Casino anniversaries usually aren’t a big deal. A casino might do something like free cake and Champagne as a marketing promo, but most just let the day come and go without so much as a press release. One of the reasons for the apathy is the relatively short time most resorts have been open. The Mirage made a bigger-than-usual deal of its 20th anniversary a few years back, but most of the other premier casinos, especially on the Strip, haven’t been around all that long. The notable exceptions are Caesars Palace, Tropicana, Flamingo, and Circus Circus, along with the Riviera, which is celebrating its 58th this weekend as one of two better-than-average anniversary celebrations in April.
Hanging around for 58 years in this town is no small feat. It means spanning the Rat Pack and Elvis eras, the transition from the Mob to the corporations, surviving the evolution to the glitzy “New Las Vegas,” and lasting out the downturn. Considering all that, they deserve that slice of cake. But the Riv is doing it up a little better than most.
The anniversary date is April 20, when there will be a special menu in R Steak & Seafood with dinner for two for $58. The R steakhouse is a good one, so $29 per person is a deal for sure. If you want to see a show afterward, admission is free to the Riviera Comedy Club’s finale of the Next Headlining Comic Search competition that night. There are also some gambling specials running April 18-20. If you play blackjack or roulette, getting specified combinations that include fives and eights on either game wins spins on the Money Blast slot machine to win cash and prizes. These bonuses are semi-long shots, but they’re not completely worthless.
These are all neat little promos, but the one I like best is 58-cent drinks at Le Bistro Lounge. I haven’t seen the list of what’s on special, but I can’t think of many drinks that wouldn’t be a deal for 58 cents. This promotion has been running all month and will continue through April 30.
Another anniversary takes place a week later at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. AZ Chaz hasn’t been in business even half as long as the Riv, but it will still celebrate its 25th on April 25, with $25 prime rib in Ron’s Steakhouse and 25-cent pie in the Sourdough Café. There’s also dollar draft Bud at all casino bars, commemorative $5 anniversary chips, and cake and Champagne, of course.
And it’s not an anniversary, but one more tax-day play has shown up in addition to last week’s list of tax-day bonuses. Cash your IRS refund check at any Station casino and get two free passes to the buffet. That includes Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, and the deal runs through May 31.