In its first 2½ months of operation, SLS experienced multiple adjustments, including a change in command. That’s not necessarily good news for the business, but it is for the consumer, at least in the short run. While it’s not clear which promotions are still ongoing and which have been discontinued, the deals for locals in October were amazing. They included free blackjack and slot tournaments on Tuesdays with $10,000 in prize money, 50 percent off select restaurants on Sundays, and a $100 rebate-on-loss deal. If you have a Nevada ID, you need to get over there.
• Speaking of rebates, Cannery and Eastside Cannery have both initiated $500 loss-rebate deals. This is a wicked-strong free roll: Lose up to $500 and have it returned in slot free play, while you keep whatever you win. The catch: It’s available to new club members only.
• Free viewing of UFC pay-per-view fights has been discontinued at Wildfire Valley View, while Home Plate on Blue Diamond Road charges $10 admission for the marquee UFC events. Filling the void is the Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club, which has been showing UFC fights with no admission (and free pizza), but only if you drive yourself or use the CH3 bus. If you come by taxi, it’s $30. For a more traditional route, the following Station Casinos venues have been showing UFC cards for $10: Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace, Club Madrid at Sunset, Centennial Ballroom at Santa Fe and Rocks Lounge at Red Rock.
• The best new find for football viewing is the Blind Pig bar/restaurant at Panorama Towers on Dean Martin Road, where a bucket of four PBRs is $10. Not impressed? These are 24-ouncers, so you’re actually getting eight beers for $10. At $1.25 per brew, it’s not the absolute best beer deal in town, but it’s pretty close—and better yet, $20 gets you 20 wings and a one-topping pizza. This deal runs during all televised football games.
• The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is running a promotion called “Shop & Eat.” Purchase $200 in merchandise and get a $20 dining certificate for a Miracle Mile restaurant. That’s a cool 10 percent giveback. Be sure to shop at a participating store; you can find the list at MiracleMileShopsLV.com.
• I’m beginning to think that everything that comes from the Lanai Express snack bar at the Fremont is just plain awesome. The latest discovery is a monster bowl of oxtail soup with a side of rice for $8.29. The broth is chock-full of oxtail meat and those giant knuckle-like bones that you can give to your dog. Add a 99-cent shrimp cocktail, and after tax you’re out for $10.03.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.