Harrah’s Las Vegas Review

A familiar sight on the Las Vegas Strip, Harrah’s Las Vegas is a conveniently located and generally inexpensive spot for visitors.

The Mardi Gras and Carnival themed property owned by Caesars Entertainment houses familiar restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Toby Keith’s and Oyster Bar.

Getting around to/from Harrah’s is easy with the monorail stopping at the back of the property, a regular shuttle to/from the Rio (great for World Series of Poker time), and a reasonable walk to The Linq, Bally’s and Paris.

Don’t feel like walking away from Harrah’s?

Though Harrah’s is an old staple near the heart of the Strip, technology allows visitors and even prospective visitors to Harrah’s to earn Total Rewards credits and play for free from any convenient location.  All one needs is a smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can earn free meals, show tickets and even rooms before arriving in Las Vegas.

Not yet a Total Rewards member? Sign up at TotalRewards.com. Players cards can be printed at any Caesars property TR desk. Players of legal gambling age (21 and older) now have a passport to the digital world of free-to-play Vegas style fun.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the publicly traded gaming giant’s online/mobile division founded in 2009, has a portfolio that brings the Vegas theme into the mobile world.

Even for someone who doesn’t have the latest iPhone or Android device, Caesars Interactive can still guarantee a good time. Heard of Facebook? Well, Playtika — a multinational software and game development company owned by Caesars Interactive — brings free-to-play Vegas games to every adult Facebook user.

The most recognized slots game in the world is Playtika’s Solotomania. The game can be found on Facebook, the App Store, Google Play or on Amazon. Fancy some slots on the Kindle before taking off for Vegas? Log in regularly and spin away playing titles like Farm Fortune or Love Boat.

Though Slotomania has 55 levels with numerous slot titles, video poker, roulette and blackjack haven’t been left out of the free-to-play mobile game mix.

Caesars Casino, a free app and Facebook game, was rated the premier casino for iPad. Caesars Casino is a social game where friends can help friends earn credits and gifts like free bets and spins. The developers add new slot titles regularly to accompany well known titles such as Zeus, Cleopatra and Diamond Princess

Taking that next trip to Sin City with a Vegas first timer?  Perhaps someone who will turn 21 soon? Check out House of Fun – Vegas Casino Free Slots. With attractive graphics and a variety of slot titles to explore, the Pacific-Interactive (Caesars Interactive subsidiary bought in 2014) app warmly welcomes slot newbies and veterans alike with bonus prizes and progressive jackpots.

For those looking for a nostalgic slot machine experience, Vegas Downtown Slots brings old school Vegas to any mobile device. This app, which also can be found at the Microsoft online store, features classic three- and five-reel slot machines and fast-paced, around-the-clock tournament action. Take a spin down memory lane with the flashing lights, bells, and sounds of falling coins with Vegas Downtown Slots.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment also has the most popular mobile bingo game. Bingo Blitz is a free, social, online bingo game that presents exciting features and new challenges to players. Finish tasks and games to advance through the Bingo Blitz experience.

Real money gambling in Nevada and New Jersey

Caesars Entertainment offers online poker for those located in Nevada or New Jersey on WSOP.comPlay with real cash for a chance to win real cash on the software of one of the most recognizable poker brands in the world.

The online poker site offers players opportunities to earn entry into WSOP sponsored events not just in Las Vegas but at destinations like St. Maarten as well. Players from around the world can sign up and prepare their accounts for the next time they are in Nevada.

You can play some poker from the comfort of a Harrah’s hotel room before getting dressed and heading downstairs to crush the live Vegas poker games.

Only accessible in New Jersey currently are CaesarsCasino.com and Harrah’sCasino.com. These are web-based, real-money casinos with several convenient ways to deposit and withdrawal including but not limited to credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, 7-Eleven money transfer, and cash at a Caesars New Jersey property cage.

The sites allow for the conversion of earned Total Rewards credits to cash, or simply save them for a future vacation. CaesarsCasino.com offers a mobile app, so the New Jersey online gambling experience is available on a tablet or smartphone from anywhere in New Jersey.

Industry happenings in online gambling

A boom isn’t surfacing for the U.S.-based regulated online poker climate quite like the poker boom of the early part of this century. But games of skill that attract players in their 20s, not a common demographic in traditional casinos, have helped grow a modern online gaming market. Online poker operators in the U.S.have continued to see upward growth in terms of revenue and new player signups.

For the past few years, operators in Nevada and New Jersey have competed to attract millennials and make casino gaming a small piece of the mobile gaming environment. Delaware has closely followed suit. Operators like Delaware Park have recently released poker software and a mobile gaming app for users within the state.  State law currently allows for parlay sports betting through its licensed racinos.

In 2014 Delaware and Nevada signed an interstate gaming compact. Though both small states, the hope is that larger states like Pennsylvania will eventually join in and legalize online poker and gambling, providing a player pool boost potentially in the hundreds of thousands. 

Seeing into the future

Sometimes Harrah’s Las Vegas might be a reminder of years past, but be encouraged that the party continues.

New ways to play a variety of games for free, earn Total Rewards credits, or even play real-money poker on a mobile device poolside in Vegas is a reality in 2016. The technology is here.

As regulatory conditions catch up, casino enthusiasts all over the US will eventually have more gambling experiences off the traditional casino floor.