Photo by Anthony Mair

A New Year With King Crab, Gambler’s Café and New Foos

Photo by Anthony Mair. 

The new year starts with a locals deal on the big wheel. Show your Nevada ID and you can ride the High Roller for $13 during the day and $18 at night. For observation-wheel obsessives, annual passes are now available for $79.

Want a great prime rib? This one’ll surprise you, but the Italian restaurant Little Tony’s at Palace Station serves an excellent “rosemary and garlic [with] pan drippings and horseradish cream” preparation on Thursdays only for $14.95, or a “Flintstone” cut for $18.95. It comes with a salad. Add-ons, such as spinach or a baked potato, are just $3. It’s the best prime rib deal in town for less than $20.

Aliante is running a January deal on King crab legs. From 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays in MRKT, all-you-can-eat King crab is $60. On a separate deal in MRKT, bottles of wine are half price on Sundays and Mondays, making for a good crab-and-wine parlay on Sundays.

If you read this column regularly, you know that gambling strategies are a common subject here. If you want to boost your game, the Gambler’s General Store on Main Street is the premier spot to find gambling books and memorabilia, but did you know that you can also get a pretty good sandwich there? The Gambler’s Café in the bookstore serves huge heroes made with Boar’s Head meats starting at $9.99, along with breakfasts, salads and New York specialties such as Wise chips and Dr. Brown’s sodas.

The Downtown Grand has a big $250,000 slot tournament running throughout this year, and it’s just become easier to play. Formerly requiring that you earn 2,500 players points in a month, it now takes only 1,000 points to play in a qualifier to win a spot in the finals, held in December. That’s $2,000 coin-in, or about three hours of 25¢ video poker in a month.

The Cromwell has a new blackjack tourney running Thursdays through Sundays. It’s what’s known as a total-cash-out tournament, which means the highest score (after 10 hands) wins the loot. The buy-in is $25. Hint: Bet big!

Railroad Pass is selling Win Cards for $10 that come with $15 in play-till-you-lose non-negotiable chips to use at the tables. Paying $10 for $15 in value is always a good move. Limit one per person, per year.

Here’s a little bingo comp. Play at Rampart on Sunday and get a coupon for a free lunch buffet on Monday.

Finally, along with an interesting menu that features Cincinnati 3-way chili, lots of TVs for watching the games, and the possibility that baseball’s all-time hits leader will show up at any time, the new Pete Rose Bar and Grill on the Strip has a real (tournament-quality) foosball table. It costs $1 per game for nine balls. You can’t go wrong with new foos.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and



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