Get Down and Derby at the Plaza

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is hosting a two-day Casino Battle Royale Demolition Derby on March 29th and 30th. The event will be family-friendly and take place at 3 p.m. both days. There will be two car classes, Mini Cars, which are 80s-90s front wheel drive foreign and domestic cars, and Stock Class, which are stock built old Detroit iron cars. The Demolition Derby will be a fun event for anyone looking to see some action! After the derby event, there will be an after party where all ages are welcome.

The After Party features:

  • wrestling presented by Snake Pit Pro Wrestling
  • a guest appearance by Juventud “the Juice” Guerrera
  • live DJ set
  • food and drink specials

Tickets to the derby are $30 for a single day ticket and $50 for both days. There are also room and ticket packages to get the greatest discount.

For those 21 and over who are looking to add some more fun to the weekend, there will be a blackjack tournament at 7 p.m. on March 28th. The buy-in will be $100, and the top prize will receive $4,000!

What is a Demolition Derby


A demolition derby is a competition with cars where cars are driven into each other until only one is left standing. The competition typically uses older cars and there are usually five or more drivers. Demolition derbies originated in the United States but have spread to other Western countries as well. The competition typically takes place on a dirt track that can be very muddy. The mud slows down the cars and makes it more difficult for them to ram into one another.

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 broadcast on television. In today’s time, the derby has its subculture and tends to be popular in certain areas. A demolition derby event can still draw in a huge crowd ready to see some action.

Man Wins $270K at The Plaza After Betting His Life Savings

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.’

Ashley Revell

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.

There hasn’t been a bet quite as unique as Revell’s since then. It even spawned a reality television show called hosted by Simon Cowell.

If you’re wanting to test your luck like Revell did, you can come down to the Plaza Hotel & Casino and play one of the many tables or slots with the hopes of winning big.

The Plaza has daily casino promotions like the Daily Spin 2 Win where players earn one entry for every 100 points they earn while playing their favorite slot games. Five winners will be chosen every night at 8:15PM for a chance to win up to $1,000. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 777 Slot Tournament takes place at The Plaza where players can enter at different session times for a chance to win. Will you be the next person to win big at The Plaza?

WHERE TO FIND THE BEST WINE IN DTLV

Las Vegas-bound oenophiles rejoice! Good wine is easy to find in Vegas, if you know where to look

drinks dining restaurant bar party wine glasses red wine bottle Are you an oenophile? An oenophile is someone who has a true love of wine. Whether you’re new to wine tasting, a seasoned veteran who can rightfully claim the ‘enthusiast’ title, or you’re at the far end of the spectrum and the oenophile label applies to your obsession, you’ll find exactly what you desire in the Downtown Las Vegas wine scene. Read on to discover the best places to grab a glass of wine in DTLV.Fremont street is the ideal place to savor a glass of your favorite wine. Several restaurants and bars offer patio-style seating that delivers a front row vantage point for some serious people watching and wine drinking. Container Park, an innovative shopping, dining, and entertainment venue in the DTLV area, offers several outdoor seating areas throughout the top and bottom levels that are inviting and ideally suited to both adults and kids.The Arts District is home to several eateries and bars that serve a nice selection of wines – plus, many of these locales are situated right over hot spots like Charleston Boulevard or Art Square. Bar+Bistro is a nice spot in DTLV that offers a huge patio area that can accommodate live music acts on the weekends, which is right when they offer their Sunday Hangover Brunch. Mingo’s in DTLV is another great spot and it is situated right across from the Brett Wesley Gallery. Sidebar is located right next to the Mob Museum and delivers an appropriate speakeasy feel, handcrafted cocktails, a full wine list, and small plates – all in an intimately-designed space.Other great venues in DTLV include The Wineyard, which is located right at Fremont and 6th street, bin 702, tucked away discreetly in the center of Container Park, and Park on Fremont, offering an eclectic menu of food and drink options – including several wine varieties, right on S Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street. Finally, our own Omaha Bar is open 24 hours a day and is located right on the casino floor, if you don’t want to go far. A refreshing white wine is the perfect complement to a hot streak on the tables. To truly experience an incomparable wine list, you’ll want to make a reservation at Oscar’s Steakhouse, a favorite of hotel guests and outside visitors alike. In addition to select glasses of wine being offered at 50% off during our daily happy hour, Oscar’s Steakhouse is also launching a Local’s Night every Wednesday, starting Oct 26, with 50% off all wine bottles for local patrons.Regardless of where you choose to sample your favorite glass of wine, rest assured that DTLV is the place to be to discover exciting new food, drink, and entertainment offerings. Raise your glass, and toast the renaissance that is happening in the downtown Vegas. 

Highlight: Oscar’s Dinner Series at Plaza

oscar goodman oscar's dinner series plazaLocated in the spectacular dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Oscar’s Steakhouse exudes old Vegas swagger and charm. Join the Rat Pack just for the evening and surround yourself with the ambiance of Vegas’ glory days. Oscar’s promises Beef, Booze, and Broads and fully delivers on each of these promises. The true highlight of the restaurant, however, is the Oscar Dinner Series – a quarterly dinner series with the founder, Oscar B. Goodman.Through its Oscar Dinner Series, guests can enjoy a gourmet three-course meal while Goodman shares his experiences and Vegas’ interesting history. Although each dinner focuses on a certain subject, Goodman talks about whatever comes into his head – no script, notes, or filter. You’re sure to have an entirely unique experience when you attend an Oscar Dinner. So, head over to Oscar’s for dinner and relive Vegas’ glory days from a living legend himself.

The Man Behind It All

Before opening Oscar’s, Goodman had a colorful career as an actor, spokesman, mob attorney, and three-term mayor of Las Vegas. His criminal defense past, however, played a significant influence in the creation of the Oscar Dinner Series. As a mob attorney, Goodman represented high-profile mob clients, including Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro. Many of his stories at Oscar Dinners come from his encounters with these notorious mobsters.Just as colorful and charismatic as his personality, Goodman’s stories are definitely the highlight of each Oscar Dinner. Having worked with some of the most infamous criminals in Vegas, Goodman creates a whole new dining experience with his stories. During the Oscar Dinner Series, guests will truly feel like they’ve been transported back to the old Vegas, circa the 1970s.

Mobsters and Steaks

The inspiration for the Oscar Dinner Series comes from Jonathan Jossel, CEO of PlayLV, wanting to share Goodman’s eclectic background to the public. “We just thought this would be a great way to tell his stories, which are always entertaining,” Jossel said. With his colorful past, Goodman offers an interesting look into Vegas’ history and how far it’s come.The Oscar Dinner Series almost always sells out and attracts a variety of unique individuals. These usually include politicians, lawyers, FBI agents, IRS agents, business owners, and some of Vegas’ most eccentric characters. With the wide popularity of these events, Goodman and Jossel have no plan to stop the Oscar Dinner Series anytime soon.

Reserve Your Seat Today

The next dinner is on June 15th at 6:30 pm, at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. At the upcoming dinner, Goodman will speak about “Lying Cops & Dirty Prosecutors”.For the dinner menu, guests can start with a Caesar salad or Oscar’s Chopped Salad. Entrée selections include a veal chop with sweet onions; halibut with saffron cream and rainbow chard; a signature New York Strip with fingerling potatoes and baby vegetables; or roasted chicken with artichokes and natural jus. Desserts include chocolate marquee or triple layer mousse.If you’re interested in attending, RSVP and pre-payment of $150 are required. To RSVP or for more information, please call (702) 386-7227 or email RSVP@playlv.com.

Embracing Warmer Weather in Downtown Las Vegas

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas over the next few months, you’ll definitely want to compile a list of things to do that will help you beat the summer heat. Downtown Las Vegas is a great location to find unique attractions for having fun and staying cool. Here are five exciting, heat-approved attractions you should check out in Downtown Las Vegas:

Downtown Container Park

Located at 707 Fremont Street in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Container Park is a unique, open-air shopping destination that features food, shops, and entertainment options for the whole family. With an abundance of activities and attractions for everyone to do, this is the ideal location for family-friendly fun during the summer heat.

The Pool at the Plaza

What better way to beat the heat and introduce a sense of Classic Cool to your day than by lounging at the vintage Palm Springs-inspired rooftop Pool at the Plaza. With 70,000 sq. ft. designed for your enjoyment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in Downtown Las Vegas. Plenty of cabanas and daybeds, poolside entertainment, and scenic views of the Fremont Street Experience makes this pool perfect for all-day relaxation.

Commonwealth

More than just your standard bar, Commonwealth represents a new social opportunity in Downtown Las Vegas. Located on 525 E. Fremont Street, Commonwealth is a pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar with a variety of off-the-wall drinks. There’s even a hidden speakeasy lounge inside Commonwealth, called The Laundry Room. With two bars in the same building, this is a great place to grab a drink with friends and take in views of Fremont East from the open air atop the rooftop patio.

First Friday Art Celebration

Just as you’d expect, the First Friday Art Celebration takes place on the first Friday of the month and is open to those of all ages. This free event features an ever-changing assortment of art, from ceramics to paintings, photographs to mixed media. Lots of food, drink and shopping opportunities are available in the area, too. Check it out at 107 E. Charleston Blvd from 6 – 11 pm – the perfect timeframe for enjoying slightly cooler Las Vegas weather.It certainly gets warm in Las Vegas over the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your activities to the confines of the casino. Instead, balance your agenda by visiting one or more of these unique destinations the next time you’re in Downtown Las Vegas.Sources:http://downtowncontainerpark.com/https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/commonwealth/http://recesslv.com/10870/lets-go-to-the-laundry-room/https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/artifice-urban-lounge/http://www.lasvegas.com/event/first-friday-art-celebration/11674/

Your Downtown Las Vegas Brunch Guide

Downtown Las Vegas has a wide array of fabulous restaurants to enjoy, including some incredible brunch destinations. Relaxing over a leisurely Sunday morning meal is the perfect way to unwind after a busy weekend, and Las Vegas has plenty of places where you can do just that.  Check our top picks for the best Sunday brunches located downtown:

MTO Cafe

Address: 500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89135Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.MTO Cafe is a favorite DTLV brunch spot for its friendly staff and tempting menu. Popular menu items include breakfast classics like orange juice and pancakes, in addition to lunch favorites like the BLT Chopped Salad and Vegan Falafel Wrap. Got a big appetite? Try the Hangover Burger — an Angus patty topped with bacon and a fried egg.

Eat

Address: 707 Carson Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.This aptly-named downtown hotspot is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its fresh approach to Sunday brunch. Linger over made-with-love dishes like cinnamon biscuits with strawberry compote and chicken fried steak, paired with fresh-brewed coffee or passionfruit iced tea. You can’t leave this gem without at least trying one of their famously fluffy pancakes, so don’t forget to at least order one on the side.

Glutton

Address: 616 E. Carson Ave. #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Bring your appetite and prepare to fulfill some cravings when you brunch at this buzzworthy restaurant. The focus here is on fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy Strawberry Cream Cheese Turnovers and Salmon Flatbread for starters, followed by a Wild Mushroom Omelet or a delectable Apple Pie Waffle. The brunch beverage menu includes smoothies, cocktails, and of course, champagne.

Du-Pars

Address: 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: Open 24/7Du-Pars is a Las Vegas classic, and for good reason. This restaurant is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Stop in whenever hunger hits to enjoy brunch favorites like buttermilk hotcakes and farm-fresh eggs. Another dish to try is their famous Creamed Welsh Rarebit, served over an English muffin with cheese sauce and bacon.

Grotto Ristorante

Address: 129 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.Indulge in a taste of Italy at the Grotto, where you’ll find delicious menu offerings perfect for Sunday brunch. Classic Shrimp Cocktail with a Caprese salad is always a good choice, especially when enjoyed with a fine Prosecco or Champagne.

The Perch

Address: 707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.This trendy Las Vegas establishment has a brunch menu featuring sweet offerings like Brioche French Toast and Monkey bread, along with savory choices like Smothered Egg Biscuits and Chimichurri Chicken Sandwich.

Paradise Buffet

Address: 200 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.Stop by Paradise Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays for a champagne brunch with island flair. This buffet-style restaurant serves an impressive array of seafood, including fresh sushi. On weekend mornings, popular dishes include freshly baked muffins, scrambled eggs, and cheese plates — enjoyed with Mimosas, of course.

Sterling Brunch

Address: 3645 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109Brunch Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The only thing this restaurant does is brunch, which is why they’re only open on Sundays. Enjoy a truly luxurious dining experience with menu items like Beluga caviar and lobster tail, with Champagne, naturally.

Hash House A Go Go

Address: 1 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101Brunch Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.Signature Bloody Marys and hearty American cuisine is on the menu at Hash House a Go Go, located in the Plaza. Fill up on Buttermilk Flapjacks or a Farm Scramble — fluffy eggs served with meat, vegetables, and cheese. If you’re in the mood for lunch, try a crispy salmon sandwich or one of the establishment’s incredibly fresh salads.

Donut Bar

Address: 124 S 6th St #140, Las Vegas, NV 89101Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.Sometimes, only donuts will do. Stop into Donut Bar for tempting treats in flavors like Crème Brule, Strawberry Cream Cheese, and the vegan Matcha Green Tea. These donuts are so world-famous that people usually pre-order them online. If you decide brunch is better in your suite, Donut Bar is an excellent choice. Sources:http://www.top10vegas.com/downtown/best-breakfast/

Top Pieces of Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

Unique street art masterpieces are available for viewing right around the corner in Downtown Las Vegas.Far from the stoic galleries of the fine art world and thrust right onto the walls, bridges, and underpasses of busy city streets, street art is as innovative as it is enigmatic. Most artists operate like apparitions with paint brushes, descending on an approved area and rendering their own unique artistic vision in a matter of days, or even hours. If you’re in the Downtown Las Vegas area and want to immerse yourself in an artistic trend that is both thrilling and becoming increasingly popular these days, consider the following top pieces of street art in Downtown Vegas:

“The Horned Lizard” — by artist ROA

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, street artist ROA is known for his depictions of birds and animals that are native to the areas being painted. He often uses basic color themes, but sometimes introduces full-color renderings to the urban areas that comprise his home range. “The Horned Lizard” was created in 2014 after four grueling days in the desert sun, and now adorns the side of a large building on Stewart and North 6th in Downtown Las Vegas. It was originally created as part of the Life is Beautiful art festival in 2014.

“Peace Maker” — by artist D*Face

D*Face is a prolific urban artist and an associate of the world-renowned artist Banksy – both hailing from England and mired in the world of innovative street art. One large-scale piece that adorns the walls at 899 Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas is “Peace Maker.” This mural depicts the classic six-shooter with the barrel twisted out to spell the word “peace,” and was created in 2015 in anticipation of the Life is Beautiful event of the same year.

“The Maser Motel” — by artist Maser

Born in Dublin and now working in the USA, Maser became one of Ireland’s leading creative types in the mid-late 1990’s. His artwork emphasizes geometric shapes and simplicity of form, and one of his masterpieces can now be seen at the former Town Lodge Motel in Downtown Las Vegas – now reimagined as the Maser Motel. Maser spent 8 days transforming the walls of the Town Lodge Motel into his vision of artistic perfection. It was created just in time for the Life is Beautiful Event in 2014, and can be seen at 225 North 7th street in Vegas.

“Corner” — by artist Borondo

Spanish muralist Gonzalo Borondo creates massive murals that are innovative and tend to meld within the confines of the surrounding urban landscape. According to Borondo, “I focus on the public space, I feel the environment, I am always looking at reality. It is there, outside, not here on the canvas or in the gallery, it is outside.” Borondo created “Corner” in 2014 and it represents a compelling version of anamorphic artwork, in which art must be viewed at a specific angle and vantage point to bring the work to life. It can now be seen in downtown Vegas where it occupies one entire side of a massive parking structure.These street art examples are an integral part of a larger event known as the Life is Beautiful Festival (LIB), held annually in Downtown Las Vegas. LIB melds artwork, music, food, and life-learning opportunities in a festival-style setting. Our list of artists is among the many creative types who attend and showcase their unique stylings each year under the desert sun. References:http://lifeisbeautiful.com/roa-horned-lizard-life-beautiful-2014/http://www.graffitistreet.com/artists/dface/http://www.paintthisdesert.com/field-notes/maser-motelhttp://www.designboom.com/art/maser-interview-lazarides-street-art-04-00-2016/http://screamlondon.com/blogs/journal/25373825-maser-motel-the-most-vibrant-place-in-las-vegas-this-weekend

The Digital Evolution of Table Games

From blackjack and poker to pai gow, the casino games that we all love and enjoy are evolving. At Plaza Hotel & Casino, we are proud to be one of the only properties in Las Vegas to offer an all-digital poker experience for our guests. Its favorable reception has even been awarded an impressive 4.25 chip rating on PokerAtlas.com.

Poker isn’t the only casino game to go digital in the past few years, however. Many of the most popular table games on the casino floor have incorporated digital elements to the experience or have been given an entire digital makeover.

While none of the classic casino table games are going anywhere anytime soon, it is nice to have options for players looking for a refreshing experience. For some new players, digital versions of classics can also be a way to become familiar with a game without all of the nerves of “live” gaming.

In this infographic, we’ve created a list of classic table games compared to their digital counterparts to show just how far casino gaming has come over the years.

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