benjamin eckstein skate stop

Benjamin Eckstein’s Skate Stop


You all know the song “Proud Mary” with the lyrics “and we’re rolling, rolling, rolling on the river.” The original lyrics were written by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but EXPLODED into the world when Tina & Ike Turner made it their own.

Well, we’re now rolling, as in Rolling Stack Blackjack. It’s basically traditional blackjack but with a few delicious twists. Make a side bet on an ace/king suited and you’re looking at a 9/1 return. A two-card straight flush is 4/1, a pair is 3/1 and a straight is even money. C’MON and ROLL with me, baby!!!


Our temps in Vegas are still in the 50s and 60s, but we do have ICE! So bring your skates if you’re coming to town, and you’ll be able to slide on the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s ice.

They transform the Boulevard Pool area into a winter wonderland for the holiday season, complete with an ice rink and gently falling snow throughout the evenings. You can glide around the rink to the sounds of Christmas music while enjoying the views of the Strip from the rooftop location.

After your skate, have a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs surrounding the fire pits. Wanna toast marshmallows and make s’mores? Bring it. Of course, while the little munchkins are flopping around on the ice, Mom & Dad can sip on a cocktail.

If you study the website, check out the dates for the various themed nights. Lemme suggest “Mondays Date Skate,” where you can enjoy a night out skating while watching a movie play on the hotel’s 65-foot digital marquee. Or if you want old school, it’s “Throwback Thursdays” where you’ll glide around to the music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

And if you’re looking for a place to usher in 2023, the Cosmo has a New Year’s Eve special that will not drain your bank account. You can buy in for $200, which includes a three-hour open bar, VIP and reserved fire pit seating and a midnight champagne toast.

We’ve been on this sheet of ice a few times and can tell you that it’s one of the PRIMO views in all of Vegas. If you can’t find a babysitter for New Year’s and wanna bring your kids, it’s $100 per tot. And if you come, you might see me whizzing by on my brand new Bauer Whistler Lifestyle ice skates for seniors. VERY happy with my new Whistlers for $119.99, with FREE shipping and FREE returns, just in case. ICE, ICE, BABY!


Bouncing on to the NBA hardwood tonight and gonna tap the Cavaliers over the Lakers. Really like what the Cavs did bringing in star guard Donovan Mitchell to bulk up the lineup of talented young kids. Evan Mobley and Darius Garland found 44 wins last season and that should grow to over 50 with Mitchell and a healthy Kevin Love.

Cleveland came up short against the Knicks on Sunday (92-81), but that was IN New York. At home, the Cavs have been fabulous, actually PERFECT, with a 6-0 run since the middle of November. Gimme the Cavs for the money.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email... [email protected].

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