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Reality TV in Sin City Part 3; Sigma Derby, old school gambling

Last night’s episode of “Pawn Stars” was one I was very interested in viewing. It showed Rick and Chum going to the  D Las Vegas to meet with Derek Stevens, co-owner. On the show, Derek is trying to sell his Sigma Derby, which is a really cool horse racing game located on the second floor. After the video game expert looked at the machine, he valued it to be around $35,000 but Derek Stevens was asking $80,000. Even if you didn’t see this episode, you would know that Rick and Derek couldn’t make the deal and the Sigma Derby ended up staying on the second floor.

What I didn’t realize is that at one time in the 80’s, Sigma Derby games were all over Sin City. A lot of properties had themed races, not just horses. Caesar’s Palace had chariots and the Luxor had camels instead of horses.

Part of the draw of this game is it looks like something from the golden age of Las Vegas, but it was created in the 80’s. It still uses coins (yes, I said that correctly) which we all know is hard to find now days. It can also be interactive as you are racing against other players, you not just staring at a screen by yourself.

I have been up to the second floor of the D many times and there is always action at this game. One of these days, I’m going to have to squeeze in and try my luck.

Breaking from the Routine Part 3; my review of the Golden Nugget

I have written here about staying at a Downtown Las Vegas hotel in previous posts.  I find it convenient to stay Downtown instead of the Strip mostly because I can easily walk from one property to another.   Anyone who has stayed on the Strip will know that a property that states they are “right next door” or “right across the street” from another property is actually a long walk.

Besides staying at the California, Fremont, or Main Street, I have often stayed at the Golden Nugget.  This is another hotel casino that has been around for a very long time.   It is the largest hotel casino property downtown and, in my opinion, the classiest.

The Golden Nugget has three towers; Carson, Gold and Rush Towers.  In the order I listed them according to cost per night.   The rooms have been re-modeled a few times and they are very spacious rooms compared to other downtown properties.

The property has several restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s Steak House,  Claim Jumper, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Red Sushi, the Grotto, and of course, the Buffet to name just a few.

The casino floor was under partial renovation when I was there in February 2016, but what I love about it is very easy to maneuver your way through and the ceilings are very high so that the cigarette smoke can waft way upwards from those of us who don’t smoke.

The casino also exits onto Fremont Street so you are right there in all the action at night.

For the value, I would say that the Golden Nugget is one of the few in Las Vegas that will give you the best experience and value, if you don’t mind staying downtown.  Remember, there are people who will only stay on the Strip.  I would recommend you stay there when you get the chance and sign up for their player’s program.  I always find e-mail promotions from them, more than other casinos.  Promotions for shows, special room rates and events.


Breaking from the routine part 2; the Downtown D Casino

I wrote a few days ago about staying at The D Downtown Las Vegas and now I want to  continue on about my experience.  The lobby is small and has only 4-5 stations to check in guests, compared to Strip hotels that  have 3x the amount of stations.

After getting your key, the room elevators are pretty much right behind you.  The elevator system is one I’ve only seen at this hotel, but I’m sure it’s elsewhere.  You go to one central key pad, enter your floor number and the screen tells you which elevator to enter.  You really by pass a bunch of floors this way.   When you enter the elevator, there is no push buttons for which floor because you already entered it on the central keypad.

Once in the rooms, they are clean and comfortable.   Beds were very comfortable and cleaned daily.  The showers have the type of shower head that gives you the rain feeling.

Overall, I say staying here is worth the money and the experience.