Las Vegas podcast #472 includes:
- Sammy opener
- Sammy Hagar is playing this year’s Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic
- MGM Resorts explores smokeless casinos and childless hotels
- No more glass on the Strip
- Show shuffle
- Rock in Rio announces a few acts
- Wahlburgers comes to Las Vegas
- Paris gets a couple new restaurants
- Harrah’s food court and The Perch open
- Aria turns its arcade into a video game lounge
- Our sponsor: Viator
- Calls about Crown, El Cortez, Downtown Grand, Hyde, Scarpetta, Zumanity, SLS, Rose.Rabbit.Lie, Monte Carlo, Bellagio and other Vegasy stuff
- Call us at (702) 866-9494
7 thoughts on “FHBM #472: Paint It Red”
Tim & Michele –
Long-time listener, along with my wife Suzanne. I’m a retired USAF officer; We go to Vegas 2-3 times per year. I have been visiting Vegas since the Air Force first sent me to nearby Creech AFB in 1987. I am Fremont Gene, because I stay at 4 Queens, El Cortez, or Golden Gate…not because Fremont Casino is my favorite.
However, I have been watching the Fremont Casino for years, with the same question. WHY is it so popular? I figured out that it is the atmosphere at the table games pit. Simply put, “people go there because there are people there.”. That is exactly what I have heard…no kidding.
Contrast that with the crickets chirping at the Downtown Grand. Usually, when you drop in, it looks quiet, and you wonder what is wrong. “People don’t go there because nobody is there”. It sounds like a Yogi Berra line, but you FEEL it when you go to DTG or Fremont. At the Fremont Casino, the Blackjack tables are full and the Craps tables are hot.
It certainly isn’t the lure of the purple felt, and it isn’t babe-dealers dancing. Fremont is a “Gambling Hall”. It is difficult to define, but you know it when you get there.
Gene and Suzanne!
Hi guys, a great and funny podcast and I fully agree: Sammy Hagar is a fantastic headliner. I have seen him perform with Van Halen twice in Holland and he is a great frontman. It promises to be a great show and I can’t wait to experience both VIMFP and Sammy Birthday Bash.
Greetings, Martijn (Holland’s biggest fan!)
2nd street grill; great T-bone steak special (22.99 IIRC)
The Hawaiian cafe has a great (huge) Chili on Rice for cheap
Single deck blackjack for $5 most mornings.
I was looking over the list of Kickstarter funders and was pleased to discover that PiÃ±ata Massengil is on the list. I would have commented on the thank-you page but I don’t think it allows comments. In fact I had trouble finding the thank-you page even though I had gotten an email about it at one point. Is there a link to it on the fivehundybymidnight.com page?
Left side of the pageâ€¦ the Outsiders’ Guide to Las Vegas button.
What I like about Fremont:
Ample blackjack seats at low minimums
Easy food comps for table play
They have Pick-Em video poker, and no one else does Downtown
Second Street Grill is a pleasant, quiet room with good food
What I don’t like about Fremont:
All drinks in plastic cups
Boyd double-deck rules (no double after split, no resplitting aces)
As to the Fremont. I like it because of the Pick’em. This is one of the few places in the US that has it for 25 cents. I did notice that SLS has it now, but that’s if for Vegas and Nevada and the West. They also have good and quick and often drink ladies, serving up Newcastle and such.
It is also a great free parking play. Very close to Fremont Street and only rarely closed for busy nights/events.
They also have Tony Roma. Never been there but seems like it is very popular, and as I recall was part of ols Vegas at the stardust.
They also are part of the B-Connected system, so you can get points to use at many other places.
Just a note on your SLS comments, it is really 100 ml, which is about 3.4 ounces. still doesn’t help with the 3.8 oz but just FYI.