Free Parking Is a Deal in 2017

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

I never thought I’d be counting free parking as a deal, but sometimes you don’t know what you have till it’s gone. With the rescinding of the locals exemption from MGM Resorts International’s paid-parking initiative, the recent announcement that Caesars won’t be charging locals to park when it initiates its pay program turns out to be significant. Of course, the same recognition should be given to the casinos that don’t charge anyone to park, including SLS Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Westgate, Hooters, The Venetian/The Palazzo, Wynn/Encore for nonvalet and Circus Circus, which is the exception in the MGM program.

My first cool find of the New Year is a free breakfast for gamblers at Dealer’s Choice Lounge, located at 4552 Spring Mountain Rd. Mondays–Fridays, simply play $20 in a machine to get a breakfast sandwich, or eggs and bacon on a plate, with coffee or juice. If you’re a first-timer, you’ll also get $10 in free play after playing the 20 through once.

I call the Dealer’s Choice deal an “instacomp,” because you know exactly what you need to do to earn it. Two more instacomps are available this month at Tuscany and Silverton. Earn 200 points ($200 coin-in) on Tuesdays at Tuscany and get a 2-for-1 entrée in Marilyn’s Café or Pub 365. Earn 250 club points ($250 coin-in) on Thursdays at Silverton and get a $10 dining credit, or earn 1,000 points for a $50 credit. The latter is the better deal, requiring only 20 points-per-dollar played versus 25 points-per to get the $10 comp.

These days, you don’t find many gambling tournaments that are open to the public, but Downtown Grand is holding one January 12–14. It’s an open blackjack tournament with a $150 entry fee. The prize pool is guaranteed at $20,000 in play-till-you-lose chips, which means it’s a good deal for players in terms of “equity” (the ratio of prize money to entry fees) if there are fewer than 133 entrants. I’m guessing it will be close to that.

The $1 oyster deal at Andiron Steak & Sea that I’ve written about before turns out to be even better than advertised. In addition to all the oysters you can eat, beers are half-price daily from 5–7 p.m. So a dozen freshly shucked Baja Kumamotos and a couple of brews will set you back about $20.

Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza has expanded its happy hour. Running daily from 4 to 7 p.m., it’s 50 percent off select appetizers, beer, house wine and well drinks. On Wednesdays, the same deal runs all night long, with all bottles of wine and Champagne also half-off. And on Thursdays, it’s half off drinks for ladies till closing.

On the negative side of the ledger, the Plaza has discontinued its excellent “$500 on Us” players club sign-up bonus. Too bad. That was a good one. 7

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and