Primm

I had a Primm-inition ... How a spur of the moment day trip turned into an amazing hot streak!

Sugarland - April 23, 2010

If you ever spend more than a week in Las Vegas, the strip can be a dangerous place for your bank roll. Gambling is a reflection of life and every trip is full of ups and downs. In a short trip, your hoping that you catch a hot streak and don't have time to go cold. If you are in Las Vegas for an extended stay over a pool tournament, convention or just an extended break from the day to day grind you probably want to take the time to explore Vegas and some of the amazing day trips. Other articles will cover the winery up in Pahrump, and trips to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon but one day trip turned around my entire summer by combining a great concert, shopping, golf, and a 40 minute roll on the craps table.

One of the best secrets for Las Vegas concerts is the Start of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Primm is a small town on the California-Nevada border about thirty miles to the west of Las Vegas.  Theesert Star Arena, which is located at Whisky Pete's casino, is an intimate 5,000 seat arena where you can see some of the great performers of the 80's. Previous concerts last year included Pat Benatar, Chicago and other headliners. Upcoming concerts include: Air Supply, Travis Tritt, Brett Michaels, Sugarland and many others.

My wife had been bugging me to go to a concert but I really hadn't given it much thought. I was on a bit of a cold streak so I was lost in the radio as we were driving with "Hit me with your best shot" bringing back memories of my youth and an Amazing run in Atlantic City after seeing Pat Benatar at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. As the block of Benatar songs ended, the DJ announced there were still tickets left for that evenings show at the Star of the Desert Arena. 40 Minutes later we were walking into Whiskey Petes and picked up a pretty good pair of tickets considering we just showed up.

The Arena is really a great place to see a show since the stage is close to the preferred seating areas. In all of the performances that I have seen there, I have never gotten a bad seat whether it is in the first couple of rows or in the back of the arena. The people watching is also incredible combinging great acts with new fans and people reliving their youth. Adding alcohol to the mix simpy adds to the amusement.

After the show, we went to the bar over in Buffalo Bills, one of the three resorts in Primm. The casino actually had a very comfortable feel to it and three of the girls who had attended the concert were trying to play craps for the first time. I watched as one of them carefully put a $5 chip on the pass line ... 10. Gut instinct took over and I put a modest 27 across with $5 on the hard 10. After a few numbers ... hard 10. I don't even know her name, but I'll remember the roll as she held the dice for just over 40 minutes making nothing but naturals and hard ways if she had a point. After back to back elevens ... I partey I wish I played, she came right back with a hard 10. I never did anything but press one unit at a time and press winning hard ways. The final bet she hit was a hard 8 that I had pressed from 5 to 10 to 20 to 40 to 80 ... That to go along with my $100 line bet and $500 odds. Final cash out was + 4,240.

It really bothered me that she had only made about $90 on her roll so I tipped the dealers $100 and gave her and both of her friends a $100.

We played several more hours and were ready to call it a night when the host graciously comped our room and breakfast. The next afternoon we went through the outlet center and picked up some great bargains including a pair of saphire earings that my wife swears are my good luck charm.

Primm Hotels - You can book tickets at the Arena through the website or through ticketmaster.

Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino

Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino

Primm Valley Resort & Casino

The outlet center at Primm also has some incredible values -

Here is the listing of shops at the Primm Outlets:

   
  224          2b bebe 874-0021  
   
- A -
   
  100          Aeropostale 874-2384  
  135          ALDO U.S., INC. 874-1423  
  200          American Eagle Outfitters 874-1215  
  454          Ann Taylor Factory 874-2357  
   
- B -
   
  232          Bally Outlet 874-2288  
  462          Banana Republic Factory Store 874-1295  
  462a          Banana Republic Factory Store Petites 874-1295  
  226          Bath & Body Works 874-1492  
  122-B          BCBG Max Azria 874-1960  
  136          Bobby Chan 874-0003  
  234          Brown Shoe Closet 874-1390  
  218          Burberry Factory Outlet 874-2244  
   
- C -
   
  424          Café Koraku 874-1000  
  Pad C          Carl's Jr. 874-0025  
  236          Charlotte Russe 874-1138  
  118          Chico's 874-1505  
  330          Children's Place Outlet 874-1951  
  120          Coach Factory Store 874-1711  
  114          Cole Haan 874-1908  
  315          Converse Factory Store 874-1869  
  402          Cosmetics Company Store, The 874-1981  
  214          Couture Collection 874-2266  
   
- D -
   
  325          D'Cafe featuring Illy Coffee 874 -1004  
  438          Diosabella featuring Ed Hardy 874-1888  
   
- E -
   
  310          Easy Spirit 874-1485  
  304          Eccoci 874-1266  
   
- F -
   
  458          Fossil, Inc 874-1044  
   
- G -
   
  404          G by Guess 874-2200  
  108          Gap Outlet 874-2180  
  420          Golden Cuffs 874-1715  
  240          Gymboree 874-1719  
   
- H -
   
  414          Hollister 874-1243  
  514          Hot Dog on a Stick 874-1943  
  204          Hugo Boss Factory Outlet 874-1114  
  326          Hurley 874-1555  
   
- J -
   
  422          Journeys 874-1313  
  520          Jugo Juice 874-1561  
  220          Juicy Couture 874-0047  
   
- K -
   
  210          Kate Spade 874-1128  
  512          Kelly's Cajun Grill 874-0050  
  202          Kenneth Cole Outlet 874-1987  
  PAD B          KFC/Taco Bell 874-1023  
   
- L -
   
  406          Lee 874-5324  
  138          Limited Editions for Her 874-1741  
  500          Lotus Express 874-0050  
  212          Lucky Brand Jeans 874-0051  
  308          Luggage Factory, The 874-1271  
   
- M -
   
  Pad A          Mad Greek 874-0900  
  302          Maidenform 874-0147  
  206          Michael Kors (USA) Inc. 874-1955  
   
- N -
   
  400          Nautica 874-1920  
  116          Neiman Marcus Last Call 874-2100  
  112          Nevada Welcome Center 874-1360  
  418          New York Diamond Exchange Outlet 874-1900  
  102          NIKE Factory Store 874-1495  
  222          Nine West Outlet 874-1851  
   
- O -
   
  456          Old Navy Outlet 874-5251  
   
- P -
   
  430          Pacific Sunwear 874-0164  
  426          Perfumania 874-2210  
  208          Perry Ellis 874-9339  
  126          Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store 874-2144  
  332          Pretzelmaker/Mrs. Fields 874-1663  
   
- Q -
   
  306          Quiksilver Factory Store 874-2250  
   
- R -
   
  320          Rack Room Shoes 874-0011  
   
- S -
   
  448          Schillaci 874-0033  
  314          Schillaci Eyewear 874-1840  
  300          Silver Treasures 874-0200  
  432          Skechers USA 874-1890  
  322          Sptritz 874-1032  
  110          St. John Company Store 874-1009  
  516          Steak-N-More 874-1966  
  502          Subway 874-1121  
  305          Sunglass Hut International 874-1857  
   
- T -
   
  506          Tea Zone 235-7373  
  216          Tod's 874-2191  
  134          Tommy Bahama Bungalow 874-5388  
  230          Tommy Hilfiger Company Store 874-1788  
   
- U -
   
  130          ULTRA Diamonds 874-1970  
   
- V -
   
  412          Vanity Fair 874-5324  
  518          Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen 874-1151  
  124          Viva Vegas 874-0069  
  238          Vogue Italia 874-1206  
   
- W -
   
  140          Williams-Sonoma Marketplace 874-1780  
  324          Wilsons Leather Outlet 874-1790  
   
- Z -
   
  455          Zales the Diamond Store Outlet 874-2290