A debut, a superbuffet and a fond farewell

It wasn’t accompanied by a lot of fanfare, but a new casino opened this week—the new Wildfire Sunset, formerly the Gold Rush, next to Sunset Station. Wildfire Sunset is a slots-only casino (no table games) with a sportsbook. There’s also a Wildburger, a 24-hour restaurant that serves big hamburgers for $8.

Football season brings lots of specials in the sports books. I won’t know what they all are until I’ve had time to run around a bit, but one excellent deal returning from last year is already available. All Station, Fiesta and Wildfire casinos, plus El Cortez, are offering dollar beers and dogs during all Saturday, Sunday and Monday games.

Construct a cool bargain parlay by combining the happy hours at 35 Steaks at the Hard Rock and Origin India, which both run from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Start with appetizers, beer, wine and martinis for $5 at 35 Steaks, then walk across Paradise Road to sample Indian specialties for $6, along with half-price drinks at Origin. Or do it the other way around.

Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan is serving Quick Lunch, a three-course menu with an appetizer, entrée and dessert, for $17.50. There are choices in each category and the price has recently dropped from $22, but with a drawback: Lunch is served noon to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday only. • Jerry’s Nugget is running Prime Time Dining on Thursdays in September. Earn 25 base points ($50 coin-in) to swipe for a free or discounted prime-rib dinner. This would be a good deal anywhere, but it’s especially strong at Jerry’s, which serves some of the best prime rib in town in Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop (good desserts, too).

Lon Bronson is back at Green Valley Ranch with free shows on Friday nights. These are terrific freestyle concerts that feature known showroom and lounge performers who show up unscheduled to jam. Doors open at 10 p.m.

On Sept. 10, Caesars Palace will unveil its new Bacchanal Buffet. Caesars reportedly spent $17 million to create a buffet that will challenge for the title of best in town. Prices will be $19.99 for breakfast, $24.99 for lunch and $39.99 for dinner. It may not seem like a deal, but great buffets tend to qualify as bargains on relative terms.

The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace is a good time—and a good deal if you don’t have to pay full price. Discount passes aren’t as easy to come by as they once were, but you can download a coupon for free admission at AutoCollections.com.

The venerable Coachman’s Inn has closed. No more live lobster and 365-days-a-year Christmas tree. Bummer!

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An archway of blue and yellow balloons greeted College of Southern Nevada students at the West Charleston Campus on the morning of Aug. 27, the first day back to school. Students ambled in with varying senses of urgency; some rode skateboards up to the campus buildings before greeting friends; others parked their SUVs and sedans in the surrounding lots and headed directly into the hallways.

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