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Las Vegas top destination for summer visitors: Steals, deals exist if you know where to look

Vintage Vegas, value deals abound
Ellis Island's legendary $7.99 complete steak dinner is among the favorite Las Vegas mega deals that both locals and visitors seek out.
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Ellis Island's legendary $7.99 complete steak dinner is among the favorite Las Vegas mega deals that both locals and visitors seek out.
Posted at 3:14 PM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-29 01:01:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The unofficial start of summer is upon us and thousands of visitors are expected to pack onto the Strip this Memorial Day Weekend, and cost-conscious consumers can enjoy vintage Las Vegas-style pricing if they know where to look.

It was what Las Vegas was built on: giving the average Joe a memorable experience at a great perceived value.

Decades ago, the marriage bureau helped publish Las Vegas wedding announcements in hometown newspapers from coast to coast. A huge marketing tool to drive more visitors to tie the knot in Sin City.

Clark County is the wedding capital of the world, although the trend has slowed over the past several years.

In an average year, 40 million visitors come to Las Vegas to indulge and people can still find vintage Vegas deals if they know where to look.

According to LasVegasAdvisor.com, there are 10 deals that top their list.

  1. Ellis Island Casino: $7.99 complete steak dinner 24/7
  2. South Point: $9.95 Breakfast Buffet with players club card
  3. Stage Door Casino and Lounge: $1 bottled beer or hot dog and bottled beer for $3
  4. Arizona Charlies Decatur: $5.99 Steak and Eggs with players club card
  5. South Point: $1.25 hot dogs at the cart in the sportsbook
  6. Ellis Island Casino: $16.99/$26.99 prime rib deal
  7. Skyline Casino: $1.50 shrimp cocktail
  8. OYO Casino: $1 blackjack game
  9. Jake's Bar: $2 menu
  10. Four Queens: $49 and up room rates

“What we can see is happening, casinos are getting back and they’re getting so much attention from the customers, the customers are flooding back like everybody thought they would, but even more so," said Anthony Curtis of LasVegasAdvisor.com

Curtis says the strong demand means the mega-resorts do not have to be as generous to lure customers to the properties in the form of comps and deals.

“People come to Las Vegas and they play games that are engineered against them, so they want a little something back, they want a comp here and there they want club points, they want a deal in the restaurant, they want a buffet," added Curtis.

Curtis says trends such as reintroducing paid parking, resort fees and reduced comps on alcoholic beverages while gambling goes against the traditional vintage Vegas value model.

“Those are the things that turn people off, they perceive it as gouging, and to a great degree, it is, they’re just trying to nickel and dime the customer," said Curtis.

However, Las Vegas remains a tremendous value for the buck.

“I think Las Vegas is the greatest bargain destination on the planet, I really do," said Curtis. "Even now, at a time when things are tighter than they have been in a while, you can still find deals galore, you just have to know where to look."

There are other websites and video blogs that are dedicated to seeking out the best Las Vegas deals, like Pennys4Vegas.

“Most people just call me pennies," said Mark Anderson of Pennys4Vegas on YouTube.

“My niche is 100% all about doing Vegas on the cheap," he added.

Anderson says he usually makes four of five trips to Las Vegas per year.

He started documenting his stays and impressed people with his ability to "low roll" his experience.

“When I go to Vegas, I’ll do it low-rolling style. I’ll take 100 bucks a day, I just show people how you can do Vegas on a budget in 2021,“ said Anderson.

Anderson tweeted a "cheap sheet" which he says showcases some of the best, current deals, in Las Vegas.

“I still think there’s tons and tons of values in Las Vegas, you just have to dig and dig for those values online," added Anderson.

Anderson says cost-conscious consumers can seek out coupon books, publications, or use casino and resort apps to earn free or discounted rooms.