Buffet of Entertainment

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the Buffet of Buffets deal from Caesars Entertainment. My conclusion was that this pass, which allows you to eat as many times as you want in the buffets at several casinos over a 24-hour period, can be a good deal if you use it optimally. Apparently, most people don’t, because the deal is still going strong. So strong, in fact, that Caesars has done the same thing for show-goers with its All Stage Pass.

On this deal, you pay $99 ($119 if you’re not a Total Rewards member) plus tax to see as many Caesars Entertainment shows as possible in a 48-hour period. The deal includes 20 of the shows at Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, O’Sheas, Paris and the Rio—and there are some excellent choices in the mix.

Before getting to the important consideration of how many shows you can fit in over two days, I’ll suggest that one of them be Absinthe at Caesars Palace. For starters, it’s a heck of a good production. But from the pure standpoint of “the deal,” this is a $93 ticket right off the bat, which means that if you see just one more show, you win! Winning is good, but winning big is better, so let’s look at how to maximize the play.

Seeing as many shows as you can in 48 hours means mixing the afternoon and evening shows for two days running. Mac King, Nathan Burton, The Price Is Right, Name that Tune Live! and Defending the Caveman are all “nooners,” and they run at staggered times that allow two per day. Then you can easily get two evening performances each day (they change, but Human Nature, X Burlesque, and The Rat Pack Is Back are currently among the choices), making a total of eight shows for the 99 bucks. That works out to an amazing $12.38 apiece, which, depending on which shows you choose, could add up to a saving of between $200 and $300 per person! Even if you could use the half-price show-ticket booths for all of these, and you usually can’t, there’s no way to come close to this price any other way. The Pass has recently added a few attractions (including the Eiffel Tower at Paris), so you can increase the value with a couple of those.

The fine print indicates that “tickets to shows are based on availability and can be picked up no more than two hours in advance of showtime,” so it’s possible that you won’t get to all the shows you want to see, but the possibility of getting shut out is slim. The passes are available for purchase from the “Show Tickets Direct” booth in front of Bally’s, the Planet Hollywood box office and the Crown box office at the Rio.