Football Season Underway in Las Vegas

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

August 7, 2010

Football season is here and in Las Vegas, that means lots of promotions. Parties, contests, betting specials, and more will be unleashed this month and continue through the Super Bowl. One of the best opportunities this year comes from two weekly handicapping contests that pay real money to winners, but are free to enter. For the second year in a row, the free contests are being held at Coast properties (Gold Coast, Suncoast, Orleans, and Sam’s Town, among others) and M Resort. You can win up to $30,000 each week in the winner-take-all Coast contest. It’s not easy, though—you’ll need a perfect, or near-perfect, card to cash. The M Contest pays out only $9,000 each week, but there will be far fewer players playing, since it’s not at multiple casinos. Just show up on any weekend before the games begin and follow the posted instructions to play.

Best Parties: Party central on football Sundays figures to be the Las Vegas Hilton, where you can watch the games for free on big screens in the sports book and showroom, while taking advantage of good food and drink specials. The traditional play for Monday-night games has been Sam’s Town or Suncoast, where in past years your first hot dog and beer have been on the house.  

Less Juice: If you want a deal on betting a game, look to the Las Vegas Hilton. On Thursdays from 3 to 11 p.m., you can bet $10.50 to win $10 (on football), as opposed to the standard arrangement of betting $11 to win $10. It’s the only sports book in town offering this wagering rate.

Lobster Wednesdays: Get a whole lobster on Wednesdays in September at Silverton’s Seasons buffet. Available 4 to 9 p.m. for $27.99.

Jet Closing: The Mirage’s Jet nightclub has closed. The club will reopen on New Year’s Eve as 1OAK (“One of a Kind”).

Question: When is the Linq project scheduled for completion?

Answer: According to current timetables, Caesars Entertainment’s restaurant and entertainment complex, Linq, will take close to two years to complete. The projected finish date is June 2013.

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