The Digital Evolution of Table Games [Infographic]

From blackjack and poker to pai gow, the casino games that we all love and enjoy are evolving. At Plaza Hotel & Casino, we are proud to be one of the only properties in Las Vegas to offer an all-digital poker experience for our guests. Its favorable reception has even been awarded an impressive 4.25 chip rating on PokerAtlas.com.

Poker isn’t the only casino game to go digital in the past few years, however. Many of the most popular table games on the casino floor have incorporated digital elements to the experience or have been given an entire digital makeover.

While none of the classic casino table games are going anywhere anytime soon, it is nice to have options for players looking for a refreshing experience. For some new players, digital versions of classics can also be a way to become familiar with a game without all of the nerves of “live” gaming.

In this infographic, we’ve created a list of classic table games compared to their digital counterparts to show just how far casino gaming has come over the years.

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Food Diary: Eating Our Way Through the Day

Plaza breakfast 7:00 a.m. The alarm clock went off and there was no hitting snooze. We had a lot to get to at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, but before we could do anything, whether work or play, we needed to eat a solid breakfast. The best way to start the day is with breakfast at Hash House A Go Go. One of our favorite dishes there is the classic Boston Hash – crispy potatoes, mixed onions and fresh tomatoes crowned with blue crab cake drizzled with horseradish cream and served with eggs and fresh fruit. After a breakfast of that magnitude we were almost ready to begin the day. We just needed to stop by Cafelatte for a Lavazza coffee first. 12:32 p.m. Before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We were still a little full from breakfast and were busy making the most of the day so we opted for something quick and easy at Pop Up Pizza. We indulged in a slice of cheese, but also had a salad. Mom always said eat your veggies! 5:00 p.m. Five o’clock rolled around. It was a busy and productive day, but now it was time to relax and enjoy the evening. It was a beautiful fall day in Vegas. Today’s sky was a mix of pink, orange and red as the sun set. We headed to the Bier Garten for a craft beer and to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Las Vegas from the outdoor area. In addition to our beers, we ordered a giant pretzel and wurst to share as a snack before dinner. Bier Garten food and drinks 6:52 p.m. We had a reservation at Oscar’s for 7 p.m. so we headed upstairs to the restaurant. The decor of Oscar’s is glamorous. It incorporates memorabilia from Oscar Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor as well as classic photographs of Las Vegas from over the years. It makes you feel like a star. We started with some calamari and chose the pork chop for the entrée. The calamari was nice and crispy on the outside and the pork chop had been perfectly seared. Not a bad way to wrap up another fun day at the Plaza. Oscar's calamari Oscar's pork chop

All You Need to Know About Royal Rewards at the Plaza Las Vegas

When creating Royal Rewards we really considered what our current, new and seasoned players would want in a player’s club.  Just about every casino in Las Vegas has some sort of player’s club so we made sure Royal Rewards would stand out in the sea of all the others. Here is just some of what makes Plaza’s player’s club so special.

New Member Bonuses

We wanted new members to feel the advantage of joining Royal Rewards right away so we added some special offers to get you off to a great start.
  1. $100 rebate on your first 24 hours of play. So sign up and start playing! If you play at least $100 we will give it back to you as a credit to play more the next two days ($50 rebate the next two days).
  2. All new players’ card members get a free entry in our $1,000 Royal Reels Daily Slot Tournament! There are ten winners each and every day.

All Member Perks

We did not want anyone to miss out on anything! So, we have perks that anyone, and we do mean anyone, can take advantage of just for being a member!
  1. Got a players club card from another casino? Whether you are completely new to the Plaza Royal Rewards program or not, you can match your tiers to any player’s club card you currently have.
  2. Anyone that has begun to earn points on their Royal Rewards card will receive special discounts, and other offers through email, and mailers.
  3. Fastest tier advancement of all the Las Vegas downtown casinos! Yep! That’s right, each tier has a lower limit of points that you need to earn to advance to a higher tier. So before you know it, you’ll be an Ace.
  4. Your Royal Rewards card is not only good at the Plaza but, at the Las Vegas Club. So stay in the Plaza casino or stroll out on Fremont Street and still reap the rewards.

Higher Tiers get the Royal Treatment

The more you play, the more you earn. We really like to reward our top Royal Reward tiers for their loyalty.
  1. Deeper cash discounts comes with higher tiers. Use you points to earn comps at the hotel and several of our in house eateries and if you pay cash enjoy discounts based on your Royal Rewards tier.
  2. Not only do you receive free parking in our self-parking garage, on the third floor there are reserved spots for King and Ace player tiers near the elevators. (Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone but you can bypass the parking garage elevators all together on the third floor, by going straight through to the left of the elevators.)
  3. King and Ace Tiers also enjoy later check out times, free weekly slot tournament entries, invites to special events and more.
  4. The higher your tier, the more free slot play you can earn!
  5. Local King and Ace tiers have free access to our pool, and fitness room.
  6. Every year all of our Ace tier members receive a FREE cruise!
royalrewardschart It is hard to mention every advantage there is to being a Royal Rewards member. There are just so many! Come on in to Plaza and sign up for free and see everything that Royal Rewards has to offer.  

Inside Look into the Poker Room at the Plaza

Poker Pro Table at The Plaza Hotel CasinoIntroducing ProPoker, the world’s leading automated poker tables. Having just reopened the poker room this September, the Plaza has the only all electronic poker room in Downtown Las Vegas. The games offered are Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi and Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud Hi, Hi/Lo, and Razz. Games can also be No-Limit, Limit, Pot Limit, Spread Limit betting.

Great for Beginners

Poker Tagle Poker Room Manager David Cardenas explains that the electronic poker tables make it easy for a beginner to learn the game. If a player only has played a few games at home, but wants to make the transition to the casino floor, these electronic poker tables are a great way to make the that move. The electronic tables are set up so that no mistakes can be made. The table keeps the games running smoothly for everyone. It keeps track of everyone and players must play only when it is their turn. This way the emphasis can be on fun! Games play much faster too. The electronic poker tables also offer the ability to do things that just cannot be done during a manual poker game. Players can track and look at their previous hands in a game. Also, because there is no dealer, no need to tip and the rake (casino’s cut of the pot) is smaller! Games and buy-ins are also lower than manual, dealer lead games.

Poker Tournaments and Specials

The Plaza offers a unique poker experience that is not offered in other poker room in Downtown Las Vegas. Players can reserve tables, and book parties in the Plaza poker room. Also, every morning at 10am are tournament games. The buy in is only $22! Specials are offered regularly so bring a group of friends and stop in and check out the Plaza poker room today.

Why Visit Downtown to Play a Game of Bingo?

Here are 5 reasons to visit our downtown Las Vegas casino for a game of bingo.
  1. Only the Plaza has bingo in downtown Las Vegas! The Bingo room has electronic and paper Bingo and room offers six games daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. So it is easy to fit in a game of Bingo! bingo room
  2. The Plaza Bingo room has the best pricing and the best payouts in town. Daily pay out games include $20,000 Super Bonanza, $10,000 Super Letter X, $10,000 Super Coverall, $5,000 Bonanza, and Super Coveralls. Plus there are specials and event prizes for every day of the week. Bingo price
  3. Locals enjoy special pricing and discounts! Plus Royal Rewards members can even earn free slot play.
  4. Super Bingo! Super Bingo is a huge event at the Plaza! It was such a great success that Bingo at the Plaza will be having 5 events in 2014. The prizes will bigger and better an ever! Dates are as follows:
  • January 17-19; April 13-15; July 20-22; October 10-12; December 12-14
Make sure to reserve your space because seats fill up fast! There is still one more Super Bingo Weekend in 2013! November 17th – 19th. Sign up by November 8th for early bird discounts.

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So head to downtown for the best bingo in Las Vegas!  

Royal Rewards: You Might Already Be Royalty and Not Even Know It

Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos Las Vegas casino downtown Las Vegas casino casino players club On July 1, 2013, the Plaza & Las Vegas Club launched Royalty Rewards, a brand new, four-tiered casino loyalty program, poised to lead the industry with some of the most advantageous Las Vegas casino rewards available. While most casinos offer a players club program of some sort, the Plaza & Las Vegas Club are unique Las Vegas hotels in their approach to providing loyal players with the best deals in the city. Royal Rewards boasts instant competitor tier matching, meaning that members of other players club programs from any casino in Las Vegas will immediately be placed into a comparable tier in Royal Rewards, where they can reap the same level of benefits they’ve been accustomed to right from the very first day they sign up! Royal Rewards also offers the city’s fastest tier advancement, so leveling up is faster and easier than you ever thought possible! Royal Rewards spreads across four tiers, aptly named Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, with increasing benefits as you advance from one tier to the next. Queen members receive 10% off hotel rooms, dining, and show tickets, while Kings receive 20% off, and Aces an incredible 30% off! King and Ace members also receive the added perks of guaranteed room upgrades, anytime pool and fitness center access, VIP lines throughout both properties, priority valet parking, and that just scratches the surface! We haven’t even gotten to the gaming perks yet…

Royal Rewards Players Club

Media Planet’s Vince Esposito declares: “I get “insider” information on industry related news- expert feedback, product/ service reviews, consumer response etc. Well, in speaking with several of these sources, they raved about Royal Rewards!  The industry experts and insiders spoke very highly of the program, calling it ‘a phenomenal program that LV visitors should take advantage of’ and ‘Royal Rewards stands out in a crowded picture.'” On July 1, the very first player to tier match into Royal Rewards came to the Plaza and presented a Total Rewards Seven Stars card, and was immediately matched to the Ace tier. Less than six hours later, he hit a Royal Flush jackpot for $20,000, and because of his Ace status, he received an additional 100% back in free slot play, for a total win of $40,000. It doesn’t get much better than that! Media and public support for Royal Rewards has already been overwhelmingly positive. VegasChatter.com said that Royal Rewards “now joins Boyd Gaming casinos as the most transparent and detailed players clubs in downtown,” while 4Flush.com claims it’s “an improvement just about across the board. The higher tiers are easily the best player’s club for slot players in Las Vegas.” Even our own customers are chiming in to say things like: “I’ve been a member of basically every rewards program in Vegas (I swear, I don’t have a problem) and this seems like it’s by-far the best one yet.” The Plaza & Las Vegas Club’s approach to downtown Las Vegas gaming is geared towards offering their most loyal players the absolute most rewarding experience possible. In just the first 11 days following its debut, Royal Rewards had 282 tier matches, and that number continues to grow each and every day. You might already be royalty and not even know it. So what are you waiting for?