Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Slots, Toyota Winner, Concerts Update, More

Update on 2017 Concerts
A limited number of standing room tickets are now available for the Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour concert on Saturday, April 29. Tickets are moving very briskly for both the Lee Brice Concert on Saturday, May 20 and the Kenny Loggins Concert on Friday, June 9. We hope to have tickets on sale soon for the remaining concerts which are summarized in the above video. You’ll have to excuse that guy (he worked cheap) in front of the camera. He accidentally stated April 30 as the date for the Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour concert and we all know it’s on Saturday, April 29. All the other information is correct and it gives you a summary look at our concert year with the exception of Turtle’s Last Dance which wasn’t finalized when the video was shot.


But First, It's Another Nashville Nights Showcase in the Valley Ballroom
Our April 28 Nashville Nights Showcase featuring Kalie Shorr and Ellee Duke is a great warm up the for the Wynonna concert the following night out in TJ's Corral. Tickets are just $15 and they’re available at the hotel desk or call 775-783-6606. In the video above, Kalie Shorr tells a story that is so common in relationships that just weren’t meant to be . . . He’s Just Not That Into You.


New Slots Are Here:
Just as Spring brings bright green grass, colorful flowers and blooming trees, it also has brought a flurry of new games to the slot floors at Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino. Our corporate slot guru Steve Forester shared with us that we’ve added a number of new Aristocrat slots including Wild Americoins and Pure Gold. From IGT we have Icey Wilds and Ocean Magic, and from Konami the New Concerto Multi Game allows you to choose from ten of their most popular themes. We’ve also bumped up our offerings for Video Poker players at both properties with the Ultimate X Bonus Streak in which IGT took their favorite Ultimate X Poker and, figuratively of course, added steroids! Steve also told us, “We haven’t forgotten Sharkey’s Casino where more new games are scheduled for delivery in the next month . . . and all three properties have even more new games coming as we approach summer.”  Thanks for playing and enjoy the best of the best.

Who Won the Toyota? John and Michele Hatten were planning to go out for pizza last Saturday, April 15 and skip the Toyota drawing at the CVI because, "we never win." And by the way, this is the most often heard comment after somebody wins a big prize or jackpot at the CVI (and probably most casinos). Anyway, they decided to come by and what transpired was most unusual: they were both drawn to be in the final five for the showdown poker hand that would determine the winner! As the final showdown card was being dealt to each player, Michele showed a straight with three more to go. Her husband was the only one who could beat her as he showed two pair . . . but his last card failed to complete the full house and she won!  Both "shocked and excited," Michele was asked by Deanna which it would be, the Toyota Camry or $15,000? With the microphone at her lips, Michele picked the cash in an announcement to the entire casino! Our Cash and FreePlay anniversary drawings continue this Friday and next!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Justin Lee Band tonight, The Rye Brothers Thursday thru Saturday, George Pickard Sunday and Monday, Chris Toomey next Tuesday and Wednesday. We're surprised Justin Lee had the energy to return for tonight’s special favor to us after his birthday party in the Cabaret lounge last Saturday! The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar driven songs. Led by Paul Justin & Justin Foutz, who trade off on the lead vocals and guitar licks. Paul and Justin formed Rye Brothers in the of Summer of 2015 and quickly added a solid rhythm section consisting of Jacob Delott (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Sorenson (drums, backing vocals) to round out this Southern California based “power-pop” quartet. George Pickard is an accomplished performer, believable impressionist, captivating entertainer and successful song writer. He has played the Fillmore in San Francisco with acts such as Santana, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane. Chris Toomey has been writing and playing music around the country since 2003 and his roots are deep into a genre of folk-rock. 

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Chocolate Shoppe Candy Surprise for the first 150 ladies, Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and a chance to earn entries for the April 26 drawings for $500 Cash.
  • Anniversary Giveaways Friday: Drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. Win up to $5,000.
  • 5X Points Saturday: That’s five times the benefits for your play – every Saturday in April!
  • Free CVI Anniversary Wearable Monday: This week it’s a different color Windbreaker Jacket than we gave away last Monday. Just earn 125 points Monday and it’s yours, plus you keep the points!
  • Poker Room: All our Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions are listed on our website, click here for the full story.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, MLB and the   NASCAR Food City 500. Futures on the board include winners for the NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, World Series and 2018 Super Bowl.
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’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, April 12, 2017

Tickets on Sale for Two More Concerts, Toyota Camry Giveaway Saturday, More

Lee Brice Concert Tickets Available
We usually announce the availability of concert tickets in our Wednesday morning blog but one came up right after our blog went out last week so our Facebook and Twitter followers were the first to know: Tickets for the Lee Brice Concert on May 20 in TJ’s Corral are now on sale!  We encourage you to buy yours soon . . . you don't want to miss out if tickets aren’t available at the last minute as it appears will be the case with the almost sold-out Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour concert on Saturday night, April 29.

Kenny Loggins, Too!
This one just popped up on Tuesday night as we were finishing off our Wednesday morning blog so we are squeezing it in: Tickets for the June 9 Kenny Loggins Concert are now for sale! Loggins & Messina, "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack,  the title song from Footloose, “Playing With the Boys" and "Danger Zone" from Top Gun . . . these memories and many more are guaranteed to make this one a very popular show so get your tickets soon. You can buy them on line by going to this page – You can also stop by the hotel desk (775-783-6606) and get them in person!

Elle Duke Joins Kalie Shorr
April 28 in our Valley Ballroom
Nashville Nights Artist on National Radar!
If you were lucky enough to catch Alyssa Micaela at our March Nashville Nights Showcase you may have just had the opportunity to enjoy someone on the brink of making the big time. Alyssa was just named one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know by RollingStone. If you’re a country fan, be sure to catch our April 28 Nashville Nights Showcase featuring Kalie Shorr and Ellee Duke. Both of these young ladies are also looking promising and we’d hate for anyone to miss the opportunity to be able to say you saw them up-close in the Valley Ballroom just before they sprung onto the national spotlight. Tickets are just $15 and they’re available at the hotel desk or call 775-783-6606.

Toyota Camry Giveaway This Saturday! No fine print on this one: We guarantee that someone will win a new Toyota Camry - or $15,000 cash if they so choose - this Saturday, April 15 at the Carson Valley Inn.  It’s the first of three “large” giveaways in our multi-property Anniversary Celebrations which also includes $10,000 in Guaranteed Giveaways on April 22 at Sharkey’s Casino and another new Toyota Camry or $15,000 cash on Saturday, May 6 at Bodines Casino. Check out the timing on all this Saturday’s drawings in the This Week at the Inn section below. And click here for all of the April CVI Promotion Details.

Easter Dining Reminder: CV Steak is open Easter from 4:30 p.m. serving our regular CV Steak menu plus two Easter dinner specials: Apple Bourbon Glazed Slow Roasted Pork Rib Eye and Grilled Salmon “Oscar Style.” Reservations in CV Steak (775-783-6650) are recommended – and we still have some openings for Easter evening! In Katie’s we're offering our regular menu plus an Easter special of Orange Glazed Baked Ham from 2 to 9 p.m. Click here for pricing and other details.

Whatever Your Job Talent . . . We may just have a place for you here at the CVI. We’re starting to ramp up our hiring for the upcoming busy season and we have over a dozen different CVI job positions currently posted . . . plus a few more at Sharkey’s Casino.  Sure we have the usual benefits with group insurance, 401(k), paid vacation and more. We also offer an opportunity for advancement if that’s your motivation. And in our business you’ll have a chance to see and even experience some of the most fascinating aspects of human interaction that always seems to be part of the casino/hotel/food service business! Check out our job opportunities on our website, then stop by to meet our HR folks. They can also fill you in on openings at Bodines Casino. Just come in the hotel entrance and turn left down the hall to the end.

“As good - no, better - than before!”  That was the title of a very recent review of the Carson Valley Inn on Trip Advisor. We get many positive reviews but this one caught our eye because it reminded us of something that we take for granted: if you haven’t been here in the last four or five years, the CVI is remarkably different and improved. We couldn’t say or write it better than the rest of the review: “After a glorious week in Joshua Tree NP, we were making our way back to Oregon and this is where we stopped for the night. We had stayed here quite a few years ago and enjoyed it and wondered if the hotel would still be nice or if it had gotten "tired" over the years. What a positive surprise when we opened the door to our room and it was immaculately clean, very attractive and appeared to be freshly decorated. The linens were very comfortable and despite being attached to a casino our night was super quiet. For the price, this hotel was an excellent value and we will definitely stay here again when through the area!!


Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Half Dressed Mannequins tonight (honest – that’s the name of the dou), Justin Lee Band Thursday thru Saturday and Justin McMahon Sunday thru Tuesday. The Half Dressed Mannequins is an acousti pop-duo of Denver Saunders (vocals/guitar) and Jarom Horner (6-String Bass) performing popular favorites anywhere from the 60s ‘til now.  Justin Lee is the west coast’s answer to new country music. With roots in small town Yerington, Nevada, Justin brings a new level of excitement to country as we know it. Justin opened for Mark Chesnutt in October of 2014 at We Dig Mining, a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nevada. A Night In The Country – Nevada’s largest country music festival – featured Justin on the main stage prior to The Band Perry in 2015. Justin McMahon fans love his unique blend of poetic musings against his driving, rhythmic style of acoustic guitar playing.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Marketing Staff Surprise for the first 150 ladies, Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and a chance to earn entries for the April 26 drawings for $500 Cash.
  • Anniversary Giveaways Friday: Drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. Win up to $5,000.
  • 5X Points Saturday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play – every Saturday in April!
  • Anniversary Giveaways Saturday:
    • Drawings at 2PM, 4PM, 6PM & 8PM for prizes including cash, free play and concert tickets.
    • Drawings at 9PM for a new Toyota Camry or $15,000!
  • Free CVI Anniversary Wearable Monday: We’ll be doing this for the remaining Mondays in April and this week it’s a Windbreaker Jacket on Monday. Just earn 125 points Monday and it’s yours, plus you keep the points!
  • Poker Room: All our Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions are listed on our website, click here for the full story.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet NBA Playoffs, MLB and NHL.  NASCAR takes a break this weekend. Futures on the board include winners for the NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, World Series and 2018 Super Bowl.
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks 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. 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.
  • Sunday is National Eggs Benedict Day. We suggest you celebrate on Saturday this weekend by joining us in Katie’s for our $4.99 Eggs Benedict Special from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This traditional favorite includes toasted English muffin, grilled Canadian bacon, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and hash browns.
  • 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, April 5, 2017

A Tribute to Stew, Easter Bunny Cakes Return, MMA in TJ's Corral, More

Turtle’s Last Dance – May 12
Stew “The Turtle” Stewart was with us at the Carson Valley Inn for over six years and he helped us transform our approach to entertainment. Since his passing earlier this year we have been working on a party to serve as his “last dance” . . . that’s what he wanted, so that’s what we’re doing!  The details are set and we hope you’ll join us on Friday evening, May 12 in TJ’s Corral. The Davisson Brothers will be providing entertainment, admission is free and we encourage you to read about the Turtle’s Last Dance event at this link – especially the thoughts expressed on behalf of the CVI by Joey Whitacre, our Director of Casino Operations and Marketing.

Golf Season Is Here! Monday is Golfer’sDay and whether or not it turns out to be the perfect day for playing golf, it is a timely reminder that planning is well underway for the many, many golf groups and events that center around the Carson Valley Inn this year. We put on two of our own sponsored golf events each year: the Spring Stag Golf Outing coming up on the last weekend in April and our Mixed Scramble held on the weekend after Labor Day. We are also the headquarters hotel for about 100 different groups of golfers who visit each year - from as few as 8 to as many as 100+ golfers and guests. We set up all the details (rooms, golf, receptions, dinners, etc.) and would be glad to tell you more about how it all works – just call Greg Enholm (he’s a PGA type) in our Sales department at 775-783-6615. Now, back to Golfer’s Day: If you have any appreciation for the game, you might read the information at the link. You’ll find out when the original video golf game was created (before 1980 if you can believe it), when miniature golf came about, a fun little prank you can pull on your coworkers and some other interesting tidbits.

Easter Bunny Cakes Are Back! Our Easter Bunny Cakes were such big sellers last year that our bakery crew is bringing ‘em back again for the next 10 days. The cutie pictured with this article is one we found scampering through the bakery last year. The 2017 Bunny Cakes were just coming out of the oven and not to the design stage when our blog came out this morning - but we know they will be similar to last year’s hot sellers. Interested in ordering one? We suggest you stop by Katie’s Bakery Counter as soon as possible. If there are no Easter Bunny Cakes available, we will take orders up to a couple of days before Easter.  And while we’re on the Easter subject, Katie's and CV Steak are both serving their regular menu plus specials on Easter Sunday. Click for more on the Easter Specials.

MMA Bouts Live in TJ's Corral
MMA in TJ’s Corral: Additional information and ticket ordering is now available for the World Fighting Championship MMA bouts happening in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, July 1. Should be a pretty exciting evening and we encourage you to check out the information and contact the WFC with any specific questions.

Well, That Was Prophetic! In last week’s blog we casually wrote “As for the $85,000+, that’s our Penny Progressive Jackpot (as of last night) and while we’re not guaranteeing it will be won this week, we can guarantee that when it does hit it can only be won on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.” Well, it “hit” on Thursday, March 30 when a lucky local pocketed $86,619 here at the CVI.  The winner asked that we not use their name and we always respect such requests. Now, on to our next prediction: Someone will win a new Toyota Camry or $15,000 in cash on Saturday, April 15 and it will happen here at the CVI. Will it be you?


National Beer Day is this Friday, April 7. Come on by the CVI and enjoy one of our many draft or bottled beers in either the Cabaret Bar or CV Steak Bar. While you’re at it, catch the second round of The Masters on TV and stick around for dinner where you can feast on the Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks special in CV Steak on Friday night. How's our beer selection you ask? Well, two of us sat down at the CV Steak Bar determined - between the two of us - to drink one of each of our offerings. We had ten different beers each and still had a couple to go when we gave up . . . we figure that should be enough choices for just about any beer drinker!

Concert News: If you are planning to attend the Wynonna and the Big Noise Tour concert on Saturday night, April 29 . . . and you have not yet purchased your tickets . . . we suggest you do so very soon as this concert is just about sold out.  Looking ahead to the other concerts and events coming up in TJ’s Corral, this link will take you to the current 2017 Lineup and yes, we will have tickets for some of the other concerts on sale very soon.

Is Genoa One of the Best Small Towns?  Just might be ‘cause Genoa has been nominated in the latest USA Today10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest!  A panel of experts selected Genoa as one of 20 contenders for Best Southwestern Small Town. Turns out you can vote once a day until the voting ends on Monday, April 24. We never take a stand on political issues or candidates but we will stand up for Genoa in this election and we invite you to give ‘em your vote!

Friday and Saturday in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge

Hans Eberbach tonight and Thursday, John Dawson Band Friday and Saturday, Cliff and Dave Sunday and Monday and Denver Saunders Tuesday and Wednesday. 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. According to John, “The Washoe County Parole board took matters into their own hands on a wistful spring evening in 1999, and placed these 5 repeat offenders in a working band, demanding we concentrate on Country Music.” The quintet includes Mitch (Lead Guitar), Brian (keys), J.B.  (Bass), Jhan (drums) and John Dawson (vocals and guitar). When Cliff and Dave make their CVI debut, you’ll enjoy a Powerhouse singer/gospel drummer, Cliff Porter, and southern-fried singer/guitarist, Dave Berry, often seen fronting the band Jelly Bread as they provide an evening of  sultry R&B, funk and swinging rock ’n’ roll.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free Coffee Cup Duo Set for the first 150 ladies, Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and a chance to earn entries for the April 26 drawing for $500 in Cash!
  • Anniversary Giveaways Friday: Drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. Win up to $5,000.
  • 5X Points Saturday: That’s five times the benefits for your play – every remaining Saturday in April!
  • Free CVI Anniversary Wearable Monday: We’ll be doing this for the remaining Mondays in April and this week it’s a Black Short Sleeve T-Shirt. Just earn 125 points Monday and it’s yours, plus you keep the points!
  • 10X Golden Tickets Monday: It takes a golden ticket to win the Toyota Camry on April 15 and on Monday you’ll earn 10X Golden Tickets - check in the casino for more information.
  • Poker Room: All our Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions are listed on our website, click here for the full story.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet NBA, MLB, NHL and the NASCAR O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Futures on the board include winners for The Masters, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series. 

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Our Friday special in Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks $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. 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!