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Feb 8, 2019

True Rewards Plays Club

Laughlin, NV



Golden Entertainment, Inc. is rolling out a new players club program, True Rewards to all its properties,   According to the True Rewards *website, the Strat will go live on Feb.19th (2019), and in Laughlin the schedule is: 
Aquarius             March 19th 
Colorado Belle   June 2019 
Edgewater          June 2019

There are some definite changes to the Aceplay and Access Players Clubs that are currently in use at the Aquarius and Colorado Belle/Edgewater Casinos. 


There will be 5 levels (with some unusual unique names):

True
Loyal
Solid
Legit
Epic



 Benefits list for each tier level 



Points are earned to achieve tier levels as follows: 

Slot & Video Reel                         $1 = 1 point
Video Poker/Keno/Multigame     $2 = 1 point
Full Pay Video Poker                   $4 = 1 point





Local players have shorter Tier Earning periods and evaluations every 6 months.  Non Locals have 12 months. 


Tier Evaluation
Local - 6 months  
Non-Locals - 12 months

Tier Earning Periods: 
Local - January-June & July-December 
Non-Local - January-December

FREE parking is a benefit listed at all the card levels.   

The Resort Fee is waived for True Rewards card players who reach the Legit levels.


Current Card Holders


  • If you are already a member of ace | PLAY, Golden Rewards, Beer & Bites, Checkout Rewards, Gold Mine or Rocky Gap Rewards program, it’s time to make the switch to True Rewards.
  • Get your new True Rewards card at a rewards center within any Golden Entertainment property. Just bring your valid government-issued ID and current rewards card.
  • Any existing points you have on your current card will carry over for a one-to-one transfer.

*


Note:  This information was current as of 2-8-12019 on the True Rewards Website and is subject to change by Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Information and Source of graphics: 
goldenent.com/true-rewards.htm and truerewards.com


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Feb 7, 2019

Festivals and Music in Laughlin - April 2019

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Rock N Ribs
April 5-7, 2019
In this 2nd Annual event, there will be Great BBQ and sides from the vendors plus free live rock & roll entertainment by Rebel Heart and Stef’N’Rock!    Vote for the People's Choice award from the BBQ selections.  Plus a Beer Garden, Lemonade Stand, Vendors and more. 

This event will be held in the front of the Casino in the Colorado Belle parking lot.  Festival hours:  Friday 2-10 pm, Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

Country Road Riverwalk Festival 
 April 12-14, 2019
On the Laughlin Riverwalk
Free live entertainment and delicious country cookin’--  
Menu to include Chicken and Dumplings with Mashed Potatoes, Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy, Chili Cheese Dogs with Fries, French Fries and Deep Dish Bourbon Pecan Pie. 

Festival hours:  Friday 2-10 pm, Saturday 2-midnight, Sunday Noon-7 pm.




Brad Paisley will be performing at the Laughlin Event Center on Saturday, April 13th.   Ticket information can be found at the Laughlin Event Center website. 

21st Annual Blues and Brews Festival 
April 19-21, 2019
On the Laughlin Riverwalk featuring free live blues.
The line up includes Chris Hiatt, John Earl & The BoogieMan Band with Chris Tofield and the PS Band featuring Jonathan Ellison.  


Beer from Pints Microbrewery, including Pints Rehab Red Ale, Pints Golden Ale, Pints What the Puck IPA, Pints Wild Card Ale and Bodacious Blueberry Ale plus Blue Hawaiian Cocktails!       
Festival hours:  Friday & Saturday 2-10 pm, Sunday Noon-7 pm.



37th Annual Laughlin River Run 
April 24-27th 
Free live entertainment during the annual River Run featuring your favorite blues bands-- Chris Hiatt Band, John Earl & The BoogieMan Band with Chris Tofield and the PS Band featuring Jonathan Ellison!  Plenty of vendors, bars and great food will be available for purchase. 


  All details are subject to change by the property hosting the events. 




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Feb 2, 2019

Edgewater and Colorado Belle Sold in $190 Million Deal

 On January 14, 2019, Golden Entertainment Inc.
closed on the deal to purchase the Edgewater and
Colorado Belle Resort Casinos in Laughlin, NV.


Golden Entertainment also owns the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin,
as well as the Stratosphere in Las Vegas and several other Casinos and
gaming taverns and routes in Nevada.



Press Release:
1/14/2019 5:00:16 PM 
Company Has Repurchased Approximately 1.2 million Common Shares Pursuant to Repurchase Authorization

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2019-- Golden Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:GDEN) ("Golden" or the "Company") announced today that it completed its previously announced acquisition of Colorado Belle Gaming, LLC and Edgewater Gaming, LLC ("Colorado Belle and Edgewater") from Marnell Gaming, LLC in a cash and stock transaction.

The acquisition of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater adds two casino resorts adjacent to Golden’s Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin. Golden Entertainment now owns ten casino resorts - nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. In addition, Golden also operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,000 locations throughout Nevada and Montana, including its wholly-owned Nevada taverns.

Blake L. Sartini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Entertainment, commented, "The acquisition of these properties complements our market-leading Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin and grows our portfolio of wholly-owned Southern Nevada casino resorts. Golden is excited to integrate the Colorado Belle and the Edgewater, and we welcome their guests and team members to the Golden family."

The purchase consideration consisted of $155 million cash and approximately 911,000 shares of Golden Entertainment common stock. Golden paid the cash portion of the purchase price using $10 million of cash on hand and $145 million from its existing revolving credit facility.

Prior to the closing, Golden purchased approximately 1.2 million Golden shares in the open market at an average price of $16.06 under Golden’s stock repurchase authorization.

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment owns ten casino resorts - nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,000 locations and owns over 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. The Company operates approximately 17,400 gaming devices, 154 table games, 7,316 hotel rooms, and provides jobs for more than 8,400 team members. The Company is licensed in Illinois to operate video gaming terminals. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190114005753/en/

Source: Golden Entertainment Inc.

Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Charles H. Protell
Chief Financial Officer
702/893-7777

Investor Relations
Joseph Jaffoni, Richard Land, James Leahy
JCIR
212/835-8500 or gden@jcir.com


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Laughlin Visitor Numbers Down 7.5% in December, Down 2.3% for 2018

Laughlin, NV
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The Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority reported the December
Visitor Statistics as well as the yearly numbers.  

Gaming Revenue was up 4.52% in Laughlin for the month of December,
yet Visitor Numbers to Laughlin was down ‐7.3% 


Source:  LVVCA document
Laughlin:
December Visitor Numbers (2018)   120,500  
December Visitor Numbers (2017)   130,000  

The Visitor Volume for the entire year (2018) was 1,895,800 compared to 1,941,000 in 2017, this is a decrease of -2.3% 

Visitor Numbers - Breakdown by Month for 2018
 
January         3.8%


February       -0.2%

March            0.7%

April -1.5%

May               -2.2%

June              1.8%

July               -4.4%

August -1.2%

September -6.3%

October    -6.5%

November     -5.0%

December     -7.5%
================
2018    -2.3%

Source:  LVVCA https://www.lvcva.com/stats-and-facts/visitor-statistics/




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Feb 1, 2019

Laughlin Gaming Win for December 2018 was up 4.52% to $32.6 Million

Laughlin, NV

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Gaming Revenue (Win) Reports

Laughlin ended up with a positive gaming win for the month of December and the year (2018). 


The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported a Nevada gaming win of $999,664,756 for December of 2018 (compared to the same period in 2017).
This is an increase of 4.11%

Laughlin November gaming win was up 4.52% to $32.6 Million


The Vegas Strip was the only area in Clark County that was down.  In comparison, Downtown Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Boulder Highway reported high double-digit gaming win increases.

Breakdowns by area:

Las Vegas Strip                   $566,214,770      down  -0.93%
Downtown Las Vegas         $59,196,538        up       +26.56%
North Las Vegas                  $23,279,321        up       +18.07%
Laughlin                              $32,645,035        up       +4.52%  
Boulder Strip                       $68,097,400        up       +44.72%
Mesquite                              $11,062,273        up       +0.60%

Source; https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=14322


2018 Yearly Gaming Numbers

Laughlin gaming win was $509.1 Million up 3.31%
for the Twelve Months - 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
compared to the same period in 2017

Source: https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=14325


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Jan 29, 2019

Riverwalk Festivals in Laughlin - February and March 2019

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These Riverwalk Festivals are outdoors on the scenic Riverwalk between the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casinos overlooking the Colorado River. 





Sweetheart Festival
February 15-17
The Sweetheart Festival on the Riverwalk features free live entertainment outdoors on the Loading Dock Stage by the Colorado Belle.

Entertainment by two great country bands:
The Jimi Nelson Band and 15 South.  

Vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase.  Menu to include entrees such as Chicken Cordon Bleu, Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Cheese Sauce, and Cheese Nachos for Two (add taco meat for $2 more).  Desserts: Strawberry Sweet Tarts or Chocolate Cake.

Festival hours are
2-10 PM Friday and Saturday
Noon to 7 PM on Sunday



Rockin' Country Festival 
February 22nd-24th
The all country weekend with free live country music on the Loading Dock Stage
Featuring live music by
Whiskey Tango  
Dynamite Draw

Vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase. Menu to include Fried Chicken with country gravy and ‘smashed’ potatoes, watermelon cole slaw and caramel mini bundt cakes and cream cheese pretzels for dessert.

Festival hours are
2-10 PM Friday and Saturday
Noon to 7 PM on Sunday.



Coinciding with the Rockin' Country Festival,
Tim McGraw will be in concert at the Laughlin Event Center
on February 23rd.  Showtime is 8pm, gates open at 6:30pm



Mardi Gras Festival
March 1st - March 3rd
Featuring live zydeco/blues/jazz music by two great bands on the Loading Dock stage.  Bands will be the ‘Howlin' King Crawdad’ and ‘Zydeco Mud Bugs featuring Madame Laroux’  

Vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase. Menu to include a variety of southern style entrees including Creole Seafood Jambalaya, Sausage, and Chicken Gumbo, Cajun Fried Chicken, Red Beans and Rice, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Cornbread.  Desserts: Beignets and Bananas Foster with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. A variety of beverages will be available including Pints’ Microbrewery What the Puck IPA, Pints Golden Ale, Pints Rehab Red. Hurricane cocktails will also be available.

Festival hours are
2-10 PM Friday and Saturday
Noon to 7 PM on Sunday.



Shamrocks & Shenanigans 
March 15-17
Free live entertainment will feature Celtic music by two great bands on the Loading Dock stage by the Colorado Belle.
‘Paddy’s Pig’ will return to headline at the festival.

Vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase, such as Corned Beef and Cabbage, Red Skin Potatoes with Parsley, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips and Guinness Chocolate Bundt Cake for dessert.

Among the beer that will be offered will be Pints’ Microbrewery’s Pints Rehab Red, Pints Golden Ale, and Pints Wild Card Ale.  Shamrock Juice Cocktails will also be available.

Festival hours are
2-10 PM Friday and Saturday
Noon to 7 PM on Sunday.



Coinciding with the Shamrocks & Shenanigans festival the
Zac Brown Band will be in concert at  the Laughlin Event Center
on March 16th.  Showtime is 8pm, gates open at 6:30pm


The Riverwalk Festivals are held outdoors the Riverwalk between the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts. Entertainment is free, food and beverage available for purchase.  All details are subject to change by the property hosting the events. 




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Jan 21, 2019

The Brew Brothers Tap House at the Tropicana Laughlin

 

Laughlin, Nevada





After attending CES in Vegas earlier in the week, I headed over to Laughlin to spend a couple of nights in my favorite gambling destination.  I discovered the new Brew Brothers Tap House is open and decided to give it a try.  The restaurant is positioned toward the front of the Tropicana property on the south end of the building.  If you recall where the former video poker bar was in the penny slot area, you'll be familiar where this new place is.





The entrance is quite open and brightly lit.  A decent sized bar with loads of taps and TVs greets you straight away. Further in, are seating areas that are flanked by large windows looking out at Casino Drive.

I sat at the bar to play some video poker while I ate.  Three-quarters of the horseshoe-shaped bar has video poker machines with the remaining quarter dedicated to those who want to sip and talk.



The menu has a number of items that represent standard pub food.  The prices are not terribly high although the portion for my meal was a bit small but still enjoyable.



I ordered the Papa Don's meat lovers flatbread.  I would compare it to a Chili's flatbread albeit a tad smaller.  It was tasty but could have been hotter.  I imagine they were still working out the kinks of the restaurant on day 2 of being open.

The bartenders were friendly but a bit overwhelmed getting used to serving food at a busy bar.  I'm sure they will be pros in no time.  The restaurant was packed at 6pm on that Friday after opening.  I stayed for about an hour, gambling, eating and watching sports.



Overall I had a good time and will certainly be back.


P.s. Don't expect to be comped tap beers while playing.  They only comp a few bottled domestics.

Laughlin Buzz Contributor, Todd Carnes, shared these photos and observations from a recent visit to the new Brew Brothers Tap House at the Tropicana Laughlin. 




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