A Las Vegas Advisor Blog from the "Queen of Comps"

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Have you seen Buck and Winnie Greenback at Harrah’s Las Vegas – at least the statue of them in the background of this photo?  I have noticed the Greenback statues for years , always smiled at the over-the-top sterotype of the Vegas tourist,  but I never really gave them much thought.  However, recently I saw this real live couple whom Harrah’s has hired to give visitors an amusing photo opportunity.   They are such an unbelievably double for the statues and so charming that I forgot that I wasn’t a tourist anymore and posed for a cheesy photo.

I wanted to learn more details about this quirky Vegas scene and did a  Google search.  However,  that revealed limited information.  Maybe some of you will be more successful.

For 30 years I’ve been eating in Vegas casino restaurants, first as a frequent visitor and then, the last 14 years, as a resident. Although I’ve always been very health-conscious, regularly exercising and watching my diet, I’ve been losing what might be called the Buffet War. This war has not been a series of dramatic battles, but a slow chipping away of my defenses, about one pound managing to slip through each year.

Now, at age 75, I am pre-diabetic – and determined to not go over that line into serious health problems. Could I find enough healthy food choices to still regularly eat in casino restaurants? Or did I have to throw away most of those comps Brad and I get every month?

I am happy to report Read more… »

In my last blog, I gave some resource suggestions:  Many casinos offer free or discounted meals for active and retired service members on Veterans Day, November 11. Check casino Web sites and newspaper ads closer to the date. And for non-casino discounts for active and retired service members on food and many other purchases, both for Veterans Day and all year long, check out this valuable Web site – http://militarybenefits.info/.

Today I want to give you one more good resource. Read more… »

Contrary to common belief, Brad and I are not avid collectors of all things gambling. It’s true that we have a garage full of gambling-related merchandise, but that’s just free stuff we’ve received from casinos over the decades. And sure, we have an antique Golden Nugget “Golden Doll” slot machine in our condo, but to us, it’s just a beautiful objet d’art that we admire. And I’ll admit that I still get a kick out of seeing the expression on the face of visitors when they observe the money embedded in the clear-acrylic toilet seat in our guest bathroom.

But other than those few examples, you’d hardly know we’ve ever stepped foot inside a casino by looking at our belongings — except, lately, for the gambling-cartoon calendar on our coffee table.

My publisher, Huntington Press, brought out this 2015 calendar last month and Read more… »

NOVEMBER VEGAS PROMOTIONS

Many casinos offer free or discounted meals for active and retired service members on Veterans Day, November 11. Check casino Web sites and newspaper ads closer to the date. And for non-casino discounts for active and retired service members on food and many other purchases, both for Veterans Day and all year long, check out this valuable Web site – http://militarybenefits.info/.

 

Local Offers

Admission to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is just $15 for locals through December 31, 2014.

Many locals take the opportunity to see a lot of shows free by joining Read more… »

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is changing out their card readers (and not a year too soon) so your old cards no longer will work. If lines are long at the slot club, sometimes there is another desk open (a little ways past the pizza place) that can issue new cards.  Perhaps in related news, the bank of VP machines near the slot club, the ones that still had NSUD, are shut down. Read more… »

Continuing the report on our Harrah’s Cherokee visit in early October. (You can read Part 1 at http://jscott.lvablog.com/?p=3670 .)

Since we were staying at Harrah’s Cherokee on a weekend, Angela and Steve enjoyed having a wide choice of venues to watch the games – bars, lounges, and in the Diamond/Seven Star lounge – where they could also chow down on party food.   They entered one football contest and much to their surprise won the “grand” prize – a canopy tent.  Good thing they were going home in their truck.  The casino also offered some unexpected fun non-gambling entertainment:  a Sunday morning jazz session in Starbucks and a cornhole game set up right on the gambling floor.  (Bet you didn’t know that I’m pretty good at that game IF I have some practice time before Steve challenges me!)

Some additional information for Seven Star players: Read more… »

It was a wonderful out-of-town trip for Brad and me! First, a flight to Atlanta to visit family and see Asher, our new great-grandbaby in Columbus, GA, and then a drive north to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.  We had hoped we could see some beautiful fall foliage, but this first weekend in October was just a week or two early for prime viewing of the color changes.  However, we drank in the beauty of the green forested mountains we miss in the desert of Las Vegas.

We had the luxury of private drivers, daughter Angela and her hubby Steve, who were able to get off work and enjoy with us our 7-Star visit to Harrah’s Cherokee.  Read more… »

OCTOBER VEGAS PROMOTIONS

Just got home from a 10-day trip to GA to visit family, including the new great-grandson, and a Seven Star trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. So this will be a late and shortened monthly report. Hopefully you remembered – or checked back in former blogs – that you can get a lot of promotional information at casino Web sites I have given in the past.   And, of course, you check Scot’s bonus point list (http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/greatdeals-slotpromotions.cfm ) without my reminding you! :)

Lots of Halloween promotions around the end of the month, including parties and costume contests. Just remember you can’t wear a mask in the casino proper. Read more… »

BUSY IN GA

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Right now I am busy in GA – a little too far away to research October Las Vegas promotions.  Great-grandma and great-Poppy duty trumps almost everything - even royal flushes!