Scarfing at Silverton and singing with Simba

My research for the August Las Vegas Advisor newsletter turned up some terrific deals. Here are the highlights (and one lowlight):

• Silverton is offering two-for-one entrées in all of its restaurants, including twofer buffets. No coupon is necessary, but you have to show a Silverton players card and you must be at least 21. Use this one at Twin Creeks to maximize the value.

• You can party with the cast of The Lion King on Tuesdays at the Freakin’ Frog. Jamcast! is a cool after-hours session hosted by Skip Martin and Niles Rivers. Martin is a former singer and trumpet player with Kool & the Gang, and Rivers plays Simba in The Lion King. Because of the connection, several Lion King cast members drop in to jam. It runs from 10 p.m. until about 1 a.m., with no admission fee.

• Not only is Jamcast! a strong middle-of-the-week entertainment option, it’s a chance to check out one of Vegas’ most renowned drinking establishments. The Frog has 1,600 beers and whiskeys in its inventory. That’s a lot of selection, but it doesn’t include “beer in a bag.” For that you have to go to one of the Station Casinos’ Grand Cafés. According to the menu description, it’s a “24-ounce can ‘insulated’ in the classic brown paper bag,” available from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for $1.99.

• It was a bad month for video poker players. For starters, M Resort removed all of the good “FranknBob” progressive machines that I wrote about a couple months ago. That experiment didn’t pan out, so the development isn’t all that surprising. But this one is: The Palms has removed its famous bank of full-pay Deuces Wild progressives that has been in operation near the front entrance since the casino opened. It’s the work of the new ownership there and appears to be only the beginning of a wholesale downgrading of one of the town’s best VP inventories.

• I’m always on the lookout for a great Bloody Mary, and I found the latest in First Food and Bar at the Palazzo. This one uses a super-horseradishy mix, so you have to like ’em spicy. Best is to go on Sundays, when they serve them from a cart and garnish with a celery stalk, a vegetable skewer, and a Slim Jim. At $10-$12 (depending on vodka), it may not sound like a deal, but with so much to eat with the extras, you might not need to buy an entrée.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and, a monthly newsletter and website dedicated to finding the best deals in town.