Last month the buffet count was five; by the end of this month it will be eight. At least. The buffets at Wynn and Excalibur reopened last week and Bellagio’s reopens Friday.
They join South Point, Cosmopolitan, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and Circus Circus. All are using the standard self-serve format, though most aren’t serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Who’s next? Last month Boyd Gaming joined Station in stating that it won’t bring back its buffets. Caesars Entertainment has indicated the same, despite the strong response to the Bacchanal. It’s looking more and more like the lower-end buffets will be last to return, if they do at all.
Dollar dogs: The Slots A Fun casino, located next door to Circus Circus, is selling $1 hot dogs and $1 draft beer at the bar. They’re not what you’d call top-of-the-line dogs, but it’s a good deal for the Strip. The bar is usually open from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and also most of the day on weekends.
Poker room closes: The poker room at Planet Hollywood has closed. The closing of the mid-size, 11-table room follows a decadelong trend in which poker tables at casinos are becoming an endangered species. However, a new (and bigger) poker room has opened at Resorts World Las Vegas.
Pinball play: The Pinball Hall of Fame has reopened in its new location at 4925 Las Vegas Blvd. South, a stone’s throw south of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. It’s open 11 a.m to 11 p.m. daily and admission is free, but you have to drop some quarters to play the games.
Question: What are the two towers at CityCenter that are tilted at an angle?
Answer: They’re collectively called Veer Towers and draw a lot of attention for their bright colors and because the two towers lean in different directions. Both are high-end condos that aren’t open to the public. Veer opened as part of the original CityCenter complex in 2010.
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