Anthony Curtis nationally syndicated weekly column.
July 4, 2012
Summertime in Las Vegas traditionally means low room rates and the summer of 2012 is no different. A survey conducted last week turned up 52 hotel-casinos with rates of $50 and below, four more than last year’s total. Rooms with prices of $20 and below were found at El Cortez, Fiesta Rancho, Gold Spike, and Rio, while Boulder Station, California, Circus Circus, the D, Excalibur, Four Queens, Fremont, Harrah’s, Hooters, Imperial Palace, LVH, Main Street Station, Orleans, Palace Station, Plaza, and Riviera were among 30 with rates of $30 or less. Rates change quickly and these are base prices that may be subject to any combination of taxes, booking charges, and resort fees, but they’re an excellent place to start if you’re trying to track down great room deals over the next couple of months.
High-Enders: The summer brings good deals at the elite resorts too. The following represent the best prices found at the upscale casinos: MGM $52, Monte Carlo $52, Aliante Station $55, Planet Hollywood $59, Mirage $60, TI $64, Hard Rock $69, Palms Place $69, MBay $72, Aria $83, Caesars Palace $75, Red Rock $88, THEhotel $88, Trump $89, Vdara $99, MGM Signature $108, Wynn $116, Encore $122, Cosmo $128, Palazzo $129, Venetian $129, Bellagio $139, Mandarin Oriental $175, Four Seasons $179.
NBA Summer: The NBA Summer League is back in Las Vegas after missing last year due to the strike. A record 24 teams will take part, with some of the best players in the NBA participating. Games will be played July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion with tickets starting at $25.
Question: Did the Sigma Derby machine ever get installed at the D?
Answer: The D (formerly Fitzgeralds) downtown unveiled the Sigma Derby mechanized horse-racing game in late June. Though the game has something of a cult following among gamblers, it’s one of only two machines in Las Vegas, with the other being at the MGM Grand.
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