Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Million Dollar Winner, Candy Dance, Pizza, Lobster and More


You Read It Correctly:
Bodines Casino Had a Really Big Winner Just a Few Days Ago!
Progressive Jackpots Hitting Left and Right!
Just two weeks ago we put an article in our blog about all the Progressive Jackpots at the CVI. Well, we must have tickled something somewhere because the Lightning Link major progressive has now hit three times in eight days! At the CVI, it hit for $14,601 on Tuesday, September 12 and again for $10,539 last Saturday.  And at sister property Sharkey’s Casino the Lightning Link Progressive hit yesterday for $12,402 (note: the Lightning Link progressive at each property is separate). Not to be outdone, our other sister property “lit it up” on a massive scale when the Wheel Of Fortune® Progressive Jackpot hit for $1,052,574.99 (see picture above) last Saturday at Bodines Casino in Carson City!  Obviously these progressives do hit so we draw your attention to the Penny Progressive Jackpot which topped $46,000 yesterday. This one climbs – and can be won – at all three properties: CVI, Bodines Casino and Sharkey’s Casino. We’re on a hand-out-the-cash roll; will you be the next recipient?

Speaking of winners, and we haven’t touched this subject in quite a while, Mike had two winners last Friday at Los Alamitos: Hot Blooded Girl and Zap Again. Why no horse news in so long? As we’ve stated before, owning and running race horses is not for the faint of heart.

Sports Theme to the Last Wine Walk this Thursday
The last Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk is this Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 PM in downtown Gardnerville and you can’t do the wine walk without passing by or through Sharkey’s Casino! This month’s theme is Athletic/Sports so wear a jersey, uniform, hat or other garb from just about any team for which you have something hanging in your closet!  All the details are at this link and be sure to put a stop at Sharkey’s in your Thursday Wine Walk Game Plan!

The Carson Valley’s second biggest tourist crowd of the year is expected this weekend when the annual Candy Dance Art & Crafts Faire takes over the Town of Genoa this Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  A friendly reminder that the road in downtown Genoa will be closed from 7 AM to 5 PM both days so plan accordingly to “go the north route” if you’re traveling from the Carson Valley Inn to one of the Genoa Lakes golf courses. Another friendly reminder: if you’ve taken the shuttle service between the Carson Valley Inn and the Candy Dance in the past remember that, as they posted last year, the Town of Genoa will no longer be operating this service. However, parking areas and driving routes are well-defined and can be found at this link.

Hungry?
Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. We  are taking it upon ourselves to declare this a three-day celebration, today through Friday! If you have ample time and an idle mind, a search of the Internet will turn up any number of sources claiming that pepperoni is the most popular topping on pizza. And we can think of no better place to enjoy a freshly-tossed, assembled-to-order and hot-from-the-custom-oven pizza than at Bodine’s Casino.  Actor/Comedian Kevin James supposedly said, “There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap."  We say, “Enjoy it fresh out of the oven at Bodines. Any leftovers, we’ll give you a box, take it home, have it for breakfast the next day!”

Monday is National Lobster Day and we’ll cut right to the chase on this one and recommend the Surf and Turf Dinner Special in CV Steak: a 6-ounce filet mignon paired with an 8-ounce lobster tail! This hearty special starts with a tableside tossed salad and also includes vegetable plus your choice of a twice-baked, au gratin or baked potato. Funny thing if you dig into the history of lobster and how it became such a delicacy: a railway started serving the meat as an exotic item to its unknowing passengers!

Football and Other Sports info
  • Our Guys Picks:  Collectively the guys had a pathetic week with Mike picking the only winner of six games.  Mike’s 5 & 1 start proves it pays to work in the Sportsbook.  This week he looks to pad the wallet with the OVER 52 in the Iowa – Penn St. game and Michigan St. +4½ at Notre Dame.  Alan’s 4 & 2 record looks to improve with the Eagles – 6 against the Giants and Mississippi St. +5 at the Georgia Bulldogs.  With an abysmal 1 & 5 record Greg proves to know nothing about sports wagering (Sales Department – figures) and will try to dig out of the hole with Duke – 2 ½ vs. UNC and the Raiders – 3 ½ at the Redskins.   
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $2,777 (lucky number for you?) this week. Play as many cards as you wish – just $5 each!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI. Also, three tickets are distributed each week for the Ultimate Tailgate Party package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18.
  • $160 Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – earn entries during life poker games.
  • Place Your Bet: We are taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, NFL and College Football and the NASCAR ISM Connect 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl and 2018 NCAA Football Championship.
  • Sports tickets can be cashed-in at Guest Services when the Sports Book is closed. Horse Race tickets can be cashed only when the Race and Sports Book is open. Winning sports bets placed at any of our three casinos (CVI, Bodines and Sharkey’s) can be cashed at any of the three locations. 
  • The Douglas High School Athletics Memorial Dinner will be held in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, September 30 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM. The event is sponsored by Block D, the DHS Athletic Department and the DHS All Sports Boosters and you can help raise money for DHS sports programs by purchasing the $25 tickets from members of any of these teams: Football, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Girls Golf.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
Bill Wharton tonight, The Blues Monsters Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and Steve Lord Tuesday and Wednesday. Local artist, Bill Wharton has a vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz.  The Blues Monsters, a popular red-hot rockin' blues band from the North Lake Tahoe and Reno areas, performs a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues. A guitarist with dynamic vocals, Steve Lord presents an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with a free Trinket Box for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and start earning entries for the September 27 drawings for a Free Laptop.  
  • Penny Progressive:  The total passed $46,000 yesterday – just one 90-coin bet is all it takes!!
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through September!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday through September!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks; two boar shanks braised and slow cooked in beer, tomato, mustard and fresh herbs for $27. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday Night Football Party, DHS in TJ's Corral Again, Much More

Football  and Other Sports Info
  • Monday Night Football in the Cabaret Lounge will take on a party atmosphere September 18 when we’ll be displaying this year’s Ultimate Tailgate Party package and also welcoming the folks from The Winning Seat. As a reminder, we’re drawing a few names every Monday to qualify for the Ultimate Tailgate Package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18. The Winning Seat is a free fun app (see video above) you can download on Google Play or the Apple Store and there are plenty of prizes to be won!
  • Enjoy $2 Domestic Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $2,619 this week. Play as many cards as you wish – just $5 each!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI.
  • $160 Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – earn entries during live poker games.
  • Our Guys Picks:  The Sportsbook Guys are on FIRE – they’re 8 -0 to start the year!   Mike will keep it rolling this week by taking the LSU Tigers -7 at Mississippi St. and Purdue at +7 over Missouri.  Alan hopes to keep his perfect prognosticating with the over at 44 in the Lions-Giants game and the Eagles at +4½ over the Chiefs. Greg’s less than perfect 1 & 3 record has to improve with the under of 56 in the Clemson vs. Louisville game and the Seahawks to cover 13 ½ points against the lowly 49er’s.
  • Place Your Bet: We are taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, NFL and College Football and the NASCAR Tales of the Turtles 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway this Sunday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl and 2018 NCAA Football Championship.
  • Sports tickets can be cashed-in at Guest Services when the Sports Book is closed. Horse Race tickets can be cashed only when the Race and Sports Book is open. Winning sports bets placed at any of our three casinos (CVI, Bodines and Sharkey’s) can be cashed at any of the three locations. 
DHS Athletes to Swarm TJ’s Corral
The Douglas High School Athletics Memorial Dinner will be held in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, September 30 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM and this is a great opportunity to enjoy a barbecue dinner and help support the sports programs at Douglas High School. The event is sponsored by Block D, the DHS Athletic Department and the DHS All Sports Boosters and they’ve assembled quite an army of ticket sellers made up from members of the following DHS sports teams: Football, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Girls Golf. They’re all out now selling the $25 tickets which get you in to chow down on a buffet of Mesquite BBQ Chicken Breast and Chicken Thighs, BBQ Saint Louis Baby Back Ribs and Smoked Beef Brisket plus an assortment of salads, sides, and desserts. Here’s the best part: all $25 of your ticket price goes towards Douglas High School sports programs and the kids help make this possible by assisting with the set up, serving and cleanup. In the unlikely event you are not approached by at least one of the members of the teams mentioned above, you can always stop by the Tiger Cage at Douglas High School or call them at 775-782-5136, ext. 1868.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase for the adults.

This’ll Get You Psyched for the Aviation Roundup!
A whole slew of military and civilian performers and static aircraft displays will be on hand during the Aviation Roundup at  Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8. Get into the spirit by watching the 30-second video above and save a few bucks by getting your tickets in advance at this link. If you are more “tell me” than “Show me,” read all about it in this article from the Record Courier.

Hungry?
Having no idea how this all comes about, we’re just pointing out that Friday is National Double Cheeseburger Day, Sunday is National Monte Cristo Day and Monday is National Cheeseburger Day. Each of these days has a “story” and we invite you to click the links to read more about them. From our perspective, it’s more about sharing how you can celebrate these days in Katie’s at the Carson Valley Inn: our Classic Cheeseburger starts with a 1/3 pound char-grilled burger to which we add your choice of cheddar, American, Swiss or Jack cheese. We serve it with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles plus your choice of fries, potato salad or coleslaw. If that’s not quite enough, punch it up with another patty and more cheese and enjoy one of our Super Double Cheeseburgers! Our Monte Cristo is actually one of the Katie’s menu favorites. This deep-fried sandwich has ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, American cheese and syrup and also includes your choice of fries, potato salad or coleslaw.


Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Patrick Major tonight, Arizona Jones Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and Bill Wharton Tuesday and Wednesday. Patrick Major performs his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades. In a scene so often dominated by technology and gimmicks, Arizona Jones prefers to do it the old fashioned way - live and personal. And when they put their rockin' spin on classic R&B hits from the 60's and 70's, you never know who'll be singing louder, the audience or the band. They play the hits from Aerosmith and Amy Winehouse to Wilson Pickett and ZZ Top . . . and many artists in between. Local artist, Bill Wharton has a vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz.

Sunday is International Country Music Day - a great excuse to share the new Justin Lee video that was shot, in part, in TJ’s corral at a free concert back on August 12. Interested in how it all came together? Check out the video above and, if you were at the concert, you might even see yourself in one of the shots!

In the Casino
Tonight's Ladies' Night Prizes
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with a free Heart Shaped Clock for the first 150 ladies and Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and start earning entries for the September 27 drawings for a Free Laptop.  
  • Penny Progressive:  The total hovered near $42,900 yesterday – just one 90-coin bet is all it takes!!
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through September!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday through September!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Elk Tenderloin Fillets; two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with a Brandy Cherry demi and sundried cherries for $30. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NFL Football Returns, Beer Lovers Rejoice, Blackjack Tournament Tuesday, More

Penny Progressive Climbing
We have no idea what it really means when someone says a jackpot is “due to hit” so we won’t make that claim with respect to our Penny Progressive Slots. Just saying that it has “hit” for less than the current total and for more than the current total. However you look at it, all it takes is a 90-coin bet!

The USAF Thunderbird Ground Show
will be Part of the Aviation Roundup October 7 & 8
Aviation Roundup Just a Month Away
It’s now just a month until the US Air Force Thunderbirds headline an exciting list of military and civilian performers during the Aviation Roundup at  Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8.  Get your tickets at this link.

For Our Many Beer Loving Customers
Thursday is National Beer Lover's Day and how coincidental that it falls on the same day as the very first NFL football game of the 2017/2018 season! How does one celebrate National Beer Lover's Day? Why do we love beer so much? How did all this get started? Who really knows, but there are some great speculations at this link and this link. And here's even more entertaining information on the subject of beer: someone who considers himself or herself a beer enthusiast is sometimes referred to as a Cerevisaphile (two weeks in a row for a 13 letter word)! To learn more about this moniker and some other interesting facts about beer, click here. And if you enjoy beer, whatever you call yourself, you'll find plenty of selections in draft, bottled and canned brews at the various bars in the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey's Casino and Bodines Casino. Drink responsibly and enjoy!

Football at the Inn Now Fully Inflated!
Just $5 to Play!
  • Over 40 HDTVs and the full NFL package provide plenty of viewing opportunities in the Cabaret Lounge, Cabaret Bar, pit area, poker room and CV Steak Bar. Add in the HDTVs at Sharkey’s Casino and Bodines Casino and the total swells to almost 90 screens!!
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is back at all three properties with a special $5 parlay card each week. The Jackpot starts at $2,500 and climbs based on play until it hits . . . just like a slot progressive. Play as many cards as you wish!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI.
  • The Ultimate Tailgate Package is also back and we’ll be giving away one at each of our three casinos. We’ll draw a few names every Monday to qualify and the Ultimate Tailgate Packages will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18. What’s in an Ultimate Tailgate Package?  That’s a fair question . . . It’s a bunch of pretty cool Budweiser logo items and more and we'll have details in our blog next week.
  • A $160 Monday Night Football Grid is on tap in our poker room every week and you can obtain squares by making various hands during the week in live poker games. Check the details on this page and get in on the $40 payouts for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters and for the final score.
  • Our Guys Picks: Our guys went 4-2 last week . . . Mike and Alan were both 2-0 and Greg went 0-2. Technically, all three of them could have a perfect record this year! This weekend, Greg likes New Mexico State University at +7½ over the University of New Mexico and the University of Arizona at +1½ over Houston. Mike picked Illinois at +8 over Western Kentucky and took the over on Iowa vs. Iowa State at 48. Alan went with the Eagles at -1 over the Redskins and USC at -6½ over Stanford.
  • Sportsbook Action this week includes Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, NFL and College Football and the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway this Saturday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship
  • Sports tickets can be cashed-in at Guest Services when the Sports Book is closed. Horse Race tickets can be cashed only when the Race and Sports Book is open. Winning sports bets placed at any of our three casinos (CVI, Bodines and Sharkey’s) can be cashed at any of the three locations. 

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge 
Jonathon “JB” Barton tonight, the Justin Lee Band Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and Patrick Major Tuesday and Wednesday. Jonathon “JB” Barton performs favorites from Van Morrison, CCR, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Eagles and many more. Country singer Justin Lee released his new album Where I Belong last Friday and it is now for sale on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and more.  Justin recently held a free concert TJ’s Corral when he recorded part of the video for the single Like I've Fallen, one of the songs on the new album. Patrick Major performs his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades.

In the Casino
Candace Won an iPad and Case
at Last Week's Ladies' Night
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Last Wednesday, Candace Garrecht won the Apple iPad with case at our August Ladies’ Night Grand Prize drawing. Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with a free Compact Mirror for the first 150 ladies and World Market Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and start earning entries for the September 27 drawings for a Free Laptop.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through September!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday through September!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Blackjack Tournament Tuesday:  Held on the second Tuesday of each month, our blackjack tournaments are only $25 to enter and ALL buy-ins and rebuys go to the prize fund – the total depends on how many people enter and jump back in. Last month a total of $1500 went out to Gary Griffith ($750.00 for first), David Myers ($450.00 for second) and Teresa Sexton $300 for third).
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs; American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked in natural pan sauce for $30. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Inside the Head of Thunderbird #1, Progressive Jackpots Waiting to Hit, Blood Drive, Football, More



We Are Pretty Progressive Around Here…
At least as it relates to progressive slot jackpots! Our Penny Progressive is now over $36,000 and it can be won for a 90-coin bet (less than a buck!) here at the Carson Valley Inn, at Bodines Casino or at Sharkey’s Casino. In addition to a slew of “system” progressives (industry lingo for progressives that build, and can be won, at multiple casinos in the state), we also have some growing progressives that can only be “hit” here at the CVI. As of Tuesday, the Mega Jackpot on our Super Sky Wheel was over $6,700, the Grand Jackpot on our Cash Locomotive videos was over $14,600, the Lightning Link Grand Jackpot was over $15,300 and the Behemoth Buffalo Stampede Major Jackpot had topped $20,000. 

Aviation Roundup: USAF Thunderbirds Right Here in Minden!
Lt. Colonel Jason Heard will be leading the US Air Force Thunderbirds during their appearance at the Aviation Roundup in Minden on October 7 & 8. Watch this CNN video featuring Lt. Col. Heard as he talks about what it’s like to fly F-16's inches from each other and what it takes to be on the elite Thunderbird team. This year's appearance by the Thunderbirds  will have a major difference from the 2015 show: the entire team will actually deploy from the Minden Tahoe Airport which means their ground pre-departure show is part of what you’ll be able to enjoy. Get your tickets itself  at this link and plan on joining us for what promises to be a top notch show also including the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the US Navy F-18 Tac Demo Team, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team and an all-star lineup of civilian performers.


Blood Drive Friday
The United Blood Services Heroes Remembered Blood Drive is this Friday, September 1 from 10 AM to 6 PM in the west lot near our big electronic sign. Schedule your appointment by calling 800-696-4484 and use sponsor code N1HRH or simply go to this link. This is one of the last chances to qualify before the September 5 deadline for an entry into the 2017 Summer Ride to Save Lives sponsored by Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson® and United Blood Services.  The grand prize is a 2017 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™! UPDATE: United Blood Services is part of the national Blood Systems. As such, they are preparing to help in the Houston area as many, many blood drives in that area had to be cancelled. You'll be helping far past the local needs by donating Thursday.

Our "Internal" Football Pick Contest 2017
We're set for some friendly competition between three of our CVI folks as they vie for the “I can pick football better than you can” award for the 2017 season. Stepping up to participate are Mike and Alan from the sports book and Greg from the sales department. Each will pick two games every week, college or pro, over/under or the winner against the spread. For this first week, Greg picked West Virginia (+4½) over Virginia Tech and UTEP (+44) over Oklahoma State. Mike went with Oklahoma State (-18) over Tulsa and Texas A & M (+4) over UCLA. Alan likes LSU (-16½) to top BYU and Michigan State  (-17½) over Bowling Green. The stakes? You'll have to ask the guys!


Help Fight Cancer
  • The 2017 Hope Motorcycle Rally will be at the CVI on Saturday, September 30 with proceeds benefiting cancer research and awareness for 3 great organizations: Prostate Cancer Foundation, The National Cervical Cancer Coalition and The Teal Foundation. We invite you to read more about this fundraiser put on by Indian Motorcycle and many of the enthusiasts who enjoy riding this iconic brand.
  • The annual Bunko for Breast Cancer to benefit the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center is also coming up on Saturday, October 14 at the CVI and you can sign up or get more information on this webpage or this Facebook Page – or click here to send an email with any questions.  
Our Usual “This and That” . . .
  • Thursday is Diatomaceous Earth Day. We mention this for one superfluous reason and one very important reason: from the "why did you even say that" perspective, Diatomaceous is a 12 letter word and we are usually banned from using words that long in this blog. From the "oh, now I get it" point of view, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is used in the filtering of beer, a liquid refreshment that becomes so prevalent during the fall football season.
  • Friday is College Colors Day which, best we can determine, recognizes the extreme pride and zealous enthusiasm (and sometimes outright lunacy) exhibited by so many who attended college when the football season kicks off.
  • Saturday is National Tailgating Day and we invite you to read about how this “day” got started. Shows you just about anybody can start a "National Day" for just about any reason. Also, and more directly, how appropriate for the first Saturday with a full slate of college football games!
  • Tuesday is Be Late for Something Day and also Cheese Pizza Day. Our suggestion is to combine them both by spending an extra hour or two at Bodines Casino and enjoying a cheese pizza fresh out of Bodines brick pizza oven . . . with your favorite beer, of course! And, if you are then late for something, it's not your fault - you were justifiably celebrating a national day!
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
Cliff and Dave tonight, the California Cowboys Thursday through Sunday and Jonathon “JB” Barton Monday through Wednesday. Cliff and Dave provide an evening of sultry R&B, funk and swinging rock ’n’ roll. R. W. Smith and the California Cowboys have appeared on concert billings with such country favorites as Alabama, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Clint Black, George Jones, Joe Diffe, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, The Bellamy Brothers, Restless Heart, Travis Tritt, Doug Stone, Alan Jackson, George Strait, and many other country stars.   Jonathon “JB” Barton performs favorites from Van Morrison, CCR, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Eagles and many more. Once the NFL season starts we’ll be going to live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday and featuring Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football in The Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Chocolate Football "Pop" and Makeup Bag for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Football Themed Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also on the docket: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and the last week to earn entries for tonight’s drawings for a Free iPad.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through September!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday through September!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Ladies-Only Poker Tournament Monday:: Our monthly tournament just for the ladies with brush up lessons starting at 3 PM and cards flying at 4 PM. 
  • 5X Points Monday: 5X Points all day for Labor Day!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, the last week of Preseason NFL Football a full slate of NCAA Football games and the NASCAR Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this Sunday. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship.    
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi seasoned with fresh herbs for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ronnie Milsap Saturday, Streaking Jets Just 45 Days Away, More

  • Ronnie Milsap . . . Ray Charles personally inspired him to get started, he collaborated with Elvis - at Elvis' request, he has a method for keeping his voice in shape and he has recorded with Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. It’s all captured in this Q&A piece Tim Parsons of Tahoe Onstage put together after a lengthy interview with the country artist just a few days ago. Milsap will be performing his classic songs like "Smoky Mountain Rain," "I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World," "No Getting Over Me," "Any Day Now," and many more this Saturday in TJ’s Corral.  
  • The Children’s Cabinet: If you don’t remember anything else about The Children’s Cabinet, just remember this: their mission is to keep children safe and families together. We invite you to read more about their mission, philosophy and values. The Children’s Cabinet provides a wide range of crisis intervention services, including Safe Place, a service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth experiencing violence, abuse or exploitation. Programs also include runaway and homeless youth services, substance abuse and gang intervention programming, work experience training, and independent living for former foster care youth. So, when you purchase a ticket for this Saturday’s  Ronnie Milsap concert, you’re not only “signing up” for an evening of nostalgic country entertainment, you may be potentially helping someone, somewhere in northern Nevada, sidestep or mitigate a family crisis.
  • The box office and “Will Call” open at 4 PM, the doors open at 7:15 PM, the concert starts at 8 PM and you may purchase your tickets at this link and help benefit The Children's Cabinet! Oh, and the obligatory stuff: please leave the lawn chairs, pets and outside beverages at home and if you must smoke during the show, please do so only in the designated area near the DCSO fence. 
CVI is a Proud Sponsor of the Aviation Roundup
As the host hotel for the performers, we’ve been working behind the scenes for many months with the Aviation Roundup staff and have watched with our jaws open as they have upped the game from the 2015 show substantially. Sure the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the The US Navy Tac Demo Team will be back . . . but they’ll be joined at the October 7 & 8 show by the U.S. Army Golden Knights the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team and an impressive “A List” of civilian performers for an air show that will rival what you’d see in a major metropolitan area - all right here at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Catch the video above as Minden-Tahoe Airport Ops Supervisor Chris Johnson tells the story of what the event will bring.

Our Usual “This and That” . . .
Katie's Super Waffle - Want One?
  • What is it About the Third Wednesday in August? Not at all relevant to the CVI, but we find it somewhat ironic that, for two years in a row, the Minden-Tahoe Airport must close to aircraft operations for a few hours on the last Wednesday of August for a presidential visit. For you aviation geeks, the info is here.
  • Thursday is Peach Pie Day and of course we sell whole peach pies at the Katie’s bakery counter or by the slice in Katie’s restaurant.
  • Thursday is also National Waffle Day: The Katie’s Super Waffle is served from 5 AM until noon daily and includes a fresh-made waffle with two eggs any style and choice of three strips of bacon or three sausage links all for $7.99. And for a nontraditional way to celebrate National Waffle Day, dig into a pile of Waffle Fries in the Jackpot Café at Sharkey’s Casino!
  • Friday is National Whiskey Sour Day: we asked Erin at the Cabaret Bar to do one of her videos on how she makes a whiskey sour. She just gave us “the look” and, in a friendly manner, said “it’s just sour mix and whiskey. Even with all my talents I can’t make that sounds exciting!”
  • Without Them We Are Sunk! We’re talking about our incredible IT Staff that keeps things together at the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino and Sharkeys Casino. We figure they must have a highly efficient lobbyist to get all four of these special “Days” lumped into one week. So, as a salute to them we recognize Internaut Day on Thursday, Webmistress Day Saturday and both Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day and Crackers Over The Keyboard Day Monday.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge  
Roem Baur tonight and Thursday, the John Dawson Band Friday and Saturday, Paul Covarelli, Sunday and Monday and Cliff and Dave Tuesday and Wednesday. Roem Baur is a classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll. The John Dawson Band is a Reno based group who entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. Paul Covarelli displays exceptional versatility on hits from artists like The Beatles, Merle Haggard and Jimmy Buffet plus the sounds of jazz, blues and Latin. Cliff and Dave provide an evening of sultry R&B, funk and swinging rock ’n’ roll. Once the NFL season starts we’ll be going to live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday and featuring Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football in The Cabaret Lounge.
Live Entertainment Goes to Tuesday - Saturday When NFL Football Starts
Above is our upcoming Weekend Entertainment
In the Casino
This Trio Pack for the
First 150 Ladies Tonight!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Logo'd Iced Pear Lotion, Hand Sanitizer & Lip Balm Set for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also on the docket: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and chances to earn entries for the August 30 drawings for a Free iPad.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM every Thursday through August!
  • 4X Points Friday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day every Friday in August!
  • Friday Cash and Free Play Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for Cash & Free Play. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Friday night!
  • Saturday All Cash Giveaways: Drawings at 6, 8 & 10 PM for cash on the spot. Eight winners each drawing and one guaranteed $1,000 winner Saturday night!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: We are taking action on Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, Preseason NFL Football and NCAA Football (yes, four games this weekend!!!). NASCAR has the week off. Futures on the board include winners for the World Series, 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Football Championship and the 2018 NBA Championship.
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Game Tips - elk tenderloin tips sautéed with mushrooms and Cabernet Demi, served over peppered Pappardelle pasta for $28. Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!