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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (6)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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El Cortez Becomes First Downtown Vegas Casino With Online Poker

July 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

Today, Ultimate Poker became the official online poker room for El Cortez. This makes El Cortez the first Downtown Vegas casino to be affiliated with any online poker room. Since El Cortez closed its poker room earlier this year, this should be a welcome addition. While a groundbreaking move, it's mostly a marketing partnership between the El Cortez and Ultimate Poker.

The real win for online poker players is that you can now deposit and withdraw Ultimate Poker funds at El Cortez. In return, El Cortez will promote Ultimate Poker to its customers. El Cortez joins Station Casinos in this regard. This partnership shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as El Cortez is also affiliated with Station Casinos' sportsbooks. Not only does Station Casinos operate the El Cortez sportsbook, but you can deposit and withdraw funds to make sports bets with the Sports Connection app.

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Our Top Five Summer-In-Vegas Budget Picks

July 10, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you’re looking for that Bellagio fountain view, turn back now. This is for bargain hunters. Off Strip hotels, slumming downtown or even a room with a garbage view, if you’ll do whatever it takes for a good deal, this is for you. Check out our top five picks for a summer in Vegas that won't require a Bellagio budget:

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Downtown Deals Are Here If You Can Stand The Heat

June 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

Even though we haven’t reached the official start of summer (this weekend), summertime events in Vegas have been booming for weeks. Pool parties started as soon as the weather permitted. The story is the same for Wet 'N' Wild, now well into its second season.

With temperatures regularly topping 100, access to a pool becomes a must for many when choosing their hotel. While summer isn’t a slow time for Vegas, we’ve been seeing some very low rates lately, many of which are bundled with free dining credit. The only catch is that most are coming from pool-less hotels. If you can find other ways of keeping cool, you may be able to take advantage of a sweet summertime deal. Here are a few of our favorites in downtown Vegas:

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You'll Never Believe What An Extra $10 Gets You At El Cortez

Where: 600 E Fremont St [map], 89101
June 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (5)

Want a great blackjack game, some cheap eats, or an unusual casino promo? El Cortez is your spot.

What if you’re looking for a place to get some rest and want something upscale and modern? We’re guessing El Cortez doesn’t immediately come to mind. The hotel at El Cortez is mostly made up of older rooms that come with low rates. We’ve reviewed their tower rooms in the past and, while we wouldn’t describe them as upscale or modern, they are well-maintained and a great value. If you’re more interested in boutique than bargain, you may be surprised to discover what a difference $10 can make when booking a room here. This writer certainly was after a recent two-night stay.

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Head Downtown Every Thursday In June For Free White Castle

Where: 600 Fremont Street [map], 89101
June 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (9)

This photo was from 2013 but guess what's baaack?

Oh, El Cortez, how we love thee.

Free Klondike bars on Wednesdays during the summer sure are nice. Free slice of apple pie in the winter are nice, too. Neither of those can hold a candle to the special White Castle promotion for the month of June.

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In Downtown Vegas, Sunday Strike Still Possible

May 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (4)

Another tentative deal has been made between a downtown casino and the Culinary and Bartenders Unions.

This morning, it was announced that an agreement had been reached with The D; although, its sister casino, Golden Gate, is still among a shrinking number of downtown casinos with expired union contracts. Also in that group: Four Queens, Binion's, Plaza and Las Vegas Club... no one.

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Will Downtown Workers Strike On Sunday?

Where: 89101
May 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (10)

Will workers at nine Downtown Vegas hotel-casinos walk off the job this Sunday, June 1?

That's the deadline set by the Culinary and Bartenders Unions after negotiations with The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate have failed to yield new contracts.

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Union Workers In Downtown Set To Strike In June

Where: 89101
May 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (11)

Downtown union workers could walk off the job at 5 a.m. on June 1.

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have set that timetable for a strike against nine downtown casinos: The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate. Each of those properties have expired union contracts.

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Another El Cortez? Plus, Fancy New Keys

Where: 600 E. Fremont [map], 89101
May 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s always exciting to find a piece of Las Vegas while away from Las Vegas. We were surprised when we discovered multiple world’s largest gold nuggets outside of Vegas. And, just last month, we were delighted to find our favorite Vegas horse racing game up in Lake Tahoe. During a recent overnight stay in Reno, this writer was stunned to find something even bigger, a second El Cortez.

This hasn’t been a great year for El Cortez Las Vegas. First, they added an $8.95 resort fee. Shortly after, gaming legend and former El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan passed away. El Cortez continues to thrive, however, and remains one of my favorites in Downtown Vegas. When I came across a hotel and lounge that shared its name, I couldn’t resist exploring.

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Remembering Jackie Gaughan

March 13, 2014 at 12:06 AM | by | Comments (4)



This morning, Las Vegas learned it had lost one of its gaming legends. Tonight, Fremont Street pauses in remembrance of Jackie Gaughan with a special Viva Vision tribute.

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How To Avoid Lines When Betting On The Big Game

January 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (9)

Last year, a simple tip on skipping the line at sportsbooks during March Madness came in handy for many readers. And, it will likely do the same for many others when it comes to this weekend's Big Game.

Football is more popular than ever. Bookmakers expect to take more bets than ever before on the Super Bowl. There are more prop bets available than in years past.

So, what's the tip? Betting with your mobile phone is the quickest and easiest way to get a bet placed with a sportsbook. Over 60% of people in the US own a smartphone and, chances are that if you're in Las Vegas for the Big Game, you'll have one with you. You won't get a "free drink" ticket if you wager with an app, but if you're at an all-you-can-drink Big Game party, that probably doesn't matter. Not waiting in lines when you're in Vegas is the best way to have the most fun.

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