The Big Boy Toy Show is a celebration of how simple guys really are
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 (5 p.m.)
Photo: Sam Morris
Mohawked Odin Courtney holds up three fingers. He may only be 8 years old, but this is far from his first tattoo. This particular one? A sniper rifle, courtesy of the Airbrush Tattoos booth at the third annual Big Boy Toy Show at South Point. Yep, there’s everything here an alpha male could want—helicopters, planes, guns, Camaros, video games, guns, BMW motorcycles, college football, Sin City Roller Girls, guns. But Odin’s most excited about the wrestling, pointing to his father leaning against the base of a wrestling ring. I shake hands with Adrenaline Unleashed’s Rob Courtney, better known to his fans as “Crazye.” I suggest that his blue contacts make him seem a bit benign, and sure enough, the guy couldn’t be nicer. He’s got a demo match coming up in a few hours, so he’s keeping one blue eye on his son, who’s been clamoring for an Xbox all day, and the other on the rest of the show. “What’s better than great cars, video games and hot chicks? Guys are totally simple,” Rob says.
A couple of booths seem completely out of place at this testosterone fest—MJ Christensen Diamonds, Maverick Rose Jewelry, Winder Farms—but none more so than the Wealth Consulting Group. “Guys have to deal with finances too,” financial advisor Christina Mangino says, although today’s event seemed more about parting with wealth than managing it. Still, Mangino is having a great time. “I’m a girl and I like guys. What better event to be at?”
Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.