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Las Vegas Fantasy Football 101: Drafting Your Dream Team

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but with around 33 million participants in Fantasy Football, there are bound to be a few people counting down the days until September. Fantasy Football is a complex, entertaining way to keep track of your favorite players, enjoy some friendly (hopefully!) competition with your closest friends, and maybe even earn a little cash! It’s a game that involves strategy, research, and frequent player monitoring. Though complex, Fantasy Football is a great way to spice up the NFL season and keep it interesting all the way to the Super Bowl.

So, you want to join a league, but you don’t know where to start? This article will highlight key points so you can get your fantasy team drafted just in time for kick-off and plan a Las Vegas fantasy football draft party!

Choosing the Right Fantasy Football League

The first step in playing Fantasy Football is to find a league to join. That may seem pretty simple but there are a lot of things to consider, such as:

-Would you like to join a free league or try to play for money?

-Do you prefer a live draft or an online draft?

-What about Head-to-Head or a Total Points league?

If you’re a beginner, a free league might be the better option, just to get your cleats wet. However, if you’d rather go foot-“balls to the wall” on your first time, then shell out some cash and hope for the win… those of us in the biz call that a Hail Mary!  

Another thing to think about is the type of league you’d like to be in. A Head-to-Head league means you face another opponent from your league each week and get placed into a ranking. As the season goes, you continue to play a different opponent until the playoffs, where you’re entered into a bracket system to determine the winner. In a Total Points league, the winner is solely determined on the member with the most points earned at the end of the season.

Football on field.

Forming Your Fantasy Football Dream Team

Alright, so you’ve made all your decisions and chose a league. Now what? The next step would be to prepare for your Fantasy Football draft! This is the part where you research your potential players, study statistics and past year’s performances, and build a strong strategy that will help you win your league. For example, if you choose a promising rookie quarterback, you might want to tread carefully on the wide receivers that you choose. With your quarterback being fairly new, it would be smart to get familiar with how he plays: does he throw the ball a lot? Is he accurate? Does he prefer to run the ball?

The league commissioner will decide how many players of each position you can choose. After you’ve collected all your data, prepare a list of your rankings and identify your most valuable players that you’ll hope to draft. Be sure to pick players you believe will accumulate the most points for you. This is determined by how well they actually play during their NFL games. You’re literally building your fantasy team!

Planning a Fantasy Football Draft Day Party

Finally, the day you’ve been looking forward to has come: Draft Day! You got your picks down, you did your research, and you’ve determined your line-up. Many people opt for a live draft because it’s a great experience to huddle up with some friends and have a lot of the work done for you. Luckily for you, the D and sports go hand-in-hand and is offering an amazing fantasy draft party package including; a private suite for 8 to 20 people, a fantasy draft kit, multiple HD televisions, cocktail service (first drink free!), food available for purchase, and $25 match play. You may be a rookie, but it doesn’t take a “Mike Ditka” to know that that is a score of a deal!

Group of friends cheersing with their beer.

When you arrive at the D ready to have the best fantasy football draft party, the league commissioner decides who gets to pick first. It may be a random drawing or based off last year’s standings. You and your league will use the kit provided by The D to choose your players and keep track of who has been drafted and who is still available.

Even when the draft party is over with, the fun still continues! Be sure to start your best players each week before Thursday Night Football begins. If a player is injured, you can bench him until he is healed and ready to play the next game. A lot of strategy comes to play throughout the season: if a player isn’t doing so hot, you have the option of trading players between members of your league or even replacing him with another player from the free agency. Also, pay attention to the teams’ bi-weeks as you wouldn’t want to start a player who doesn’t have a game that week!

Sounds like fun, right? Well, don’t waste another season. Head to the D to schedule your ultimate Las Vegas fantasy football draft party, get some buddies lined up, and have a ball!

Scenic Panorama of Burning Man Festival Camping Sites

Las Vegas Burning Man Sculptures & Cultures

Located in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada, Burning Man is a major event for Vegas locals and tourists alike. Three different Burning Man sculptures currently reside in Vegas and represent the Burning Man culture that is alive and well in the Las Vegas community. Tons of people travel through Sin City on their way to Black Rock City. With Burning Man 2018 just around the corner, we’ll discuss one of our favorite Nevada festivals and its special connection with Las Vegas.

History of Burning Man

The annual event now known as Burning Man had humble beginnings as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986. Founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James met on Baker Beach in San Francisco with a few friends and burned an 8-foot tall wooden man and smaller wooden dog as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”. The tradition continued the following year and the effigy grew to 15 feet tall, and by 1988, it had grown to 30 feet. At this time, Larry Harvey officially named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man” and titled flyers as such to ward off references to the practice of burning live sacrifices in wicker cages.

In 1990, the figure was erected at Baker Beach on Summer Solstice but not burned because of police enforced permitting reasons and the potential fire hazard. The Man was then invited to San Francisco Cacophony Zone Trip #4 on Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert, NV and burned on September 1, 1990 where the annual festival and tradition continues today.

Burning Man 2018

The 2018 art theme, I, Robot, will offer an exploration of humankind’s decidedly mixed feelings about algorithmic intelligence, cybernetic augmentation, and the mystery of what it means to be human in an increasingly automated world. Due to the recent passing of Burning Man’s founder, “The Man with the Hat” Larry Harvey, this year’s event is expected to be unlike any other. Be there to watch The Man burn on Saturday, September 1.

Burning Man Sculptures in Las Vegas

Considering art is one of the defining features of Burning Man, it makes sense for the Burning Man sculptures to live on outside of Black Rock City. The Playa comes alive in Las Vegas through many of its sculptures, now memorialized throughout the city of Las Vegas. You can see several pieces of art with your own eyes in the heart of Las Vegas.

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“Bliss Dance”

Marco Cochrane’s sculpture “Bliss Dance” was installed in MGM Resorts International’s new dining and entertainment district, The Park, in March 2016. Located between Park MGM (previously Monte Carlo), New York-New York, and the new T-Mobile Arena, the 40-foot tall statue, which debuted at Burning Man in 2010, serves as The Park’s visual focal point. The dancing lady was crafted to celebrate humanity, feminine beauty, and the power that can be harnessed when there is balance on our earth. This unique modern steel sculpture challenges all past engineering feats and techniques seen in previous years.

The Downtown Project

Starting in 2012, Burning Man teamed up with Downtown Project and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to bring elaborate Burning Man sculptures and other artwork from Black Rock City’s festival for display in Las Vegas. Burning Man provided creative consulting to Downtown Project, and partnered to bring vibrant, interactive art and culture to downtown Las Vegas.

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“The Mantis”

Artist and aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum showcased his original work at Burning Man, a fire-spewing praying mantis. This larger-than-life mantis now resides in the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas and is a 150:1 scale replica of a female mantis the artist found in a field. The praying mantis took 3,000 hours to build, is 40 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and burns approximately 50 gallons of liquid propane each day with flames that reach six stories high. If that weren’t enough, the mantis has a 4,000-watt sound system – allowing the music to crank up and the mantis to boogie on down.

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“Big Rig Jig”

After a long journey from Burning Man to Coachella to Banksy’s Dismaland show, The Big Rig Jig is now permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh on Fremont Street. The Big Rig Jig was constructed from two discarded tanker trucks and serves as both a sculpture and an architectural space. Visitors can enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and come out to a viewing platform between the rear axles. Created by MIke Ross, this sculpture stands 50-foot-tall and weighs in at a whopping 25 tons.

By establishing the agreement with the Downtown Project, Burning Man can use Las Vegas as a platform for art and ideas, and to share its 10 principles, which include radical self-expression, decommodification and civic responsibility. Burning Man culture continues to thrive in the city of Las Vegas and its showcased art continues to live on.

Lit up casino sign.

Are You Ready for a Casino Focused Vegas Vacation?

Ready to hit the tables during your upcoming vacation to Vegas? If so, make sure you’re fully apprised of all the standard Las Vegas casino games, rules, tips and tricks, and etiquette well before you rest your elbows on the table. If you have a casino-focused Vegas vacation on the calendar, you’ll not only have more fun when you know all the ins and outs of the various games you’ll encounter, but you might even come home with a bigger pot of winnings!

Read on to learn more about gambling in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Casino Etiquette

-Nevada law stipulates that no one under the age of 21 may gamble or otherwise spend idle time in a casino, so if you’re not of age to legally gamble in the State of Nevada, wait until you are!

-Though casinos tend to be loud, exciting places, that doesn’t give anyone the right to act offensively or unprofessionally. Even if you’re winning big, it’s important to keep in mind that there might be others near you who aren’t. Keep it low-key, even if you’re cleaning out the place.

-Know the casino’s dress code and be respectful of house rules regarding dress. While few casinos mandate anything more than shoes and shirts, there are some who require specific formalities.

Las Vegas Casino Games

 People playing Blackjack in Las Vegas

1. Blackjack: Sometimes referred to as ‘21’, it’s almost impossible to walk through a casino and not see a line of Blackjack tables. The object is simple – you play against the dealer and try to get as close to 21 as you can without going over.

2. Craps: Perhaps the loudest and most boisterous of all table games, Craps is a bit more complicated than some of the other leading table games you may encounter in Las Vegas, but don’t let that intimidate you. Learn the basics of how to bet and what the basic slang words refer to, and you’ll be ready to toss the dice in no time.

3. Roulette: This game of chance is certainly popular in Las Vegas (though not more so than in Europe), and the betting scheme that a player must learn is pretty basic. A wheel marked with one through thirty-six and 0 and 00 is spun, bets are placed, a ball is dropped and money is made – or lost. The truly fun part about Roulette is that there are numerous betting options available, from odds or evens to reds or blacks to betting on a series of unique numbers, and more.

4. Baccarat: You don’t have to be 007 to enjoy this game – especially when you discover just how simple it really is. Here’s the basic premise: you either bet on the player or the bank (the casino), cards are dealt, and the side that comes closest to 9 wins! It’s easy to play yet big on sophistication.

5. Poker: You can’t visit Las Vegas without playing at least one hand at Poker, so find a table with a comfortable limit and get to it. There’s quite a lot to learn before becoming a top poker player, but most casinos offer classes on poker and other table games that’ll get you up to speed quickly.

 Man playing poker in a Las Vegas casino

These are the most common table games you’ll encounter at a Las Vegas casino, but here’s the really staggering statistic: nearly half of Las Vegas gaming revenue was from slots in 2015! Slot machines allow the beginner gambler to test their luck without the high stakes of a large-limit table game, and are great for those new to the world of gambling.

Finding a Good Las Vegas Casino

 

-Casinos are like restaurants – always go to those that are consistently busy, and if locals think it’s a good spot, so should you.

 

-The Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) area is incredible when it comes to gambling. Casinos like the D or the Plaza are acutely focused on keeping gamers entertained, while also offering amazing accommodations at low prices.

-Find a player’s club and sign up right away. Club One is a terrific player’s club that can be used at both Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D. Comps, points and more are the real-world benefits of joining a player’s club.

-Casinos in DTLV tend to offer more bang for the buck – as well as a lower cost of entry to play table games and slots. If you’re looking for the excitement of a casino without being forced to spend $15 on a beer or place a $20 minimum bet at the tables, DTLV is the place to be.

For more information about planning a casino vacation, contact the reservations line at The D Las Vegas today!

Plane flying into Las Vegas for a summer trip

Make Las Vegas Your Summer Getaway

A summer vacation in Las Vegas is a seriously cool idea. It may be hard to describe any place as cool when the average daytime temperature is 106 degrees, but Vegas is an incredibly fun place to be at any time of the year – even in the middle of summer. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest ways you can make Las Vegas your summer getaway, whether you’re traveling with your closest friends or hitting the town with kids in tow.

Find the Right Las Vegas Hotel

Don’t simply book the cheapest place in town. It’s the cheapest for a reason. Instead, search the Downtown Las Vegas area for a hotel that offers both great value and an upscale flavor. A hotel like the D Las Vegas is a terrific option for those who desire a luxurious venue that offers amazing dining options, a world-class casino, thrilling shows and comfortable, opulent rooms. All this at a price that is often lower than neighboring casinos.

The D Hotel & Casino Suite Bedroom.

Prepare for the Las Vegas Heat

Temperatures are pretty comfortable in the morning hours, which is a great time to partake in outdoor activities like golf, hiking, biking, boating, and more. But once 11am comes around, the desert really heats up. The temperatures stay high even after the sun dips below the horizon each night, thanks to the heat-soak effect of all the blacktop, steel and glass that make up Las Vegas, so don’t be surprised when you notice the thermometer indicating 90+ degrees at 10 o’clock at night.

While visiting Las Vegas in the summer, drink lots of water, apply sunscreen and wear a hat when out in the sun for more than a couple of minutes. Wear light, breathable clothing and be aware of how your body is feeling in the heat. Plan plenty of adventures that involve inside venues, and know where the closest swimming pool is at your chosen hotel.

The desert heat is no joke, but creating an agenda that balances indoor and outdoor activities will help keep you cool and comfortable.

Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas

Plan Indoor and Outdoor Las Vegas Activities

Bet you didn’t think you could play Craps, blast across the water in a powerful personal watercraft, and take in a Broadway-caliber show all in the same day, and all within 30 minutes of each other! Vegas is America’s playground, and the there are plenty of things to do in and around the city in the summertime:

-How about renting a personal watercraft at one of the popular marinas on nearby Lake Mead? Cruising the numerous inlets and coves along the shores of this massive body of water is both calming and exhilarating.

-Schedule an early morning hike up neighboring Mt. Charleston. The temperatures will climb throughout the morning, but simply hit the trail early for the most pleasant experience. Take along lots of water!

-Hit the casino at lunchtime, then again after dinner. You’ll beat the heat of midday, and enjoy some time spent in some of Vegas’ best local gambling spots.

-See a show. Air conditioned theaters offer access to some of the world’s leading acts. From resident celebrity shows to touring musicians, comics, entertainers and more, there is no shortage of amazing acts to enjoy in Las Vegas.

-Check out Downtown Container Park. This innovative shopping and entertainment area is walking distance from most DTLV hotels and casinos, and offers visitors all the shopping, dining and fun you can imagine. It is great for kids of all ages, and youngsters especially like the massive play area and sweet treats available inside Container Park.

Ready to make your summer vacation plans? If so, book your trip to Las Vegas today to discover all the new things Vegas has to offer.

Comic picture drawing of Las Vegas sign.

Everything You Need to Know About Comic Con Las Vegas 2018

Comic Con 2018 is coming to Las Vegas on the last weekend of June! This is one of the biggest conventions of the year in the Vegas Valley, so let’s walk through the schedule, main events, location and other important items to ensure you maximize your Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 experience.

Comic Con 2018 Venue

The iconic Las Vegas Convention Center plays host to Comic Con 2018 and is located at 3150 Paradise Road in the heart of Las Vegas. The event will kick-off at 3pm on Friday, June 29 and close up shop on Sunday, July 1 at 6pm. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be ordered directly through Eventbrite. Plus, kids 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult ticket! More than 100 exhibitors will be on-site to bring the world of comics to Las Vegas. Writers, artists, actors, special effects gurus, and more will be at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, again bringing fun and festivities to the desert.

Comic Con 2018 Schedule

Opening day is Friday, June 29, and the event center will be open from 3pm-8pm. Saturday is the big day, with doors open from 10am – 7pm, and Sunday offers visitors 8 hours of fun… 10am until 6pm.

-Rob Liefeld – creator of Deadpool, Cable, Domino and X-Force will appear both Friday and Saturday.

-Charlie Cox – Daredevil himself, will appear Saturday and Sunday.

-Jason David Frank – a.k.a. the Green Power Ranger, will be at Comic Con all weekend.

-Brianna Hildebrand – from Deadpool 2 will be on-site Saturday and Sunday.

-Sam Humphrey – the actor from The Greatest Showman will attend all weekend.

A preview of the Comic Con Las Vegas lineupattribute: https://www.amazingcomiccon.com/guests

Things to Know Before You Go

-You can get in free by volunteering! Click here to learn about volunteering for four hours at the 2018 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in exchange for free admission, a new Comic Con volunteer t-shirt, and seriously amazing memories.

-It’ll be busy that weekend in Las Vegas, so make sure to book your hotel reservations now! Staying in Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) is a great way to boost the fun factor while saving money. A hotel like the D Las Vegas offers serious value and an incomparable place to unwind, eat, gamble or simply tune out the world after a day at Comic Con.

-VIP ticket upgrades are available, and offer fans the ability to enter 30 minutes before general attendees each day, as well as easier entrance to shopping venues, priority line access, and more.

-Cosplay isn’t just allowed – it is encouraged! Since Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 isn’t taking place in a casino, you are free to dress up. Keep in mind that a lot of families attend, and good taste should always prevail. But seriously, have fun.

Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 is destined to be an amazing time. Click here for all the details, including the scheduled guest appearances, exhibitors, hours, ticket prices, and more. And while you’re at it, check out the D Las Vegas and plan your Comic Con-focused trip to Vegas this year.

Girlfriends Celebrating a Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas

7 Ideas for a Perfect Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Itinerary

Las Vegas has long been the spot to be for celebrating the Big Day in style, from bachelor/bachelorette parties to the wedding itself. Planning a bachelorette party in Vegas is easy to do considering the activities available for a perfect girls’ weekend. Top-rated restaurants, bars, and clubs fill the city and you and your girls can lay back, relax or celebrate until the sun goes down… and comes back up!

Put the “sin” in single one last time when planning a Las Vegas bachelorette party, and keep it memorable with these 7 bachelorette party planning ideas!

Vegas Bachelorette Party Itinerary

Soak Up Some Sun at the Pool

One of the best perks of having a bachelorette party in Las Vegas is the year-round sunshine. Round up the crew, put on some matching bridal party swimsuits, and catch some rays. A beautiful tan is a great way to highlight a wedding dress, but be sure to bring some sunscreen along to avoid unwanted tan lines – or worse, sunburns – before the big day. Whether you want to get wild at a day pool party or just relax poolside with your girls, a Vegas pool day is a perfect way to celebrate.

Practice Your Dance Moves in the Club

Something about dressing up to the nines and hitting the club feels so necessary for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Put the bride-to-be in a sultry white dress while the rest of the crew rocks their LBDs. This is your bride’s last chance to show off her moves as a single woman, so make it count! Bottle service is always an exciting way to celebrate the big day, but not necessary to have a great time. All you need is your girls, an amazing DJ, and perhaps a few attractive dance partners to heat it up.

Book the Perfect Bachelorette Party Package

In Vegas, a hotel room isn’t just a place to sleep. For your bachelorette party, it’s a place to get ready, pregame, and unwind after all your Vegas activities. From mimosas in the morning to gossiping in bed at night with some room service, booking the perfect bachelorette suite is an integral part of your weekend plans. At the D, pamper yourself with a Vegas bachelorette party package that includes deluxe room accommodations and an Official Bachelorette Party Scorecard to get the party started!

Bachelorette Party Relaxing in Hotel Suite

Eat, Drink, and be Married

Food and drink are two of the best ways to bring people together, and when it comes to restaurants and bars, it’s safe to say Vegas has a few to choose from. Some of the most notable chefs in the country set up shop in Las Vegas, making it a hub for amazing cuisine and a perfect location for any foodie. Likewise, Sin City helps you sin a little more with a plethora of bars to choose from. From yard drinks and late-night snacks to cocktails from mixologists and high-end meals, the squad has a lot to choose from.

Pamper the Group with a Spa Day

Let’s face it, wedding planning isn’t particularly a breeze, even if you’re only attending. Keep everyone feeling too blessed to be stressed by planning a bachelorette spa day. Book a spa package for the group to get treatments done, then relax in the spa with some wine or champagne. Vegas is home to a number of extravagant and unique spas. Massages, facials, manicures, and even just relaxing in a sauna are all great ways to relieve that pre-wedding stress. Just be careful about getting a facial too close to the wedding.

Catch a Show

Concerts, stand-up, magic, acrobatics, musicals, dancing… you name it, we have a show for it. No matter where your interests may lay, going to a show is one of the most Vegas things you can do for your bachelorette party. Catch legendary artists like Céline Dion and Cher, laugh the night away with a murder mystery about marriage, or get a little naughty with Magic Mike Live. Let Vegas put on a show for your bachelorette party with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and nights you won’t forget.

Have a Bachelorette Party Photoshoot

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – unless there are photos! Dress up and plan for a bridal party photoshoot in one of the many scenic areas of Las Vegas. Make a splash in front of the Bellagio fountains, light up the scene at the Neon Boneyard, have colorful and unique photo memories from Seven Magic Mountains, strike a natural pose in Red Rock Canyon, or get artsy in the Las Vegas Arts District. If time is limited, ditch a full photoshoot and keep it fun, simple, and a little bit wild with a bachelorette party photo scavenger hunt:

Bachelorette party scavenger hunt checklist.

Bachelorette party planning in Vegas is one of the most exciting ways to celebrate your bride-to-be in her final days of being single. With extravagant experiences, relaxing getaways, and wild antics to get up to, your Las Vegas bachelorette party weekend with the squad will be one for the books. Just don’t tell the hubby-to-be what you’ve been up to, he might get jealous!

Elvis impersonator standing in front of the Las Vegas sign.

Don’t Miss These Las Vegas Summer Shows

Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and for good reason! There is a seemingly-endless assortment of theatrical performances, comedy shows, art installations, innovative pop-up events, and world-renowned resident performance artists who call Vegas “home.” The city continues to deliver some of the best shows in the world and Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming the insider’s destination for the hottest, most culturally diverse entertainment experiences. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see shows drawing crowds to DTLV and the Strip over the next couple of months!

Marriage Can Be Murder

Touted as Las Vegas’ #1 Dinner Show for 18 years and counting, Marriage Can Be Murder is the ultimate “whodunit”. The audience is part of the mystery as they weave their way through a storyline that keeps you guessing and laughing the entire time! A 3-course gourmet meal is served at the table and caps off this 2-hour Las Vegas entertainment experience at the D Hotel and Casino.

A Mob Story

While you’re strolling around Downtown Las Vegas, consider A Mob Story at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. This saga tells the infamous tale of Vegas’ sordid past, including all the hitmen, movie stars, gangsters, mob mistresses, and racketeers you can handle. Created and directed by Jeff Kutash, this Emmy and Golden Globe award winner is the perfect way to learn a little more about Las Vegas’ rich culture and have some fun doing it. Can’t get enough of organized crime? Check out the Mob Museum downtown to really experience the mob boss lifestyle.

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Tahiti Village Luau

With summer right around the corner, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday evening than by taking in an authentic Luau experience at Tahiti Village Resort! Starting at 7 p.m., guests will enjoy drink specials, a sumptuous island-inspired buffet and live Polynesian entertainment. For a brief escape from the summer heat, spend time in the pool, then enjoy the fun and excitement of a real Polynesian experience!

Musical Acts at the DTLV Events Center

Right across from the D Hotel and Casino lies the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. This incredible performance space is host to a diverse assortment of musical acts that span virtually all musical styles and appeal to audiences of all ages. Upcoming shows include the Vans Warped Tour, 311 & The Offspring, the B-52’s, Culture Club, and an-80’s-style concert. The DTLV Events Center is the perfect place to catch up with your favorite bands and performers, so check out their list of upcoming shows!

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Innovative Cirque du Soleil Shows

Whether you’re a die-hard Beatles maniac (check out The Beatles LOVE show), a closet pyromaniac with a penchant for theatrics (you’ll love Cirque’s KA), a fan of the slightly freaky (definitely grab tickets for Zumanity), or looking for a show that somehow combines water dancing, gymnastics, and romance (check out O at Bellagio Las Vegas), the creative team behind Cirque du Soleil’s amazing shows never disappoint. Each show brings the audience to the edge of their seats, where they’ll teeter for the next 90 minutes or so. Witness the visual onslaught of gymnastics, dancing, theatrics and aerial stunts that have become the hallmark of a Cirque du Soleil show.

Absinthe

This show is located in the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and is definitely intended for audience members 18 and over. The 90-minute show is set inside a whimsical, intoxicating tent that acts as an adult playground for adventurous audience members. Talented and decidedly sexy performers take to the stage and deliver a memorable show filled with daredevil-style stunts that are as intriguing as they are scintillating. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the Huffington Post recently called it the “greatest show on Earth.” Often described as Cirque du Soleil channeled through The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Absinthe is bound to knock you flat on your, well, you get it.

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Las Vegas is the spot to check out some of these incredible shows and others over the next few months. So assemble your squad, book your tickets now, and prepare for the ultimate Vegas experience!

Ballroom venue available at the D Las Vegas.

Tips for Planning a Special Occasion with the D

Looking for an event space, Las Vegas wedding venues, or place that can host a holiday or sports viewing party? If so, Las Vegas has no shortage of amazing choices and the D’s ballrooms and event spaces just might be the perfect place to host your next big gathering. Whether you’re a regular guest, a once-every-five-years visitor to Downtown Las Vegas, or a local looking for flexible, accommodating and affordable event spaces, the D is the place to be! Let’s take a look at some of these spaces to help you plan your special event.

What spaces are available at the D?

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate party of 10 or 20 guests, or a raucous celebration, corporate event or wedding for 500, you’ll find plenty of right-sized event spaces at the D. Small “man-cave” style rooms are perfect for sporting events or Bachelor parties, while massive ballrooms can host weddings or family celebrations with ease, allowing plenty of elbow room for dancing and merrymaking. To view all event spaces at the D, simply click here.

Meeting room venue available at the D Las Vegas.

What if I’m planning a major convention or business event?

If you’re in charge of securing the ideal facility for your upcoming business line gathering or major corporate event, look no further than the Detroit Ballroom. This sizeable space accommodates up to 300 people and can be outfitted with the latest in leading-edge audio and visual equipment that’ll make any presentation pop. The eight available breakout rooms make it easy for groups to pare down to smaller, more manageable units for targeted learning sessions or roundtable discussions. Enterprise-class Cisco hardware ensures stellar connectivity and a 100 megabit per second connection means superior data management.

Can I host my wedding at the D?

Of course you can! Imagine the memories you’ll make when you celebrate with your family and friends at the D on the VUE Bar balcony overlooking the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Or, let Downtown Las Vegas act as the backdrop for your big day by booking the Traverse City Patio. Our dedicated planning and catering team will handle every last detail – all you have to do is show up and say “I do”.

To get started, simply call (702) 388-2200 or email sales@theD.com. You’ll be amazed at the incredible wedding package you can design, all for a great price.

Bride and groom getting married at the D Las Vegas.

What information should I gather when planning the event?

Completing the Event Information Form takes mere minutes, yet it will give us most of the information needed to create an accurate event plan for your big gathering. Create a name for your event, then provide us with an estimated headcount, the arrival and departure dates, the type of event, whether or not you’ll require catering services, and basic contact information. This is enough to get us started, but the more information you can provide, the better! For example, providing us with your company website, whether or not you’ll need breakout rooms, or even alternative arrival and departure dates can help us create numerous options for your upcoming Las Vegas event. One of our dedicated and experienced event planners will then create a customized proposal for your review.

Whether you’re looking for an iconic place to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, a sophisticated and flexible meeting space for a corporate gathering, or simply a luxurious place for you and your friends to hang out and watch a sporting event, you’ll find the ideal space at the D Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

Contact our event staff today for more information and to begin the process of securing your perfect Las Vegas meeting space or event venue.

Crowd cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Best Places to Catch the Vegas Golden Knights NHL Playoff Games

A short walk down a Las Vegas street will put you at the heart the hype that’s been pumping through the city. TV screens, apparel, and conversations are filled with spirit as the Vegas Golden Knights advance into the NHL Finals. The pride this city feels for its talented hockey team is obvious. At the games, the crowds are heavy with black and gold. Back at home during away games, fans are lining up to attend some of the hottest viewing parties. In such a spirited city, attending viewing parties is the best way to experience the hockey fun and the Entertainment Capital of the World knows how to throw a good party. [Image above attributed to: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights]

Below are a few recaps of the most exciting VGK viewing parties, as well as upcoming parties that you don’t want to miss:

1. The D Las Vegas is no stranger to hosting unforgettable parties. On May 6th, the D hosted the Golden Knights Game 5 viewing party, taking advantage of their monstrous 72-foot HD LED video wall and state-of-the-art stadium audio. As expected, the party was heavily attended and fans fed off of each other’s excitement. On May 12th, the D struck again by the official watch party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Fans flocked to be part of the action and, as always, it was one for the books. Catch all of the action for the next watch party on May 18th.

2. Topgolf Las Vegas hosted Game 3 of the Playoffs on April 15th – and it did not disappoint. A 48-foot screen wowed fans as they cheered on their team. During intermissions, fans had the chance to win valuable raffle prizes.

3. Mandalay Bay took part in the viewing party fun on April 17th by hosting the Golden Knights versus Los Angeles Kings game. “Knight on the Beach” attracted hundreds of fans to its shores with its large LED screen and appearances by The VGK Knight Line, the team’s drumming line, Golden Aces dancers, and Chance the Mascot.

Vegas Golden Knights players celebrating on the ice.attribute: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights

4. The Henderson Pavilion will be hosting viewing parties for all Vegas Golden Knights away games during the 2018 Stanley Cup finals. That means that you and your family can head on down to the pavilion anytime there’s a game to join the spirited fun. Cheer on the Golden Knights as they take on their opponent among a crowd of like-minded fans who want exactly what you do – to see the Knights take home the Cup!

5. Fat Bar is the place to be for drink specials during the big games. Fat Bar will be hosting NHL Playoff watch parties for each away game and the atmosphere promises to be electric. As if being surrounded by Golden Knights fans wasn’t exciting enough during the hockey playoffs, Fat Bar will be offering impressive drink specials like $35 all-you-can-drink beer during the game, $3 Jameson and Fireball shots, $5 Patron shots, and free shots for those wearing jerseys when the team scores.

6. Rampart Casino will also be offering some hard-to-pass-up drink specials at their viewing parties. Their Race & Sports Book Bar & Lounge will be packed with both excited fans and sports bettors looking to add a little personal investment into the games. The lounge will be serving up $2, $3, and $4 beers as well as $10-$15 buckets. These viewing parties are not-to-be-missed, especially if you like to bet on all the hockey excitement.

Las Vegas is a city full of spirit and pride. There are plenty of options when it comes to Vegas Golden Knights viewing parties, but perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the loyal fanbase that electrifies the city. Being in the midst of the city’s spirit makes the Vegas Golden Knights’ advancement into the 2018 NHL Finals all the more exciting.

Club One, rewards program, sign at the D and Golden Gate in Downtown Las Vegas

Everything You Need to Know About Club One at the D and Golden Gate

The next time you stay and play at the D or Golden Gate, you’ll want to get your hands on the hottest loyalty program in Downtown Las Vegas – The One: Your Experience Card™. Membership is free and unlocks generous rewards with each bet. Whether your game is blackjack, keno, video poker, or any of the hundreds of slot machines spread throughout our two expansive gaming floors, the Club One Card gives you access to VIP-level perks and serious rewards that’ll make your stay even more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at how to sign up and ways that the Club One Your Experience Card helps you rack up points in no time!

How to Get Your Club One Card

The Club One card is your ticket to rewards at the D and it’s incredibly easy and quick to get signed up. Simply present a valid photo ID showing you are at least 21 years of age at the D rewards center (located near the front desk at the rear of the casino), and you’ll receive a card in minutes. One terrific thing about the Club One card is that the rewards you earn can be used at either the D or the Golden Gate.

How to Use Your Club One Card

Above each video poker or slot machine, you’ll find a card reader to insert your Club One card. You’ll know the machine is ready to start rewarding you for playing when you see your name displayed on the screen next to the card reader. If you’re playing a table game, simply hand your card to the pit boss or dealer and they’ll take care of tracking your bets to ensure you get full credit for all your gaming action. It’s that simple!

Two female workers at the D.

Ways to Earn Rewards Using the Club One Card

The D has hundreds of slot machines, including everything from innovative digital slots to vintage slots that channel that old-school Vegas vibe. But, no matter which slot you play, you’ll be earning rewards with each pull of the lever or tap of the button. Receive 0.2% in comps and free play on slot machines, or 0.1% in comps and free play on the video poker machines.

Table game players receive comps that are calculated based on the player’s time at the table, the house’s edge, and the average bet. These loyalty program comps add up quickly and can be used for free nights at the hotel, complimentary meals, and many other hotel rewards.

The Real-World Benefits of the Club One Card

If you’ve earned at least 100 points on your Club One Card, you can redeem them at any video poker or slot machine in the casino. Those in the player’s club may also receive promotional offers in the mail, including free slot play. To redeem your offer at the machine, simply insert your card, type in your pin, and your account and credits will automatically be added. If you receive a mail offer of $25 or more, simply head over to the Rewards Center to have the promo amount transferred to your card. You can also use your promotional amount to get free chips for table games.

Ready to maximize your stay at the D and earn hotel rewards for playing the games you love? Head over to the Rewards Center and get your personalized Club One card today.