Las Vegas’ Oldest Casino Has a Birthday

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

August 3, 2011

Not just Las Vegas’ oldest, but according to Railroad Pass spokespeople, the “longest-running casino in America” turned 80 last week. Railroad Pass is located a few miles outside of town on S. Boulder Highway. It’s survived all these years by offering bargain pricing and low gambling limits, and throughout August it will celebrate with 80¢ shrimp cocktails and hot dogs, 80¢ draft beers, a $19.31 steak dinner, and $31 room rates.

Twofers at Silverton: In another good August-long deal, Silverton is offering two-for-one entrées in all of its restaurants, including the buffet. No coupon is necessary, but you have to show a Silverton players card and you must be at least 21.

Green Lights: More than 6,000 conventional streetlight bulbs throughout Las Vegas are being replaced with energy-efficient LED fixtures. The project begins this week and, when completed, will save the city an estimated $400,000 per year in electricity use. The LEDs have a lifespan two-and-a-half times that of conventional bulbs.

Epic Deal: The much-anticipated TV deal for the Epic Poker professional league has been disclosed. Epic’s year-one events will be aired on CBS and Discovery, beginning with tournaments being played this month at the Palms. Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, Pat O’Brien, will anchor the coverage and poker personality Ali Nejad will be the color commentator. The air dates have not been announced.

Question: I’ve heard there’s a Las Vegas casino known for its pancakes. I’ve never heard of that. Which is it? 

Answer: It’s the same casino that’s known even more for its $1.99 shrimp cocktail, downtown’s Golden Gate. They come from Du-par’s deli, where the pancakes at its original restaurant in Los Angeles were anointed “best in the United States” by Esquire magazine. They’re big fluffy buckwheats with lots of syrup—$7.75 for a short stack of three (that can probably feed two) or $8.75 for five.

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