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Downtown Grand Table Games

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by marksind, Jun 1, 2014.

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  1. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    My wife and I stayed at the DTG three nights last week, our second stay there this year. First time we stayed we payed, this one was comped. It's our new downtown favorite for accommodations and table games.

    Their video poker is terrible, but their table games are great for low rollers. They had $5 craps and blackjack (six deck) day and night. They have a single Pai Gow table that was $5 until evening. The dealers are all very friendly and helpful. Most we talked were experienced, having come to the Grand from other casinos. Having my usual run of 15s and 16s against dealer face cards while playing blackjack, I finally asked if they offered surrender. They do! Any other places downtown still offer it?
     
  2. USCHawks

    USCHawks High-Roller

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    Is BJ 3:2?
     
  3. hail2skins

    hail2skins Low-Roller

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    The Golden Nugget should also still offer surrender. I also stayed at the DTG last week.....if you were at the craps table, you probably saw my group of friends, as we took over the table at various times. I also like to take advantage of the surrender rule, and was surprised when they told me that it was offered at DTG. And to USCHawks, blackjack at DTG is 3/2.

    I stopped thru the Nugget several times as well in mid-afternoon and it seemed like the blackjack games were starting at $10 there.....in years past, I could play at $5. The craps tables were still $5 though. Had a blast playing with my friends one afternoon at the small craps game they have poolside there.
     
  4. kittyglitter_mm

    kittyglitter_mm Low-Roller

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    That's great. I'll be staying there during EDC weekend before moving to the strip. Did either of you do a trip report or hotel review? Did you use the pool? Curious as to the vibe of the pool and drink prices. Any general info about the hotel overall would be great!
     
  5. Srvanwyk

    Srvanwyk Low-Roller

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    Off topic kinda but golden nugget has poolside craps or dtg?
     
  6. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    Kittyglitter,

    I've did a TripAdvisor review after our first stay there in February. We've had standard rooms both times and been completely satisfied. Only thing I request is "up, back and away," meaning back side, high up, away from the elevators. First time we were on the back (east side) of the main (east) tower, 17th floor, end of the hall. It was quiet except for a little noise from the Gold Spike on Friday night. This time we were on 25th floor of the west tower, west side at the end of the hall. There was a little noise from the freeways in the distance, but it was drowned out by the fan setting on the thermostat at night. Front side of either tower will get noise from Hogs and Heifers and from the Fremont stage up the street. Interesting thing is that the hall and room carpets are the exact same as at the Plaza, and room furniture is quite similar. Suggests that they may also have gotten in on the Fountenbleau liquidation. All new and very tasteful decorating.

    We went to the pool one afternoon. It's a nice area, but lacking in shade unless you rent a cabana ($150!). They said they'd tried to have shade umbrellas, but when the wind kicks up it quickly destroys them. The pool itself isn't very large, but is great by downtown standards. They had very comfortable padded lounge chairs and towels that fit them, as well as towels for personal use. The water was a bit chilly, and there's no hot tub. It's about three and half feet deep. Decent music and not too loud. We didn't get drinks there. It was a pleasant place to hang out if you're prepared for the sun.
     
  7. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    hail2skins,

    Yes, it's likely we saw your group at the craps table. I wasn't playing then, but there was a group of guys at the table having a good time Wednesday or Thursday night.

    How about that huge Up Global group meeting there most of the week? I asked three or four of them at different times what they do, and I still don't understand. Mostly techie types I think. The only ones I ever saw in the casino were a couple of guys at the blackjack table one night.

    Also, as you noted, I didn't see $5 blackjack at the Golden Nugget this trip either, though I only looked on a couple of week day afternoons. I played it there as recently as February.
     
  8. hail2skins

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    Nugget has a mini-craps table poolside which seats six players.....it sure beats playing the 6/5 blackjack offered at the other poolside Nugget tables. During our play there one dude at the adjacent blackjack table kept making an ear-piercing shriek every time he's win, and at one point an intoxicated lady fell over backwards in her chair. She seemed OK, but the chair careened into the pool and scraped up some lady's back in there.

    DTG also has tables in its pool area, but they apparently are only open on weekends. They were canvas covered in my trips up to the pool area, and was told on Friday morning that they wouldn't open until around 6 pm. I tried to go back up after 7 pm on Friday to check the rules, but by then the pool was closed for a private party.

    DTG did have a couple of 6/5 tables open outside on Friday evening next to the Street Dice game, which I had to at least throw away a fiver on, and sevened out right after establishing a point of 10.

    @marksind My buddies and I actually did have one of the $150 (minimum food and drink order) cabanas on Wednesday. It was the only time I've ever been in a "cabana" and I wasn't very impressed......it seemed pretty sparse to what I normally think of what cabanas offered and it seemed like I was still feeling the brunt of the 100-degree heat. Our waitress was very pleasant though and I felt good about contributing my amount toward the cabana by having lunch from the Picnic menu up there......it was very good.

    @kittyglitter This was my first time staying at DTG and can't really complain. Rooms are nicely done and the only quirky thing is the oft-discussed shower design with the glass panel only covering half the length of the shower, but the water flow was relatively low and thus the concern about water flying onto the floor really didn't materialize. I really enjoy the restaurants (Pizza Rock and Triple George) right across the street, particularly TG.....people are missing out if you stay downtown and don't do a meal there.
     
  9. jsd2643

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    I stayed last November. I paid initially but was comped at check out based on my play. I just called to see if I qualified for any offers and the woman said I need to wait for the standard mailer. Is that correct? How did you get your comped stay this time around?
     
  10. kittyglitter_mm

    kittyglitter_mm Low-Roller

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    We had the same problem. We were trying to get in for specific dates and they said wait for the mailer. Problem is the mailers are always late. I usually don't get a mailer for the current month for a few weeks in. They were also booked the weekend we wanted. We kept calling, about once a week. Finally got someone who was very helpful. She looked us up without a code, said they'd had a cancellation for that weekend and booked us comped, no problem. I think it all depends on who is working and answering the phone. Try calling on different dates and times.
     
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    I just returned and visited the DG for the first time, place was very nice, clean , very dark though, almost too dark for a casino, the tables were lightly used but you wouldn't play alone, 6 decks shoes, $5 limit , 3/2 payouts, the dealers were friendly, the pit as well, I liked the place. As others have mentioned the VP tables are terrible, would never play there, I "won" $10 freeplay on some spin promotion.

    Overall they are nice but I doubt they are making any money, the casino was certainly less busy than others downtown with the exception of the plaza/lvc. I also walked right by the entrance without noticing it, and I was looking for it, they really should get a bigger/more noticeable sign.
     
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    I had good luck there last week on their JOB .25. Even though its 98.39. I did like the place and the bartenders were friendly.
     
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