Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.
August 8, 2010
Though appearing to be on its way to a reopening, downtown Las Vegas’ Lady Luck casino will have to wait a little longer. Due to possible conflicts with efforts to open a Mob Museum nearby, the Lady Luck’s plans were rejected by the city, which wants time to evaluate the situation further. Assuming the problems can be worked out, the Lady Luck timetable calls for construction on the expansion and renovation of the casino, which has been shuttered since 2006, to begin by early next year and be completed by the last quarter of 2012. A decision should be made by the end of this month.
Station to Station: As expected, a bid from current Station Casinos executives was accepted for control of a group of 11 Station properties that were put up for auction. The result effectively means that the current ownership situation in the prominent Station and Fiesta casino brands will remain intact.
Tattooters: Hooters will become the newest casino to get in on the current tattoo frenzy when Sleep Lagoon Tattoo and Piercing opens September 4th.
New Record: The top ticket price for Donnie & Marie at the Flamingo has increased from $289.63 to $305.97. That price for the VIP package (which includes a meet & greet with D&M) is Las Vegas’ highest production-show ticket price ever.
New Bargain: Ticket prices for Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget have been reduced on the low end. Formerly $34.45 and now $31.45 for the cheap seats, this is now one of the best show values in town (you could bring nine people to Gordie Brown and have change left over for the cost of one VIP ticket to Donnie & Marie).
Question: Why do blackjack dealers always call out “money plays” when you bet with cash instead of chips?
Answer: Dealers call bosses to a table to observe plays that are out of the ordinary or involve something that might lead to a dispute. The latter comes into play when cash is involved. The bosses are alerted, so they can monitor the play if they choose.