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Slot Machines / Red Rock Resort / Promotions / Boarding Pass / Players Clubs / Station Casinos / → All Tags
One thing we like about visiting locals casinos is that we often run into random promotions. Some will gift us with a sun visor for our car and some will offer up some American flag bling for our wrists. Recently, when walking through Red Rock Resort, we noticed a few different banks of slot machines offering 12 Boarding Pass point for every dollar played. This is four times the normal three points per dollar played. Okay, this is intriguing.
Maybe this tactic was being implemented to get people to play old slot machines. Regardless, they’re all upright penny slots and, by law, must meet the same minimum returns as other penny slots. There was a nice mix of slot machines available to play. Some were old machines that look as though they’re on the way out the door while others looked like they were fairly new machines. They just weren't the popular big name, themed slot machines.
Red Rock Resort / Openings / Lucille's BBQ / Eating / Dining / Off Strip / Restaurants / → All Tags
Chain restaurants are the bane of a food snob's existence. They provide food that's good enough to eat, but not daring enough to engender much emotion. That's what we encountered last night when we checked out the newest outpost of Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, a regional chain which just opened at Red Rock Resort. The food was good, but didn't evoke much feeling.
The makeover of the space from Cabo's to a down home southern house is fantastic and comes with the smoker (above) smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. Like Yardhouse next door, there are two entrances which makes meeting people a little confusing.
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A popular off-Strip BBQ chain is about to expand from one suburb to two.
Lucille's has been satisfying BBQ cravings in Henderson, Nevada for some time now, a
stone's bone's throw away from Green Valley Ranch Resort. Next week, it will debut its second location in the Las Vegas valley when it opens at Red Rock Resort.
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Let's call today Flashback and Flash Forward Friday as we look at Boulder Station. Another casino that's a little off our usual path between The Strip and Downtown Vegas.
Boulder Station became the second Station Casinos property when it opened August 23, 1994. (Leave us a comment if you know the first.) We're approaching its 19th birthday so we thought it would be a great time to look at this hotel and casino located off the Vegas Strip on what's referred to as the other Strip, Boulder Highway.
Boulder Highway is a Las Vegas entity unto its own and connects Downtown Vegas with Henderson. When we nerd out with gaming statistics from the UNLV Center For Gaming Research, we see that the Boulder Strip has its data broken out similar to Downtown Vegas and Las Vegas Boulevard. Besides Boulder Station, the Boulder Strip also includes Sam's Town and Green Valley Ranch which boasts a larger casino floor. And, yes, the Nevada Gaming Commission qualifies some non-Boulder Highway casinos as part of the Boulder Strip.
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Last week, we ventured into various casinos like we always do. However, we did so on a couple of special days. We happened into several off Strip casinos during promo days.
Promo items used to be thrown around like they cost casinos nothing. But, as the Vegas Strip became corporate, casinos became resorts and offers of sweet memorabilia lessened. Thankfully, we can still find awesome casino promo items at Downtown Vegas casinos and at off Strip locals casinos.
After stopping into the Silverton recently, we ran into a couple of friends who had just won the sweet American Flag watches you see above after earning enough points from playing a little video poker. It's possible that these were leftover from a July 4th promotion, but we didn't bother asking for more information.
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Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.
Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.
Holidays / Fourth of July / Fireworks / Station Casinos / Green Valley Ranch / Red Rock Resort / Caesars Entertainment / Caesars Palace / Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Bay Beach / → All Tags
The Fourth of July four-day weekend is almost here! Eee! In related news, how can it almost be the Fourth of July already?!?
Electric Daisy Carnival will light up the night skies over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, but in two weeks, Vegas will celebrate our nation's independence with multiple fireworks displays all around town.
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Everyone likes to know more than the person next to them. There are advertised specials all over Vegas for the best this and the best that. There's nothing very special about reading an ad that's available to anyone with two eyes. What you won't see shared very often are the unannounced specials at many casino restaurants.
The other day we were fixin' to get a simple salad at the Grand Cafe at Red Rock Resort; but, before we ordered a $12 salad, we decided to check with the waitress to see if there were any specials. Lo' and behold, our plans for a relatively healthy lunch went down the drain when we found out that the special was a burger and fries for $6. Not bad. They also had a $10 steak special, but that didn't feel right for 1 p.m. These specials change pretty often and in this case saved us 50% on lunch. Nice!
The headline in Vegas Inc. is strong, "Station Casinos eliminates many of its highest-paying video poker machines." But, it's really just a spin-off of a press release by WMS Gaming on their new video poker games called My Poker Machines. The machines are pretty cool. They allow you to design the look and feel for each game to your specifications. But we digress, back to the headline.
Station Casinos has removed some of the best paying video poker machines for these new bright and shiny games. But, they haven't removed them all. Some of the 100%+ returning games, however, are gone.
The first visible renovation that caught our attention, though, was when the casino center bar, Lucky Bar, was closed and boarded up. Those renovations are now complete and Lucky Bar is open. Literally.
The new design essentially blew the walls off the bar opening it to the casino with 360 degree views so you can actually grab a seat and watch the action at the craps table. The airiness of Lucky Bar can actually be felt at the gaming tables as everything feels more roomy now.
The one remaining item from the bar's original design is the 1.6 million piece, hand-crafted Swarovski crystals display dripping from the ceiling and pouring into the center of the bar like a cascading waterfall. The modern design plays well with the overall design of the casino.
We love hanging out at the sportsbook and watching whatever games are on the screens. Recently, we were sitting and drinking a beverage and watching the games at Red Rock Resort and noticed something pretty awesome. When looking something up on our phone we were prompted to sign into Red Rock WiFi. Being the curious type, we checked it out. Bang. Zoom. Our phone was flying!
We later confirmed that Red Rock had free property-wide WiFi. It used to only be available in the hotel lobby, but what fun is hanging out at a hotel lobby? This writer loves some free WiFi and can now add the Red Rock sportsbook bar to one of his favorite places to work. Red Rock now rivals the Venetian sportsbook as our favorite place to work remotely. Sign us up for a work day that consists of $4 Longboard draft beer, WiFi, multiple TVs with sports and the ability to take a break and do a little gambling.
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.
In this case, Just One Dish just isn't enough, but we'll try to stay within the constraints we've set upon ourselves. Having tried just about every item on the menu from today's featured restaurant, we struggled to choose just one. If this one isn't to your liking, another is right around the corner (of the menu).
Buldogi's Gourmet Hot Dogs isn't on The Strip. Or, even just off the Strip. It's located in Summerlin a few blocks from Red Rock Casino. Hot dogs in Summerlin? Hang with us. We wouldn't necessarily walk across The Strip for a dog so is this one worth the 20-30 minute drive? That's ultimately your choice (yes) but it's definitely worth a stop for anyone in the area.