The Las Vegas Connection



May 14, 2012

Win Vehicles in Riverside Resort’s “All-American Summer Ticket to Ride” Giveaway 

A big car giveaway is underway at the Riverside Resort and continues through June 25. Their “All-American Summer Ticket to Ride” promo will be awarding 2012 GMC Sierras; Buick Veranos; and Chevy Equinoxe models. In lieu of the cars, winners have the option of taking home $20,000 in cash. Also cash prizes of $2,500 will be given away. Drawing will be held each Monday through June 25 at 6 p.m. in the South Tower Promotions area where three winners will be selected. The first and second individuals called will receive $2,500. The third name out of the drum wins the grand prize which is the car of their choice from the vehicles listed. Winners must be present to win. Entrants must be members of the King of Clubs Players Club and can earn entries through June 25. Table game players, based on their daily play are also eligible.


Avi Continues Jockey’s Promo, Welcomes Back “Phins to the West” and “Face2Face” Sit-Down Dinner Show 

A lot of fun things are going on this month at the Avi beginning with the continuation of their  Monday in May drawings in celebration of the Kentucky Derby earlier this month. The resort will be offering its “Jockey’s Home Stretch Win, Place, Show” promotion with individual prizes of up to $150 going to the winners. Weekly drawings take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. where six winners will be selected at each drawing. Check with the club booth for complete details. Back to the Avi May 18-20 is “Phins to the West”-the annual Parrothead gathering of Jimmy Buffet fans that flock to the Avi each year for parties, entertainment and giveaways all taking place at Beach Overlook, the Lagoon Pool and other spots around the resort. On the agenda for May 25 is “Face2Face”sit-down dinner show featuring a tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel from 6-9 p.m. This may just be the best deal in Laughlin with tickets an affordable $15! Drinks are an extra charge. For ticket information, call (866) 495-0061.


Edgewater’s E Center Features Martial Arts Competition and REO Speedwagon 

Exciting action is coming to the Edgewater’s E Center with the May 19 debut of the King of the Cage “Future Legends 6” live amateur mixed martial arts competition. The 10-match fight card will be highlighted on King of the Cage’s weekly television series. The first bout literally kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets are going for $25, $40, $65 and $100. Guests must be at least 16 years of age. Rounding out May’s entertainment line up is REO Speedwagon performing at The E Center May 26. Tickets are listed at $25, $35, $65 and $80. Tickets are available on line at or at the resort’s Casino Cage.


Memorial Day Promotions, BBQ’s and Fireworks Offered by Laughlin Resorts 

If your travel plans over Memorial Day weekend include a trip to Laughlin you will find a variety of promotions going on at all the resorts. TropAdvantage Club members will find specials going on all weekend long at Tropicana. 10X Bonus Points (on selected machines) will be awarded Friday and Monday, May 25 & 28 from 7 a.m. to 6:59 p.m. by swiping your cards at a promotional kiosk. On Friday, May 25, $150 will be given away every 15 minutes to one lucky winner from noon to 10 p.m. A “Last Chance Drawing at 10 p.m. will award any unclaimed prizes from earlier drawings. To be eligible all you have to do is rack up 25 base points on your card for one ticket. Again, club members must swipe their TropAdvanatage cards at a kiosk. On the 28th, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a pig roasted Memorial Day BBQ will be served in the Victory Plaza with live music provided. Club members must swipe their club cards for a voucher for a reduced price. Also on Memorial Day, the “Trop Drop” is available for any member earning 500 base points through play by 9 p.m. on May 28.  Get a shot at dropping a chip down the “Trop Drop” board from noon to 10 p.m. for a chance to win FreePlay and other prizes. Everyone playing is a winner on this giveaway. A great free patriotic show, “On the Wings of Eagles” will be playing in the Trop’s Pavilion Theater May 25-28 between noon and 8 p.m. At the River Palms, all veterans and a guest dine free in the Island Buffet on Memorial Day. Swipe your card for the voucher. More Memorial Day weekend fun is going on at the Belle and Edgewater where they are hosting their “Rock ‘n’ Roll Riverwalk Festival” May 25-27. Enjoy tasty ribs/sides while listening to the sounds of the Neil Morrow Band playing Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Over at the Avi, they celebrate the official start of summer with a free Memorial Day Fireworks extravaganza by Zambelli Int. on May 27 beginning at 8:45 p.m. at Beach Overlook. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Aquarius Announces Room/Show Package Deals for Bill Engvall’s Concert 

Blue Collar Comedy Tour favorite Bill Engvall will perform one night only at Aquarius Casino Resort’s Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Individual concert tickets are priced at $35 and $45, plus tax, but here is your chance to make it a relaxing weekend by booking the room and show package that is good for June 15 and 16 starting as low as $129.00, plus tax. Guests will receive a buy-one-get-one free concert ticket coupon that will save up to $45. For reservations, call (800) 435-8469 or book online at and go to special offers.


Michael Jackson Tribute Show and Sheryl Crow Taking Center Stage at Harrah’s 

Great entertainment is on the way to Harrah’s beginning with “Moonwalker: The Reflection of Michael,” a tribute to the late Michael Jackson starring Michael Firestone, May 15-20 at 8 p.m. in the Fiesta Showroom. Tickets are going for $25, $30 and $35. Next up is an appearance by Sheryl Crow who will be lighting up the Rio Outdoor Amphitheater on June 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $51, $61, $71 and $81. Call (702) 298-8510, (800) 745-3000 or stop by the Box Office.


Highway Country Radio Accepting Applications for 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown Talent Contest 

Hoping to be the next star to shine in the country music world? Well, get your rears in gear and get your application in by May 29, 2012 for the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown which will be held at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort’s Starview Room on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. Highway Country (KIXW/KIXF) has been selected to host the event which is “America’s Largest Country Music Talent Search” and radio promotion. Thousands of up-and-coming country artists compete with local winners advancing to more than 40 state contests where prizes include $1,000 in cash and the chance to advance to one of the five regional contests in the fall. The five regional winners (all travel expenses covered) will be on their way to Nashville Tennessee for the National Finals to vie for the title and $100,000 in cash. The contest is open to vocal and/or instrumental artists, including solo acts or groups up to seven members. Here are a few rules to follow before you apply. Acts must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format on “Billboard,” “Radio and Records,” or the “Gavin Report” within 18 months of the local Showdown competition. Entry forms can be obtained at Highway Country/Barstow Station; the entertainment box office at the Riverside; the Las Vegas Highway Radio Sales Office; by calling Highway Radio at (702) 737-9899; or emailing Be sure to include your address! Demos including tapes, CDs, DVDs and MP3s plus a $20 entry fee will need to be sent in for the application process to begin.  Highway Radio will choose 10 finalists and two alternatives to perform in Laughlin. Remember, the final day for entries at all locations is May 29, 2012, at 5 p.m. No exceptions will be made for contestants.


Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and can cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Laughlin tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for Bart Torres’ up-to-date Laughlin reports. GOOD LUCK!

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