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When Palms revamped its website this summer, we gave them credit for having one of the best for a Vegas resort. A good website can make planning your next trip quick and easy. A simple reservation system, easy to find restaurant hours and phone numbers, and details regarding entertainment options are the essentials. And, it should look nice. (Ahem.) This is Vegas, after all.
So, which Vegas hotel-casino has us doing our best Grumpy Cat impersonation? Downtown’s Four Queens. One look at the homepage takes us back to the days of PowerPoint ’97. It’s tough to take the welcome page seriously when everything is presented using the ‘fly-in’ effect. If you aren’t scared off by the navigation menu that beeps as you mouse over each button, you can make your way to the nightmare that is the reservations page.
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Last week, we reported that Downtown Grand lowered its video poker pay tables shortly after they opened. Nobody was happy to see this reduction so quickly, but Downtown Grand's video poker only went from bad to worse. Most people concerned with playing good video poker games wouldn't have played the better option at Downtown Grand, anyway.
The reaction to Downtown Grand's video poker pay tables led us to check out how other downtown casinos compare. According to vpFREE2, there are plenty of good video poker games to be found downtown. Here's a list of the best games in each casino with percentage of return. They're broken down only by the best game(s) offered. Click on each game listed to find details on how many of those games are in that casino, where they are located, and what other good video poker games are available.
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We love the free drinks that are so readily available throughout Vegas casinos. Sometimes, we won’t even be playing and will still be offered our favorite beverage by a cocktail sever who knows us too well. The downside to all the freebies comes when we step away from the tables and are reminded that, in the real world, pouring from the tap comes with a tab.
In Vegas casino restaurants, this situation can be especially frustrating. While on the gaming floor, we can drink ourselves silly for next to nothing. Once we step into a restaurant, often just feet away from the nearest slot machine, the comps end and the pricey brews begin. The easy solution, of course, would be to bring in free drinks from the casino floor. The restaurants typically see us coming from miles away, however, and make us finish or trash them prior to entering. A few will let it slide, but most (especially chain restaurants) are strict about their no-outside-drinks policies. We’ve tried every trick in the book to get out of paying for cocktails and will even dash out mid-meal to quickly down a glass if we see our server making her rounds.
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Mix one part Rat Pack Is Back, two parts drunken karaoke, an equal amount of community theater and a scoopful of moldy cheese. Sprinkle with some of your annoying uncle’s bad jokes. Then, dump the whole concoction onto a stage. What do you get? Why, The Broadway Rat Pack at Four Queens, of course.
When we first heard about the opening of “The Broadway Rat Pack” in downtown’s Canyon Club our initial reaction was…. why? Did Vegas really need another “Pack” show? Wasn’t the Rat Pack Is Back at Rio still going strong? Wasn’t downtown's Plaza about to lower the curtain on their own Phat Pack which had replaced Rat Pack Is Back in the same showroom? Hadn't Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack already closed in multiple Vegas venues before finally hitting the road? What could this version offer to justify its existence? And, why was “Broadway” in the title? Unfortunately, those queries were about to be answered with another. “Why did we ever ask?”
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Mike Hammer: Comedy Magic is a little dynamo of a show. Currently ranked #24 out of 526 Vegas attractions by TripAdvisor readers, it regularly fills the Canyon Club Theater at the Four Queens. That's no small feat, considering the frequency that downtown shows come and go. Along with Golden Nugget's Gordie Brown, Mike Hammer: Comedy Magic has entrenched itself as a long-term fixture on Fremont Street.
Mike’s improvisational humor and sleight-of-hand are as sharp as his trademark vertical hairstyle. He's a frequent guest on talk shows, does MMA ring announcing, and has been a game show emcee (MC Hammer?). In a city filled with magic shows, this one manages to make the art of illusion cool, sexy and hilarious. He calls it “Getting Hammer’d.”
You never know what’s going to come out of Mike’s mouth (sometimes, it’s a string of razor blades), but we took a chance and asked him a few questions, anyway. And, we couldn’t resist the urge to throw in a “Magic Mike” reference. Considering his show's final illusion involves him being onstage in his boxers, he deserves to be in the running for next year's Hunkiest Headliners.
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Downtown Vegas is great in so many ways and is getting better by the day. There are new restaurants and bars popping up nearly as quickly as we can say Downtown Vegas. Gambling is alive and well there, too, but there's one thing that's lacking for sports bettors. Unlike casinos on the Vegas Strip, not every downtown Vegas casino has a sportsbook. Sure, you can watch the games at many bars, but you can't always wager and watch at the same place. With football season coming up, we thought we should rundown the sportsbooks in Downtown Vegas:
The Plaza introduced a big, bright renovated William Hill sportsbook earlier this year (seen above) and they share it with sister property, Las Vegas Club. This is probably the largest sportsbook in Downtown Vegas with easy access to Pop Up Pizza. There are plenty of tables and chairs for you to eat. It's almost as if they're encouraging us to eat pizza. Twist our arm.
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The best games in the casino aren't always the games with the best odds, but it's nice when they are. Craps happens to be both. The casino only has a house advantage on pass line (or come) bets of 1.41%. This is among the smallest advantages the casinos have on gamblers. We can further minimize that house advantage by playing craps games that allow us to place higher odds behind our pass line bet. Pass line odds come with no house advantage and help shrink the overall house advantage. Why not take advantage of what's technically a free bet?
We'll play craps (or any game) wherever we happen to be, but it's nice to know where the best odds can be found. This helps us plan outings to specific casinos that meet our social and gambling goals. Many Strip casinos have 3-4-5x odds (3x odds on the 4 or 10, 4x odds on the 5 or 9 and 5x odds on the 6 and 8) (good eye rollie) so it often doesn't matter which casino you play at on the Strip. 3-4-5x odds isn't bad, but you can find better if you look for it. There's much more variety in craps odds in Downtown Vegas.
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We would like to welcome our brand new VegasChatter contributer, Nick Holliday. A recent transplant from Chicago, Nick is firmly settled on the east side of Las Vegas. Nick spends most of his time and dollars as far from The Strip as he can since he works there all day. That means you can expect coverage of both off Strip and downtown finds. Nick loves punk rock, craft beer, decent whiskey, casinos, dive bars, and being comped which is fitting because, for his first post, he shows us how to turn nothing into something at the casinos of downtown Vegas.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to how a Vegas vacation will turn out. Maybe you win big and take some of the casinos’ cash with you. Maybe you “break even.” Like the majority of thrillseekers, you will probably party and gamble nonstop until your vacation bankroll is spent. There is always something going on in this town, so what’s a visitor with hardly any cash in their pocket do when they want to have a little fun in Las Vegas?
Fremont Street offers a ton of opportunity for the average small-time gambler. The great promotions, cheap food, and cheesy neon reminds us of a Las Vegas that we have only read about. Where the Strip is full of luxury resorts and high-end shopping malls, Fremont is all about the gambler. That sits right with this low roller.
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It's working on a new, permanent bar to replace the temporary one that fronted the Fremont Street Experience. Once, complete there will be both indoor and outdoor seating. So far, there's no word on just when it will make its debut, but we'll be sure to let you know when we hear.
Until then, here's our take on a few other Fremont area bars and whether they're worth a stop:
It was strange for this writer to receive an offer from Four Queens as he hasn't been inside of the casino in about a year, but who are we to say no to a free room offer? We look at these kind of offers as an excuse to explore Vegas. Four Queens is across the street from our last Downtown Vegas crash pad at the Fremont Casino, right smack dab in the middle of the action of Fremont Street.
We arrived at Four Queens around 4:30 p.m. and were told that our room preference (2 non-smoking queens) were all given out. Boo, we thought. Then we were told that we were being upgraded to a non-smoking king suite. Thankfully our friend bailed on us and he didn't have to sleep on the faux leather couch.
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Over the weekend we spotted a Vegas cab advertising Steve Wyrick's show and figured some ad manager missed the memo, being that his Miracle Mile Show disappeared in 2009. A double take clarified that the ad dollars were in fact well spent, alerting us to his new show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Or is there a new show?
Earlier this week, the Hilton had a page dedicated to Wyrick's new show, Ultra Magician but today that page has done a disappearing act of it's own. The show had already been pushed back at least once due to "scheduling conflicts" and was finally due to open Friday, August 5.
Wyrick still has a $54 million dollar bankruptcy filing pending over the theater that bore his name inside the Miracle Mile. Has the rug been pulled on the show for reasons relating to his financials? Issues with the show itself? Is the Hilton still sorting out its entertainment schedule? Or is this a website glitch? As of today, the Hilton's event calendar doesn't list Wyrick's show or the recently announced Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack that was set to move to the Hilton this week.
A call to the Hilton box office informed us Wyrick is set to debut Friday but will be performing weekly rather than the previously announced nightly schedule.
Steve Wyrick, Ultra Magician, opens August 5:
Where: Las Vegas Hilton Theater
Price: $21.98 - $137.50
For tickets, call 800-222-5361
or visit LVHilton.com.
UPDATE 8/4: The Hilton website now has a different page up and running for the Wyrick show. That page again indicates nightly performances at 7:30pm beginning August 5. Tix are listed at $39.95 - $125 (plus tax and service charge). We suggest calling if you really want to see the new show.
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This guide is sooo 2011. Check out the VegasChatter's 2013 Downtown Vegas Guide
Mention Las Vegas to someone and they usually immediately picture The Strip. TV Shows, awards shows, and sports broadcasts all love to show aerial shots of Las Vegas Boulevard. And why shouldn't they? The Strip looks amazing from above with its reaching architecture, exploding volcanoes, and high flying fountains.
But when the camera needs that neon shot where do they go? Vegas may be known for Neon but most Strip marquees these days are down with the LED. For the best clusters of lit neon, one needs to head to Downtown Vegas.
Downtown Vegas. Old Vegas. Walkable Vegas. Cheap gambling. Cheap booze. Home of Vegas Vic and the Girls of Glitter Gulch. Original home to the World Series of Poker. Now home to the Fremont Street Experience.
Different folks have different images of downtown. Others have never strayed from the Strip. Possibly due to lack of interest or lack of knowledge about what downtown has to offer. Downtown is certainly a different experience than the Strip. But different doesn't have to mean worse if you know what to do, where to stay, and what not to miss.
In an effort to spread the Downtown love, we present VegasChatter's Guide to Downtown Vegas. Where to Stay, Where to Drink, Where to Eat, Where To Have Fun, and What Not To Miss. Each category won't be an exhaustive list but rather a few of our top picks. Note that we've kept the scope of downtown to Fremont Street and the immediate surrounding areas. Therefore spots worth visiting like Frankie's Tiki Room, Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, and cool antique stores won't make the guide. Some categories were harder to narrow than others but let's go to the tape.
WHERE TO STAY: Downtown doesn't need to be a cab ride from the Strip. With rates that are usually reasonable and rooms that are getting makeovers, downtown's worth sleeping over for.
WHERE TO DRINK: Downtown has plenty of casino bars, restaurant bars, street bars, and just bar bars. We've listed a few that you shouldn't miss when your thirst hits.
WHERE TO EAT: Celebrity chefs might not be flocking to Fremont, but there are several great meals to be had if you know where to look.
WHERE TO HAVE FUN: We love walking and wondering around downtown without an agenda. But if you need to plan fun, here's where to go.
WHAT NOT TO MISS: Quite a few hidden gems are located downtown and we don't want you to miss them.
What would you pick when it comes to featuring Downtown's best? Find out if they mesh with our recommendations when VegasChatter's Guide to Downtown Vegas continues after the galleries.