Downtown’s Golden Gate casino will close this week for what’s being termed a “major expansion.”
Casino space will be nearly doubled, the outdoor One Bar will be extended and a new entryway off the Fremont Street Experience will be built. The plans don’t appear to include the neighboring La Bayou Casino, which is also controlled by owner Derek Stevens. It’s the latest in a series of several upgrade projects downtown in response to steady monthly increases in visitation and revenue generation.
The Megabucks jackpot was hit this week for $11.8 million at the Fremont. The winner was identified only as a visitor named Rodolfo T., who hit on a Megabucks Double 3X4X5X Pay game.
A third Minus5 Ice Experience has opened in the Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian. Guests are outfitted with parkas and gloves before entering the 23-degree environment, which is minus 5 degrees Centigrade.
The Rampart Casino has announced a new race and sports book that will be built into the former location of JC’s Irish Pub. The 6,000-square-foot book will feature a 50-foot LED screen, 80 televisions, a new bar and lounge, and a deli. The opening is scheduled for Sept. 6, in time for the start of the NFL season.
Speaking of football season, this year’s contests are opening for registration. Good news for recreational players is the return of the top free contests at Boyd (“Pick the Pros”) and Station (“Gridiron Glory”). The major pay contests are also back at Westgate (“SuperContest”), Golden Nugget (“Friday Football Showdown”) and William Hill (“College Pick ‘Em”).
Question: I’ve been seeing adds about looser games at the Cromwell. Are they valid?
Answer: Yes and no. The center-Strip Cromwell is dealing 100X odds on craps, single-zero roulette and some blackjack games with good rules. However, many of these games have $25 and $100 minimums. Most of the games with lower minimums have rules that generate a higher house edge.
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