smoothgrh
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November 11th, 2018 at 9:50:30 AM permalink
It's 10 months until my birthday, but I'm already planning my weekend of fun in Las Vegas!

I've always wanted to take a "dive"/historic tour of Vegas casinos, and—with help from WoV forum posts—I've cobbled a tentative itinerary. Any thoughts, suggestions, or tips?

*—denotes I've visited before (but have never stayed overnight).

Dive/Historic Casino Birthday Weekend in Las Vegas

Day 1 Laughlin (Thu):
Cal-Nev-Ari Casino
Stay at: Laughlin Riverside Casino
Bullhead City, Arizona

Day 2 Boulder Highway (Fri):
Pilgrimage to former Showboat Casino site
Stay at: Sam’s Town Bowling Center*
Eastside Cannery
Longhorn Casino
Skyline Casino
Joker’s Wild

Day 3 “Strip” (Sat):
National Atomic Testing Museum
Circus Circus*: Carousel of Slots, Midway fun
Palace Station*: Look for Royal Court/Fantastic Fives video poker at the Palace Station between the high limit room and the keno lounge (last seen April 12, 2012)
Ellis Island "secret" steak dinner
Pinball Hall of Fame*

Day 4 Downtown (Sun):
Stay at Golden Gate Casino
Poker at Binion’s*
Sigma Derby at The D*
Coin-operated video poker at El Cortez
Neon Museum
Historic Commercial Center District: pro wrestling at Sahara Event Center (former Ice Palace)?

Day 5 (Mon):
Fly home
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billryan
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Thanks for this post from:
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November 11th, 2018 at 10:06:29 AM permalink
I'd make a pit stop at one of the casinos in Searchlight. Also, if driving from Vegas to Laughlin, I would take a different route coming and going.
Consider going over the Dam using the new Interstate 11, heading down to Kingman and then to Laughlin. If you have an extra hour or so, take Rt 66 from Kingman to Oatman before heading into Bullhead and Laughlin. Amazing drive, not for the weak of heart.
From your itinerary, it sounds like you might enjoy a trip to the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings.
Lastly, if you are a wrestling fan, try to time it so you are in town for one of the Freakshow cards. The Ice Palace has no AC and is a sauna in the summer. It also houses the weakest of the local promotions.
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November 11th, 2018 at 11:04:24 AM permalink
Quote: billryan


From your itinerary, it sounds like you might enjoy a trip to the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings.
Lastly, if you are a wrestling fan, try to time it so you are in town for one of the Freakshow cards. The Ice Palace has no AC and is a sauna in the summer. It also houses the weakest of the local promotions.



Thanks for the suggestions. A stop in Kingman is an excellent idea!

The Pioneer Saloon is now on my list for a different trip. Won't be going that way, but I'd like to visit Jean one day. Too bad Terribles has taken over the casinos and will presumably change their names.

Freakshow sounds like it's held in October, so that might be a good time to visit.

Hey, I see that IMPACT Las Vegas wresting is TONIGHT through Tuesday!!!
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November 11th, 2018 at 11:28:25 AM permalink
Ring Of Honor, Ring Warriors and TNA are all doing tv tapings out of Vegas these days. Future Stars of Wrestling puts on a few shows a month and Big Valley( Ice Palace) does as well.
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November 11th, 2018 at 12:13:58 PM permalink
If you return from Laughlin via Searchlight, you can hang a left at Searchlight and go thru Nipton to 15. You are about 5 miles south of Primm or 15 miles south of Jean.
Jean now has the only White Castle Drive-Thru west of the Mississippi, as well as being the gateway to Goodsprings.
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November 11th, 2018 at 12:29:49 PM permalink
To be clear, I'm not a HUGE wrestling fan. I watched as a kid on TV, and went to two WWF/WWE events—in the late '80s and late '90s.

But it seems fun to check out the amateur scene—entertainment on the cheap?
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November 11th, 2018 at 2:06:58 PM permalink
I think downtown, you're missing Union Plaza, whatever they're calling it now. It's semi-dive, semi-old Vegas.
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November 11th, 2018 at 2:12:47 PM permalink
Does the UNLV gaming archives offer tours or interesting photos?
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November 11th, 2018 at 4:21:52 PM permalink
Palace Station high limit room is under renovation for another few months. I think Station re arrange the seats in front of the Keno counter. So you might not find what you have in mind around the area.
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November 11th, 2018 at 8:35:10 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

I think downtown, you're missing Union Plaza, whatever they're calling it now. It's semi-dive, semi-old Vegas.



Thanks! I see from websites, unless they're outdated, that about five downtown casinos still have coin-operated slots.

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