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Report shows Boulder Strip best for slot players

In late January, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released its statewide gaming win statistics for last year, which reported a 2.8% increase for the state’s nonrestricted locations, from $11.26 billion in 2016 to $11.57 billion in 2017. “Nonrestricted” properties are defined as any venue that has more than 15 slot machines. So while the report counts the big casinos, it doesn’t figure in the state’s more than 2,000 bars & restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets that have some slots. The Las Vegas Review-Journal made note of some interesting takeaways from the Gaming Control Board’s year-end gaming win report. Keep in mind that “gaming win” refers to the casino’s take, not the player’s. Statewide, casinos on the Strip had the highest slot win percentage at 8.04%, which means that in 2017, casinos paid players 91.96% of what went in. The Boulder Strip in Southern Nevada, meanwhile, had the lowest win at 5.53%; the best for players. The Nevada Gaming Commission defines the Boulder Strip to include the Boulder Hwy., as well as all of the casinos in the city of Henderson. Downtown Las Vegas had the biggest change in slot win percentage since 2016, where it was up 0.28 points to 7.34% from 7.06%. In Southern Nevada, Laughlin had the highest table game win percentage at 19.41%, while North Las Vegas had the biggest increase in win percentage at 14.97%, up 2.19 points from 12.78%. By slot denomination, penny slots were the biggest revenue generator, for the most part, because the market is full of them. On 54,754 machines, the state’s Gaming Control Board reported win of $3.17 billion. The state’s 70,568 multi-denomination machines won $3.13 billion. At 12.07%, Megabucks machines had the best win percentage on slots. The $25 slots were the best for players, with a win percentage of 4.97%. There are still more blackjack tables on casino floors, with 2,582 statewide than any other table game. Roulette was a distant second at 457 wheels. Blackjack managed $1.21 billion in win, an increase of 5.4% from 2016, with casinos at a 14.8% win percentage. The state’s 382 Baccarat games, which had a 12.7% win percentage, produced $1.15 billion, a 5.6% decline from 2016. It might be worth a trip to the Boulder Strip for slot lovers.
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Jackpot of $1.23M win at downtown Las Vegas casino

A guest of the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas hit a IGT “Wheel of Fortune” jackpot valued at $1.23 million, according to a statement from the hotel.

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Las Vegas Valley gets two new PT’s Gold taverns courtesy of Golden Entertainment

The Las Vegas Valley reportedly has two new PT’s Gold taverns, making them Nevada-based Golden Entertainment Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GDEN) 58th and 59th neighborhood watering holes in the Silver State. Located just one mile south of the Henderson Pavilion events center, the first of the two new facilities to open was PT’s Gold (pictured) at 690 South Green Valley Ranch Parkway, which began welcoming patrons on Feb. 3. The other new PT’s Gold opened for business on Feb. 10 at 9732 West Maule Avenue in southwestern Las Vegas, according to the company’s press release. Both of the traditional neighborhood taverns are operated by PT’s Entertainment Group and feature a wide variety of award-winning food and beverage choices. Along with comfortable seating, craft beer from PT’s Brewing Company and HD 4K TVs, both PT’s have 15 bar-top slot and video poker machines. The PT’s in Henderson will have an additional amenity in the spring when its outdoor patio opens. Guests can also count on both PT’s featuring the brand’s award-winning happy hour, where from 5pm to 7pm and from midnight to 2am the taverns offer half-off drinks and select appetizers and pizzas for $5. All 59 PT’s taverns in Nevada are part of the Beer & Bites dining loyalty program and the Golden Rewards player loyalty program. According to the company’s press release, together, the two new taverns will employ nearly 50 team members. “Our goal is to bring the best tavern experience to neighborhoods across the Las Vegas Valley,” said Blake L. Sartini II, senior vice president of distributed gaming for Golden Entertainment. “PT’s is known for our friendly local atmosphere where our guests can find consistently great food and drinks, excellent service, and a winning gaming experience.” Included in the company’s tavern brands are: PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co., Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Formed by the merger of Blake Sartini’s Golden Gaming and Lakes Entertainment in January 2015, Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions –distributed gaming and resort and casino operations. The Company operates some 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and employs more than 7,200 team members. The company owns eight casino resorts; seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland and via its distributed gaming business in Montana and Nevada owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada and operates video gaming devices at approximately 1,000 locations.
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Tioga Downs celebrates first year since casino expansion
In December, the New York casino marked a year of growth after the opening of its enhanced gaming floor and hotel.