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Vote Now For Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off to Win USA Today Award

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off has made its way into the hearts, and stomachs, of meat lovers for the last 28 years. Now, USA Today has recognized the Sparks event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off was one of the top 20 events nominated by BBQ experts in a quest to find USA Today’s “10Best BBQ Festivals”. Now, they need your votes to narrow the choices down!

“We want to put Reno-Sparks on the map as the home of the best bar-b-que festival in the country. We want to be number one, but Rib Cook-Off can’t win unless the community rallies behind us,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “Vote daily, or several times a day if you have access to more than one computer.”

Voting is super easy! CLICK HERE  to cast your vote for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

“We all know Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the biggest and best BBQ festival in the country,” Jansen said. “This is great recognition for the event and we can win this contest because we live in such a supportive community. We appreciate everyone’s vote.”

The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from August 31 – September 5. The six-day event attracts more than 500,000 people as 23 of the world’s best cookers will serve up more than 241,000 pounds of ribs.

New Nugget Owner to Continue Special Events

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Marnell Gaming, the new owner of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, announced that it will continue to present and promote major special events in the community including Star Spangled Sparks fireworks, Hot August Nights and the Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

The company has big plans for the casino-resort property and special events and attractions will definitely be included.

“We intend to continue great events like Star Spangled Sparks, Hot August Nights and the Rib Cook-Off,” said Anthony Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of Marnell Gaming. “We want to keep and hopefully enhance all the events that bring people back each year.”

Two enhancements for Star Spangled Sparks this year will be a laser light show on the north face of the Nugget and a family bike parade during the day.

Marnell emphasized company values as they relate to events.

“We’re a family oriented organization and greatly value community relationships,” said Marnell. “We recognize that Nugget-hosted special events are an important part of how we interact with our neighbors and guests.”

Marnell Gaming also promotes and participates in special events at its two properties in Laughlin, Nevada. The Colorado Belle and Edgewater casino resorts take part in community-wide events including the annual Laughlin River Run motorcycle event in April and the River Regatta each August. The company owns and operates the 10,000 seat Laughlin Events Center which hosts major city sponsored concerts featuring current superstars including Miranda Lambert and Kid Rock and legends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

Nugget Casino Resort Sale to Marnell Gaming Finalized

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Marnell Gaming is officially the new owner of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. The sale closed on Friday, May 6, 2016. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Marnell Gaming has big plans for the casino-resort property that consists of 1,400 guest rooms, a 75,000-square-foot casino, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight restaurants, an indoor atrium pool, entertainment venues and more.

“We are ready to quickly invest the capital needed to take the Nugget Casino Resort to the top of its game,” said Anthony Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of Marnell Gaming. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the northern Nevada community.”

Marnell said he plans to spend $25 million dollars to renovate and improve the Nugget Casino Resort over the next 18-24 months. He is planning renovations for the property’s two hotel towers and its convention center. Many of the casino’s 1,000 slot machines will also be replaced.

The Nugget Casino Resort joins the Marnell Gaming family’s portfolio, which includes the Colorado Belle and Edgewater casino resorts in Laughlin, Nevada.

“This is a long-term investment opportunity for us,” said Marnell. “The Nugget is an iconic property in a great location and we hope to be here for many years.”

Members of the Nugget’s players club will receive all of the benefits offered in Marnell’s planned corporate-wide players club that will launch in late 2016. Current Nugget Advantage Rewards members will retain their current benefits and status in the interim and continue to earn towards maintaining or building to the next level of player rewards.

The property’s name, Nugget Casino Resort, will remain. The Nugget’s premier special events, including Star Spangled Sparks and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will continue.

The Nugget’s new leadership also plans to continue providing Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to St. Vincent’s Dining Room.

Nugget Dining Specials – April 2016

Nugget Dining Specials – April 2016

The Steakhouse:

Tuesday - Saturday in April: Seafood mixed grill of lobster, Ahi tuna and diver scallop with salad for $29.95.

Rotisserie Buffet:

Monday – Friday in April: $8.99 lunch. Sunday - Thursday in April: $11.99 dinner.

Rosie’s Café:

Daily in April: Beef tenderloin Stroganoff served with egg noodles and soup or salad for $12.95. One-third pound chili dog served with fries for $6.95.

Noodle Hut and Sushi Bar:

Mondays from 5-9 p.m. in April: All-you-can-eat sushi for $27.95. Grilled 6 oz. teriyaki NY steak served with rice for $9.95.

Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que:

Wednesday - Sunday in April: Mesquite-grilled certified Angus sliced beef tri tip served with choice of 2 sides and jalapeño corn bread for $12.95.

Oyster Bar:

Thursday - Monday in April: Caesar salad and bay shrimp wrapped in tomato basil tortilla with cup of chowder for $10.95.

Oyster Bar Lounge:

Thursdays in April: Half-off appetizers and wine by the glass. 5 p.m. - close.


The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities.  For more information, please visit, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter. 

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