Master MyVegas Slots and Win Real Free Rewards
What is MyVegas Slots Exactly?
With over 1.2 billion people wasting their lives away on Facebook, one way to waste away is to enjoy free casual gaming (as I do in my spare time). One of my personal favorites has always been casino gaming because it allows me to feel like a high roller without using a single penny.
MyVegas is presented by MGM and is a virtual world with a variety of different slot games that you play using chips. As you play more, you get loyalty points. And loyalty points are your currency for big rewards.
The Objective - To Win
Before we even get to what MyVegas is and why you should be playing, let's get down to brass tacks. YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME -- or -- YOU PLAY TO WIN THE REWARDS!
As with everything related to Sin City, you go big or you go home, and all you need to know at this point is that you can turn hours of meaningless gaming into experiences in the Disneyworld for adults.
What Can You Win?
As of this writing, you have over 100 options, mostly in Las Vegas, to redeem your hard-earned loyalty points. Here are some of my favorites:
Comp Nightclub Access (several clubs) - I am not a big club person by any means, but maybe there's a little bit of a dream that I walk into a place like The Great Gatsby and have people fawn over me. I'm interested in the comp access because I'm worried that without it, they probably won't let me into the establishment.
Tickets to Cirque du Soleil - Now that there are like a dozen different CDS shows playing in Vegas, it's also easier and easier to get tickets to at least one of them. On MyVegas you've got a lot of different redemption options ranging from:
1. Using loyalty points to get a discount when you purchase tickets
2. Using loyalty points to get a free companion ticket when you buy another full price ticket
3. Using loyalty points to get a free premium companion ticket when you buy another full price premium ticket
4. Using loyalty points to get 1 or 2 free tickets (these cost a lot of loyalty points)
Free room nights at some MGM properties - While I would prefer that Vdara and Aria offered free rooms on here, you're left with reasonable options at New York New York, Excalibur, Circus Circus, Monte Carlo and friends. There are different redemption rates for weekday and weekend nights.
Food and buffets - My personal favorite has everything to do with food (Shocker!). There are dozens of options for redeeming loyalty points to get 2 for 1s on drinks or food. There are free glasses of wine or champagne at Vegas hostpots, and all kinds of options at the best buffets on The Strip.
How in The World Am I Going to Win Weekend Comp Rooms?
So, here's the nitty gritty. As with any good casual game on Facebook, you're given a lot of different opportunities to earn chips which you'll use to play slots to get loyalty points. For you visual learners:
Chips => Loyalty Points => Rewards
We'll start with the first part of the equation. How do you get chips?
- Starting bonus - When you sign up, you'll start with some chips to start spinning the reels.
- Strip Bonus - As you level up in the game, you'll also begin building out your strip and creating famous MGM properties like Luxor and Mandalay Bay. You'll be able to check in for chips and loyalty points. The amounts you receive are somewhat random. Once you really get going in the game, this will be a considerable source of chips and loyalty points.
- Daily Log-in - Roughly every 24 hours, when logging in, you'll get a chance to spin the wheel of fortune. Depending on where you land, you'll be rewarded with amounts of either chips or loyalty points. You'll get bonuses for having additional friends that play the game as well as for logging in up to 5 days in a row. Play every day and you shall be rewarded.
- Friend gifts - As with any social commerce game, you need to connect with other folks playing to get the most out of the game. You're able to gift with everyone on your Friends list once a day. It's not the biggest boost but this is a double dip since you also get the extra bonus when you spin the wheel.
- Emails from MyVegas - Occasionally you get awesome emails filled with chips or loyalty points. They are random but very welcome!
- Facebook feed updates - When other players connected to you get big wins, they can share this on their Facebook pages (as can you). If you're one of the first 20 or so to click on those updates, you get a very small chip gift.
Playing To Win -- What Game Should I Play?
So you've got a steady stream of chips and now you just need to play the game to get loyalty points. Where do you start?
First, a disclaimer: You should always play what interests you. This is a game after all. But if you're interested in making the most of your chips keep reading.
Here are your choices in order of my favorites with accompanying notes:
Lucky Birds - This angry bird themed game is fantastic when you're starting out! The bid levels are low, the gameplay is exciting, and rather than convoluted special stages like the other slot games featured, you have a chance to hatch eggs to get birds that help you as you play your regular slots. The most random bonuses kick in and I've gotten some killer payouts even when starting out.
Reel Chef - The top chef themed game is my every day slot machine. The bets are considerably higher so you'll probably get into this game starting with level 20 or so. It plays fast so you really feel the high's and low's. But with so many ways to win chips, it seems to be the best option most of the time.
Studio City - I'm a sucker for Hollywood, and this slot game allows you to make your own movies, sort of. Nonetheless, it's good fun seeing how you go from picking a movie genre to getting your leading actor and actress, and winning awards on the red carpet. Payouts are fair but I've had some days with absolutely no love on this game.
Bet The Farm - If you like Farmville, you might as well start here. In addition to your regular slotplay, you also get to build up your farming facilities. They don't do anything to improve your chances of winning, but it's good fun anyway.
Excalibur 1 and 2 - Excalibur will probably be the first game you play, and it's fairly generous. I like the knights theme and the special games are refreshingly humorous. Excalibur 2 is for higher rollers but still has the fun of the 1st game. Again, this is a slot game that has extreme high's and brutal low's. Beware!
Lost In Time - A slot game with hidden objects for the special stage, sign me up! This game is unforgiving to me, but I can't stop myself from playing it because I am a big sucker for finding objects.
Monster Maniacs - Vampire themed and seriously addicting. My biggest wins have come in this game, but I've taken a leave of absence from it because I got cheated the last 10 times in the special stage. If you're on a hot streak, play this, and reap the benefits.
Betrock - Serious high roller territory with a fun Flintstones vibe! I know a lot of my peers that play every day live and die with this game. I've seen some ridiculous payouts, but honestly aside from the special stage, it is terribly boring. This game feels like a typical Vegas video slot where you're just spinning and waiting to hear that special stage music.
Mirage - Nothing special really. If you like the Mirage, then give it a try. If not, you've got better choices.
Luxor - See above for Mirage.
Around the World in 80 Plays - I don't know what to think. I rarely win anything in this game and there's no emotional attachment for me. Why do people play this?
New York New York - I like that you end up matching symbols for pizza and taxis. You can do worse than playing this slot game, and it's about par for the course.
The other games - Wastes of time. Stick with the games listed above.
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