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

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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

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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

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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

If you’re looking for somewhere great to celebrate your birthday, look no further than the Plaza. The hotel is close to all of the most exciting aspects of Downtown Las Vegas so you know you’re going to have a fantastic time. Here are a few things to look forward to when you celebrate your birthday at the Plaza.

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.