Monday Night Football Inspired Menu At Lagasse’s Stadium

Lagasse's Stadium Sportsbook And Restaurant At Palazzo Las Vegas
Lagasse’s Stadium

Every Monday Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo will offer a dish that was inspired by each team playing Monday Night Football. I’m not sure why but I find this fun and amusing.

Lagasse’s Stadium is no longer a sportsbook that I’d visit on an NFL Sunday or when there are big events like March Madness but it’s good for a stand alone football game. Here are my current favorite sportsbooks in Las Vegas.

The food at Lagasse’s Stadium is good and the atmosphere is comfortable with plenty of couch seating available. When it’s not too crazy the service is still good. The menu for each game is below. The chef must think that all Jets fans are Italian.

September 15
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts
Philly Cheese Steak & French Fries ($17)/Breaded Pork Loin Sandwich & French Fries ($14)

September 22
Chicago Bears at New York Jets
Chicago Dog & French Fries ($10)/Meatball Sub & French Fries ($12)

September 29
New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
Lobster Sliders ($17)/Burnt Ends & BBQ Sauce ($15)

October 6
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
Fresh Shucked Oysters with Champagne Mignonette ($18)
Grilled Pork Loin on Smoked Ham Black Bean Chili, Green Onion Rice ($20)

October 13
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Cioppino ($24)/Deep Fried Three Cheese Ravioli & Marinara Sauce ($13)

October 20
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
BBQ Brisket Sandwich & French Fries ($15)/Primanti Brothers Italian Style Sandwich & French fries ($14)

October 27
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Grilled Pork Loin on Bacon & Beer Braised Cabbage with Creole Mustard Sauce ($20)
Chicken Fried Steak Dinner ($16)

November 3
Indianapolis Colts at NY Giants
Breaded Pork Loin Sandwich & French Fries ($14)/ Manhattan Clam Chowder ($7)

November 10
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwich & French Fries ($14)/Philly Cheese Steak Pizza ($19)

November 17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
Turkey BLT Primanti Brothers Style Sandwich ($13)
1Ž2 Rack of Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce Glazed Pork Ribs with Corn Bread ($13)

November 24
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints
Crab Cakes ($15)/ Turkey Po-Boy & Sweet Potato Fries ($16)

December 1
Miami Dolphins at NY Jets
Fish & Shrimp Ceviche ($15)/Shrimp Scampi & Linguini ($24)

December 8
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
Fried Chicken & Waffle ($15)/Bacon Potato & Cheese Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowl ($10)

December 15
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo ($10)/Italian Beef Sandwich with Giardiniera & French Fries ($17)

December 22
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
Lamb Sirloin Sandwich & French Fries ($16)/Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti ($16)

2nd Umami Burger Was Even Better Than The First

Lunch At Umami Burger At SLS Las Vegas
Lunch At Umami Burger

If you follow me on twitter or facebook you know that I had lunch at Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas the other day. This was my second visit to Umami Burger. My first visit was on the first day SLS Las Vegas was open. While I really liked the first burger and fries I wasn’t paying close attention to the food. I was busy drinking, chatting, playing video poker and just looking around. This time around I was alone and more focused on my burger than checking out the new restaurant/sportsbook/beer garden.

On my first visit I split half of the Manly Burger and really enjoyed it although I thought it was almost too flavorful. The beef flavor was almost overpowered by the beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardo and smoked salt (fried) onion strips. Not to mention a mustard spread and house ketchup on the side.

A wise man recommended that I try one of the truffle burgers. I went into lunch with this and mind but was in the mood for bacon. None of the truffle burgers on the Umami Burger menu have bacon so I went back to the Manly Burger you see in the picture above. I added the off the menu cheesy tater tots for $5. Before diving into the burger I just want to say that you should ALWAYS ORDER THE TATER TOTS.

This Manly Burger tasted a bit more mellow than my first one. This time the ingredients we much more in balance than the first burger. If we were running this burger through a photo editor the beef flavor was enhanced, the cheese was dialed down and the bacon and onion rings provided a perfect accent. The flavors of the burger and toppings were in perfect harmony. I had a Rogue Dead Guy ale which complimented all of the flavors perfectly.

Looking back at both burgers I think that the sharpness of cheddar cheese is what was a little shocking on the first burger. Keep that in mind if you have a gentle tongue. The burger with less cheese spread really tasted much more like a burger. Call me crazy but when I order a burger I want to taste the burger.

Video Poker at Umami Burger Straight Flush
Thanks for lunch Umami Burger!

I ate at the bar because I wanted to play a little video poker and have a couple of beers. The restaurant side of the bar only had the 3 play machines (the casino side has a few 1 line games). While waiting for my burger to arrive I snagged this sweet straight flush. The straight flush covered my lunch bill which was under $20 ($13 burger, $5 tots) and gave me a couple more dollars to spend on my next visit.

As I mentioned in my full overview of the Umami Burger restaurant/sportsbook at Vegas Chatter playing video poker while you eat allows you complimentary drinks. Not only did I make a few bucks with the straight flush but I had a couple “free” $9 beers.

It’s a nice touch that the bar on the restaurant side has more bar space to eat in front of the video poker machines. It makes eating easier than on the casino side although the video poker is a bit far.

I find it hard to choose a best of any food category but the burgers at Umami Burger are definitely among the best on the Vegas Strip. The service at the bar is great and I really like the sportsbook/sports bar setup. Umami Burger has definitely become one of my new hangouts on Vegas Strip.

OMFG, SLS Las Vegas Has A Monkey BMW!

Monkey BMW At SLS Las Vegas
Monkey BMW At SLS Las Vegas

I’m currently in a state of euphoria. This BMW has monkeys all over! Honestly I haven’t read what this SLS Las Vegas designated driver deal is. I’m lost in the fact that this car has monkeys all over it.

The blog post is below and you can see more on their blog.

Las Vegas isn’t nicknamed Sin City for nothing. With countless nightclubs, even more casinos, and bars overflowing on and off the strip there’s more ways to get into trouble than one here. And the last thing you want to be thinking about while in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” is how you’re going to get safely from one fabulous locale to the next—that’s what a designated driver is for. We’ve rounded up the best ways to get around Vegas in style—with someone else behind the wheel.

Use an SLS House BMW
Leave it to creative mastermind Philippe Starck to design the coolest looking BMW for your Vegas experience. This sleek sedan, above, with playful little chimps on the exterior is available to hotel guests at the new SLS Las Vegas to reserve. Great for monkeying around the strip.

Hire a Limo
Complete with chauffeur, hiring a limo is one of the most luxe ways to keep safe and avoid the headaches of parking. Stretched limousines, Hummer limos and luxury sedans are available for hire by the hour or specific pick up and drop off times.

Download the app
Get the stearclear app, guaranteed to find you a sober ride home.

Give someone else the keys
Didn’t organize anything in advance and have your car with you? With Designated Drivers, you can book a reliable ride to pick you and your vehicle up and drop you home for a flat fee of $60

Cab it
Go old-school and call 702-888-4888 to book a Las Vegas Taxi.

Caesars Happy Hour Deals In Vegas

Caesars Happy Hour At Fizz Las Vegas
Caesars Happy Hour At Fizz

Caesars just released happy hour deals at some of their Vegas bars and restaurants. Happy Hour in Vegas is a great way to save money and get the night started or just try something new.

I’m not a champagne drinker but the $36 All You Can Drink deal at Fizz sounds like something I’d like to try one night. It’s a good excuse to try something different. Plus I can drink champagne fast.

I highlighted names of the restaurants and hotels where you can find them. On a related note, if you need discount codes for Caesars hotels in Vegas there are various discounts to the right. I also just got this “up to 40% off” deal.

  • FIZZ, the lavish champagne lounge and bar inside Caesars Palace, is now hosting Bottomless Bubbles, a daily bottomless champagne event, where for $36 per person, guests can drink all the bubbles they can within the 5 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. windows.
  • With a recently expanded dining room and outdoor patio, including a full-service bar and 26-ft. tall Tiffany-style lamp, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is now hosting a special $5 happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. daily. The menu features a variety of beers, well cocktails and house-made sangria. Also featured are small bites like soft pretzels with nacho cheese and honey mustard, two bbq pulled pork sliders and mini-sundaes.
  • Las Vegas’ favorite pub experience, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, has introduced a very special Hell’s Kitchen Happy Hour, in honor of Ramsay’s hit FOX reality series. Happy hour offerings include $5 13oz draft beers, with a $2 upgrade for a 20oz pint, $5 draft wines, and $5 pub snacks, which include house-made pretzels, Devils on Horseback, truffle chips and Deviled Eggs. Guests can experience these special offerings Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Overlooking the world-famous Strip, Las Vegas’ only Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s Las Vegas, is now hosting a daily Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Premium cocktails and menu items are offered throughout this time, including: Prime Burger with fries, Steak Sandwich with fries, Seared Ahi Tuna, Spicy Lobster, Bluberry Mojito, La Paloma, Manhattan Eastside and selection of wines.
  • Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas joins in the happy hour fun, offering a daily special of $4 Miller/Coors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, $8 call drinks are available as well.
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas country music party spot, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, hosts its own brand of happy hour Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of food and drink specials. Guests can buy one draft beer in a 32oz. Mason Jar for $9 and get one free. Food specials are available for $11 and include pulled pork sliders, hot link hoagies and the Honky Tonk meatloaf sandwich and more.
  • The sophisticated New York City import, BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas, boasts a stylish bar with elegant fixtures and signature cocktail staples, including the Watermelon Basil and the Cool Woodford with Woodford Reserve and Ginger Beer. Guests can enjoy these cocktails and more half-priced at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Offering a French interpretation on American classics, Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas hosts a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with 2-for-1 on any drinks in the bar area.
  • Flamingo Las Vegas’ cool and casual steak house, Center Cut, is hosting an all-new happy hour that includes swanky bites such as signature Poutine, bacon two ways, truffle mac and cheese, as well as Giggle Water cocktails such as Spice Pear Mojito, New Fashioned and Patron Pomegranate Cocktail. Center Cut’s happy hour is offered daily with drinks available from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and bites available 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino hosts casino-wide happy hour with happy hour specials at several casino bars:
    • Shutters hosts happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., offering guests
      Sauza Silver Margaritas in 16oz. souvenir shakers for $12, $6 Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam “You Call Its” and $10 Coors Light or Miller Lite bottle with a shot of Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam.
    • Village Bar’s happy hour is Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $12 Sauza Silver Margaritas in 16oz. souvenir shakers, $6 Skyy Cosmos and $6 shot specials.

Photo: Vegas News

Craps Bets To Avoid: Big 6 & Big 8

Avoid These Craps Bets
Avoid These Craps Bets: Big 6 And Big 8

You probably know that I love craps. It’s my favorite casino game. Craps also happens to have some of the best odds in the casino if you make the right bets. Unfortunately for most gamblers the craps table is littered with bad bets so I want to let you know (or remind you) about two craps bets to avoid.

Two of the silliest bad bets on the craps table are the Big 6 and Big 8 bets. These bets each pay even money ($5 wins $5, $10 wins $10, $25 wins $25, etc.) if someone rolls a 6 or 8, respectively. This bet has a house advantage of 9% for the casino.

A couple of inches away you can “place” the 6 or 8 and get paid $7 for every $6 bet if someone rolls either number. This bet has a house advantage of 1.5% for the casino.

You probably won’t see many people betting the Big 6 or the Big 8 the next time you’re at a craps table and this is why. If you’re new to craps these are two bets to avoid. You might as well place the 6 or 8 if those bets pay you better.

Making this smart bet at the craps table doesn’t take any effort or take away any fun (it’s fun to yell “gimme a hard 8″) so hit some good numbers, get paid and have fun!

Photo: Total Rewards Blog

Sportsbooks In Vegas Crush The Public In Week 1 Of The NFL Season

NFL Logo
NFL

Casinos in Vegas have sportsbooks because they make money. Sportsbooks did great business in the first week of the NFL season. Underdogs were 10-3 against the spread (!) and 7-6 straight up in the first week of the NFL season.

Underdogs winning almost always favors the casino. While there are more educated sports bettors they still make up the minority of sports bettors.

From Linemakers:

“This was the best opening day we’ve ever had here,” said Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller. ”Just about every game we needed came through for us beginning with our biggest, the Falcons, and then the rest just followed suit like the Browns, Dolphins and then the Panthers. It wasn’t a good day for those that bet parlays.”

Note, it’s never a good day for parlay bettors. Casinos win over 35% of parlay wagers.

From Vegas Insider:

Wins by the Miami Dolphins (33-20 vs. the New England Patriots), the Atlanta Falcons (37-34 in overtime vs. the New Orleans Saints) and Buffalo Bills (23-20 in OT at the Chicago Bears) as dogs set the tone for a great day, according to Jay Kornegay, the (WestgateSuperBook’s Vice President of Race & Sports Operations.

From Covers:

Carolina was the biggest win for us, beating the Bucs,” Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage, tells Covers. “That, then the Bills and the Bears tied for second. A short third was the Falcons beating the Saints.”

This sounds like a big win for the sportsbook operators but it could have been bigger. The Jacksonville Jaguars jumped out to a 17 point lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were favored by 10 or 10.5 only to lose by 17. Thankfully I teased this game to 17.5.

The first week of the NFL season was fun to watch and fun to bet. There was too much early game action for me to consider heading out to a sportsbook to watch. I had a single wager on the Tennessee Titans, a 7 team tease and my first two daily fantasy football games (more on this later) to track. I couldn’t handle tracking this much action in a public setting.

On to the next one…

NBA Ready To Partake In Legal Sports Betting

NBA Ready For Legal Sports Betting
NBA Ready For Legal Sports Betting

This week ESPN hired David Purdum, one of the best sports gambling writers (follow Purdum on twitter), and the NBA has put him right into action.

New NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, says that expanded legalized sports betting in “inevitable” and that the NBA will likely be a part of it. Purdum thinks that legal sports gambling will be expanded in the next few years. That sounds about right to me.

Here’s more thoughts on the NBA and expanded legal sports betting:

Lion’s Share Slot Machine Off To New Hampshire

Lion's Share Jackpot At MGM Grand Gets A Winner!
Lion’s Share Jackpot Winner!

Say goodbye to Lion’s Share.

MGM Grand has shipped the fabled slot machine off to New Hampshire to be with the couple that won the 20-year-old progressive jackpot a couple of weeks ago.

It was expected that winners of the jackpot would receive the machine as a gift so this isn’t much of a surprise. This takes all Lion’s Share slot machines off the casino floor in all Vegas casinos. None of the other 49 Lion’s Share slot machines that were made are even on eBay.

While we say goodbye to a Las Vegas legend we can look on the bright side. There’s no more standing in line for hours with dreams of a mega jackpot just to blow $100. There are plenty of better ways to kill time and money in Vegas.

Photo: Vegas Message Board

Gazillionaire From Absinthe Has A Web Show

Gazillionaire From Absinthe At Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Gazillionaire

Gazillionaire from Absinthe has a web show. Did you know that? I just found out and I’m into it.

When I think of Vegas I’m more concerned with eating, drinking and gambling than seeing shows. I’m not someone who has the patience to sit through most Vegas shows but I loooooved Absinthe at Caesars Palace (you can see an old review with awful cell phone pics here).

Gazillionaire is the emcee of Absinthe and his raunchy sense of humor really sets the tone for a fun night. Here’s the trailer to his new web series which has the same humor that I remember from when I saw the show.

You’ll even catch cameos from Neil Patrick Harris and Penny Pibbets (from Absinthe) in the trailer. Enjoy and subscribe to see future episodes of the web show. Here’s a link to get up to 20% off a bunch of shows at Caesars hotels.

Roughly 33% Of Station Casinos Sports Bets Are Mobile

Station Casinos Sports Connection App
Station Casinos Sports Connection App

I do the majority of my sports betting through either William Hill or Station Casinos mobile apps. I make my wagers anywhere from my couch to sitting at a red light in my car to the sportsbook itself.

I’m connected to a mobile device or computer all day so it’s not too surprising that I’d be so active with my sports betting apps. Mobile sports betting is only a few years old and I didn’t think that it was catching on too quickly. I think that thought can go out the door.

In an interview with Vegas Seven magazine Station Casinos Race & Sportsbook Director, Chuck Esposito, estimates that almost 1/3rd of their handle comes from mobile wagering.

Station Casinos was one of the first to offer mobile wagering within Nevada’s borders with its Sports Connection. How much of a game changer has that been?

It’s been a huge game changer. It’s a phenomenal piece and added a new dimension to what we have to offer. It enables a guest to have the sportsbook in the palm of their hand; they’re able to get on their smartphone exactly what they get when they come into [a sportsbook]. Educated guess, mobile wagering probably makes up roughly 30 to 33 percent of our overall handle. And it’s going to continue to grow. We’ve only scratched the surface of it right now, but there are things coming down the pike that are going to expand that offering industry-wide.

Before reading this I would have guessed that Station Casinos handle from mobile would have been closer to half that number. Station tends to have an older and less sophisticated customer who doesn’t seem to be very mobile-centric.

Looking for a comparison I checked in with William Hill to see how their mobile hold compared. William Hill has a slightly larger hold of 36% from mobile wagering. This isn’t too surprising in hindsight since William Hill is an independent sportsbook operator they have less ties to land-based casinos.

It looks as if mobile sports betting is catching on faster than I thought. These hold numbers are only going to increase as more people get used to mobile wagering. Betting with apps will never take over all sports betting in Nevada since most tourists don’t want to have an account sitting around with funds in between trips but this is a step forward for mobile sports betting.