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.