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The era of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is about to begin. You may remember last year when Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, purchased an old Vegas courthouse. Now, after its demolition and the creation of an outdoor festival lot, DLVEC is about to hold its first events.
The venue, located behind the D on South Third, will become home to everything from live entertainment to themed festivals. It's capacity, however, might surprise you. The lot is capable of hosting around 15,000 so there will be plenty of room for big concerts, food fests and even fights. The first three events touch on each of those categories:
Sometimes, the best entertainment is when it's stripped down to its bare necessities, amirite?
While the Men of the Strip can now be termed reality stars thanks to a docu-soap on E!, Las Vegas -- the city these sexy sexersons have aligned themselves with since the start -- has only had one brief moment to
ogle see them in the flesh. That will change for the upcoming holiday weekend when Men will labor away at The D as part of a limited engagement.
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Earlier this year, we wondered if the Purple Reign was coming to an end at Planet Hollywood. A few weeks later, we also reported on the likelihood Jeff Dunham would become PHamous this November as part of a Las Vegas residency. We can now confirm both.
Recently, VegasChatter readers have been curious about what's going on at two construction projects around Downtown Vegas. Since our friends at Vital Vegas practically live on Fremont Street, we turned to them for the lowdown.
VegasChatter fan KLASphotogNICK sent us an email filled with pictures of construction underway at the D yesterday. A PR rep tells us they're modifying the area around the hotel-casino's valet off Carson and Fourth in conjunction with the debut of DTLVEC (DownTown Las Vegas Events Center). Vital Vegas goes one step further by reporting that execs are taking out an annex in order to create "a five-lane porte-cochère as well as an eye-popping gateway to the shiny new events center." An opening timeline for the downtown outdoor events space, set on the grounds of a demolished courthouse, has not yet been released.
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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.
It’s no secret that we at VegasChatter have an
addiction appreciation for the classic coin-operated horse racing game known as Sigma Derby. We’ve mentioned it more than a few times, and even teamed up with The D to send five lucky readers to the casino's Sigma Derby tournament last year. The Derby is this writer’s favorite casino game. It’s got the lively atmosphere of a craps game with the budget-friendly stakes of penny slots. Despite the high house edge (typically around 15%), the pace is slow enough that a few bucks go a long way. So, when outside of Las Vegas, how is a VegasChatter writer supposed to get his racing fix? By tracking down the nearest Sigma Derby game, of course!
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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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VegasChatter Twitter friend and Raack N Roll fan @George Addams brought us news of the impeding closure on Sunday. We were able to confirm yesterday that the topless production's one-year run was coming to an end tonight.
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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.
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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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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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.