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Gambling / Video Poker / Downtown / Main Street Station / The California / Las Vegas Club / Downtown Vegas / Plaza / The D Hotel / Golden Gate / El Cortez / Golden Nugget / Fremont / Four Queens / Downtown Grand / La Bayou / Mermaids / → All Tags
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.
Resort Fees / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Golden Gate / The D Hotel / Vegas Observations / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
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.
Drinking / Beer / Golden Gate / The D Hotel / Fremont Street / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
The first-ever Golden Gate Beefest is set for Saturday, September 14 and will offer "more than 60 craft beers from 50 breweries around the world." We wanted to know just what that meant, though, so we asked for a rundown of the brews and received one. Here's what will be on tap:
Sportsbooks / Main Street Station / The California / Las Vegas Club / Downtown Vegas / Plaza / The D Hotel / Golden Gate / El Cortez / Golden Nugget / Fremont / Four Queens / William Hill / Station Casinos / Downtown Grand / → All Tags
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.
Resort Fees / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Golden Gate / The D Hotel / WTF / → All Tags
First came Plaza's $10 resort fee a year ago and we feared the start of a trend in a once fee-less Downtown Vegas. Then, last month, Golden Nugget instituted a $5 Fremont Street Experience Fee. Sorry, make that a $5 Downtown Destination Fee. (They can argue that it's not a resort fee all they want, but we're calling a spade a spade.) And now, Golden Gate and The D Las Vegas are joining the party nobody wants to see they've RSVP'd for at the bottom of their hotel bill.
Both Fremont Street hotels will enact at $20 a night -- yes, $20 -- beginning August 19. Why? Here's the official statement from CEO Derek Stevens:
Effective with any new reservations for arrivals on August 19, 2013 and beyond, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate will implement a $20 resort fee per night, which we will offset by offering the most competitive room rates in town. Guests also will be provided free high-speed Wi-Fi access, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll free phone calls.
Over the years, I have been a critic of resort fees in Las Vegas. But now, the reality is that over 85% of all hotel rooms booked today in the city include a resort fee. This puts our hotels, the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, at a disadvantage when consumers book their stays online, as most consumers initially evaluate hotels by price. We’d like to be fairly considered when consumers are making their reservations and don’t want published rates to distort consumer choice. Our resort fee will enable us to offer lower room rates while adding free Wi-Fi and show discounts, and our total room cost will be a very competitive value in the marketplace.
Golden Gate’s new rates are now reflected on their rate calendar. A screen grab is shown below.
The D's rate calendar, we're told, is still being finalized so reps want you to refer to this screen shot for a true reflection of the pricing to come:
We know you have an opinion on this, so leave it in the comments. Meanwhile, our dreams of a resort fee-less Downtown Grand have pretty much disappeared.
Drinking / Aria / Flamingo / Mandalay Bay / The D Hotel / Encore / Margaritaville Casino / El Cortez / Red Rock Resort / Palazzo / Drink Service / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
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.
Gambling / Craps / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The D Hotel / El Cortez / Golden Gate / Las Vegas Club / Riviera / Stratosphere / Binions / Four Queens / Casino Royale / Main Street Station / → All Tags
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.
UFC / UFC Fight Week / MGM Grand Garden Arena / Mandalay Bay / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Events / South Point / The D Hotel / El Cortez / Golden Gate / Golden Nugget / → All Tags
UFC Fight Week isn't the UFC pumping out its chest to tell people how awesome they are. It's a week-long interactive celebration of the Mixed Martial Arts league that gives fans amazing access to fighters. You can meet your favorite fighters, step into the Octagon, participate in a Q&A with some of the best fighters in the history of the UFC, and more.
UFC Fight Week begins (for the general public) Thursday, July 4 with meet and greets and a free concert in Downtown Vegas and culminates on Saturday, July 6 with the UFC Fan Expo and UFC 162 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here's a more detailed list of the events taking place:
The D Hotel / Video Poker / Bars / Long Bar / Vue Bar / Drinking / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
By design the D casino is a contrast in styles. The main floor of the casino is set up to draw customers enjoying the festivities on Fremont Street. The loud music, go-go dancers and bright TVs of Long Bar do a great job of setting the tone for people looking to keep the party going. Meanwhile, upstairs is a much more subdued vintage casino. The music is more mellow and there's no table games. The contrast is pretty great because it's the best of both worlds.
On a recent visit to the D, we played video poker and had drinks at both the Long Bar and the Vue Bar. Not only is the atmosphere different at both, but so is the video poker and comp drink policy. While people that want to keep the party rolling will stay at Long Bar, video poker players and booze snobs will probably head upstairs to Vue Bar.
"This could be home." Love the D, downtown, or just that Vegas vibe? Here's a new way to class up your own joint. Intrigued by a note in the D Hotel resort guide, we read that all hotel room art was for sale. So, we checked with the extremely friendly and helpful gift shop staff. They were surprised by our inquiry, but got right on it. And, yes, the retro canvas art prints can be yours.
In the gift shop, they sell the two smaller pictures they hang in the bathrooms. Dice with a martini glass or a $100 bill. The prints are bold and really nice. The "canvas" feel adds a lot of texture. To stare at a picture of a C-note will cost you $129.
VegasChatter Reviews / The Scintas / Entertainment / Shows / The D Hotel / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
Welcome to the cruise ship D. With an overhauled new look, the D Hotel goes old style with the return of former Vegas showroom regulars The Scintas in a decidedly, and admittedly, un-modern production.
Noted for their residency in Detroit at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian restaurant and showroom (this chain is also now at the D), The Scintas are dinner theater showbiz. Or, a cruise ship act. Two brothers, a live band and, currently, a guest female singer. Professionally and sonically, the band is tight and taut. The act has clearly performed thousands of times and still endeavor to mix it up. But, this is not a show ever truly destined for the Strip. Or, ever was. Off Strip or Downtown is where it belongs.
Souvenirs / Souvenir Drinks / Souvenir Cups / the D Hotel / Fremont Street / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Drinking / → All Tags
The D has brought new life to downtown, especially through their outdoor D Bar which features flair bartenders, dancing go-go bartenders and frozen boozy drinks along with a nice selection of beers. The covered canopy above Fremont Street makes it a haven for outdoor drinking, even more than spots on The Strip. Footballs of booze are nothing new to drinking on Fremont Street and many of its casinos and bars have offered them for a while, but boob drinks and bong drinks are new. To us, at least.