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Our Top Five Summer-In-Vegas Budget Picks

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

If youíre 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 youíll 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 havenít 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 isnít a slow time for Vegas, weíve 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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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, Binionís, 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, Binionís, 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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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 isnít 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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The Free Ride Is Over At Some Downtown Casinos

Where: 89101
February 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (17)

When guests visit Vegas, one of the things they are frequently surprised by is the abundance of free parking. In cities like New York and LA where parking is a premium, it is just added in to the cost of a night out. In Las Vegas, where casinos are eager to take your money in other ways, parking on The Strip and downtown is largely free.

With the Zapposification/downtown revival, aided in large part by new dining opportunities and The Container Park, many venues are seeking to charge for parking now.

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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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Lunch In 20 Minutes? Downtownís Triple 7 Will Bet On It

Where: 200 N Main Street [map], 89101
October 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

While cruising around downtown recently, we came across a new way to gamble. And, no, itís not by throwing quarters at the almost finished Slotzilla. This wager is in regards to the speed of service at one of Main Street Stationís restaurants. Perhaps inspired by the old Dominoís pizza guarantee, Main Streetís Triple 7 Brewery is betting they can serve you lunch in 20 minutes or less. If they fail, you donít pay.

The offer is only available on weekdays. Our guess is that itís designed to attract employees of nearby businesses who donít have time for a leisurely lunch. Triple 7 typically isnít an in-n-out type of place. With a great selection of award-winning microbrews, many patrons opt to stick around for awhile. That likely will not be the case during lunchtime, however, as Triple 7ís full menu isnít available as a part of the promotion. It looks like they have selected mostly easier to prepare items, so donít count on winning this proposition.

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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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What Is Main Street Stationís Secret?

Where: 200 N Main Street [map], 89101
July 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (14)

Main Street Station reigns supreme among Downtown Vegas. That is, according to users of online review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Guest reviews on both rank Main Street at, or near, the top for downtown hotels almost all time. So, whatís the secret? Lower prices? Better location? Superior amenities?

Pricing doesnít seem to be the answer. A quick check of rates for some upcoming weekends in September revealed that Main Streetís prices were about average for the downtown area at about $95 per night. Newly remodeled The D would have been an additional $40 each night. At the other end of Fremont, El Cortez rooms were available for as little as $68 a night. All a bargain when compared to prices on The Strip which started around $150 a night for the same dates and would have required additional resort fees.

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Where To Find The Best Craps Odds Downtown, And On The Strip

June 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (8)

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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