Las Vegas is nothing if not a marketing juggernaut. With so many casinos, bars, restaurants, shows, clubs, etc., competing for the same thing, good ideas that are discontinued in one place often quickly show up somewhere else. For example, when the Riviera closed in May, it marked the end of regularly available dollar blackjack … for about three months. That promotional void was filled by North Las Vegas’ Lucky Club, which is now the only casino in the Valley dealing $1 minimum blackjack seven days a week. It’s not available around the clock, but if you go in the afternoon or evening, it’s likely to be offered.
One deal that isn’t going away is the long-running 24-hour steak-and-eggs special in the Sourdough Cafés at either Arizona Charlie’s. Two eggs, a sirloin strip, choice of potatoes, and toast or biscuit and gravy is just $4.49. You need to show a club card to get that price; otherwise it’s $4.99. This deal is served 24/7 at the Decatur Boulevard location and most hours at the spot on Boulder Highway. You can also get ham and eggs or hamburger and fries for the same price.
The original hot wings from Anchor Bar in Buffalo are now available in the food court at the Venetian. A single order comes with nine wings for $12, or $1.33 apiece. A double order is 18 for $22, or $1.22 apiece, so that’s the best play if you aren’t solo. For groups, there’s a 50-for-$55 option ($1.10 per).
South Point has brought back its “Half-Price Gas” promo through the end of this month. Redeem $25 in points and get a $50 gas card. That’s like getting a double points redemption, which is strong given South Point’s good video poker inventory.
Speaking of good video poker, the little Eureka on East Sahara Avenue puts its big brothers on the Strip to shame with some of the best 25-cent and 50-cent bar games in town. The best schedules are NSU Deuces Wild (NSU stands for “not so ugly”) and 9/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe. Both return close to 100 percent, but they also have progressive royal flushes. Playing quarters, the Deuces game becomes breakeven when the meter hits $1,150, and the Bonus Poker Deluxe is breakeven at $1,175. It doesn’t mean you’re gonna win, but it’s a good place to take a shot.
Finally, in what may be a Vegas first, Aliante is hosting a Bunco tournament August 15 to benefit the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. The entry fee is $35 (plus a new pair of shoes in a box) to be eligible to win a staycation package at the resort. Bunco is a dice game that requires no skill or decision-making, so anyone can play to support a good cause. That’s kinda cool; I just might check it out.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.