Just returned on Sept. 1st from a 3 day trip, stayed at the el-cortez(tower rooms). Overall I'd say things are a little busier than my other recent trips, decent crowds everywhere. I play BJ with some video poker tossed in, I'll break down my comments by casino. El-cortez - enjoyed my stay, place seemed busy, service very good all around, hotel allowed me to check in at 11 am which was a big surprise, ate several meals in the cafe with pretty quick service. The BJ dealers were hit and miss, with one being downright rude, I'm not sure what the problem is but the dealers really seem to want you to lose(sweat the action). had many losing sessions and one time I played a long time(tipped plenty) and ran my $100 buyin up to $200 and the dealer commented that "you're so lucky". Had one very lucky moment where I sat down at a keno machine (to slow down during a bad run) and hit a $1250 jackpot hitting 7 out of 8 on 75 cent, maybe 5 spins in...whoo hoo! Overall a very good rating. The new D - pretty busy, the music playing gave it a lively vibe, nice tv's all over, they only had maybe 1 decent BJ table during the day(2 deck hand shuffled), the rest were either big shoes or continuous shufflers. Overall a big improvement over the Fitz. 4 queens - seemed slower than in the past, only one decent BJ table, sparse players, especially early in the day. fremont - seemed to be packed all the time, fun atmosphere. Had one interesting experience where a guy came in next to me, bought in for $100, and I said "do you ever feel like betting it all on the first hand", he said not really and then I said "I will if you will"(can you tell I'd been drinking) he said OK and put all $100 in the spot, i said "wow...ok" and put all $155 of my chips in the circle, dealer showed a 10 and I drew 2 cards to 19, he busted, and the dealer ended up with 18, I felt like a jerk for suggesting it, but he said he didnt mind. Binions - pretty sad, very empty all the time, machines are spaced far apart like on the strip with almost no one playing them, cant play BJ anywhere in the place, 6/5 all over, only place downtown where I never bet a dime. Been that way for years now, dont know how they make it? Nugget - seemed packed all the time, had better Bj conditions than last time, played a good 3/2, $10 , 2 deck table, I think three were 2 or 3 in the place. Golden gate - busy in the evening, the dancing dealers are all over the place now, forced to play their 6 deck shoes, but had a good time, quick drink service as well. LVC - dead, dead and dead...almost no machine players, I played BJ there and was the only person playing any game, they had maybe 6 tables open, talk about sad. Plaza - very dead most of the time, almost no table players, bought in at a Bj table with $100 said hello, and the mexican dealer (carlos) never said one word the whole session...not exactly a goodwill ambassador...never went back. The Plaza will not make it without changes. Main st and the Cal - what can you say, Hawaiins are fun, they just are, plenty of action , played late at night with a table full of hawaiins and one started calling me Mr Blackjack, I said "you wouldnt call me that if you watched me all week", the next hand I BJ'ed, when I left the pit boss called out "see you Mr blackjack", very fun places. Gold Spike - no players at all, played alone, poor conditions(continuous shufflers at empty tables, sexy dealers all dolled up for nothing, counted 4 people playing machines other than at the bar. Pit boss in denial when I said they need to improve things if they want to compete, said "It's just a little slow" Next day, and next it was still slow, and I was still the only player. Kinda depressing, they wont make it.