in Malta (for licensing purposes). It is one of the oldest and best known casino operators in the world: its first online casino was launched in 1999, and has been active ever since.
Fortune Lounge operates several online gambling facilities, including casinos, poker rooms, bingo halls and such. The list of its best known brands includes Royal Vegas, 7Sultans, Giggle Bingo and Poker Time.
Platinum Play is one of their top casino operations, with millions of users from all over the world. Also, it is one of the several online casinos operated by the company that is also available in the form of a native iOS app: the Platinum Play HD casino.
The Platinum Play HD app is available for free download through Apple’s app store. It offers its users access to several popular Microgaming online casino games, including some of their progressive jackpot slot machines like Major Millions, Mega Moolah or Cash Splash, along with all the classics – video poker, table games like roulette and blackjack, classic slots and others.
Mobile users can access their existing account with the same credentials used to log on to the desktop version of the online casino, and they have several mobile payment solutions at their disposal if they wish to top up their account: iBanq, Skrill 1-Tap and others.
New users that register through the Platinum Play HD casino app can benefit from a special bonus over their first two deposits (100 GBP) and a chance to play for the largest jackpot in the App Store. The app’s features include regular updates with new games, weekly and monthly promotions, automatic inclusion to the Platinum Play loyalty program and access to the casino’s exclusive VIP club (invitation only), as well as safe mobile banking solutions and a call centre that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days every year.
Online gamblers are not among the most spoiled gamers of the App Store, and the Platinum Play HD casino app is a welcome addition to the world of online mobile gambling – surely one of the many that will follow.
Did you buy a Mega Millions ticket?
The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing $600 million. Yes, that’s a staggering number, and many of us will go out and buy at least one. Have you done so yet? It’s frankly fun to listen to people talk about this. You have those that really get kick out of fantasizing about that they would do with the prize money. Then there are the buzzkills who want to point out the obvious fact that winning is practically impossible as the odds are ridiculous. And of course they’re missing the point.
The idea of sudden winnings and riches is a thrill for most people, so just let us have our damn fun. We want to fanatsize about spending the money, just like we would blow the $1,000 we win in Vegas on strippers and more. We might be smart with our money most of the time, but cash money in Vegas is another thing entirely. That’s one of many reasons people gamble, whether it’s buying a lottery ticket at real casinos or in our pajamas playing 49s. It’s the thrill. So of course it’s not practical, and we all pitty the few fools who become addicted or spend their food money on lotto tickets, but their stupidity shouldn’t ruin the fun for the rest of us.
And then you have stories like of Tom Crist, a retired Canadian man who decided to create a foundation with his $40-million lottery prize and donate all the money to cancer charities. Of course his case is special in that he was a successful businessman and he and his family were set financially. But the notion of giving is also a powerful one. Frankly this notion ends up dooming many lottery winners who get suckered into all sorts of scams. But it’s also refreshing to see a man like this give real consideration to the thought of helping other people, and trying to do it in a way that minimized attention to himself.
So grab a ticket and enjoy the ride. And if this reminder helps you win, remember we’ll happily take a small cut!
Bellagio Poker Room still rules
The changes in Las Vegas have been stunning over the years. With the recent addition of City Center and also the hip and trendy Cosmopolitan hotel, the standard for the best spots in Vegas is constantly evolving.
Still, many of the established names still hold up even with the new competition. The Bellagio for example is still one of the best spots in Las Vegas, particularly if you’re looking for an upscale experience with a female friend.
It’s also still one of the top destinations for poker. The Bellagio Poker Room remains one of the best in town and the spot where many pros go to play. Everything is top notch, from the luxury surroundings to the dealers and the cocktails. It’s open 24/7 with around 30 tables. Of course you’re not coming here if you have a small bankroll. The minimums are higher than you’ll find in many other rooms on the Strip and you’ll see some huge pots here.
Then you have Bobby’s Room, the ultimate spot for poker high rollers. It’s described on the Bellagio website as follows: “Be one of the privileged few to get in on the high-stakes excitement inside our signature poker room. Decked out in winning style, this coveted experience pays tribute to its namesake, Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 World Series of Poker Champion and Chief Design & Construction Officer, President & CEO, CityCenter. Within its storied walls are tables providing maximum privacy and concentration.” If you’re heading to Las Vegas with a serious bankroll and an appetite for some white-knuckle poker, then this is your spot!
Of course many players love the online world of playing poker. It’s a completely different experience but many enjoy the convenience of being able to play at any time. It’s excellent for poker practice. But of course there are all sorts of issues as well like deposits. If you’re having trouble depositing funds on online poker sites you can read why credit cards are being declined can be read here. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where the regulators finally acknowledge this is a game of skill and even out the rules for everyone. Until then places like the Bellagio offer a real experience for poker that you really can’t match online.
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Gaming Trends in China
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In September China finally lifted a 13-year ban on video game consoles and in doing so opened up a new chapter in the country’s gaming history. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft will now be clamouring to tap into a huge potential market that has been manufacturing the big three’s consoles but not using them. Consoles were originally banned in 2000 because authorities were concerned about their effect on mental health of young Chinese, but online gaming on PCs and mobile gaming have filled the gap in years since. So what makes up the current and past gaming trends in China?
The landscape of China’s online gaming has gradually shifted in recent years. According to a report by Niko Partners on the Asian games market, MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) and free, casual, browser-based games used to make up the overwhelming majority of the online action. But now “we have MMOGs, and within ‘browser-based games’ we have 1) casual games played on casual portals sometimes for free, 2) webgames that are not very casual in nature, generate fees in the virtual economy, and compete against MMOGs, and 3) social games distributed via social networking sites. In addition we have games from each of those segments played on mobile devices as well as on PCs.” Developers of new games will have to make sure to incorporate this move towards more social gaming and navigate the treacherous terrain of monetizing their products in a market where free-to-play games are so popular.
In 2013, 288 million people played mobile games in mainland China. It was the fastest-growing segment of the Chinese market in 2012 and netted the economy around $750 million in revenue. It is estimated to grow to $1.2 million this year according to Bloomberg. The market has seen a dramatic shift from the stereotype of male-dominated internet cafes full of MMOG to a more balanced market where people of all ages and backgrounds are embracing a variety of games. The country seems to be turning away from cafes to office and mobile gaming, a trend that is likely to continue as the middle class continues to grow.
Gambling is one trend that can only grow from strength to strength in the future. Currently mainland China outlaws gambling and the former Portuguese colony of Macau, the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, is the only Chinese territory where gambling is legal. Needless to say, it can’t keep up demand, meaning more and more of the surrounding countries are becoming gambling havens. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers report on global gambling, the Asia-Pacific casino gaming market will be worth $80 billion ($34 billion in 2010) and Asia-Pacific will bypass the U.S. as the world’s largest regional casino gaming market in 2013. In Macau, the tourists outnumber residents by 54 to 1. If China doesn’t want to risk losing a great chunk of revenue to neighbouring nations, they’ll have to consider lifting the mainland ban. At the moment, online casino gambling is also illegal.
Given that the Chinese market has been without consoles for the last 13 years, it could be that consumers pounce on new hardware as soon as it’s released; or, conversely, they’re suspicious of it and sales flop. The most successful business model in the Chinese video game market is somewhat paradoxically free games – EA and Sony Online have generated millions of dollars in revenue from free-to-play titles. As Edward Williams of BMO Capital Markets has commented: “The Chinese consumer is not geared to the habit of ‘I go to the store, spend X dollars to acquire this game, then go home and play it all night long.’ That creates some challenges for [publishers].” Given the size of the economy and the relative skillsets of the population, the question remains whether China will begin to dominate the global console market and resist U.S. imports if the Chinese appetite for consoles takes off.