Las Vegas Top Ten ValuesSince 1983 the Las Vegas Advisor has provided hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas visitors with a monthly list of the best bargains in town.
About the Top Ten
1. Room Rates - Riviera et al. - - $16.65 and up
It’s December, which means its time for our annual holiday room-rate survey and the results don’t disappoint. Last year’s tally’s were excellent and this year’s are just marginally behind, with 45 casinos dealing rooms for less than $40 (base rate). Keep an eye on our room (and show) codes at LasVegasAdvisor.com for holiday late-breakers.
2. Station Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $4.99-$13.99
Station Casinos' buffets are $4.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $8.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations, and $6.99, $8.99, and $13.99 at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, except for Fri. and Sat. specialty nights everywhere except Palace, Boulder, and Texas; must show a Boarding Pass card.
3. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
The Ellis Island steak dinner is served in the Café and requires that you play $1 in any slot machine to get a voucher for the $7.99 price. This dinner includes a 10-ounce filet-cut sirloin, which comes with salad, garlic green beans, choice of potato, and fresh microbrewed beer.
4. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
The shrimp cocktail at Skyline is served 24/7 at the main bar and comes in a cocktail glass, with no filler lettuce or celery, and topped with a tangy sauce.
5. Beer - Casino Royale - 24 hours - $1
One of the town's best drinking options is located center-Strip at Casino Royale where Michelobs are $1 and a Coors Light draft is 75¢.
New at #6 is the kind of deal you’ll only find over the holidays. Home Plate bar is making an incredible gambling offer of a $20 rebate for a $20 loss, good once per day, Mon.-Fri., throughout December. It’s essentially a daily freeroll. Play $20 at video poker, keno, slots, or blackjack. Win and keep the profit. Lose and get $20 back. And it gets better, given that Home Plate also has a juicy 4-of-a-kind bonus that you can play concurrently.
7. Hot Dog - South Point - Daily - 75¢
Last month we went in to try the 75¢ hot dogs in the South Point sports book (#7) … on a Sunday. Bad idea. If you need any validation of why this deal is in the Top Ten, just look at the lines of 20+ on a football Sunday. The good news is that this is a daily deal that you’ll be able to access easily outside of the weekend (and it’s worth standing in line for anyway). The dogs are sold from a cart from 10 am till about 5 pm. Top ’em with onions, relish, and kraut at no extra charge.
8. Football Comp - Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel Four Queens - Thurs-Sun - Free
The comp at Binion’s or the Four Queens (#8) is for food, drinks, and even cigars during the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday football games; get your tab (between $20 and $50) reimbursed in slot free-play, plus a $10 matchplay.
9. Lunch Comp - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $22.13
Returning to the Top Ten is the three-course lunch special at Estiatorio Milos, in the Cosmopolitan (#9). We took it down in May for a $2 price hike, but it’s too good to leave off the list. The lunch special runs from noon to 2:30 pm, and you can choose from several appetizers and entrées, including Greek salads and preparations of oysters, shrimp, and scallops for the appetizer, and main-course selections such as salmon, tuna burger, chicken brochette, lamb chop, and fish.
This is the final month of the free “Pick the Pros” contest (#10) at Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, and Fremont. Take a shot at a $25,000 prize by swiping your BConnected card in a casino kiosk. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the first Sunday game. It’s a tough contest to win, since you almost always need a perfect card, but there’s a play you can make to maximize your potential return when you do.