This blog loves it some Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, and not just because it has “Saloon” in its name.
There are so many things to love, in fact, if we were to list everything, we would need a bigger Internet. Instead, we’re picking five at random. We hope you like them. But if you don’t, feel free to keep that to yourself.
1. Free Craps Lessons
Craps is one of the most fun, boisterous games in the casino, but can be a tad intimidating to the uninitiated. Well, Bill’s is the perfect place to become initiated!
Let's just say the casino guys at Bill's have seen a few things in their day. Ask them to share.
Free craps lessons are provided by highly-trained casino personnel, in plain English, at 10:30 a.m. each day. Yes, that’s relatively early by hangover standards, but life can’t always be about daisies and butterflies.
Here’s a bonus thing to love about Bill’s. After the craps lessons, participants get a craps match play coupon. You bet $5, and if you win, you get $10.
Don't try printing this photo and presenting it at the craps table. Ain't gonna fly.
Taking a craps lesson is one of the best investments you can make, and it can mean the difference between winning small or winning big. (This blog is owned and operated by a casino company. What’d you expect us to say?)
2. Cook E. Jarr
This lounge performer is a legend among legends. He’s been in the singing-on-the-Strip business for nearly 30 years and still puts on a show-stopping performance at Bill’s. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
The man. The myth. The hair. The inestimable Cook E. Jarr.
Jarr (whose real name is Anthony Pettine, but let’s not ruin the mystique) is a wildly versatile singer, bouncing back and forth between classics and the latest rap hits. Jarr doesn’t skimp on the cheese or the high notes, and schmoozes with his fans throughout the show.
How awesome is Cook E. Jarr? During a recent show we attended, he stopped to accept a call from a fan’s mother. During his show. We’re not making this up.
Try this at other Vegas shows, and you'll be tackled by burly security guards.
A little Cook E. Jarr trivia: His first gig in Vegas, back in the ’70s, was at Cleopatra’s Barge (formerly Nero’s Nook) at Caesars Palace.
Cook E. Jarr puts on his throwback show on Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Read more about Cook E. Jarr, a Sin City institution.
3. Slush Bar
No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a colorful, frosty drink in a collectible cup. Or perhaps several. Slush Bar can assist you in this regard.
The cocktail names are as colorful as the drinks themselves: Picnic Punch, Bad Apple, Red Neck Peach Punch, Rainforest Madness and the Red-Headed Stepchild, among them.
Below, Janet serves up the Say Hello to My Little Friend.
Fact: This Las Vegas blog has never not liked a cocktail that included red licorice.
Also recommended are the Vegas Vice and All Night Long. We’re just saying.
4. Beer Pong
Denizens of the beer pong area at the former O’Sheas casino need not lament or gnash their teeth, for there are a phalanx of beer pong tables awaiting their trash-talking at Bill’s.
Look at all the "balls" jokes we're not making. It's called maturity, people.
The beer pong tables are conveniently located next to Slush Bar (which has beer) and Bill’s Lounge, which has Cook E. Jarr. Ah, the circularity of the universe.
The World Series of Beer Pong (yes, there’s a World Series of Beer Pong) will soon be back in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, January 1-5, 2013, so brush up on your mad skilz at Bill’s. Trademark pending.
5. Bill’s Poker Room
It’s intimate. (Translation: Not large.) It’s welcoming. It harkens back to a time where people played poker for fun, not to be on TV.
The poker room at Bill’s is easily one of the best values in town when it comes to this popular game. It’s the only casino we know where there’s a .50/$1 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game pretty much any time you want to play. No, that’s not a typo. And, no, they don’t jack up the minimums when the casino gets busy. It’s Bill’s.
Also, take advantage of the “Aces Cracked” promotion. If you get pocket aces and lose, you get $100. Just for sitting there and whining about your bad luck. Only in Vegas, baby!
Nobody loses in Vegas! And that's the story we're sticking to!
So, those are the first five things that came to our mind.
What’s your favorite thing at Bill’s?