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It’s rare to see live keno in many Las Vegas casinos these days. Both The Mirage and Bellagio discontinued their live keno programs and Venetian, Wynn, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand don’t have it, either. Among the few where you can still find keno are Flamingo and off-Strip casino Arizona Charlie’s. And now Green Valley Ranch joins their ranks.
A new Keno Lounge offers 16 seats. There are also keno boards located throughout the property so players can enjoy the action from elsewhere. GVR's Grand Café has its own keno game with a separate runner to take diners’ bets. The Keno Lounge is open from 8 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. daily while the café offers keno from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
During our last night at Silver Sevens, we found the new Premium rooms to be well-appointed and an overall great value. The Premium rooms are the most recently renovated at the hotel, so we were surprised to learn that they go for the same rate as the older Tower rooms. Even more surprising was the discovery that Tower rooms often sell out well before Premium accommodations. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, this writer booked a two-night stay.
My Silver Sevens Tower room was just $30 per night on the weekdays I selected. Even with the $3 resort fee, a room for under $35 is hard to beat. Checking in was a breeze, just as during my last visit. After receiving my keys, I once again had to request and then wait as my free coffee vouchers were retrieved from a back room. This is despite the fact that they are clearly advertised as being included in the resort fee, and also despite the fact that the free coffee is pretty lousy. As I sipped my cup of lukewarm swill (I’m determined to get full value whenever I’m gouged with a resort fee), I headed through the maze of blinding slot machines towards the Tower elevators. While further away from registration than most of the Premium rooms, they are still a very short walk.
The first thing I noticed as I entered my fourth floor room was the carpet. It was worn and dirty. The Premium room which I occupied during my last stay had attractive carpeting which appeared to be very new. Here, I found a threadbare and stained floor that made the decision to leave my shoes on easy. Strike one for the Tower.
Visits to Red Rock Canyon over the years have resulted in many great views, lots of fresh air, and several sunrises. A recent morning trip was rewarded with a beautiful cavalcade of ass. Not the cheeky lineup many Vegas visitors have posed with, but the hee-haw kind.
This writer found the pack of burros story worthy because they're, amazingly, the first animal life larger than a jackrabbit I've seen inside the scenic Red Rock loop and also because of where I spotted them. After completing an early outdoor run, I noted a shadowy figure in the distant sunlight as I approached my car at the visitor center. As I neared (while still keeping a distance), a half dozen burros checked me out as I checked them out. Hello, wildlife.
March Madness / Events / Sports / Basketball / The Strip / Off Strip / → All Tags
If you have questions about specific parties taking place around town or want to chat with or meet up with other basketball fans during the tournaments, stay connected by joining the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group. And, in the event you can't afford the $50,000 viewing package at Carmine's, we've put together a list of all the other things happening around town. Be sure to check back as we will update our guide as more are announced.
Hard Rock / Off Strip / The Joint / Events / Music / Entertainment / Vegas Residencies / Guns N' Roses / → All Tags
Blabbermouth pins May 21 through June 7 as the exact dates of a second GnR residency. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. The information is confirmed on the Hard Rock's website via this embedded tweet which, strangely, can't be seen on Twitter.
Off Strip / Silver Sevens / Dining / Eating / Buffets / → All Tags
Wikipedia tells us National Potato Month falls in September, while National Sweet Potato Month appears to be in November. American Beer Month is held in July, and “Lager Day” is in December. None of these are even close to February which has us perplexed over Silver Sevens decision to choose this month to host its Spuds and Buds special event buffet.
What is Spuds and Buds, you ask? It’s pretty simple, really. It’s the standard Silver Sevens buffet with a bunch of potato options tossed in. They’ve got baked potatoes, tots, fries, sour cream potatoes, roasted potatoes, potato soup, sweet potato pie, and well, that’s about it. The Spuds and Buds menu is a bit spud heavy, however, the only “Bud” that’s included is a single Bud Light draft. Perhaps Spuds and Bud is a better name?
Everyone’s favorite business reality show is coming to Las Vegas to find new participants. Shark Tank features business pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The show has been on ABC since 2009 and has just entered syndication so, if you get on, you might see yourself on TV for years to come.
How can you vie for a spot? Shark Tank will be holding open auditions at 3 p.m. on February 20 inside Veil Pavilion at Silverton.
Valentine's Day / Hotel Suites / Room Rates / The Strip / Off Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
We're a week away from Valentine's Day, and if you haven't planned anything special yet, may we suggest starting with an upgrade from a standard room to a small suite?
It's unassuming and special at the same time, and a damn good way to say 'I love you and, yes, it does look like I've been planning this for quite some time, doesn't it?' Below, we put together a list of last-minute rates we found for entry-level suites across town. These rates are for the night of Friday, February 14. Keep in mind that they don't include tax or resort fees and, as always, are subject to change based on demand.
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Back in December, Guns N' Roses fan site MyGnrForum reported on rumors that the band was planning a follow-up to their successful 2012 Vegas residency at the Hard Rock. A few days ago, the Guns N' Roses Facebook page started teasing confirmation of a Spring 2014 return via pics of poster and billboard announcements.
As instructed, we've texted 'GNR' to 97580, but haven't received any details yet on what the spring will bring. Unfortunately, that's all we gots for now. So, while we know where
you are and sort of when, the how long and exactly has yet to be released to a jungle of fans.
Healthy Vegas / Restaurants / SkinnyFats / Off Strip / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Now that the calendar has turned to February, some of those healthy resolutions are likely as lost as the hopes of Broncos fans everywhere. But, for many others, healthier eating is an on-going goal that includes not wanting to bust a gut while on vacation in Las Vegas. They include people like VegasChatter Twitter follower @JasonMChicago who's in search of "healthy organic restaurants in Vegas." (If you have a place to recommend, shout it out below.)
While the hamsters here at VC are hard at work in the back office on "something big in that regards," this writer happened to finally
find venture into a local joint called SkinnyFATS that features healthy and happy menu items that cater to a variety of dietary needs.
Have you ever considered catching a show not on or near the Vegas Strip, but 40 miles away in Primm? We've already told you how Primm is one of our day trip faves, but perhaps you should consider a nighttime visit, too.
Why? Because catching a show at Primm's Star of the Desert Arena can be great fun, too. Dolly Parton recently rocked the 6,500-seat arena and Smokey Robinson, The Beach Boys, and Wynonna are all set to visit soon. The venue has hosted so many of country music's best and has done it so well that it's even been nominated for an honor at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. It's in the running to win an industry award for the best casino arena, medium capacity.
With so many fun things to do in Vegas, sometimes it can be easy to draw a blank on all the awesome Off Strip Adventures that are out there waiting. But, don't worry. We're always around to get you back on track.
The Nevada Southern Railway is one of those adventures. It holds a special place for this writer as the rail yard brings back childhood memories of Thomas The Tank Engine and building model trains. Nostalgia aside, a visit to the railway can be a great way to spend a few hours of your day. It also offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with the often overlooked history of the vehicle that enabled the settlement of the West and thus bringing us Las Vegas!