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How To Mark The Kentucky Derby In Vegas

April 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (2)

The fastest two minutes in sports is just a few weeks away and we’ve got you covered if you plan to celebrate the annual Run for the Roses from afar.

If you’re more of a hands-on sort of person, you can always play your own version with Sigma Derby at the D downtown and MGM Grand on The Strip. Otherwise, drink specials and betting lectures will be happening all over town. We aggregate them below, and will update this post as new events are announced. The Kentucky Derby takes place May 3.

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Riverboat Roulette Arrives At Golden Gate

Where: 1 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (10)

Riverboat Roulette debuts at the Golden Gate today. No, this isn’t an April Fools gag, but it is a different take on the traditional roulette game.

Riverboat Roulette was first revealed to the gaming industry at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo and has since been crowned one of the “Top New Table Games of 2013” by Casino Journal. The game finally hits Vegas casinos in 2014 starting with the Golden Gate. Riverboat Roulette retains full functionality for traditional roulette play and includes the option of multiple spin wagers with six new neighborhoods on the wheel.

There are two colored sections with five slots (orange and blue), two colored sections with four slots each (purple and red), two colored sections with three slots each (teal and yellow) and two sections of white that each occupy four slots. If the ball lands in a colored section you bet on, you will be paid based on the color it lands on (see details below). If a ball lands in a colored section that you didn’t bet, your bet is pushed and you get to keep your original bet. If the ball lands in a white section, you lose your Riverboat Roulette bet. You can also choose to bet that the ball will land in the white section. Here’s a breakdown of the payouts:

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In Vegas, Union Workers Prepare To Picket On Fremont Street

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (8)

Union workers picketing The Cosmopolitan in 2013.

The local news in Las Vegas isn’t always that interesting outside of Las Vegas. As last week ended, the local news turned into news that would affect tourists and residents alike. The local Culinary and Bartenders Union approved a strike against 10 Downtown Vegas casinos

Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, Plaza and The D all have expired contracts with the union. Shortly after the strike was approved, the union started getting their troops in order to picket outside the hotels beginning April 12.

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In-Room Coffee Is On The Way Out At The D, Golden Gate

Where: 89101
February 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM | by | Comments (9)

At the D, guests who can't function without that morning cup of java will now need to head downstairs to grab some, or bring their own coffeemaker.

We've confirmed that the downtown hotel is removing all of its in-room Keurig machines and that there are no plans to replace them with something else right now. Guests will need to head to D Grill or McDonald's to get their caffeine fix if they don't want to bring a travel coffeemaker with them to Vegas.

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In Downtown Vegas, Trading A Courthouse For Concerts

January 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last year, Derek Stevens, CEO of the D and Golden Gate hotel-casinos, bought downtown's old Clark County Courthouse at auction for a cool $10 mil.

Located a block off Fremont, Stevens plans to turn the lot into events grounds for everything from "concerts to food-and-arts festivals." And, the work towards that end has now commenced.

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Downtown Vegas Has Great Video Poker

Where: 89101
November 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown Vegas is a place for gamblers. It's always been this way and if Downtown Vegas casinos don't hide from their history it should remain this way in the future.

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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Golden Gate And The D Dominate Hotel Search Results (For Now)

November 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (14)

The ‘No Resort Fee’ era of Downtown Vegas came to an end over the summer when Golden Gate and The D introduced $20 a night charges. CEO Derek Stevens didn’t sugarcoat the decision, explaining it was necessary in order to compete on third-party travel search engines that sort hotels by price. Competitors like Plaza, who were already using resort fees to make their nightly rates appear lower than they really were, have been consistently outranking those hotels that don’t charge such fees. Golden Gate and The D took the if you can’t beat ‘em, join 'em approach and introduced their own fees, while lowering their displayed rates, in August.

While we hate the resort fee game, it clearly makes a difference for hotel operators. Since tacking on the $20 upcharges, both The D and Golden Gate have slashed their room rates and are now dominating listings on travel sites like Priceline and Orbitz. We checked Priceline for the cheapest room we could find next week and The D came out on top. Its $11 advertised price will actually be closer to $35 once the resort fee and taxes are added on.

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Checking Up On Fremont's Construction Projects

September 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (5)

As you know, Golden Nugget isn't the only downtown property with hard hat-clad workers walking around. We snooped around this past weekend to see what else is new as Fremont Street competes with the Strip in the 'most on-going construction' category. Not one to disappoint, we found some more progress to share.

At the Plaza's future Beer Garden, exterior walls have been cut through to open the space up to the exterior and posts have been installed for the fencing or gating that will line the street.

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The Brews On Tap For Golden Gate's First Beerfest

Where: 1 Fremont Street [map], 89101
August 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (3)

In Downtown Vegas, The D and sister property, Golden Gate, are teaming up to host an inaugural beerfest at Golden Gate so we're just going to call it the Golden Gate Beerfest. Straight?

The first-ever Golden Gate Beefest is set for Saturday, September 14 and will offer "more than 60 craft beers from 50 breweries around the world." We wanted to know just what that meant, though, so we asked for a rundown of the brews and received one. Here's what will be on tap:

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A Downtown Roundup, After Hours (Mostly)

August 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM | by | Comments (9)

If you think you're completely up on everything happening in Downtown Vegas, you might want to reconsider. Heck, even we thought we were finally caught up again after a late-night stroll earlier this week only to receive new information and images today.

Tuesday evening found us wandering around downtown, and tossing back a few drinks at the Fremont. To keep hydrated, naturally! Our priority aside from socializing, however, was to check on two new construction walls at the Golden Nugget first reported by Vital Vegas. But, we also wanted to follow-up on some on-going projects, too. And, along the way, we found more developments on top of that. Fremont, and its surrounding areas. An ever-changing experience.

First, several new things to report at the Plaza, including what's captured in the photo up top. New construction outside the hotel's food court, just off valet. Workers tell us it will be a beer garden, with faux grass and even concerts on the weekend. (How that will work with the Fremont Street stage just across the street is not yet known..) Inside, folks will be able to order up food and said beer. The construction wall for that can be seen in the panoramic below. Look for the garden to debut in late September.

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Checking Out Downtown Vegas' Sportsbooks

August 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM | by | Comments (7)

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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No Resort Fee Era Officially Over For Downtown Vegas

August 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM | by | Comments (52)

First came Plaza's $10 resort fee a year ago and we feared the start of a trend in a once fee-less Downtown Vegas. Then, last month, Golden Nugget instituted a $5 Fremont Street Experience Fee. Sorry, make that a $5 Downtown Destination Fee. (They can argue that it's not a resort fee all they want, but we're calling a spade a spade.) And now, Golden Gate and The D Las Vegas are joining the party nobody wants to see they've RSVP'd for at the bottom of their hotel bill.

Both Fremont Street hotels will enact at $20 a night -- yes, $20 -- beginning August 19. Why? Here's the official statement from CEO Derek Stevens:

Effective with any new reservations for arrivals on August 19, 2013 and beyond, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate will implement a $20 resort fee per night, which we will offset by offering the most competitive room rates in town. Guests also will be provided free high-speed Wi-Fi access, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll free phone calls.

Over the years, I have been a critic of resort fees in Las Vegas. But now, the reality is that over 85% of all hotel rooms booked today in the city include a resort fee. This puts our hotels, the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, at a disadvantage when consumers book their stays online, as most consumers initially evaluate hotels by price. We’d like to be fairly considered when consumers are making their reservations and don’t want published rates to distort consumer choice. Our resort fee will enable us to offer lower room rates while adding free Wi-Fi and show discounts, and our total room cost will be a very competitive value in the marketplace.

Golden Gate’s new rates are now reflected on their rate calendar. A screen grab is shown below.

The D's rate calendar, we're told, is still being finalized so reps want you to refer to this screen shot for a true reflection of the pricing to come:

We know you have an opinion on this, so leave it in the comments. Meanwhile, our dreams of a resort fee-less Downtown Grand have pretty much disappeared.

(Photo: Foursquare)