Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Penny Progressive Hits $99,000, Poker Ladder Returns, Sharkey's Adds Prime Rib & Lobster, USAF Thunderbirds Very Soon, More

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Concert News:
  • 38 Special a Big Hit: We sure found out that the sounds of 38 Special are popular with many Carson Valley residents – what an exciting night in TJ's Corral last Thursday as their hits just kept on rockin' and rollin' while the full-house crowd cheered, danced and sang along! Our friends at www.Tahoeonstage.com had a photog and writer on hand and the great review they posted on their website tells it all!
  • Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard on Saturday, August 8:  if you were a country fan between the
    mid-70s and the mid-80s, you'll certainly remember both of these great artists.  Collectively they charted 40 Top-10 hits during those years and you'll be able to hear most of them when they appear in succession in TJ's Corral on Saturday night, August 8.
  • Austinpalooza on Friday, September 18: Try this on for size . . . . four bands, 5 hours of music and you decide how much to pay! Simply make a donation to Austin's House "at the door" and enjoy the tunes for as long as you like!!
  • Lee Brice on Friday, September 18: we're getting close on working out the seating arrangements and ticket details for this highly-anticipated concert. Hopefully we'll be releasing more information in our Wednesday morning blog either next week or the week after. 

Let's Party! We mentioned this briefly last week and here are more details on our 31st Birthday Party on August 15: outside in TJ's Corral we'll be offering a free concert by the Davisson Brothers Band. They were so enthusiastically received at their TJ's Corral concert back in June that we are bringing them back and this time it's free! Before the concert we'll have free ice cream, free popcorn, $2 hamburgers, $1.50 hot dogs, $2 soda and water, and $5 beer and wine. Inside the casino that Saturday: 3X Points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. free cake and champagne from 2 to 3 p.m., free birthday t-shirts handed out randomly throughout the day while they last, and drawings to win up to $5000! 

Aviation Roundup Almost Here! The Carson ValleyAviation Roundup is now just three weeks away on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.  Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find much more information.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the USAF Thunderbirds right here in the Carson Valley (still sounds unbelievable, doesn't it!)

Poker Room Brings Back "The Ladder": The Ladder returns to our poker room this Saturday and continues through August and September with drawings for $2,400 in cash during October. We build the ladder based on points earned from live play in the poker room. At the end of September, the top 50 players qualify for the October cash drawings. The crew in the poker room has all the details on this and a myriad of other special and ongoing featured games and promotions! And as a reminder, the monthly Ladies Only Poker Tournament is this Sunday with the action starting at 4 p.m.

Sharkey's Jackpot Café Food News:
  • Kids Rule! We've added a new Sharkey's Kid Bites menu for our friends under 10 years of age. Make your selection on the front, then color the picture on the back!
  • The new August Weekend Dinner Special at Sharkey's is Prime Rib and Lobster! We serve up an 8 ounce cut of prime rib, a lobster tail, a twice baked potato and your choice of soup or salad all for just $20 from 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in August starting this Saturday!
  • Sharkey's Bar Bites continue to be a popular quick-grab snack and we're adding a Breakfast Burrito starting this Saturday.
  • Sharkey's $7.99 Daily Specials start at 11 a.m. and the August lineup includes Pork Chop on Monday, Meatloaf on Tuesday, Balsamic Chicken Pasta on Wednesday, Beef Stroganoff on Thursday Fish & Chips on Friday and Spaghetti & Meatballs on Sunday. 
$99,000 Penny Progressive Jackpot Up for Grabs: Our Penny Progressive Jackpot finally reached its maximum of $99,000. Play continues steadily and someone will win this amount. We'd like to tell you it will be very soon, but we never thought the Jackpot would get over about $70,000 . . .  and here it is at $99,000! We just go back to our guarantee: Someone will win this Jackpot here at the Carson Valley Inn as it is not connected to any other machines at any other location. 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the final piece in the July condiment set. Also enjoy ladies-only raffles, hot seat drawings, drink specials and more.
  • Mike's Horses: Nothing earth shattering to report this week but Mike has more horses running at Del Mar this week and . . . well, who knows!
  • Duck Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Duck Breast marinated with fresh herbs and served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonny Smokes and his one-man-band act is here tonight, The Kool Shifters Band entertains Thursday thru Saturday nights and Jonathan "JB" Barton takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday.  
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, and this weekend's Windows 10 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships. It was interesting to see the Kansas City Royals move from 5-1 to 4-1 to win the World Series after obtaining Johnny Cueto from Cincinnati in a trade a few days ago. 
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:   This Thursday is Cheesecake Day and while we always have a cheesecake of the day in Katie's (whole or by the slice), we're clearing the deck in this blog to mention the very best, the Grand Marnier Cheesecake Dessert we serve in CV Steak: A thick slice of New York Cheesecake laced with Grand Marnier liqueur, dipped in chocolate and a dollop of fresh whipped cream! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 22, 2015

38 Special Concert Thursday, Clay Shoot Announced, Aviation Roundup Getting Close, More

38 Special Concert Tomorrow: The seating is going up today, the stage equipment, lights and sound go up today and tomorrow, the band is in town and all is set for this Thursday's 38 Special Concert in TJ's Corral! A quick check earlier this morning showed tickets still remaining . . . you can buy them online, stop by our hotel desk or call the hotel desk at 775-783-6606.

More entertainment news: Also coming up in TJ's Corral is the Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard Concert on Saturday, August 8; the Austinpalooza on Friday, September 11 and the Lee Brice Concert on Friday, September 18.  The bands are set for Austinpalooza and they will include Moe Beach Band, TED, Seymour’s Trick Bag and Lavish Green. We hope to have more information on the Austinpalooza and the Lee Brice Concert on our website very soon. We are also working on our 31st Birthday Party on August 15th which will include a free concert by the Davisson Brothers Band whose June appearance in TJ's Corral was one of most energetic nights we've had!

Misty Blues All-Female Parachute Team
Aviation Roundup Just 4 Weeks Away! The Carson Valley skies will be filled with roaring jets, flag-flying skydivers and lots of other aerobatic aircraft when the Carson Valley Aviation Roundup hits the Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. The Misty Blues all-female skydiving team will open the ceremonies each day. The daily aerobatics feature Matt Younkin in a Beech 18, Dan Buchanan stretching the aerobatic limits of a hang glider,  Eric Hansen and Ken Fowler in the Team Rocket formation aerobatics,  Manfred Radius doing sailplane aerobatics, Kyle Franklin's special brand of airplane entertainment and Bill Stein in his Edge 540.  And what better finale to any air show then a dramatic 45-minute performance by the USAF Thunderbirds. There are also civilian and military aircraft static displays, plenty of food and beverage and acres of free parking. Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find much more information. The Carson Valley Inn is proud to be the host hotel and a major sponsor of the Carson Valley Aviation Roundup.

Horses and Other Sports:
  • Win, Place and Show . . . Mike's horses produced one of each on the opening weekend of the summer meet at Del Mar. Pretty N Cool brought home a win in the 6th race and Air Pocket took second in 10th race on Sunday. Toews On Ice came in third in the 3rd race on Saturday.
  • Wanna Bet?  In addition to betting Horseracing, Major League Baseball games and this weekend's NASCAR Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Speedway, we're also taking futures action on who will win the World Series (4 teams at 5 to 1), NCAA Football Championship (Ohio State the favorite at 3 to 1), NCAA Basketball Championship (both Virginia and Kansas are 9 to 1 favorites) and the Super Bowl (yep, the Seahawks at 5 to 1).  And get this: just 7 weeks until the opening NFL games and less than three weeks 'til the Hall of Fame Game!! 

Is a New Tesla in Your Future? How would you like to own and drive Tesla's new dual-motor  Model S 70D with all-wheel-drive, 514 horsepower, a 70 KW-Hour battery and a 240 mile driving range, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 5.2 seconds?  Sound like a dream that just won't happen to you? Well, consider this: The Penny Progressive Jackpot at the Carson Valley Inn spun past $91,000 early today. While we don't know who will win it or when it will "hit," we do know that it will be paid here at the Carson Valley Inn! And whoever captures this Jackpot will have enough money to pay their taxes and buy a Tesla Model S 70D!  One more thing for certain: you can't win the jackpot if you're not playing one of the Penny Progressive machines!

Clay Shooting Event in February: The details are all set and information is online for our 30th Annual Shooting Outing February 18 – 20, 2016. If last year's surge in attendance is any indication, we could reach sellout capacity for this coming February's event. So, get in early if you plan to attend, spread the word to any Clay shooting friends and stand by for a full weekend with an arrival reception on Thursday, two days of Clay shooting and a gala banquet on Saturday night.

$80,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Promotion Drawings Continue! Player club members have started to pocket portions of the $80,000 Guaranteed Cash and FreePlay we are giving away through August 29 so don't miss out on your share. You earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your player card and drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Check this page for more on this and our other current casino promotions.  

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Nice Place to Visit, I'd Like to Work There: Our current job openings list has been updated and the details are on this page on ourwebsite or call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the fourth piece in the July condiment set – get a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for floral arrangements from Intimate Designs Floral, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Venison Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $32.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Atomika entertains Thursday thru Saturday nights and Jonny Smokes brings his incredible one-man-band talents back to the Cabaret lounge Sunday through Wednesday.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:  This Thursday is Hotdog Day and we make it easy for you to celebrate – just slip into Job's Perk and order one with or without chili!  Friday is Tequila Day and you can grab a margarita or shooter at either the Casino Bar or CV Steak Bar. Monday is both Walk on Stilts Day and Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day. We only point this out because we want to make sure that our customers avoid doing both at the same time!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 15, 2015

Lee Brice Added to Concert Lineup, 38 Special Concert Days Away

How Many 38 Special Songs Do You Remember? A few of us were sitting around wondering the same thing. This popular and highly-successful rock group had many hits in the 1980s so we pulled up a list. As we played each one on YouTube, it quickly became obvious that between the three of us, at least two of us and often all of us knew each one of their hits. We're confident that if you were following music in the 1980s, you will do the same. So, click on any of the following and see if they ring a bell . . . Then go to our 38 Special Concert webpage and order your tickets now for this sure-to-be-high-energy event.  Just some of their hits: Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You, Second Chance, Wild Eyed Southern Boys, If I'd Been the One, Back Where You Belong, Somebody Like You . . . catch these and many more in just a few days on Thursday, July 23 in the wow-this-place-is-really-incredible setting of TJ's Corral!
Judy When Her Name Was Called
Becky When Her Name Was Called
Cash Is Still King! Two of our player club members got this dilemma thrown at them last weekend: "A shiny new top-rated 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck . . . or $20,000 in cash - go!"  On Friday night at CVI Judy – a CVI regular who also plays occasionally at both Sharkey's Casino and Bodines Casino – got to make that call and she did so fairly quickly when she took the give-me-the-money route. That was immediately followed by some texts to her family back east! The next night at Bodines Casino, Becky was faced with the same pleasant choice. She wavered back and forth while dancing around the truck with one of Bodines favorite slot attendants Gigi. After thinking about it, she also took the cash! What would you have done? Were both of these ladies expecting to win? Hard to say . . . But both looked either surprised or flabbergasted when their name was called as our marketing department ladies captured in these two pictures.

And Even More Cash Either Handed out or Certain to Come: Bob looks quite happy and certainly not shy about showing off a fanned-out handful of cash after hitting a $7,400 Royal Flush on $1 poker machine . . . . it happened last week just a few nights before Judy was faced with her cash-or-truck decision. And soon (perhaps very soon?), someone will win more cash than can possibly be fanned out in one hand when our Penny Progressive Jackpot hits. The ever-increasing and certain-to-come jackpot scrolled past $75,700 this morning and it has been climbing pretty rapidly as play has been strong. You can't win this handsome sum unless you play!

$80,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Promotion First Drawings This weekend . . . So don't miss out on your share of the Cash and FreePlay. You earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your player card and drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Check this page for more on this and our other current casino promotions. 

Uncle Sam Walking for Wine? Could be cause' there's a Patriotic theme for this Thursday's third 2015 Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk (say all that fast – before or after your wine) and once again Sharkey's Casino is one of the "must" stops. Sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville, these popular events often draw over 300 people visiting the businesses in Gardnerville to enjoy a little wine here, perhaps a beer  there!  Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's. And come dressed in your best Red, White and Blue attire! Speaking of the Main Street program, Main Street Minden is in the formative stages and looking for residents interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Interested? Call 775-309-1101. Just as Sharkey's is involved with Main Street Gardnerville, the Carson Valley Inn will be joining the fun conjured up by the Main Street Minden program.

Breaking Concert News - Lee Brice? YES!  As we were buttoning up this blog last night we got confirmation that 2014 Grammy nominee and 2014 Country Music Awards nominee Lee Brice will be appearing in concert in TJs Corral on Friday, September 18. Watch for more details in this blog which is updated every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.  

Mike's Horses:  We're not saying or inferring anything predictive or definitive, but the Delmar Thoroughbred Club opens its Summer Meet this Thursday and Mike has been known to run a horse or two at Delmar most years. The crew at the Race and Sports Book here the CVI or over at Bodines Casino will be glad to help you decipher which horses are Mike's and, if you're feelin' lucky, help you place your bet!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third piece in the July 5-piece condiment set – get a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Yankee Candle Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Quail Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Stuffed Quail with Prosciutto, Wild Rice and Plum Port glaze served with fresh vegetable and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathon "JB" Barton is here tonight, American Made entertains Thursday - Saturday and Steve Lord appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, The (British) Open, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Monthly Black Jack Tournament Winners: $1325.00 was paid out in last night's Monthly Black Jack Tournament won by Justin L. who pocketed $665.00. Second place and $400.00 went to Willy C. and the $260.00 in third place money to Kim K.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It: Friday is Yellow Pig Day. The story about how this came to be is proof again that even our highest educational institutes sometimes breed temporary lunacy! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 8, 2015

Free Pickup Truck This Weekend, Free Advertising for Your Business, Mike Has A Winner, More

Pickup Truck Giveaways this Friday and Saturday! Just a friendly reminder that we are giving away two Ford F150 pickup trucks this weekend - one on Friday night at the Carson Valley Inn and another on Saturday night at Bodines Casino. It's not too late to get in, but you have to use your Inn Club card while playing in the casino in order to earn virtual drawing tickets. All the details are posted at the Guest Services counter and we hope you'll throw your hat into the "possibility ring" because there will be a pickup truck winner on Friday at the CVI and Saturday at Bodines!

$80,000 Giveaway Promotion Starts Sunday . . .  and continues through Friday, August 28. A total of $80,000 will be given away including $20,000 guaranteed on  August 28! Like most of our casino promotions, this one is pretty simple: you earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your INN Club card. Drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for Cash and FreePlay. Check this page for all the details on this and our other current casino promotions.

We'll Advertise Your Business for Free! Opportunities like this don't come along very often. The Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, and Sharkeys' Casino publish a newspaper every two months called the Carson & Valley Voice. It usually runs about eight pages and is direct mailed to addresses in Carson Valley, Carson City, some of our neighboring California communities to the south, and certain sections of the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe. A little over 50,000 copies. The next issue comes out on August 1 and we are offering a few local businesses the opportunity to advertise at no charge. All we ask is that you make an offer to our Players Club members in your ad that provides them with a discount or special deal that is not available through your normal advertising and promotional avenues. You supply your company logo and the offer details, we'll even help design your ad at no charge. Naturally, we reserve the right to approve advertisers, the offer, and we certainly need to limit the number of advertisers in each issue. If this sounds interesting, please call 775-783-7713 or send an email as soon as possible with your name, phone number and company name. Hurry . . . our deadline is Wednesday, July 15.


Tanya Tucker drew a big crowd last Friday and the spectacular sunset was an added bonus to a nostalgic night. Thanks to all who helped make this event another success. Don't forget to jump in now for tickets to the 38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23 and the Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard Concert on Saturday, August 8!

Mike's Horses: we haven't been saying much lately about how Mike's horses are doing. They have been running, but no one wants to read about horses that come in second or, even on a couple of occasions, furthest-from-first. Last Saturday, he had a winner when Gimme Da Lute won the Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Race Course. That's the second consecutive win for the colt that also won the Affirmed Stakes on June 7 at Santa Anita. What's next?  The nature of the business dictates that we always have to say "were not sure." However, we will always let you know the good news after-the-fact!

Penny Progressive Jackpot Climbing . . . like from $60,000 to over $67,000 in the last week!  We can't predict when the jackpot will hit, but history tells us that when it gets to this level, the play picks up substantially and chances are pretty good that it will hit soon. However, we can guarantee it will be paid right here at the Carson Valley Inn. 

Steven Tyler’s "Love Is Your Name" is the first country music release for the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer. This is not something we would usually put in our blog, but the planets aligned in such a way on this one that we felt we should: Aerosmith was in our area about a week ago. Steven Tyler is the lead singer. The band members in his new video are from the group Loving Mary who performed in TJ's Corral last month. You'll see some of them in the video above!!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second piece in the July 5-piece condiment set . . . get a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Wild Boar Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, After Dark entertains Thursday - Saturday and Jonathon "JB" Barton appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game, The (British) Open, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Just Because We Feel Like Mentioning It: Admittedly, this falls into the category of not having anything at all to do with the Carson Valley Inn or any of our properties. However, since many of our customers can relate to the subject matter, we want to point out that this coming Sunday is Etch-a-Sketch day!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 1, 2015

Moe and TG Tickets for Sale, Willie Nelson Tribute, Penny Progressive Tops $60K, CVI is Best of NV and More

This Week at the Inn:
  • Please Give Blood Today: United Blood Services is holding their annual All-American Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. in our parking lot. Look for the big Bloodmobile and stop by to donate!
  • See Willie Thursday: Roger Hegyi as “True Willie” pays tribute to the life and music of one
    Roger Hegyi as “True Willie
    of the world’s most recognizable and distinctive musicians. Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs. Free shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. in our Cabaret Lounge
  • Tanya Tucker Concert Friday: How many of Tanya Tucker's ten #1 hits can you name? And with 41 top-10 hits in her career, how many do you think she'll perform at her concert in TJs Corral Friday night? The best way to find out is by snapping up some of the few remaining tickets and joining us this Friday with the doors opening at 7:15 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m.  It's just $39 to see this incredible country legend who blazed the trail for the many female country stars who followed.
  • New July Poker Promos Start Saturday: A $2-$6 Pineapple game spreads Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m., there's a reduced rake and free bar basket for those participating in the Saturday no-limit Texas hold 'em game starting at 6 p.m., and a "high hand spins the wheel" promo runs for a few hours on Saturday afternoons.
  • Ladies Only Poker Tournament Sunday: The action starts at 4 p.m. and this one is a party as much as a tournament!
  • Multiply Your Points Monday: it's 5X Points on video reels and 3X Points on video poker all day every Monday in July. There's no fine print on this one – earn as many points as you can at these incredible multipliers.
  • Eat Chocolate on Tuesday: Here's the deal – Tuesday is Chocolate Day. We offer a multitude of ways to celebrate so take your pick or try them all . . . a chocolate-topped Long John in Job's Perk, a Chocolate Fudge Cake (full or mini) at the Katie's bakery counter,  the Stuffed Fudge Brownie in Katie's or the CV Steak Chocolate Mousse!   

Jessica as Vanna White
The Penny Progressive Jackpot in our casino is now over $60,000. You know what that means: Play will increase even more, the Jackpot will go up faster, and pretty darn soon someone will win enough money to buy a brand-new vehicle - or a couple of brand new vehicles depending on your tastes!  As a reminder, this Jackpot is not part of one of those statewide progressive jackpots that could "hit" anywhere. It will be paid right here at the Carson Valley Inn.  While we are on the subject, the Dollar Progressive at the CV Steak Bar is now over $5,300. Not a bad bet when you can find a seat . . . the word must already be out!

Best of Nevada – Again! We did it again – the Carson Valley Inn was voted Best Casino by the readers of Nevada Magazine in the "Everywhere Else" category. Sounds like a catchall category at first, so we did a little research. Seems there are 325 casinos in the state of Nevada with unrestricted gaming licenses. About half are in the greater Las Vegas area and about 40 are in the greater Reno/Sparks area - each of these two areas had their own winner. That left over 100 other casinos throughout the state and that's the category in which we were named "Best of Nevada" for the second-year in a row.  We consider this an honor and will continue to strive to provide the services, facilities and ambiance that will keep us pointed us in the direction of a three peat!

Concert Updates:
  • 38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23: This special evening of classic southern rock is just three weeks away . . . don't miss out!
  • Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard Concert Tickets Available Today!  Moe Bandy and TG Sheppard were here within a few months of each other in late 2013 and early 2014 and both of these performers sold out their Valley Ballroom concerts. So, on August 8 we're bringing them together in the much larger TJ's Corral for a special night featuring both artists! Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. - just $29!

There are lots of Independence Day activities going on in and around the Carson Valley this weekend.  Can't list them all without getting the blog cops to go on "tilt," but here are two for Saturday, July 4:
  • In the morning, we invite our Sharkey's neighbors to stop by Heritage Park (right across Hwy 395 from Sharkey's) for the Town of Gardnerville's Celebration which includes a fun run, Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast and obstacle course of the kids.
  • Mid-morning and early afternoon, we invite our CVI neighbors to stop by Minden Park (just 2 blocks from the CVI) for the Town of Minden's Celebration which includes DJ music plus water games and free balloons and bounces houses for the kids. Food? Try free apple pie, free popsicles and, courtesy of the CVI, free hot dogs and hamburgers while they last! 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Hey, Where'd My Horse Go? Over two dozen Horseless Carriage Club vehicles will continue to tie to the hitchin' post in our parking lot through tomorrow - a great way to experience the history of these pioneer gas, steam and electric motor vehicles built or manufactured prior to January 1, 1916.
  • Pink Snow? Seriously? We didn't know about this one until we stumbled across it on the Internet a week or so ago. It turns out that there's such a thing called Watermelon Snow, and, if you believe everything you read on the Internet, it apparently can be found somewhere nearby on the Western slope (that's California side) of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. How does it all work? What's it mean? Just check out this short video we found on weather.com.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first piece in a 5-piece condiment set – we're giving away a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Independence Day Chocolate Shoppe Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Elk Tenderloin Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $30. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Greg Austin is here tonight, True Willie is a tribute to the life and music of Willie Nelson Thursday, The Blues Monsters entertain Friday and Saturday and George Pickard appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing! 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 24, 2015

Very Old Cars, Blood Drive, Concerts, It Sure Looks Like Willie and More!

Is One of These Three People Performing Next Week at the CVI? If you are a regular reader of our weekly Wednesday morning blog postings, you know that we will occasionally embellish things to make them sound a little more exhilarating. You can't really blame us; it's really tough these days to get anyone to read anything unless you can WOW them with something absolutely spectacular! So, back to the subject: Turns out one of the three people in this picture will actually perform in our Cabaret Lounge next Thursday, July 2 and it isn't one of the ladies. Stop by next Thursday evening, July 2 and check it out!

Concert Updates:
Rodney Atkins Concert this Saturday, June 27:  2006 Academy of Country Music Top New Male
Vocalist Rodney Atkins is performing live in TJs Corral this Saturday! With numerous Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music nominations, Rodney's No. 1 singles include "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," "Watching You," "These Are My People," "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" featured in The Bourne Legacy and "It's America."
Tanya Tucker Concert Friday, July 3: Nine-time Grammy nominee and recipient of eight Gold and four Platinum albums, Tanya Tucker has had 23 Top 40 albums and 56 Top 40 singles with 41 of these reaching the Top 10, 33 advancing to the Top 5, and 10 No. 1 hits.  A stellar career by any standards!
38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23:  When you read "Quicken Loans Arena" what's the first thing that comes to your mind? If you're sports a fan of any level, you know that's the arena where the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month for the NBA Championship. How does that relate to our 38 Special Concert? If you live in the Cleveland area, and want to see 38 Special this July, you'll have to go to the massive Quicken Loans Arena and hope to catch a glimpse. If you're in northern Nevada and want to see 38 Special, you can catch them in the close-up setting of TJ's Corral where the furthest seat from the front of the stage is less than the length of an NBA basketball court.

Mike Pegram, Susie Messina, Sherry Dilly, Brenda Robertson, Jeri Johnson and Coach MIke Tice with check for $128,500 - before an additional $2,000 was received!
Mike Tice Charity Golf Weekend Yields $130K for Boys & Girls Club:
An incredible weekend of fun and generosity combined to raise over $130,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. What an awesome effort by the friends of Mike Tice from around the country, the local sponsors and participants and the match contribution made by Mike Pegram. Some of the key things we learned this weekend:
  • Mike Tice can sing as he proved (sort of) by joining in on some of the harmonies as Decades performed  Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" at the Crawfish Feed on Saturday night in TJ's Corral.
  • TJ's Corral is the perfect venue for a summer night party as over 400 people showed us by turning what started out as a "how can this possibly be exciting" Crawfish Feed into a full-blown, high-energy party!
  • Much to our surprise, you can cook and serve JT Restaurant and Bar French fries to 140 people over 5 hours on the 12th tee at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes!
  • Given 40 women, two hours and an ample supply of wine, a good instructor can help all the participants turn out a fairly decent acrylic painting independent of their level of talent!
  • Ask anyone who participated in the Saturday night party or the Sunday golf tournament what they thought . . . Every one of them told us they can't wait for next year's event! 
Blood Drive at CVI July 1. We know it's still a week away, but now is the time to pull out your calendar and mark down Wednesday, July 1 to donate blood right here at the Carson Valley Inn. United Blood Services is holding their annual All-American Blood Drive from noon to 6 PM next Wednesday in our parking lot. To make an appointment, you can go to www.bloodhero.com and enter code All American or call 800-696-4484. Not that anyone we know donates blood for this reason, but when you donate at any of the northern Nevada United Blood Services drives through September 5 you are able to enter a drawing to win a new 2015 4-Door Toyota Corolla LE Plus!

Ah Ha for Ahi! We used the picture to the left in one of our CV Steak Facebook Page postings earlier this week and it looked so very inviting we just had to use it again in our blog! This incredible appetizer is just $10 for a generous portion of seared Ahi Tuna server with a Yin and Yang of a wasabi soy sauce and a toasted sesame seed soy sauce. We also include a taste of wakami salad, pickled ginger and a dollop of straight Wasabi! CV Steak manager Mike Meza suggests a glass of Meiomi Pinot Noir to accompany your Ahi appetizer. Not that we doubt Mike, but we tried this combination and he is spot on!!
Horseless Carriage Motor Vehicles in Town Next Week: Watch around the CVI and the Carson Valley next week as the Horseless Carriage Club Harvest Tour headquarters here for festivities and tours Sunday through Thursday. A great opportunity to check out what the Horseless Carriage Club of America defines as "any pioneer gas, steam and electric motor vehicle built or manufactured prior to January 1, 1916." 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the last in the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Blue Cow Cheese Company Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Duck Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Maple Leaf Farms Grilled Duck Breast served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, The Vegas Road Show entertains Thursday through Saturday nights and Greg Austin appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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 17, 2015

Martini's, Wine, Concerts, Gunslingers and Tin Cup?

Beau Bridges in "The Wizard" Over 25 Years Ago
We mentioned last week that our friends at carsonvalleytimes.com were working on a story about The Wizard, a movie filmed in part in the Carson Valley over 25 years ago. The story came out a few days ago and it is worth a read with lots of quips and anecdotes about the stars who were in our Valley and who stayed at the Carson Valley Inn during the local filming.  The picture above shows Beau Bridges throwing a shovel in a scene filmed in front of the historic old Minden Inn on nearby Esmeralda Street.

Reasons to Celebrate at the CVI This Week!
  • Friday is Martini Day.  That's a darn good reason to remind you that we offer a slew of specialty martinis in CV Steak. A great way to unwind after work or round of golf . . . and a nice starter to an enjoyable meal or evening with friends!
  • Saturday is Ice Cream Soda Day. Katie's makes it easy to jump on this one as we make ice cream sodas (and shakes) to order!
  • Monday is Onion Rings Day and not that onion ring lovers need an excuse, but if you are such a person, you can celebrate by enjoying an order of battered onion rings in Katie's.  You can also substitute onion rings for just a dollar more on any of our items (Katie's Menu or Bar Bites)  normally served with French fries. 
Concert Updates:
  • Rodney Atkins on Saturday, June 27 is next up in TJ's Corral. With six No. 1 hits and four
    studio albums to his credit, Rodney had plenty in his music arsenal to choose from for his first-ever Greatest Hits compilation released just a few months ago featuring 11 of his most popular songs as well as his new single, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat." More than a country singer Rodney participated in the 4th Annual Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am last week at the Nashville Gun Club alongside Tim McGraw, Joe Montana and a host of other celebrities!
  • Tanya Tucker on Friday,July 3 is trending to an advance sell-out so please don't delay in getting your tickets.  And since we're going to ask her to say "Nev-AD-a" and not "Nev-AH-da,"  let's also be correct in calling her Tanya correctly . . . the "tan" rhymes with "can."
  • 38 Special on Thursday, July 23: Hmmm . . . we just put these tickets on sale a week ago and based on the sales in just seven days if you want to be "Rockin’ Into the Night" with 38 Special we suggest you act soon as you don't want to be left out thinking "If I’d Been the One" who acted sooner I might've actually gotten tickets to this one!

Bodines Casino Offers a Freebie! The end of this rainbow must have touched General Manager Brent's heart 'cause he came up with a freebie for a couple of our readers this week. Brent has a Free Large Pizza at Bodines for the first two people who comment correctly below as to how the original Bodines Restaurant (before Bodines Casino was built) got its name. 

Gunslingers and Horses in Sharkey's Thursday? Good grief, we certainly hope not! However, there is a western theme for the second Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk this Thursday and Sharkey's is one of the stops. Sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville, this week's TTT is certain to draw quite a crowd after rain dampened the opening Wine Walk in May. Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's.

New Mural in Sharkey's Showing the Old Golden Bubble
Sharkey's Jackpot Café Daily Specials
The first lineup of daily specials is now being served in the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's. These run from 11 AM to 10 PM daily and all are just $7.99!
  • Monday Chicken Piccata Pasta: Chicken Sautéed in a white wine, lemon juice, and caper butter sauce tossed in penne pasta.
  • Tuesday Meatloaf: Savory meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and vegetables topped with gravy.
  • Wednesday Chicken Pot Pie:  Tender cooked white meat and vegetables topped with flaky pastry.
  • Thursday Beef Stroganoff: Tender chunks of beef sautéed with mushrooms and onions in a creamy sherry sauce served over egg noodles.
  • Friday Fish and Chips: A generous serving of fresh fried cod and French fries served with tartar sauce and lemon.
  • What About Saturday and Sunday? We're working on it! 
Tin Cup Story with Local Tie?? OK, so this one is a long shot. Golf's U.S. Open is this weekend and if you saw the movie Tin Cup you know there is a nationwide qualifying process for any golfer up to the grueling task. In May, Jared Becher of Reno survived a sudden death playoff to become one of the first round qualifiers at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. He then went to the early-June Sectional Qualifier in Newport Beach and finished second in a 36-hole event held at Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club. This weekend, he's playing in the U.S. Open. Wonder if his girlfriend looks like Rene Russo and his caddy looks like Cheech Marin?

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third in the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Bison Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs, one and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked, finished with natural pan sauce, served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $29.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, Midnight Express entertains Thursday through Saturday nights and Phil Prunier appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Golf's U.S. Open, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Pineapples Getting High in Poker Room: Oops, got the words mixed up. Was trying to say we'll be holding our first monthly Crazy Pineapple High Tournament in our Poker Room tonight at 7 PM.  $50 buy-in with no re-buys. If you need a refresher on how this works, simply stop by the poker room and one of our supervisors or dealers will give you a quick demonstration.
  • HR Made Me Say This: Our current job openings list has been updated and the details are on this page on our website or call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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!