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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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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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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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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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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.
After turning over part of its casino floor to a gift shop and reopening its snack bar, more construction walls have appeared around downtown's Las Vegas Club. But, don't get too excited. These are more of the 'stay out' variety than the 'coming soon' type, at least from what we hear from multiple sources.
The entire rear (and already abandoned) section of the casino has been walled off, from (already shuttered as well) Tinoco's Kitchen on back. That includes the old front desk, rear casino restrooms, Frisky's bar and hotel elevators. Guests are now being directed through what used to be employee corridors to access the parking garage.
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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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Downtown Vegas openings are still happening fast and furious with Park on Fremont, La Comida, Mingo's Kitchen and Velveteen Rabbit boosting its hipster cred of late. But, there is much more still on the horizon and no end in sight, at least right now, from the cacophony created when tourism, construction and community collide.
With smart phone camera in hand, we traversed downtown earlier today to provide you with snapshot updates of some of the biggest projects still to come.
As it pulls the plug on its hotel rooms, Las Vegas Club -- whose owners are potentially flush with cash after the sale of the Western -- is moving forward with what may be the first steps of a widespread overhaul. (We hope.)
We've already told you of plans to build a Viva Vegas gift shop on site. VegasChatter fan @sammasseur snapped shots of construction walls both inside and outside the Las Vegas Club on Friday afternoon. He writes:
...work stretched the entire width of the south face from door to door and is much deeper on the west side than the east. There were temporary walls built inside the casino to block off the areas around the windows that faced Fremont Street, and the front party pit gaming tables were covered with a clear tarp.
We probably wouldn't have chosen this for our initial improvement project at Las Vegas Club, but it appears first up on the 'to do' list is a... gift shop.
Yep, filings are already in place for the construction of a Viva Vegas gift store. Look for work on the $160,000 project (yes, that's the correct amount of zeros) towards the front of the casino.
4Flush.com writer John Mehaffey is reporting that Las Vegas Club won't accept anymore reservations beyond April 28. A trip by VegasChatter to vegasclubcasino.net confirmed that LVC's booking engine only lists room availability through the end of the month. (Prices range from $31 to $80 a night if you want to get in one last stay.) You may recall that LVC limited reservations to just weekends, or when things were overbooked at the Plaza, last year.
After an abrupt departure from Bally's in December, the comic magician switched to hosting a Vegas-based web series and podcast. And, super early this morning, announced on Facebook that his next amazing project will be the transformation of the Las Vegas Club's casino. For reals.