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Celebrate 56 Years of Business with John Ascuaga’s Nugget

JA NuggetJoin the Ascuaga family as they commemorate more than a half-century in business on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the Casino Cabaret at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Family-owned and operated since 1955, John Ascuaga’s Nugget’s twin hotel towers illuminate the Reno-Sparks skyline with 1,600 rooms, eight award-winning restaurants, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, business center, concierge, covered and valet parking, salon/spa, year-round atrium pool, 1,200 slot machines, Bingo, live poker, table games, world class entertainment, airport shuttle service and attentive staff representing dozens of languages. Close to world-class skiing and golf, located along Interstate 80, recent $25 million updates include complete remodels of the East Tower, Executive Convention area and Rotisserie Buffet. From its humble beginnings as a small restaurant, the Nugget and its namesake, John Ascuaga, have grown into Northern Nevada icons during the past 56 years.

The party starts at 6 p.m. in the Casino Cabaret. Mr. Ascuaga will preside over a cake-cutting ceremony along with his daughter Michonne, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, and his son Stephen, Chief Operating Officer. The cake, along with refreshments, will be complimentary for guests. In addition, the Nugget will have a special gaming promotion from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., when 56 lucky players, eight per hour, will win $50 in free slot play. And local favorites Steppen Stonz will play dance music to keep the party going!

In addition, as the anniversary always coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, traditional specials will be available in Rosie’s Café’ and green beer will be offered at the party. All bars will feature $3 Guinness and $3 Irish whiskey, plus the daily Nugget Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. features $1 Coors, Coors Light and Margaritas.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget is a premier casino resort owned and operated by the Ascuaga family in Sparks, Nevada. For more information, call (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300, or visit

-Mike Traum

Latest Technology Offers Unique Access to Eldorado Hotel Casino

Eldorado App

Imagine having the power to book a hotel stay, make dinner reservations, take a virtual tour of your room, find the best place to park and the best slot machines to play all in the palm of your hand.  Now anyone with an Apple iPhone, iPad or iTouch has that capability, thanks to a new Application from the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

The Eldorado launched the new App this morning, which can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store.  iPhone users will be impressed by the usability, functionality and interactivity of the Downtown Reno Hotel Casino’s new tech feature.  Built and developed in partnership with a San Francisco based technology company, this iPhone App is the first of its kind to hit the Reno business scene. 

“This App goes leaps and bounds beyond what other Reno companies are doing with multimedia technology,“ says Chad Hallert, Director of Internet Marketing and E-Commerce at the Eldorado.  “Say you’re standing in front of The Brew Brothers restaurant.  Your iPhone will use GPS to detect your location and our App will show you the current specials we’re running inside.”  Even without internet access, the Eldorado iPhone App will still be more than 80% functional in “offline” mode.

Business guests will find the Eldorado iPhone App especially user-friendly.  Corporations, businesses and groups can access their own private meeting section to view group itineraries, speaker presentations, conference catering menus and more directly through a login page within the Eldorado App. 

Other features include restaurant menus and event calendars with the option to make reservations or purchase tickets to concerts and shows at your fingertips.   Club Eldorado players can even look up their comps and points instantly without visiting a kiosk.  Watch for the “Slot Finder” coming in November, which will tell guests where their favorite games are located on the casino floor.  An Android version of the Eldorado App is already in the works and is set to launch in early December.

So order room service in the elevator on the way to your room and pinpoint exactly where you parked with the new Eldorado iPhone Application, which is now available for free at the Apple App Store.  A special offer will be given to the first 1,000 people to download.  For more information check out our iPhone App information in the Apple Store, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or call 775-786-5700.

- Diana Rogers

Comedian Dave Attell Set For Laughs at the Nugget: No Pressure, Dave.

Attell PosterNamed one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Attell’s caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and “very adult” choice of material have earned him the reputation as a “comic’s comic.” But if you ask Attell, he’d say, “I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some drinks.”

Catch funnyman Dave Attell, Saturday, June 12, in the intimate Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land an amazing job in the food service industry – as a waiter. At night he would hit the “open mic” circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike.

In 2001, Attell used this love of booze and laughter to create and host the hit series, “Insomniac with Dave Attell” for Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell goes from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times called the show, “a doubly rare beast, a comedy without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog.” To Attell, the Insomniac show is more of a cross between “Girls Gone Wild” and “Cops”.

After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long “Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook.

Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Later with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film “Pootie Tang”. Other television credits include FOX’s “Arrested Development,” NBC’s “Ed,” HBO, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and his own half-hour stand-up special “Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell”.

Dave Attell plays one night only, Saturday, June 12, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

March Basketball Tournament Madness in Reno Tahoe

ncaa march madnessCatch the NCAA Basketball Tournament Madness in Reno Tahoe. Several local hotel-casinos are offering killer promotions and specials to basketball enthusiasts.


Watch the key match-ups on the Atlantis Race & Sports Book’s huge 13’ screens, and catch all your favorite teams on dozens of 51” HD flat-screens throughout the tournament!
The Atlantis offers three ways to win cash and prizes, as well as great food and drink specials at the Sports Bar & Lounge! Swipe your Club Paradise card at the promotional kiosks in the Race & Sports Book, March 15 – 17, to enter to win FREE Slot Play. You will be assigned a team in the tournament, and receive FREE Slot Play for each round your team wins! You will keep that team for as long as it is in the tournament, and FREE Slot Play values will increase if your team keeps winning. Don’t miss out on the Upset Special drawings, which will continue through the first two rounds of tournament play. Each time an underdog beats a higher-seeded team, in the first two rounds, we will give out $100! Get your name in the drawing drum by wagering $100 on college basketball. Place your bets from March 15 –21, on a maximum of 10 tickets. You can also win cold hard cash without ever making a bet! Get in on Atlantis’ online bracket contest by registering at, and filling out your 64-team bracket online! One-hundred winners will take home their share of $2,500, with the top finisher cashing in on $1,000! Sign up online beginning March 14.

Club Cal Neva

Club Cal Neva March 18 – 21, 2010.
Watch the tournament action casino-wide including two 20 foot big screen HD TV’s!  Check out the Sportsbook voted #1 by locals year-after-year and bet on hundreds of NCAA wagers.
Don’t miss “Beat the Leprechaun,” a $2,250 free throw challenge.  Make an NCAA wager of $10 or more and get one free throw against the Leprechaun. Win =5 drawing tickets; Tie= 3 drawing tickets; Lose=1 drawing ticket. Drawings at 8p.m. Thursday – Saturday with $500 and $250 action chips.
Take advantage of the madness and join the excitement while you “Pop-A-Shot” at the shot station and barber chair.   Take a seat in the shot chair while a beautiful woman will pour down your favorite libation.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

tigerchineseHappy Chinese New Year!  The year of the Tiger will be celebrated in several locations throughout Reno Tahoe.

Join the Reno Pops Orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 PM, in a celebration of the Chinese New Year in UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Follow Marco Polo along the Silk Road to China through music, and end with a Chinese New Year celebration. They will feature two young local soloists from the Huang family on a variety of Chinese folk instruments, as well as other performers. The Orchestra program includes “On the Steppes of Central Asia”, “Procession of the Sardar”, themes from “Mulan”, and some unique pieces for Chinese orchestra arranged for western orchestral instrumentation. The concert is Free, but they are always happy to receive donations to help cover the cost of the concert.

Come see a special Chinese Concert featuring Michael Tse, Jordan Chan and Alice Lau on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Reno Events Center.
Jordan originally entered the entertainment business as a backup dancer, before switching to a successful career as a comedian. In 1994 he released his debut Cantonese-language album and established his unique position in Hong Kong pop music for over a decade now.
Alice Lau is well known for her acting; people generally know her from her performance in “I have a date with Spring.” She is also known for her Cantonese-language music.
Michael Tse graduated from TVB’s Dance Training Class and worked with TVB as a dancer for 5 years. He then left TVB and formed a boy band called Wind Fire Sea with Jordan Chan and Jason Chu. Tse participated Hong Kong’s first modern musical Snow Wolf Lake in 1997.

The Silver Legacy will be ringing in the year of the Tiger with an authentic Lion/Dragon dance in celebration of Chinese New Year!
The lion and dragon dance symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the year to come and is an important ritual of Chinese culture. The Chinese consider Lions as guardians and are used to exorcise evil spirits and summon luck and fortune. Dragons are considered to be friendly and helpful creatures associated with strength, good fortune, wisdom and longevity.
The ceremonial lion and dragon dance will happen Feb 13-15 and 19-21Click here for all times. The Lion/Dragon will make its way through the mezzanine level of Silver Legacy Casino and the Mezzanine, spreading its good luck where ever it goes. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.


Megabucks Fans Travel for Miles for a Chance at Millions

megabucksA group of 150 Megabucks fans from across the U.S., $100 each and Silver Legacy Resort Casino make for what one man calls “one of the biggest and happiest families…” On Thursday, February 11, that family-Richard “Frosty” Frost and his comrades- will make their 10th annual trip to Silver Legacy Resort Casino for a chance to win Millions. The group will pull the handle of the Megabucks machine from 10am-12pm.

The avid Silver Legacy fan says this tradition makes the trip from Berlin, Wisconsin worth taking.

“Silver Legacy treats me and my constituents like real people. They have been very, very nice to me and they take good care of our group,” said Frost. “Everybody there has been just great; from casino hosts to gaming directors… it’s just a tremendous place to be…I wouldn’t want to be any other place.”

Frost’s group of gamblers started with six or seven people each throwing $100 into the pot and pulling the handle for a piece of the Million-dollar Megabucks pie. Now, a decade later, 150 people put in $100 and run $15, 000 through the Megabucks machine. The event has become so popular; there is a waiting list to join the group.

“They like the interest, they like the thrill of the idea that $100 might get them $50,000 a piece for a hundred dollar investment,” said Frost.

The Megabucks progressive jackpot is already over $10 Million.  Click here to see!

There are no shortage of Big Game parties in Reno this year.

Almost every casino resort in Reno is sportin’ party bling this year for the Big Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The fun is not just limited to game-time, but non-stop fun and entertainment will be happening all weekend long.

Come spend the weekend in Reno and enjoy yourself during the Big Game, and if the ladies don’t want to watch, remind them we have great spas here as well to fulfill all their needs. Also, don’t forget to wager a few bucks on your team, just to show how much of a Superfan you are.

Parties throughout Reno include:

Circus Circus Reno: Big Game Bash – Big Screens, big food and big fun… Make sure to sign-up for our great raffle prizes!

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Big Screen, Big Game Giveaway – Watch the Big Game at the Nugget on February 7th and get a chance to win one of four (4) Panasonic 42″ HDTVs!

Eldorado Reno: Big Game Weekend – The Big Game…Two Parties to Choose From Eldorado Convention Center with Viewing on 5 Giant 30′ HD Screens and 50-Yard Line Buffet or Eldorado Showroom with Viewing on a 20′ Giant HD Screen, Stadium Style Food & Souvenir Hat

Silver Legacy: Big Game Party and Buffet – Be sure to catch all the game action and fun at the Reno Ballroom, as Silver Legacy throws one of Northern Nevada’s best game day parties. Party-goers can watch the game on multiple giant screens throughout the ballroom while indulging in an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Peppermill Reno: Super Stadium Bash – Complimentary Bud & Bud Light Draft Beer at every table, meet the Budweiser Girls, door prizes every quarter, large HD format screens, all-you-can-eat buffet and a complimentary gift.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: Big Bowl Bash 2010 – You won’t want to miss a minute of the hard-hitting action at the Atlantis Big Bowl Bash XLIV! You will enjoy fabulous food and fun Casino wide as you watch pro football’s premiere game on our massive high definition screens in the sports bar! The beautiful Raiderettes will be on property to help you cheer your team to victory!

Grand Sierra Resort: Lombardi Party – Get up close and personal when you watch the Big Game at Xtreme Sports Bar & Lounge. With over 40 high-def screens and one giant mega-view projection screen showing all of the game and all the action. Its just like being at the game. Their sexy Xtreme girls will be serving kegs of beer and a menu that can’t be beat. Find out what attitude is all about!

Outhouse Races, Celtic Celebration highlight weekend events

It may be fall, but the fun isn’t slowing down in Reno Tahoe. Among the highlights for today and tomorrow are The Chieftans, the International Outhouses Races in Virginia City and the Reno Celtic Celebration.

October 2

  • 1_bizets-carmenNevada Opera Bizet’s Carmen
    Bizet’s final masterpiece set in 1830’s Seville, Spain, Carmen is a tragic tale of obsessive passion and jealousy. Loved by the unpredictable gypsy heroine, a young officer must choose between following his military career or following Carmen. Read More
  • The Chieftains
    The legendary Chieftains have served as the benchmark for Irish traditional music for the past four decades. The six-time Grammy winners, credited for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, uncover the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Read More
  • 1_ubu-posterNevada Repertory Company presents Ubu the King
    Nevada Repertory Company presents “Ubu the King”* by Alfred Jarry and directed by Rob Gander. One of the most extraordinary events of the late 19th century in Paris happened Dec. 11, 1895, at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre where the audience was scandalized by Alfred Jarry’s revolutionary satire, Ubu Roi. Read More
  • Argenta presents Circa 1809
    Join university music faculty members Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; and James Winn, piano, as they welcome their new cellist and music faculty member, Dmitri Atapine, to Argenta. As a winner of the Carlos Prieto and Llanes International Cello Competition (Mexico), Mr. Atapine has since been recognized as an exciting cellist and accomplished chamber musician. Read More

October 2-3

  • 1_superdiamondSuper Diamond
    Since 1993, Super Diamond has made it their mission to spread the “good word of Neil” to all, bridging the gap between young and old, rich and poor, great and small. They recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. Read More

October 3

  • International Outhouse Races
    Take an adventure back in time during historic Virginia City’s World Championship Outhouse Races. This hilarious Comstock tradition pits teams of costumed outhouse racers against each oth­er as one person rides and the remaining team members manage to push, pull or drag the outhouse quickly down the track. The always-outrageous outhouse parade on Saturday features Virginia City’s famous “Plungerettes.” Read More

October 3-4

  • 1_reno-celtic-celebrationReno Celtic Celebration
    Pipe Bands, Celtic Musicians, Highland Games, Scottish and Irish Dancers, Celtic Vendors and More … Make plans to join the 19th Annual Celebration. Read More

For complete Reno Tahoe entertainment listings, visit our calendar online.

CANFEST celebrates beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed – in a can

canfest logoBuckbean Brewing Company, Nevada’s largest production microbrewery, is challenging beer snobs to think outside the bottle.

The brewery is sponsoring the first ever CANFEST – Reno International Canned Beer Festival, the first international beer judging and tasting for canned beer, to take place at the Grand Sierra Resort, Oct. 23.

Buckbean is a homegrown Northern Nevada favorite beer, and packages its beers exclusively in 16-ounce cans. It turns out microbrewers who opt for the can over the bottle is an elite fraternity, and Buckbean wants to help expose this burgeoning segment to the world, while crushing the myths about beer in a can.

Along with Buckbean Brewing Company, Big Sky Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Ukiah Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, and Rochester Mills Brewing Company are a few that have confirmed they will attend the event.

The competition takes place at the Grand Sierra Theater, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Judging will take place prior to the public tasting. Celebrities from the beer world will judge the beers individually, based on categories still to be decided. Beer seminars, beer and food pairings and a forum of brewers that can beer are planned.

Ticket prices are $35 per person and room packages will be available.