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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 28, 2009

Casinos slashing room rates

Anthony Curtis

You may have heard that room rates are low in Las Vegas, but you might be surprised at just how low. A survey of rates conducted last week turned up extraordinary values, including 60 hotel-casinos with room rates below $50, compared to only 42 in the same survey last year. The least expensive rooms were found at Binion's, Boulder Station, El Cortez, Fiesta Rancho, Four Queens, Gold Spike, Golden Gate, Hooters, Palace Station, Plaza, Sahara, Sam's Town, Terrible's, Texas Station, Vegas Club and Wild Wild West, all of which came in at less than $20. Yes, less than $20! Rates change quickly and these are base prices that may be subject to any combination of taxes, booking charges, and resort fees, but they're an excellent place to start if you're trying to track down great room deals this summer. The entire list, along with tips for finding these rates, can be viewed at the Web site listed at the end of this column.

HIGH ENDERS: The summer brings good deals at the elite resorts, too. The following represent the best prices found at the upscale casinos: New York-New York $53, Palms $55, JW Marriott $59, Paris $64, MGM Grand $66, Planet Hollywood $71, Green Valley Ranch $75, Mirage $79, Westin Casuarina $79, Caesars $96, Mandalay Bay $96, THEhotel $110, Venetian $110 and Bellagio $112.

DAYDREAM: M Resort's Daydream Pool Club will become the permanent summer home to Wet Grooves, America's top touring pool party. Famous for its annual marathon parties at the Winter Music Conference in South Beach Miami, Wet Grooves' DJs, live acts, guest hosts, drink specials, contests and "decorative themed props" will take over Daydream every Friday. No word yet on ticket prices.

Q. What's the status on Lance Burton at Monte Carlo? Is he gone or on vacation?

A. It hasn't been decided. The master magician was injured last month and had to cancel several shows. However, his 13-year contract with the resort expired during his absence and has not yet been renewed. For now, Burton is not performing at Monte Carlo, but that's not officially permanent.

Find out about Las Vegas shows, buffets and deals at www.LasVegasAdvisor.com.