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Las Vegas Top Ten Values

Since 1983 the Las Vegas Advisor has provided hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas visitors with a monthly list of the best bargains in town.

September 2014
SLS Las Vegas Free
SLS Las Vegas
24 hours
Room Rates $30 and up
El Cortez
Steak Dinner $7.99
Ellis Island
24 hours
Shrimp Cocktail $1.49
24 hours
Beer $1
Casino Royale
24 hours
Buffets $5.99-$14.99
Station Casinos - All locations
Mac King $9.95
Lunch Special $22.14
Cosmopolitan, The
Prime Rib $2.48-$7.48
Football Contest Free
Boyd Casinos
About the Top Ten

1. SLS Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas - 24 hours - Free

SLS Las Vegas is this month’s #1 Value. It’s a tradition that we put new openings in the top spot for a month, but as the highest-profile opening on the Strip since the Cosmopolitan in late 2010, this one’s a legitimate must-see. Look for coverage of SLS throughout this issue.

2. Room Rates - El Cortez - - $30 and up

Pushed to #2 by SLS are room rates in general. The rates may rise a little heading into fall, but the addition of 1,600+ SLS rooms should work against any significant increases. For best results, monitor our room and show codes at and sign up for the LVA Gold online newsletter, which we send out every week for free.

3. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99

Let’s try this one more time. To get the $7.99 price for the Ellis Island steak dinner (#3) you need two separate coupons, both obtained from an EI kiosk. The first requires only that you swipe your players card and drops the price of the special to $8.99. Then, after playing at least $1 in any machine (with your club card inserted), you can print out a coupon for $1 off any food item, which can be applied to the steak. The first discount is good for your entire party, but each diner has to have their own second discount or the steak price will be $8.99.

4. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49

The Skyline shrimp cocktail (#4) is an even better deal now, considering the recent price increase for the shrimp at the Golden Gate. The two are similar in quality, but Skyline’s is only $1.49 compared to $3.99 at GG. It’s served 24/7 at the main bar.

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¢.

6. Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $5.99-$14.99

The Station buffets prices are $5.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $7.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations (except $10.99 for dinner and $13.99 on Saturdays at Santa Fe). Prices are higher for the better-quality buffets at Red Rock and GVR, but with the exclusion of specialty nights (mostly weekends), only by $1-$5. No other buffet deal in town has a better mix of price, quality, and convenience. Must show a Boarding Pass to get these prices, and be sure to use your Member Rewards Book twofers to cut these numbers in half.

7. Mac King - Harrah's - Mon.-Fri. - $9.95

The monster value of the $9.95 deal for the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s shines through when you compare it to the current $82+ average for show tickets. You can get the Mac tickets at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask at the box office where they’re being distributed.

8. Lunch Special - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $22.14

The price of the three-course lunch special at Cosmo’s Estiatorio Milos has been raised, but we’re not assessing the Top Ten’s standard price-increase penalty. That’s because the increase is just a penny to reflect the new year. The new price is $22.14 for this awesome deal that runs weekdays from noon to 2:30 pm.

9. Prime Rib - Hooters - Daily - $2.48-$7.48

The prime rib special in the Mad Onion at Hooters, served daily from 5 to 11 pm, stays at #9. It’s a good one for $9.95, but the deal is in the discounts. By taking advantage of food vouchers and matchplays available to some degree on every visit, the mathematical price of the dinner can be as low as $2.48. Now that’s a Top Ten play.

10. Football Contest - Boyd Casinos - Weekly - Free

It’s football season, so the $500,000 “Pick the Pros” free contest from Boyd Gaming returns to the list at #10. There’ve been some changes, which are outlined in Gambling, but it’s still the only contest we know of that you can play for free with a shot at winning up to $50,000 (now that’s fun!). Swipe your B Connected card at a kiosk at Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, or Fremont to enter. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the first Sunday game.

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