Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whiskey, Taxes, Eagles, Ducks and Pie!

A River of Whiskey at the CVI?  
Whiskey River, On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, City of New Orleans, Good Hearted Woman, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys . . . these Willie Nelson hits and many more will fill your evening with Country and Western music history, nostalgia and joy in our Valley Ballroom on Friday, February 10.  Join us as the “True Willie Band,” the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, performs in shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Also coming up:
Start on Your 2016 Taxes Yet?  We didn’t think so but that doesn’t mean we can’t get you thinking about it. And if your tax return includes the need for a Win-Loss Report from your gaming activities at the CVI, here’s a link to the Request Form which includes the three ways it can be submitted. Good time to include this reminder: we can only report what you won or lost while playing using your INN Club card, so be sure to use your card anytime you sit down at a slot machine or table game!

Upcoming Events at Carson Valley Inn:
The next two months bring a number of annual events and one of the many benefits of holding such events here at the Carson Valley Inn is we help get the word out. Be sure to check out the following: 
  • Eagles and Agriculture, January 27 – 29: the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of the calving season and all the associated raptors it brings.
  • Ducks Unlimited, Saturday, February 11: the Carson Valley chapter presents its annual dinner to raise funds for conservation in Nevada.
  • Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, February 12: a long-standing tradition held on the Sunday closest to Lincoln’s birthday each year.
  • Austin’s House Cowboy Mardi Gras, February 24: who would’ve ever thought mixing Cowboys and Mardi Gras would work - it sure does and it’s a big hit every year with all proceeds going to the Carson Valley Children’s Home.
  • CVI Sporting Clays Shooting Weekend, February 23 – 25: this one is not a fundraiser – it’s an all-out FUN raiser with a reception on Thursday, clay shooting Friday and Saturday and an awards banquet on Saturday night with a variety of prizes, surprises, drawings and the inevitable “stories.”
Pie, Not Pi.  Monday, January 23 is National Pie Day as promoted by the American Pie Council Day. Another one of those many national days providing with an opportunity to tempt you with the scrumptious selection of pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and other sweets at the Katie’s bakery counter . . . all fresh-made daily in our bakery! As for “Pi Day,” we’ll get back to you as it gets closer to mid-March!

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the NFL Conference Championship Games, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the Super Bowl (down to 4!), NCAA Basketball Championship,  NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive made it through Divisional Championship Weekend without a winner so we have 15 props on this weekend’s Conference Championship games. Pocket $4,654 if you get ‘em all on the $5 card (play as many as you want). If no one “hits” it this week, then it’s all-in for the Super Bowl game . . . We’ll again have 15 props and whoever picks the most wins the pot with ties split.
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 5-1:  The “boys” were feeling pretty good after this past weekend . . . darn near everyone else who placed a bet on the NFL games should also have been feeling good as “it wasn’t a good week for the Nevada sports books!” Mike and Alan both hit the Packers at +4½ over Dallas. Mike got the Steelers at + 1½ over the Chiefs and Alan missed with the Seahawks at +4½ over Atlanta. Greg hit both the “over” at 45 on the Patriots-Texans game and the “under” at 44 ½ on the Chiefs-Steelers game.
    • This Week:  Mike picked what he called the “Killer P’s,” the Patriots at -5½ and the Packers at +4.  Greg also likes the Patriots to cover and the over on the Pats-Steelers game at 51. Alan reversed Greg with the Steelers at +5½ and under the 51.  And what if the total for the Pats-Steelers game is exactly 51? If it happens, we’ll tell you how it works!

The Novelists in the Cabaret Lounge this Weekend
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Patrick Major performs tonight, The Novelists entertain Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Bill Wharton appears next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers and their signature four-part harmonies. In addition to a headlining gig at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits. They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis). The Novelists Acoustic Duo has made a couple of mid-week appearances in the Cabaret Lounge in the last few months . . . and based on their reception they are here for their first weekend visit with the full band.


In the Casino
  • Cash Blast Giveaways Today: Win up to $1,000 in cash in our giveaway drawings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Wednesday in January. Use your card while you play 'cause you get in via hot seat selection and virtual drawing tickets from your play each Wednesday!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free CVI Purse Hooks for the first 150 ladies, Tahoe Toffee Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the January 25 drawings for a free Coach Handbag and Wallet.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points every Saturday in January – five times the benefits of your play!
  • Special Bonus Giveaways Drawings Sunday and Monday: We’ll pick 25 winners each day between 2 and 7 p.m. and each winner receives $100 in cash and freeplay.  This is a combination of points-for-entrees and hot seats, so use your INN Club card!
  • Penny Progressive Now Over $55,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 Super Sunday Football Grid starting Sunday, January 29. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! 
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Buffalo Tournedos, American Bison tenderloin filets grilled and finished with a red wine truffle demi for $32.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’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 Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Most Authentic Tribute Act to Willie Nelson in America at CVI

The True Willie Band
 in the Valley Ballroom
Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys . . . We’re just kidding! Cowboys shaped the culture of the Carson Valley just as Willie Nelson shaped the culture of Country and Western music. And this iconic figure in American music history will come to life in our Valley Ballroom on February 10 when the “True Willie Band,” the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, performs in shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Details are on our web site so, guys, bring your Good Hearted Woman and get into the Valentine’s Day spirit!

And don’t forget these concerts we announced last week:
  • Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour starts the TJ’s Corral concert season on Saturday night, April 29 and tickets are on sale now.
  • Marshall Tucker Band comes to TJ’s Corral on Friday night, July 28 with tickets on sale soon.
  • Thanks to our friends at Tahoe Onstage who covered the announcement of these two concerts in this article last week. 
Ford or Chevy - Which Side Are You On?
Ford or Chevy – Hit our Penny Progressive Jackpot and Choose for Yourself!!
At a touch over $53,000 yesterday, our Penny Progressive Jackpot could easily bring a new car to the driveway of the next winner. Even if you pull out some of the money for taxes, you can still drive home a bargain on most of the cars covered in this article about the 13 Best Performance Cars for Less Than $50,000. Remember, this jackpot can only be won at CVI, Sharkey’s Casino or Bodines Casino. Our car of choice? Probably the Camaro SS or the Mustang GT  . . . but we’d hang on to our 4WD around here! Which of the 13 would you choose?

Pull, Bang, S%@&!  This is such a common sequence of three words during our Sporting Clays Shooting Weekend every year that we're including T-shirts with this phrase for those who participate in this event next month! It's quite an active weekend with a reception on Thursday, February 23, clay shooting Friday and Saturday, and an awards banquet on Saturday night with a variety of prizes, surprises, drawings and fun.

Relatively Unimportant but Fun (?):

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the NFL Divisional Playoff Games, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Championship,  NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive survived Wild Card Weekend so it’s on to 15 props on this weekend’s NFL Divisional Championship games.  $4,556 is up for grabs if you get ‘em all on the $5 card (play as many as you want).
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 2-4:  Mike split on the Giants-Packers game – he lost the Giants at +5 but got the “Over” at 44½.  Alan skunked again with the “Under” at 51½ on Alabama-Clemson and the Raiders at +3 ½ over the Texans. Greg split – got Clemson at +6 ½ and missed the Dolphins even at +10 over the Steelers.
    • This Week:  Mike and Alan both like the Packers at +4½ over Dallas. Continuing the underdog trend, Mike has the Steelers at + 1½ over the Chiefs and Alan has Seahawks at +4½ over Atlanta. Greg went a different route: he took the “over” at 45 on the Patriots-Texans game and the “under” at 44 ½ on the Chiefs-Steelers game.


Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  George Pickard performs tonight, Just Us entertains Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Patrick Major appears next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Just Us is a unique group of musicians who decided to blend together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" sounds – music from the 60’s to the present.  Aladdin handles lead vocal and percussions. He is joined by Les Carter on vocals and drums, Phil Weaver on vocals and guitar and Fred Williams on bass.

In the Casino
  • Cash Blast Giveaways Today: Win up to $1,000 in cash in our giveaway drawings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Wednesday in January. Use your card while you play 'cause you get in via hot seat selection and virtual drawing tickets from your play each Wednesday!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free CVI Tote Bags for the first 150 ladies, Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the January 25 drawings for a free Coach Handbag and Wallet.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points every Saturday in January – five times the benefits of your play!
  • Penny Progressive Over $53,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 Super Sunday Football Grid starting January 29. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! Good way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day which is today!! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Lamb Shank with Barley Risotto for $28.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’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 Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Two 2017 Concerts Announced, Aerial Video of 1997 Carson Valley Flood, More

Wynonna Kicks Off the TJ's Corral Concert Season!
And the First Outdoor Concert for 2017 Will Be . . . Wynonna Judd when she brings her Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour to TJ’s Corral on Saturday night, April 29! Check it out because tickets will be going on sale this Saturday morning. We’re also announcing one more of the concerts for the coming season – the Marshall Tucker Band will invade TJ’s Corral on Friday night, July 28. While we’re letting a few cats out of the bag, we’ll also be releasing details fairly soon about Mixed Martial Arts fights in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

 New Giveaways Started this Week: Our January casino promotions kicked in this week so we suggest you read through the In the Casino section below for the details on our Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways promotion, Cash Blast Giveaways on Wednesdays, a Coach grand prize for ladies night and more.


20 Years Ago – the Carson Valley Flood of 1997
It didn’t come without warning . . . the forecasters had one eye on the heavy snow-pack in the Sierra Range and the other on the Pineapple Express stretched out for over a thousand miles in the Pacific and heading right at us. There were emergency preparedness meetings and the TV weather reporters were not holding back in their prognostications . . . they talked not about what might come, but what would come. It all came down as predicted and the result . . . well the aerial video above – a 5 minute clip from a 75-minute video – tells it much better than the written word.  Thanks to Jeff McBryde and the many others who made this video possible. Remember those were the VHS days and thus the quality isn’t what it would be today . . . and it was before drones so an actual aircraft was used! The Flood Tapes were for sale in the CVI Gift Shop back then with all proceeds going to Douglas County Search and Rescue and the American Red Cross. Sorry, we don’t have any more and haven’t for years!

Eagles and Ag: All the activities are set and you can register online for the annual Eagles and Agriculture event coming up on January 27 – 29 with two of the key social/educational events and most tour departures here at the Carson Valley Inn.  Like the swallows are to Capistrano, the eagles (and other raptors) are to Carson Valley as they swoop in for the calving season. Details are available at this link.

New Katie’s Specials in January: Katie’s has a different special each day and there are a few new selections for January: Monday’s new special is Pork Chile Verde served with rice, refried beans and flour tortilla for $6.99. Tuesdays, enjoy Beef Stew in a Sourdough Bread Bowl for $6.99.  Italian Day continues on Wednesdays in Katie's with 3 specials at just $6.99. Thursday’s new special is Stuffed Pork Loin with mashed potatoes, pan gravy and vegetable for $6.99. Fridays and Saturdays, Katie's continues to offer a Roasted Prime Rib and Fried Shrimp Dinner special served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99. The Monday through Saturday specials are available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Katie’s long-running Sunday special is "The Chandler" Chicken Dinner including southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw for $5.99 served from 2 to 10 p.m..

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the NFL Wild Card Games, the NCAA Championship Game, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the Super Bowl, NBA Championship and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive ended the regular NFL season at $4,493 so we conjured up a variety of 15 props on this weekend’s NFL Wild Card Games. Get ‘em all on the $5 card (play as many as you want) and the pot is yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 4-2:  Mike got ‘em both with Oklahoma State at +3 over Colorado and Clemson at +3 ½ over Ohio State. After two stellar weeks, Alan tanked losing both the Raiders to beat Denver and the Dolphins at +9 ½ over the Patriots. Greg squeaked in on the Giants at +8 over the Redskins and “called it” on the Falcons-Saints overs at 56!
    • This Week:  Mike likes the Giants at +5 over the Packers and the “Overs” at 44½ on the same game. Alan tabbed the “Unders” at 51½ on the Alabama- Clemson game and the Raiders at +3 ½ over the Texans. Greg is counting on two favorites, Clemson at +6 ½ over Alabama and the Dolphins at +10 over the Steelers. 
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  The Novelists Acoustic Duo performs tonight, Justin Lee entertains Thursday, Friday and Saturday and George Pickard appears next Tuesday and Wednesday. Justin Lee burst onto the country music scene in 2015. The up-and-coming musician has gone from playing in a cover band with his buddies to performing on the same stage as acts like The Band Perry, Parmalee and Jake Owen. Justin has performed at ShipKicker in Long Beach and Night in the Country, Nevada’s largest country music festival. George Pickard co-wrote What Did You Do with Your Old Forty Fives for Bobby Vinton and backed up many acts from the fifties and sixties including The Shirelles, The Diamonds and The Platters. He was also one of the Kingsmen (Louie, Louie).

In the Casino
  • Cash Blast Giveaways Today: Win up to $1,000 in cash in our giveaway drawings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Wednesday in January. Use your card while you play 'cause you get in via hot seat selection and virtual drawing tickets from your play each Wednesday!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Chocolate Scented Candles for the first 150 ladies, World Market Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the January 25 drawings for a free Coach Handbag and Wallet.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: our new Free Cash and Get Away Giveaways Promotion is underway and we’re guaranteeing to give away $1,000 of in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips this Friday and every Friday through February 24th in drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points every Saturday in January – five times the benefits of your play!
  • Monthly Ladies' Poker Tournament Sunday: Brush up lessons at 3 p.m., play starts at 4 p.m.
  • Monthly Blackjack Tournament Tuesday: Sign up from 5-to 6 p.m., play starts at 6. $25 buy-in.
  • Penny Progressive Almost $52,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 NCAA National Championship Football Grid by making a Full House or higher in live action Texas Hold’ em or any hand of Tens Full or higher in Pineapple or Omaha. Grid numbers will be drawn on Monday, January 9 when the board is full and the payout is $40 each for 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters and for final score. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for just $6.99 each! Good way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day which is today!! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is American Bison Game Tips with mushroom Cabernet demi and pepper pappardelle for $27.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’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 Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Week at the Carson Valley Inn

New Year’s Eve Dining – CVI and Sharkey’s . . . Enjoy these three choices for New Year's Eve specials and regular menu items:
  • CV Steak has a Duo of Tournedos with Seared Scallops (a blackened Filet Mignon with southwest au jus, a blue cheese crusted Filet Mignon and Seared Scallops) for $36 and King Crab Legs (One pound of Alaskan King Crab Legs served with drawn butter) for $35. New Year's Eve reservations are a must in CV Steak – call 775-783-6650.
  • Katie's is offering an Apple Stuffed Roast Pork Loin with a glaze of spiced cranberries and orange zest, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables, choice of soup or fresh garden green salad, fresh bread and creamery butter for $13.99. Also available is the usual Saturday night special, Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp Dinner served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99. Both of these specials are served from 11 a.m.
  • Sharkey’s Jackpot Café is featuring its regular Friday and Saturday Night Special starting at 4 p.m. – Prime Rib and Lobster with twice baked potato and choice of soup or salad for $20.
  • New Year's Day: All restaurants will be open regular hours.
Poker Players - get in on our NCAA Championship Game Grid
Poker Room Squares for NCAA Championship Game: $160 is on the table for Poker players starting Monday in our annual College Football Playoff National Championship Football Grid. From January 2 until the chart is full, win a square by making a Full House or higher in live action Texas Hold’ em or any hand of Tens Full or higher in Pineapple or Omaha. Grid numbers will be drawn on Monday, January 9 when the board is full and the payout is $40 each for 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters and for final score. Complete guidelines will be posted in the Poker Room.

Another beautiful winter day in Carson Valley
Photo by Jan Vandermade
#WhyCV Contest Starts Today: Submissions can  now be made for the #WhyCV Contest sponsored by the Carson Valley Visitors Authority and Carson Valley Times. Gather your favorite photo (like the one above), video or written story depicting why Carson Valley has carved out a special place in your heart. Prizes include an iPad, a GoPro, smartphone camera lenses, and a variety of gift certificates to the best in local dining – including CV Steak of course! All the details are on this page and we hope you’ll include the CArson Valley Inn if we are part of your story on how you came about visiting or moving here!

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL Football, the remaining NCAA Bowl Games, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NCAA Football Championship, Super Bowl, NBA Championship and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $4,395 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours! And if no one hits this week, we will carny this over to the NFL playoffs.
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 3-3: Mike skunked as he took Maryland at -1½ over Boston College (B.C. won) in the Quick Lane Bowl and the Rams at -4 over the 49ers (seriously, did anyone bet the Niners to actually win?). Alan had the Ravens at +5 over the Steelers (got it by 1 point) and the Raiders at -4 over the Colts (another win). Greg got the Niners at +4 over the Rams and was “off by a mile” on the Jets at +16 ½ over the Patriots.
    • Last Week Trivia Quiz: The Quick Lane Bowl is backed by the Detroit Lions. It is a de facto replacement for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Ford Motor Company serves as title sponsor of the game through its auto shop brand Quick Lane.
    • This Week:  Mike likes Oklahoma State at +3 over Colorado and the Clemson Tigers (+3 ½) over Ohio State. Alan’s going pro on his picks: Raiders to beat Denver in a pick ‘em game and the Dolphins at +9 ½ over the Patriots. (Per Mike, “there’s still fight in them there fish!”)  Greg tapped the Giants at +8 over the Redskins and (get ready) the  “overs" on the Falcons-Saints game at 56! 
    • Trivia: Only about 17% of NFL games have a point total over 56 points. The highest point total in an NFL game was 113 points when Washington beat the N.Y. Giants 72 - 41 on Nov. 27, 1966.
Relatively Unimportant but Fun: Some people make lists. Still others compile lists of lists. Then there are those who find an article like this: The Master List of Year End Lists - over 350 of 'em! We certainly don’t have time for all this so we "borrowed" this link from an update Bill Chernock from the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce sent to Chamber members yesterday. How did he find the time? We suspect he plans on picking up time this Saturday on Leap Second Time Adjustment Day! What did all these list makers do before the internet provided a forum for publishing such lists?

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

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Tyler Stafford performs tonight, Just Us entertains Thursday, After Dark takes the stage Friday and Saturday and the Novelists Acoustic Duo appears next Tuesday and Wednesday. Just Us blends together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" music from the 60’s to the present. The high energy of After Dark Band will have you up and dancing and singing along with the guys! With a great variety of rock and roll, country, blues and R & B their “must not miss” show is filled with the songs you know and love and the energy of the group creates a party waiting for you to join in. With Bernie DeLaCruz and Dave Vasquez on guitar, Dustin Taunton on bass, Don Peterson on drums and Scott Anderson on vocals this award winning band will get you rockin’! The Novelists Acoustic Duo provides cliffhanger storytelling, dual lead singing personalities and their signature harmonies. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night is “off” tonight but resumes Wednesdays in January.
  • Drawings Tonight: Cash & Freeplay Giveaways at 5, 7 & 8 p.m. Win up to $2,500 tonight.
  • Bingo and Drawings Thursday:
    • Come in and play Bingo on the even hour 10 a.m. to 4 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. 
    • Cash & Freeplay Giveaways at 5, 7 & 8 p.m. Win up to $2,500 tonight.
  • $5,000 Guaranteed Friday: A total of $5,000 in cash and prizes is guaranteed in drawings between 4 and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday:
    • 4X Points from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Live Entertainment & Dancing: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Champagne Toast in the casino at midnight
  • Penny Progressive Over $47,000 . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi for $30.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’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.
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, December 21, 2016

Christmas Dinner, Lots of Cash & Freeplay

Christmas Week at the CVI
  • Christmas Dinners to Go - Turkey (serves 8 – 10 people) or Roast Prime Rib of Beef (serves 8 – 10 people) Dinners – can be ordered today and tomorrow (until sold out) for pickup on Christmas Day. 
  • Christmas Day Specials will be served Sunday in CV Steak and Katie's – along with their regular menus of course (sorry, CV Steak is full for Christmas Day Dinner . . . thanks for your overwhelming support)!
  • Christmas Decorations adorn the CVI inside and out – lots of photo ops with the kids and the family.
  • Candy Cane Lane – our drive-by Christmas display – is lit up nightly and it's a great Christmas Eve treat. Pull in at the entrance between our big sign and the Carson Valley Market. Tune your radio to 89.9 and listen to music while you watch the elves and other characters!
  • CVI Gift Cards can be purchased at the Hotel Front Desk at the Carson Valley Inn or at the Guest Services counters at Bodines Casino and Sharkey's Casino. To order by phone, call the Hotel Front Desk, 775-783-6670.
Lots of Cash & Freeplay this Week!
  • Let’s start with this Friday when the Grand Prize Drawings at 6 and 8 PM wrap up our $70,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion. A total of $10,000 in cash and free play will be distributed between the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines just this Friday night. 
  • Then join us this Saturday through next Thursday, December 29 for nightly chances to win up to twenty-five hundred dollars in drawings at 5, 7 and 8 PM. You're earning entries while you play slots and table games using your INN Club card – and you can also enter by swiping your card at the casino kiosk once each day.
Over 100 Tons of Food in 12 Hours!
What Happens to over 100 Tons of Food Collected in 12 Hours? Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no offense to those who do so) you’ve no doubt heard the Community Food Drive at the Carson Valley location on Friday, December 9 raised over $66,000 in cash and over 222,000 pounds of food for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.  So how exactly does the food closet handle such a large influx of food donations in one 12 hour period? Our friends at CarsonValleyTimes.com went behind the scenes, saw how it works, and posted this article which tells the story!

New Year’s Eve Dining at the Inn: CV Steak and Katie’s are serving their regular menu items and Specials on Saturday, December 31.  
  • The New Year's Eve specials in CV Steak are a Duo of Tournedos with Seared Scallops (a blackened Filet Mignon with southwest au jus, a blue cheese crusted Filet Mignon and Seared Scallops) for $36 and King Crab Legs (One pound of Alaskan King Crab Legs served with drawn butter) for $35. CV Steak New Year's Eve reservations are a must – call 775-783-6650.
  • Katie's is offering an Apple Stuffed Roast Pork Loin with a glaze of spiced cranberries and orange zest, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables, choice of soup or fresh garden green salad, fresh bread and creamery butter for $13.99. Also available is the usual Saturday night special, Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp Dinner served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99. Both of these specials are served from 11 a.m. 
Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL Football, the remaining NCAA Bowl Games, NBA and College Basketball and NHL Hockey.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NCAA Football Championship, Super Bowl (only X teams left), NBA Championship and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $4,304 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 2-4 Alan picked the Cardinals at -2 ½ over the Saints (sorry, Saints won) and the Patriots at -3 over the Broncos (got that one). Mike tabbed Texas San Antonio (+7) over New Mexico (hit this one, NM didn’t cover) and the 49ers (+13 ½) over Atlanta (soooo wrong). Greg picked the Chiefs at -6 versus the Titans (ouch to Greg, Chiefs lost) and the Texans at -6 versus the Jaguars (tanked this one also). 
    • This Week:  Mike took Maryland at -1½ over Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl and the Rams at -4 over the 49ers. Alan likes the Ravens at +5 over the Steelers and Raiders -4 over the Colts. Feeling dejected after going 0-2 last week, Greg went with the “two worst teams in football” and picked the Jets +16 ½ over the Patriots and the Niners at +4 over the Rams (“the Niners will lose by a field goal!) Trivia Quiz: The Quick Lane Bowl is backed by what company? It replaced what previous Bowl game?
Relatively Unimportant but Fun:
  • Today is Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day. We’re in the casino business, so we feel it’s important to recognize any “Day” with the word “wager” in the title . . . especially a wager of over a million dollars regarding whether or not a feat can be accomplished in 80 days!
  • Friday is Festivus Day – we mention this in honor of the millions of Seinfeld fans and those who aren’t in the “It’s OK to Say Merry Christmas” club.
  • Saturday is Eggnog Day so we asked our Food and Beverage gurus how they roll on this subject and they said, hands down, the best is Francovich Eggnog made and bottled in Reno! Check this feature KTVN did on the subject two years ago and if you want to whip up a couple of gallons at home, here’s the recipe courtesy of Edible Reno-Tahoe.
  • Monday is National Whiners Day. Sorry, we don’t recognize whining . . . with the possible exception of Forty Niner fans, most of whom passed the whining stage and completed the five stages of grief by week seven! 

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Jamie Rollins performs tonight, Just Us entertains Thursday through Saturday, there’s NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and Tyler Stafford appears next Tuesday and Wednesday. Just Us blends together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" sounds - music from the 60’s to the present. Aladdin handles lead vocal and percussions. He is joined by Les Carter on vocals and drums, Phil Weaver on vocals and guitar and Fred Williams on bass. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Chocolate Shop Peppermint Bark (big hit last year) for the first 150 ladies, Chocolate Shoppe Santa Cookie Jars as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for tonight’s drawings for a free $500 Holiday Cash Prize.
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the even  hour 10 a.m. to 4 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. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Finale Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino in our $70,000 Holiday Giveaways final drawings at 6 & 8  p.m.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points means five times the benefits!
  • Penny Progressive Over $44,700 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Poker room opens at 4 PM on Christmas Day - Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Today is National French Fried Shrimp Day. Since we serve Fried Shrimp in both Katie’s at the CVI and Bodines Restaurant, we asked our Purchasing Manager and Menu Engineer whether ours was Fried Shrimp or French Fried Shrimp – last time we bother them with a question like that during the busy holiday season!! So, wherever the fine line is drawn, enjoy what we offer . . .  and on Fridays and Saturdays in Katie’s, don’t miss the Roasted Prime Rib and Fried Shrimp Dinner special served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99.
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Duck Breast 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.
  • 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 Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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