The Ultimate Guide to Blackjack

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.

If you’ve read our ultimate guide to bingo, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how to play blackjack.

What Is 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.

Blackjack Beginnings

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. 

Blackjack Basics

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.

Blackjack Strategies

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.

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Podcast

Are you looking for something to pass the time? Something entertaining yet informational to fill your eardrums? We have you covered at the Plaza with one of the best podcasts Las Vegas has to offer.

Discover the Downtown podcast that will feed your craving for the inside scoop about gaming, the growing arts scene, and everything in between. 

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Podcast

In January 2020, The Plaza Hotel and Casino present On the Corner of Main Street, a podcast about everything downtown Las Vegas and beyond. 

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.”

Listen to Episode 1 now.

Episode 2: A young guy making downtown better.

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.

Listen to Episode 2 now.

Episode 3: Well done… Weldon.

This week we welcome godfather of bingo, Weldon Russell. Hosts Lisa, Jonathan, Russell, and Gary talk with the legend and Vietnam Veteran and Plaza’s staple and popular entertainment, bingo.

Listen to Episode 3 now.

Episode 4: Oscar B. Goodman.

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.

Listen to Episode 4 now.

Subscribe to On the Corner of Main Street

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The Ultimate Guide to Bingo

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:

  • Bonanza (played with 43 drawn numbers)
  • Bingo U Pick Them (similar to Keno)
  • Stallion Race (up to 15 players)
  • 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.

Rampart Casino

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.

Super Bingo

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.

Stand Up Comedy Shows Happening in 2020

Laughter is the best medicine and now some of the best entertainment in Las Vegas. If you enjoy comedy and love to laugh, discover all the stand-up comedy shows happening in Downtown Las Vegas this year.

Comedy Clubs in Las Vegas

You can find some of the best local and national comedians in downtown Las Vegas. Comedy clubs and comedy rooms are popping up all around the city. Whether you appreciate a chuckle or a good guffaw, The Plaza Hotel & Casino has live stand-up comedy shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. 2020 features the hilarious comedians like Kevin Farley, Jeff Allen, Vic DiBitetto–to mention a few. 

The Plaza’s Comedy Works is one of the hottest comedy clubs to come to downtown Las Vegas with a whole new 2020 lineup promises world-class performances.

Stand Up Comedy Shows in 2020

With so much variety in stand-up comedy, everyone can find something they relate to. This year’s stand up comedy shows have more than few options and little something for everyone and anyone.

Matt Braugner – January 23-25

After winning “Best of the Fest” at the Aspen Comedy Festival, the Portland-native went on to do two Netflix specials. Hilarity has been his profession since 2007.

Kevin Brennan – January 30-February 1

Podcast personality of two popular shows, Kevin Brannan has written and performed on Saturday Night Live. In 2005, Brennan was voted “Best Comedian” at the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival.

Steve Byrne – February 6-8

Steve Byrne is quickly rising in popularity for his versatility as an entertainer. With a Korean mother and an Irish father, Byrne has more than a few jokes up his sleeve, enough material for 3 seasons of a TBS show, Sullivan & Son.

Jade Catta-Preta – February 20-22

The new host of E! Network’s “The Soup,” Jade Catta-Preta performs stand-up comedy all over the country, working alongside Bill Burr and Bobby Lee. 

Kevin Farley – February 27-29

Of the original Laugh Factory fame, Kevin Farley has acted in comedic movies and TV shows like Waterboy with Adam Sandler and Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David.

Jeff Allen – March 5-7

Infamously known for his film Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited, Jeff Allen continues to tour nationally, bringing his latest stand-up special, “The America I Grew Up In.”

Thea Vidale – March 12-14

Actress and writer, Thea Vidale is well-known for her award-winning show, Thea. She’s also appeared on shows like Ellen and the Drew Carrey Show.

Vic DiBitetto – April 9-11

Vic has a knack for mixing the honest with the hilarious, having established an Internet presence with some of his recorded rants. The Brooklyn-born comedian headlines in some of the greatest comedy clubs in the nation.

Craig Gass – April 23-23 

Making audiences laugh since 1993, Craig Gass practices impressions and renown for his Gene Simmon’s roast. Gass has also acted on shows like King of Queens and voiced memorable characters on the long-running adult cartoon, Southpark.  

Want to be the first to know about new comedians coming to Downtown Las Vegas? Receive updates on upcoming comedy events.

The Place to Laugh Downtown

Stand-up comedy is often performed in bars, pubs, comedy clubs, and theatres, but the perfect place to watch a stand-up comedy set in Las Vegas is at The Comedy Works inside The Plaza showroom. 
Enjoy an evening of comedic relief and then stay at one of the luxurious downtown hotel rooms.

Downtown Las Vegas’s The Party Pit with Single Zero Roulette

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.

Best Bingo in Downtown Las Vegas

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

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. 

Bingo Bash

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.

Bingo Millions

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. 

The Best Places to Play Keno Downtown Las Vegas

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:

  1. Get a Keno Card. This can be acquired from the live Keno lounge on the casino floor.
  2. Select Your Numbers. You can select numbers from 1 to 80 to play. Each number you select is called a spot
  3. Pay for Your “Spots.” The amount you place to bet depends on the game.
  4. Wait and Follow Along. Watch as the winning numbers are selected and match them up to the numbers you selected for your Keno card.
  5. 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.

Best Places to Watch the Big Game Bash Downtown Las Vegas

The Big Game will be here before you know it. Even if you don’t know who you’ll be rooting for yet, it’s never too early to start your game day watch party planning! It’s considered the biggest sporting event in North America and should be considered its own holiday. In 2020, the game is taking place in Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Where to Watch the Big Game?

If you aren’t able to make it in person to see and experience this massive event, then chances are you’re going to at least make plans to watch it. The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is hosting the Big Game Viewing Party where you will find frenzied fans, a delicious buffet, and of course, an open bar.

Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party

To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Viewing Party in the newly renovated Sierra Ballroom. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. 

The game will be broadcast on several large-screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view, no matter where you are. Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!

Get a Room

deluxe plaza hotel room

Amid the Big Game festivities, commercials, and performances, it’s also worth noting that Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Have you ever thought of a hotel room as an alternative to drinking and driving? 

The cost of a DUI can be $1,000’s of dollars and leave a permanent mark on your driving record. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but they can also be expensive and time-consuming alternatives to drinking and driving. Drivers are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers. 

Our hotel rooms are oftentimes less expensive than a round-trip ride and are a short walk from all the action. Book your downtown hotel room at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out fast for this special event.

The William Hill Race & Sportsbook Bar

Located on the casino floor of the Plaza Hotel is the William Hill Race & Sportsbook, the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year. Place your bets and enjoy an array of beer, wine, and cocktail choices at this cozy sports bar. 

The best part is, you’re located near exciting casino gaming action — a perfect way to spend halftime if you don’t care to watch the show.

The Halftime Show

However, if you do want to watch the show you can enjoy watching this year’s performers from our viewing party. Grab yourself a drink, sit back, relax and be entertained.

After the Big Game

After the game, Downtown Las Vegas has several attractions to keep the party going well into the night.

Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experience

Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience with its many famous characters and attractions. Enjoy the free light shows on the world’s largest video screens with premium quality sound. Over 17 million people enjoy the Fremont Street Experience every year. 

SlotZilla Zip Line

slotzilla downtown las vegas

One of our favorite things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is to ride SlotZilla, which is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line experience. Fly high above the crowded streets at speeds over 40 mph. Build amazing memories at one of the premier attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.

Neon Museum

Need a light stroll after all that food and drinks? View The Neon Museum’s collection of historic and iconic signs from Las Vegas’ past. Listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Neon Museum is a short drive from the Plaza and a great way to learn more about the history of Las Vegas. 

Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about what inspired it, where it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. We recommend experiencing the magic of the Neon Museum at night to view the iconic neon of their restored signs. 

The Place to Be Downtown

This is just a small piece of things to do during the Big Game weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Big Game Viewing Party in Las Vegas.

 

Comedy Comes to Plaza Hotel and Casino with Comedy Works

Everyone loves to laugh, and comedy remains one of the primary conduits. Having continued to rise in popularity across the country and streaming services, comedy has also paved its own path in Las Vegas. While the Strip is known for larger productions, the downtown Las Vegas area is the place to go for smaller niche shows and stand-up comedy.

Comedy Clubs in Las Vegas

You can find some of the best local and national comedians in downtown Las Vegas as comedy clubs and comedy rooms are popping up all around the city. If you enjoy stand-up comedy, beginning September 12th, The Plaza Hotel & Casino has live shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, featuring comedians like Jim Florentine, Kevin Downey Jr., and Nick di Paolo. 

Doug Stanhope on New Year’s Eve at The Plaza

Back by popular demand…Following 3 sold-out shows over Memorial Day Weekend, Doug Stanhope will appear at the Plaza for a special New Year’s Eve 2020 performance. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody. 

Variety and the Hollywood Reporter both selected Doug as one of the Top Ten Comics To Watch so get your ticket before this special show is sold out. 

Stand-up Comedy and Comedians

Stand-up comedy has become a favorite style among many for its witty monologues and hilarious stories. The comedic genre has gained popularity and prominence in the last few years from comedians like Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias (Fluffy), and Amy Schumer. 

These comedians appeal to a millennial crowd and bring the art of stand-up comedy to younger generations. Some noteworthy comedians who brought prominence to the genre are Jay Leno, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy.

Stand-up comedy is one of the freest forms of comedy. Typically, it involves a set of jokes that the comedian will write that are synchronistic and create flow during their set. Stand-up comedy can have a reputation for being “hard-hitting” and sometimes dark, but there are many different types of stand-up comedy like observational comedy, dark comedy, and clean comedy. 

There is so much variety within stand-up comedy that everyone can find something they relate to and will laugh about.

Comedy Works at The Plaza

Stand-up comedy is often performed in bars, pubs, comedy clubs, and theatres, but the perfect place to watch a stand-up comedy set in Las Vegas is at The Comedy Works inside The Plaza showroom. There are tables set up in a perfect formation for viewing comedy shows and you can enjoy a drink while getting your laugh on.

Things to Do Downtown Labor Day Weekend 2019

People think of Labor Day weekend as the final nail in summer’s proverbial coffin. But just because daylight is dwindling doesn’t mean that Downtown is going into hibernation, and neither should you! During Labor Day weekend, don’t miss these events and activities happening downtown and around the Plaza Hotel & Casino. 

Things to Do Downtown Labor Day Weekend

From entertainment to shopping, see all things to do downtown Labor Day weekend.

Entertainment

Enjoy a free concert at Fremont Street Experience or get your thrills gliding between a sea of pedestrians and the Viva Vision light canopy at Slotzilla Zip Line. Or, if it’s still to warm for you, cool off with cabana blackjack or pickleball by the Pool at the Plaza

Take in the sophistication of The Smith Center with live music or a stroll around the performing arts center’s Symphony Park. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the park’s iconic, multicolored installation. 

Downtown Las Vegas is home to a host of museums, such as the Neon Museum and Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum and  The Mob Museum with a variety of programming for everyone. 

Dining and Drinking

Enjoy a perfectly-aged steak, lobster tail or signature martini under the iconic glass dome at Oscar’s Steakhouse. No time to sit down? Get a quick slice at Pop Up Pizza, with homemade pizza sauce and dough made fresh daily. 

The Underground speakeasy at The Mob Museum serves up killer cocktails, Distillery Tours and even live jazz on weekends. Just be sure to get the speakeasy password from their social media, or you might end up swimmin’ with the fishes. 

Cure your hangover at locals’ favorite Hash House A Go Go. The Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles are sure to satisfy any stomach, no matter how late it stayed out last night. 

Shopping

Take advantage of summer sales or find new fall fashions at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, just a three-minute drive from the Plaza. Find the best clothes, accessories and products to fit the Plaza’s classic backdrop. 

Looking for a slower pace? Check out art galleries, beauty salons, antiques and much more at The Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas, which lends itself to brunching, bar hopping and incredible downtown murals

Peruse the eclectic boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and bars at Downtown Container Park. This open-air space offers a variety of shopping and dining in one family-friendly location, as well as live entertainment and the visually immersive attraction The Dome. 

Labor Day Weekend Getaway at The Plaza

Whether for family fun, special events or just to get away, Downtown Las Vegas is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. Plaza Hotel & Casino has everything you need to navigate a perfect stay. Reserve your Labor Day weekend downtown hotel room.

Vote Plaza Hotel & Casino for Best of Las Vegas 2019

The Plaza Hotel & Casino has a lot to offer in downtown Las Vegas. In 2018, The Plaza won Best of Las Vegas in Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories. As an iconic part of downtown Las Vegas culture, The Plaza Best of Las Vegas list has been going on for several years with wins in many different categories. 

In 2017, The Plaza won “Best Downtown Hotel” and in 2018, The Plaza won “The Best Steakhouse” and “The Best Downtown Hotel Pool” both in the highest category of Gold.

Best of Las Vegas 2019

The Best of Las Vegas is an award list put on by the Las Vegas Review-Journal every year that comprises the best businesses, places, and experiences in Las Vegas. Winners are selected by the votes of locals and tourists who vote online for their favorites in 295 different sub-categories. Voting takes place during the summer, and winners will be announced in October. Voting ends August 1st, 2019.

What categories can you vote for?

This year, you can vote for the Plaza Hotel & Casino as The Best of Las Vegas for several categories including Best Downtown Hotel, Best Downtown Hotel Pool, Best Downtown Slots, Best Steakhouse, Best Downtown Restaurant, and more!

Why choose The Plaza for the Best of Las Vegas?

What makes the Plaza Hotel & Casino the Best of Las Vegas? The excellent rooms, plentiful games, rooftop pool, delicious restaurants, and ongoing entertainment—to name a few. There is never a shortage of things to do downtown or at The Plaza, and it offers a wide variety of choices as the best hotel downtown.

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How can you have the best day at The Plaza?

Having the best day at the Plaza Hotel & Casino starts with breakfast or brunch at either Hash House A Go Go or Brightside. Once you finish your tasty breakfast, head up to the rooftop pool to enjoy the sunshine and downtown Las Vegas view while sipping on a cocktail. 

After the pool, head back to your Luxe room to shower and rest for a bit, then hit the casino and test your luck at your favorite slots or table games. When you start to get hungry, make your way over to Oscar’s Steakhouse for the best steak and atmosphere in the valley. 
To cap off the day, step just outside The Plaza and explore the famous Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. When you’re ready to wrap up the night, head back to your room at the Plaza Hotel & Casino and lay down in your room for a great night’s sleep.

Bunco for Breast Cancer: A Dice Game for a Good Cause

If you’re looking for Bunco downtown, then you’ll want to stop by The Plaza Hotel & Casino on August 10th for Bunco Night. Before you sign up, learn more about this popular dice game.

What Is Bunco?

Bunco is a fun dice game played in teams. The game is typically played with twelve or more players and is often played as a fun ladies night event. When you’re in Downtown Las Vegas, Bunco can be a fun game to play because it requires no skill and is easy to understand. 

How to Play Bunco

The game of Bunco is easy and fun to play. For a game of Bunco, players will need 12 score cards, 3 tables, 3 dice, 1 bell, and 1 fuzzy die. The game starts by ringing a bell and then players roll 3 dice passed clockwise during the round. 

The goal of the game is to roll dice with the rounds number on it. A “Bunco” and 21 points is achieved when all three dice land on the round’s number. The round continues until a Bunco is achieved.

History of Bunco

The history of Bunco dates back to the late 1800s when women, children, and couples would play the game. Bunco was introduced to the United States during the Gold Rush in San Francisco as a way for gold mine workers to gamble. 

Since the nature of Bunco is very social, it started to gain popularity as a parlor game and a family game. The popularity of Bunco decreased in the 1900s, but began gaining popularity again in 1980 and continues to gain traction as a fun social game.

Bunco for Breast Cancer with the Plaza

If you’re looking for Bunco downtown, then you’ll want to stop by The Plaza Hotel & Casino for a Bunco night. On August 10th starting at 6 PM, you can support breast cancer research while playing bunco. 

To play in this special event, registration is $30 and, until July 31st, hotel rooms will be discounted with a special code to only $74 per night. In addition to playing Bunco downtown, the Bunco for Breast Cancer event will include raffles, silent auctions, and cash prizes.




Discover all the downtown events and entertainment happening at the Plaza.

Oscar Goodman’s 80th Birthday Celebration Downtown

On July 18th, Oscar Goodman’s 80th Birthday will be celebrated downtown at the Fremont Street Experience(FSE) from 5 PM to 7 PM and afterwards at Oscar’s Steakhouse. The FSE event will include an 80 martini salute poured with none other than Goodman’s favorite, Bombay Sapphire gin. There will be local entertainers and special guests, with a local celebrity appearance from Frankie Scinta.

Who is Oscar Goodman?

Oscar Goodman is a local celebrity in the Las Vegas area. He was mayor of the city from 1999 to 2011, and after that, his wife Carolyn became mayor in 2011. Before becoming the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman worked as an attorney defending those allegedly associated with the mob. Goodman has appeared in several Las Vegas related films such as Casino and Bachelor Party Vegas.

Oscar’s 80th at Oscar’s Steakhouse

The birthday celebration will then continue at Plaza Hotel & Casino where Oscar’s namesake restaurant will be celebrating Oscar’s 80th Birthday with a special meal at Oscar’s Steakhouse. Guests will have the chance to celebrate with Oscar, eat what Oscar eats and be entertained by showgirls, live music, and special surprises. There will also be a wax figure of Oscar from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas to take selfies with.

The special menu called “What Oscar Eats” will include three courses with choices of the former Mayor’s favorite dishes. The first course is a choice between smoked salmon or salad. The second course gives guests a choice between Seabass or a Rib Eye steak. The third course is a choice between crème brulee and New York-style cheesecake. 

There will also be a drink called “What Oscar Drinks” which is, of course, the mayor’s favorite Bombay Sapphire garnished with jalapeño. Guests who order the drink will even receive a commemorative martini glass while supplies last. 

Part of the profits from Oscar’s 80th Birthday special meal and drinks will go to benefit Keep Memory Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected with brain disorders and their families. Come celebrate Oscar’s 80th Birthday at The Plaza and enjoy a meal like the former mayor would.

Introducing Modern Luxury & Technology in One Room: The Plaza’s Luxe Rooms

Have you ever wondered what Old Vegas would look like mixed with new technology? The Plaza Hotel & Casino is showing you what that looks like with our newly upgraded luxury rooms downtown.

The Latest Luxe Rooms at the Plaza

The new Luxe Rooms will have the best views on high floors and all the finest features and modern amenities. These amenities include pillowtop mattresses, luxury sheets, and technological touches like an Amazon Echo and 49-inch flat screen TV. The rooms will also be USB friendly and have a mini-fridge. 

At 325 square feet, you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy your view of the gorgeous Las Vegas mountains or all the dazzling lights on Fremont street.

Modern Luxury Rooms Downtown

In addition to modern amenities, the luxury rooms downtown are decorated with modern décor like minimalist-chic furniture and succulents. Downtown Las Vegas is generally more affordable than staying on the Las Vegas Strip, and these luxury rooms downtown at The Plaza will give you a bigger and better bang for your buck. 

Technology and Modern Luxury in One Room

Each guest can use their Amazon Echo to communicate with hotel staff, acting as a personal concierge within the room. Hotel guests staying in the Luxe rooms can use their Amazon Echo to make reservations like a pool cabana or dinner at The Plaza’s restaurants such as Oscar’s Steakhouse.

If you don’t want to use Alexa, you can push the microphone on/off button on top of the Amazon Echo device to the microphone off.

The Place to Be (and Stay) Downtown

Staying at The Plaza Hotel & Casino means entertainment at your fingertips. There are hundreds of casino games for guests to enjoy and a rooftop pool with games and a bar. Other downtown Las Vegas favorites like the Fremont Street Experience and Mob Museum are just a few steps away.

When choosing a room to stay in Las Vegas, the luxury rooms downtown at The Plaza Hotel & Casino have plenty to offer with updated amenities, technological comforts, and gorgeous views.

Super Bingo Tournament At The Plaza

February Super Bingo at the Plaza Hotel Casino Bingo is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas, but Super Bingo takes it to an entirely new level. The Super Bingo Tournament brings hundreds of people from all over the world into Downtown Las Vegas for the chance to win big and meet other bingo players. It’s not uncommon to see people come from as far as Hawaii and even Canada to take part and play in the tournament. The tournament at The Plaza Hotel & Casino takes place over two days in the newly remodeled ballroom, and all players have the chance to win $175,000 overall. There is a super coverall both days of the bingo tournament, giving players even more of a chance to win. The super coverall on the first day of the competition awards $25,000 to a lucky player, and on the second day, $50,000 is awarded for the super coverall. To join the tournament, The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers bingo only sessions priced at $130. However, players also have the option to book room-and-bingo packages, which start at $239 for a three-night stay. The room-and-bingo packages are even a great option for locals because there will be an open bar during the sessions! Having a hotel room to go back to after a full day of the bingo tournament means that everyone can enjoy the open bar responsibly. A Super Bingo & Hotel Package includes a three-night stay at the hotel, two sessions of Super Bingo, two daubers to use during bingo, a gift, and provided lunch during each day of the tournament. The tournament takes place over several weekends during 2019. The next Super Bingo takes place February 10-12! Register Now In addition to the Super Bingo tournament, there is plenty to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas. You can step outside The Plaza and step right into the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for having some of the best food in the city. When you come to Las Vegas for the Super Bingo tournament you’re sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Celebrating Your Birthday at The Plaza

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Rooms

For starters, receive 25% off room rates when staying during your birthday. To receive the discount on the room rates for all nights of your stay, you must book using the following link and then at check-in present a valid ID showing a birthday that falls on one of the nights of your stay. 25% off rooms for your birthday

Bingo

Bingo is the perfect birthday activity. Head to downtown’s only bingo room at the Plaza for a free birthday bingo dauber to get your night started right. You can bring all of your friends and enjoy a friendly game to celebrate your birthday. The great thing about bingo, aside from all the fun you and your friends will have playing it, is that everyone already knows how to play. Free dauber available on your actual birthday only.

Dessert

After enjoying your time at the casino, head up to Oscar’s for the perfect birthday-worthy meal. Winner of Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Oscar’s does it right. You will have plenty to choose from including juicy filets, succulent prime rib, fresh seafood, and traditional sides made to perfection. After dinner, enjoy a complimentary celebratory dessert on the house in celebration of your special day! This offer is valid for up to 7 days after your birthday. Don’t forget to try Oscar’s signature Bombay Sapphire martini while you’re there. birthday-cake-celebrating-at-plaza After that, see a show at the Plaza, or head out the front doors to Fremont Street to see the canopy light show and enjoy the street entertainment. Whatever you decide to do, celebrating at the Plaza makes for a birthday you aren’t soon to forget.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Vegas

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the occasion. This year, the city will play host to amazing parties, incredible performances, and much more. Not to mention, the weather is expected to be perfect for spending time outside soaking up some of the desert rays. Here are our picks for the best events for celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Vegas and some tips to ensure your Memorial Day experience is enjoyable and safe.

Plaza Pool Nights

memorial day weekend pool party las vegas The Plaza’s new rooftop pool is one of the best spots to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend. The Pool at the Plaza brings a whole new rooftop pool experience to the downtown scene. With over 70,000 square feet of relaxation and entertainment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy our newly refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and onsite food truck. While other pool parties will cost upwards of $50 to get in, the Pool at the Plaza will be free all summer long. Come down to the Pool at the Plaza on May 27th to hear live DJ’s spinning your favorite songs, relaxing night swimming, and fireworks to mark this special occasion. Loung in style and comfort by the pool on our renovated wet deck featuring plenty of chaise lounge chairs and lily pad daybeds for guests. If you’re looking for the full lounge experience, there are also six brand new cabanas available for rent. These cabanas provide a private pool-side retreat and access to all the activities. Each cabana has it’s own TV, fan, refrigerator, and more. RSVP now for your spot at the hottest pool party this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day RSVP

Free Concerts on Fremont Street

fremont street concert seriesphoto credit: VegasExperience.com Memorial Day weekend also means free summer concerts downtown. Fremont Street Experience is the best place to enjoy free live music all summer long. With three stages and a rotating schedule of non-stop entertainers, downtown Las Vegas can’t be beaten when it comes to value entertainment. The free concert series will feature some of the best bands in the world, including Theory of a Deadman, Rock ‘n Road Trip Tour, Ann Wilson of Heart, Good Charlotte, Rick Springfield, Seether, Collective Soul, and Chevelle. This Memorial Day Weekend is no different with a full day of live music and entertainment from a wide range of musical genres. Here is the full schedule for Memorial Day Weekend. May 27th, 2017  – Main Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Jef Leppard 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10 pm to 2 am
May 27th, 2017  – 1st Street Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Alter Ego 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10pm to 2am
May 27th, 2017  – 3rd Street Stage
  • Tony Marques 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Dancing DJ 5 pm to 7 pm
  • ’80s Station 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Zowie Bowie 10 pm to 1 am

Free Viva Vision Fremont Street Show

The Viva Vision Light Show video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s renowned pedestrian mall. This is one of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions. Viva Vision Light shows are approximately six minutes and run every hour. fremont street experience

Your Guide to Plaza’s Royal Rewards Program

Casino rewards programs are a great way to make the most out of your Las Vegas experience. Most casinos now have unique rewards programs with different benefits. The Plaza offers the Royal Rewards program, which provides members with an array of discounts, promotions, and freebies.

Signing up for Royal Rewards

The rewards start immediately when you sign up for the Plaza’s casino rewards program. Currently, the casino is running a new member promotion; sign-ups will receive 3 tickets to our daily Spin2Win promotion for a chance at 1,000 in free slot play and a free Plaza T-shirt. You can sign up at the casino or simply complete your Royal Rewards registration online.

Save on Everything the Plaza has to Offer

If you love playing the slots, you’ll love the Royal Rewards Program. Ace Tier members receive cash back rewards. When it comes to staying at the Plaza, all rewards program members get the resort fee waived with a comped room. With a discounted room, Ace Tier members have the resort fee waived while other Tier members pay only 2,500 points. Queen, King, and Ace Tier members also enjoy room upgrades (based on availability) and Guaranteed Late Check-out. There are even parking amenities offered to Royal Rewards members. Queen Tier members have complimentary access to the Parking Garage; King and Ace Tier members enjoy Reserved Parking. Valet Parking is also always available for King and Ace Tier members.

How to Earn Rewards Points

Earning rewards points is easy! For every $3 spent on Video Poker, you receive 1 tier point. All other games reward 1 point for every $1 spent. Table game tier credits are based on the length of time played and the average bet placed. With Bingo, 1 Buy-in equals .25 tier points. See our benefits chart for all tier rewards details.

Enjoy the Best of Vegas at the Plaza

Sign up for the Royal Rewards Program at the Plaza today and start earning immediately! When you choose the Plaza as your Las Vegas destination, you’re always treated like a VIP. And with the Royal Rewards Program, you can earn like one, too!

Beer Garden Concert Series

Among all of the places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in downtown Las Vegas, you can’t beat the ambiance of our indoor/outdoor Beer Garden space. With live music and a laid-back vibe, you’ll want to make sure to keep your evenings free this October. Visit the Plaza’s Beer Garden to gain access to incredible bands, DJs, food, and refreshments. Here’s a preview of what you can expect: plaza-beer-garden-concert-series  

October 1

HIDDEN LEVELS – Named after the concealed paths to success in video games, this band blends a simple structure with a bassist, guitarist/singer, and drummer, but they prove quality means more than quantity. Special-K – This Vegas-based, indie-rock band is a fearsome trio led by singer/guitarist Aldridge Basiga. Bass player Jacob Lasky and drummer Justin Ptak have helped elevate the band from desert show openers to local hero status. Indigo Kidd – Billing themselves as a post-punk/rock band, songs like First Light and Mr. Lepard will have you grooving in no time. DJ Fish – The upcoming show on October 1st will artfully showcase DJ Fish’s smooth DJ punk/new wave/indie sounds.  

October 8

The Acid Sisters – Members Elayna, Nick, Lizzie, Dusty, and Jacob deliver a unique blend of psychedelic garage rock that will get you feeling loose in no time. Serpentfoot – All the way from the front range of Colorado comes this trippy trio and their unique brand of psychedelic grunge rock. The Astaires – This local Las Vegas mod rock band is led by singer/guitarist Crom Fallon and is a perennial favorite at intimate venues in the area. DJ Jacob Savage – Spinning seriously infectious grooves, DJ Jacob Savage delivers a distinct sound that’ll get your pulse up when kicking back in the Beer Garden.  

October 15

Same Sex Mary – Hailing from Boulder City, Nevada, Same Sex Mary is an independent rock band that is well known on the Vegas indie music scene. Glass Pools – Electronic dance rock is the music of choice for local group Glass Pools. Join the fan club this October! DJ Fish – Returning for a second showcase, you can catch DJ Fish if you missed him the first time around or simply come back for more of his eclectic tunes.  

October 22

Adult Books – Alternative rockers with the provocative name return for a night of fun led by members Nick, Daniel, and M.M. No Tides – This East Las Vegas, NV band is back with their unique take on garage, surf, rock, and urban tunes. Kurumpaw – Psychedelic surf rock is the best way to describe this band. Though they are known for their adaptive style that can change from the beginning of the set to the end. DJ Cromm Astaire – A killer combination of soul and 60s-era mod is what you can expect from this popular Las Vegas Valley DJ.  

About Beer Garden

German Cuisine with Vegas Style

Everything is bigger and better in Vegas and the food at Beer Garden is certainly no exception. Run by Michael Vakneen, chef at Pop Up Pizza, Beer Garden’s menu offers mouthwatering German favorites with a unique twist. The beer snacks are perfect pairings with your beer. Choose from extra giant German pretzels, crispy onion strings, and plenty of sauces to mix and match. But the real highlight of Beer Garden is its signature bratwursts. Their bratwurst sandwiches are creatively named after old Las Vegas hotels such as The Western, The Hacienda, and The Stardust. You can even create your own bratwurst sandwich from their wide array of sausages (includes a vegan option), toppings, and buns.

Endless Selection of Draft Beers

Of course, you can’t stop by Beer Garden without having a beer (or two). Guests can order from over 20 different kinds of craft beers on tap and various microbrews. Beer Garden’s menu offers an impressive collection of American and European lagers, IPAs, Irish stout, Belgian Golden, and fruit beers. Beer options range from classics like Stella Artois and Guinness to local brews like Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA. Whatever you choose to drink, you definitely won’t leave Beer Garden thirsty.

A Backyard Space with a Downtown Vibe

Overlooking the scenic Fremont Street, Beer Garden creates an urban backyard in downtown Las Vegas. The unique venue features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of real grass, authentic picnic tables from a 1980’s Munich Oktoberfest, and specially designed wooden trellises and greenery. The standout piece of Beer Garden, however, is its 400 sq. ft. vertical garden with more than 900 plants growing on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It is the only living wall in downtown Las Vegas, making it a one-of-a-kind, must-see attraction at Beer Garden. With so much greenery in one place, you’ll quickly forget that you’re in downtown Las Vegas!

The Beginners’ Guide to Pickleball

What exactly is Pickleball? Why is it called Pickleball? Does it have anything to do with pickles at all? The list of questions could go on and on for this oddly named sport. Don’t worry if you’ve never played or heard of Pickleball before. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to explain this interesting game. Here are the basics you need to know about Pickleball.

What Is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game is played on a badminton-sized court (20 x 44 feet) with the net lowered to 36 inches at the ends. Equipment includes wood or composite paddles and a plastic, perforated ball. Just like other paddle sports, Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles.

Where Did Pickleball Originate?

Pickleball originally started as two friends’ attempt to resolve their families’ summer boredom. During the summer of 1965, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell wanted to set up a badminton game since Pritchard’s home had an old court. However, they couldn’t find a complete set of badminton rackets. Using some creativity, they improvised with ping-pong paddles and a perforated ball instead. At first, they played the game with the net set at badminton height of 60 inches. After finding out that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface, they lowered the net to 36 inches. With their friend Barney McCallum, they established rules for the game and created Pickleball.

How Did Pickleball Get Its Name?

According to Pritchard’s family members, the unique name came from the family’s maritime pursuits. Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s wife, was a competitive rower on Bainbridge Island, WA. She told her husband that the game reminded her of the pickle boat in rowing. A pickle boat consists of oarsmen chosen from the leftovers of other boats. This is similar to how Pickleball includes many borrowed characteristics from other paddle sports. Over the years, many news stories reported that Pritchard named the game after his dog, Pickles. The most common story was Pickles would chase after the balls and then hide in the bushes. As a result, he would refer to “Pickles’ ball,” which was later shortened to Pickleball. The Pritchard family disproved this story since they didn’t get Pickles until years after the creation of Pickleball.

How Do You Play Pickleball?

The game starts with the right-hand court serving the ball diagonally to the opponent’s court. The server must serve the ball under two criteria: underhand with their paddle below the waist and both feet behind the baseline. The serve needs to clear the net and the non-volley zone. This non-volley zone is 7-feet behind both sides of the net and prohibits players from hitting the ball before it’s bounced (or volleying). Players on each side must make at least one groundstroke before volleys are allowed. After the double bounce rule, players can either volley the ball or play it off the bounce. Players can volley the ball so long as they’re not within the non-volley zone. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults. A fault includes failure to clear the net, hitting the ball out of bounds, and volleying from the non-volley zone or before the double bounce. The server continues to serve and alternate service courts until they fault. The first side scoring 11 points and leading with at least a 2-point margin wins the game. Interested in learning more about Pickleball? Head over to Plaza Hotel & Casino to play the game on its newly added Pickleball courts. The Plaza is the only hotel and casino in Las Vegas with dedicated courts for Pickleball. Just recently, the Plaza hosted a Pickleball exhibition with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). According to Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, about 1,000 players have already signed up to play in upcoming Pickleball tournaments at the Plaza. The Pickleball courts will be open to the public later this summer. Be sure to stop by the Plaza and try out this fast growing sport for yourself!

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