CHARLIE BROWN’S Bar and Grill in Denver, Colorado

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Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill in Denver, Colorado...
photo of Charlie Brown’s entrance is from flickr – click for larger photo & more information…

Charlie Brown’s Bar & Grill
980 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203 (303) 837-1261

Christmas time is the best time to hang out at Charlie Brown’s Bar and Grill.
Denver’s only real-deal “BIG CITY HOTEL TAVERN” fancies up real good at Christmas time with Boughs of Holly and Spruce, colored lights and other holiday accoutrements.

The piano-bar is alive with patrons singing Christmas favorites, starting at 6:00 pm. This tavern has Spirits of all sorts…IT’S ALIVE…

Friday nights swing with a 3:00 to 6:30 Happy Hour – drink specials and complementary wings.

Charlie Brown’s is in that “famous” Denver hotel where the likes of local Denver beatnik Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg hung out in the 50s. Are they still hanging out here? Click the LasVegasBuffetClub link (bottom) for more information on Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg…

Denver's Colburn Hotel...
The Colburn Hotel where ” the boys” hung out – click for more…[photo is from DenverGov.Org]

Access the LasVegasBuffetClub’s page for Charlie Brown’s – more information…

No Tilts For Pinball Wizard In The Casinos

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Pinball Hall of Fame ___Inside the Pinball Hall of Fame ___
[Photo is from the PHoF’s website – Stock Photo does not necessarily
represent WMS PB Machines – That is a Bally’s PB!]

Was there a movie about a twenty-something who would go to *Celebrity Sports Center, after midnight – several nights a week – to play pinball after a number or two? Seems to me that there was. “The relative darkness of the room, the pinball machine lights, the sounds, the feel of the ball on the flippers, and that Knock – when a game was won – that went through your fingers, up your arms, through the shoulders and straight into the back of your head, as that sound entered through another door – all so greatly enhanced – made him feel not only like a master of the game but like a master of the world. He felt that he could do anything.”

But I digress! Read all about WMS.

“Success Is Created By Those Who Dare To Change The Game”
“WMS has played a decisive role in games and entertainment since Harry Williams founded his Chicago-based company in 1943. A Stanford engineering graduate who devised the “tilt” mechanism for pinball machines, Williams changed the nature of pinball in wartime America. He and his firm had an unsurpassed ability to devise new game features and stay in touch with the changing tastes of the amusement market. The company retained this inherent strength when it entered the home video market in the 1980’s and, eventually, casino-style gaming in the early 1990’s” read more…

VideoSlotMachines.Com: The Ultimate OnLine Guide To Video Slot Machines
has Game Profiles and Reviews for WMS Slots, as well as:
Video Slot History
How They Work
Playing Guide
Bonus Features
Tips For Winning
Buying a Video Slot
Slot Players Q & A
Online Slots
Other Resources

The following is a November 13th, 2008 article from Market Watch:

WMS Evolves the Casino Gaming Floor with Player Driven Innovation(TM) Designed Products at 2008 Global Gaming Expo.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. & LAS VEGAS, Nov 13, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc.

WMS will demonstrate the newest games powered by its Player Driven Innovation approach to game design and its latest game changing technologies and innovations at the eighth annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E(R)) from November 18-20 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #1256). Leveraging its pioneering culture of innovation, WMS is a recognized leader in creating exciting and imaginative products based on entirely new and differentiated technological enablers and solutions. read more…

The LVBC is tracking the WMS Gaming stock, just for fun…Access the main LVBC website’s page for this information…
Link to WMS Gaming’s Official Website

*Celebrity Sports Center (CSC or Celebrity’s) was a family-oriented entertainment (bowling, swimming, [table] pool, restaurants, pin ball etc.) business and landmark in metropolitan Denver. Celebrity’s was located in Glendale, Colorado at 888 South Colorado Boulevard near East Kentucky Avenue. It opened in 1960 and operated continuously for 34 years before closing in 1994.[1] The original investors included Walt Disney, his brother Roy, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, George Burns, Charles Laughton, Burl Ives, Art Linkletter, John Payne, Spike Jones and Jim and Marion Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly).[2] read more from Wikipedia…
Click the wiki link for “An early promotional illustration of the signature Celebrity Sports Center building and sign.”

Aliante Station’s Feast Buffet

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Aliante Station's Feast Buffet - photo is from Flickr...
Aliante Station’s Feast Buffet – photo is from Flickr…

Aliante Station’s Feast Buffet
7300 Aliante Parkway
North Las Vegas NV 89084
Phone: 702-692-7777

From South 15 / Airport Take 15 North to I-215 West, Exit Right at Aliante Parkway

“A staple for any casino in Vegas, Feast Buffet does not disappoint. With a variety of live cooking stations of the freshest prepared food, the Feast Buffet menu features flavors from around the world including Asian, Tex-Mex, BBQ, American and Italian.”

“Don’t forget the Steak and Shrimp night on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays!”

Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm
Sunday 8am – 9pm

$10.99 per person or $9.99 with BP Card

Sunday – Wednesday
$15.99 per person or $12.99 with BP Card
Thursday – Saturday
$18.99 per person or $15.99 with BP Card

$15.99 per person or $12.99 with BP Card

Saturday Breakfast: 8am – 11am
$7.99 per person or $6.99 with BP Card
[from Aliante’s website]

Aliante Station offers many restaurants, including steakhouse, buffet, fast food read more from the RJ…

Connect with the Official Aliante Station Website
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“Press Release: Bettie Page Obituary”

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The late Bettie Page...
From the Official Bettie Page Website:
Los Angeles, December 11, 2008  –  “Bettie Page, sweet-smiling legendary 1950s pin-up queen with the killer curves and coal-black bangs, died today of pneumonia at a Los Angeles area hospital. She was 85 years old. She suffered a heart attack one week ago and never regained consciousness.   Her popularity as an underground, guilty pleasures phenomenon has continued to soar despite the fact that the reclusive Page disappeared almost a half century ago, leading many to believe that one of the most photographed individuals of the 20th century was already dead.” 
…”Funeral services will be Tuesday with a private service and burial at Westwood Cemetery a few feet away from her blonde sex icon counterpart, Marilyn Monroe.” read more…

“The One And Only Full Moon”

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Adobe Moon In The City
It was another Full Moon over North America: “The full Moon name for this month is Full Cold Moon.” “This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.” “This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.” read more from The Farmer’s Almanac…
The MOON was 100% FULL Friday, December 12, 2008 – 08:38am PST (Las Vegas, Nevada.)

Visit the LasVegasBuffetClub’s Moon page

Remembering Military Service Members, Hospitalized Veterans, and Their Families During the Holidays

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US Flag Eagle...

Holiday Messages
Want to share some joy by letting hospitalized veterans and military service members know you are thinking of them during this holiday season? Sending greeting cards, “care packages” and Internet messages of thanks for their service are some of the ways to do that. A number of corporations and non–profit organizations are pitching in to help brighten the holidays for service members and hospitalized veterans. To see how you can participate, read more…

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Little Man Ice Cream in Denver, Colorado “can.”

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Little Man Ice Cream in Denver...
This fine photo is from Westword magazine. FYI: The photo has a copper-cast. The actual color is pewter.

A Denver gem, just on the outskirts of downtown Denver, Little Man Ice Cream is housed in a perfectly scaled and finished, vintage, Cream-Can building. Reminiscent of 1940’s – 50’s Hot Dog or Donut stands which were built to look like an old shoe or a piece of food, this Cream-Can is fashioned from welded steel then finished to look just like the real thing. The thing is, the Cream-Can is a perfect representation. This hip piece of pop-art has a Ghirardelli Square vibe – eventhough it’s just one small building! Yea, I know…

“Little Man Ice Cream is located at the corner of 30th & Tejon… across the Highland Bridge at the end of 16th Street.”

“Little Man Ice Cream will be more than just an ice cream shop! We will be
making our own ice creams created by chefs. We will use only hormone-free
and organic ingredients when available. We will also make our own ice cream
bars and sandwiches. Every flavor will be unique and incredible!”

This information is from Little Man’s website.

Ice Cream
Ice Cream Bars
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice Cream Cakes & Pies
Ice Cream Sodas & Root Beer Floats
Shakes & Malts
Italian Sodas
Iced Coffee & Teas

Little Man opened for business July 3rd, 2008.
2620 16th Street
Denver, CO 80211
Get Directions
(303) 455-3811

If you enjoyed a taste of this, link to the LVBC BLOG post for San Clemente’s Velvet Yogurt
Visit the LasVegasBuffetClub’s Denver Restaurants page…

Online Casinos Needed by Congress, Says AGA President

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The LasVegasBuffetClub's Ace...

The following article was culled from the Interactive Gaming Council’s Official Website:

“Fahrenkopf asserts that there may be billions in revenue for the federal government through taxation of online casinos.” By Matt Miller – Online Casino – November 16, 2008 – The land casino industry is starting to examine options regarding online casinos. Last week, the president of the American Gaming Association offered his opinion that legalized online gambling is the future in the United States.

Frank Fahrenkopf runs the organization responsible for representing the giant casino operators. On the board of the AGA are such gambling executives as Steve Wynn, Gary Loveman of Harrah’s Entertainment, and Dan Lee of Pinnacle. This group has extensively lobbied in the past to keep Internet competition at bay by banning it.

But now, giant land casino resorts are next to impossible to finance, and revenues are dropping as travel becomes too expensive for many gamblers. And a new vision is taking place at the American Gaming Association.

Fahrenkopf sees the legalization and regulation of Internet gambling as key to Congressional budgets. Fahrenkopf, who knows politics from his days as chairman of the Republican Party during the Reagan Presidency, says in an interview with the Reno Gazette, “…any Congressman or Senator who introduces a piece of legislation that is going to cost something will also have to show how they are going to pay for it, either by cutting spending in one place or raising taxes in another. So we know under those circumstances, they will be looking around at a place to get additional revenue.”

Fahrenkopf asserts that there may be billions in revenue for the federal government through taxation of online casinos. And it’s clear through his statements that some of his members are rethinking online gambling.

Fahrenkopf mentions that Harrah’s, as owner of the World Series of Poker, would be interested in exploring Internet opportunities. And he also mentions MGM Mirage as being another company eyeing the great returns on relatively minuscule investment of online casino gambling.

The net result is that a lobby dedicated to preventing any incursions by Internet casinos now may reverse itself, pressing for online gambling as best for all concerned.

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MGM Mirage to develop casino in Vietnam

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By Las Vegas Sun’s Tim Richardson – Tue, Nov 18, 2008 (1:32 p.m.)
MGM Mirage announced today it is teaming up with an Asian development company to build a “Las Vegas-style” casino in Vietnam.

Asian Coast Development Ltd. will own and finance the MGM Grand Ho Tram. MGM Mirage will give development assistance and operate the resort property when it’s completed.

MGM Grand Ho Tram will anchor a $4.2 billion resort complex being built along the South China Sea beaches about 80 miles from Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel will have 1,100 rooms, a gaming area, luxury retail, live entertainment stages and beachfront recreation.

“MGM Grand Ho Tram’s prime beach-front location affords us an even greater opportunity to provide our guests with a spectacular experience,” Lloyd Nathan, executive vice president of MGM Mirage Global Gaming Development said in a statement released Tuesday. He said the resort will be “a showplace for the further development of high-end international tourism in Vietnam.”

Asian Coast Development Ltd. has broken ground on the resort, which is expected to open in 2011. It will be surrounded by a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf course.

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