Where would you go for a buffet if price wasn’t an object? Bellagio? The Cosmopolitan? Wynn Las Vegas? All three are awesome, but if you chose Wynn and you don’t mind playing for your supper, there’s a neat little comp play at your disposal.
New members signing up for the Wynn/Encore Red Card get two free buffets after earning 750 points on machine play in their first three days. That works out to $1,125 coin-in on reel slots and $4,500–$11,250 on video poker, depending on how good the schedule is. True video-poker experts can get $100 worth of buffets for about a $30 expected loss on this deal. But even if you’re not an expert (or if you play slots), it’s still a reasonable maneuver if playing these amounts is within your normal gambling budget.
For low rollers, there’s a similar opportunity at the Lucky Dragon, where every day in May earning 10 points ($100 coin-in) gets an $8 meal credit at the noodle and snack bar Bao Now. The best video-poker game at all denominations here is 9/5 Jacks or Better, returning 98.45 percent, so the expected loss for experts is less than $2 to get $8 in food. You can do it once per day.
A couple years ago, the Porchlight Grille on Desert Inn Road at Durango Drive famously served an awesome Bloody Mary that came with a filet and a lobster tail in the drink. The concoction came to be called The Dawg That Bit Ya and was offered only one day per month until it was discontinued. Other bars have since created similar versions, but none have ever been quite as good.
Now, The Dawg is back! The creator of the Porchlight Bloody Mary has moved to Brooksy’s Bar & Grill on West Flamingo Road, where this meal in a glass is served on Thursday nights. It costs $25, but it’s a surf and turf that comes with a shrimp, a Slim Jim, bacon and peppers, plus a premium-vodka Bloody Mary. And don’t expect it, but it’s not out of the question that “good” players will be comped.
The first of the free Downtown Rocks summer concert series at the Fremont Street Experience features Theory of a Deadman on May 26. This year’s lineup has some big names (especially if you like dinosaur rock), including Fuel, Marcy Playground, Ann Wilson of Heart, Rick Springfield and Collective Soul.
In the “bad news/good news” category, Clark County sales tax has been increased from 8.15 percent to 8.25 percent. Don’t worry, for a $7 drink where tax isn’t built in, that raises the price from $7.57 to $7.58. We can all get used to that.
I have a couple of amendments to last week’s pool list: M Resort’s DayDream Pool requires that women wear pasties, so it’s not completely topless, and locals get free admittance to SLS’ Foxtail Pool Monday–Friday.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.