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5 Ways To Get Higher Status At Las Vegas Casinos & Bet For Free

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5 Ways To Get Higher Status At Las Vegas Casinos & Bet For FreeIf you want to know the latest news about Las Vegas and gambling I suggest JacobslifeinVegas which is a fantastic YouTube channel about Las Vegas: Real Estate, Food, Travel, Vlogs.

Anyway, I recently noticed Jacob’s video titled: How To Be A Vegas High Roller For Free and he has a great angle on how to build up your status by going from one casino to another and get as he says: ‘Hundreds of thousands of dollars of value for free in Las Vegas’ using a strategy which caught my attention.

It’s helpful for you and the casino so a double whammy if you’ve ever seen one.

Tell me a casino that doesn’t want to get new players.

This is bringing flashback of Louis Theroux in Las Vegas and the Mattress King Allan Erlick.

God help us…

As Jacob says: ‘Always check out the info when in Vegas’ as things move fast in Sin City so don’t come moaning at me if the higher status angle has disappeared by the time you get there.

The word on the street is status matching or tier matching.

No idea what it means, then listen closely.

When you have earned a status at one casino you go to another and sign up for their card and they will (hopefully) give you a higher status than their competitors. If you do this correctly, Jacob says you won’t have to gamble a single penny.

This is the type of betting we all need!

In fact, Jacob says we are going to make some fast cash.

What you need to do is apply for a Station Casino credit card and this gives you platinum status which gives you many opportunities of match or tier status.

Jacob starts at Station Casino where he was approved for the credit card (this is what you need to do to get closer to the free cash).

You have to give basic info about your earnings, where you work, rent you pay etc, to get approved. I’m not sure if this would be easy to get if not a national (travelling from the UK may be a problem so you will need to check that out). Anyway, Jacob was approved for $6,300 in credit. What you get is 50,000 point or a $50 free bet. Go to the desk and they will give you $50 in cash. (The easiest money you will ever make at the casino).

However, there is more to come if you play your cards right.

The casino he goes to is Caesar’s…

Get ready for the good stuff.

The platinum card is the key to the mint. You got this status and $50 free bet for free.

As casinos don’t share their database (as they are private companies) you can take advantage of your higher status of credit. What you are doing is using your knowledge of how the casino promotions work to get the most value from them.

Go to Caesar’s Palace Casino and take your platinum card to the rewards counter and you should be upgraded to the Diamond credit card which really opens the floodgates for free money at other casinos.

Once you’ve status matched to Diamond (however, you can only do this if you are a first time member).

Very important detail.

(There is another workaround for members which you can get for your after year but you really need to check out Jacob’s YouTube channel to learn about that).

I know what you’re saying: ‘What does the Diamond card get you?’

Here goes: You get all this when staying at Caesar’s Palace Casino

No Resort Fees
No Resort Fee Tax
Dedicated Check-in
Comp Offers
Free Parking

(I’m liking this…)

You can sign up online but it is often best to do it in person as the person on the desk get a $5 reward too which is good for all.

If you get approved for the card you get it there and then.

No waiting.

Next Jacob took his Caesar’s Diamond card to Unity Players at Hard Rock where he status matched to legend card.

With this card you get:

$25 Food & Beverage Credit
$50 Food & Beverage Credit
or $27 free Play
Free Parking

(The tier match lasts for 6-months)

Next Jacob heads to Resorts World where they offer status matching (although it’s not on their website so something of a secret).

Thanks, Jacob.

As with most casinos you need to be a first-time sign-up with the player’s club to get anything.

They will status match you with Prime.

From Hard Rock he goes to Sahara. Using the Caesar’s Diamond card you can status match to Legend (infinity). You don’t get all the rewards without some play but your card to get to another level.

Next he heads to Golden Gate Hotel & Casino at downtown Las Vegas.

Transfer Caesar’s Diamond to Club One Maverick.

Jacob says to get all these cards you would have to coin in a total of $193,333 slots and video poker $437,500. With status matching you get them all for free.

The most simple starting point is to get your Caesar’s Diamond Club Card and you can status match from there with many casinos.

Visit Jacob’s video here and join his mailing list to get lots of updates (just like this) which give you the inside edge on Las Vegas.

Great stuff!

*Please note this post is for informational purposes only. Always seek independent financial advice when taking out credit cards.

High Stakes and Dramatic Twists: 5 Fictional Gambling Series that Hit the Jackpot

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High Stakes and Dramatic Twists: 5 Fictional Gambling Series that Hit the JackpotIn the ever-evolving landscape of television, some series manage to capture audiences with a combination of suspense, drama, and the irresistible allure of the high-stakes world of gambling. Among these, five fictional gambling series have risen to critical acclaim, showcasing the thrill and unpredictability of games of chance. One such series that has left a lasting impression is “Big Deal,” starring Ray Brooks.

  1. Big Deal (1994-1996): Ray Brooks takes center stage in “Big Deal,” a British television series that follows the life of a small-time gambler named Robbie Box. Set against the backdrop of London’s bustling gambling scene, the show explores the highs and lows of Robbie’s endeavors, blending humor with moments of intense drama. Brooks delivers a compelling performance as a charismatic but flawed protagonist, making “Big Deal” a must-watch for fans of gambling and character-driven narratives.

2) Tilt (2005): “Tilt” is a gripping drama that delves into the world of high-stakes poker. Set in Las Vegas, the series follows the lives of professional poker players as they navigate the treacherous waters of the gambling capital of the world. The show masterfully captures the psychological and strategic aspects of poker, creating an immersive experience for viewers. With a stellar cast and a plot filled with twists and turns, “Tilt” remains a standout in the gambling series genre.

3) Luck (2011-2012): Created by David Milch and starring Dustin Hoffman, “Luck” is a horse racing drama that explores the interconnected lives of gamblers, trainers, and jockeys. The series provides a unique glimpse into the world of horse racing, combining Milch’s signature storytelling with Hoffman’s compelling portrayal of a complex character. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived, but its impact on the portrayal of gambling in television is undeniable.

4) Vegas (2012-2013): “Vegas” takes viewers back to the 1960s, where Sheriff Ralph Lamb, played by Dennis Quaid, tries to maintain law and order in the budding gambling oasis of Las Vegas. The series not only explores the political and criminal underbelly of the city but also delves into the high-stakes gambling that defined the era. With a blend of crime, drama, and a touch of historical nostalgia, “Vegas” offers a unique perspective on the intertwining worlds of law enforcement and gambling.

5) The House (2017): “The House” is a recent addition to the gambling series genre, bringing a fresh and modern take on the theme. Starring an ensemble cast led by Olivia Wilde, the series revolves around a group of friends who decide to open an underground casino to solve their financial troubles. As they navigate the challenges of running an illicit gambling operation, the show explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and the consequences of risky decision-making.

In conclusion, the world of fictional gambling series has produced some remarkable gems that continue to captivate audiences. From the humor-infused “Big Deal” to the intense poker drama of “Tilt” and the historical backdrop of “Vegas,” each series offers a unique perspective on the thrilling and unpredictable world of gambling. As television continues to evolve, these shows stand as a testament to the enduring appeal of high-stakes storytelling on the small screen.

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4 Main Protagonists in Louis Theroux’s Gambling In Las Vegas (Including ‘The Mattress King’)

Image by Freepik4 Main Protagonists in Louis Theroux's Gambling In Las Vegas (Including 'The Mattress King')One of my favourite gambling documentaries has to be Louis Theroux’s Gambling In Las Vegas which aired back in 2007 on BBC 2. After all these years later (17 years), I can still remember this crazy cast of gamblers and their stories. Presented by Theroux he heads to the Las Vegas Hilton to reveal the world behind the myths of casino culture. Directed by Stuart Cabb, it also stars Richard Wilk, the ‘Whale Hunter who had clients commit suicide over gambling losses’ tempting The Mattress King to gamble hell-and-all cash.

This episode had a run time of 60 minutes and well received by viewers and critics alike.

Let’s reminisce about a few of these infamous gamblers which include:

1) Allan Erlick ‘The Mattress King’:

Allan ‘The Mattress King‘ is a high-roller gambler (a whale) who enjoys a gamble at Las Vegas. He’s seen sitting at the roulette table winning $50,000. Louis asked: ‘You’re winning money, why not stop now?’ Allan replies with a smile: ‘Gamblers never stop.’ You just knew it was going to take a downward trajectory from there. Allan, from Toronto, Canada is a high-roller on a mission to bet big. He gets the best suite in the Hilton free of charge (the most expensive room he ever stayed). As his friend Richard Wilk’s says: ‘This is your home for three days!’ He has his own butler, too. Allan says: ‘I could go to any hotel but I go where Rich goes. We’re friends first, business later. We’ve had one argument in 10 years! He works for the casino but he’s rooting for me to win.’ Louis says: Vegas, they didn’t build this place on winners!’  The next morning Allan was ready to roll to the sound track of Elvis Presley ‘It’s Now or Never’. Playing roulette, Allan couldn’t find a winner. he was risking $4K a spin. Louis asks: ‘Is there any technique to where you are putting the chips?’ Allan says: ‘I’m just picking what I feel. I’ve been gambling since I was 16. My wife doesn’t like me gambling. It’s not a good thing.’  On the second day Allan was losing heavily after losing $80K on the slots.  Alan says: ‘Who is counting? It’s a gambler’s problem, knowing when to quit!’

2) Martha ‘Gambling Her Son’s Inheritance’:

Martha, a heavy smoker in her 80s, has been a regular at the casino for over 7 years and lost over $4M. The casino even paid for the memorial service of her late husband (Sam). ‘It was so beautiful. It  didn’t cost me one penny!’ She sits at the slots playing with a smile on her face and without a care in the world. However, he long-suffering son (Seth) (clearly in a no-win situation) says he doesn’t mind his mother gambling away his inheritance.  She says: ‘Whatever is left he can have.’  I’m sure Sigmund Freud would be able to explain this family dynamic. Casino man Tommy Brown looks after Martha Ogman, a retired doctor, who plays high-limit slots. Tommy said: She’s our number one guest, a beautiful woman.’ Martha says: ‘This is my second home!’ What’s more surprising (or not) is that she’s been going to the casino for the last 10 year, every day.  Tommy say: ‘We value her! It’s a place of enjoyment. We don’t want you to lose your house.’  The next day Louis joins Martha to play the slots. He asks: ‘Is there any skill involved?’  She answers: ‘No!’ Louis asks if Martha is addicted to gambling. She says: ‘I’ve never been addicted to anything in my life. Why would I stop, I’m enjoying myself?’ Louis asks: ‘Are you going to run out of money? ‘ She replies: ‘No.’ Martha said: ‘My husband and son never tell me what to do. I do what I think is right.’ ‘If there’s nothing left, there’s nothing left.’

3) Richard Wilk: ‘Whale Hunter!’:

The man who brings the biggest gamblers into the casino and make sure they keep gambling. Supposedly, one of his closest friends Allan Erlick ‘The Mattress Man’ is in his sights. Wilk’s calls him ‘The Mattress King’ because he owns one of the biggest mattress businesses in Canada. Wilk’s says: He’s a friend, high-roller and the godfather to my little girl!’ (I wonder what he does to his enemies!).  Allan truly is a lamb to the slaughter. When talking about Allan losing an estimated $160K he says: ‘Who am I to tell people what to do with their money?’

4) John Rominelli & Tim Nordahl: ‘Salesmen On A 3-Day Blitz’:

I’m not sure which is John or Tim, but the one with the beard looks quite smug telling Louis he is up ’10G’, while detailing that his friend over the year is down $160,000. Which he says, smiling: ‘It’s not true! He’s full of it! I’m not in the hole at all.’ I must admit I love these two gamblers. You just know something is going to go tragically wrong after the ’10G’ man says: I try to play as consistently as possible.’   I can’t help smile at the two friends who keep laughing at each other and almost insisting each is a big-time loser. Louis asks: ‘Will you be doing any gambling tonight?’ The smug bearded man replied: ‘Absolutely.’ Laughing, he says: ‘Isn’t that why people come to Vegas?’   Later that evening Louis met up with the pair who had been on The Strip. It had been 24-hours since he last talked to them. Louis asks: ‘What happened?’ The bearded bloke, looking half stressed if not nervous said: ‘I’m down 14 or 15K, plush the ’10G’ I won!’ Louis says: ‘So, you’re down $24k.’ The bloke replies: ‘It sucks!’ He smiles as Louis asks: ‘Have you been having a wonderful time?’  He carries on gambling, with his friend smiling in the background, saying he is going to teach Louis how to win. (You can tell this is1n’t going to end well). Chewing gum, John an extrovert gambler says: ‘I’m not a quitter.’  Playing roulette with Louis (who was winning) John continued to lose. He says: ‘This is unbelievable. I haven’t won a hand in half an hour.’  John walks away from the table a dejected figure clearly stressed out. Tim bets $400 on a hand and wins. ‘That’s how you do it, man.’ We see the camera zoom to John at another table shaking his head after losing more cash. He comes back to the table to see how Louis is doing. Louis asks: ‘How you doing?’ John replies: ‘Forget about me.’ John’s losing streak continued. To be fair, I felt sorry for John. Tim says: ‘Don’t be negative.’ In the background we hear the familiar sound of Elvis It’s Now or Never. With John chasing his losses Louis finished the evening with one last big bet. He won! Tim said he lost $4K. ‘Only bet what you can afford to lose.’ He points to John in the distance laughing, he says: ‘That’s what you don’t want to do!’ Louis asks John: ‘How you doing?’ He replies: ‘Horribly.’ Tim starts sing: ‘You gotta know when to hold’em, you gotta know when to fold’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.’ It’s truly a scene of desperation.

Excellent TV.

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