Category Archives: Downtown Las Vegas

Exterior of Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Unveiling Circa Las Vegas: Downtown’s New Resort & Casino Experience

The newest player in Las Vegas is taking root in Downtown Las Vegas, and it’s called Circa Resort & Casino. Slated to debut as a part of the Fremont Street Experience in December of 2020, the next two years will be dedicated to constructing the most glamorous and memorable Vegas experience you could imagine. This beautiful new project by brothers Derek and Greg Stevens will be a true homage to the history and future of Las Vegas.

Circa Las Vegas will live on a land once occupied by the Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch, and Mermaids Casino. Now, it will be an entertainment and hospitality hub of Downtown featuring over-the-top experiences and one-of-a-kind amenities to make your Vegas truly unforgettable. The name reflects its goal: bringing vintage Vegas hospitality and old-fashioned glamour together with modern splendor and by honoring the golden ages circa 1940, 1980, and 2020.

44 Floors and 777 Rooms of Extravagance

Lucky number 777 plays a role in Circa’s creation, as 777 rooms and suites fill the 1.25 million-square-foot property. Standing at 44 stories tall and nearly 500 feet high, Circa Las Vegas will be the tallest hotel north of the Strip. The floor numbering will go up to level 60, but Derek Stevens notes that some floor numbers will be left out. Stevens also notes that Circa will be suite-focused to increase the number of suites in the area to meet demand.

Luxurious Amenities for All

You can’t have a one-of-a-kind resort without one-of-a-kind amenities, and Circa Resort & Casino definitely delivers. While all details are not released at the moment, the next 23 months will be filled with announcements for themes, bars, chefs, and more. One thing that is for certain though is that Circa Las Vegas will host the longest outdoor bar on the Fremont Street Experience, five restaurants, and a split-level casino. Stay tuned for more reveals for the ultimate Las Vegas experience with Circa’s spectacular amenities!

Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook

The Largest Sports Book in Las Vegas

Inspired by a wow moment at the then Las Vegas Hilton Superbook in 1986, Derek Stevens was driven to create the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas. Powered by his love of sports and sports betting, he promises to fulfill his own dream to have a state-of-the-art, multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook equipped with the biggest screen in sportsbook history. The Stevens brothers have also announced bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa Las Vegas. This move will be especially important to the growth of the Las Vegas sports scene that we’ve seem booming recently.

Welcome to the Garage Mahal

Getting around Vegas just got a little easier with Circa’s Garage Mahal. This 9-story parking garage is the first of its kind and has been designed with today’s favorite mode of transportation in mind – ride-sharing! Uber and Lyft will be easily to call to make partying the night away as simple and efficient as possible. There will be 1,201 parking spots to make Downtown Las Vegas easily accessible, making it a haven for travelers and Las Vegas entertainment seekers alike.

Multi-Tiered Pool Amphitheater at Circa Las Vegas

Glamorous Multi-Tiered Pool Amphitheater

Entertainment in Vegas just got that much better with the multi-tiered pool amphitheater that will sit atop the resort. Featuring a back-lit roof line, six pools, and a massive 125-foot, high-resolution screen, this new amphitheater will light up the skyline and your day or night. From well-known DJs and performances from special guests to sports watch parties or just catching some sun, there will always be something to do here. Delicious food and drink options and cabanas make it that much more enjoyable.

Vegas Vickie Makes a Return

One of Circa’s star players is a Las Vegas icon. Many will recognize her, a beautiful kicking cowgirl named Vegas Vicki. Vegas Vickie used to perch above the Fremont Street Experience, dazzling all who passed by her. Now, she will live in Circa, greeting guests with her dazzling smile within the Circa Las Vegas hotel lobby.

We are excited to welcome Circa Resort & Casino to the family. Derek and Greg Stevens strive to build up Las Vegas and create a new golden age of the city – circa 2020! Designed with unbridled passion with a focus on fun and excitement, the Circa Las Vegas team is ready to stand and welcome all to the time of their lives!

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.

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!

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!

Football player on the field with a football in hand.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Fremont Street back in the day, merging into what it looks like today.

What Did Fremont Street Look Like Back in the Day

Visiting the Fremont Street Experience is an essential part of any Vegas trip – but how did it come to be that way? Fremont Street wasn’t always a world-class attraction. In fact, it started out as a humble downtown area of a tiny town that valued function over flash. Dating back to before the Prohibition, this area’s seen it all – from the ban (and lift of the ban) of gambling to Vegas’ first casino. [Image above is attributed to: https://goo.gl/ofiyFS and http://www.triptipslasvegas.com/2016/05/fremont-street-experience-in-las-vegas.html]

So, what did Fremont Street look like back in the day?

1905 – 1919 – Humble Beginnings

On May 15th, 1905, Las Vegas, Nevada was born. However, the image of Vegas today hardly represent this city’s humble beginnings. Las Vegas began as a tiny town void of the glitz and glamour with a population of only a few hundred people (a pretty huge difference from today’s 600,000+). Dirt roads paved the way to the town’s historic Downtown Las Vegas, which only had basic shops for the townspeople – until Hotel Nevada opened in 1906. Now known as Golden Gate, Hotel Nevada served as the towns first taste of gaming. However, the ban on gambling in 1910 and the enactment of Prohibition in 1919 hindered the city’s transformation into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

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1920 – 1933 – Paving the Way

This time period proved to be a pivotal point in both Las Vegas and Fremont Street history. Fremont Street, the old Strip, was paved in 1925 as the downtown area developed. The ban on gambling was lifted in 1931, which would later spark a massive casino development movement in downtown and what would later be known as the Strip. In 1933, Prohibition was repealed. The exciting development of the city and legalized drinking and gambling is perhaps how Vegas’ infectiously adventurous culture was born.

1934 – 1966 – Development

The mid-1930’s saw a development boom that would eventually transform the city into what it is now – a world-famous entertainment mecca. Part of the city’s rapid growth can be attributed to the construction of the Hoover Dam, which drew workers to the bars and casinos downtown.

1941 saw the opening of El Cortez, while the Last Frontier was born the following year. The Golden Nugget opened in 1946 and was the largest and most luxurious casino in Vegas at the time. The area’s tallest building, called the Fremont Hotel, was erected in 1956. These developments were beginning to make a name for the city as a fun, glamorous getaway where visitors could see their favorite performers, gamble, and let loose.

To commemorate this Vegas boom, Betty Willis designed the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, which would serve as a widely-recognized symbol of Vegas. The Pioneer Club erected the now-famous Vegas Vic neon sign on the exterior of their building in 1951. In 1966, The Aladdin opened, which would later hold the wedding of Elvis and Ann-Margret.

In 1994, with the intention of attracting more tourists, the city closed Fremont Street to traffic in preparation for a huge project that would transform the area from a small town mainstreet to a glittering desert oasis.

1995 – Opening of Fremont Street Experience

In 1995, after injecting $70 million into the new development, Fremont Street Experience opened. Executives of the Fremont Street Experience envisioned a performance-style attraction encompassing the project. After nixing the idea of a sky parade, they stumbled upon the concept that would set Fremont Street apart for years to come – a massive, spectacular light show from above. The project consisted of a giant canopy covering four blocks and about 2.1 million lights that would work together to put on a stunning show.

The Fremont Street Experience light show opened on December 14th, 1995. In the early 2000’s, permanent stages were added to accommodate the frequent performances. In 2004, $17 million was invested in LED displays that allowed for more color combinations and a more vivid, intricate show. Even though lights, sound systems, and other technologies have been enhanced, Fremont Street Experience still maintains its original magic!

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Today, Fremont Street offers guests the best of all worlds – nostalgic charm, modern tech marvels, world-class gaming, and spectacular shows. Taking a look at Downtown Vegas history along with what sparked the development of the area and how this renowned attraction came to be enriches the Fremont Street Experience today.