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Las Vegas Top Ten Values

November 2nd, 2007 · No Comments


The Top Ten Values list debuted in 1983 and appeared prominently on page one of The Las Vegas Advisor. It included deals like 15¢ ice cream at Lady Luck and $9.99 double lobster tails at the El Cortez. Number one on the list was the legendary $2 steak dinner at Binion’s Horseshoe. The Top Ten was an instant hit, and it became the single-most identifiable feature in their newsletter.

That’s never changed. Over the years, the Las Vegas Advisor’s Top Ten has appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world, and has come to be recognized as the premier looking glass into the best that Bargain City has to offer.

How do they pick ‘em? First and foremost, they audit each of them personally. The deals that appear month after month they check out continually. But they also rely heavily on feedback. Thousands of readers test and critique each deal on their own terms, then convey their individual experiences to them so they know all of the strengths and weaknesses of the offers. Some wind up being replaced, while others are proven to be even stronger than first thought.

This cooperative effort has allowed the Top Ten to withstand the test of time.


1. Shrimp Cocktail – Golden Gate – 11 am-2 am – 99¢

The Golden Gate Casino downtown has been serving its cold-water Bay-shrimp cocktail since 1959. It’s been 99¢ for the past 15 years. It comes in a tulip cocktail glass with lemon, crackers, and a tangy homemade sauce. It’s served at the Deli in the back of the casino.

2. Sign-Up Promotion – Arizona Charlie’s Boulder – Daily – $100 Rebate

The players club sign-up bonus at Arizona Charlie’s works like this. New members who lose between $5 and $100 on their first day of play can swipe their card at the players club kiosk when done playing, and the kiosk prints out a ticket that states the loss amount. Take the ticket to the players club booth, where the club card is loaded with the amount of the loss. Now you have to play through that once on a machine of choice and whatever’s left can be cashed out. This last step is new and takes away the element of complete risklessness (you can lose a little on the play-through of the giveback), but it’s still pretty close to a $100 free-shot, with a very high upside. Another way to think about it (if you’re happy enough just to increase your play time) is that you get to take a second shot with your losses. Either way, it’s strong. Just remember to stop playing and get your rebate after you’ve lost the first hundred.

3. The Comedy Stop – Tropicana – Daily – $19.95

The Comedy Stop has been at the Tropicana since 1990. The classic 300-seat showroom has a cool old-time feel to it, all the way down to the surviving maitre ‘d seating system, so $5 a head will probably get you up close (if you want to be in a comedian’s sights). Be forewarned: The comedy tends to be blue, if not just plain raunchy. Don’t go if you’re offended by language or non-politically correct subject matter. The three-comedian show and a drink cost $19.95, with no add-ons. And if you use the coupon that’s easy to find in many of the freebie mags, it’s only $14.95. Beers are $4.50.

4. Breakfast Special – 4 Locations – 12 am-11 am – $1.49

A great new $1.49 breakfast special is served from midnight to 11 am at the newly designated “Wild” Station casinos (Wild Wild West, Wildfire, Gold Rush, and Magic Star). At $1.49 for two eggs, two bacon or sausage, hash browns, and toast, this is the best breakfast we’ve seen hereabouts in a long time.

5. Steak Dinner – Gold Coast – 24 hours – $10.95

This 16-ounce T-bone comes with five sides (salad, vegetable, potato, onion rings, and baked beans) and a glass of beer goes for a mere $10.95. It’s available 24 hours a day in the Monterrey Coffee Shop, but you have to be 21 to order it.

6. Parlay Card – Hard Rock – Weekly – Free

The Hard Rock is offering a free $5 parlay card for the week’s football line-up. This is not only a complete free play, but there’s a basic strategy you can employ to maximize the expected value (which is explained in this month’s issue of the Las Vegas Advisor).

7. Hot Dog – Suncoast – 11 am-5 pm – 75¢

The 75¢ all-beef hot dog available from a vendor cart in the sports book at Suncoast is the best in town, especially given that onions and sauerkraut are available at no extra charge.

8. Buffet – Planet Hollywood – Daily – $13.99-$24.99

The Planet Hollywood Spice Market Buffet is the best in town, judged by the price-to-quality ratio. The prices are below most other gourmet spreads (Bellagio, Wynn, Paris).

9. Beer – Casino Royale – Daily – $1.00

The center-Strip Casino Royale serves Michelobs for one dollar. This is a 24/7 deal and the bar staff is ultra pleasant about doling ’em out (it’s not uncommon to encounter a staff that’s resentful of this type of deal). You can also get two flavors of frozen margaritas for a buck apiece.

10. MNF Parties – 3 Locations – Mondays – Free

Football is here, which means football betting parties are the highlight of Monday nights through December. The free parties at Boulder Station and Sam’s Town, both on Boulder Highway, feature a free beer and hot dog. Combine the two by running to the other at half-time and get a couple dogs and a couple beers, all gratis. Suncoast also has a great party, with beer, dog, and good prizes.

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