Years ago I always booked rooms on the Las Vegas strip because you could stay at places like the Sands, the Stardust, or even the Desert Inn for under $50. Ah, how things changed! Before I knew it the Mirage was booming and then along came the Venetian, Treasure Island, then Wynn, and there were no deals anymore, just $199 and higher rooms (God forbid I should stay on a Friday or Saturday) and $75 breakfasts (really, three of us, for omelets, toast and OJ). Whew!
I've been called plenty of things over the years, especially after sucking-out on the river to make a flush and knock a set of aces on their respective keesters, but nobody ever calls me cheap. Funny, because I really am. I want a deal! I've spent years and years finding casinos with specials, table games with bonuses that were too good to be true, and late-night breakfast 99-cent meals. Alright, call me frugal.
And now I'm happy. The best part of the economy going a bit South and casinos struggling to fill their rooms was the realization by most Las Vegas clubs that they needed bodies, even if it meant the room rates had to suffer. So now you can book a room at dozens of clubs in Las Vegas for under $50 a night. In many way's it's just like the old-time owners knew in the '60's and '70's, the casino drives the profits. Every department does not have to show a profit! Just get bodies in the door so the casino can make the cash.
Summer in Vegas is hot - triple digits is not rare, but you can still walk the Fremont Experience and get a $2.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate casino because the 10-story overhead dome they built in 1995 shades you from the heat. And, you can find 5-cent video poker, $5 blackjack, $2 craps, and buy Pina Coladas from the vendors on the street and get buzzed to the begeezus while listening to music that is getting too loud for my aging ears.
Then, you can book a room at the Golden Gate for $39 mid-week and slip down to the Golden Nugget and play some poker. Feel free to call three bets with a flush draw, you can afford it now!