Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Next Concert is Free, The Point to Multiple Points, More

Free Concert in TJ's Corral
Free Concert and More:  The Davisson Brothers Band will be performing in TJ’s Corral from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  on Saturday, August 27 as part of our 32nd Birthday Celebration and we invite everyone to attend and enjoy! The evening includes free popcorn and free ice cream from 6 to 7:30 plus $2 water and sodas and $5 draft beer.

Free cake and champagne will be served from 2 to 3 p.m. inside the CVI on August 27. We'll also be distributing free birthday t-shirts at random times throughout the day while supplies last, INN Club members will earn 4X points all day and we'll have drawings for up to $5,000 in the casino at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.


When the CVI opened in 1984, a movie ticket was $2.50, a gallon of gas was $1.10, a Dodge RAM 50 Truck was $8,995 and the Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.

Another Rockin’ Night in TJ’s Corral
The Eli Young Band Concert last Sunday was another Carson Valley country-rock experience unique to TJ’s Corral! The night-before-the-first-day-of-school concert was reviewed by former Bay Area journalist and current Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen with up-close pictorial images by Tim Parsons!  Read about it here.

Keep Your Boots On for the Randy Houser Concert  coming to TJ’s Corral on Thursday, September 8. OK to wear your “dirty old hat” also! Tickets start at $59 and they are available on our website, at the hotel desk, or by calling 775-783-6606.

What’s the Point? We all see the signs: 5X Points at this casino, 10X Points at that casino and even 20X Points when the stars align just right! What does it mean to YOU and how does it work here at CVI? Glad you asked!  Starting with the basics: As you play, your points balance builds based on the type of game you play, the amount you bet each time, and the amount of time you play. Pretty much the same everywhere. At the CVI it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. When you win, you’re actually playing with house money and you’re earning even more points “on us” so to speak. The value of these points and what they can be redeemed for is what matters to the player ‘cause there are two sides to this whole “point thing,” how you earn them, and how you redeem them. Simply put: 10X Points looks great on a marquee sign . . . but if it takes 1,000 points to earn $1 in value at Casino X, when it only takes 100 points to earn $1 in value at CVI, 10X Points at Casino X suddenly loses its luster.  We know how our points work and we share that info clearly on our website. We’ve "shopped" many of the "Casino X" locations to learn how their points work and . . . well, we’ll take the high road and say it’s a pretty darn good deal here at the CVI on a “regular” day and it really does mean more to you when we have a multiple points day, such as what we’re doing with 4X Points on Saturdays in August.  Bringing it all around: “Casino X” needs to run 5X Points just to match our base point days on reel slots . . . and when we offer 4X Points we’re running 20X better than the Casino X! Convert those extra points to dining and that means four times the food . . . use 'em for free play and you\ll enjoy more playing time, more excitement and more chances to win! So, that’s the Point!

Spaghetti & Meatballs
A Top-20 Famous Duo!
Sharkey’s Right in the Middle of Thursday Wine Walk! You kinda have to go right by Sharkey’s if you are participating in this week’s Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk in Gardnerville . . . so stop in and belly-up to the Silver Dollar Bar! You might even wolf down (vs. gobble up) one of our Bar Bites to re-energize yourself to walk to even more wine locations!   We like the possibilities with this month’s theme which is Famous Pairs. As you might expect, someone figured out how to rank the famous duos of all time and we are partial to #8 (Hamburgers and Fries) ‘cause you can order them up in the slider version at Sharkey’s Silver Dollar Bar and to #13 (Spaghetti & Meatballs)  ‘cause it’s the $7.99 Monday special in Sharkey’s Jackpot Café!

Melissa Dru Band this Weekend in Cabaret Lounge:
Bill Wharton is on stage tonight, Melissa Dru entertains Thursday thru Saturday, and John Palmore plays Sunday through Wednesday. Singer and songwriter Melissa Dru has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Melissa and her band cover a wide mix including classic rock, R&B and a bit of country; everything from Pink Floyd to Patsy Cline. A natural performer and entertainer, Melissa will delight you with her unique vocal style and sense of fun. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge – recently updated through September.

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Free Bingo plus a free hot/cold pack shaped like a car to the first 150 ladies to sign up tonight. Our hot seat prizes tonight are World Market Gift Baskets and, as always, there will be a ladies-only drink special and raffle. This Wednesday, earn entries for the Ladies’ Night drawing next Wednesday for a Coach Wallet and Handbag.
    • Bingo Thursday: 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Friday Drawings: Catch our drawings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for a guaranteed giveaway of fifteen thousand dollars every Friday in August between the CVI and Bodines. Use your INN Club card while you play!
    • 4X Points Saturday: This Saturday INN Club members earn 4X Points all day – that’s quadruple the benefit buildup! 
    • 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Poker Room: Our Poker Room offers Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something extra going on every day of the week.  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, Pre-Season NFL Football and Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night NASCAR Race.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the World Series, 2016 Season NCAA Football Championship and the February, 2017 Super Bowl (hmmm, Raiders odds have moved down slightly . . . wonder what “they” know!!)
  • 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.
    • Saturday night’s special in CV Steak is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
    • National Potato Day is Thursday and we invite you to try to finish one of the giant (at least one pound) stuffed and twice-baked potatoes in CV Steak! Oh, there is one caveat: you also have to finish the rest of your meal including the tableside tossed salad included with every entrée!
    • 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 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, August 10, 2016

Eli Young Band Sunday, Pre-Season Football Starts, S'mores and More!

Eli Young Band Coming at You this Sunday in TJ's CorralRick Diamond, Getty Images
Eli Young Band Concert August 14:   
Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson formed the Eli Young Band with the goal of playing in bars in exchange for free beer and the chance to talk to a few girls after their shows. Now, five studio albums, two EPs and some “Crazy Girls” hits later the group is preparing another album and getting ready to lay it all out in TJ’s Corral this Sunday evening, August 14!  Learn more about the Eli Young Band in this article from The Boot published last week by Gayle Thompson. Our friends at Tahoe OnStage also did another fine “concert advance article” earlier this week. Anyway, be sure to catch the Eli Young Band Concert this Sunday in TJ’s Corral . . . Tickets start at $49 and they are available on our website, at the hotel desk, or by calling 775-783-6606.


Haven't Been to a Concert in TJ's Corral? Then check out the above Carson Valley Report which ran on Mountain Resort Television in Tahoe a few weeks ago. You'll find out some facts, catch scenes from past concerts and learn how TJ's Corral got its name. Following this Sunday's Eli Young Band Concert  there are only two remaining events in TJ's Corral this summer so be sure you have them on your calendar. The Davison Brothers Band will be performing as part of our 32nd Birthday Celebration on Saturday, August 27 and Randy Houser brings his 2016 concert tour to our stage on Thursday, September 8.

Our Peaks and Valleys - Can You Name Them?
Job’s Peak or Job’s Sister? We often refer to the incredible view of the Sierra Mountain Range as seen from TJ's Corral during concert evenings. Turns out many of us locals don’t know the names of most of the peaks and canyons in the Sierra Range that separates Lake Tahoe from the Carson Valley. Want to become an expert or at least have a frame of reference or impress someone while waiting for one of our concerts to start? The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce offers the above picture in various sizes. You’ll get a panoramic high resolution image of the Eastern Sierra as seen from Carson Valley with all the major peaks, passes and canyons labeled. Get more information and order your preferred size by clicking at this link.

S'mores Ready for the Campfire!
Today is National S’mores Day. No, we’re not about to tell you that S’mores is the dessert special tonight in Katie’s (that would be fun!) . . . nor are we going to claim we’ve prepared 100 of them to roast over an open campfire just outside TJ’s Corral tonight after sunset (would be even more fun!). But, S’mores is the major theme in our Ladies’ Day gifts tonight. The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight starting at 5:30 receive a free keychain and a free S’mores gift from The Chocolate Shoppe. Ladies, be sure to use your Inn Club card while playing in the casino this evening because you could be picked for a hot seat prize – and tonight they are S’mores Themed Gift Baskets from The Chocolate Shoppe – or you could be chosen to receive more entries for the Ladies’ Night drawing on August 24 for a Coach Wallet and Handbag! Also on tap for the ladies tonight: free bingo, a drink special and raffle!

This "Castle" Station Overlooks the Clubhouse at Carson Valley Clays
Some Clays Were Broken, Some Got Away!  Our inaugural Summer Fun Shoot was a big success earlier this week with two incredible days of weather at the shooting clubs (crisp, cool mornings, done before the mid-eighties crept in), quite the warm-up dinner in CV Steak on Sunday night (lots of wine!), hearty lunches at the courses both days (thanks, chef – you outdid our expectations!), and a boisterous wrap up dinner at the JT Basque Restaurant & Bar last night (what happens at the JT stays at the JT!) If you have any inkling to shoot sporting clays, don’t miss out on our next Shooting Outing coming up February 23 – 25, 2017.  

Blues Monsters and John Dawson Band this Weekend in Cabaret Lounge:
George Pickard is on stage tonight, The Blues Monsters entertain Thursday, The John Dawson Band takes over Friday and Saturday nights and Bill Wharton plays Sunday through Wednesday.  The Blues Monsters performs a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues. Whether paying respects to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin' out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing! The John Dawson Band is a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who just like to play music and entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. The quintet includes Mitch (Lead Guitar), Brian (keys), J.B.  (Bass), Jhan (drums) and John Dawson (vocals and guitar).  Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

This Week at the CVI
  • In the Casino
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: See the S’mores Day article above.
    • Bingo Thursday: 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Friday Drawings: Catch our drawings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for a guaranteed giveaway of fifteen thousand dollars every Friday in August between the CVI and Bodines. Use your INN Club card while you play!
    • 4X Points Saturday: This Saturday INN Club members earn 4X Points all day – that’s quadruple the benefit buildup! What’s that really mean? Catch our blog next week!
    • 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Poker Room: Our Poker Room offers Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something extra going on every day of the week.  Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.
    • Let's Get Ready to Fumble (Michael Buffer)!! This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, and Pre-Season NFL Football. NASCAR is off this week.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the World Series, 2016 Season NCAA Football Championship and the February, 2017 Super Bowl.
  • 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 Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi 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.
    • 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, August 3, 2016

Eli Young Concert, Davisson Brothers Coming Back, Beer, More


Eli Young Band Concert August 14:  ACM, CMA, Grammys – The Eli Young Band has had songs nominated by all three of these prestigious organizations and more. Above we feature their #1 hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" which brought them numerous nominations in both 2012 and 2013.  The EYB will be performing this song along with their other top 10 hits plus new releases in TJ’s Corral on Sunday, August 14 and we hope you’ll be joining us. Tickets start at $49 and they are available on our website, at the hotel desk or by calling 775-783-6606. 

Davisson Brothers Coming Back!!  And they’ll be rocking the TJ’s Corral stage as part of our 32nd Birthday Celebration on Saturday, August 27! Their appearance is free as our birthday gift to the many customers who have called, written, posted on social media, emailed and otherwise screamed out, “PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!”  We'll also have plenty going on inside the casino and all the details are on our website.

The Temptations Review Last Saturday in TJ's Corral
Photo By Tahoe Onstage
The Temptations Review last Saturday night was another incredible night in TJ’s Corral. Dennis Edwards led 80 minutes of steadily building nostalgia that had the younger people in the audience complaining about the older folks upfront dancing and blocking their view! Our friends at Tahoe Onstage did another fine verbal and pictorial review that pretty well tells the story.

Jackpot Firestorm! Whatever we said in last Wednesday’s blog triggered a firestorm of jackpots. Last Thursday we had two $5 Wheel of Fortune winners:  Allen D. for $10,000 and Jeff H. for $5,045. Later that evening, Gary pocketed $97,704 when he hit our Penny Progressive Jackpot. We figured that should be about it for the week, but as Steve Martin used to say, “But Nooooo!” The very next day Heather R. won $27,438 when she hit the Major Jackpot on the new Buffalo Stampede video slot.  These plus over four dozen more “under the radar but not small” jackpots in excess of $1,000 made it a very good week to be playing slots at the CVI.

Are You a Ballot Box Stuffer? We certainly hope not because it’s definitely not something we advocate. So, consider this a reminder and if you care to interpret it as such, a gentle nudge if you are a fan of the Carson Valley Inn or Sharkey’s Casino:  The Record Courier opened up voting today for the Best of Carson Valley 2016.  They have made it quite easy to vote online and we hope you’ll give us a positive nod in the many various categories where you’ll see our restaurants, bars and casino listed.

Want One of These Signs? The Nevada Department of Transportation is making it easy for you – they’re having a free raffle to give away four of these iconic lone-miner signs as they gear up to replace them. You can enter online, by calling 775- 888-7000 or by direct messaging through the NDOT Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Draft Beer on Sharkey's Silver Dollar Bar!
Today is Watermelon Day. Watch out for seedy characters – like people who write casino blogs! Thursday is International Beer Day. Domestic, imported, whatever. Just honor the day by drinking beer! And we have plenty of beer choices throughout the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, and Sharkey’s Casino. Saturday is Root Beer Float Day. We are just mentioning this because it has the word “Beer.”  Sunday is India Pale Ale Day. Hmm, I think we’re fixated on the subject! Tuesday is Book Lovers Day . . . The perfect day to read a book about beer!

Shark Sandwich and More Free in the Cabaret Lounge
Shark Sandwich and Decades This Weekend in Cabaret Lounge:
Patrick Major is on stage tonight, Shark Sandwich entertains Thursday and Saturday, Decades is sandwiched between them on Friday and George Pickard takes over Sunday through Wednesday.  Shark Sandwich plays a variety of music with wide appeal - a fun multi-generational show with your favorite surf, 50's sock hop, modern rock, 80's, disco, psychedelic 70's & swing songs. Decades presents a vibrant and diverse act from Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Uptown Funk. A quintet of former music majors from Chico State, Decades is’ 4-part harmonies and energized rhythm section truly shine when playing hits from the 1950's to today.  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 Personal Mini-Fan to the first 150 ladies to sign up tonight. Our hot seat prizes tonight are Costco Gift Baskets and, as always, there will be a ladies-only drink special and raffle. This Wednesday, earn entries for the Ladies’ Night drawing on August 24 for a Coach Wallet and Handbag.
    • Bingo Thursday: 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Friday Drawings: Catch our drawings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for a guaranteed giveaway of fifteen thousand dollars every Friday in August between the CVI and Bodines. Use your INN Club card while you play!
    • 4X Points Saturday: This Saturday INN Club members earn 4X Points all day – that’s quadruple the benefit buildup!
    • Ladies Only Poker Tournament Sunday: This Sunday is our monthly Ladies-Only Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament –  Click here for a complete listing of everything happening in our poker room.
    • 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 using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
    • Blackjack Tournament Tuesday: This Tuesday is our monthly Blackjack Tournament in the Table Games Area. Just a $25 buy-in and any of our table games staff can tell you all about it!
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, and Sunday’s Sunday’s CHEEZ-IT 355 at the Glen NASCAR Race.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
    • 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 Chef's Choice Game. 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.
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 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!