On the Cheap by H Scot Krause | The slumping economy means more discounts and super deals from the Las Vegas casinos trying to court business.
The Las Vegas Hilton is the site for the 2008 Star Trek Convention, which will be "seeking out new worlds" from Aug. 6-10. The convention offers attendees four days of celebrities, events, parties, food functions, autographs, photo ops, vendors, auctions, contests, music, comedy and surprises. The convention is honoring series creator Gene Roddenberry. Call the Hilton for more information.
Expected to be another "big lucky day" in Las Vegas, many casinos are gearing up for 8-8-08 with promotions and specials. The Chinese Kitchen Buffet at El Cortez Hotel and Casino will be offering guests a Lucky 8s buffet dinner for $18.88 on Friday, Aug. 8, from 4 to 10 p.m. The number 8 is viewed as lucky by the Chinese culture.
The 8-8-08 date kicks off the official start of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. All guests that take advantage of this special dinner will also receive $8 in free slot play.
The lucky 8s buffet dinner offers all-you-can-eat selections of seafood salad, Peking duck, steamed crab legs, beef Cho Fun, pork egg rolls, tempura shrimp, pork Shu Mai, shrimp and squid in black bean sauce, chicken with Chinese broccoli, seafood fried rice and long beans in XO sauce, as well as a variety of soups and additional entrée items.
The MGM Grands Crazy Horse Paris presents Locals Appreciation Month in August with 2-for-1 ticket pricing. Tickets are $50.50 and $60.50.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino and its sister property the Vegas Club Hotel & Casino recently announced the launch of a special "Double Your Paycheck" scratch card promotion that begins Aug. 1. Every check cashed is a guaranteed winner up to $2,000.
The promotion is valid only for payroll, government and state checks. All participants must be 21 and have a check-cashing card.
The Eldorado and Jokers Wild Casinos in Henderson are currently offering daily food specials for $5.99 when using your points ($6.99 without points) including All-You-Can-Eat Soup & Salad Bar or a Steak & Lobster Dinner for only $11.99. The specials are available daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Noodle Exchange, featuring "flavors of Asia," is now open inside the Gold Coast from 3 p.m. to midnight daily. Additional Gold Coast specials for August include 50 percent off meals at The Café when paying with your points for graveyard specials from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursdays. Cuervo 1800, Reposado, Silver shots and Margaritas are going for $3 at all casino bars throughout August.