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Pre-Trip Notes - March Madness 2019 Version (long)

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by jasonargo, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

    Jan 21, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Well it's time for another Vegas trip, so once again it is time to publish my voluminous Pre-Trip notes. Each trip, once it has been booked, I start catching up with message boards, blogs, etc and compile a casino-by-casino list of promotions, new (to me) info and just cool stuff.

    I am a coupon user and promo chaser, mainly playing red chip blackjack and quarter video poker. I get an American Casino Guide each year, and usually rent a car to casino hop. I used to go 3 - 4 times a year, now it's one or two. This will be a solo trip.

    This trip will be a bit different, as for the first time in several years I will be staying at all downtown hotels. This is actually my preference, as I do like to drink while gambling, and normally have to wait until I park for the night to get my buzz on. Not this trip! I will be paying probably $100 more total in hotel costs than I would using alternate offers, but I will be foregoing the car this time around which saves $150 - $200 or so. Even though it's March Madness week, I got a reduced offer from Cal/MSS for the first time in years - Wed - Sat 35/35/75/75 plus resort fees. I chose the Cal, and it will be my first ever stay there. I will then be doing a BOGO at the D Sun & Mon for $45 plus RF. I'm hoping for no rain, as the bus will be my chariot of choice.

    I love going the first week of March Madness, and expect to spend my usual time at the Boar Bar in MSS. However, due to the players club change at Boyd, along with the downgrade in VP at El Cortez, I expect to be spending a lot more time at the Four Queens playing VP than I have in recent years. Maybe I can scare up some offers from them again.

    And once again it looks like I will not make it to Hendertucky.

    I have over $300 in matchplays, and over $50 in freeplay/slot matchplay to play with over the trip. I'm ready and rarin' to go.

    So here we go to the notes - they are listed geographically starting with downtown, then Strip, then off-Strip. Hopefully some of you heading out this month will be able to take advantage of something you see here.

    Disclaimer: This is stuff I have copied from casino websites, trip reports, blogs, and other unsavory sources. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information, and the typos are NOT mine.

    Have fun and good luck!


    There’s a new way to get around downtown Las Vegas, and it’s free. The service runs daily with seven stops in downtown Las Vegas. Bonneville Transit Center, The Arts District, Pawn Plaza, Fremont East (on Las Vegas Boulevard, south of Fremont Street), the Mob Museum, Fremont Street Experience (Main Street, south of Fremont) and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. The free shuttle runs from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The 19-passenger buses hit their stops about every 20 minutes.

    The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets mall will begin charging $5 for parking on March 27, 2018.

    Main Street Station - YAH Wednesdays Bonus Point Multiplier of 11 times points on Reels and Video Poker for Sapphire tier members and above each Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., 5 PM drawing (one free entry), After earning one (1) tier credit, participant may swipe at the kiosk and randomly win one of the prizes available. 2-4-1 or 50% off 1 buffet, $10 matchplay (ACG)

    California - YAH Wednesdays Bonus Point Multiplier of 11 times points on Reels and Video Poker for Sapphire tier members and above each Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., 5 PM drawing (one free entry), After earning one (1) tier credit, participant may swipe at the kiosk and randomly win one of the prizes available. Mystery Spin promo 3/25-27, receive up to 100k points or $100 dining credit - must present mailer, Play $10 get $10, $10 food credit during stay (mailer). 2-4-1 or 50% off 1 buffet at MSS, $10 matchplay (ACG)

    Plaza - Oscar's Steakhouse offers daily happy hour from 4-7pm. The apps and wines are 1/2 off and you have to try the crab cakes and meatballs! We were at the plaza party pit Monday Night and Tuesday Night and Blackjack was $5 with good rules (3-2, DAS, Split up to 3 times). The sign said the pit was open like 6PM to 2AM. William Hill wifi pw G0andW1N (?). Thursday to Sunday March 21-24 Happy to announce that the Plaza continues to reach out and has made an upgraded offer to this group for their party, free for members of this group, the party is in the Event center right off the casino floor and is giving every member of this group who has a player's card 4 $25 match plays.... one for each day of the weekend. You can pick up your match play each day at the Players club kiosks. You will have to pick up your card and wristband at the player's club desk (email registered). Spin 2 Win, 5 names will be drawn Tuesday at 8:15 pm and Friday at 10:15 for a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash. 777 slot tournament Wed, Thurs, Fri, session times 10 AM, Noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, earn 2500 points or $10 cash for entry. Kiosk game March 20 - 24, win up to $2500, earn 50 points to play. Also Spring kiosk game Wed & Thurs in March & April win up to $1000. Mystery multipliers up to 7X Sundays in March (not good for VP?). $10 freeplay & $10 dining credit (email - stay needed?). $10 matchplay, 15% off whole pie at Pop Up Pizza, Free wine with entree at Oscars, 2-4-1 grilled cheese at Brightside, $25 Bingo matchplay. (ACG)

    Rebar - This bar/antique shop/hot dog spot has it all: ambiance, cheap booze and cheap eats. Choose from an beef dog, Polish sausage, hot or brat link—all priced between $6–$8. 1225 S Main St (S of Charleston)

    Golden Gate - Win Derek’s 2019 Chevy Corvette - One drawing entry for every 100 points earned playing slots or video poker, One drawing entry for all players playing blackjack who have a minimum $25 wager anytime a blackjack is dealt, including a dealer blackjack, monthly drawing winners need not be present, grand prize drawing is November 9, 2019, must be present. Receive a free T-shirt with a $100 buy-in on table games 3/20 - 24. $25 matchplay, $5 freeplay for every 50 points ($500 coin) max $100 freeplay (+1% EV) (ACG)

    Golden Nugget - The eight or so 8/5 quarter VP machines are now 7/5. A new nightlife offering has opened at downtown’s Golden Nugget casino, Troy Liquor Bar. The new nightclub and bar replaces Gold Diggers on the resort’s second floor.

    Kudos to Binion’s for installing phone charging jacks at every single chair at every one of its casino table games. The Binions mailer I got for this quarter had an extra $10 in slot play if I showed them I had the app installed. Not sure if it was for everyone. $15 food credit (mobile app). 2-4-1 burger, Double points up to 500 ($8000 coin), 2-4-1 tickets Hypnosis Unleashed (ACG)

    Four Queens - 55+ 20% off Hugo's, Magnolias, Chicago Brewing, 20% off gift shop excluding food, cigs & alcohol. Chicago Brewing HH M-F 3-6 including half price appetizers. New dining option is called WANA TACO. 2-for-1 lunch or dinner entree in Magnolia's, Double points up to 500 ($8000 coin, $16k 10-7 DB), 2-4-1 tickets to Mike Hammer (ACG)

    Fremont - The multi-hand Super Times Pay at the Fremont is the crack of video poker, offering 8/5 BP. Hit Lanai Express in the Fremont for some quick Chinese. We each did a 2-item combo. The portions are HUGE, but it was tasty and hit the spot. You could easily feed 2 people with the portion size, seriously. At Fremont, they used to have free watch parties, but this year they decided to charge. But if you have a players card, sapphire or better, they will let you in. YAH Wednesdays Bonus Point Multiplier of 11 times points on Reels and Video Poker for Sapphire tier members and above each Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., 5 PM drawing (one free entry), After earning one (1) tier credit, participant may swipe at the kiosk and randomly win one of the prizes available. $10 matchplay, 2-4-1 buffet (ACG)

    The D - While you can't use the free play at the Vue Bar, it can be used on the 8/5 BP progressive by the sportsbook. D Grill next time get the meatball sammie...its supposedly the meatballs from Andiamo's; they were worth it! Win Derek’s 2019 Chevy Corvette - One drawing entry for every 100 points earned playing slots or video poker, One drawing entry for all players playing blackjack who have a minimum $25 wager anytime a blackjack is dealt, including a dealer blackjack, monthly drawing winners need not be present, grand prize drawing is November 9, 2019, must be present. The D is one of the last Las Vegas casinos with 3-2 video blackjack, $5 minimum bet. Receive a free T-shirt with a $100 buy-in on table games 3/20 - 24. Join us at the Detroit Ballroom on the 12th floor where you'll find a satellite William Hill Sports book, full bar, food and craps and blackjack tables (with views of the TVs). There will be a designated seating area for this group every day during the games, Upon checking in at the event, we will present each person with a 25.00 Match Play chip ( limit one per person ). $5 freeplay, $5 food credit (email). With the new players card, you don't need to get a voucher from the club desk and can use the monthly food offer directly with the players card. $25 matchplay, $5 freeplay for every 50 points ($500 coin) max $100 freeplay (+1% EV), push 22 at blackjack up to $25. (ACG)

    Axe Hole, a new offering at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas, provides guests the chance to test their mettle by tossing axes, knives, spears, throwing stars and other sharp objects at targets.

    The new marijuana museum at Neonopolis might do the trick.

    ATM fee at Heart Attack Grill is $1.95, limit $200.

    We split an order of the Burger Nachos at Nacho Daddy. Amazing. And huge - plenty of food to feed two lunch.

    Happy hour is made happier when there’s pizza, so from 3-6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 p.m. till close daily, Pizza Rock makes your night with individually sized pies for $7. The best Caesar salad I have ever tasted. The dressing is so garlic filled and full of flavor it’s just incredible. Closes at 11:30 during the week.

    Free appetizer with purchase of entree at Triple George Grill (ACG)

    Downtown Grand - Already paying 3-2 on all blackjack games, several 9/6 Jacks or Better schedules for quarters are now available on the floor. Earn up to $300 in Free Slot Play daily playing Downtown Dough and keep your points to play with them later, Earn 250-10,000 Grand Rewards Tier Points daily to earn your Free Slot Play reward. Every Saturday Now you can get more Free Play if you visit us a few more times each month, Stop in today and visit the kiosk upon earning the Grand Tier Points required to redeem (in addition to daily promo?). Everyday Grand Rewards Members earn discounts on their favorite items at Freedom Beat, earn 25 base points using their Grand Rewards Players card, they will be able to obtain a “50% off voucher” from any of the Grand Rewards kiosk. Members will receive 50% off the following selected items at Freedom Beat: Prime Rib (available daily 3pm – 3am), Philly Cheesesteak, Burger, Half Sandwich & Soup, Steak & Eggs, American Breakfast, Flapjacks. In March Members must earn 500 points ($1k coin) between 12:01 am – 11:59 pm on Thursdays, receive a bottle of Jameson Whiskey at the Grand Rewards booth. Drawings every Friday and Saturday hourly from 7pm – 9pm, March 8th – April 27, Every 100 base points earned each week starting on Sunday morning at 12:01am through Saturday at 8:59pm you receive one drawing entry. Earn 25 points get $10 in free slot play, free deck of cards (ACG)

    $4 off Mob Museum (ACG)

    Corduroy, a quirky, lively bar from the Downtown Project, has opened in the Fremont East Entertainment District in downtown Las Vegas. The centerpiece of the 4,000-square-foot space is a large, decorative “bubble wall” behind the bar. The 1970s also served for many of the decorative touches at Corduroy, including a wall of vintage speakers and other audio equipment.

    El Cortez - Check VP - Downtown Deuces & quarter 8/5 Bonus no longer listed on vpFree, Vital Vegas podcast says they have also instituted a drink monitor system at the bars. Earn 300 points in a day, and you can activate the wheel on the kiosk and win one of nine great prizes, including up to $100 in Free Play! Every Wednesday at Siegel’s 1941 Guests ages 50 and up receive 50% off our special menu. Thursday & Friday 7 PM drawing, 100 base points/entry, Spin & Win up to 325,000 points! Saturday drawing 7 PM, 100 virtual entry tickets for every pit comp dollar earned on your Club Cortez card Saturday to Saturday, Earning period ends at 5:30PM the day of drawing, Earn 3x entries on Saturdays, check in at kiosk by 6:45 PM. Saturday 8 PM drawing - 15 lucky winners will play the Double Diamond Slots at Club Cortez for up to 500,000 points/$1,000 each, 100 points earned Sat-Sat = 1 entry. Naked City Pizza has opened in the Pizza Lotto space, you can pay for your pizza with your Club Cortez player’s club points. You can use El Co comp dollars at Eureka, that new restaurant across the street, To do so, visit Club Cortez and ask them to write you a comp slip for Eureka. Starting in March, Club Cortez members will begin earning points on live keno play, One point will be earned with each dollar bet. Mondavi wine giveaway in March for every $10 slot comp dollars earned or jackpots $1200 or more. 2X points on VP, 5X slots, 10X video slots Sat, Sun & Mon in March. $4 BRATS, $3 HOT DOGS, $3 BUD LIGHT or SHOCKTOP, $3 COKE, DIET COKE OR SPRITE (20oz), FREE VIEWING IN THE FIESTA ROOM, Hours: Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    On its first official day of service downtown, an autonomous shuttle had a close encounter with a delivery truck and the incident went viral. The shuttle is expected to continue its one-year pilot program as planned. It’s free and stops at three stops. Fremont Street Experience at Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont St. The corner of 7th and Carson St. The Donut Bar at 6th and Carson St. The shuttle is scheduled to run between 11 am – 6 pm daily.

    The new Donut Bar, adjacent to Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas. Score an old-fashioned cake doughnut ($1 plain and half-dipped chocolate, $2 half-dipped vanilla bean) and a $1 small coffee ($2 large—the Portland Roast is where it’s at, kids!). 6th & Carson (124 S 6th)

    Despite what I may have said last night, the fried chicken skins at Carson Kitchen may now be my favorite dish in Vegas.

    The Bomb Taco downtown is a block off Fremont Street, on Carson Avenue. It’s 616 E. Carson Ave - it has now closed.

    The Goodwich’s fried egg sammie ($4) has just four ingredients: choice of bread (marble rye, please) that is buttered, salted and griddled to shore up the fried egg, which is served by default with a silky broken yolk but can also come with a firmer center by request. Now, here’s your opportunity to get creative and remain within budget. From the “Stack” menu, add melty cheese (+$1) and bacon (+$2) for a stacked-rite delight that’s still less than the cost of the other sandwiches on the menu. 900 S LV Blvd (just S of Gold & Silver Pawn) open 11AM - 11 PM

    Mandalay Bay - Wincards. 2-4-1 drink and 50% off Gospel Brunch at House Of Blues, 15% off regular price menu items at RiRa (ACG)

    2-4-1 pizza, 2-4-1 menu item at Bonanno's (Mandalay Bay, Luxor, MGM, Flamingo). (ACG)

    2-4-1 at Nathan's (NYNY, Luxor, Palms), Original Chicken Tenders (Luxor). (ACG)

    Hooters - Dine in the Hooters Restaurant with us and receive a $5 match play coupon. Hoot For Loot starting March 1 play match game every play wins, earn 25 points get $10 freeplay & $10 matchplay, 2-4-1 entree at Steak & Shake, 50% off Gordie Brown (email). Play $10, get $10 in freeplay, $10 matchplay, free shake when purchasing Prime Burger at Steak & Shake (ACG)

    Whether you’re into golf or not, Topgolf is an absolute must-do in Las Vegas, and that’s in a town we thought had maxed out on must-dos. Topgolf Las Vegas is open seven days a week: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., Friday through Saturday; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 4627 Koval Lane behind MGM Grand

    A popular, old-timey horse racing slot machine called Sigma Derby has finally been put down for good at MGM Grand. Pub 1842 in MGM has an awesome happy hour, Thurs thru Sunday 2pm-5pm. Brisket sliders and Lobster mac n cheese are delicious-think the sliders are $8 and mac is $9 during happy hour. I think the beer is $5 and cocktails $7. 2-4-1 CSI tickets. (ACG)

    NYNY -Wincards (go directly to the cashier.)

    At The Park by T-Mobile on Tuesday and Wednesday they have music at 5p, so checked that out. A good mellow band to listen to for awhile. Drew a modest crowd.

    Park MGM - The sports book is lovely and has Bonus, DDB (8/5 quarters and 9/5 dollars!), and TDB STP, but one big strike against them. They won't comp any of their ample craft beer selection!

    Caesars Entertainment, which operates nine Sin City resorts, has rolled out its “Red Light, Green Light” (our term, not theirs) comp drink monitoring system to all its Las Vegas casinos. The color-coded light system, installed on the back of video poker machines at casino and sports book bars, tells bartenders when a guest’s play warrants a free, or “comped,” drink. The other major casino company in Las Vegas to institute paid parking was Caesars Entertainment, in early 2017. Total Rewards players club is changing its name to Caesars Rewards. You’ll be able to pick up your new Caesars Rewards card beginning February 1 at any Caesars Rewards Center.

    Planet Hollywood - Miracle mile also had a place right by Pampas offering anything on their lunch menu for 4.99, and it was a decent looking sit-down place with good menu items (Ocean One). A fixture at Planet Hollywood, Pink’s Hot Dogs, has closed. 2-4-1 drink and free appetizer with 2 entrees purchased at PBR Rock Bar, 2-for-1 tickets for any show at V-Theater or Saxe Theater. (ACG)

    Cosmopolitan - If you are an all day coffee drinker you can buy a cup at VaBene in the morning and get free refills all day, just keep your cup and receipt. Chandelier Bar to try the Verbena, the bartender walked us through the whole thing. It was quite a unique experience. I'm not sure the flavor really changed for me after chewing on the flower anymore than having some lemon zest in my mouth would have, but the tingling was really neat. The drink was great on its own without the flower. The waitress told us we could just buy one addition buzz button flower instead of another whole drink. Perfect! The Verbena itself was $16-something and the extra buzz button was $2.16, not compable. If you haven't heard about this new place Magic Donkey, it's a bar, but there's no sign, no map, no hints. It's like Secret Pizza on steroids. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has unveiled its upgraded and relocated Race & Sports Book, which is powered by CG Technology. More than twice the size of the original, the new book features state-of-the-art LED video walls screens; multiple hi def TVs; lounge seating; private VIP viewing areas; mobile wagering; and betting windows. There's also a new adjacent 24-hour sports bar has also opened, featuring shuffleboard, foosball, billiards, and bar food, and a new sports-themed table games area, offering blackjack and roulette. Cosmopolitan began its paid parking program in June 2017. If you refuse to go #2 in public restrooms but don't want to get a room then you can use the private one in the downstairs Cosmo high limit table room. Just walk fast and don't make eye contact with anyone before locking yourself in the bathroom. Playboy Bonus BJ machine pays 3:2 and offers surrender, $15 min (?). 21 Gambler $1 slot machine (right of players club?). Play your favorite high limit slot machines in the High Limit Slot Lounge and trigger the Instant Riches bonus wheel on your machine 3/15 - 3/31, Every spin is a win, Every 10,000 Identity Slot Points ($60k coin VP) earned triggers the wheel spin bonus.

    Hexx creamery outside Paris. Best people watching place in LV. Get yourself an ice cream and sit outside on their elevated patio. Right across the street from the Bellagio fountains. Great late night entertainment for the price of an ice cream. 2-for-1 daytime Eiffel tower ride ($14.25), 2-4-1 tickets Jeff Civillico (ACG)

    Bellagio - There was 3:2 S17 for $10 on Saturday and throughout the weekend, between the Petrossian Bar and the Craps pit. Hyde Bellagio is one of the most energetic, intimate nightclubs in the city, but only after 10 p.m. When it opens at 5, it’s a relaxing indoor-outdoor lounge with no cover, craft cocktails, half-price bottles and glasses of wine on Wednesdays, and nifty views of both the fountain shows and the tourists on the other side of the lake who don’t have it quite as good as you right now. HYDE BELLAGIO hooking you up with free admission!!! Just show the group on your phone and get in free... "We can offer complimentary admission for nightclub for the dates below and they can show the group on their phone. Doors open at 10:30pm, 21+ with valid ID and dress code. " Wednesday, 3/20 (doors at 11pm), Friday, 3/22, Saturday, 3/23, Sunday, 3/24.

    There’s a fun new diversion on the Las Vegas Strip: “The Twilight Zone” mini golf has opened at Bally’s Las Vegas, 18 holes for just $11.95. Also in the venue are several lanes of miniature bowling. Again, great value. Five frames of bowling costs $3, 10 frames are just $5. Wahlburgers restaurant has finally opened at the Grand Bazaar Shops outside Bally’s Las Vegas. In front of Ballys at the Shoppes was a real good band that played Friday and Saturday nites. The bar at Bally's outside of the poker room gives free drinks to Diamond card holders whether you play or not. 2-4-1 Twilight Zone mini golf, 2-4-1 tickets X Rocks, 20% off Spa. (ACG)

    Caesars Palace - I found a gallery there that had some interesting things in it. The sculptures are all made from recycled parts and they let you take pictures as well.

    Westin Las Vegas, known to many by its former name, Westin Casuarina, closed its small casino in favor of a new restaurant.

    Cromwell has recently launched a slew of player-friendly games in the 40,000 square-foot casino. From single “0” roulette to EZ Baccarat to 100X odds on Craps to 3-2 shoe and double-deck blackjack, new sports book. I don't think a ton of people have discovered their new book yet, and even though it's small it's super comfortable and the screens are amazing. Cromwell has their normal $25 DD 3:2 game and $15 3:2 shoe games. The Cromwell unveiled a new snack bar, Eatwell.

    Flamingo’s 5¢ beer deal in the Margaritaville Casino area’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar that runs daily from 5 to 6 pm. Margaritaville had $5 bj 3/2 but full. The food court when we were there they had tray liners with coupons for buy one and 50 percent off on some entrees, or sandwiches. Mac King promo $14.98 tickets (after all fees) that include a drink are still being handed out at the Total Rewards booth. 2-4-1 Who's To Blame margarita at Margaritaville, $10 off $50 at Uno Salon. (ACG)

    The Auto Collections at Linq Resort (formerly Imperial Palace) closed on Dec. 30, 2017, after 36 years. Didn't realize the Linq promenade had a fountain and light show at night. Right in front of IN and OUT Burgers. They are linked to music. Not sure of the times they take place. The cool thing is the music is also linked to the lights on the High Roller. Very cool.

    Frozen Baileys can be comped at O'Sheas when playing VP at the bar.

    BIG ELVIS RETURNS TO HARRAH'S PIANO BAR. 2 FREE tickets to Mac King with drink purchase, Tues - Sat 1 & 3 PM (ACG)

    Mirage - “The Beatles Love” is no longer offering open rehearsals. They’ve been replaced with a “Magical Technical Tour,” an open house presentation showcasing the production’s technology. The events take place every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. 21 Gambler $10X2 slot machine (high limit room?). The Mirage/Treasure Island Tram is up and running again. The renovations are complete!

    Casino Royale - Lose $20, get $20 back in free slot play coupon (internet - new players only?). Slot and video poker players can get daily rebates of $20 in free slot play for every $100 in losses. Casino Royale raised their beer prices to $3. ATM fee is now $3.

    The Venetian also has the new Sigma Derby-type electronic horse racing game from Konami, Fortune Cup. Grand Canal Shoppes to see if I can find The Void as I heard about The Void only two days prior and I was going to check out their Hyper Reality Star Wars show, in St. Mark's Square on the side closest to the canal bridges, $32.95 weekdays, 10 AM - 11 PM. Wow! That was awesome! I had a burger at San Genaro in the Venetian Food Court Casino a couple of weeks ago. We had a 2 for 1 from the American Casino Guide so it cost around $15 for 2 burgers split an order of fries and a drink. 2-for-1 admission to Madame Tussauds, Buy one menu item get one FREE at San Genarro Grill, 2-4-1 cocktail or draft at Rockhouse, 2-4-1 menu item at Prime Burger, 2-4-1 menu item Pizzeria Pronto, buy 1 get 50% off 2nd menu item at Royal Brittania Pub (ACG)

    TI - You no longer have to scramble to the nearest Comic Con to get up close and personal with your favorite superheroes. Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is the Strip’s newest superhero attraction. Mystere, every Monday afternoon at 4pm has open rehearsals. I visit Treasure Island to play blackjack. They promote the casino as having great 3:2 blackjack and they deliver. Depending on the day, you’ll find a variety of 3:2 blackjack games anywhere from $1 for Stadium Blackjack to $25 games in the High Limit room. $2 off sandwich, free chips & drink at Little Richie's Chicago Style Beef & Dogs (online). The food is really good there, and they dont give you a hard time when you refill the cup an hour later, or a half dozen times. The Mirage/Treasure Island Tram is up and running again. The renovations are complete!

    Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, will begin charging for parking on Aug. 7, 2017. Starting July 1 2018 parking is included for hotel guests in the resort fee. Non-hotel guests will also be able to park free, albeit with validation. Guests will be validated upon receipt of a $50 spend at Wynn or Encore. That minimum can be spent at all the retail stores, restaurants, shows, nightclubs and lounges at either of the resorts. The poker desk has been giving away free parking just for asking, even to people who haven’t sat down in a poker game.

    Luke’s Lobster recently opened its first location west of the Mississippi River. The outdoor eatery along Las Vegas Boulevard serves the grab-and-go food that founders Luke Holden and Ben Conniff introduced in 2009 in Manhattan’s East Village. Their newest location is in a new pedestrian plaza beside the Fashion Show mall, just steps from the Strip. Given its focus, the menu is a short one. It includes shrimp rolls ($10), crab rolls ($14) and lobster rolls ($18) along with such sides as New England clam chowder ($9) and Jonah crab claws (four for $8). Everything is made using fresh seafood. If you opt not to grab and go, you can stay and eat in a seating area that can handle about a dozen people.

    Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge is old-school Vegas. Happy hour 3-6 PM and 9-11 PM daily.

    Circus Circus - WinCards.

    SLS - Earn 1,000 slot points in the month and receive one FREE jacket! Weekly Slot Tournaments will be held from 10AM to 8PM each Tuesday and Thursday. To play, earn 50 points with your Club 52 card inserted into any eligible slot machine. Earn up to three entries each tournament day. Twenty-five winners will be selected with a top prize of $1,000 Free Slot Play, Slam Dunk Drawing winners every hour from 1pm to 5pm daily from March 21 to March 24, Win Free Slot Play or One Bet Only Chips, Play for entries and swipe daily at kiosk for bonus entries starting Sunday, March 17, activate entries after 10 AM.

    Lucky Dragon - Casino has closed.

    Palace Station’s new buffet is very similar to the new one at the Palms. Although the prices at the Palms are reasonable compared to other more-upscale buffets in town, the prices at Palace Station are even lower, It is also open all night since the coffee shop is closed. Play at the kiosk Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Win up to 1 million points, Just earn 10 base points. Mon - Wed 6X (2X) points n VP in March. 2-for-1 buffet Monday-Thursday (ACG)

    A new tavern just off The Strip is turning heads with its signage, a throwback to earlier times in Las Vegas. The Mint Tavern sits in an unassuming strip mall that features the Golden Steer steakhouse, just west of the ill-fated Lucky Dragon. THE MINT lounge on Sahara from the people that brought you the parties at AmeriCan, PBR and Rockhouse. $120 premium open bar for the day, reserved seating in The Mint banquet room, Extra TV's being brought in. 2-4-1 draft, 2-4-1 well drink (ACG)

    I started at Stratosphere , where I found several $5 tables paying 3:2. 3/18 - 24 Pull Tab promo, 500 base points ($1k coin) = $5, $10 or $20 in slot play or promo chips, higher levels 1500 points and up. The STRAT will be the first of Golden Entertainment’s properties to introduce True Rewards, a comprehensive gaming rewards program that will soon be available at 130+ locations, including: Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas. 2-4-1 tower admission (ACG)

    M Resort - New Members Play $300 On Us. New members who sign up for a Marquee Rewards card will be reimbursed up to $300 Free Play for their first day of play. As soon as members activate their account, they can play any of their favorite slots and be eligible for reimbursement for their slot losses up to $300 (note - changing to mychoice program in 2019, not valid for new program?).

    South Point - Earn 300 points, get a FREE breakfast, lunch or regular dinner buffet (and keep the points), free appetizer with purchase of entree at Don Vito's (ACG)

    Silverton - 50+ Senior Mondays: includes 50% off one entrée in Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Sundance Grill or one buffet in Seasons Buffet from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. earn 50 points if you are Silver level to participate, Swipe & Win up to $100 Free Slot Play, Guests must swipe at new Redemption Kiosk to receive the 50% off coupon. 2-for-1 or 50% off for one buffet. (ACG)

    We hightailed over to Merkato, a little Ethiopian restaurant about a block south of the Orleans, and happens to be one of my 2 or 3 favorite restaurants in Las Vegas. We feasted on the vegetarian platter and short ribs of both lamb and beef. We had only intended to order one of them but we were served both. It was fine, we were hungry and pardon my Swahili but they were defuckinglicious. Total for 3 of us and a few beers was like $45 or so. (4970 S Arville)

    Orleans - Ondori has very good Chinese and a good Happy Hour from 2 - 4. Mardi Gras pit - Every hour, a Mardi Gras Party Pit King or Queen will be selected. Our chosen King or Queen will take a spin at the Party Pit gift wheel. And for the hour, their Blackjacks will pay 2-1, up to $100 wager - Friday 6:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday 11:00am - 2:00am, Sunday 11:00am - 2:00am. Mondays in March table games drawings $500 IN LIVE CHIPS, TWO WINNERS EACH HOUR 7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:00pm, FOUR WINNERS at 10:00pm. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March, Hit a royal and get a bonus, With max coin bet, $.05 DENOMINATION $10 SLOT DOLLARS, $.10 DENOMINATION $20 SLOT DOLLARS, $.25 DENOMINATION $50 SLOT DOLLARS, $.50 DENOMINATION $100 SLOT DOLLARS, $1.00+ DENOMINATION $200 SLOT DOLLARS. $10 matchplay, 2-4-1 showroom tickets, $15 off a purchase of $30 or more at Baliwick (ACG)

    Wildfire - $20 of food for $10, not valid at Wild Wild West (ACG)

    Palms - The new Lucky Penny is open and the food is overpriced, service poor and the food was not good. It is open 24/7. I will not return. Now Stations Boarding Pass. The weirdness continues here. A dead fish cut in three pieces hanging from the ceiling costing I forget how many million. Now they paid $14 million for a 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a naked, headless ogre who will grace their new pool. 2-4-1 buffet Mon-Sat, $10 off $25 Lucky Penny (ACG)

    Gold Coast - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March, Hit a royal and get a bonus, With max coin bet, $.05 DENOMINATION $10 SLOT DOLLARS, $.10 DENOMINATION $20 SLOT DOLLARS, $.25 DENOMINATION $50 SLOT DOLLARS, $.50 DENOMINATION $100 SLOT DOLLARS, $1.00+ DENOMINATION $200 SLOT DOLLARS. $10 matchplay, earn 40 tier credits for free buffet, $20 off $40 at Cornerstone Steakhouse (ACG)

    Rio Las Vegas has announced it will end a free shuttle that’s run guests between the off-Strip resort and Harrah’s. Previous shuttles, from Rio to Bally’s and the Linq, were discontinued some time ago. Kiss Mini Golf has successfully relocated from its previous off-Strip location to Rio Las Vegas resort. $5 off Carnival buffet, $10 off entree at Voodoo Steak, 2-4-1 Kiss mini golf (ACG)

    Ellis Island - Hit a suited blackjack on a $10 minimum bet and receive an Ellis Island growler. 50+ Tues & Thurs - Earn 50 base points and instantly receive $5 free play plus 20% off any single entrée in the Cafe or BBQ and a free coffee, glass of wine or Ellis Island 20 oz. beer. BBQ restaurant - Enjoy any item for an additional $2 off when you play $5! Get our famous steak special for just $7.99! This offer is valid with your Passport Players Club coupon and the “Play $5, Get $2” Coupon, both available on the kiosk when you play $5. Earn 50 base points and instantly receive $5 free play plus 20% off any single entrée in the Cafe or BBQ and a free coffee, glass of wine or Ellis Island 20 oz. beer, Available to all guests 50 years old or over Tuesdays & Thursdays. Play $5 and swipe for a prize Saturdays & Sundays. Play $10 and get up to $100 in free play, play $20 for free t-shirt, $10 matchplay (ACG)

    Tuscany - Senior Thursdays free coffee at Caffe Bottega, 50 point entry slot tournament Noon - 8 PM, earn free gifts for 250 points. 6X points VP Sun & Wed. The Rat Pack Is Back at Tuscany. Loved it and would go again! The 7 piece band moves to the Tuscany Hotel Lounge on Friday nights. Would be nice to hang out with friends over drinks and listen to them. Earn 300 points, get $10 in slot play, 2-4-1 entree/burger/taco at Pub 365 (ACG)

    Silver Sevens - Found one machine upstairs at Silver Sevens w 9/6 JOB at $.25, $.50, $1, and $2 levels. Hot Seat promo Thursdays 6 - 9 PM, 1 winner every 30 minutes will win $100 in Free Bet, PLUS, everyone actively playing at the winner’s table will win $10 in Free Bet. 2X points on Thursdays. 2-for-1 or 50% off 1 buffet, 2-4-1 entree or 50% off 1 at the Sterling Spoon Cafe. (ACG)

    Hard Rock - The players club stopped all promotions in November. Also of note, they seem to be stingy with their comp drinks, requiring a $1 minimum bet. Arrived at Hard Rock and decided to try the $7.77 Gambler’s Special only to find out it has been discontinued as of November 1. Mr. Lucky’s New Happy Hour Specials: Available 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. —Half-Off all Appetizers & Starters —Drink Specials: House Bloody Marys ($5), House Mimosas ($5), Glass of House Wine ($5), Shot & Beer ($7), Mr. Lucky’s Specialty Cocktails ($8).

    Mardi Gras Casino - Thursday night is video poker tournament night. Players compete in two rounds of Video Poker for the top prize of $250. FREE-bate Wednesdays, when players earn a 25% rebate for their losing play. 20X points Saturdays Noon - 9 PM. 3500 Paradise (N of Flamingo, S of Westgate).

    Westgate - If you go there, be sure to park in the FREE parking area off of Joe E. Brown Road, behind the casino, by the sports book entrance. All other parking areas & parking garages will cost you about $10 !!!

    If anyone is looking for a spot to catch the games I run a local sports bar called Bar Code Burger Bar! It’s about a mile off of the strip on 1590 E Flamingo near UNLV East of Maryland. Also, we offer gaming and the BEST burgers in the city! barcodeburgerbar.com

    $10 Restaurant.com certificate for Legends Sports Bar, 5866 Boulder Hwy (South of Tropicana).

    Eastside Cannery - Hot Seat Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in March, starting March 3, 1:30pm - 6:00pm Every 30 minutes three will win (2 slots one table player) while playing their favorite Slot & Table Games, 30 winners each day will win Dining, Slot Dollars and Cash up to $1,000! 2X VP points Mon & Tues in March.

    One cool thing about Longhorn is that if you eat there, you get a free ace on blackjack, Maximum bet is $5. WIN UP TO $500 DAILY JUST BY INSERTING YOUR BIGSHOT CLUB CARD INTO YOUR FAVORITE SLOT, VIDEO POKER, OR KENO MACHINE. 6X points on "Game Kings" Mon - Wed. Quad 5-10 get a bonus - $4 for nickel & dime, $10 for quarters. $10 matchplay, free ace ($5 max), $20 freeplay for $10 (ACG)

    Sam's Town - Mondays & Tuesdays in March 11X points. Hot Seat Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in March, starting March 3, 1:30pm - 6:00pm Every 30 minutes three will win (2 slots one table player) while playing their favorite Slot & Table Games, 30 winners each day will win Dining, Slot Dollars and Cash up to $1,000! Earn 40 tier credits for free buffet, buy 2 nights get 1 free Sun - Thurs (ACG)

    Arizona Charlies - $7.77 ham or steak & eggs at Sourdough. When you play table games, you earn points and point multipliers. Use your points for Cash, Slot, Bingo and/or Comps. 7X points Thursdays & Sundays in March (VP?), swipe at kiosk to activate (both). $10 matchplay (both), 2-4-1 Buffet M-F (both) (ACG)

    Boulder Station - Play at the kiosk Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Win up to 1 million points, Just earn 10 base points. Mon - Wed 6X (2X) points n VP in March. 2-4-1 buffet Mon-Thurs (ACG)

    Rampart - $10 match play, 2-4-1 or 50% off one buffet, 30% off spa. (ACG)

    Lucky’s Gaming & Spirits Casino - (2501 E. Charleston) New members joining the club receive a $10 match play after playing your first $10.

    Jerry's Nugget - Slot and Video Poker players Jerry’s Hot Seat Free Play Giveaways are on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month, 40 Hot Seat Winners chosen each day, $10 non-cashable free play awarded per winner. $10 matchplay, $10 freeplay (ACG)

    Bighorn - 2-4-1 lunch or dinner entree, $5 BJ matchplay, $20 freeplay for $10. (ACG)

    Silver Nugget - Tables open after 4 PM, Thursdays it’s $1 minimum blackjack. They have an unwritten rule that despite the table’s limits being $1 to $50, one cannot increase their bet to more than 3x what their prior bet was. Turns out they can waive that rule, so they did that and I kept playing. Get 2 Kings while playing blackjack at our casino bar, and win $20 in free slot play instantly! Get two 7's at our blackjack table, and win $10 in promo chips instantly! Eat one of our Eat & Play specials at The Wrangler and get free slot play: Chicken Penne Pasta in wine sauce for $6.99 receives $5 free slot play, Shrimp Scampi with rice for $8.99 receives $10 free slot play, Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya for $10.99 receives $15 free slot play! Also Every Day Prime rib with mashed potatoes, creamed corn & a roll $5.99, Fried Chicken with 1 side $5.99, Whole fried tilapia with rice and beans $5.99, Grilled Pork Chops with mashed potatoes & veggies $5.99. Website shows steak & lobster for $9.99. $10 matchplay, 2-4-1 or 50% off one entree (ACG)

    Lucky Club - Get 2 Kings while playing blackjack at our casino bar, and win $20 in free slot play instantly! Get two 7's at our blackjack table, and win $10 in promo chips instantly! Steak & lobster dinner $9.99. $10 matchplay, 2-4-1 or 50% off one entree. (ACG)

    Cannery - 2-4-1 buffet (ACG)

    Klondike Sunset serves two good prime rib specials in Sarah’s Kitchen—one for $12.99 beginning at 11 am and another for $5.55 beginning at 3 pm. Earn 1000 points ($2000 coin) get $20 freeplay, free entree at Sarah's Kitchen. (ACG)

    Skyline - Low limit BJ (?), you can play black jack at certain times. The tables were not open until 4PM. New hotel opened, and new players card system beginning 3/5/18. Skyline, home of the $1.99 shrimp cocktail...yes please! They also have two really good vp progressives and live country bands on weekends. Honestly, it was tastier than the one at Adiamos. Cool deal there. Book directly and you can spin some dice in a cage and 3 of a kind gets a comped room night. And right away, not just sometime in the future. The counter said that points can't be applied to room charges. Here they have this game called Bar Blackout Bingo for a natural 4 of and kind, Dueces through Aces. I think it is on all of the VP games not just Dueces Wild but will have to check on that. Once you get a four of a kind, you ask the bartender for a Bingo Card and they stamp on the card the one you hit. After you hit them all you get $200.00 cash. The card is good forever (as long as your remember to bring it back) so you can use it over many trips. 3X points every day excluding coin machines.

    Jokers Wild - $1 craps, .25 roulette, $3 BJ. Simply earn 5 base points on the day you join Prime Rewards then swipe at any kiosk to win up to 1 MILLION POINTS! Every Sunday swipe to Earn Up to 50X Points!

    Rainbow Club - $1.99/2.39 breakfast special 6-11 AM (still valid?); also steak, ham, or chicken fried steak & eggs all under $8. No table games.

    Eldorado - No table games? Every Sunday swipe to Earn Up to 50X Points!

    Emerald Island - Get $10 free play for 700 points ($700 coin-in) on Tuesdays. Play it up to two times. 1 & 5 cent 10/6 DDB, NSUD & 9/6 JOB 3/5/10 play.

    Club Fortune - $1 CRAPS, $3 BLACKJACK, $0.25 ROULETTE, open 4 PM weekdays, 2 PM Fri-Sat. Earn 5000 points ($15k coin) in one day, get $50 freeplay. (ACG)

    Railroad Pass - They had double deck BJ, Craps, Roulette and 3-Card Poker. Mystery Gift "scratch card" prize (email/website from Oct 2018).

    Drinks at Green Valley Ranch sportsbook are completely free after making a horse wager. We easily had 15 guys at our two tables and never paid for s drink.....even the guys that weren’t making any wagers. You don’t need to continue making wagers for free drinks. 2-4-1 buffet Mon-Tues (ACG)

    Gold Coast/Orleans shuttle: The shuttle drop off location on the Las Vegas Strip has been changed to The High Roller at the Linq effective April 1, 2016. The shuttle operates 7 days a week from 9:00am to 12:30am.

    * TI does not charge for parking. They also allow you to opt out of the resort fee if you book with their TV Ad rate.
    * SLS has free parking and has a conveniently located LV Monorail station (which may be more convenient than a car if you are heading to the Strip anyway).
    * Circus-Circus (an MGM property) has free self parking. The Venetian, Palazzo and Stratosphere still offer free self- and valet-parking.
    * Some shopping centers also offer free parking. Crystals (City Center), Fashion Show Mall (near TI and Wynn), The Miracle Mile Shops (Planet Hollywood - self only), and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place all offer free self parking.
    * Stratosphere, Venetian/Palazzo, Casino Royale, Tropicana, Hooters

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  2. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC TBD

    Sep 23, 2012
    North Shore Massachusetts
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the hard work. Have a great trip.
  3. zignerlv

    zignerlv High-Roller

    Aug 29, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Years ago, I used to keep a similar but more summarized list like this. With all that info, it is a challenge to keep it updated. I have a couple of updates and comments.

    I believe this ended probably close to 2 years ago now. Was there about a month ago, and there was no new appetizer HH promo.

    I'd update the 9/6 info to say 2 machines, rather than several.

    I've never seen that one mentioned before. Nice find!

    Good luck on your trip!
  4. popcornoholic

    popcornoholic Low-Roller

    Jun 17, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice, I do something similar in a word document and as I read different things I just copy and paste! And then print out before my trip!
    Have a good trip!
  5. Abstarfd

    Abstarfd Newbie

    Mar 6, 2019
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the info! Love secret pizza looking forward to finding Magic Donkey, it's a bar, but there's no sign, no map, no hints. It's like Secret Pizza on steroids. We are going March 22-26 for the first time in 6 months
  6. vegasdev

    vegasdev VIP Whale

    Sep 20, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    what is this? I don't recall ever seeing it.
  7. vegasdev

    vegasdev VIP Whale

    Sep 20, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    ...note to self: try the Portland Roast

    ...wow. I guess the place bombed.

    thank you for the VERY informative post.
  8. carolineno

    carolineno VIP Whale

    Jan 29, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Wow that is some list! Brief cheapo pro tip on south strip - Nathan’s in Luxor serves breakfast, and the pancakes are made to order and huge. Good use of the b1g1 coupon. Also, if you wander across the bridge from Excalibur to nyny, the Haagen daaz place is right there and rarely busy. B1g1 free milkshakes without an annoying detour!
    Part One - Ballys Strip View!
    Part Two - Aria Sky Suite!
  9. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

    Jan 21, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the replies.

    I haven't eaten at Chicago Brewing for a while, I will miss the 1/2 price apps.

    Regarding the Fremont Viewing Party, I received the below in an email yesterday from California Hotel email address, but it has the Fremont listed on the top of the info. When I click the "Learn More" link, it just brings up the main BConnected online page with no other info.



  10. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

    Jan 21, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Just received the below from Vegas 4 Locals - I'm not a clothes shopper, but it sounds like a big deal for those who are. If I was, it would go on the list. The wives version of a March Madness Viewing Party?


    For the first time ever in Las Vegas, shop Ted Baker apparel, clothing, and accessories for up to 80% off at the Ted Baker Warehouse Sale presented by StyleDemocracy.

    Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Thursday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The Pavilions at World Market Center — Pavilion 1
    205 W. Symphony Ave.
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    For more details visit: https://www.styledemocracy.com/ted-baker-warehouse-sale-las-vegas/

  11. dmac37

    dmac37 Tourist

    Mar 6, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Wow, I thought I was overzealous with my research before going to Vegas for March Madness- great work!
  12. tmoney25

    tmoney25 High-Roller

    Jun 15, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Just seeking clarification. You mentioned the Mirage to TI tram being running again. Does that mean the lengthy repair after it was open for a short while after renovations are completed or did you not know about it being down again?
  13. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

    Apr 19, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    FYI...about a year ago CET closed the 5 o'clock somewhere bar....now it has been renamed & the beers are $.50...