About Easy Vegas (FAQ) Last update: September 2019 Play our theme song: ▶ (source for original) Play these free slots now Gambling problem? Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help See these horror stories. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling. Who's behind Easy Vegas? Easy Vegas is run completely by one person, me, Michael Bluejay. I'm better-known for my sites on topics such as how to buy a house, saving electricity, and bicycle safety (which have been covered in Newsweek, Forbes, NPR, the Christian Science Monitor, etc). Vegas and gambling might seem a far stretch for those topics, but my greatest passion is sharing information that's truly useful, so in that sense this site is no different from the others that I run. Here's my main website and my about me page. What's the mission of Easy Vegas? My goals are: To provide great stuff you can't get anywhere else. For example, my Average Loss Calculator and my Sortable List of Vegas Casinos are are one-of-a-kind. I've also got lots of things about slot machines never published before anywhere. To cover stuff better than it's covered elsewhere. For most of my topics, I aim to make them both comprehensive and easy to understand. Based on feedback, I seem to be succeeding: "Michael Bluejay's comprehensive explanation of how slot machines work [is], in my opinion, the best one out there." —Gaming the Odds "I also always include a link to Bluejay's site on a given topic. His information and writing are just too solid to leave out." —Gambling Hero network "I was checking out some of the articles on [his] site and they are excellent. You don't see the usual garbage reiterated on multiple gambling sites but [rather] well thought out and researched articles. A couple articles that I thought were pretty awesome and a great read..." —Casino Regular To save my readers money. The site is packed with money-saving tips, both gambling and non-gambling related. What's different about Easy Vegas vs. other gambling sites? Superior content. (See above.) No f**king animated advertising! No f**king overlays popping up and covering the content, trying to get you to sign up for a newsletter or some other such B.S. At Easy Vegas, the readers come first. I don't push readers to gamble at the online casino I advertise. I primarily promote the casino's free-play games. I know what I'm talking about. Many other webmasters just copy what they find on other sites, or worse, pull stuff out of thin air and report it as fact. At Easy Vegas, the articles are authoritative. I'm not infallible (nobody is), but the accuracy here is way above average. One of my critics said, "Too bad you do not want to stand out from the rest of the gaming writers....I thought you were different, but not." So to make it clear how dramatically different (and better) this site is vs. the typical Vegas/gambling site, I made a list of stuff on Easy Vegas that's either exclusively unique or better than what's available elsewhere. How can I trust your information about gambling? That's a fair question, because there are so many sites out there literally making $#!† up, especially about slot machines. So here are my credentials: I worked with Michael Shackleford (aka the Wizard of Odds) for ten years. He's probably the best-known gambling mathematician in the world. (And since one reader alleged that I was just making up this connection, on the Wiz's own site he variously refers to me as business partner, webmaster, ad man, and friend here, here, here, here, and in 89 other instances.) I'm a former professional gambler. I used to make my living from counting cards at blackjack. My skill is good enough that there are six casinos where I'm not allowed to play blackjack in Nevada (two I'm not allowed to set foot in). On slot machines, I've done the math design of actual slot machines, professionally, for hire. These were for the Internet, and those machines work exactly the same way as Internet casinos. I also walk readers through the slot machine math on this site, and I cite the very best sources in my slots articles. And the first time I met the Wizard was to help him with his original research into slot machine odds, way back in 2000. I've spent plenty of time in Vegas. Though I no longer live in Vegas, I make extended trips back there on occasion to make sure the content on this site is up-to-date. I'm in Vegas now as I write this. Those in the gambling community seem to think I'm credible. I was invited to write a cover story for Casino Player magazine on money management (which I did), and I was a guest on the radio show Gambling with an Edge, hosted by luminaries Bob Dancer (in the Video Poker Hall of Fame) and Richard Munchkin (in the Blackjack Hall of Fame). Other guests on that show have included Stanford Wong, John Chang (subject of the movie "21") blackjack legend Arnold Snyder, Las Vegas publishing magnate Anthony Curtis, and gambling law expert I. Nelson Rose. My name was also floated by GamblingOnline.com as a possible candidate for the Video Poker Hall of Fame. (I'll be the first to admit that I'm not deserving of such an honor, but the point is, if others are considering me for that, then you can certainly trust the information on this site.) Would you sell the site? I get this question often enough that I'm answering it publicly here. I would possibly sell for $1.2 million. That's probably more than most buyers would want to pay, but that's what it's worth to me, and if I were actively trying to sell the site it's not unthinkable that I could get my target price for it. What's the history of the site? I started the site in Dec. 2000, making it one of the oldest gambling-info sites on the web. The site began as Vegas Reference, and in Fall 2006 I changed it to Vegas Click after I bought the domain VegasClick.com for $500. On 8/13/19, I moved the site to easy.vegas, finally getting a domain I was truly happy with, almost 20 years after I started the site. Here's an interview I did with GAFFG about the site and how it got started. Although I started the site two months after meeting the Wizard of Odds, my real inspiration was a pair of sites, Big Empire and CheapoVegas (both by the same writers) filled with the hilarious escapades and reviews of "Matt & Stinky". It's quite possible that Easy Vegas would never have been born without their influence on me. I didn't really go the comedy route with this site, partially because I'm not nearly as funny as those guys, but I made a couple of stabs at it with my Craps Instructions Parody and the Bodog Table Drawing, as homage to the masters. Sadly, "Stinky" (Mark Sinclair) passed away of a brain aneurysm at only 34. CheapoVegas was subsequently sold and the new owner removed the humor and the critical reviews. How does Easy Vegas make money? Like other gambling webmasters, I make money by advertising an online casino, but only 0.03% of my visitors gamble online, or at least at the casino I advertise. 99.97% don't. The tiny percentage who do are enough to pay the bills. And the median monthly loss of the players I've sent to the advertiser is around $26. My attitude is quite different from that of many other gambling webmasters. As one of them opined, "If the webmaster is not an idiot, he wants the rich, stupid and desperate gamblers to register and squeeze all the money out of him." (source) That is absolutely not my position, and I hope I'm never so selfish that I want others to suffer for my benefit. I think that webmaster's attitude goes a long way in explaining why the content on many other sites is crap. It's also why I don't rub elbows with other gambling webmasters except for a select few like the Wizard of Odds. This site is not a blog Easy Vegas is sometimes referred to incorrectly as a “blog”. It's not. Blogs are based on blogging software which require no technical expertise on the part of the blogger. By contrast, I code Easy Vegas from scratch. That's certainly not the only difference. Here's a rundown. Blog Easy Vegas Powered by blog software Coded from scratch Content is posts Content is articles Content presented in reverse-chronological order Content organized by topic Topic tags, trackbacks, user commenting, RSS None of these No special content tools Tons of unique calculators and tools such as the Average Loss Calculator and the Interactive List of Vegas Casinos If you're so good at counting cards, why don't you still do it? I can make more money by working. A big misconception about card-counting is that players make tons of money. For the most part, they don't. While I made a decent amount of money, I can actually make more by doing what I do now, publishing websites (or what I used to do, developing sites for others). Counting cards isn't rewarding. By publishing my sites, helping people by sharing useful information, and making them happy, I have some satisfaction. Counting cards is a fun novelty (which is why I tried my hand at it), but it doesn't add any value to the world. Smoky casinos. Cough, cough. Card-counting is stressful. It's mentally draining to do it constantly, especially while constantly pretending you're not the skilled player you actually are so that you don't get caught. I'd have to live in Vegas (or travel a lot). Been there, done that. I make my home in Austin, which I greatly prefer. And I get to work from home, which is everybody's dream. About the advertising on this site Please see my separate page about advertising.