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.
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1. Room Rates - El Cortez - - $37 and up
Room rates remain at #1. They’re up slightly this month, but this is the time of year, a few months before the holiday discounting period, that they tend to rise a little. There’ve been some good “flash” sales recently, which are low rates offered in small windows that show up out of the blue. The best way to stay up on these is to get our LVA Gold email, which we send out when these offers materialize. It covers show and food deals, too. Sign up for free at LasVegasAdvisor.com.
2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
The Ellis Island steak dinner (#2) is served in the Café and requires that you print out two coupons from an EI kiosk, the second after playing at least $5 in any slot machine with your club card inserted, to get 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.
3. 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.
4. 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¢.
5. Mac King - Harrah's - Tues.–Sat. - $9.95
You have to seek out the $9.95 tickets for the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s; they’re usually available at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask the box office where they’re being distributed.
6. Breakfast/Burger - Arizona Charlie's - both locations - 24 hours - $4.49
Get steak & eggs, ham & eggs, or a hamburger & fries for $4.49 when you show your club card in the Sourdough Cafés at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder (#6), served 24 hours (except midnight-6 am, Mon.-Fri. at Boulder).
7. Photo - Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel - Daily - Free
The free photo next to the $1 million display at Binion’s (#7) is the best souvenir in town. The process couldn’t be easier. Just show up between 9 am and 11:30 pm, say cheese, and your photo will be ready in 30 minutes. Unlike the old days when you got a black & white Polaroid, this is a full-color 6x8 presented in a cardboard carrier. You can get one per day. Join the players club while you wait to get a $10 first-ace coupon and other good sign-up offers, or use the time for a mini coupon run downtown using your Member Rewards Book offers.
8. Rebate Parlay - Plaza /Downtown Grand - Daily - Free
The downtown Rebate Parlay (#8) is still going strong. Get a $1,500 freeroll with the combined loss-rebate offers at the Downtown Grand and the Plaza. Both deals are good for out-of-staters and locals, but you must be a new club member to qualify.
9. Prime Rib - Planet Hollywood - Daily - $9.99
Planet Hollywood moves up a notch to stay on the list with Las Vegas’ best prime rib deal (#9). Served every day from 4 to 8 pm in Planet Dailies, the 8-ounce prime comes with a salad, baked potato, and vegetable. There’s a bigger cut for $14.99, but the better play is the special. One warning: Everyone orders it and the restaurant sometimes runs out. Call ahead to check the supply if you can’t get there by six.
It’s football season, and the $500,000 “Pick the Pros” free contest from Boyd Gaming returns to the list at #10. Though there’s stiff competition from the new Station Casinos contest, Boyd’s is still our pick as the best for both visitors and locals. There’ve been some changes from last year, but it’s still an easy swipe on a kiosk at Gold Coast, Suncoast, Orleans, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California, or Main Street Station for a shot at $30,000 every week. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the week’s first Sunday game.