Social Casinos

 
 
 

* myVEGAS (Facebook, Android, iOS)      
 
 

myVEGAS is a social marketing game for MGM Resorts, the company that owns roughly half of the casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and a number of other locations scattered throughout the world. You play slot machine games and blackjack using virtual chips, and the amount you wager earns you "loyalty coins" in return, which can be cashed in for real prizes (a system very similar to the way real-life casino loyalty programs work). 

The prizes offered usually change up somewhat every few months, but at present myVEGAS offers comp rooms, room discounts, comp buffets and meals, drinks and free play at all of their Vegas properties except for Circus Circus. They are also partnered with several outside groups who offer prizes including the Graton Rancheria casino (about 40 miles north of San Francisco), Royal Caribbean, Allegiant Air, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Hippodrome Casino in London. 

When myVEGAS first started out a few years ago, it was possible to use it to get a completely free 3-day stay in Vegas every month. They've really throttled the prize terms down so that is no longer possible, but if you were planning to visit any of their properties or partners ANYWAY, the game can provide you with very substantial discounts and small freebies. The best offers are comped rooms at the higher-end Vegas casinos (you still have to pay the "resort fee", but you can get a nice suite for around $30 per night), and free play and free food at the various MGM properties and partners. 
 
Our In-House Resources:

-- Our review of myVEGAS 

Links Out:

-- MyVEGAS Facebook link 
-- Current index of prizes 
-- Facebook Friend Group 


Useful Supporting Products:

- The most basic Blackjack strategy card for standard casino rules (dealer hits on soft 17, use of four to eight decks)  

- Set of 12 blackjack strategy cards for more advanced play / card counting / different rule sets

- The annual American Casino Guide - Aside from having generally useful info on all the casinos in the U.S., each year's edition comes packed with Vegas coupons that can potentially more than make up for the cost of the guide depending on what you're planning on doing. A full list of the current year's coupons (good until the end of December) can be seen in advance on the Amazon listing page.


 
 

 * my KONAMI Slots (Android, iOS)  

 This is an extension of myVEGAS that is by the same developers (Playstudios). You can tie your myVEGAS and my KONAMI Slots accounts together to pool your available chips and rewards credits. 

 So how is this different? It's exclusively slot machines made by Konami. Most (if not all) of these are actually available on casino floors, but that means that the overall pay tables are generally going to be less generous than the myVEGAS-only slots that you'd never see in reality. Some of these games actually were on myVEGAS for a few months before they farmed them out to this separate app.

 This one is also presently only in app form on Android and iOS -- no Facebook version. We haven't tried it here yet since I don't see the advantage of spending time on this over playing myVEGAS, since it's just games with a lower expected return. I am interested in hearing any firsthand information from readers who have given it a whirl, however, and we'd be happy to include juicy tidbits here. 
 
Our In-House Resources:

 Nothing yet!
 
 Links Out:
 
 - Playstudios (developer) page
 
 

* MyPalaCasino (Browser, Facebook, iOS, Android)   


MyPalaCasino is another "social casino" like MyVEGAS that offers real rewards for play money action. However, like MyAtlantis, it's only good at one specific property: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, which is on Native American land near San Diego.

The interesting thing about this one is that it has a much wider range of game options than MyVEGAS has ever had - video poker, various table games and even table poker. It also has all sorts of regular slots and poker tournaments. The likely reason for this is that Pala has partnered with the Borgata in New Jersey (where all sorts of online gambling is legal) to run a real money online casino there. So this appears to basically be a "play money" port of that. There's no connection between MyPalaCasino and the Borgata (or any other MGM-owned casinos) at present, but that's an interesting possibility for the future.

MyPalaCasino can also be played in-browser directly through their website. There is also a Facebook version as well as Android and iOS apps.

Our In-House Resources:

-- Our review   
-- Our video tour 




* STN Play (Web Browser / Facebook / Mobile)



STN Play is a social casino offering from Station Casinos - they're known for off-Strip properties with better value in Vegas, most of the casinos with "Station" or "Fiesta" in the name that are outside of the Strip and downtown casino corridors are theirs as well as the Wildfire slots parlor chain. As of this writing, the only prizes with real value available are by way of raffle tickets you can earn through your play.



-- Our review




*  World Series of Poker  (Facebook / Mobile)        

 So, I'm told by some people that play it that this fake-money version of WSOP actually has tournaments that award real money and real prizes sometimes, and entries are either free or only require virtual chips. Problem is I can't get this to actually load through Facebook on either of my computers! 

 So there's a tenative entry here, even though I can't verify anything firsthand right now. I do know you get some amount of free chips daily and they'll also email you free chip codes periodically, so purchase is not required to play. Playing through Facebook or linking your account also apparently starts you with $15,000 in bonus chips according to their Facebook page. 

 Our In-House Resources:

 Nothing yet!

  Links Out:
 
Useful Supporting Products:

- Dirty Poker - Entertaining overview of all the ways people can cheat at poker, both table and online, though some elements are probably played up. Fun read anyway.

- Get The Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold 'Em - Good strategy book aimed at beginners.
 
 
 

 
* VideoPoker.com (Browser)      

 This is an online "free gambling" site somewhat like myVEGAS and Caesar's Casino, but it actually has a lot more going on in terms of prizes right now.

  As the name indicates, the site is centered around video poker, and you can play pretty much every flavor you'll see in actual casinos. The interface and even the sound effects are patterned after Game King and other very common machines. But you can also play keno -- Classic, Four Card, Caveman, Multi-Card without a subscription, and a VP Gold subscription adds Cleopatra and Power Keno.

  Each hand of VP or keno game gives you one reward point, and there's no limit on how many you can play. However, there's only a real limited range of prizes and the thresholds for cashing out are super high. They start in the tens of thousands for a month of VP Gold subscription time and range all the way up to three million for three nights at the MGM Signature in Vegas!

  Forget the redemption prizes, the real point of interest is in the contests. There are daily, weekly and monthly video poker contests with an actual cash prize for the highest scorer and lesser prizes for the top 10. Playing in these contests also earns entries for a regular prize drawing, usually something decent (for example as I write this it's an iPad Air).

  So while this one is a little more contest-based than grinding to earn guaranteed prizes, it's a pretty easy and low time commitment contest that's available every day and can lead to actual cash. And maybe the points you hoard up in the background will actually be redeemable for something better than golf balls and coffee mugs eventually.

  Oh, and they also have some sort of a poker room that advertises real cash and prizes for playing with virtual chips that renew daily for free. However, as with the Facebook WSOP game, it doesn't seem to want to run for me right now so I'm low on information there.

  If you're interested in playing video poker in an actual casino, this is the best practice tool I've seen yet due to the fidelity to actual Game King/etc. machines, the various trainer tools they have and the forum. You need a VP Gold subscription to use the detailed trainer that actually coaches you on each hand you play, but newcomers get a free week of that and you can buy more time using the rewards points you earn instead of cash (paying cash is $25 per year). Free users can still take advantage of a "quiz mode" that teaches you some of the important points of Jacks or Better, Double Double Bonus and Deuces Wild. It's actually kinda hard to find commercial offline software that does all this stuff well.

  Full disclosure: the links to this one are affiliate links, but they will give you 5,000 reward points to start out with no strings (I get the same amount once you play 100 hands or 100 games of keno).

  Our In-House Resources:

  Our Guide to Maxing VideoPoker.com (under construction!)

  Links Out:
 
Useful Supporting Products:

* Video Poker Optimum Play - Good guide covering the mathematically most sound plays for each situation in each popular video poker variant

* Million Dollar Video Poker - More of a "just for fun" read now, as casinos have adjusted their machines specifically in response to how Bob Dancer took advantage of them in the '90s, but a good one

 
 
 

 
* Atlantis Reno Contests (Browser)      

 This one is only going to be useful to those who live in or near Reno, or who visit from time to time ... everyone else can safely skip ahead. 

 OK, so Atlantis is a casino-hotel in Reno, and one of the nicer ones in the whole northern Nevada region. Once every two months or so they hold either a video poker or slots contest that runs for a couple of weeks through their website. You need an account with their players club to enter, which I believe you can set up online. You simply play either the slot or video poker game as much as you like, trying to win as much as possible in 100 turns. There are daily prizes for the top score, a grand prize for the highest overall score of any day, and two people who play just get random prizes each day to boot. The prizes are usually two nights at the hotel (which is actually pretty nice, stayed there for my birthday once) and some fairly substantial amount of either cash or free play. 

 Even if you miss out on the prizes, everyone who plays even one round of the current game gets a $5 coupon for free play at the casino. They also periodically give out virtual scratcher cards that give you coupons for free food items. 

 Our In-House Resources:

 Nothing yet!

 Links Out:
 
 

Defunct 


* Caesars Social Rewards / Online Casino Games (Browser / Facebook / Mobile)  

Unfortunately, Caesars Social Rewards ended in March of 2017.

  Our In-House Resources:

  Links Out:


* Cannery webPASS (Browser)  

Unfortunately, the Cannery webPASS programs ended in October of 2017.
 

 Our In-House Resources:

 - Our strategy guide for maxing webPASS (currently in development!)

 Links Out:


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