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    Rest Stops

    by Yaqui Written Mar 20, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Crossing the Sierra Nevada on I-80 they have rest areas on either side. This one is off of I-80 East side, which crosses Donner Summit (Euer Saddle) at 7,239 feet elevation.

    Here is a link to know which rest stops are openREST AREAS

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    Can You Win at Poker?

    by SteveOSF Updated Feb 8, 2010

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    A nice starting hand in hold ���em

    Favorite thing: Poker is a game of skill. In the casino environment, poker players play against each other and the house only takes a fee, or rake, out of each pot. Often this rake is 5 or 10 percent of each pot with a cap of some specified dollar amount placed on how much can be taken out of a single pot. The better players will defeat the less skilled over the long rung. But the casino will accumulate chips by skimming money from each pot. A skilled player must not only beat his or her fellow players, but must win enough to overcome the rake. At a table of equally skilled players, eventually all the money will be siphoned out of the game and no one will win. The casino does not care if you win or lose at poker, since they win a small amount from each pot played.

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    Festivals

    by machomikemd Written Nov 5, 2009
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    Favorite thing: reno is host to various weekly festivals and when we were there, it was the Italian Festival that we saw. They close virginia street on sundays of the festival while on weekdays, it stays on the lot near the reno sign and the El Dorado Hotel. these kind of weekly festivals are calculated to be a come on and added atrraction to go to reno since the indian reservation casinos in california are hauling out a huge chunk of the regulars from the Bay Area and Central Valley areas of California. Time will tell if these festival can pull back the regulars.

    Fondest memory: this italian festival is what else, magnifico, you can see the assortment of italian cuisine from all the regions of italy from north to south and they offer everything from pastas, antipasti, osso bucco, risotto, pizza, italian wines and a lot more that you will have your tummy bulging after engorging these wondrous italian delights hehehe. the prices are cheap too like buying a carbonara here cost only $ 8 and a slice of pizza at $ 3 but the servings are a little less than the usual.

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    Walkway Connecting Casinos in Virginia Street

    by machomikemd Written Nov 5, 2009

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    start of walkway in Circus Circus
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    Favorite thing: you can enter casinos without stepping out the street outside in Circus Circus to Silver Legacy Casino and El Dorado Casino. Lots of stuff going inside the walkway like slot machines, shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, bars, pubs, amusement centers and other stuffs that would induce you to gamble or spend more. it really entices the visual senses but I'm not falling for it hehehe, I may be a gambler but im not impulsive.

    Fondest memory: the walkways are a convenient walk to hop in between these casinos and especially if the weather is cold outside but also it will induce you to gamble more or to buy more stuff and even to drink more since the alcoholic drinks here are free and you just give an $ 1 to 2 tip to the waitresses or bar hops near slot machines. it is about a 1/2 mile long walk and the exit is at virginia street near the Famous Reno Sign.

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    You Can Walk from Casino to Casino

    by SteveOSF Written Jul 25, 2008
    Downtown Reno

    Favorite thing: In Reno, Nevada, most of the casinos are concentrated in downtown. They are close enough together that it is easy to walk between the casinos. The scale of downtown is similar to downtown Las Vegas, where the clubs are in close proximity and of a smaller scale. This differs vastly from the Strip in Las Vegas, where you practically need to drive to the club next door since they are so large and usually quite a bit distant from each other.

    There are many advantages to being able to walk to the various casinos. First, with all the free alcohol, if you do indulge there is no need to drive. Second, there are no hassles over parking. Third, and to me most importantly, if you don’t like the games in a club you can just walk to another.

    Sometimes your “luck” may change, the casino might become too crowded, or you might just want a change of pace or scenery. When these things happen, it is nice to be able to wander off to find greener felt at another casino. In a short visit to Reno, you can easily visit many of the downtown clubs.

    The downtown clubs that are within walking distance of each other include: Cal-Neva, Circus Circus, Eldorado, Fitzgerald's, Harrah's, Sands, Siena, and Silver Legacy.

    So bring a good pair of walking shoes and be ready to stroll around downtown.

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    Can You Win at Blackjack?

    by SteveOSF Written Jun 6, 2008

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    Blackjack!

    Favorite thing: Blackjack can be beaten by skilled card counters. Counting cards requires hours of practice to develop one's skills. Unfortunately the game of blackjack has deteriorated over the years to a point where many of the games offered in casinos are so unfavorable that they can not be beaten by the even best players. Winning at blackjack involves knowing the basic strategy for when to hit, stand, double, split pairs, and how to handle all the various options. It also takes an ability to use one or more numerical systems to track whether the next hand dealt favors the player or the house. Also, one must know how to alter the playing strategy to account for the composition of remaining cards. In addition, one must have a bankroll large enough to weather normal expected fluctuations.

    One must be able to use these techniques in a casino environment without being distracted and most importantly without being kicked out. The casinos are very paranoid about card counters. But their fears are for the most part unwarranted. Only an extremely small fraction of blackjack players have the skill, bankroll, and mental discipline to win a worthwhile sum of money at the game.

    Fondest memory: For the few who have mastered what it takes to win at blackjack, they must also learn how to play without being detected. Few casino personnel actually know how to use a winning blackjack system, but they do have certain things they look for to aid them in catching card counters. Card counting is perfectly LEGAL, but in Nevada the casinos are allowed to kick anyone out who they suspect can win. Many people are kicked out by mistake due to casinos' over paranoia of winners. There are still current reports of people being "back-roomed" by casinos and subjected to being held against their will and interrogated, being extensively and invasively searched, and even being beaten. If police are called in to such situations, they will not typically act against the over zealous casino employees as gaming revenue is too important to the politicos who run the state.

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    Can You Win at Video Poker?

    by SteveOSF Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    A video poker machine

    Favorite thing: Winning at progressive video poker involves only playing machines after the progressive jackpot exceeds the "break-even point." And then playing quickly and hopefully catch a royal flush to win the pot before someone else claims the prize. All the while, one must play according to a strategy that has been perfected to yield the maximum return from the various possible combinations of potential draws.

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    Can You Win at Sports Betting or Horse Racing?

    by SteveOSF Written Jun 6, 2008

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    Tools of the trade

    Favorite thing: Winning at sports betting and horse racing requires extensive research and developing systems that yield positive expected returns based upon the various factors that affect the results of a match. It also requires the discipline to use such systems effectively and sound money management. The house charges about 10 percent more than the amount of the bet; this is how they make their money. In sports betting the house tries to set the odds or point spread so that an even amount of money is bet on each side. That way, they can pay the winners with the bets made by the losers and still keep a percentage of all bets made. So the player must win enough of the time to overcome the house advantage. Unlike blackjack, the house does not care if you win since they've skimmed a portion of the entire betting pool.

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    Can You Win?

    by SteveOSF Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Inside a Reno casino

    Favorite thing: Casino games are rigged in favor of the casinos. That said, there are a few games where a player can get an edge. But remember, someone has to pay for all those lights. Electricity is not cheap these days, so anyone seeing the strip at night should realize that the casinos must be raking it in from the average players. Anyone can get lucky over a short period of time even while playing a bad game. But after a long period of time, the mathematics of gambling will catch up and put the money where the odds favor it to go.

    Skilled players can reduce the house's odds and in a few games even tilt the odds into their favor. So what games can be legally beaten in the long run by a skilled player? They are poker, blackjack, progressive video poker, sports betting, and horse racing. The games that can not be legally defeated in the long run include craps (even though craps enjoys a low house advantage), non-progressive slot machines, non-progressive video poker machines, roulette, let-it-ride, and keno.

    Note I said legally because professional cheaters do exist and may be able to get away with defrauding the casino or other players for a while before getting caught. With today's casino surveillance, most of them do get caught. Cheaters are dealt with harshly by the casinos and the law.

    Winning at gambling is no easy business. One who wins more than they loose is known as an advantage player. Advantage play takes a lot of work and has its risks. There are easier ways to make a living. But there are those who choose this endeavor.

    For average players, the best that can be hoped for is to have fun playing the games while minimizing losses. Perhaps comps can make the losses worthwhile. But usually the casinos want to track you to make sure they are not giving away more than they take. The important thing is to keep one's expectations realistic and never risk more than one can afford.

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    Train Tracks

    by SteveOSF Updated May 30, 2008

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    Sunken downtown railroad tracks

    Favorite thing: In recent years, the tracks of a major railway line that crosses Virginia Street in the heart of downtown have been submerged below the street level. Some of the freight trains that use this line contain about a hundred cars. Before these tracks were lowered, it could take a while for these long trains to pass. Traffic would be stopped and pedestrians halted while everyone waited for these trains to go by.

    Once I saw a train stop right in the middle of downtown blocking intersections for a stretch of several blocks. People started climbing over the train between the cars in order to pass. The railroad had to place someone between each car before the train could proceed so as not to accidently injure or even kill someone trying to get across the train. It took quite a while for them to get enough people into position so that they could start the train rolling again.

    Now the railroad crossing is no longer at street level. There are no more delays. With no tracks to cross, walking in downtown Reno has become more pleasant.

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    Single Deck Blackjack

    by SteveOSF Written May 30, 2008

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    Blackjack!

    Favorite thing: The game of Blackjack, also known as 21, used to always employ a single 52 card deck. However that changed after the publication of Beat the Dealer by mathematics professor Dr. Edward O. Thorp in 1962 that showed how card counting techniques could give a player an advantage in the game. Casinos begin to deal games with multiple decks in order to thwart would be card counters.

    Multiple deck games were perceived as harder to count. Actually using multiple decks increases the house advantage in the game for non-counters and counters alike as less blackjacks occur. In addition, favorable situations available to be exploited by card counters occur less frequently when additional decks are used.

    Reno (including the rest of Northern Nevada like Lake Tahoe) continued offering single deck games after the Las Vegas Strip shifted towards multiple decks. However, there were two major differences between Reno's game and that in Las Vegas. In Reno, players could typically only double down when the first two cards totaled ten or eleven. Whereas in Las Vegas, players could double down on any two cards. In addition, the dealer would hit a soft seventeen in Reno and stand on it in Las Vegas. A soft seventeen is when a hand includes an ace that is being counted as an eleven. Having the dealer hitting a soft seventeen favors the house.

    The terms "Reno Rules" or "Northern Nevada Rules" were used to describe the game typically dealt in Reno and would usually employ a single deck of cards. "Las Vegas Rules" defined the game being dealt further south. Some multi-deck games could be found in Northern Nevada, however Reno Rules with a single deck were by far the most common.

    In the late 1990s blackjack in Nevada deteriorated as more multi-decks games became common. Even Reno succumbed as two, four, and six deck games infiltrated the casinos that had for so long held out dealing single decks. However, it is still common to find many hand held single and double deck games dealt in Reno. (Single and double deck games tend to be hand held by the dealer, whereas four or more decks are dealt from a "shoe.")

    Today the single deck games typically employs traditional Reno rules, but can employ more favorable Las Vegas Rules. When preparing to play, it is important to look and examine what rules are in use. Typically this will be in small print on the placard that shows table limits and is located on the side of the table.

    In recent years, casinos have introduced an extremely unfavorable game called 6:5 blackjack. In this game the house only pays blackjacks at 6 for 5 instead of the normal 3 for 2 (which would be 7.5 for 5). The house advantage on this game is several times that of the normal 3 for 2 game. In fact, the odds are so bad that no one should ever play when a blackjack only pays 6 for 5. The 6:5 games are most commonly found at the lower limit single deck games at the larger casinos.

    In Reno, you can still find a good single deck game. But be sure to avoid those with the 6 for 5 payout. Reno is still a fun place to play single deck blackjack.

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    Silver Legacy Mine Shaft and Money Cruncher

    by SteveOSF Written May 30, 2008

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    The rooftop of the Silver Legacy

    Favorite thing: The Silver Legacy Casino has an interesting silver mine scene complete with what I call the "Money Cruncher". The Money Cruncher is a large structure that imitates making silver dollars from an elaborate and somewhat enormous mine shaft display. Catwalks go up and through the display. When the money periodically crunches through the machine, it can be heard as far away as the gaming tables. The ceiling depicts night or daytime skies with occasional thunder. This rather fun display is worth a look. When the machine is turning, the casino can be a bit noisier than average.

    The story of Sam Fairchild and his silver mine that is plastered throughout the Silver Legacy and its promotional materials is purely fiction. Yet the mine shaft display can be entertaining. To see actual sites of the Comstock Lode mines and explore mining history of Nevada, one should take a short drive to Virginia City.

    The rooftop dome in the picture houses the money crunching mine display and sky scene. The building with the abscess on the side of the building in the background is the Bowling Center.

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    Lock em up!

    by thecatsmeow Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    In room safe

    Favorite thing: I don't know what I would do without an in room safe. At the Eldorado they are rather small but I am able to fit a few camera's and other important items into it. I have to bring several prescriptions with me so I always lock them up when I am not around. Also because this is a gaming town its a good idea to only carry what you believe you will need for the day and lock up the rest. Not only for protection against others but for protection against yourself!

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    Come Visit In the Spring

    by mcpangie Written Apr 10, 2005
    Spring Time Flowers

    Favorite thing: One of the benefits of coming to visit Reno in early to mid-April is that you'll get to see spring, but... If you are into skiing up at Tahoe, you'll get to do that still. At least this year. Skiing should be going for another month or more.

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    Pretty Autumn

    by mcpangie Written Nov 11, 2004
    Fall Colors

    Favorite thing: I made it through my first autumn in Reno. It is quite different here in the desert than in the forests of Alaska. But there are some pretty colors in people's yards (this is my own yard after snowfall one afternoon) and there were some lovely patches of colors in the Sierra Nevadas and along the Truckee River.

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