Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Temptations Saturday - in Both TJ's Corral and Our Bakery Counter

The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards
Saturday in TJ's Corral caption
I Wish It Would Rain In TJ’s Corral Saturday Night! Do we really want it to rain Saturday night during the The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards Concert? Of course not – and it won’t! “I Wish It Would Rain” will be one of the 20+ top-ten hits of the Temptations you just might experience in TJ’s Saturday. This popular Motown legend also had 20 top-ten albums, numerous TV appearances, and songs that are embedded in the memories of anyone who listened to pop or R&B music in the mid-sixties through the nineties and – thanks to long-time member Dennis Edwards – even into today. Edwards was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods. Two of the Temptations songs he appears on, "Cloud Nine" (1968) and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972), won Grammy Awards. Edwards was the lead singer on many of the other Temptations hits including “I Cant’ Get Next To you”, “Ball of Confusion”, “Psychedelic Shack” and “My Girl”. Dennis Edwards has received 7 Grammy Awards, 14 Gold Records, has sold over 100,000,000 recordings worldwide. Nostalgia, history and memories of years many of us remember well . . . all on stage in TJ's Corral this Saturday at 8 p.m.  Don't miss it!

Next Up in TJ’s Corral
The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser concerts are next in TJ’s Corral. The guys in the Eli Young Band seem anxious to get here as you see in the video above. They even got “pretty darn close” on the correct pronunciation of Nevada! Tickets start at $59 for both concerts and they are available on our website, at the hotel desk, or by calling 775-783-6606.

TJ's Corral and Valley Ballroom Country Alumni all on One Stage Tonight 
More than a dozen country legends are showing their support to the families of the recently slain Dallas police officers in a Stars Behind the Stars benefit concert in Fort Worth tonight. Among those who have performed for audiences at the CVI are Tanya Tucker, the Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye, Johnny Lee, Moe Bandy and T.G. Sheppard, who will also serve as host of the event.

Imagine Yourself on a a 180-Day Around the World Cruise
180-Day Around the World Cruise – Want In?
Imagine spending six months on a luxury cruise ship visiting virtually every exotic port of call in the free world! And imagine doing this in a penthouse suite with 24-hour butler service, unlimited access to the private terrace in the spa club, a laptop computer with wireless Internet access for your use,  all your meals and much more! You could jump on a reservation for the January 6, 2017 departure with Oceania Cruises  tomorrow if you won the CVI Penny Progressive Jackpot at its current level of $94,500+ (as of last night).  Wait, you want to bring your spouse along? Hmmm, better hit that jackpot twice or you’ll have to move down to an inside stateroom so you both can go! As a reminder, our Penny Progressive Jackpot will hit here at the Carson Valley Inn . . . it’s not tied to any other casino!

Catch this "power-pop” country act in the Cabaret Lounge thru Saturday
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: The Rye Brothers are in house tonight through Saturday and Patrick Major takes over Sunday through Wednesday.  The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar driven songs. Led by founders Paul Justin & Justin Foutz, who trade off on the lead vocals and guitar licks, the Southern California based quartet is rounded out by a solid rhythm section consisting of Jacob Delott (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Sorenson (drums, backing vocals).   Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Free Bingo plus a free Key Chain to the first 150 ladies to sign up tonight. Our hot seat prizes tonight are Gift Baskets by Shelly Camp and, as always, there will be a ladies-only drink special and raffle.
    • 4X Points Wednesday: INN Club members earn 4 Times points today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Be sure to use your INN Club card and Quadruple the point value of your play!
    • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo every odd hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for your chance to win $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Scratch for Cash Drawings Friday: This is the culmination of our July promotion with drawings at 6 & 8 p.m. bringing the chance to win up to $10,000!
    • 5X Points Saturday: This Saturday INN Club members earn 5X Points all day – that’s quintuple the benefit buildup!
    • Scratcher Drawings Sunday: If you participated in our Mystery Multiplier Scratchers during July, be sure to be here for the month-end drawings at 6 & 8 p.m.
    • Bingo Monday: Come in and play Bingo every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Poker Room: Lots of promotions, special games and tournaments . . .  Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, the PGA Championship, and Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Race at Pocono Raceway. Also on the board, futures bets on who will win the Super Bowl, 2016 Season NCAA Football Championship and the World Series
  • In Our Restaurants
  • An Assortment of Mini Cheesecakes
    at the Katie's Bakery Counter
    • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s with three specials at  just $6.99 each!
    • An 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail for $28.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
    • Saturday is National Cheesecake Day according  to someone (we don’t know who) with enough influence to get it so declared on the Internet! However it started, we're ready to celebrate here at the CVI. Every weekend we offer mini cheesecakes for $7 each at the Katie’s bakery counter with a variety of “flavors.”  We also offer full-size cheesecakes to take home and scrumptious cheesecake desserts in both Katie’s and CV Steak.
    • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV 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 Reservations 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, July 20, 2016

Temptations, Lexus for Pennies, Superheros and More

My Girl, Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, The Way You Do the Things You Do - these are just some of the many Temptations hits from the late sixties and early seventies you’ll hear when The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards takes the stage in TJ's Corral on Saturday, July 30. Can you guess which three of these made the top six in a Reader's Poll of the Ten Greatest  Motown Songs by Rolling Stone?  Reserved seating tickets are $39 and $49 and are available on our website, at the hotel desk, or by calling 775-783-6606. For even more of a trip down memory lane, check out this article about the upcoming Temptations Review concert posted by our friends at Tahoe OnStage! Additional 2016 Concerts in TJ’s Corral include The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!

Picture this . . . you come out of Katie’s and were given $7.77 in change after paying your bill. You take it as a “sign,” make a right turn, and head to the Penny Progressive to play the $5 bill.  You push the button for your 5th “max coin” bet at 90 coins and all the "Triple Red Hot 3X" symbols line up. The bells start ringing, lights start flashing, the jackpot stops progressing and before you register the reality of the moment the person next to you shouts, “%$#*&!! - you just won the jackpot!” People start showing up and soon you’re faced with the decision we’d all welcome, “Will that be cash or check?”  Fast forward about a week. You took the check, paid 20% Federal Income Tax (sorry, one of the harsh realities) and drove up to Dolan Lexus in your old car. A couple of hours later you drove home in a brand new and totally loaded 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport. You paid for the car, registration, sales tax, transfer fee, first year of insurance and all that other nonsense . . . . and still had enough left over to stop by the CVI and buy drinks for all who would stop to listen to your story.  Sound farfetched? According to our friends at Dolan Lexus it’s entirely possible based on the Progressive Jackpot of over $87,000 as of last night.  Want in?


You just had to be there! If a picture is worth 1000 words, then the video photo collage above from the Clay Walker concert has a five-figure word value! Clay's showmanship was as dynamic and exciting as we've seen at any of our concerts in TJ's Corral . . . and our thanks go out to the many fans in attendance who posted their Clay Walker Concert pictures on our Facebook page.

Superman, Batman and Spiderman Walk Up to the Silver Dollar Bar in Sharkey's Casino and order one of the many draft beers on tap. Soon their presence attracts some of the fairer sex including Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Bat Girl and, although not apparent to all, The Invisible Woman. If this sounds like we are building a verbal picture of a comic book version of the bar scene from a Star Wars movie, it isn't.  It's actually a somewhat embellished projection of what might actually happen this Thursday when the monthly Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk in Gardnerville takes on a Superhero Theme.  Be sure to register starting at 4:30 PM at either the Town of Gardnerville Offices (across the street and ‘bout a block down from Sharkey’s) or Big Daddy’s Bike Shop near the Minden/Gardnerville line.

Not Just Another Cow in the Field with Mountains in the Background Picture! Matt Carter, our Director of Hotel Operations, captured this picture in the calm before the storm of our Carson Valley Inn/Bodines Casino/Sharkey’s Casino Employee Picnic last week. It was a full and festive day with hundreds of employees and their families enjoying eight hours of food, games, rides, music and more. We also throw a creative Christmas Party for all our employees with gifts for all the kids (hundreds of 'em), crafts, pictures, and quite the holiday buffet! Add in the generous benefits program (getting harder to find these days, especially in a Casino) and you'll find that working at our properties is not just another job in a casino!  Here’s a great way for you and your family to get in on our upcoming picnics and Christmas Parties . . and for you to enjoy working for a creative and successful owner: check out the job opportunities available on this webpage or just stop by the HR office “just down the hall” from our hotel registration desk. And we do know that the picture depicts a bull rather than a cow.

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Free Bingo plus a free Red, White & Blue Tote Bag to the first 150 ladies to sign up tonight. Our hot seat prizes tonight are Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets and the usual ladies-only drink special and raffle. 
    • 4X Points Wednesdays: INN Club members earn 4 Times points Wednesdays in July from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Be sure to use your INN Club card and Quadruple the point value of your play!
    • Bingo in the Casino Thursdays: Come in and play Bingo every odd hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for your chance to win $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • 5X Points Saturday: Saturdays during July INN Club members earn 5X Points all day – that’s quintuple the benefit buildup! 
    • Free Cash Bounce Back Sunday/Monday: Slot players, earn just 50 points this Sunday and swipe at the casino kiosk for your Cash Bounce Back coupon. Then, come back on Monday and redeem it for the free cash amount indicated on your coupon!
    • Poker Room: Lots of promotions, special games and tournaments . . .  Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, who will win the PGA Tournament in a week (Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are currently co-favorites), who will win the next Super Bowl (the Raiders carry a 3X better chance than the Niners) and the Combat Wounded 400 NASCAR Race at Indianapolis Speedway this Sunday.
  • In Our Restaurants
    • Wednesday is Italian Night in Katie’s: 3 specials, just $6.99 each!
    • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
    • Friday special in CV Steak feast on our Chef's Choice Game Special. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
    • Saturday is National Hot Dog Day. We serve em in Job's Perk - plain or as a chili dog!
    • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV 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.
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Bill Wharton is on stage tonight, the After Dark Band takes over on Thursday through Saturday and Jonny Smokes is here Sunday through Tuesday. The high energy of the After Dark Band will have you up and dancing and singing along with this lively group of guys from the “greater Rio Vista” area! Their repertoire is filled with the songs you know and love and they seem to always create an instant party in the CVI Cabaret Lounge.  While carrying the label of "One Man Band," this moniker fails miserably to even begin to define the high tech and energetic live experience of a Jonny Smokes show. Turned loose upon a stage filled with beautiful instruments and modern equipment, Jonny enthusiastically delivers a high tech one man exhibition as he consistently performs over 150 solo shows every year in the western United States and throughout Europe. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

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 Reservations 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, July 13, 2016

Clay Walker, Sporting Clays, 2 Highlighted Golf Courses, More


Clay or Clays – We’ve Got ‘em Both!
Clay Walker live in concert in TJ's Corral this Friday  . . .  and Sporting Clays at Walker River Resort in three weeks - it kind of ties together and after all, this is a blog and that gives us license to weave subjects together as we see fit!

  • Clay Walker brings a full vault of country treasures including 4 RIAA Platinum Albums, 2 Certified Gold Albums and 11 #1 hit singles.  Clay's effect on his fans was recently captured by one of our TJ’s Corral Facebook Page followers who so aptly stated about his hit “Fall” (video above) which reached number 5 on the U.S. country singles chart, "Fall is my favorite song. I heard it and I could of sworn it was written for me and what I was going through. He became my favorite.”  Our friends at Tahoe Onstage provide more insight into Clay in this article which includes a link to Clay’s 2015 single, Right Now.  Reserved seating tickets for this Friday's Clay Walker Concert are $39 and $49 and are available online, at the hotel desk or by calling 775-783-6606.  Additional 2016 Concerts in TJ’s Corral include The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!
  • As for the Sporting Clays, we still have a few spots open in our Summer Fun Shoot. Unlike our February Shooting Weekend, this one is limited in size and includes a cocktail gathering on Sunday evening, sporting clays on Monday at Walker River Resort  and Tuesday at Carson Valley Clays, lunch both days, and a family-style Basque dinner at the JT Restaurant & Bar on Tuesday night. All the details are at this link and we hope you’ll check it out and join us!
Great Golf Course News!
This week we shine a spotlight on two of the dozen golf courses played by the 100+ golf groups that headquarter at the Carson Valley Inn each year.

Knaughty Pine Bar at Genoa Ranch
  • The Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes recently opened their new Knaughty Pine Bar and new Pro Shop in a much more accessible location just east of the original and now-empty large clubhouse. Head Golf Professional Chris Detsch, PGA, and his staff have nestled into this cheerful new home and the renewed energy is contagious!  The Ranch Course is home to both the Friday practice round and the Saturday competition round for our annual Mixed Scramble which is coming up on the weekend after Labor Day. We hope you'll consider joining in on what has to be our most fun-filled golf event of the year! The two Genoa Lakes courses continue to be our most-often-requested and we enjoy a great working relationship with the staff, ownership and, unfortunately for this writer, that pesky forced carry on hole #12 at the Lakes Course!
  • Meanwhile, Thunder Canyon Golf Course has been sold and is now operating as
    Hole #16 at Toiyabe Golf Club
    Toiyabe Golf Club. The club’s new owner, Stan Jaksick, former president of the acclaimed Montrêux Golf and Country Club in Reno will be transitioning Toiyabe from a private club to a semi-private club - opening it up to public play while still accommodating the existing members. Fortunately for us and the many groups that stay with us and play this course, they will continue to be very group friendly. A new fleet of golf carts is already in place and a special crew has been retained to start on a list of on-course enhancements to the already top-shelf track!
  • If you are part of a group of golfers and would like to look into one of our group packages, we're booking now for the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017. Hop on the phone and call Greg Enholm, PGA our Golf Sales Manager at 775-783-6615. Greg will be glad to match your needs with our services. He makes it really easy by arranging the hotel rooms, tee times, group dinners and more . . . including, if you ask nice, a tip or two on your swing!
Someone Will Win this Progressive Here at CVI
Pokémon Go Creatures or Pennies? Someone asked us if the Carson Valley Inn was a “location” for any of the “creatures”  or experiences connected with the new Pokemon Go online game released just a little over a week ago. Our answer: Heck, we don’t know – we’re still trying to figure out how the Golden State Warriors blew a 3 – 1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball finals!  Our advice: let those who so choose spend their time using their smartphone to chase the Pokemon Go virtual reality while you concentrate on the Penny Progressive slots along our South wall because the jackpot is now over $80,000!! Oh, seems Bodines Casino is a hiding place for some of those virtual critters and Sharkey's is a Pokemon gym . . . but remember this is coming from someone still fixated on the now-history NBA Championships!

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
  • Free to First 150 Ladies to Sign Up Tonight!
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Free Bingo plus a free Flag-Theme Visor to the first 150 ladies to sign up tonight. Our hot seat prizes tonight are Custom Made Gift Baskets by Shelly Camp and, as always, there will be a ladies-only drink special and raffle. 
    • 4X Points Wednesdays: INN Club members earn 4 Times points Wednesdays in July from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Be sure to use your INN Club card and Quadruple the point value of your play!
    • Bingo in the Casino Thursdays: Come in and play Bingo every odd hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for your chance to win $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • 5X Points Saturday: Every Saturday during July INN Club members earn 5X Points all day – quintuple the benefit buildup! 
    • Free Cash Bounce Back Sunday/Monday: Slot players, earn just 50 points this Sunday and swipe at the casino kiosk for your Cash Bounce Back coupon. Then, come back on Monday and redeem it for the free cash amount indicated on the coupon!
    • Poker Room: Lots of promotions, special games and tournaments . . .  Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, British Open and Saturday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Race.
  • In Our Restaurants
    • Wednesday is Italian Night in Katie’s – three specials – just $6.99 each!
    • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Game Tips for $26.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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’s, CV 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.
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Jonathon “JB” Barton is on stage tonight, the Voodoo Cowboys take over for the weekend on Thursday through Saturday and Bill Wharton is here Sunday through Wednesday. Playing together since 2009, the Voodoo Cowboys have appeared at most major casino venues in Nevada.  Not the “cryin' in your beer” type country band, they are the life of the party with their dance-inducing, hard drivin' country music and rock n roll. The group has entertained crowds on numerous stages around the world, as well as sharing stages with such rock and country stars as David Nail, Little Texas, Ron Keel, Toby Keith and many more. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

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 Reservations 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, July 6, 2016

Behemoth Slot, Free Bingo, Clay Walker Concert, New in Poker

 “Jesse James” single from Clay Walker’s album She Won’t Be Lonely Long
The Clay Walker Concert in TJ’s Corral is just over a week away on Friday, July 15 and tickets are available online, at the hotel desk or call 775-783-6606.  Clay has sold over 11 million albums, has 4 RIAA Platinum Albums, 2 Certified Gold Albums and 11 #1 hit singles.  After Clay, these additional 2016 Concerts are coming up in TJ’s Corral: The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!

Ladies, Bingo Is Back! Free Bingo is back for Ladies’ Night every Wednesday in July from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Two or three times each week our hosts will pass out bingo cards to all the ladies playing slots or table games. The winner of each game will receive $50 in free play and any ties will be split. Also on tap tonight: a free USA (red, white, blue) lunch tote to the first 150 ladies to sign up and our hot seat prizes tonight are Costco Gift Baskets. As always, there will be a ladies-only drink special and raffle. 

CVI Poker Room Offers Special Games, Tournaments, Promotions
Poker Room Bustling! The crew in our poker room is constantly adding new promotions and games and updating your favorites. Some of the highlighted special games include a no limit Hold'em game on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m., a $2-$6 Crazy Pineapple game Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and a $2-$10 Texas Hold'em game with no-limit overs on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6 p.m.  Our High Hand Promo runs Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with a cash prize to the three highest hands during this time.  The July Drawing Promo provides entries with certain hands in cash or tournament games and drawings on July 30  with five $100 winners. A Noon Shootout Hold'em Tournament is held every Monday – Saturday, a Crazy Pineapple Tournament happens Tuesday at 6 p.m., and a Texas Hold'em tournament takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at noon. There’s also a Spin the Wheel & Win promo and Nine Progressive Jackpots. Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.


Imagine a Screen 15 Times the Size of an IPhone 6! We’ll take the guesswork out of it for you – that would be about 84 inches in diameter and from top to bottom it would be almost 6 feet tall. Want to see what it looks like? Check out the new Behemoth sized Buffalo Stampede slot machine that grabs your attention quickly as you first walk in the front Casino door. It’s a penny machine (remember, that doesn’t mean you can actually play penny coins) with a $27,000+ jackpot and climbing. The video above (check the size of the man's head, lower left,  vs. the screen size) depicts only a minor stampede . . . the bonus round stampede definitely gets your attention when an almost life-size buffalo comes at you in full “Snort” mode with bass-enhanced sound, rumbling you in the over-sized bench that easily seats two! Speaking of penny slots . . . keep an eye on the “come on it’s gotta hit soon” Penny Progressive Jackpot along the Hwy 395 casino wall – now over $75,000!

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: But you knew that ‘cause you read the article further up in today’s blog!
    • 4X Points Wednesdays: INN Club members earn 4 Times points Wednesdays in July from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Be sure to use your INN Club card and Quadruple the point value of your play!
    • Bingo Thursdays: Come in and play Bingo every odd hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays for your chance to win $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards.  All number/letters are displayed on TVs throughout the Casino and our announcers also “call” the game!
    • 5X Points Saturday: Every Saturday during July INN Club members earn 5X Points all day – that’s quintuple the benefit buildup! 
    • Monthly Blackjack Tournament Tuesday: Our monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday evening in the Table Games area. All entry fees (just $25) and rebuys are distributed as prize money to the top three finishers. Check with any of the dealers for more info.
    • Free Cash Bounce Back Sunday/Monday: Slot players, earn just 50 points this Sunday and swipe at the casino kiosk for your Cash Bounce Back coupon. Then, come back on Monday and redeem it for the free cash amount indicated on the coupon!
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, UEFA Euro France Soccer and Saturday’s Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts NASCAR Race (could the names get any longer!) at Kentucky Speedway. Also – get your bet down on who will win the July 14 – 17 British Open.
  • In Our Restaurants
    • Wednesday is Italian Night in Katie’s – three specials – just $6.99 each!
    • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy!
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is . . . Chef's Choice which means he wasn't happy with the first item he had planned so he reordered early this morning. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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’s, CV 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.
  • Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: John Palmore entertains tonight and Just Us take the stage Thursday through Saturday. Just Us is a unique group of musicians who decided to blend together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" sounds - music from the 60’s to the present.  Aladdin handles lead vocal and percussions. He is joined by Les Carter on vocals and drums, Phil Weaver on vocals and guitar and Fred Williams on bass. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.
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 Reservations 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, June 29, 2016

Sushi Added in CV Steak, Free Patriotic Concert Sunday, More

Hmmm, some of the Sushi was eaten by the time
Ana Vee took this picture!
Sushi Nights in CV Steak! We kicked this off to a soft opening last week and based on the sales and what we have heard, looks like we have a winner. CV Steak is now offering a special Sushi Plate on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights that includes all of the following:  3 pieces each of Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Yellow Tail Hamachi Sashimi, Philly Roll (smoked salmon, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, cucumber and green onions), California Roll (crab Kanikami, avocado, cucumber and Tobiko), Caterpillar Roll (Unagi eel, avocado, cucumber and sweet unagi sauce) and Spicy Tuna Roll (ahi tuna, Hamachi yellow tail tuna, cucumber and CV Steak spicy sauce) plus Miso Soup, Wakame seaweed salad, ginger, wasabi and soy sauce . . . all for only $24! And as those infomercials always say, “But Wait, There’s More!” On Thursday nights, this special is offered for just $20! We don’t have an unlimited supply of sushi each night so we suggest you come early and give it a try!

Penny Progressive tops $70k, Climbing Quickly
It’s Getting More Difficult to Take This Picture! Our Penny Progressive Jackpot climbed over $70,000 yesterday – the higher it goes, the more people who play and the faster it continues to grow and . . . it makes it more difficult to find an empty machine to take a picture! Remember, this jackpot can only “hit” here at the CVI!

Free Patriotic Concert this Sunday in TJ's Corral
Air National Guard Band Concert this Sunday: We take a break from the regular concert lineup in TJ’s Corral this weekend to  proudly present a Free Patriotic Concert by the 562nd Air National Guard Band of the West Coast.  Here’s some information you’ll find helpful to best enjoy this free concert:  We’ll have plenty of chairs set up in TJ’s Corral – seating is on a first-come basis. Also feel free to bring blankets if you’d like to sit on the grass area. Please leave your pets, lawn chairs and drones at home. We’re not serving any food, but there will be a bar for purchasing cold beverages. The concert kicks off at 6 PM when The Patriots in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform. After a brief break, the entire Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Concert Band will bring the evening to a crescendo. And after this concert, it’s time to get your tickets for these additional 2016 Concerts in TJ’s Corral: Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser! 

In the Casino This Week:
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive a red/white/ blue flashing clothing pin and a patriotic chocolate pop from The Chocolate Factory!  Our hot seat prizes tonight are again Custom Gift Baskets by Shelly Camp. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
  • Grand Finale Giveaways Thursday: If you’ve been following our $100,000 Guaranteed Giveaways Promotion during May and June, you probably already know the Grand Prize Drawings are this Thursday at 6 & 8PM with the chance to win up to $2,500! This probably goes without saying, but it is a blog so we can say whatever we want: if you’re not here, you have zero chance to win any amount!
  • 5X Points Saturday: Every Saturday during July INN Club members earn 5X Points all day! So, be sure to use your INN Club card and quintuple the point value of your play!
  • Ladies-Only Poker Tournament Sunday: Our monthly Ladies-only Poker Tournament is Sunday evening with the usual, and the always unexpected, fun and a few surprises. Refresher lessons start at 3 PM and tournament play starts at 4 PM. Check with the poker folks for all the details and any special tips on how you can increase your odds.
  • Free Cash Bounce Back Sunday/Monday: Slot players, here’s an easy way to get a cash bonus during July - earn just 50 points this Sunday and swipe at the casino kiosk for your Cash Bounce Back coupon. Then, come back on Monday and redeem it for the free cash amount indicated on the coupon!
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, Soccer, tonight's deciding game of the NCAA College World Series and Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Race at Daytona International Speedway. Golf fans can also wager on who will win the upcoming British Open. 
Blood Drive This Friday: The annual CVI Driving for Donors All American Hero Blood Drive is Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot between the Casino/Hotel and the entrance to the RV Resort. Please try to donate if you are able. United Blood Services makes it easy to schedule your appointment on line . . . or call them at 1-800-696-4484.

Three Nights of California Cowboys - Free in our Cabaret Lounge!
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Jonathon “JB” Barton entertains tonight and The California Cowboys take the stage Thursday through Saturday, R. W. Smith and the California Cowboys deliver a powerful sound, with the clear punch of tight three-part harmonies. Lead singer and songwriter, R.W. dances and jokes with the audience while delivering top billing entertainment. Together with drummer Hal Atkinson, guitar player Gary Potterton (producer of “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer”), and bass player Cary Atkinson; these fine musicians form one of California’s most successful country-western bands. The group has 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. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • To Make a Hotel Reservation: You will  always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservations Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.
  • Dining at the Inn:
    • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV 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.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs for $29.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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. 
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, June 22, 2016

Oak Ridge Boys Saturday, Eli Young Band Tickets Thursday

The Oak Ridge Boys This Saturday
A Selfie with the Oak Ridge Boys
During Their 2014 Appearane at TJ's Corral
The Oak Ridge Boys return to TJ’s Corral this Saturday night and we couldn’t be more excited! Their May, 2014 show in TJ’s Corral was an exciting and electrifying performance . . . These guys really know how to create a party vibe and we hope you are planning to be part their return! Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. The “Boys” have scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles
The "Boys"" Light Up the TJ's Corral Stage in 2014
and over 30 Top Ten hits. There are still tickets available but we strongly suggest you get them in advance as every indication is that this will be a sold-out show.
Buy tickets online or stop at our hotel desk and our staff will be glad to help.  Additional 2016 Concerts coming up in TJ’s Corral include the Air National Guard Band of the West,  Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!

The Eli Yound Band Discussing Their
Upcoming Appearance in TJ's Corral
Eli Young Band Concert Tickets Thursday 
Tickets go on sale this Thursday morning at 8 AM for the The Eli Young Band Concert in TJ’s Corral on Sunday, August 14. With their recently released single Saltwater Gospel starting to break into the Country charts, three No. 1 hits under their belt, and a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band promises to provide an upbeat mid-August treat right here in Minden. Buy tickets online, stop by our hotel desk or call 775-783-6606. 

Check the New Summer Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts in CV Steak
New in CV Steak: New items, seasonal changes and the return of some favorites are all now available in CV Steak. Two appetizers have been added for the summer. The Heirloom Tomatoes are served with blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic reduction over a bed of mixed greens. Our Gazpacho is a cold tomato based soup with cucumbers, bell peppers and onion. New on the entrée list are an Asian Style Salad (mixed greens with a sesame soy dressing topped with ahi and yellow tail tuna, wakame salad, fresh berries and fried won tons), Lobster Risotto (rich lobster risotto with jumbo shrimp and Alaskan king crab legs), Fresh Pan Seared Halibut and Veal Porterhouse (a 12 oz. veal porterhouse paired with apple brandy mushroom cream sauce. Two new tempting summer desserts are Fresh Mixed Berries and Cream and Strawberry Semifreddo – a semi-frozen strawberry mousse with fresh strawberries and chocolate drizzle. CV Steak is open from 4:30 nightly and we hope you’ll come in try out these new items!

Blood Drive July 1: As we mentioned last week, the annual CVI Driving for Donors All American Hero Blood Drive is Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is right before the Independence Day holiday weekend which seems to always bring an increased need for blood due to a spike in accidents. Please try to donate if you are able. United Blood Services makes it easy to schedule your appointment on line . . . or call them at 1-800-696-4484.

Band of the West Free Concert July 3: The details are all set for The 562nd Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Free Concert on Sunday evening, July 3 in TJ’s Corral. The Patriots in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform first followed by a patriotic tribute by the entire Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Concert Band. Don't be looking for ticket information on this one - just show up . . . it's Free! 

Six Figures for the Boys & Girls Club! Our sincere thanks to all of the sponsors, participants and volunteers connected with last weekend’s 6th Annual Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament.  Your generosity coupled with a lot of friendly arm twisting by Coach Tice and a gracious matching donation from Mike Pegram resulted in over $140,000 being raised for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada – Carson Valley Branch. The exact figure is still being tallied and half of the money raised this year will go toward what will eventually become a permanent Boys & Girls Club facility for the Carson Valley! 

Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Jonathon “JB” Barton entertains tonight, The Blues Monsters take the stage Thursday through Saturday, and Bill Wharton returns Sunday through next Wednesday! The Blues Monsters are a red-hot rockin' blues band performing a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues. Whether paying respect to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin' out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing! Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • To Make a Hotel Reservation: You will  always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservations Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.
  • Dining at the Inn:
    • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV 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.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions 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 $32. All three specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread. 
In the Casino:
  • June Promotions: Spell CA$H kiosk game on Mondays; 3X Points Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday Giveaway Drawings at 8 and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $500; Saturday Hot Seat Giveaways from Noon to 5 p.m. with 50 guaranteed winners of $100 each and Saturday Spin to Win Drawings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $5,000.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, Soccer, NCAA World Series and Sunday’s Save Mart 350 NASCAR Race at Sonoma. Also a good time to place your bet on which team will win the 2017 Super Bowl or NCAA Football Championship.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive a tiki torch gift!  Our hot seat prizes tonight are Custom Gift Baskets by Shelly Camp. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
  • Shoulda Been Here a Week Ago: The total prize money in our June Blackjack Tournament was $1225.00 which was divided between Tim Boyles ($615 for first), Gary Griffith ($370 for second) and Mary Woods ($240 for third. Just a $25 entry fee gets you in and our next tournament is Tuesday, July 12. 
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!