VPFREE2 brought me a new update this morning!  Check it out yourself for the full listing, but the 100 play potion is now gone, with a better low-limit selection in its place.  I will get to verify this myself in a little over a week so hopefully this option sticks around:

5c/10c/25c single line double double bonus (99.96%), Super Aces (99.94%) and APDW (basically not so ugly deuces with a slightly better payback on the straight flush (99.96%)!

It only shows 4 machines for these options so not sure how in demand these will be, but its a great option for the strip, and definitely worth checking out.

They have also posted so info on the players club to VPFREE2 similar to other casinos where they give you less points for premium video poker options.  $15 to a point, which I would consider these options to fall into that category.  
 
 
For video poker players, VPFREE2.com is an excellent resource for finding the best games in casinos across the country.  A great option of the site is to sign up for daily updates.  Each morning I will have an email of any updates in video poker that occurred in the past 24 hours.  This morning they posted video poker findings at SLS.  While a tweet here and there showed some of the not so great 7/5 bonus poker options that already flood the strip, I was hoping they would have some full pay options, and this what VPFREE2 has been reported so far....


*****Updated: Since these have all mainly changed here is a link to find the most updated info:

http://www.vpfree2.com/casino/sahara-hotel-casino


If you have a hard time making sense of the above here is a quick overview:
  • The % is the payback % of the game when playing perfectly
  • The initials refers to the game (ie: dw44 is deuces wild, the 44 refers to the full house and 4 of a kind both paying 4 coins)
  • The number in parentheses is how many machines at that denomination have been spotted
  • Any variation of the game is listed after the denomination, for example SP stands for spin poker, STP stands for super times pay etc.
  • Location, when listed this actually helps you find that particular machine in the casino which is the most valuable tool on this site.

 
 
First heard of this on Vegasmessageboard.com by poster Tanner5586.  Hoping it wasn't true mention was made that Norm Clarke's twitter page had the winners posted.  Sure enough...https://twitter.com/Norm_Clarke  Looks like a couple from New Hampshire hit it for 2.4 million!  I haven't found any info on the rumor that the winner gets to take the machine, but I am sure new stories will start to come in soon.  So long Lion's Share!
 
 
I have been using a Southwest premier visa credit card for all of my purchases for the past couple years to fund my flights from Michigan to Vegas.  I had previously used the Spirit card but the added fees, blackout restrictions forced me to look at other options.  When Southwest announced they would resume direct flights from Flint, MI to Vegas I was sold!  The card does carry a $99 annual fee but each year you receive 6,000 miles on your anniversary.  I also seem to get 4-8 free drink tickets sent to me a year which is nice.  I have my wife on as a cardholder as well to maximize our purchases on this card.  We tie our car insurance, phone bills, cable, gas and groceries which adds up to quite a bit.  Upon signing up in 2012 I received 50,000 miles as a signup bonus which was great, but I didn't realize their was an additional advantage play with this card until this year.

Millionmilesecrets.com uncovers the world of travel secrets, specializing in credit card bonuses.  What they taught me was that when the Southwest card is offering the 50,000 miles sign up bonus (this occurs off and on) that you can use those bonus miles towards the companion pass.  The companion pass requires 110,000 reward points in a 1 year period.  This entitles you to name a companion for a year to fly for free each time you add them to your reservation!  If I was really savvy I would have signed up for both of Southwest's cards and then only had an additional 10,000 miles to obtain this pass.  Instead Ive already been a premier card holder, so I decided to go after this goal by adding another southwest card to my arsenal.  I signed up for the Southwest plus card which has an annual fee of 69.00 but I was able to get the 50,000 mile bonus.  I am not sure what the spending requirement was, but it was around $2,000 in 3 months to get the bonus.  My bonus posted for me this month!

So I cannot confirm the benefits of the companion pass yet but I am very close.  Logging into the southwest app shows your progress toward the companion pass and how many miles are remaining.  As promised, the 50,000 went toward this goal, and I am left with 16,000 miles before January 1st to get my pass.  These miles must post before year end, so in reality I lose December.  Another thing that I was planning on doing was to utilize the rapid rewards mall that offers rapid rewards bonuses from certain retailers, but it looked as though those bonuses did not add to my progress towards this pass.  

I think I will make it and I will be sure to post my results and hopefully my experiences with the pass as I enjoy them.  As it gets down to the wire, I found another option on millionmilesecrets.com.  Chargesmart.com is a website that allows you to use your charge card to make payments on home mortgages and other loans that ordinarily do not allow credit card payments.  The catch is they charge you a fee based on the amount of the payment.  I normally will not pay unnecessary fees for something like this, but if I log my usual 3 trips to vegas next year using the companion pass I estimate I will save at least $750 and upwards of $1000 depending on flight pricing.  At most I may hit $70 in fees for using this service for 3 months, so in my eyes a worthwhile trade off.  

If you have decent credit and are interested in the companion pass, my advice would be to watch out for the next 50,000 sign up bonus and sign up for both cards.  As long as you can meet the spending requirements on both you will be able to get 100,000 miles towards the 110,000 goal and be that much closer to free flights!  Also, if you time this right and sign up at the beginning of 2015, meet your spending requirements by say March, you could have your miles post in April and you would get the companion pass for 20 months!!    
 
 
The only thing more exciting than a Vegas Vacation, is the weeks leading up to one.  I am within 2 weeks of touching down in the desert and can not wait.  This trip I will be redeeming my 2 free nights to any Hyatt property  that I received on a credit card signup promotion.  I chose the Bellagio which will be my first stay there.  I also booked 4 nights at Bally's which one night will act only as an overlap for my hotel change.  I have a lot of things from my last trip that didn't happen so they are on my agenda this time around.  Visiting the container park, Valley of Fire and Bally's Sterling Brunch to name a few.  Can't Wait!