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Football Players Playing in Big Game

How to Prep for the Big Game in Vegas: Parties, Betting & More

The NFL Championship is almost upon us and it’s going to be a tight race to see who shows up! Whether your favorite team is still in the running or you’re just in it for the snacks and drinks, Las Vegas is the perfect place to cheer on the Big Game. From watch parties to sports betting to where to stay, we’re here to show you a great time on this monumental football weekend. So grab your facepaint and jerseys and let’s look at how to prep for the Big Game in Vegas.

NFL Championship Game Viewing Parties

Viewing parties for the Big Game are Vegas’ time to shine. There are parties on and off the Strip and if the 311,000 visitors in 2018 were any indication, 2019 is sure to be a great time. Here are some places to catch the Big Game:

Big Game Bash Watch Party at the D

No one does football like the D, so this year join us for the biggest game of the season way up on the 12th floor. We’ll have private Man Caves where you can party like champions, unlimited food and drink in the Detroit Ballroom, and all the cheering you could ask for. After the game, head right up to your room and keep the party going all night!

Big Game Viewing Party 2019 at Beer Park

Football and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not enjoy the Big Game at Beer Park, known for its amazing TVs, cool outdoor seating and, well, beer. Beer Park is offering various tiers of tickets, including individual bar seating, a 2-person package deal, and all-inclusive tickets that includes access to the many buffet-style food stations throughout the venue.

2019 VIP Pigskin Party

Westgate is throwing down for the NFL Championship this year! Guests can enjoy food stations, a complimentary call bar, buckets of beer, and a fun photobooth to remember all the memories. Sports fanatics will also enjoy the many betting options at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the world’s largest race and sports book.

Friends Celebrating at Big Game Viewing Party

Cabo Wabo Cantina Football Fiesta

Score big at Cabo Wabo Cantina with all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffets with tailgate favorites like hot dogs and burgers as well as Mexican classics. Nothing says “Big Game” like a build-your-own taco and nacho station! Drinks include the Cantina’s Signature Margarita, handcrafted cocktails, and draft and bottled beers.

Biggest Big Game Bash at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The Downtown Watch Zone has been the place to catch football games all season and DLVEC is wrapping up the season with the Biggest Big Game Bash. Bring all your friends and rent a table and enjoy 72 feet of LED screen, two 22-foot side screens, and lots of food and drink. If you want to step your party up a notch, check out the venue’s Man Caves, where you’ll be treated with food and beverage service and a premium shaded space for up to 30 people.

The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Hard Rock is known for both its delicious food and mega parties, and the Big Game is no exception. Cheer on your favorite team with guaranteed seating, a five-hour premium open bar, and food stations of chef-selected game day favorites.

PBR Rock Bar and Grill Big Game Party 2019

PBR Rock Bar and Grill is located right in the middle of the Strip and is hosting a huge viewing party for the Big Game this year. All packages guarantee your seat and include a premium open bar starting at 2pm until the game ends. Never miss a play with the multiple projector screens and individual booth TVs.

Sports Betting in Las Vegas

Betting on the Big Game is almost as fun as watching the commercials, especially when you know what you’re doing. Let’s look at some of the most common football bets and how you can try to win yourself a little extra cash for the slot machines (or buffet).

Person Placing Sports Bet for Big Game on Phone

Betting on the Big Game

Even if you know next to nothing about football, you can still place a bet on the Big Game. Here are a few tips to get you started:

> A straight bet is the most common type of football bet. This is when you bet on the team you want to win and the point spread your expect. This bet pays out 10/11, which means that if you bet $11, you win $10 (plus your original bet).
> An over-under bet is when you bet that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed on your official ticket. This bet pays out at the same odds of 10/11.

There are other variations of football bets such as Futures, Parlays, Teasing, and more.

Where to Place Your Bet

The Entertainment Capital of the World is full of amazing places to make your Big Game bet. Here are a few of the most notable sports books in the city:

1. Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book – The Race & Sports Book in Caesars Palace is one of the best on the Strip. Watch the game from a 143-foot HD LED screen and hear all the action from 4-Zone Directional Sound. The space includes lower level seating, which includes three drink tickets, and VIP seating, which includes all-you-can-drink and an expedited line for betting.
2. William Hill Sports BookThe William Hill Sports Book at the D is a great place to take in all the action and hopefully win a little extra cash. Plus, it’s located right next to the Vue Bar, so you can watch your bet on the state-of-the-art odds display boards and grab a drink. Do you have what it takes to bet on the Big Game?
3. Wynn Race & Sports Book – The Wynn Race & Sports Book just went through a major renovation and is looking better than ever. The sports book combines the “big screen views of a movie theater” with the “thrill of sports spectating” at free events every week.
4. The Book at the Plaza – The Plaza has the biggest sportsbook in Downtown Las Vegas, with over 75 screens displaying all the action. For the Big Game this year, the Plaza is hosting their $100,000 Big Game Parlay Card. If you pick all 15 winners of 15 Big Game props, you win $100,000 in cash!

There’s no better place to cheer on the Big Game than in Vegas and this guide will help you do it right. Whether you attend a huge viewing party, place some bets, or just watch from your hotel room, you’re sure to love the excitement of this big day.

Aerosmith Performing Live on Stage

Aerosmith Las Vegas Residency Begins in 2019

Sin City is known for its world-class Vegas entertainment as some of the most beloved artists take residency and perform epic shows. From classic acts like Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack to modern-day artists such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Britney Spears, and Cher, Vegas residencies are a pretty big deal. Almost every year brings a new face to the scene, and in 2019, the Aerosmith Las Vegas residency is slated to begin! [Image above attributed to: HollywoodReporter.com – Courtesy of Steve Appleford]

Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild

Starting April 6, 2019, the “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” shows will kick off at the Park Theater. Between April and July, the band has announced they will perform their first 18 shows, with more shows likely to be added later in the year. So far, we’ve been promised “never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions” and state-of-the-art audio and video technology for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So why is this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency so exciting? Only because they’ve been dubbed “America’s Greatest Rock Band”, is the best-selling American rock band, and is an influence to other music legends such as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica. Since their success in the 1970s, Aerosmith has won many awards from programs such as the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, and have the most gold albums by an American group while being tied with Van Halen for the most multi-platinum album certifications by an American group.

Want in on this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency action? Make sure to buy your Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild tickets soon!

People Attending Las Vegas Concert

Radical Places to Dine and Drink Less than a Mile Away

Now imagine this: you have tickets to see the award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers at the Park Theater for their “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” residency. You become filled with “Sweet Emotions” and now need to make the rest of the night just as epic. Epic bars and restaurants need to be nearby so your not “Jaded” if you’re late to the show. Good news “Walk This Way” to the “The Other Side” and see the selection that is only a few feet away from the theater.

1. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) at The Park

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This kitchen has a modern setting and fast service. It has food that is sure to please any person from a meat lover to a vegetarian. CPK is known for their fresh and seasonal ingredients, hand-tossed pizzas and unique kinds of pasta and salads. They have a selection of premium wines, crafted beers, and hand-crafted cocktails. You are sure to find something to eat and drink here that will leave you humming a happy tune.

2. Bruxie

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $
Hours: Mon- Thu, Sun 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Fri – Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This isn’t your typical fried chicken and waffles, it’s the original fried chicken and waffle sandwich! Their main claim to fame are their sandwiches made with waffles, not bread.All entrees made from scratch and waffles made to order. This place is sure to give you a feeling of home and comfort as you eat this light and crispy chicken inside two golden brown non-sweet waffles. Have a hole in your soul? This fun twist on soul food will patch it right up!

Drinks and Food at Beer Hall

3. Beerhaus

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Sun 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Before hearing some classic rock at Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild, you may want to sit back and chill. Across the way is a beer hall that has a menu with drinks to appeal to the casual drinker and beverages for the refined palettes. Along with drinks, the menu includes savory sandwiches and snacks that are sure to energize you before you rock out that night. If you are looking for a little pre-show pump up, check out the live concert music at the bar!

4. The Chocolate Bar

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM

Located next to Hershey’s Chocolate World, this bar has drinks that are sure to feed any sweet tooth. Served here are specialty cocktails inspired by some come delectable treats like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini and the Jolly Rancher Jolly-Tini. There is also a varied mix of chocolate beers and wines. Either way, if you have a sweet tooth and want a fun, unique experience, head to The Chocolate Bar before or after your Aerosmith Las Vegas show.

So “Let the Music Do the Talking” and head on over to one of these fresh and notable places before or after the show. They are sure to do “What It Takes” to fuel your energy and  leave you rockin all night or maybe even “Livin on the Edge.” And when it is time to turn in for the night, or when it’s simply time to head to a new bar, make sure you stay at the D Casino Hotel to keep rocking all night. Seeing Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild will be one experience you need to have, and you won’t want to miss a thing!  

Las Vegas Winter Skyline at Sunset

9 Reasons to Enjoy a Las Vegas Winter Vacation

When it comes to spring and summer, Vegas is a popular destination for pool parties, festivals, and catching your favorite artists. But did you know a Las Vegas winter vacation is just as great? From milder weather to exciting winter events, winter in Vegas gives you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the area in comfort. So what makes a Las Vegas winter so great? Read below for our favorite winter activities in Sin City!

Las Vegas Winter Weather

Nothing quite beats Las Vegas winter weather. While the summers are notoriously hot with temperatures easily exceeding 100°F, our winters will treat you with pleasantly mild temperatures. Because of the mild weather, Vegas is the perfect winter escape for those living in cold states. On top of avoiding the cold, the cooler Las Vegas winter temperature makes exploring the area much easier – whether you’re walking around the city or going on a hike.

In the winter, you will enjoy these average temperatures in Las Vegas weather in:

> December: High of 58°F and low of 38°F
> January: High of 58°F and low of 39°F
> February: High of 64°F and low of 42°F

Las Vegas Winter Activities

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

This winter, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens beautifully transform the space into two special displays. At the start of the winter season, a jolly holiday display turns the conservatory into a breathtaking winter wonderland. And coming soon, between January 12 and March 2 a special Chinese New Year display showcases the celebration.

2015 Chinese New Year Display at Bellagio ConservatoryAttribute: Vegas.Travelivery.com

Entertainment in Vegas

Winter in Vegas typically means smaller crowds. The warm weather brings in spring breakers and summer parties, making the winter a great time to catch your favorite Vegas entertainment. Between shows like Cirque du Soleil, events at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and the Fremont Street Experience, there’s something for everyone.

Downtown Container Park

On the second Sunday of every month, the Downtown Container Park features Second Sunday – an event featuring local artists, vendors, and entertainment. This event is a fun and unique way to get to know Vegas on a whole new level. And while Second Sunday isn’t in session, check out the awesome shops, restaurants, and the Dome for extra fun.

Gambling & Casino Games

It’s almost impossible to do Vegas without going to the casino. No matter what your skill level, there are plenty of casino games for beginners and experts alike. Try your hand at some gambling and bring your lucky underwear along with your jackets. Who knows, maybe you’ll hit the jackpot and you can move to a tropical getaway where winter doesn’t exist.

Outdoor Adventures

As mentioned earlier, cooler weather means less-strenuous outdoor activities. If you are visiting Vegas for more than just the city and want to add some nature in your life, explore some of the many trails, hikes, and parks in the area. Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Lake Meade, Mount Charleston, and Lee Canyon are all lovely places to see in the cool weather.

Snow in Red Rock Canyon During Winter in Las Vegas

Restaurants & Bars

Having a great meal or delicious drink is necessary to keep you warm during the winter in Vegas. Our city boasts award-winning restaurants and amazing bars to whet everyone’s appetites and quench thirsts. From happy hour deals and yard drinks to exquisite steak dinners and wine bars, there is something for every palate and situation.

Shopping in Las Vegas

Shopping is something enjoyed year-round, but that doesn’t mean it’s less fun during the winter months! If the desert winter temperatures ever drop too low for you, seek warmth in the many shops of Las Vegas. Outlet malls and shopping centers can be found all around Vegas, fitting any shopping needs you desire. Be on the lookout for post-holiday sales!

Vegas Golden Knights Games

If you haven’t heard of the Vegas Golden Knights and their stellar success, it’s time to listen up! Visiting Las Vegas in winter means you’re visiting in prime VGK season. Make sure to catch one of their home games at T-Mobile Arena to see how locals support their team. Attending one of these games is a sports experience you won’t want to miss.

Make your winter vacation one to remember by spending winter in Vegas. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, comfortable temperatures, and exciting experiences that don’t happen in any other season. Start off your Las Vegas winter planning today by booking at the D Hotel, where you’ll be close to the action and have a cozy place to warm up in after a long day of winter activities!

Woman Using Slot Machine to Learn How to Gamble in Vegas

Best Casino Games for Beginners & How to Gamble in Vegas

Whether you’re looking for a game that’s easy to learn or continue to have Lady Luck on your side at your favorite table, everyone has their go-to Las Vegas casino game. But if you’re new to the Las Vegas gambling scene, how do you choose which casino game to start with?

Let’s look at some of the most common table, video, and slot games to help get your feet wet before diving in with the high rollers head first. But, before we take a look at some of the most popular gaming options below, take our quiz to understand what casino game is the best match for you!

How to Play Casino Games 101

Slots

You can’t miss them – the sounds of bells, cheering, and explosions ringing throughout the casino floor. Some slot machines are epic HD touch-screens with large comfortable chairs. Others feature your favorite movies or television shows or never-ending bonus rounds and escalating jackpots. There are hundreds of slot machines to choose from, none of which require much skill from the player, which makes them the perfect casino games for beginners.

Other than quickly glancing at the playlines and deciding what bet to make, the player’s main job is to press a button and hope for all the lights and sounds of a bonus round or large payout! Some slot machines include scatters, wilds, bonuses and other surprises that may pop up to make the game more exciting and increase your winnings. A lot happens on those big bright screens and it can get confusing on how you actually win, but the ease and potential payout of slot machines is what makes them so popular among the casino floor!

Friends Learning How to Play Casino Games like Roulette

Roulette

If you can count from one to thirty-six, you can play roulette. The rules are simple and there’s very little strategy that goes into playing the game but despite the simplicity, roulette is a lot of fun to play! You can make your bet by:

> Placing your chips on a specific number, which we call an “inside bet” – the winning number is the one the ball lands in after the dealer’s spin

> Splitting your bet by putting your chip on the line between two numbers – don’t forget your zeros!

> Placing your chips on thirds of the board, which are 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12

> Betting on even or odd, or red or back

> Splitting the board and betting on 1-18 or 19-36

> Betting on each of the 3 randomly divided columns on the roulette table

The payout for each of these bets differs. For example, if you hit on a column you will win 2-1, but if you hit on a 50/50 split bet, you will only double your bet (if you bet $10, you’ll win another $10). Ready to place your bet? Learn some roulette strategies that can actually increase your chance of winning!

LONGBAR at the D with Video Gaming for Beginners

Video Keno

Video Keno is another casino game for beginners that’s easy to learn. Plus, it’s a great game to play if you want to make your money stretch instead of burning up your $20 in the first five minutes. Your first step is deciding the odds you’d like to bet against. You can choose up to ten numbers but some number sequences pay out better than others. For example, the odds to hit a solid 7-spot is about 40,000-to-1 but the payoff is 7,000-1. If you’re betting a quarter, that’s a $1,750 payout for hitting all seven spots.

There are also multi-card games, such as Four Card Keno and 20-Card Keno, which can increase your chances of hitting, though you are betting more per hand. Some Keno machines even have other ways to increase the jackpot, such as including bonus numbers that are randomly generated. After choosing your numbers, simply hit “start” and the machine will pick twenty numbers at random. If a certain amount of your numbers are the same as what the machine chose, you’ll be a winner! You may choose new numbers or repeat your bet at any time.

Once you’ve mastered these beginner games, you can decide if you’d like to stick with the “tried and true” or move on to the more complicated casino games, such as poker, blackjack, and craps. Who knows, you may end up planning a whole casino vacation to fit it all in! With dancing dealers and a wide variety of games and skill levels, even a gambling rookie will have a blast testing out their luck on the tables, video machines, and slots at the D.

Bartender Pouring Draft Beer in Las Vegas

Your Guide to Downtown Las Vegas Breweries

It’s vacation time and you’re looking to spend a day drinking some craft beer. When most people think of a brewery tour or a pub crawl, a few cities might come to mind like San Diego, Nashville, or Denver. Currently, Las Vegas is booming in a selection of craft breweries. Wyndee Forrest of CraftHaus Brewery in Henderson, NV was recently quoted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal stating “We’re young adolescents at this stage; still experimenting and finding ourselves, but we’ve surpassed the infancy stage.”

So make your next trip to fabulous Las Vegas a brewery-filled adventure! Learn more about the unique locations and tastes in the area, talk to some of the most talented brewmasters, and enjoy a cold beverage straight from the tap. This is your Downtown Las Vegas breweries guide to some of the best pints in the city.

Downtown Las Vegas Breweries

1. Banger Brewing

First up is Banger Brewing located on the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Currently ranking with 4 ½ stars on Yelp, Banger Brewing is the perfect place to wet your whistle with a Las Vegas local craft beer. Fresh ingredients and a love for Las Vegas are the two main factors when it comes to this Downtown brewery. Banger Brewing Company was created by five friends who met in the hospitality industry here in Vegas and developed a bond over good beer in a great city.

When stepping up to this beer bar, you can expect a unique variety of craft beers on draft that were brewed in-house. If you’re looking for something completely different when it comes to beer, this is your place! American Pale Ale? Check. Jalapeno Hefeweizen? Check. Watermelon Wheat? Check. And this doesn’t even begin to explain what this brewery has to offer its people.

Next time you head to Fremont Street, stop by Banger Brewing, catch them on trivia or bingo night, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy some of the best and most unique craft beer brewed right in town.

*Location: 450 Fremont St. #135, Las Vegas, NV 89101
*Happy Hour: Daily 1-3pm & 9-11pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $5 House Drafts

2. Hop Nuts Brewing

Your next stop for great beer in Las Vegas is Hop Nuts Brewing located in the Las Vegas Arts District of Downtown. If you couldn’t guess it from the name, this brewery specializes in hop-driven beers such as citrusy IPAs. But, this isn’t all they have to offer their guests! In addition to the hoppiness, you can also enjoy blonde and pale ales and more specialty tap beers such as the Razz Belgian Pale Ale, brewed with fresh raspberries.

As the first microbrewery in the Arts District, Hop Nuts Brewing thrives on providing locals and tourists a unique experience, and a relaxing and fun atmosphere. So grab your friends and explore the Arts District while you enjoy a hand-crafted draft beer!

*Location: 1120 S Main St #150, Las Vegas, NV 89104
*Hoppy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
*Hoppy Hour Deals: $4 Pints

Draft beer brewed at Hop Nuts BrewingAttribute: Instagram/hopnutsbrewing

3. Chicago Brewing Company

Heading to the West side of Las Vegas, you will find the Chicago Brewing Company ready to serve you flavorful drafts and deep dish pizza. This brick-walled, industrial-style brewpub is more of a local hotspot offering great service and even better beer 24 hours a day. Enjoy an award-winning beer outside in the beer garden or get comfortable in the bar area right by the brewing tanks.

In addition to their Westside location, you can also enjoy a craft draft from Chicago Brewing Company in their newest location inside the Four Queens on Fremont Street. So whether you’re looking to enjoy a house draft in the hustle and bustle of Downtown or are looking to keep it local, you’ll receive the same great taste and experience at either location.

*Location: 2201 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117
*Happy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $5 Pints, 50% off House Wine & Well Drinks

4. Tenaya Creek Brewery

Another Downtown Las Vegas hotspot for unforgettable craft beer is Tenaya Creek Brewery. With a wide variety of tap beers and even some bottles and cans to choose from, you’ll be able to find exactly what you didn’t even know what you were looking for when it comes to an amazing beer. Unique, award winning beer would not be possible without an amazing team, and Tenaya Creek Brewery consists of some of the finest brew masters in the city.

In addition to their full-flavored taps, Tenaya Creek Brewery also has a food truck schedule every month, offering BBQ, pizza, Mexican cuisine, and much more for guests to enjoy. With food and craft beer you can’t go wrong! Stop by today and see what this Las Vegas brewery is all about.

*Location: 831 W Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89106
*Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 4-7pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $9 Pitchers, $3 Pints, & $4 Imperials, $1 off Wine and Well Drinks

Brewing room at Tenaya Creek BreweryAttribute: TenayaCreek.com

5. Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery

Our last stop on our brewery tour in Downtown Las Vegas is Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery located inside Main Street Station Casino, Brewery, & Hotel. This Vegas microbrewery features six craft beers with some of the freshest flavors that will ever hit your lips. All your favorites – golden ale, hefeweizen, pale ale, IPA, and more – are all available year-round. But these favorites are not just standard flavors… Triple 7 has put their magic touch on each and every beer, making them unique and full of flavor!

Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery is the perfect place to take the whole group to enjoy your favorite sports, your new favorite beers, and a variety of tasty foods like pizzas, burgers, and steaks! After you’ve enjoyed everything that Triple 7 has to offer its guests, head out into the Main Street Station casino to test your luck at the tables or the slots. Are you feeling lucky?

*Location: 200 N Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
*Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 3-6pm & 11pm-3am
*Happy Hour Deals: $2 16 oz Drafts &$3 23 oz Drafts, $4 Cocktails, $3 Jager Shots, $5 House Wine

Additional Las Vegas Breweries

After you’ve finished your brewery tour in Downtown Las Vegas, venture out to some of the other parts of Fabulous Las Vegas and discover the many craft beers this city has to offer. Whether you’re a local or a visitor of the city, you’ll find what exactly what you’re looking for or discover some brand new flavor that you’ve been craving! Here are some additional options when it comes to expanding your brewery tour in Las Vegas:

>Bad Beat Brewing: 7380 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011

>Sin City Brewing Company: Multiple Locations

>Big Dogs Brewing Company: 4543 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89108

>Ellis Island Hotel, Casino, & Brewery: 4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109

>PT’s Brewing Company: 3101 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

>Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co.: 4500 E Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014

>Boulder Dam Brewing Co.: 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005

>CraftHaus Brewery: 7350 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011

>Lovelady Brewing Company: 20 S Water St, Henderson, NV 89015

As you can see, Las Vegas is making its name known as one of the bigger cities to provide unique craft draft beers to it’s locals and visitors. So get out there, try something new, and enjoy the crisp taste of a Las Vegas local pint. You won’t be disappointed in our Las Vegas craft breweries!

Friends Watching Las Vegas Sports Teams Play at Sports Bar

The Evolution of Las Vegas Sports Teams

Any native Vegas local will tell you that without having professional sports teams within city limits, they’ve always had to pick and choose other teams to root for during games. Las Vegas has struggled for years to try to get major league teams to our Valley. But as far as 2018 goes, professional Las Vegas sports teams have been the talk of the town.

Las Vegas has been a sports town for a long time, just not in the same way sports havens Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York are. Thousands of visitors flock to Las Vegas every year to watch and bet on events like the Super Bowl, March Madness, NASCAR, and championship boxing and UFC matches. But as far as the big four goes… NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB… Vegas has never been home for a big leaguer. The main reason for the delay of introducing major leagues to the Valley was the concern about Nevada’s gambling reputation and the possibility of fixed games. Several minor leagues have tried over the years, only lasting a few seasons.

Between the progress of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium, the move for the WNBA Aces, and the inaugural season of the Golden Knights, Vegas has become more than just a sports betting capital – it’s now a professional sports team hub. While we’ve seen several Las Vegas sports events pop up in the past and many failed attempts from other sports, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel on our road to being a professional sports team city.

Las Vegas Basketball

Las Vegas has been a hotspot for basketball events for a long time, hosting events like All-Star weekends, the NBA Summer League, and is a hub for those partaking in March Madness every year. The Los Angeles Lakers make it a point to play at least one-preseason game here each year and the Runnin’ Rebels at UNLV have a great fanbase going for them.

Las Vegas Aces WNBA Team During GameAttribute: flickr – Lorie Shaull

As far as professional basketball goes, Las Vegas has finally been graced with the presence of the WNBA, introducing the Las Vegas Aces. This now-Las Vegas basketball team started out in Salt Lake City as the Utah Starzz then moved over to San Antonio for the 2003 season. The team, of course, debuted in Las Vegas as the Aces, sparking rumors about a possible NBA team following suit in the near future.  

Las Vegas Football

Football has had a long-running history in Las Vegas with some wildly unsuccessful teams such as the Continental Football League team, the Las Vegas Cowboys in 1968, and the Canadian Football league team, the Las Vegas Posse in 1994, with no Las Vegas football team lasting more than two seasons.

From there, indoor arena football was introduced with three different teams debuting in Las Vegas: The Gladiators in 2003, The Locomotives in 2009, and The Outlaws in 2015. The arena leagues had some popularity but locals quickly lost interest after the indoor football teams couldn’t keep a promising record. Of course, Las Vegas is now brimming with excitement as we watch the development of the new Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, brick by brick.

Las Vegas Hockey

As a city in the middle of the desert, who knew Las Vegas’ first professional sport would be played on ice?! Well, Las Vegas hockey has been in and out of the city since 1968 – when a senior amateur team called the Las Vegas Gamblers joined the California-Nevada Hockey League. Their run only lasted three seasons. Following The Gamblers, a semi-pro team, the Las Vegas Outlaws came along in 1971 and lasted two seasons.

Las Vegas Golden Knights Professional Las Vegas Sports TeamAttribute: Commons.Wikimedia.org/Alex Tuch

Hockey picked up steam in popularity in 1993 when the Las Vegas Thunder joined the International Hockey League as an expansion team. The Thunder had several current and future NHL players and lasted six seasons. Several other junior hockey teams were started in Las Vegas, but few lasted, with the exception of The Las Vegas Storm who now play in Kearney, Nebraska as The Tri-City Storm.

Finally, in 2003, The Las Vegas Wranglers joined the ECHL and gave Vegas hockey fans what they were looking for by theming their game nights and holding wild promotions, such as a concert featuring Mini KISS between periods. The Wranglers held on for about ten seasons, then in 2016, Las Vegas exploded over the news of our approval of an NHL expansion team. And thus, our “golden” child, AKA the Vegas Golden Knights, were born and Vegas couldn’t be prouder!

Las Vegas locals are ecstatic that our city finally broke through the roadblocks and now have home teams to root for. With all the changes happening in the world of sports, it’s hard to say if we’ll be a city that hosts all major sporting leagues, but considering how the past couple years have advanced for Las Vegas sports, it’s looking like just about anything is possible at this point.

Whatever your favorite sport, enjoy watching your favorite Las Vegas sports teams play at the D, with Big Game sports packages that bring you stadium-style food, multiple screens, and drinks!

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you know that Downtown Las Vegas is one of the hottest areas in the city to celebrate, especially during New Year’s Eve. There’s no better way to end one year and start a fresh year than with exciting entertainment, good food, and live music. Being one of the best deals in Vegas, book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Experience early before they’re sold out. New Year’s Eve is the only time the entire Downtown district closes its streets to create one of the most epic block parties of the year! [Image above attributed to: VegasExperience.com]

Why a Downtown Las Vegas New Year’s Eve?

If you’re in a toss-up between celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip or on Fremont Street, here are a few things that may help sway your decision:

Bar-Hopping Made Easy!

The Downtown Vegas casinos are much closer to each other than they are on the Strip, so you won’t have to walk so far in between drinks! There are even some places you won’t have to go inside at all; conveniently located just outside the D is the D Bar with flair bartenders and beautiful dancing girls, ready with a fully-stocked bar to make your NYE night seamless!

Grabbable Grub!

With over sixty Downtown Las Vegas restaurants and bars, you’ll be able to satisfy all of your cravings within walking distance. If you do want to go fancy while all dressed up for the countdown, make a reservation at Andiamo Steakhouse for some pre-champagne steak (and have some champagne with dinner while you’re at it).

Friends Toasting Champagne on New Year’s Eve

Excitement!

Make your 2019 New Year’s resolution to do something daring and visit Slotzilla! There’s no better night to fly over the crowd than on a night where everyone is already looking up… you’ll steal the show as you sail through Fremont Street on the world’s ultimate zip line.

Music!

New Year’s Eve on Fremont Street boasts four large stages throughout the seven-block stretch, and each stage will have bands performing all night long. A total of twelve bands will have you dancing away 2018 without a care in the world.  What better way to ring in 2019 than with some awesome tunes.

The Wow Factor!

All night long, you’ll come across alluring go-go dancers, aerial artists, and light shows. It’ll be such a thrilling event, even Las Vegas’ mayor, Carolyn Goodman, and her husband and former mayor, Oscar Goodman, will be making an appearance to check out all the fun. Not to mention, keep an eye to the sky because the world’s largest video screen, Viva Vision, will show several spectacular visuals, including a “Year in Review” montage.

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street PartyAttribute: VegasExperience.com

Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Safety

The Fremont Street Experience promises a great time and even better memories for all who choose to ring in the new year Downtown this year. While fun is the main goal, safety is a large priority, as well. Feel comfort in knowing that Fremont Street is a controlled, self-contained environment that is monitored just enough so you can enjoy yourself without worry. That being said, there are some specific restrictions, including absolutely no:

>Strollers
>Coolers
>Weapons
>Packaged Beverages
>Backpacks/Luggage/Bags
>Masks
>Glass/Aluminum
>Chairs
>Amplified Sounds
>Signs

These restrictions are to keep the entire night safe and regulated so all New Year’s Eve Fremont Street guests can celebrate worry-free. Downtown has also partnered with Lyft to ensure everybody gets around safely. If you need a ride to the party or a ride home, there will be an easy pick-up and drop-off location on 4th Street and Carson Avenue. Use the code “FSE” and get up to $20 in Lyft ride credits… how generous!

If you can’t wait to start planning your Las Vegas New Year’s Eve in Downtown, be sure to purchase your tickets quickly! You can buy them online and either print them at home or receive a barcode on your smartphone for entry. Early bird tickets are $35 until December 25th, then they go up to $45. While you’re booking your tickets, don’t forget about a place to crash! The D Hotel offers comfortable rooms, perfect for waking up to on the first day of 2019. You’ll be right in the middle of all the Downtown action and you won’t have to get in a car when the party’s over.

There’s no celebration like a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration, so make sure to do your last night of 2018 justice by choosing the Fremont Street Experience to ring in 2019. You’ll have the perfect, one-of-a-kind night to start off a perfect, one-of-a-kind year!

Friends Shopping During Black Friday in Las Vegas

Where to Get Las Vegas Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, meaning it’s time to get ready to save big! In Las Vegas, we’re all about going big, and our holiday deals are no different. Flights, hotels, shows, and shops all put out their best offers for holiday shoppers this season. Whether you are taking a trip to Vegas for Black Friday deals or are looking to find savings for the future, be sure to look for deals in all of these places:

Catch a Flight

During the holidays, many airlines offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Typically the deals apply to future travel, so use this as an opportunity to plan your next trip to Las Vegas. Sign up for your favorite airline’s newsletters and follow them to stay up to date on any holiday deals they may be offering. Some companies do last-minute deals for the holidays, which is the perfect excuse for a spontaneous holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

Person Searching Black Friday Flight Deals

Book a Hotel

Similarly to flights, many hotels offer Las Vegas Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for future flights. If the stresses of the holidays have you itching for a Las Vegas vacation, this is the perfect time to book. Bonus: Between November 23 and November 30, 2018, book a stay at the D Las Vegas with our very own Vegas Black Friday/Cyber Monday room deals – and get up to 50% off of your stay. Learn more here!

Hit the Shops

It’s no secret that Vegas has no shortage of shopping opportunities. Many shops on and off the Strip will be offering amazing Las Vegas Black Friday deals. Make a plan of which shops you want to visit, and research their holiday store hours. Many stores open early on Black Friday in Las Vegas, so be wary of that before partying too hard the night before! Expect large crowds on the Strip and in the Vegas Premium Outlets.

Once you’ve mentally prepared yourself, try your Black Friday luck at these shopping areas:

*Fashion Show Las Vegas

*Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

*Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North

*Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South

*Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

People shopping sales on black friday

See a Show

Las Vegas offers a wide range of shows for everyone in the family year-round, but the holidays bring new shows and some wonderful deals on tickets. Spending Black Friday in Las Vegas means you can score yourself some super-discounted tickets to some of the most popular shows in the city. With savings like these, you can easily see a few shows for the usual price of one – making your Vegas trip even more memorable.

Some classic shows are having pre-Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so you can book now for your holiday stay, including:

*Beatles LOVE

*Blue Man Group

*Michael Jackson ONE

*Vegas! The Show

*WOW

Whether using Black Friday in Las Vegas to buy new things right away or to plan things for the future, there is no shortage in ways you can save. Make sure to keep an eye on flight, hotel, show, and shop deals throughout the season, and check online for Las Vegas Cyber Monday deals.

Group of Friends Watching Game in Las Vegas Sports Book

Las Vegas Sports Betting 101: How to Bet on Sports in Las Vegas

Every year, thousands of sports enthusiasts flock to Las Vegas to place their bets and closely watch their teams with dollar signs in their eyes. No matter what casino you’re in, you’re bound to walk by a massive wall of television screens donning every imaginable sport from football to UFC to horse racing. Among the rows and rows of chairs, you’ll notice avid sports lovers studying the spread and analyzing brackets for some good ol’ Las Vegas sports book betting.

It’s an exciting scenario, especially during big rival games and matches, Vegas Golden Knights games, or during March Madness. Sports betting can be a lot of fun if you’re knowledgeable, but it might be a little intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Before placing those wagers, be sure you know your terms like “money line” and “over/under” or you’ll be using your losing parlay card to dry your tears! 

Types of Las Vegas Sports Betting

1. Point Spread: The point spread represents the margin of points in which the favored team must win by to cover the spread. You’re wagering on a team winning or losing by a certain number of points set by the sports book.

2. Money Line: The money line is a bet on the odds of a team winning the game as opposed to a point spread that is based on the scoring outcome. Money Line is a simple wager on which team will win.

3. Parlay: A parlay is a single bet that links two or more wagers. To win the bet, the player must win all the wagers in the parlay. Parlays are very popular because you can take a wager as small as $2 or $5 and turn it into hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Las Vegas Sports Betting Slip with Cash

4. Futures: As the name implies, a futures bet is a wager placed on an event further into the future. For a futures bet, you may be wagering on who will go to the Super Bowl next year. 

5. Propositions (Prop Bet): Prop bets are fun to wager on, especially if you’re not as experienced with sports betting. These are bets like “who will be the first to have and end zone celebration” or “what quarter will LeBron James cry”. Prop bets are just added wagers to keep the games entertaining.

6. Total (Over/Under): You’re betting on whether the total points, runs, or goals scored by both teams is over or under the total provided by the sports book.

Interpreting Sports Books Odds

One of the first things you should do is learn how betting odds work. It’s important because it allows you to understand the probability of an event happening along with your potential earnings.

Whenever you see two numbers separated by a trailing slash, you can calculate how likely a given event is to happen with. For example: a 4/1 represents that there is an 20% chance and event will happen while a 1/4 will tell you that there is an 80% chance of the event happening. Odds are dependent on each particular sports book so it may be beneficial to shop around for the best payouts. 

MLB Sports Betting Board

How to Bet at a Las Vegas Sports Book

When arriving to your favorite Las Vegas sports book, it will be helpful to pick up the daily sheets to find out their wagering options. These are available for every sport and are updating frequently. On each sheet, you’ll find numbers associated with the different teams or players that correlate with what is shown on the digital display board. Using the sheets are a great way to understand what is available for betting that day along with favorites and underdogs.

Professional sports teams may be new to Las Vegas, but there has never been a shortage of sporting enthusiasm in the valley. Whether you want to bet on college or professional football, soccer, baseball, or NHL hockey, the D’s William Hill Sports Book provides the best high-definition televisions and odds display boards for your betting experience. Make your way to the second floor of the D where you’ll be able place your parlays, money lines, point spreads, and more!

Woman Playing Modern Slot Machine in Las Vegas Casino

Meet Your New Favorite Slot Machine: The Buffalo Grand

You can’t miss them – sounds of mill bells and screeching eagles ring throughout the casino floor. Epic touch-screen 42’ HD curved displays glow like summer prairie sunsets. Like a galloping herd, people know to look out for these dynamic slot machines. Created by Aristocrat, Buffalo Slot Machines are one of the most popular games found on the floors of any casino.

Amongst the D’s dancing dealers and reliable wait staff, you’ll see several large, curved screens lit up with captivating American frontier animal graphics. You’ll see people with smiling faces sitting in big, cozy chairs as they see their winnings and free spins add up. After witnessing the extreme success of the original Buffalo slots, Aristocrat decided it was time to give loyal players even more chances to win. Introducing your new favorite slot machine: The Buffalo Grand slot machine.

The Original Buffalo Slot Machines

With 1024 ways to win, the Buffalo slots are exciting, face-paced games with NO paylines! Fill your screen with Buffalo symbols and you’ll see those dollar signs rise. Players choose to bet anywhere from one cent to two dollars and will be given opportunities for Wild tiles and Scatters. Players have stampeded towards these beloved Buffalo slots and with easily obtainable payouts and amazing visual graphics, it’s not hard to see why!

Row of Buffalo Grand Slot Machine Games in VegasAttribute: VitalVegas.com

New Buffalo Grand Slot Machines

Tucked away in the middle of Vegas casinos, beasts of the prairie like moose, cougars, wolves, eagles, and the famous buffalo will get your American pride pumping as these icons pay the most throughout the game without hitting Scatters and Wilds. To win a payout, you will need just three matching symbols on adjacent reels. With coin value ranging from one cent to four dollars, Buffalo Grand slot machine also has 1024 ways to win. However, the Buffalo Grand has several more additional features than the original Buffalo slots:

Reel Set

The first thing you may notice about the Buffalo Grand Slot Machine is the unusual reel set. There are five reels, the first and the last have four tiles while the middle three have five tiles.

Scatter Tile

The Scatter is represented by a golden wheel. By landing at least three Scatters on the reels, you get to play a Bonus Wheel. Three Scatters can get you eight to 15 Free Spins, four Scatters gives you the possibility of winning 15 – 30 Free Spins, and five Scatters could get you between 20 – 50 Free Spins.

Man Trying for Buffalo Slot Machine Jackpot

The Bonus Wheel

This bonus game contains one of the five progressive jackpots, which is your chance of winning an ultimate prize. With three or more Buffalo slot machine jackpots, you’ll be entered into the Jackpot Feature, which will give you a wheel with several segments. The segments are labeled with either an amount of free spins or a Jackpot amount.

Wild Tile

Represented by a sunset, this wild tile only appears on the three center reels of the game. The sunset will substitute for any symbol, other than the scatter, to increase your chances of winning.

Multiplier

Any free games won with the assistance of a wild symbol will have the opportunity for a 2x or 3x multiplier. The Scatter symbol will be replaced by a gold coin which will award a Scatter win of 100, 500, or 1,000 coins when hit on the 3rd, 4th, or 5th reels.

All in all, players have a chance to go home with up to $1,000,000 by roaming through this virtual grassland. In fact, in 2016, the Buffalo Grand paid out four jackpots totaling at $2.64 million! As popular as these games are, the D offers two levels of exciting slot games, so even if your lucky Buffalo Grand slot machine is occupied, you’ll be able to entertain yourself with another Las Vegas casino game or even take on our dancing dealers until your favorite spot is free.