Stevens continue to reshape Downtown Vegas
June 14, 2016 3:00 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Three downtown Fremont Street former mainstays – La Bayou and Mermaids Casinos, and Glitter Gulch, the only gentleman’s club on Fremont Street – will all be closing permanently on June 27, making way for the Stevens brothers to build a new casino from the ground up, including the space formerly occupied by the Las Vegas Club.
All three, formerly operated by Granite Gaming Group, were sold to Derek and Greg Stevens of the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
La Bayou is not only the site of the first gaming license in the state, but the last casino replete with vintage-Vegas coin slot machines.
Mermaids is known for its deep-fried food selections (try a Twinkie!) and frozen chocolate bananas. Besides, Vegas showgirls handed out New Orleans-style Mardi Gras beads to passerby.
Glitter Gulch lured many men into its lair over the years with some gorgeous dancing girls. Take a last look and visit before they close up for good.
The casino will host the 24th Annual Collectibles Convention from June 23-25. Dozens of dealers, daily educational seminars and an annual live auction of casino chips and memorabilia are all part of the fanfare.
Buy, sell or trade chips, silver strikes, tokens, slot cards, room keys, dice, playing cards, coins, ashtrays, matchbooks, swizzle sticks, TITOs, postcards, and more.
Admission to show floor, available with valid photo ID, is $10 on Thursday, $5 Friday and free Saturday. Ages 18 and younger can enter free any day when accompanied by an adult. Check in at the Registration Desk prior to entry.
Main Show Floor Times: Thursday, June 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Early entry at 9 a.m. for pre-registered members); Friday, June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more information visit: www.ccgtcc.com.
Boarding Pass members can play the $2 million Cowboy Roundup every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 25 at any Station or Fiesta casino. Earn 5 points to play the kiosk game for a chance to win Garth Brooks concert tickets, up to $10,000 cash, free slot play, points, dining and more. Every kiosk play wins a prize. Drawings are also being held on weekends. Details are available at a Boarding Pass Rewards Center.
The casino is hosting a Summer Long Car and Free Slot Play Giveaway through August 28. Guests have a chance at winning over $300,000 in prizes in addition to the chance to win a brand new car every other weekend. Guests must actively play on a slot machine to participate.
Cars will be randomly given away between Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 11:59 p.m. A Dodge Challenger Car Giveaway will take place this weekend, June 18-19. Visit the Player’s Club for more details.
If you’re attending the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend, adequate hydration is a must. Davidoff Cigar Bar, on the plaza at Fashion Show Mall, is offering complimentary bottles of Fiji water to anyone planning to spend time “under the electric sky.” Purchase a cocktail while flashing your credentials. Limit one complimentary bottle of Fiji per person per day. Offer valid June 17-19.
Until next week… good luck and good gaming!
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: ScotKrause@GamingToday.com