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Feb 16, 2020

Golden Nugget and Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co.

Laughlin, NV

Pictures from a visit to the Golden Nugget Laughlin and a lunch at Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co..

Service was a bit slow, given the crowd was light.  
More people were sitting out on the deck than inside.  

Shrimp Cocktail was very good, we were surprised there were 6 instead of the 5 shrimp per order that seems to be more the norm in restaurants these days.  The cocktail sauce was good, it had a nice scoop or horseradish to mix in. 

Bubba Gump's has an early bird menu.  As we went for a very late lunch, we took advantage and ordered the Fish and Chips.  Same as the main dinner menu, just a small portion.  They were cooked just right and also very good.

Two drinks from the extensive drink menu.  We didn't know but with one they wrapped up a souvenir glass.  Prices for the drinks can run a bit high so pay attention if that matters to you.  

Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co. won the Best Seafood Award

Other Dining choices in the Golden Nugget include the Saltgrass Steakhouse.  They were named Best Overall Restaurant and Best Steak in the Best of Laughlin Awards.  Plus, a winner in a few other categories.  

Claim Jumper is located just off the Casino floor near the atrium. 

Best of Laughlin - Best Café/Diner  
Gold    Beach Café, Harrah’s Laughlin
Silver  Big Horn Café, Laughlin River Lodge
Bronze  Claim Jumper, Golden Nugget Laughlin  

The Deli is a nice spot to get a bite to eat. Previously, they were open 24 hours but have since changed hours slightly.   Claim Jumper is open early for Breakfast.

Bean & Bread is fairly new, having replaced the Starbucks in the small space on the lower, riverwalk level.   

GoldDiggers is just off the atrium near the front entrance. 
Music, dancing, and drinks in the club featuring DJ's

Currently, they also have: 

Karaoke with Party-Oke Loke
8 pm to Midnight

Line Dancing 
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

All are subject to change, check the listings and hours for here. 

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Feb 8, 2020

Laughlin Visitor Numbers Drop in December and Overall for 2019

Laughlin, NV 

Laughlin visitor volume was down -3.4% for the month of December (2019), compared to December (2018).  

Source:  LVCVA.Com 
Except for a slight increase in August (2019) every month in 2019 showed a decrease in visitors to Laughlin. 

Laughlin's Visitor Volume Percentages (Increase or Decrease) for each month in 2019 was:

January          -4.2%  
February         -6.7%  
March              -3.4%
April                -4.7%
May                 -1.1%
June                -4.1%
July                 -3.0%
August            +0.9%
September      -4.8%
October           -5.4%

November       -2.3%
December       -3.4%

For the entire year:
Laughlin saw 1,829,700 visitors in 2019 
compared to 1,895,800 visitors in 2018.

This is a -3.5% decrease in visitors for 2019

Even though visitor numbers were down, Laughlin Gaming Revenue for December 2019 was up 1.12% compared to December of 2018. 

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Laughlin Gaming Revenue up 1.12% in December 2019

Laughlin, NV

Nevada Gaming Revenue Report for Laughlin for December 2019.  
Laughlin gaming revenue as reported by the Nevada Gaming Control Board was $33,012,090 for December of 2019 compared to $32,645,035 in December of 2018

This was an increase of 1.12% 

Although Laughlin Gaming revenue numbers were up, they had the lowest percentage increase in Clark County.  Percentages for other areas were: 

Statewide up 5.79%  
Clark County up 6.56%  
LV Strip  up  4.53%  
Downtown  up 6.80%  
North Las Vegas  up 23.14%  
Laughlin  up 1.12%  
Boulder Strip up 20.53%  
Mesquite up 2.24% 
Balance of Clark County up 6.78%

Source, Nevada Gaming Commission publication:

For Laughlin, 2019 gaming revenue by month was:

January    +1.83%
February   -0.68%
March       -4.23%
April          -2.67%
May          +3.22%
June         +8.41% 
July          +5.82%
August     +1.50%
Sept.         +4.56%
Oct.           -5.46%
Nov.          -2.21%
Dec.          +1.12%

Fiscal Year-to-Date Gaming Revenue for Laughlin for the period 
07/2019 - 12/2019  is still up slightly by 0.11% % compared to the same period in 2018 

Visitor Volume for Laughlin Down for December and all of 2019
The visitor statistics released by the LVCVA showed Laughlin Visitor Numbers were also down ‐3.4% in December compared to December of 2018.  The total number of Visitors to Laughlin in 2019 was also down, by -3.5%  Read More about the Visitor Statistics Here

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Laughlin to name Citizen of the Year at LTAB meeting

Laughlin, NV

Among the items on the agenda for the Laughlin Town Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, February 11th is the announcement of the Laughlin Citizen of the Year. 

Laughlin Town Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:30 p.m.

The 2020 Laughlin Citizen of the Year will be presented a plaque and a Clark County proclamation in recognition of community service.
There are many other informational items on the agenda, and time set aside for public comment.

View or download the full agenda here:

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LTAB meeting location:
Laughlin Regional Government Center
101 Civic Way
Laughlin, NV 89029

Feb 4, 2020

Briana Johnson, Clark County Assessor to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum

Briana Johnson, Clark County Assessor to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum 

Press release

Learn about property tax exemptions, caps, at Leadership Forum on March 26

For Immediate Use: Contact or 505-879-3142.


LAUGHLIN – Assessor Briana Johnson will explain the latest current figures of Clark County’s property tax system – including caps on increases -- as it affects Laughlin businesses and residences during an upcoming Laughlin Leadership Forum sponsored by the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation.

This will include the 3% and 8% caps imposed by the Legislature. It also will include exemptions for surviving spouses, veterans (including disabled veterans), and blind persons.

Her PowerPoint program will show the county-wide and local Laughlin figures for property and improvements in both the residential category and the Casino Drive resorts, plus overall county-wide numbers. The charts and graphs will go back to the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

The public is invited to the free presentation at 5 P.M. (PST) on Thursday, March 26, at the Spirit Mountain Activity Center in Mountain View Park on the Needles Highway in Upper Laughlin.

“Our vision statement is to be the most technologically advanced, user-friendly, Assessor’s Office in the country,” Johnson said on the Clark County website page for her elected office (

She will cover all the duties of the elected office – “What the assessor does, and doesn’t do,” she said.

Johnson was elected on November 6, 2018. Prior to that she was the chief assistant to Michele Shafe. Johnson has served the public for more than 20 years in the Assessor's Office. She started in 1995 and held various positions in the Appraisal Division, including Manager of Property Appraisal, prior to being promoted to Assistant Director of Assessment Services in 2016.

She is a Clark County native who graduated from high school in the Vegas Valley and earned her degree at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.


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Feb 3, 2020

Beyond Casino Drive - Jackpot Joanie's

Laughlin, Nevada

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If you venture off Casino Drive, Jackpot Joanie's is just one of the "Local" Gaming Taverns you can visit. 

There are about 15 machines on a bartop, plus chairs and tables around it.  Food is served featuring a small, inexpensive menu with standard bar type food available.

The person working was very friendly (we were pretty sure her name may have been Joanie), offered us a menu and drink right away. We didn't try the food this time. 

Jackpot Joanie's has a whiteboard listing recent Jackpots.  Unfortunately, we were not one of them, but we played for a couple hours and took out a profit.

Jackpot Joanie's is located in the Laughlin Town Center Plaza complex on Needles Hwy in Laughlin.  The place definitely has a locals feel to it.  If you looking for something new, give them a try.

Jackpot Joanie's did pick up the Bronze award in the recent 
Best of Laughlin Awards for Best Local/Small Casino or Bar 

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