Saturday, September 27, 2014

Be A Latin Grammy VIP

The Latin Grammy Awards are coming to Vegas on November 20th...and 7-Up wants to send one winner and a friend there. The prize includes Grammy show tickets, airfare and accommodations for two, and they'll even throw in a private concert with Jesse & Joy and Yandel. Enter here by November 2nd.

Friday, September 26, 2014

KISS and Make-Up

Hey there, Starchild, Ultimate Classic Rock is giving away a trip to catch the "KISS Rocks Vegas" show on November 7. The prize includes a pair of tickets to their show at The Joint, a two-night stay at the Hard Rock, a $500 gift card to help with your travel expenses, and a pre-show personal photograph opportunity with the band. For your chance to enter (and to see what Paul Stanley has to say about the show) click here by October 6.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Watch the Big Game in Sin City Style

Made plans for your Super Bowl party yet? Well, Corona would like to invite you to theirs. Enter daily by October 30th, and Corona Extra will fly one lucky winner to Vegas, put them up in a hotel for two nights, drive you to your hotel from McCarran and back, and give you two passes to the Corona Extra Viewing Party. (Corona assumes no responsibility for the cancellation of the "Big Game," like, if everyone gives up on the NFL between now and then.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free Spots

Hey, looking to economize as you hit the Bingo circuit? The Aliante has you covered with a free dauber giveaway at all sessions this Sunday, September 28, part of their "Play for Pink" promotion. The Aliante's all-paper, always-non-smoking bingo room also has free bingo sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. with a $500 cash ball.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mr. Terrible's Win-A-Lot Blog

Hey there, Nevadans, want to win a Tropicana getaway? Sign up at Terrible Herbst's Facebook page before October 4 and you could win a limo ride to the Trop, a two-night stay in a Club Suite, dinner for two at Bacio or Biscayne, and two Laugh Factory VIP tickets including souvenir photos and t-shirts. Plus, three First Prize winners will get two nights in a Club Deluxe room and Laugh Factory tix. While you're there, check out Mr. Terrible's Big Stuff Giveaway, with $250,000 in prizes, including $25,000 in cash.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't Waste Away This Opportunity

Hey there, Parrotheads, you'll flip your top if you win this prize: Margaritaville Spirits is giving away a trip for two to Las Vegas for a Jimmy Buffett concert! Two winners get round-trip air, two nights at New York-New York, and two tickets to Jimmy's show at the MGM Grand Arena. Enter here by September 30.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


FYE is giving away a trip to see a Steve Aoki show in Vegas. The winner gets roundtrip airfare, two hotel nights, and two tickets to hear the superstar DJ spin. Enter here by November 2.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Poker Players Give Until It Hurts

Go all-in for a good cause when Poker Gives holds its "Monster Mash Halloween Bash Poker Tourney and Costume Party" at Binion's on Saturday, November 1, starting at 5 p.m. There'll be prizes for best and most original costume, and players get a 1,000 bonus chip for donating a coat to the winter coat drive. The tournament has a $70 buy-in with $20 add-ons and re-buys, with 50% of everything collected going to Poker Gives' charities and the rest to the prize pool. At last, a rake we can all get behind. Click on the link for details about the tournament structure and the charities Poker Gives supports.

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's the Bunk!

Another sign of the Fremont East District's revitalization is when once-shuttered hangouts come back to roost. Thursday, September 25th, you can mark another's return when The Bunkhouse at 121 S. 11th marks its grand re-opening, with free admission, drink specials, and free music from Rusty Maples, Rose's Pawn Shop and Richard Grewar. Click here to RSVP

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As Never Was

As my faithful readers will no doubt recall, I have a fascination with the Vegas casinos that have come and gone, often leaving an empty shell or other remnants of their passing behind. What could possibly be any more intriguing? How about Vegas landmarks that never existed in the first place?

Once Again, An Off-Strip Hotel Closes Its Doors

Sad news for my longtime readers, I'm sure: The Clarion on Convention Center Drive reportedly was closing over the Labor Day weekend. Over the years it had done business as the Royal, Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and Greek Isles; as I reported on my last visit, vestiges of some of those last two incarnations could still be spotted on-site. Located not-quite-on-the-Strip, it had evidently struggled to establish a niche for itself under its many guises, and came within a hair's breadth of becoming a WWF or Hustler-branded casino at various times. This time, the old Royal may have used up the last of its lives.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Latin Laughs

Another comedy night coming to Alexis Park: The Vegas Latin Comedy Jam kicks off at the Harmon Avenue resort on September 20 at 8 and 10 p.m., featuring Alex Ortiz, Gabe Nolasco, Eljay and Ricky Byrne. Tickets start at $20 or two for $35; call 702-682-6222 for details.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rock and Roll, Rock On

Want to journey back to the glory days of loud music and big hair? Southwest Airlines is giving one lucky winner a Rock of Ages vacation package with two tickets to the show, a two night stay at The Venetian, and dinner for two at Rockhouse. Enter here by September 30.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vegas Days Gone By: Der blaue Engel

If you're sightseeing along the more rundown stretch of East Fremont's old motel sector, you want to check out what remains of the Blue Angel Motel at 2110 East Fremont. The sign was designed by none other than Betty Willis, who was also responsible for the look of the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the Strip, as well as the short-lived Moulin Rouge (the first integrated club in Vegas). At one point there was talk of demolishing this locally-revered landmark to make room for new development, back before the recession took hold, so as always with Vegas you want to grab a look while you still can.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Trick or Treat

Want to spend Halloween in Vegas? Rock Revival is giving away a trip for two to see Chase Rice at the House of Blues on October 31st. Prize includes round trip air tickets, hotel accomodations and tickets to the show. Enter here by September 29th.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hail to the Queen

Long before Jack White discovered her, some of us already knew Wanda Jackson was the Queen of Rockabilly. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be playing the Beauty Bar at 8 p.m. on September 18. Tickets are $15 at or $20 at the door.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Party Like A Pawn Star!

Hey there, Chumlee fans, head on to the Pawn Stars facebook page and enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Vegas! Hang with Rick Harrison, attend a VIP taping of Pawnography, and go hog wild with a Gold and Silver Pawn shopping spree! For all this plus travel and accommodations, enter here by September 17.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Woman of a Thousand Voices

Want free tickets to Veronic Voices, courtesy of the Review-Journal? If you win, they'll even throw in a pre-show dinner at BLT Steakhouse and a free night at Bally's. And all you have to do is sign up here by September 14.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Win A Stay At The Cromwell

Hey, want two nights at what was until quite recently the Strip's newest casino hotel? Extra is giving away a stay for one luck winner and their guest at The Cromwell (formerly Bill's, formerly the Barbary Coast), or, as they like to call it, "the Strip's first boutique hotel" and home of Drai's rooftop club. Enter here by September 13th.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Behind The Screen

It's like having a live expert give you your own commentary track! Wednesday, Inspire kicks off seven weeks of Vegas-themed movies with local experts chiming in, with a showing of Casino featuring special guests Oscar Goodman...Hey, he's in it! As himself!...and author David Schwartz, director of UNLV's Center of Gaming Research. Admission is free with purchase of one $7 cocktail; the evening starts with cocktails and Q&A with Oscar at 7 p.m., followed by Film at 8. Future screenings include The Las Vegas Story and that ultimate Vegas classic, Showgirls. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Score A Jazz Weekend at the Marriott

The Las Vegas Jazz Festival comes to the JW Marriott Resort & Spa on September 19-21...and here's your chance to win free tickets and a two-night stay! Enter here by September 14 and you may get to check out a line-up of guests including Cameo, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Eric Darius, Keith Sweat, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Eric Benet, Euge Groove, Jazz  in Pink, Tim Bowman, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Brian Culbertson, Will Downing, Leela James, Elan Trotman, Jessy J and Selina Albright. I think some actual jazz artists snuck in there somehow.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Plaza Basks In The Limelight

Downtown revelers have a new show to catch: "Limelight" opens at the Plaza on September 12. Creators Danny Brown and Jody MacDonald describe it as a mixture of vaudeville and burlesque, in tune with the latest Vegas craze for all things Prohibition-era. Get a taste here and check here for more details, including ticket information. Looks  positively Chaplinesque.

In Other News: I didn't even know MGM owned the Railroad Pass.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Livin' La Vita Bella

The "Life Is Beautiful" Festival is headed downtown this October...and The D is giving away a room and ticket package! Enter here between now and October 4 for your chance to win. Check out some of that festival lineup: Kanye West, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips, Skrillex, TV On The Radio, Kacey Musgraves, Jenny Lewis, OK Go, Panic! At The Disco and Neon Trees...and that's just some of the names that I've heard of.

Friday, September 5, 2014

We'll Always Have Paris

Has it really been fifteen years? Paris Las Vegas is celebrating its anniversary on the Strip with an array of birthday specials, and they've really gone Number 15 crazy: Casino bars are offering special anniversary cocktails, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant's signature drink "Eiffel Affair" is $15, St. Louis Cafe has a $15 three-course lunch, Cafe Belle Madeleine has a special anniversary pastry, Le Village Buffet offers weekday lunches for $19.99, and, finally, the Wedding Chapel has a special wedding package for $1500. Enjoy these specials while you can; September only lasts 30 days, after all.

MGM Says Enough Is Enough: As you may have read here recently, the MGM Grand's Lion's Share slot finally paid out its jackpot after a two-decade wait. Now that it's finally disgorged its jackpot, the MGM is retiring the machine; the Review-Journal has the story, including more details of its fabled past and its possible future home.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reward Yourself With A Station-cation

Maybe you're familiar with the MyVegas slots game on Facebook, where players can earn rewards at MLife resorts. Did you know that they're now offering rewards at Station Casinos, as well? To celebrate, they're having a giveaway, where three lucky winners can get a free weekend and a $100 dining credit at Palace Station, Green Valley Ranch or Red Rocks Resort. Enter here daily between now and September 9.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hail, Jerry!

If you've about put Labor Day weekend behind you, what to do with the next one? Why not spend it with the Funnyman? Frequent visitor Jerry Seinfeld will be making another of his stands (up) at Caesars Palace this weekend. Check here for tickets; shows are 7:30 p.m. at The Colosseum, September 5th and 6th

Think Fridays are no laughing matter? Party like it's 1989 at the Eastside Cannery's "Rock of the 80's" show, Friday September 5, with The Romantics, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw and Tommy Tutone. Do not call 867-5309 for tickets, which start at $14.95, and no, those aren't 1980 dollars we're talking about, either.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Hello Mudda, Hello Dada"

Like Instagram, dance music and clubbing? Has Hakkasan got a deal for you. Enter here and Instagram a photo of what makes you smile to win a night at the MGM Grand, dinner for two at Hakkasan Restaurant, and DJ booth access plus a meet-and-greet with Stockholm DJ duo Dada Life. Entries will be judged by creativity so put on your thinking caps and get smiling!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Won't Even Cost You A Quarter

...Not if you win the Review-Journal's giveaway for a pair of Travis Tritt tickets. The country favorite plays at Downtown's Container Park this Thursday at 7 p.m. Enter here for your chance to win.