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Downtown Slots Pay Back 11.61 Percent More (In 2010)

April 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (8)

All gamblers care about returns. We all want to get the most bang for our buck. Unfortunately, that's becoming more and more difficult. Casinos on the Vegas Strip continue to increase their profit margin from blackjack by offering more low limits 6:5 blackjack than ever before. You'll even find some off Strip casinos only offering 6:5 blackjack if you play for less than $100 per hand. Gah!

If you look away from the table games on The Strip for other gambling options, you might think that some casino operators have slot machines†that aren't paying out like they once did. Tight slots aren't a myth and slot machines payouts are getting tighter all over the country. What's a gambler to do? Head to Downtown Vegas.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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Downtown Vegas: The Impact Of One On The Many

April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (15)

Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.

Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.

Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.

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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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What's A Wolf Pack To Do In The Daytime?

March 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM | by | Comments (8)

If youíre coming to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, chances are youíve already got your evening plans set. Assuming you actually wake up during the daylight hours, what is a group of guys to do? This was the question posed by VegasChatter Twitter follower @sahilsharmauk.

For one, many strip clubs are open 24 hours so that doesnít necessarily have to be relegated to the evening hours. If you want to get the strip club affect and still get your vitamin D, Sapphire Pool, the new(ish) dayclub of the famous gentlemenís club, opens for the season May 2.

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Inspire Theater Is The Gateway To A New Fremont Experience

Where: 89101
March 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (4)

Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?

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Binion's Begins Work On Another Outdoor Bar

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
February 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM | by | Comments (8)

This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.

We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.

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Downtown Vegas Loves Beef Jerky

February 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

Did you know there are four beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas on or near Fremont Street? This is a high concentration of beef jerky stores for any area, let alone stores within a five to ten minute walk of one another. Beef jerky has always been somewhat popular, but that popularity has exploded as people try to remove carbohydrates from their diet. Jerky is a great low-carb snack option.

After diligently researching the beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas, weíve discovered that Hawaiians are big fans of jerky. Okay, maybe we didnít do much research, but thatís a common link with two of the four beef jerky stores in the Fremont Street area. There are even more beef jerky stores around Las Vegas, but we'll save that for another day.

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The New Rumor On Fremont About Slotzilla

February 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM | by | Comments (9)

If you've been waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and waiting.. and, well you get the picture.. for Slotzilla, you should probably back out of this story now. The latest rumor on Fremont Street won't make you happy.

Where once we heard this weekend could.. possibly.. see the return of zipliners to downtown, we now have a new rumbling to report. Rumors that Slotzilla won't open until at least April now. This is by no means official. Slotzilla stopped giving an opening timeline long ago. It's also been silent on Twitter of late. Its last tweet was sent on January 29.

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You Can Randomly Help Break The Zumba World Record at Downtown's Chinese New Year Fest

January 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (2)

With the yoga and CrossFit craze that dominated the fitness world in the last year, Zumba has been all but lost in the shuffle. But, that won't stop Vegas from attempting to break the world record for the most people to simultaneously Zumba on Saturday, February 8 at the Chinese New Year Spring Festival on Fremont Street.

How many people are we talking about? The largest Zumba class on record involved 6,671 participants and was achieved in India on September 15, 2012. If you'd like to help set the new record, you can register to get your groove on here. Participation is free, but organizers kindly ask you bring a K-12 book which will be donated to Spread the Word Nevada and the Clark County School District.

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Banger Brewing Now Serving Great Craft Beer On Fremont

Where: 450 Fremont Street, Suite 135 [map], 89101
January 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM | by | Comments (5)

Las Vegasí newest brewery opened quietly last week in a small space inside Neonopolis on Fremont Street. Founded by a group of friends that worked together at Bellagio, Banger Brewing has a uniquely Vegas backstory. The owners have been working hard to build their brand over the last several years, brewing small batches and participating in regional beer festivals. With the opening of a brick-and-mortar location, Banger Brewing can finally get down to business.

New breweries frequently disappoint and, in an era where homebrewing has because extremely popular, every guy brewing beer in a bucket in his kitchen thinks he has what it takes to go to the next level. This writer walked into Banger Brewing with a critical mind and expected to experience thin, watery beer that had been rushed for opening day. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.

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Waiting For Slotzilla's Opening? Wait For It...

January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

The monstrosityer zipline downtown was all bright and shiny in December after a Craigslist hiring call, but an opening date was mysteriously missing. One month later, we can confidently say.... nothing has changed. Just the continuance of another Vegas delay originally slotted for a June 2013 opening.

VegasChatter correspondents spoke with a Fremont Street Experience maintenance worker who indicated a February opening was penciled on his calendar, possibly around Valentine's Day. We were unable to confirm if that calendar was Outlook, Google or Britney so file that rumor as you will.

While we continue to wait for an announcement of Slotzilla's debut, the Review-Journal reports rides are expected to cost about $20-30 depending on just how high you want to go. The RJ also has pics and video of test dummies zipping down the ride. No word if they were found via the Craigslist ad or not.

(PHOTO: @sammasseur)