Gosh golly! Gambling can be so inconvenient sometimes.
The free drinks. The eye candy. The life-preserving air conditioning. Sure would be nice if you could bet without having to set foot inside that gaudy hotel with all its fancy-schmancy amenities.
At the new Downtown Grand, taking reservations now for an October 27 opening, you can place your bets outside at walk-up sportsbook windows and waterproof outdoor blackjack tables lined up along 3rd Street.
If you do manage to make your way inside the former Lady Luck space, you’ll find a mini Strip off the Strip.
The industrial chic brick behemoth is laid out over two towers connected by an elevated catwalk, packing in a gourmet burger bar, Chinese restaurant, New York deli, pizza joint, Hawaiian daiquiri bar, and contemporary American bistro.
It's all within easy strolling/stumbling distance, but nothing is more rewarding than a trip to the roof, where a 35,000-square-foot grass-covered pool deck called PICNIC is serving Kobe hotdogs in picnic baskets in between outdoor movies and concerts.
And with 650 contemporary rooms outfitted with marble baths and room service available from any of the restaurants, your room isn’t a bad place to be, either.
We’re thinking this is a bet that’s going to pay off.