Only Months Before Its Transformation, Bally’s Is Worthy of a Final Visit
There are plenty of reasons to stay at Bally’s Las Vegas, soon to be Horseshoe. Location tops the list, as the hotel and casino are located center Strip with a monorail stop. A second floor walkway takes visitors across the street to Bellagio. Room rates fluctuate, but the deals are abundant and too good to pass up. Look at a rate calendar if your travel dates are flexible, and you’ll find rooms for extremely low prices—plus resort fees—through the end of 2022.
Table of Contents
- How to Earn Caesars Rewards at the Bally’s Casino
- Comps and Promotions
- Reward Tiers
- Games at Bally’s Casino
- Visit Bally’s Casino
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Bally’s Casino
How to Earn Caesars Rewards at the Bally’s Casino
Bally’s participates in Caesars Rewards, a loyalty program that rewards guests for spending in and out of the casino. It offers two main types of rewards: Tier Credit establishes your player status at the resort with Gold, Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars. Reward Credit determines how many points you have to spend at Bally’s or other Caesars properties. For every Tier Credit earned, you receive one Reward Credit. You may also get offers by mail or email for free nights, and accepting has no impact on your Rewards Credit balance.
Earn When you Book Your Room
Tier Credits have no dollar value and each Reward Credit equals one cent. That means you would have to accumulate 100 Reward Credits to earn $1. Start earning when you reserve your room at Bally’s Las Vegas. Hotel guests receive one Tier Credit and one Reward Credit for every $1 spent on rooms and resort fees.
Collect Rewards While Drinking, Dining and Enjoying Shows
Earn one Tier and one Reward Credit for every $1 spent at participating Bally’s bars and restaurants including Burger Brasserie, Nosh Deli, the Lobby Bar and the Indigo Lounge. Accumulate credits when purchasing tickets for performances including Extravaganza, Paranormal The Mind Reading Magic Show and Harry Potter parody, Potted Potter.
Shop and Earn
Does your dream vacation involve spending money outside the casino? If you prefer shopping to pressing your luck on a game of chance, Bally’s has more than 20 shops right off the casino floor. Earn one Tier and one Reward Credit for every $1 spent at participating stores including Bally’s Boutique, Pearl Factory and Kids Camp. If you brought the kids, or even if you didn’t, don’t miss the Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf.
Relax and Earn
Soak in the sun at Bally’s Olympic-sized Blu Pool and earn one of each type of credit for every $1 spent on sundries, drinks, daybed rentals, cabana rentals and other purchases. While most Strip pools don’t have deep ends, Bally’s goes 12 feet down, making it the deepest pool on the Strip. Plus, it’s heated. Feeling restless? Squeeze in a workout at the workout at the gym or hit some balls on the tennis court.
Looking for more fun and fascination at Bally’s? Read about the REAL BODIES at Bally’s exhibit to learn more about the human body, to make an already-enjoyable vacation an educational one too.
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Comps and Promotions
How Comps are Calculated
In the long run, the house keeps a piece of every dollar a gambler risks in a casino. That’s why employees at Las Vegas casinos are happy to offer rewards to loyal gamblers.
Comps are based on the average dollar amount a player is expected to lose each day, known as average daily theoretical or ADT. It’s the way a casino calculates what a player is worth to them. Slot machines are the most profitable way to raise your ADT.
To calculate your ADT, the pit boss observes your play. He records how much you cashed in and out for, how long you stayed at the table and how much you bet. Typically, an average bet of $25 per hand is required to have your play rated at a Las Vegas Strip casino. One way in which ADT is determined is by the expected loss of the game, multiplied by how long you play multiplied by the size of your wager.
In the end, the casino comes up with a dollar figure representing how much it expects you to lose each day, and comps you around 20% to 30% of that amount.
How to get More Comps
You can’t get points without a player’s card, but there are still times it’s best not to use one—primarily, when you don’t plan to gamble long or invest much money. Pretend you put $1000 into play on Saturday, then in a rush to catch your flight the next day, you can’t resist tapping the spin button a few more times. Do that and the high rating you earned on Saturday will plummet. In situations like this, play on Sunday. Just don’t use your players card.
It may not be what you had planned, but you’ll earn the most comps by depleting your entire gambling budget in one day at the same casino. Gambling $600 during the same day will earn you a much higher rating and more free stuff than betting $200 in chips each day for three days.
Hotel and casino guests who gamble frequently can request comps, and sometimes they will be granted. Charge everything to your room and before checkout, go to the rewards desk and ask to speak to a casino host. Ask them to review your play and see if he can remove any of your charges.
More Games and Rewards
- Live Keno – One Reward Credit and one Tier Credit for every $3
- Racing – One Reward Credit and one Tier Credit for every $3
- Sports – One Reward Credit and one Tier Credit for $5 in potential profit [up to 10x original bet]
- Caesars Online Sportsbook – Available in Nevada
- One Reward Credit and one Tier Credit for $5 in potential profit [up to 10x original bet]
- Poker – $1 an hour in comps good for rooms, food and entertainment, and 17 Tier Credits
Always Take Advantage of Promotions
From time to time, Caesars Rewards offers multipliers, giving guests bonus credits for every dollar spent. In late December 2021, a 5x Tier Credit multiplier event meant anyone lucky enough to be at a Caesars property could rack up Tier Credits at record speed. The extra credits aren’t applied automatically. Make sure to register for all promotions.
Use a Casino Host
Think of your casino host as you would a concierge at a hotel. A host will remember the things you like and get you the best comps to suit your wants and needs. Big bettors are often pursued by casino hosts. If that hasn’t happened, a guest can ask the rewards desk to check his play to see if he qualifies.
Line of Credit
Large casinos like Bally’s allow players to apply for a line of credit. This gives a player the freedom to gamble without carrying cash or being burdened by the constraints of daily ATM limits and fees. The minimum amount that can be requested at Bally’s is $2500. If approved, the casino gives you a marker that can be traded to the dealer for chips. Typically, a player has 30 days to pay off a marker, but the casino prefers you settle up before check-out.
For more information about where to store your winnings, read about the closest banks on the Strip.
How do I Spend my Rewards Credits?
- At Caesars Rewards Center for a comp slip
- For items in the Caesars Rewards eCatalog
- For casino free play at a 2:1 ratio [200 Reward Credits = $1]
- Show your Rewards Card to cash out at restaurants, bars, shops, and to buy tickets for shows
- Submit your Caesars Rewards account number at check-in and use your credits towards your bill at check-out
- Reward Credits for gift cards and in-room movies are redeemed at a 2:1 ratio
Protect your Rewards Credits
Caesars Rewards members must use their players card at least once every six months or lose their Rewards Credits. There’s no minimum amount you have to spend to remain active. All it takes is one spin of the reels or a quick bite at the food court at any Caesars’ property in the United States. Members, however, have to start at the bottom when it comes to accumulating Tier Credits, which reset to zero every January.
Guests automatically achieve Gold Tier status when they sign up for a players card. Each tier includes free or discounted rooms and one free night for every 5,000 credits earned.
Platinum Tier – 5,000 Tier Credits
Reach platinum status fast when you earn 2,500 Tier Credits in one promotional day and collect a 5,000 credit bonus. Get free valet and self-parking, a 15% discount at casino gift shops and a three night stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Diamond Tier – 15,000 Tier Credits
When you earn 5,000 Tier Credits in a single promotional day, you will be awarded 10,000 bonus credits and realize diamond status in one day. This includes 15% off rooms, no resort fees, a $100 dining credit and free valet and self-parking. Diamond status also comes with two free nights at Caesars Palace Dubai and a four night stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Diamond Plus – 25,000 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus comes with everything above and guarantees you a room in Las Vegas or Atlantic City with 72 hours notice.
Diamond Elite – 75,000 Tier Credits
Enjoy all the perks of the other tiers plus a $600 airline credit to Las Vegas.
Seven Stars Tier – 150,000 Tier Credits
Achieve Seven Stars Tier status and the benefits are tremendous. On top of everything already mentioned, upgrade to the best available room when you arrive and enjoy early check-in and late check-out. You’ll be treated to a $500 dining credit, a vacation with Norwegian Cruise Lines and a trip to one of Caesars Rewards destinations including up to $1200 for airfare and $500 for meals.
Games at Bally’s Casino
Video Poker is one of the most popular ways to earn rewards because even when you lose, you can come out ahead. That’s because the points you accumulate spend like cash or Free Play in the casino. Find out where you stand by calculating the dollar value of the points you earned and compare that with the amount of money you lost. You may find you lost the session and won anyway, or at least broke even. Sometimes, you’ll even win the game, and collect comp dollars at the same time.
The goal of the game is to make at least Jacks or better. The player is shown five cards and choses which to keep and which to throw away. When he spins the reels, the cards he discarded are redrawn and his final poker hand is displayed.
There is a right way and a wrong way to play each hand of video poker. Pick up strategy charts at a casino gift shop, or find them online. Practice at home with a software training program and refer to the charts in the casino while you play.
Spread throughout the nearly 70,000 square foot casino floor are more than 1,500 slot and video poker machines. It only takes one spin of the reels to change your life. We know the odds of it happening are astronomical, but if we’re going to play we might as well brush up on which machines to avoid.
A certain percentage of every pot goes towards the jackpot on a Progressive Slot Machine, so the payout percentage is much lower. In Nevada, the average $1 slot pays back 95%. The average $1 Megabucks Progressive pays back 88%. That advice goes out the window when the jackpot gets big enough, and it’s hard to determine when that is. At that point, the pros recommend playing Progressive Slot Machines, and always betting max.
Low denomination slot machines have a lower payback percentage than higher denomination games. A gambler betting on a nickel machine is doing himself a disservice if he has the bankroll to play on a $0.25 slot instead. You may want to play fewer lines to play a higher denomination game. Look at the rules, and as long as you play enough to qualify for the bonus, you don’t need to bet max.
Branded slots like Wheel of Fortune, the Simpsons and Game of Thrones only pay back around 85% of your bet. Ordinary machines pay back about 90%. Branded slots are more expensive to build and the companies that own the machines have to pay royalties.The player bears the cost in the form of faster losses.
The suspense is palpable at the roulette table, waiting for the ball to land in a slot on the wheel. Every spin is exciting, and generally lasts less than three minutes. Players place out wagers around the roulette table, betting on numbers, groups of numbers and outside bets. With a 5.26% casino edge, roulette is a difficult game to beat. Greatly improve your odds by playing on a single zero or European wheel with a 2.7% house edge.
Frequently, players choose to start off making the safest bets, which is smart. The only drawback to this strategy is that since your odds of winning are better, the payout is lower. These safe, or outside bets, include red or black, odd or even and 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. Numbers are harder to hit, but when you do payouts are as high as 35:1. When the ball lands on your number, a $10 bet becomes $360. Each player gets a different color of chips so it’s easier to see your bets on the table.
When your cards come closer to 21 than the dealer’s, you win. When the dealer busts, you also win. Get dealt 10 – king and an ace for your first two cards and win 3:2 at many tables. The dealer wins when his hand comes closer to 21 than the player’s or the player busts.
Place your chips in the betting circle and you and the dealer receive two cards each. One of the dealer’s cards, called the hole card, is dealt face down, and his second card is exposed. The player’s cards are dealt face up in 6 deck games and higher. The dealer looks to the first player on his left to make a decision concerning his hand. He can take another card, in other words hit, and hit after every card as long as he doesn’t go over 21. Most players know standing on 17 is the right move. Someone who is confident about his hand or doesn’t want to risk busting has the option to stand.
Some hands are worth investing more in, so a player with good cards can double down. He places another bet next to the first one and is dealt one card with no more to come. When the circumstances are right, a player can split two cards of equal value. He puts out another bet and the dealer separates his cards and deals two more. The player can hit after splitting anything but aces.
Card counters make money when there are more high cards like 10 – ace than low cards like 2 – 6 left in the deck. When the count turns positive, a counter raises their bets and may play more than one hand. When it reverses, they drop to a minimum bet or leave the table. It is these large bet spreads that sometimes capture the attention of surveillance and may get a card counter backed off, prohibiting them from playing blackjack or removing them from the property.
Is fun your priority when you go to the casino? Not only is craps the most social game in the room, some bets on the table offer great odds. A supplemental bet called an odds bet is the only one in the casino that doesn’t come with a house edge, and it’s the best bet at the craps table.
When you approach the table, look for a round puck. Wait If it’s white and says on, but go ahead and put your money on the table if it’s black and says off. That means the dice are not in play and you’re free to make bets and buy chips.
The first bet you make is on the Pass Line or the Don’t Pass Line. Approximately nine out of 10 players bet the Pass Line, or with the shooter, so when they rolls a winning number, they all win. On the first roll, or the Come Out Roll, seven and 11 are the numbers to shoot for. Roll a two, three or 12 and lose, but roll again. Roll four, five, six, eight, nine or 10, and that becomes the Come Out Point. Win by rolling that number again before rolling a seven. Place an odds bet once your Come Out Point is thrown. Most Las Vegas Strip casinos allow you to bet up to 5x your original wager.
Once only for the rich, today baccarat appeals to a wide audience, largely because it is simple to play and the house edge on most bets is small. A bet on the banker gives the casino a 1.06% advantage, but comes with a 5% commission. The house edge on the player is still reasonable at 1.24%. At 14.36%, the house has a significantly high advantage when you bet on a tie.
The player wins not by having the best hand, but by picking the winner. Before the cards are dealt, he places a bet for whoever he predicts will come closest to nine, the best hand in baccarat. An ace has a value of one in baccarat, while 10 – king are worth zero. The player and the banker each start with two face up cards. When one pair of cards totals eight or nine, it’s a winner, but if they both do, it’s a tie. When neither hand is an eight or nine, the banker consults a rule book that dictates the player’s next move.
Mini-baccarat is a low-stakes version of baccarat. The game plays the same, yet there are quite a few small differences. Players can pick up their cards in baccarat, but only the dealer can touch the cards in the mini version. In baccarat, the players take turns being the banker but in mini-baccarat, the dealer is always the banker. The table is different too. It’s much smaller than the one for the high-stakes games.
Let it Ride
The object of Let it Ride is to get 10s or better using your three cards and two community cards. The hand starts when the player puts out three bets and receives three cards face down. Two community cards are placed face down in front of the dealer. A player who likes his cards will signal the dealer to unveil the first community card, or Let it Ride. One who doesn’t feel confident about his hand, can Pull Back, or take back their first bet.
The dealer then reveals the first community card and the player may Pull Back his second bet, or Let it Ride, but the third bet stays on the table. The final community card is turned over and the player’s hand is evaluated.
The 53rd World Series of Poker will be held at Bally’s and Paris this spring after spending 17 years at Rio Hotel. Bally’s poker room will be in the spotlight beginning Ma, 31, 2022 when the competition kicks off. The poker room has 14 tables of limit, no-limit hold’em, seven card stud and more. Expect to find $1 to $2, $1 to 3, $2 to $5 and $3 to $6 games. Bally’s runs five no-limit hold’em tournaments daily, each with a $75 buy-in and a $500 prize pool.
Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker
Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker will be a breeze if you’re already a poker player. If not, learn poker hand rankings and you’ll be set. In this game, each player competes against the dealer to make a winning hand. The action starts when the player makes an ante bet and an optional bonus bet. Dealer deals himself and the player two cards face down, and it’s up to the player to fold or make a bet, twice the size of his ante bet. Three community cards are turned over, and the player can do nothing, or make a bet the same size as the ante.
Another card is flipped over. The player can again do nothing, or make a bet equal to the ante. After the fifth card is revealed, the player and dealer make the best five card hands possible using the community cards and the ones in their hands.
Pai Gow Poker
Expect a lot of pushes when you play Pai Gow Poker, a slow-paced card game that first made its way into casinos in the 1980’s. Start with seven cards, and arrange them into a two-card poker hand and a five card hand. Beat both of the banker’s hands to win. Most of the time, the player and banker each win one hand for a push.
Pai Gow has shaken up traditional poker rankings with its 53-card deck and top ranked hand, five of a kind. It replaces a royal flush as the best hand in Pai Gow. The extra card in the deck is a joker that can be used as an ace or to complete a straight or flush. A wheel of ace – 5 has improved from the lowest straight in Hold’em to the second highest in Pai Gow, only behind 10 – ace.
Stadium seating and individual monitors at every chair mean there’s not a bad seat in the house at Caesars Race & Sportsbook at Bally’s. An abundance of big-screen TVs hang from the walls and ceiling. Put down a wager and watch the best racing and sporting events from around the world.
High Limit Area
Players with deep pockets can try their luck at the world’s first known $1000 slot machine. The Bally’s high-limit area is not restricted to slots and video poker. Guests can play blackjack and mini-baccarat in the semi-private, high-limit section of the casino.
Visit Bally’s Casino
Caesars Entertainment will start rebranding Bally’s this spring to transform the hotel and casino into Horseshoe Las Vegas. The transition is expected to be complete by the end of 2022. It’s part of a multi-million-dollar renovation starting in the poker room. This also comes just in time for the World Series of Poker, starting in spring 2022. The upgrades will include a renovated exterior, new food and entertainment options and a “reimagined” casino floor. Meanwhile, Bally’s is purchasing Tropicana Las Vegas for $308 million.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Bally’s Casino
Does Bally’s casino have free parking?
Bally’s parking follows the typical pricing of other Caesars properties, where the first hour of parking is free and the following time incurs a fee.
Is Bally’s connected to the Paris casino?
Can you smoke inside Bally’s casino?
Smoking is allowed inside the Bally’s casino, as well as inside their designated smoking hotel rooms. Be sure to specify that you want a smoking room when booking.