Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Circus Circus 50th Birthday Today

Circus Circus today celebrates its 50th birthday the North Strip big topped themed resort was opened on this day in 1968 by Jay Sarno who conceived Caesars Palace and became president of the new Circus Circus. The original cost of Circus Circus in 1968 was $15 million which doesn’t sound like much in today’s dollars but that was a lot of money in 1968. Circus Circus is the third oldest property on the Strip after both the Tropicana and Caesars Palace and maybe even fourth if you count the SLS which dates back to December 1952 and was most of …

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SLS $100 Million Renovation

The north strip SLS has begun a $100 million renovation which will see all 1,615 rooms upgraded as replacement of slot machines and a redesign of the current pool area over the next years. Currently the SLS is pretty much on its own on that section of the north strip but with The Drew and Resorts World Las Vegas planned openings over the next could of years its seems the SLS is getting the property ready for the new competition; The new resorts will increase traffic to the north strip and the SLS is looking to get some of that …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Fremont Major Expansion

The Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is often a hotel i stay in when i visit Las Vegas and now comes the announcement from Boyd Gaming of a possible expansion to the property. Boyd Gaming has submitted permits to build a 32 story hotel tower with 509 rooms at the back of the property on Ogden Avenue. The plans submitted also include a remodel of the existing 447 rooms which are in a 15 story tower that was build in 1956 which at the time was the tallest in Las Vegas. The casino size will also increase by 22,000 square …

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Park MGM Las Vegas

NoMad Reservations Open

The luxury boutique hotel on the top floors of the Park MGM called NoMad is now taking room reservations for its planned soft opening of October 12th. The NoMad name is a reference to its New York location which is North of Madison Square. In my case my i don’t know if i would book a hotel during a soft opening which is a time they work on getting their staff up to speed and working out the problems: Some people however like to the the first guests in a hotel just like being on the maiden voyage of a …

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El Cortez

El Cortez Restaurant Comps

In an interesting move the El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has announced deals with local restaurants in the area so now players can redeem their club points towards their meals. While its not unusual for players cards to offer the ability to use comps points at in house restaurants such as the buffets, redeeming points at an external restaurant is a new option.  The local restaurants you can use your El Cortez players card points at include Rachel’s Kitchen, Taqueria El Buen Paster and Eurekat for more information talk to the El Cortez players club. 

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California Hotel, Las Vegas

2nd Floor Casino No More

In Las Vegas a casino on a second floor is unusual and now we have one less as the second floor casino at the California has been walled off and closed as part of the ongoing remodel of the property. The  California has removed all the video poker and slot machines as well as closing the rarely open bar from the top of the escalators although all the retail in the hallway is still open. I played a little in the nearly deserted 2nd floor casino recently and machines themselves  were mainly older ones, its not really a surprise that …

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Memorial Day Point Multipliers At Boyds

The Boyd’s hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are running a point multiplier event for Memorial Day Monday May 28th where their players club members can earn slot points for their play on slot as well as video poker machines; One such bonus day is Monday on Memorial day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown which are  the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Aliante. The special Memorial Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker …

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Park MGM Las Vegas

Park MGM Still A Work In Progress

  As you can see from the casino entrance  picture above the Monte Carlo may have recently been renamed the Park MGM but construction at the property is far from over. If you plan on staying at the property soon you might want to take that in to account, that being said the noisy construction seems to be mainly around the front of the property Strip side. The main casino entrance from the Strip is closed but the casino itself is open as is the buffet and, it will be interesting to see after construction is done how the revamped …

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Mothers Day Multipliers At Boyds

The smaller and locals casinos often have certain days of the week as well as often on holidays where their players club members can earn bonus points for their play on slot and video poker machines; One such bonus day is tomorrow on Mothers Day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Alliante. The special Mothers Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker after you activate your points multiplier …

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Monte Carlo Name To Disappear Today

The one thing always constant in Las Vegas resorts is that they are always changing, one such change is today as the twenty two year old Monte Carlo resort will be no more as its officially rebranded as the Park MGM.  The owners of the Monte Carlo,  MGM Resorts have made the change to rebrand the resort which is undergoing a $550  million dollar remodel in order to appeal to higher end customers. The remodel is far from over and due to open by the end of the year is the 292 room boutique hotel inside the Park MGM called …

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Virgin Snaps Up Hard Rock

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is well known in his native England but less known in the United States although he has had several of his Virgin Group Companies operating in the United States such as Virgin Megastores (Closed), Virgin Cola (Closed), Virgin America (Airline bought by Alaska Airlines who are getting rid of the name), Virgin Mobile (Over the top cell carrier now just Sprint brand), Virgin Music (sold) as well as Virgin Airlines which still operates and flies to Las Vegas. Sir Richard Branson for years has made it know that he would like to bring his Virgin …

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Should I Get A Players Card?

In the past if you played table games and wanted to be rated for comps the pit boss would keep track of you average bet every so often then write the number down on a sheet. Comps is short for compenseries which is a small percentage of the amount of money you gamble that you get back for things such as free buffets or rooms based on your play. If you were a slot player in the past you wouldn’t really get rated for comps like a table player might, but since the appearance of the plastic players cards that …

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Fontainebleau Gets New Name

The Fontainebleau if your not familiar is a huge resort hotel on the North end of the Strip near Circus Circus that was never finished with the shell of the hotel nearly finished and has sat as a big blue window covered eyesore since. Work is now under way to complete the resort with a planned 2020 opening around about the same time as the nearby Asian themed Resort World Las Vegas huge hotel and casino. Because the Fontainebleau never opened under that name and sat for years vacant with that name we were expecting the new owners would rebrand …

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Last Chance For Baking Dish

Today at the near Strip Silverton Casino is the last day can get a free baking dish after earning 1,500 points on your players card, to claim the baking dish just swipe your card at a kiosk to receive a coupon to claim it. The Silverton is a smaller nice property near the Strip and while you are their check out the free aquarium for the free dish limit one dish per week and see the Silverton Rewards Club for complete rules and information. Tip: The Silverton is not the best place to get a taxi so getting a Uber …

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Rumor Mill: A Virgin In LV

Richard Bransons Virgin Group may soon have a hotel in Las Vegas with reports that its looking to enter the market as soon as possible. The company already has opened a property in Chicago with one coming in fall of 2019 in Washington DC and is looking in several markets, but Las Vegas would make sense as Virgin Atlantic already brings a lot of people to the city. Virgin already has an online casino in New Jersey using the Tropicana’s gambling license; So Virgin entering the Las Vegas market and being interested in buying a property with a casino isn’t’ …

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Get A Baking Dish Today

At Las Vegas Inside Out we are a fan of getting free stuff when we gamble, well technically its not free as we are gambling but we enjoy things like Klondike ice cream bars or apple pie at El Cortez or things like shirts, jackets, beer coolers etc at locals casino’s. One such deal is today at the near Strip Silverton Casino where today as well as December 14th and 21st you can get a free baking dish after earning 1,500 points on your players card, to claim the baking dish just swipe your card at a kiosk to receive …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Point Multiplier At Boyd’s Today

Today at the Boyd’s local properties and the three properties in Downtown Las Vegas are special point multipliers for members of the B Connected players card (free to join) but only for Labor Day. The multiplier is 15X on penny reels, 11X on other reels and 6X on video poker your card must be in the machine to work. The Downtown properties are California, Fremont and Main Street Station the local properties are The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town. Check with your preferred property for more information and rules.

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Golden Gate Casino Closing

Downtown’s Golden Gate Casino will close for a few days in August for an expansion which will nearly double the current casino space. The casino is due to be closed from August 20th to 25th well apart from more casino space the outdoor One Bar will also be extended as well as the addition of a new entry way off the Fremont Street Experience is to be built. The current casino at the Golden Gate is a fun place to play although the smaller space does get crowded at peak times and the extra space will be a plus.

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The Sahara To Return?

With the recent sale of the SLS Las Vegas rumors started soon after that a name change for the property was on the horizon, maybe even back to its original name the Sahara; This rumor now seems a good possibility especially after the properties players club was renamed from the CODE to Club 52 which is the year the Sahara opened. A rebranding from the SLS name to the former Sahara would be a plus but the new owners still have a lot of work to market a good property in a not great location to locals and visitors.

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Max Casino Is Closing

The leased casino at the Westin is closing finally after an announcement was made about it a year ago. The Max Casino as its been called is a nod to the Maxim resort which was formally on the site for many years. The current casino occupies a large space in the lobby of the hotel and, some machines have already been removed with closure expected by June 30th. The main bar at the Westin is also due to close for a remodel so it looks like the Westin is going to do a full remodel of the spaces.

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Las Vegas Club And Mermaids

To retain a gambling license at a closed property, gambling is required on the site for a few hours every two years. This brings us to the closed Las Vegas Club and Mermaids in Downtown Las Vegas that Derek Stevens majority owner of the D Las Vegas has bought for future development. To retain a gambling license at both sites the Las Vegas Club will open for eight hours of slot play on June 27th with that same thing happening at the nearby Mermaids the next day June 28th. Usually the owner will have a slot company drop off a …

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Flag Day Special At El Cortez

The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has a promotion for today’s Flag Day for members of its players club which is free to join. For today if you have your El Cortez players card in while playing you get 3x points on video poker, 5x points on reels and keno and 7x points on video reels. You of course must be 21 and older for more information contact the visit the players club booth at El Cortez.

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Boyd’s Adds Pacman Slots

As a kid of the 1980’s i’m a big Pacman fan as i spent hours and too many quarters at the arcade trying to get Pacman away from the video game ghosts. On my next Las Vegas trip i’m going to have to check out the new Pac Man Wild slots that Boyd’s has added to their seven Las Vegas properties although i think it could cost me more quarters that the 1980’s arcade game but oh well. (Video is courtesy of Boyd Gaming Corporation)

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Another Poker Room Bites The Dust

For several years there was a huge surge in interest in playing poker as more people began playing poker online which translated to more interest in playing poker in Las Vegas casinos; Many Las Vegas resorts in turn added or expanded their poker rooms but as interest has waned several resorts have closed or down scaled their poker rooms. The latest announced poker room closure on the Strip is of the 9-table poker room at the Luxor which is due to close on June 18th. Although the popularity of poker has waned since its peak and more poker rooms could close …

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Win A Car In May At Stations

Station Casinos over the years has often run the free car giveaway promotion and going on right now for the month of May they have the “100 Cars in May Giveaway.” As well as the car giveaway if you have your free players card inserted when they give a car away everyone who does will receive $25 in slot dollars. If you want to try your luck at winning a car, Station Casinos are locals casino’s so mainly off Strip and away from the tourist areas; but the Palace Station which is currently going under a remodel isn’t far from …

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Cosmo Daily Summer Slot Tournament

The Cosmopolitan for many years was interested in pushing hip vibe in its commercials and its cool hotel rooms as well as restaurants with the casino part of the business more of an afterthought. In more recent times there has been more of a push to get gamblers to spend at the property and starting today for Identity players club members is a daily slot tournament called “100 Days of Summer’ with each days winner getting $500 slot points. To enter the daily slot tournament you get one entry for every 500 Identity slot points earning a maximum of five …

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Silverton Resort Has Free Buffet For Service Members

The off Strip Silverton resort is offering a free buffet today for all active and retired Military, Nevada Police and Fire as well as NHP members, you just have to be a member of their players club Silverton Rewards and present your service ID to the cashier. If you are a Silverton Rewards member you also get 6X points on slots and reels today as well as 16X points from 8am to 9am and from 3pm to 4pm, before you start playing activate your point multiplier at any kiosk. Gold, Platinum and Diamond Rewards Club member also will get a …

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Palms Sold To Station

Recently the locals market has heated up as Boyd’s Gaming bought the locals Aliante Casino in North Las Vegas for $380 million as well as two Cannery casinos for $230 million. Now comes news that the recently put on the market Palms Casino has been bought up by the other big locals operator Station Casinos. The Palms has been bought for $312.5 million with the deal expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of this year. The Palms is located near the Strip across from Boyd’s owned property Gold Coast which has recently remodeled its rooms and as well …

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The Cosmopolitan

Bloom Giveaway At Cosmo

The Cosmopolitan since it opened has been more known for its beautiful rooms with balconies and good buffet as well as its restaurants than as a property with a large casino. In recent times that has changed as the ownership has stepped up promotions and offers in a bid to get more people to gamble at the property. The latest promotion is the $50,000 Bloom giveaway promotion which runs from April 6th to April 9th with prizes of slot play from $250 to $20,000. To participate in the promotion you have to a be member of their players club which …

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Center Bar At Hard Rock Reopens

The popular Center Bar at Hard Rock closed back in June for a remodel and now good news for its fans the remodeled bar is back and open just in time for the Labor Day weekend. The newly updated bar features an elegant purple look an features a new updated cocktail menu with twelve drinks to choose from; Six of the drinks are bar favorites and the other six are new drinks created by long time staff of the bar which is a nice touch. The drinks themselves are all priced at $10 which is very reasonable for a cocktail …

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Mirage And Comp Drinks

Over recent years technology has transformed the casino experience which sometimes has been good for the customers and usually always good for the casinos themselves. In the past we used to take buckets of coins to be cashed out at counting booths but then came along the technology for ticket in ticket out when you could cash your winnings out with a paper slip at an atm like machine. At first players missed the sounds of the coins dropping and the recorded winning sound wasn’t quite the same but the ability to jump from machine to machine easily and cash …

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Cash In Riviera Casino Chips

After the Riviera Hotel closed after 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip to make room for an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center they announced that you could cash in your Riviera casino chips at the nearby Westgate Las Vegas but only for a limited time. Well the last day to cash out those chips is fast approaching with September 1st the last day you can cash them out at the Westgate casino cage. If you don’t cash them out by then well at least you have a souvenir of a little piece of Las Vegas history.

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Las Vegas Club To Close Tonight

Recently Derek Stevens the owner of D Las Vegas bought the Las Vegas Club from Tamares the owner of the Plaza across the street and tonight the 86 year old property will close for good. It looks like Tamares will retain the rights to the Las Vegas Club name so whatever Derek Stevens decides to do with the property it will most likely have a new name. The table games have already been removed from the casino although the slot machines still remain so if you are around and want to play the slots for one last time there is …

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South Point Seniors Tournament

Every Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm the South Point resort on the south Strip has a free slot tournament for seniors fifty and older. To enter all you need to be is a member of their players club (free to join) and swipe the card at any Club kiosk for you free entry. If you want a second entry it will cost 250 points and 500 points for a third entry and there is $5,200 in weekly prizes with $1,500 for first place and prizes in in various amounts all the way down to $50 for the 21st …

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M Life Card At Wet Republic

The above video courtesy of the MGM Grand is about using the M Life players card at the Wet Republic day club on the property. Other than the excuse for us to show attractive people at the pool it is a reminder to use your players card at other places than just the casino to increase your possible comps. Where the card is excepted to earn points varies by property or company and often places such as restaurants as well as clubs also are often overlooked but its a good way to earn points.

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World Series Of Poker Starts Today

The 46th World Series of Poker gets underway today at the Rio with events running through July 14th and then of course the final main event table in November. This year’s event will have 68 different events with buy in’s ranging in different amounts from $565 for the May 29th debut of Colossus to $111,111. Even though the popularity of poker may have dropped from its peak as the television shows have mostly gone away the WSOP is always extremely popular and, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a huge amount of entrant’s maybe the most ever. If you …

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Game Side Dining At El Cortez

The El Cortez has a service i’m not quite sure about, its called Gambling Gourmet where during the hours of 7:30 am and 10:30 pm they bring your food and drinks right too you at your slot machine or table game. I have seen this in action where they wheel a cart full of food next to players in the casino so they could continue playing without stopping to get up to eat. I could see ordering maybe an egg sandwich for breakfast or maybe a different type of sandwich for lunch but i have seen people eat full meals at …

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Still Time Left To Cash In Riviera Chips

Last Monday the Riviera Hotel closed after 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip to make way for more exhibit and meeting space for the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you still have some casino chips left over you can still cash them in if you desire even though the Riviera is closed until September 1st 2015 after which time they will become souvenirs. If you want to cash out those chips take them to the nearby Westgate Las Vegas and redeem them at the casino cage while you still can. Most likely the Westgate is getting a cut of …

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Win Up To $10k At Silverton Tomorrow

The off Strip Silverton resort has a promotion for the month a June  where every Saturday 10 winners at each drawing get a chance to win up to $10,000 cash. To participate you have to be a member of the Silverton Rewards Club (free to join) and use it in the machines during your play and every 300 points you earn gets you one entry in to the drawing. If you are playing today or any Friday in June you also get double entries so check with the Silverton for more information. If you are going to check out the …

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Poker Cash Bets Gone At Caesars

Caesars Entertainment has announced that they are no longer allowing cash bets for poker at their numerous properties in Las Vegas. This announcement follows the recent announcements by fellow Las Vegas casinos MGM and Wynn who also announced that cash bets wouldn’t be allowed at their poker tables. The fact that Caesars followed other big companies in town in not allowing cash bets at poker tables isn’t really a surprise, especially since the Internal Revenue Service has been looking at cash transactions in casinos.

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Riviera Close Draws Near

The weekend is not too far away and as it draws near so does the last weekend to visit the Riviera the sixty year old Strip resort that is due to close on Monday. The official time for the visitors and guests to be out of the property is by noon although a slow gradual shutdown of the property is likely to begin many hours before. If you have never been to a resort closing for good it’s an interesting experience albeit a sad one especially for the employees. I have been at the closing of many properties over the …

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Luxor Hotel After Opening In 1993

The above video courtesy of the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas shows how the property looked not long after the opening in 1993. Back when the property opened it had a full Egyptian theme which over recent years they have tried to tone down which is tough when your property is a pyramid. Its cool to see the attractions that were their at the time of opening soon of which we don’t even remember.

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Riviera’s Time May Be Up

A 60 year old resort fixture on the Strip may be living on borrowed time as rumors about the closing and redevelopment of the Riviera swirl with a possible closing time of May or June. For about the last month their has been talk that the property could be remodeled or redeveloped as a modern Riviera but now comes news that the LVCVA may knock down the property for a expanded convention center. The Las Vegas Convention and Vistor’s Authority has been buying up land around the Convention Center but mainly to the South of the Convention Center for expansion. …

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SLS Grand Opening Party

The SLS Las Vegas on Friday night had its star studded opening party followed by the grand opening of the property ahead of its official opening of Labor Day weekend. The former legendary Sahara has been reborn as the more modern hipper SLS with a very Cosmopolitan like vibe which isn’t really a surprise as since that property opened it has had a effect on the look and style of new properties as well as the advertising for them. The North Strip has suddenly become a hotbed of new projects and it will be interesting to see if the SLS finds …

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