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Been a While...Linq, Harrah's, Flamingo?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by DRPinVA, Feb 22, 2015.

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  1. DRPinVA

    DRPinVA Low-Roller

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    Hello to all,

    It's been a while...I am a 20+ Vegas trip visitor, but unfortunately, for various reasons, its been a while since the last one...6 or 7 years or so I think. Of course, in Vegas, that's a lifetime as far as things changing...which leads to my questions..My wife and I are for the most part still comped at Flamingo, Harrah's and the Linq, and will be visiting in early May.. We aren't really particular at all about our room other than being clean, as we don't spend that much time there...We have stayed at the IP, Flamingo, Monte Carlo, Caesars, and long, long ago, the Excalibur, and with one or two exceptions, been happy with them. We usually just take what's free. So as far as the changes at the Linq, is it only the casino that has been 'upgraded' or the rooms also? Has anything significant changed with Harrah's over the past 6 years? The Flamingo? I think maybe they redid their casino also? Are they still playing 6-5 blackjack on the majority of the tables? I also noted someone talking about the 'resort fees', I know it's sort of a bogus fee, but does it now include Internet access, or is that still separately billed? I think the redid the pools at the Linq? Any opinions on theirs, or how about the Flamingo pool - has that changed? I know O'Shea's has sort of been absorbed into the Linq, but is it anything like it used to be? How about Casino Royale? Does anyone know if there is ongoing construction at any of the three - Flamingo, Harrah's, Linq?

    Thanks in advance for your info!
     
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  2. joaks

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    Unless you get a Go room, I wouldn't put Flamingo in the running. Way to much hit and miss on the quality of the deluxe rooms there. Linq is very recently renovated, but the basic rooms are something like 300 sq ft, so it may be smaller than you like? I think the Linq location is the best of the 3. It's right next to the Flamingo casino with its expanded margaritaville casino and all the new shops and restaurants going back to the high roller.

    I can't speak for Harrah's, since I've never stayed in a room or gambled much there.
     
  3. DRPinVA

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    Thanks for the reply Joaks,
    Oddly enough (at least in my mind) the Flamingo is the only one they are not comping for the Friday night we are staying. And odd as it may be, we never minded staying at the IP...dumpy though it was, the location is definitely a plus...we don't mind the small rooms. will miss the Dealertainers though :(
     
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  4. jon_vegas

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    I know!!!! Never stayed at the Quad (back then) but always went there for the Dealertainers. Can't believe they got rid of them. Anyway, with that said, out of the Linq, Harrah's and Flamingo, I would pick the Linq since their rooms are the most recently renovated and the overall atmosphere in the casino area is better in my opinion. I enjoy the Flamingo but lots of construction in the casino floor right now (as of a couple weeks ago).
     
  5. DRPinVA

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    Thanks Jon!!!!!
     
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  6. Mandiferous

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    Stayed in a Go room at the Flamingo last October and it was wonderful. Also, the Dealertainers moved over to Ellis Island.
     
  7. mardaho

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    with all the changes it is very easy to go from casino to casino with these three. Harrahs go up past Toby Keiths and take the walkway over to the Linq, walk through here and out the other side and you are 20 feet from the Flamingo
    with a very nice shopping, touristy area connecting the two. We have stayed at all 3 and the only time we had a so so room was at the Imperial Palace at the time, but that was many years ago. So you may want to go with what else is important to you, Pools, Bars, Food, Shopping...etc.
     
  8. mardaho

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    with all the changes it is very easy to go from casino to casino with these three. Harrahs go up past Toby Keiths and take the walkway over to the Linq, walk through here and out the other side and you are 20 feet from the Flamingo
    with a very nice shopping, touristy area connecting the two. We have stayed at all 3 and the only time we had a so so room was at the Imperial Palace at the time, but that was many years ago. So you may want to go with what else is important to you, Pools, Bars, Food, Shopping...etc.
     
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    If you could tolerate the IP, which is a feat on its own, you're going to LOVE the linq. Don't hesitate, stay there, you won't regret it
     
  10. DRPinVA

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    :) LoL... Thanks CJohnson!!! We survived it before the rebirth, so I think it's going to be a done deal...The Linq it is..
     
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  11. DRPinVA

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    Thanks Mardaho...so is O'Shea's still stuck in there somewhere?
     
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  12. klawrey

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    Linq is the most upgraded of the 3. If you're playing blackjack at any CET property you are very unlikely to find 6/5 on the main casino floor but will have in high limits although was reported on the board that they've even tested 6/5 in high limit room at a CET property. For better black jack you. Can still find some 3/2 tables at MLife properties for $15-25 (not a ton but substantially more than CET).

    Good luck and enjoy! And welcome back!
     
  13. Brando95

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    Have stayed at Flamingo and Harrah's and will stay at the Linq in April. The rooms were renovated at the Linq at the end of last year (some good room tours on YouTube). I've heard that they're still working on the pool. I really like what they've done with the casino there and look forward to trying out the room. O'Shea's is now a themed area of the Linq casino and empties out onto the new promenade. You really can't beat the location.

    Harrah's and Flamingo are ok, my stays there have been clean and good sized rooms but the casinos are a little worn around the edges. I would agree with whoever said if you go Flamingo, go with the Go Rooms.
     
  14. joaks

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    I actually wanted to stay at the Linq for our trip during NASCAR weekend, but my offer was blacked out there on those particular dates. I think the new rooms and businesses would make it a good stay.
     
  15. DRPinVA

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    Having been Vegas starved for the past 6 years or so, We have been feeding our gambling thirst at casinos more local to us...although in Virginia there are no casinos truly 'local' to us...local being West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey...anyway, it never ceases to amaze me at all these mostly smaller casinos, I don't think I have yet to see one with a 6/5 Blackjack table. With all the new competition for your business, one would think Vegas would be the *last*, not the first, to water down your payouts. Hmmmm..maybe that's why it's been 6 years ;)
     
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    It's brutal but Vegas is a hot spot for many people with more money than brains that continue to play 6/5 and so long as they do it will continue to spread. When I walk by an empty table and the dealer suggests I sit, the first thing I asked is what do you pay on blackjack and as so as they get the 6 out of their mouth I say "no thank you, I'll go find a real table."
     
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    DR, Vegas has become more of an entertainment venue the last few years. The gambling revenue has come down a couple of %'s. What Vegas has done is make up the lost revenue with resort fees and entertainment centers.
    In your case, as well as mine in May, the LinQ Hotel/Casino and the LinQ entertainment plaza addresses that with a new place to shop, dine, get drunk, see a concert, bowl, as well as ride the High Roller.
    The payouts on the Strip are generally poor, but they make up for it in a generally pleasing vacation experience.
    I have stayed at Imperial Palace a few times, but i've seen the LinQ casino and LinQ center a couple of times in 2014.
    That's why i decided to stay at the hotel come May. I liked what i saw and i like what i've seen of the rooms.
    The pool will be completed probably in April.
    The important thing to remember is you aren't just staying at the LinQ hotel, you are staying at the entire property of the LinQ with includes the hotel, O'Shea's, many restaurants, many bars, if you want to ride the Ferris Wheel or go bowling, it's right in your own backyard..
    And you still have Margaritaville/Flamingo next door, and the new Cromwell next door to Flamingo.

    You can gamble anywhere, but you also will like having your home base in an area that gives you many other options available to you.
     
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    Linq has two 3/2 tables. One is $10/$15 min (varies) the other is $25. And they're never willing to negotiate those. Once the lower one was full and the $25 was 100% empty. My three buddies didn't wanna play $25 with me so I asked if we could do $15 since 4 of us would basically fill up the table. They said no
     
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    Yep...agreed Waverunner. Having been 25 years now since my first Vegas Vacation...it's just pretty amazing/interesting to see how much they have changed and how their methods have evolved. My wife's relatives live near Philly, and we have been to the Harrah's casino there on several occassions, no 6-5 blackjack there, even though a Harrah's property. My in-laws looked at me like I had 2 heads when I asked about "6-5 or 3-2 BlackJack?"
     
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    Pretty amazing isn't it? I'm sure there's some business model logic behind it, but I've never been able to figure it out. This seems to be common at most all of the casinos I've visited, tons of folks walking around wanting to play, but only tables with limits above their means sitting idle.
     
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