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El Cortez dead to me as are $5 pai gow tables

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by djm200, Dec 5, 2013.

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  1. djm200

    djm200 Tourist

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    I knew the day would be coming and it is getting here faster. I knew the days of $5 pai gow would be over someday and it took a big step. But first let me start at the beginning...

    I'm a fairly young Vegas visitor compared to some on here (young in terms of # of visits). Wife and I started visiting in 2004 and have been to LV every year since with our visit last week being our 21st trip. In 2004 and 2005, we had $5 pai gow tables at Barbary (pre-Bill's) and the IP on the strip and of course, lots of places downtown. Around 2006, those $5 tables on the strip disappeared which meant much of our focus shifted to downtown.

    From 2006 to 2009, we had Binion's, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, and Fitz to choose from for $5 pai gow tables. In 2010, the Golden Nugget dropped off that list, leaving the others until this year. Starting in 2010, we also ventured off strip to the M and South Point which gave us additional $5 table options. In July 2013, we visited and still had Binion's (though they are quick to change their 2 tables to $10 if 4-5 people are on the table), El Cortez (only 1 table and on a Saturday night it actually went up to $10), and Fitz which had the regular table and the Pai Gow mania--both mostly at $5 but sometimes at $10. The M had 2 tables but moved up to $10.

    We came to LV for our annual Thanksgiving trip and were shocked to find out the El Cortez removed pai gow complete from their casino floor. This left us with only Binion's downtown. The D never once had a $5 table and even if it did--it was too damn loud in there. Thinking our summer trip to the M was an anomaly, we went again and found pai gow still at $10 which means that place is dead to us as well.

    This has left us with 3 options:
    Binion's (not bad plus I like that they have a $5 table as early as 7am)
    South Point (4-5 tables with 2 usually at $5 but dealers won't stop players from playing 2 spots if others want to sit and play)
    Silverton (visited there for the first time last week and liked it so it will have to replace the El Cortez in our rotation)

    The shame is that with the Downtown options, if we had a bad run or didnt have enough seats for my wife and I, we could just go down to the next one. Now 2/3 of our options involving driving which means if one place stinks or is full, it is so easy to move to the next place.
     
  2. Huddler

    Huddler VIP Whale

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    The Plaza had a $5 pai gow poker table last time I was there on one of my trips this summer.
     
  3. IvanBeausky

    IvanBeausky Low-Roller

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    I believe that MSS also has $5 Cow Pie Poker. :evillaugh
     
  4. NickyDim

    NickyDim VIP Whale

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    Orleans have a bunch of $5
     
  5. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    Pai Gow

    The D had $5 Pai Gow when we were there in October. It's now got some special name that still has Pai Gow in it. It's the same game with yet another side bet option, but plays exactly the same otherwise. Problem is, they moved the limit around a lot. As soon as the table filled up, regardless of time of day, they'd raise it to $10, but anyone already there could stay at $5. When the table had empty seats, they'd drop it to $5. At night it was usually $10.

    If you're not stuck on Vegas, and are driven more by the table limits, check out the "Downtown Vegas vs. Reno" thread. The Silver Legacy in Reno has a great casino with first-class drinks for all players and six or more Pai Gow tables that are usually at $5, some even on weekend nights. It's got what downtown Vegas had five to ten years ago.
     
  6. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

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    What about Orleans and GoldCoast?
    Or How about Texas Station/Fiesta(Rancho)
    Or SamsTown/Eastside Cannery/Boulder Station?

    You may have to come up to Reno to find $5 PaiGow...
     
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  7. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    Low pai gow is all over boulder strip.
     
  8. atcmurph

    atcmurph Watcher Of The Skies

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    Hi Ivan! :wave:
     
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