Hello From Las Vegas! – We hope everyone on the US had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. The four day weekend was a great time to be in Las Vegas, as temps have been around 70F. We’re setting back into seasonal temps in the 50’s and 60’s. Too early to tell if we’ll see the 40’s with overnight freezing temps we’ve seen the past couple of years. 2017 definitely has been on the warmer side!
$2 Beer And Free Parking – Lest your eyes glaze over, thinking I’m talking about a casino you’ve never heard of somewhere in Pahrump, perk up. Casino Royale — dead center of The Strip — continues to be a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Time and inflation took it’s toll, and they just had to (gasp) raise the price of their $1 Michelob beers to $2. This still continues to be an outstanding value, and the rest of their drink prices are still below (and sometimes well below) other Strip properties.
Honorable mention for cheap Strip booze goes to the Stage Door Casino, a video poker bar located just east of The Strip on Flamingo. Finding it is simple: Start walking down Flamingo, and when you come to the monorail tracks running overhead, you are there. Stage Door offers a hot dog and a PBR for $3, and has numerous beer and drink offerings in the $2-4 range. Just ask!
Back to Casino Royale: They continue to be a holdout with both free parking, and no resort fees. If you do use their garage, drive up to the actual second floor. (The garage is split-level. I’m talking about the floor above the floor you drive in on, where the second floor elevator landing is). While I don’t know how diligently they enforce, it, the first floor is for hotel guests. Take a few of the many bucks you are taking by parking free, and try a couple of slot spins. You’ll be rewarding them, and getting to try your luck with money that would have otherwise simply vanished to the casino parking fee.
Don’t overlook their food court, where everything is really reasonably priced for the Las Vegas Strip!
War For The Las Vegas NBA Team – Hot on the heals of the early success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights (tickets), and the plans for the NFL Raiders to move here, the war is already on for an NBA franchise. Just south of the SLS(ahara), the All Net arena claims they are fully funded and ready to begin construction. The leadership in the project has NBA ties, and the goal is to land an NBA team for the arena.
MGM Resorts, the 800-pound gorilla of Las Vegas (largest employer in Nevada), with their own T-Mobile arena surrounded by their hotels, decided that the weren’t going to stand by quietly and let the NBA end up at the other end of The Strip. They went out and spent a (guesstimated) million bucks to purchase the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA. (For the uninformed, the WNBA is the league owned by the NBA for women’s pro basketball). WNBA teams average about 7000 fans per game, and the team will play in the Mandalay Bay Events Center).
Did they buy the team because they think the Las Vegas area will rally behind the team? Or because thousands from out-of-town will plan trips around seeing their team play our team? Probably not. In fact, I’d wager that a significant number of people in the seats will be comps, helping to “paper” the arena. (A little known secret outside the industry is that the majority of shows in Las Vegas give away significant numbers of tickets away to locals, so that the paying customers enjoy seeing a show that looks like it has high demand. Seeing a show in a 3/4 empty showroom just isn’t as much fun).
At the end of the day, MGM resorts is gambling on the money they lose on the team being worth the relationship it helps them build with the NBA. Which in turn could give T-Mobile arena a leg-up on All Net when it comes to locating the NBA team which will eventually arrive here. Up in the air is whether the All-Net will still be built. I believe they will go through with it. The North Strip boom wihich I detailed a few issues ago, which included the convention center expansion, will justify a place that can hold 20,000 for an event.
Why Are The Casinos Down On Pot? – Those coming to visit and expecting wide-open legal marijuana usage in the tourist areas are in for a surprise. Pot use is only legal on private property, not on public streets. So, aren’t casinos private property and can allow use? Technically, the answer is probably yes. However, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. Many of these casino companies operate in many states, and federal regulations to the industry are always a worry. They don’t want to raise any red flags in Washington, DC.
Memorial Crosses Have Moved – The 58 crosses (representing the 58 lost lives of the Oct. 1 shooting), have been moved from the Las Vegas sign to the Clark County Museum at Address: 1830 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89002, (702) 455-7955. Depending on the source, I have read that they will be displayed as-is (with all the stuff that was hung on them, placed next to them) until either Dec. 17 or 21.
They are closed as I write, so you may want to call ahead if you plan to make the journey to know the status. Everything will then be cataloged and presumably put together as a permanent display, or used as part of a not-yet-planned permanent memorial. Admission is only $2. As a bonus, the Pawn Stars fans among you may run into museum administrator Mark Hall-Patton. He’s a regular on the show, verifying the authenticity of historical artifacts which people try to pawn or sell.
If you get down that way with your rental car (a surprising number of our readers rent cars to play and stay off The Strip, visit Red Rock, Hoover Dam, and similar), do the low-rollers tour of Henderson Casinos like the Skyline, Jokers Wild, Klondike, and the trio of downtown Henderson properties Rainbow Club, Emerald Island, and Eldorado. If you miss cheap food specials, low limits, and down-home customer service like The Strip used to have 20 years ago, it still exists in that neck of the woods!
#1 In Vanity! – One of those “Top 10 City Lists” ranked Las Vegas #1 as the most sinful city. What propelled us to the top might not be what you’d think. It turns out that we’re the most vain city in the nation. Factors like having the most tanning salons per-capita and such. If you ever are visiting and thinking “The hotels have a lot of good-looking, tan people working for them”, it isn’t your imagination. Our area is full of 24/7 athletic clubs helping keep hospitality workers looking good, and spray-on tanning is extremely popular here.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
My question is , are there any casino’s that have true 3 wheel mechanical (before computer chips) slots machines that you can play? Today they have the same 3 wheel Red, White, and Blue (as an example) but these machines have chips. They sure were fun to play (and win).
The true slots before computer chips actually vanished a number of years ago. The last ones which I remember were at Little Caesars on The Strip, and at Sassy Sally’s on Fremont Street. And, this was many, many years ago.
Little Caesars was a small, “dive” casino in a shopping mall where Paris Las Vegas now stands. Sassy Sally’s was where Little Mermaids was until it’s recent closure to make way for the “new” Las Vegas Club property. Which will NOT be called Las Vegas Club.
The closest you can do on old machines at this time, is the second floor of The D downtown on Fremont Street Las Vegas.
The owner, Derek Stevens, purposely filled the second floor with older slot machines. He was so dedicated to this pursuit, that when The Riviera closed, he bought all of their older machines and put them in a warehouse. Which will allow him to have parts for the machines, and keep them running for some time.
And, as he’s the one tearing down the old Las Vegas Club to build a brand new hotel and casino, you can keep your eye out there as well once they open. I have to imagine he’s sitting on quite the treasure trove.
Hope this helps!
International superstar Britney Spears’ iconic headlining residency, “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’ received an impressive four Gold Best of Las Vegas 2017 Awards. Voted by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, awards include: “Best Bachelorette Party,” “Best Bachelor Party,” “Best Production Show” and “Best Resident Performer/Headliner.” These accolades further cement Britney’s title as a true Las Vegas entertainment icon, and mark another milestone for her incredible, record-breaking show at Planet Hollywood.
Las Vegas has shaken off a difficult few weeks recently. The city is back on its feet, brushing itself off, and slipping into a something comfortable for the holidays. If you’re thinking about heading to Vegas soon, here’s a peek at a few of the city’s best new restaurants — up, down and slightly off the famous Las Vegas Strip.
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UNLV unveiled its new court design for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Tuesday as the Las Vegas skyline is prominently featured.
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