Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 | 1:30 p.m.
Just say no School started two weeks ago, and already two school officials have been arrested for possession of meth. If CCSD wants to fix education, hiring sober staff seems a good place to start.—Sarah Feldberg, editor
“Valet Full.” Riviera has managed a virtual impossibility: A full valet, but an empty casino. At the opening of Greg London’s Icons, media members watched the casino’s entertainment vehicle, but they had to park their own.—John Katsilometes, contributing writer
Driven to fail Apparently the safest place to be in Nevada is ... Reno. In Allstate’s annual ranking of safe drivers, Reno was 11th on a list of 200. Las Vegas? Uh, 144th. Guess they don’t have texting up north.—Ken MIller, associate editor
Living lodge I never thought I would enjoy a casino attached to a Bass Pro Shops, but the Silverton’s antler chandeliers are actually kind of charming—as are the dollar drinks on Thursdays.—April Corbin, web content editor
Vegas shuffle According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Vegas casinos have started using pre-shuffled shoes at Baccarat tables to combat what the casinos see as “cheating.” Why can’t we just teach our dealers to shuffle cards thoroughly?—Rick Lax, staff writer
Reminiscent of a rustic lodge, this off-the-Strip casino offers something for everyone, including affordable rooms, an array of dining options and family friendly features.
Silverton Casino Hotel is decorated in earth tones, stone and wood, and accented with amber-tinted lighting. The 90,000-square-foot casino includes more than 30 tables games, 1,900 slots, a high-limit lounge, a newly renovated poker room and the Cantor Gaming Sports Book.
One of the resort's most unique features is its 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, which houses more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish — and an occasional mermaid. Just steps away from the aquatic wonderland is the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, with everything from hunting, boating, fishing and camping gear.
Surrounding the casino floor is a vast array of dining options, such as the upscale-steakhouse Twin Creeks or the unique Mexican restaurant Mi Casa Grill Cantina.
With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.