Is it a wolf? Is it a dog? You’ll find the answer to that question, and more about one of the huge murals on the North Tower of The Plaza from the artist, himself. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary dial up New York City and talk to Patrick McNeil, half of the art collective known as Faile. Patrick recounts the fun – and peril – of painting one of the three Plaza murals that are visible for miles.
Clark County Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo shares tales of growing up in Las Vegas, graduating from UNLV, joining the force and rising through the ranks until he was elected Sheriff in 2014. He spent much of his early career patrolling the streets of downtown, so he’s a first-hand witness to the dramatic changes in the past decades. And he tells the story of his only encounter with Tony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro — which was quickly followed by an encounter with law enforcement!
It’s one of the most popular gambling card games in the history of cards. Whether you’re looking to make a buck or two your next trip to downtown Las Vegas or learn the basics, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to blackjack.
Blackjack is a card game with one or two standard decks played against a dealer. Often played with betting, the objective is to get as close to 21 without going over based on the total value of cards dealt to you.
Each card played has a respective numerical value. 2 through 10 equal their respective values so a 2 of spades equals a value of 2. Face cards Jack, Queen, and King, have the value of 10 while an Ace can be an 11 or 1. Once you use an Ace as either an 11 or 1, you can’t switch it to a different value. Once you use it as one value, you cannot use it the other until you are dealt a new hand.
In the United States, we call this game that’s part luck and part paying attention blackjack but across the world, it goes by different nomenclatures, often simply referred to as “Twenty-One.” For obvious reasons, the game got its name from its objective; moreover, to reach 21 points without going over and using the ace as an 11 or 1.
“Twenty-One” has been around as early as the 17th century. By the time it finally arrived in the United States, gambling saloons introduced betting to entice players. Originally, these dealers would give a bonus to anyone who had an ace of spades with a black jack, a jack of spades or a jack of clubs.
Nowadays, there isn’t a bonus for when you get the black jack paired with the ace of spades but the name remains. And it’s still pretty cool when you do.
Learning to play is easy and requires little skill. It does, however, does require a strategy and understanding of the rules. Here are some of the basics to playing blackjack.
You are dealt two cards to start. If you’re playing at a casino, you play against the “house.” Once you count the total amount of your cards, you can decide to do one of the following:
Hit: This is the most common action to take after you receive your two cards. If your cards don’t amount to twenty one, you can “hit” to receive another card. Making sure the next card doesn’t put you over is the trick, though.
Stand: This action means you think you have enough to beat the house. You could have a perfect twenty one or you don’t want to take the risk of going over. Examples to come.
Double down: This is an additional bet you make if you think you have a winning hand.
Split: This is a strategy when you receive two 11s and split the hand into two separate hands. You pay twice the ante but you might be twice as lucky with a double black jack.
Surrender: A player would surrender their hand if they see their hands and think they won’t win. This can only happen after the house looks at the cards they dealt. Surrender rules vary casino to casino so ask in advance.
You win your bet when you beat the house with the total count of your cards or if the house goes over. You lose when you go over or the house beats your hand. If you both get the same amount, it’s considered a “push” and you both get your original bets back. In some places, dealers win ties so make sure you clarify before you start playing.
However, another component to this game is called insurance. Insurance is an option all players have at the table after the house reveals an ace card. The dealer will ask if anyone wants insurance after he or she reveals their face up card to be an ace of any suit. This is a side bet that pays 2:1. When the house reveals an ace, it’s a high probability the next card the house will be a ten.
How do you know when to stand and when to hit? We’ll go into some well-known (and not-so well-known) tips in the next section.
Now you know the basics but do you know when to split or when to double down? Here are some blackjack strategies to consider the next time you head to the tables.
When to hit: As a general rule, players should not hit past 16. However, some might depend on the odds and the stakes. Always hit on 8 through 13 no matter what the dealer has.
When to stand: Always stand on 17. 16 stands against dealer 2 through 6.
When to double down: Always double down on 11s.
When to split: Most agree you always split aces and 8. Never split tens.
When to surrender: Churchill would say, “Never surrender!” But sometimes it’s the safer bet if it’s offered. Not all tables or casinos have this opportunity. Surrender on 16 if the dealer has a 9 through ace and stand on 15 if the dealer has anything other than a 10 face up.
These strategies are just the beginning and are not a sure fire you’ll win but with a little luck and a little practice, you may get the hang of it. Expand your prowess even further by reading these in-depth strategy charts.
Where to Play Blackjack in Las Vegas
Every casino you enter in Las Vegas will have blackjack tables. Typically, some locations will offer a variety of bet minimums or even have more decks, increasing the house advantage.
As you research the places to play, take into consideration how much you want to risk to start. Some places are more strict on certain rules like whether the dealer hits on a soft 17, also known as H17 at the table. Hitting on a soft 17 means the hand contains an ace that is being counted as an 11.
You’ll find some of the high bet minimums on the Strip but downtown has a lot of great locations for low bet minimums with big payouts. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has plenty of table games to choose from, including regular Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, and Free Bet Blackjack.
Double Deck Blackjack means you play against the house with only 2 decks and the dealer shuffles these decks at the beginning of each hand. This increases your odds in winning against the house.
As the name indicates, Free Bet Blackjack allows players to play without betting but it comes with a catch. If the house gets a 22, all bets on the table push. This version is played with 6 decks, 3:2 odds, “Free Doubles” and “Free Splits.”
The Best Place to Play Blackjack Downtown
Whether you’re staying downtown or looking to party downtown, there’s no better place to play blackjack. Book a downtown hotel room and enjoy all that the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas have to offer.
Have you ever wanted to know the behind the scenes of some biggest events in the Valley or what makes the gaming industry tick? Get your fix with exclusive interviews and insight with gaming industry leaders and entertainers. You can get to know local officials and everything there is to uncover in one of the fastest-growing destinations in the world.
With a myriad of exclusive and entertaining perspectives, special guests Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel discusses topics range from gambling and events to new projects, but more often than not, where Vegas got her start and where it’s going next.
Hosted by locals and Vegas-insiders Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel, Russell Aaron and Gary Vickery.
The Plaza Podcast Episodes
Since starting in early 2020, the hotel and casino podcast has featured a variety of eccentric special guests, including former mayor Oscar Goodman, the namesake of the best steakhouse in Las Vegas three years in a row.
Episode 1: It’s changing, trust me.
The pilot episode for Plaza’s podcast doesn’t disappoint. Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel shares his journey in revitalizing the hotel and casino as well as meeting two important local figures shaping what Las Vegas Downtown is today.
“No better place to be than downtown on the corner of the main street.”
Continuing the conversation from last week, this episode talks about the steady growth of Downtown with the first special guest, Sam Cherry, developer and head of the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission.
He’s not just the name on the steakhouse. Mayor and former lawyer for reputed mob members, Oscar B. Goodman joins the rest of the Plaza podcast crew and shares some never-heard-before stories about Sin City.
It’s a ball game enjoyed by all that requires little to no skill but a whole lot of luck: bingo. Read our ultimate to guide bingo and learn where and how to play this timeless game of chance.
Where Bingo Began
The game got its name from Edwin Lowe and his posse who popularized the game and sold the first sets across the United States during the early 20th century.
Bingo has more history than just a game for grandmas and gamblers though. It has its origins in mid-16th century Italy where it quickly spread to France and Germany as players eventually added tokens and calling out numbers.
As an alternative form of lottery, the French gradually began to add the squares and the coordinating numbered tiles. With their use of 27 tiles, this variation helped inspire the game we know today.
By the early 20th century, bingo emerged in the United States at carnivals across Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Spearheading the charge was Hugh J. Ward who would go on to compose the official rule book in 1933.
Edwin Lowe would make the most profit from this 2-dimensional match of fate, selling beans and 24 cards across the nation. Lowe originally called the game “Beano.” Legend has it that one of Lowe’s friends accidentally yelled out “Bingo!” instead of beano out of sheer excitement so the name stuck.
How to Play Bingo
Learning to play bingo is easy, and winning is possible as long as you’re paying attention.
There are different ways to play bingo across the world, including:
30, 75, & 90 Ball (the amount of balls, aka numbers that are drawn)
For all bingo variations, participants will receive a ticket, card, or sheet with several numbered tiles on it. Next, a number will be called out from a bingo ball. These balls are chosen randomly. If your sheet or card has that number called out, you can mark it with a token or a designated approved marker.
“Bingo!” is called out when you get a:
1 line win (1 line is covered or marked off)
2 line win (2 horizontal lines are marked off)
Full house win (all numbers are marked)
Some restrictions or other rules may apply so make sure you know before that first bingo ball is announced.
At the Plaza Hotel & Casino, players have the opportunity to win HOTBALL or CASHBALL. During the first game of a session, the first number pulled will be that session’s HOTBALL, meaning bingo on the HOTBALL number wins the posted jackpot. CASHBALL BONUS BALLS are awarded on the next four balls pulled during that same session.
Winning on the Hotball number and catching at least two of the four CASHBALL BONUS BALLS anywhere on your card, you can win up to $10,000 in bonuses.
To play bingo for money at a downtown casino, or any casino for that matter, you have to be 21 years of age or older.
Where to Play Bingo in Las Vegas
Whether you’re a local or just visiting the valley, you’ll find a few options across the Las Vegas valley to satiate your bingo craving.
The Palace Station
A local place, the Palace Station casino offers 307 seats in their bingo rooms.
South Point Casino
They offer 8 bingo sessions daily at their hotel and casino, offering jackpots every session.
Way off the Strip-beaten path and within the Summerlin area, you can try your luck at the Rampart Casino. They have large bingo rooms and sessions every day.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino
The only place where you can play the best bingo in Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino offers options to win big or just have a good time. Located on the 3rd floor, the 280-seat bingo room gives guests six daily bingo sessions: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm.
Can’t get enough bingo and want to take your luck to the next level? Join hundreds of people from across the country for Plaza’s Super Bingo. Over two days, bingo contenders play over 60 games, competing in the tournament for the ultimate cash prize.
The Best Place to Play Bingo Downtown
Whether you’re staying downtown or looking to party downtown, there’s no better place to play bingo, the classic game of serendipity. Book a downtown hotel room and enjoy all that the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas have to offer.
March may mean sunnier days in Vegas and a downtown St. Patrick’s Day party but it also means basketball madness. College basketball fans nationally gear up to watch the biggest tournament of the year.
March is one of the best times of year to watch college basketball as the best teams in the country compete in a winner-take-all extravaganza. After the big football game in February, the basketball mania this March offers a whole month of watch party events across the country.
What Is March Mania?
This basketball madness happens in March, also known as March Mania. The tournament is played by 68 teams and holds 67 games over 19 days. It’s a jam-packed season that basketball fans go crazy over.
In 2019, Virginia won against Texas Tech with a final score of 85-77. Last year was the first NCAA Tournament Championship for the Cavaliers. The college basketball teams favored this year include the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, Baylor Bears, and Louisville Cardinals.
If you’re in Las Vegas for the March tournament, you’ll want to find somewhere with large TVs and great drink specials to watch all the games.
Where to Watch March Mania Downtown
The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is the place to go to watch the March Mania tournament. The viewing party will be held in The Plaza Event Center, which has 18 screens, 2 projectors, and plenty of seating space. Every TV will play the tournament so every seat will have a great view.
To gain access to the March Mania Viewing Party, purchase tickets online today! A March Mania one-day pass is $20 and a four-day pass is $40. Each pass includes 1 koozie, 1 drink & 1 food item for each day.
March Mania 2020
Don’t another year of March Mania and get your tickets today. You could also enter to win the $24,000 March Mayhem drawing.
It’s that time of year to get down and derby in Downtown Las Vegas. The Demolition Derby is back this March 2020, for the CASINO BATTLE ROYALE weekend event you don’t want to miss.
What is a Demolition Derby?
A demolition derby is a heated competition but with cars. This kind of competition includes an arena with usually five or more drivers. The last vehicle remaining on all four wheels his hence dubbed demolition king or queen of the derby.
It’s important to note for the car lovers out there that the derby involves demolishing much older cars. Although originally from the United States, many other countries have adopted this raucous occasion of cars crashing into one another for sport.
What makes the derby especially entertaining is that it takes place not on a race track or road of any sort, but a muddy track, which acts more as an outdoor boxing ring. This tough terrain slows down the cars and makes it more difficult for them to ram into one another. It’s nonetheless a heart-stopping competition full of muddy mayhem.
History of the Demolition Derby
Demolition derbies started gaining popularity in the 1950s and became a standard event at fairs and festivals. In the 1970s, the sport’s popularity was at an all-time high and events were commonly held in large arenas and broadcasted on television.
Nowadays, the derby has its subculture and is still popular in certain areas across the world. A demolition derby event will draw the attention of many fans, including drivers of all ages.
The Demolition Derby in March 2020
This 2020 Spring, The Plaza Hotel & Casino, with the help and expertise of Stirrin’ Dirt Racing, the largest demolition derby promoter in the west, is hosting the CASINO BATTLE ROYALE Demolition Derby March 26th through the 28th. Those purchasing single-day or three-day tickets can expect a full weekend of mud and cars. The family-friendly event will take place at the CORE Arena on the Plaza property.
What to Expect
The event will be open to children and a fun event for anyone looking to see some action! There will be two car classes, Mini Cars, which are 80s to 90s front-wheel-drive foreign and domestic cars, and Stock Class, which are stock built old Detroit iron cars.
You can also book a room and ticket combo to save on the tickets and stay close to all the action during the Demolition Derby this March.
Down and Derby Downtown
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between Demolition Derby March 2020 events to relax and refresh.
You’ll also be close to all the entertainment that downtown Las Vegas has to offer, so you can keep on partying even after the demolition derby events. See all of our upcoming events and entertainment.
What better way is there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day downtown than by drinking green beer, pinching people who aren’t wearing green, and catching a free fireworks show?
Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Downtown Las Vegas is a popular destination for locals and tourists to come and celebrate the day. People come together and celebrate with fun party games and a photo booth.
Starting at 7 p.m., The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be celebrating the holiday under the green dome, which will be lit up with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
RSVP today and bring your friends and family to enjoy live music and drink specials inspired by the holiday. Dance the night away under the dome and at 10:30 p.m. there will be a spectacularly green firework show.
If you’re looking for the best deal on drinks, The Plaza is offering drink specials starting with $5 Jameson or Guinness beer and an $8 Jameson shot with a domestic beer for the month of March.
About St. Patrick’s Day
Historically, the holiday was created in the early 17th century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is celebrated yearly on March 17th, the day that Saint Patrick died. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish and celebrations usually include parades, festivals, wearing green, and shamrocks.
Traditionally, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on St. Patrick’s Day, which has encouraged the tradition of consuming a lot of alcohol on the holiday.
Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t directly an American holiday, we Americans just like the Irish, love any excuse to throw a parade and drink a lot of beer, so we adopted the tradition. If you’re looking for more activities to celebrate the holiday in downtown Vegas, you can see if you have the luck of the Irish and try your hand in the casino.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday, which makes it the perfect day to drink a lot, party downtown, and have a spectacular Sunday Funday.
The Place to Be Downtown
If you plan on participating in the holiday shenanigans, book your downtown hotel room now. The holiday is widely celebrated in Las Vegas so be sure to book a room in advance to ensure that you can party on all night long. We have some of the best views and suites downtown. We’ll see you there in your best green outfit!
Are you looking for the perfect place to play table games while enjoying an immersive atmosphere filled with great music and a dazzling view of Fremont Street? You shouldn’t have to choose between partying and playing your favorite games, and now you don’t have to.
What Is the Party Pit?
The Party Pit at The Plaza Hotel and Casino has 3:2 blackjack and the only single zero roulette game downtown. The dealers are beautiful and sporty, adding a touch of fun to your traditional table games. The Party Pit features an upbeat atmosphere where you can dance to the music while playing your favorite games with a twist.
Come try out the only single zero roulette wheel in downtown Las Vegas while partying with beautiful dealers and fun people. The Party Pit is open Thursday through Sunday 6pm to 2am weekly.
What Is Single Zero Roulette?
Single zero roulette, also known as European roulette, only has one zero and does not include a double zero. There are only 37 numbers total on a single zero roulette wheel, but there are 38 numbers total on a roulette wheel that also includes a double zero. A single zero roulette game has better odds for the player since there are fewer numbers on the wheel.
If roulette isn’t your style of casino table games, you can enjoy 10x odds on Craps, 3 Card Poker, and so much more!
The Place to Play and Party Downtown
If you’re going to be playing a game of roulette, your best bet is to play at the Party Pit at The Plaza. The single zero roulette wheel can only be found at The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.
Join in the fun at Downtown’s sportiest party pit.
Bingo has been around since the 16th century. Learn where Bingo came from and where to find the best bingo in Downtown Las Vegas.
The History of Bingo
The game of bingo has roots dating back as far as the 1500s when a popular game in Italy called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” was regularly played. The game was similar to bingo because players would mark numbers that were randomly drawn out of a sack. There have been many variations of the game throughout history, and bingo originally came to America under the name of “beano”. It was later renamed “bingo” for the similar-sounding word.
As bingo became popularized in America, a mathematician, Carl Leffler, was hired to create 6,000 different bingo cards to create more combinations and possibilities. Bingo is now a popular game in the United States, especially in churches, casinos, and among retirement communities.
How to Play Bingo
Bingo is very easy to understand. In fact, it’s one of the easiest games to teach. The easiness of bingo is part of why it has become such a popular game. Playing bingo can be broken down into three easy steps.
Step 1:Get a scorecard
A bingo scorecard is needed to play and it has 25 randomly numbered squares on it under the letters “BINGO”.
Step 2: Listen to the caller call out letter and number combinations
There will be a designated caller at every bingo game. The caller will randomly select letter and number combinations. The letters always start with one of the letters in “BINGO” followed by a number.
Step 3: Place your bingo chips/dotter marks on your card when the right letter and number combination is called
The goal of bingo is to cover your card with a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. That’s called getting a “bingo”. You place a bingo chip/dotter mark on the letter and number combination on your card when it is called. When you have a line, then you say “BINGO!”
The Best Place to Play Bingo in Downtown Las Vegas
There are many places to play bingo in Las Vegas, but the only bingo room in downtown Las Vegas is at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. This bingo room holds 280 people, and there are six daily bingo sessions. Jackpots vary by session, and there are also hotball jackpots and cashball bonuses that can be collected. There are also frequent games of Super Bingo.
Super Bingo is everything the name says it is: a super event for bingo lovers across the country. People from Canada to Hawaii attend this epic bingo extravaganza featuring Our $175,000 tournament. Expect many fun-filled games of Bingo over 2 days and a super coverall both days. The Plaza Hotel Casino offers bingo only sessions for $130 or room-and-bingo packages that start at $239 for a three-night stay.
Plaza Hotel & Casino is planning a bingo party in 2020 that you’ll not want to miss. Sunday, January 5, 2020, join hundreds for the $50 buy-in event, Bingo Bash. Enjoy package deals that include Friday & Saturday night for $100.
The fun doesn’t stop there. You can play to win MILLIONS every day at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Bingo Millions & Bingo Millions Mini cards be purchased and played on paper and electronics. Learn the official rules here.
The Place to Be and to Play Bingo Downtown
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between bingo and other entertainment to relax and refresh.
Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper.
Parking in Downtown Las Vegas
Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. Considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the Strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas.
Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle-free from start to finish, so we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.
Parking at the Plaza
Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot. Self-parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 60 minutes!
Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play. Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino. Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car. Parking for up to 4 hours is only $5 and parking over 4 hours is only $10.
Parking at the Fremont Street Experience
If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street Experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens.
Also, you can find street parking that charges by the hour, or there may be free street parking at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on.
The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area. Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!
Container Park Parking
For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.
Main Street Parking
If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden or you can try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave. There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge a few dollars for parking.
Downtown Parking Tips
When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 60 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather.
Read the Signs
There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted. Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots.
Watch the Time
If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine.
For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!
If You Don’t Want to Park
There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas is a must-see event that’s been happening yearly for over 30 years. The Las Vegas NFR 2019 takes place December 5-14 and marks the 35th year of the rodeo.
Wrangler Nation Finals Rodeo: The Big Game of Rodeo
The event attracts rodeo fans from across the world in addition to locals and tourists looking for some fun. Each year the NFR has a way of transforming the look and feel of Las Vegas. You’ll see people walking around in jeans, cowboy boots, and big hats all over the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.
The main event takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, but this year CORE Arena and Equestrian Center returns with its two outdoor arenas, the perfect place for roping practice and exercise. The Plaza is one of the most equine-friendly places to stay in Las Vegas during Las Vegas NFR 2019.
What to Expect
There will be plenty of large stalls for rodeo participants to keep their horses with 24-hour security and veterinarian services provided by Outlaw Equine. Participants can rest easy knowing their horses will be safe and well cared for.
The 2019 NFR is so much more than just your typical rodeo. Event attendees will see plenty of roping, wrangling, riding, and enjoy entertainment and performances from large country music stars. There will be drinking, dancing, cheering, and plenty of excitement. Be sure to get your NFR tickets in advance if you’re planning to attend because the event does sell out!
Where to Saddle up and Cheer
In addition to the equine accommodations, The Plaza has great rooms to stay for rodeo participants too! There are rooms starting at just $32 per night and special packages when booking rooms and horse stalls.
The Plaza is just steps away from all the excitement of downtown Las Vegas and provides guests with plenty of great food and drink options like Oscar’s Steakhouse, which serves some of the best steak and cocktails in Las Vegas.
The Place to Be and Wrangle Downtown
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between NFR and other entertaining events to relax and refresh.
Keno. It’s a gambling staple that many locals and visitors enjoy. It combines numbers and chance into a potentially lucrative pastime. Discover how and where to play Keno in Downtown Las Vegas.
What Is Keno?
Keno is a gambling game similar to lottery or bingo that is typically played in casinos. It is a game of chance that is based on drawing numbers that have to correspond to numbers on a card.
Players choose numbers from 1 to 80 and then 20 numbers are drawn at random. If enough numbers drawn match the numbers that players selected on their card, then the player wins.
Where Does Keno Come from?
The origins of Keno can be traced back to China where legend says the game saved an ancient city during a time of war. It is also said that the funds raised from Keno helped to build The Great Wall of China.
However, the word keno has Latin roots meaning “five” or “five winning numbers.” The game was brought over to America by Chinese immigrants in the 1800s.
How to Play Keno
You may have heard of keno but you may not know how to play it. Here are the steps to learning how to play:
Get a Keno Card. This can be acquired from the live Keno lounge on the casino floor.
Select Your Numbers. You can select numbers from 1 to 80 to play. Each number you select is called a spot
Pay for Your “Spots.” The amount you place to bet depends on the game.
Wait and Follow Along. Watch as the winning numbers are selected and match them up to the numbers you selected for your Keno card.
Collect Your Winnings! If enough of your numbers are selected, you win!
Where to Play Keno Downtown
You can now have a date with lady luck and try your hand at Keno downtown at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. Games run every five to eight minutes in the brand-new live Keno lounge on the casino floor from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Monitor your game live in various locations throughout the casino, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore and grab a drink or bite to eat while you play keno downtown.
There are monitors located in the Brightside Breakfast & Burgers Restaurant, the Race & Sportsbook bar, Omaha Lounge, Hash House A-Go-Go, and the bingo room on the third floor.
The Place to Be and Play Downtown
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between Keno and other entertaining events to relax and refresh.
The time of year where Vegas visitors and tourists can enjoy balmy weather has finally arrived. With the sun still shining, many still relax poolside in the thriving energy of Downtown Las Vegas. Add some of the most magnificent and delicious food in Nevada while enjoying a fine wine or cocktail and you have just another evening well spent.
If you’d like to have a great evening out, join us for the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown 2019. Food enthusiasts of all kinds will not want to miss this epicurean event of the season.
About Taste of Downtown
Downtown Las Vegas is known for having some of the best food in the city. You’ll find every cuisine you could possibly desire from a nice steak at Oscar’s Steakhouse to some excellent vegan food from VegeNation.
The event will be held on Thursday, October 10, and will feature over twenty participating restaurants. Event attendees will have the opportunity to sample food and drinks from participating restaurants and see why the Nevada restaurant industry is famous for its culinary accolades.
What to Expect
With different types of cuisine from all over the world, Las Vegas has become a must-visit food destination alongside downtown Las Vegas which is also becoming the center of food culture for both locals and visitors.
The proceeds from the event will go to support the Nevada Restaurant Association educational and scholarship programs so more budding chefs have the opportunity to hone their skills. Proceeds will go to programs like ProStart, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program that involves more than 3,500 students in the state of Nevada.
When you buy a ticket to Taste of Downtown 2019, you’ll not only enjoy delicious food, but you’ll also contribute to a great cause!
How to Get a Taste
Tickets start at $70 for general admission and $299 for the VIP package, which includes a two-night stay at The Plaza in a poolside hotel room plus four tickets to the event. Attendees can reserve a cabana for the event. Please visit here to purchase tickets or for the VIP package, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (702) 878-2313.
The Place to Be Downtown
Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.
Halloween is the most thrilling time of year combining sexy, spooky, and scary all in one holiday. Let’s face it, none of us ever really quite outgrew asking ourselves “What am I going to be for Halloween?” even though our trick-or-treat days are long behind us.
Halloween in Downtown Las Vegas
Fortunately for you, you’re in Las Vegas, and Halloween is our holiday. Just like Chicago has St. Patty’s Day, Las Vegas has Halloween. The entire city is a fantasyland on any regular day of the year. Add some spooky, a little extra sexy, and a whole lot of alcohol and candy, and you’ve got yourself a real Las Vegas Halloween.
The biggest and probably most Googled question this time of year is: “What’s happening and where for Downtown Las Vegas Halloween?” We did all the research for you and navigated past all of last year’s posts and non-updated events (which were everywhere) to give you the most current and correct list of events.
Discover all the things to do during Halloween this year, text your friends about it, and start your planning!
Spooky Things to Do Downtown
This year The Plaza Hotel & Casino is celebrating Halloween in downtown Las Vegas with some fun Halloween themed games like Super Bingo, a Blackjack Tournament, and a Kiosk Game.
Fremont Street Rock of Horror
Ready for live entertainment across three stages, plenty of bars, and a costume contest? The famous downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience celebrates Halloween in a big way every year in the five-block pedestrian area with lights overhead. Put on your best costume, and get ready for some fun.
The Fremont Street Experience is also putting on a bar crawl where you can drink and enjoy all the sites and scares downtown.
The LINQ Promenade
Every year the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas goes all out in Halloween decor and celebration. Not only do they host their afternoon TRIQ or Treat event for families, but when the sun goes down, and the adults hoard in like zombies ready to party, it comes to life in a whole new way.
With costume contests, DJs, booze and good eats the LINQ is highly recommended by locals as the place to go for Halloween.
Nightclubs & Parties
If you want to dance the night away in a more intimate setting, check out some of the amazing nightclubs that Las Vegas has to offer. Here are some of the headliners at the most popular clubs:
People love coming to Las Vegas because of the endless entertainment and things to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless.
Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions
Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and vintage charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! With so many things going on each night, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.
Experience The Fremont Street Experience
As one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience doesn’t disappoint. Amidst an eclectic soundtrack and atmosphere, walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with a light show overhead. Tourists and locals alike explore fun shops along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!
Enjoy the Free Summer Concert Series
Downtown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night.
This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, we suggest you get there early to reserve a good spot since spots are standing room only with no reservations.
Visit Historic Casinos
Some of the casinos in downtown are Las Vegas staples. In 1945, famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway purchased the El Cortez Hotel and Casino four years after opening. When it first opened in 1971, The Plaza Hotel and Casino was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”.
The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada and was renamed in 1955 to the current name.
Watch Street Performers
There’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, contortionist, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls.
Get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas-style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen with which to take pictures as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.
Stay Cool at the Pool
Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals, but guests staying at the Plaza Hotel & Casino can enjoy a dip at the pool for free. Our downtown pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet.
Relax in comfort on one of our many lounge chairs, day beds, and cabanas. If you like it hot, our 12-person hot tub is perfect for you.
Listen to Live Music
The live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night.
Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night.
Join the Fans for Sports Viewing Parties
The sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and several of the bars host their own viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free so you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans.
Try Free Slot Pulls
One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.
Check Out Some Antiques
When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!
Take a Picture Worth a Million Bucks
If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million.
It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance.
Explore Container Park
Many uncover all sorts of art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is a unique experience. It’s a park made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further!
There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages.
Enjoy free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, there’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.
Walk under the Dome at Container Park
The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas.
When you enter the dome, millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display surround you and will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet.
The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.
Meet a Giant Praying Mantis
A 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire looms at the entrance of the Container Park in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.
Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. From giant downtown murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets, art is on display everywhere you look. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown.
The Place to Be Downtown
Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.
The slots are an integral part of Las Vegas culture. Slot machines are one of the distinct sounds and sights many recognize just as they depart the airplane. Players around the world compete in many tournaments and races while playing their favorite slot machines.
At The Plaza Hotel & Casino, players will have the chance to compete over three days by racing to earn the highest points on their favorite slot machines.
History of Slot Machines
Slot machines have a big history in Las Vegas. This is the place where the first fully electromechanical and video slot machines were made. Although the precursor machines were first invented in 1891 in New York, those slot machines happen to be based on the classic game of poker. Even one of the early slot machines dispensed different flavors of chewing gum, which is why some of the popular cherry and melon symbols remain part of some slots today.
Nowadays slot machines that you see on every Las Vegas casino floor have fun and unusual themes that range from TV shows to musical and pop icons.
Slot Machine Contest Downtown
The Race for the Case takes one Las Vegas’s staples and takes it to a whole new level. Players will compete head-to-head on their slot machines and try to get the highest points. There is no buy-in for the race and the first prize winner will receive a handsome reward of $15,000. Play your slot machine and race to become one of the top five players with the highest points.
The top five will then get to choose from five briefcases. Each briefcase contains a different amount of money, which ranges from $1,000 to $15,000. The player with the highest slots points will be the first person to choose a briefcase. Winners will only have a minute to choose and are not allowed to switch once they have picked a briefcase, which means that the first place slot winner will not necessarily take home the most money.
How to Join
All players have the chance to win the $50,000 Race For The Case. If you enjoy playing slots, this race is for you. The race will be held on November 1 – 3. Come have fun competing against others for the chance to take home $15,000.
Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area full of art and culture that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful Festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, September 20th, and runs through Sunday, September 22nd, is a testament to this unique culture.
The festival will bring some of today’s most celebrated musicians, chefs, artists, comedians and speakers to the downtown art district for a three-day inspirational social platform and celebration of life.
The Plaza Hotel and the Life Is Beautiful Festival
The Plaza Hotel and Casino has been an integral part of Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth, we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication while providing an old-school Vegas feel paired with modernism.
The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire, and as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business, we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community and downtown culture.
Adjacent to the arts district, The Plaza has been a hub for those who have attended previous Life is Beautiful festivals and will continue to be one this year as well. Whether you need a Luxe room to rest between days of the festival, something to eat and drink, or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible.
There are three free re-entries per day for all general admission festival guests, so come to enjoy a meal and drink with us at one of our many restaurants and bars and sit back and rest your feet. The Plaza Hotel and Casino will also offer event parking for the festival at a competitive price.
The Music at Life is Beautiful
There will be a large variety of artists playing at Life is Beautiful over the three days. With headliners like Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and many more, there’s no doubt the festival will be packed with good vibes and great sounds. There are multiple stages where you and your group can enjoy the music, including one stage that is a dome with an electronic feel where most DJs will play.
The first shows on the lineup will start around 2 or 3 p.m. and headliners will close out the festival around 11 p.m. or midnight. The festival provides music lovers with a variety of genres, and you’ll find everything from rap and hip hop to EDM and alternative.
The Art of Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is a celebration of art and culture. There will be modern art exhibits, walk through art exhibitions like the “Art Motel,” and traditional art exhibits with photography and paintings. The whole festival can be thought of as a work of art, providing an opportunity at every corner to enthrall the senses of festival attendees.
Outside festival grounds in the Downtown Las Vegas community there is also plenty of art to be seen. There are plenty of beautiful art pieces to take in and enjoy, and they also act as the perfect setting for photos.
Murals at Plaza Hotel Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is adorned with murals by street artists Shepard Fairey and D*Face that scale the whole building from top to bottom. These murals were some of the most challenging murals they’ve ever created. Each artist had to overcome personal and unexpected challenges like changing weather patterns.
Using scaffolding and the natural curvature of the Plaza Hotel, each artist transformed a side of the hotel into a living piece of art. Both murals will add color and life to an already vibrant downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience. Come to see the murals today for yourself and explore the rest of the art downtown.
Over 70 local and regional eateries with a variety of cuisine will be present at Life Is Beautiful 2019. Attendees can enjoy food from different cultures such as Mexico, Asia, and India among others. There will be many places for festival-goers to enjoy food and learn about the art of cooking. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after the festival, you can come over to The Plaza to grab a late-night bite at Pop Up Pizza or Brightside Breakfast & Burgers.
For those over the age of 21, there are plenty of excellent alcoholic drink options like craft beers and artisanal cocktails. Drinks will be available from specific alcohol vendors as well as at full-service bars at the festival. There are also plenty of bars to enjoy outside festival grounds in the downtown Las Vegas area. Come and join us for a drink at The Plaza where we will have drink specials for festival-goers.
The downtown Las Vegas area has a lot to offer to festival-goers inside and outside of festival grounds. Just outside the official festival grounds, you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience which is an overhead lights display lined with bars and casinos on each side.
At the end of the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll find The Plaza where you can enjoy casino games, great food, and refreshing drinks when you need a break from the festival. There is so much to see in downtown Las Vegas that you’ll want to set aside some extra time for exploring outside the festival grounds.
Tickets & Packages
There are several different ticket options for Life is Beautiful. Entrance to Life is Beautiful starts at $145 for one day General Admission and $315 for 3-day General Admission. If you’re looking to upgrade your festival experience, there are VIP, VIP+, and All-In options that start at $665 for the three days and include things like shaded lounge areas, concierge services, exclusive food and drink vendors, and private bathrooms.
The All-In pass gets you everything at all the other levels, in addition, to access to the artist hospitality lounge, an exclusive culinary tasting experience, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Each night after the Life Is Beautiful festival ends; revelers can keep the partying going Unde the Dome at the Plaza. This Life Is Beautiful after-party features a live DJ set and complimentary entry to everyone that is looking to dance under our famous lights. Festival-goers over 21 and over can enjoy a refreshing drink from the bars opening up for the after-party.
Ashley Revell: ‘That spin was the most amazing moment of my life. It is a cliché but time did stand still. It was just complete calm.’
For Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old man from London, gambling his life savings in Las Vegas actually paid off. In possibly the most famous bet of recent years, a 32-year-old Ashley Revell from Kent sold all of his worldly possessions to bet everything he owned on the roulette table in Vegas.
Back in 2004, he won $270,600 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in a double-or-nothing bet at the roulette wheel. Revell chose to bet on red with a less than a 50/50 chance of doubling his life savings of $135,300.
There was a whole film crew there to film his wager. At first, the bet was supposed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel, but they wouldn’t accept the wager.
The Plaza was up for the fun though! As the roulette wheel spun the anticipation grew before finally landing on Red 7.
Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions in order to make up the $135,300 he bet at The Plaza. After winning the $270,600, Revell decided to start a poker website, Poker UTD, and he also entered the online gambling market with an iGaming recruitment website. Revell decided to take a trip to Holland shortly after the bet in Las Vegas where he met his wife. They now have two kids.
The Mustang is one of the most well-known and well-respected sports cars. As the best-selling sports car in the world, it has an excellent reputation. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Mustang, now you’ll get your chance to win a 2019 Ford Mustang just for playing in the casino at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
There will be a total of 15 winners selected, and five car qualifiers will compete in an exciting live stage game to win a brand new 2019 Ford Mustang! The drawing for the $30,000 Mustang Mojo will take place on March 30th at 8:15 PM, but players will have the ability to earn points from until March 30th. Players earn entries by playing on the slot machines, table games, or bingo. For the slots, one point is one drawing entry. For bingo, every dollar wagered is one drawing entry. Entries for table play is earned based on time played, average bet, and type of game.
About the 2019 Ford Mustang
The new Ford Mustang is extremely fast and comes equipped with plenty of exciting features like standard LED headlights and a rear-view camera.
The 2019 Ford Mustang is even being used as a racing car in places around the world like Australia where it will make its Supercars debut. All models of the car come with power handling for on and off the track. Ford has expanded their color package, and the 2019 Mustang will be offered in more colors than ever seen before. All models of the 2019 Ford Mustang have powerful engines and great speed.
Downtown Las Vegas Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is one of the best locations in Downtown Las Vegas for slot play and table play. There are plenty of slots to choose from on the casino floor, and each point on the slots will get you one entry to win the 2019 Ford Mustang.
To get the most out of your play, sign up for the Royal Rewards program to get discounts, promotions, and free offers while you play.
Welcome back to the Plaza – the place to be downtown and where vintage Vegas lives!
To celebrate and welcome our guests back, we are offering a special Old School Fun getaway package. Save on your next stay, upgrade your room, enjoy a daily food credit and get free slot play, book stay.
Your health and safety remains our top priority. We have implemented numerous safety protocols to align with federal, state, and local health guidelines. To learn more, click here.