Highlights from the Advisor

How about a little mishmash of entertainment, gambling, dining and drinking deals? Following are highlights from researching the April Las Vegas Advisor newsletter:

I finally caught Big Elvis’ act. This is the long-running lounge show at Bill’s Gambling Hall & Saloon that’s been packing ’em in for years. In fact, if you don’t get there at least a half-hour before the first show (3, 5 and 6:30 p.m. weekdays), you won’t get a seat. That wouldn’t be a big problem, except that the 450-pound Big Elvis mostly sits (in a big king chair) while he sings, which makes it hard to see him if you’re not at a table. Big Elvis sounds like real Elvis, the show is free and the bar special is 12-ounce Newcastle draft for 99 cents. That’s a good combination.

I saw Big Elvis because I’d gone to Bill’s to check out its one-of-a-kind mechanized craps table, called Rapid Craps. Run half by man (a lone stickperson) and half by machine, this Terminator table is a best-ever option for learning the game. The problem with craps is that beginners get into trouble sizing bets so they can be paid at proper odds. Put out an improper bet on a live crap table and everyone gives you grief (at least). On this table, you can bet whatever you want—the computer does the math and pays in sub-dollar increments. Nice.

Do you love oysters? If so, you have to check out the happy hour at the recently opened P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. “Oyster Riot” runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. till closing Sunday-Thursday. The menu is packed with different preparations of oysters (fried, in a pie, shooters) for $5-$7. But best is the price on raw oysters. You can get a dozen West coasters for $15 ($22 for East coasters). That’s an exceptional $1.25 per, making this the best deal in town for oysters on the half-shell.

Andre’s at Monte Carlo hosts “Whiskey Wednesdays” 7-9 p.m. The charge is $25 for unlimited tastings of the week’s featured brand.

Bruce Hornsby plays the Rocks Lounge at Red Rock on April 16. Tickets are just $20. I am so there.



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