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Give me the lowdown on limits/minimums downtown? Will I struggle to find $5

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by kevthegrad, May 22, 2015.

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  1. kevthegrad

    kevthegrad Tourist

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    I've been going to Vegas since 1995, had about 13 or 14 trips in that time and always stayed on the Strip. While I stayed at places like Ballys or Flamingo or Harrahs or TI (mid range?) I always had no trouble finding $5 blackjack tables. My last trip there in 2010 I was at TI and even when the Let it Ride or BJ tables were up at $10, there was normally at least one table at $5. If not Casino Royale or Imperial Palace were across the street. My point was there was always an 'affordable' table close by so that I could make my gambling bankroll last longer. Used to find $3 tables at the Imperial Palace and Barbary Coast! God I miss that joint...dead centre strip!

    Fast forward to present day. I've had a good friend who has been many times begin staying downtown and given I've always sought out the cheaper table limits, I decided the time was right to leave the Strip behind and give Freemont a try. So I'm at Golden Nugget in just over 2 weeks. Can't wait. Been way too long between trips for me.

    SO I have questions about table limits/minimums because some of what I've been hearing and reading on this board has me a little worried.

    1) Am I going to struggle to find $5 BJ and Let it Ride tables at the Golden Nugget?
    2) What is the rest of downtown like these days when it comes to gaming limits/minimums? I've heard Main Street Station has lower table limits? What about other places on Freemont?

    I guess I'm wanting to compare and hear how Freemont is in 2015 compared to 7 or 8 years ago when I last spent time down there when it felt like I was able to find crazy cheap blackjack and let it ride table limits at places like Binions and Golden Gate.

    I guess in reading this you can tell I'm more of a .25 slot machine guy too. Plunk me down in front of a .25 Wheel of Fortune machine and I'm happy for hours and can make my money last a long time. So fill me in on where I may like/not like based on all that I just shared.
     
  2. TheCooler

    TheCooler Professional Gambler and the Best Football Handica

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    Probably not on weekdays in the morning or early afternoon. Otherwise you probably will. Never fear, the other places you mentioned almost always have $5 games. But be sure to find the best blackjack rules possible at that level.
     
  3. sconnie

    sconnie Downtown Kinda Guy

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    At the Nugget? Yep, maybe on weekday mornings, but not often. Plaza, The Cal, MSS, Fremont will all have plenty of $5.00 tables with decent (but not awesome rules, biggest negative, no DAS) day and night, weekday and weekend. The D less so, same with 4 Queens.

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    Wanger1969 High-Roller

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    Plenty of $5 at Boyd Properties (MSS, Fremont, Cal) and probably at the Plaza too. You can also head down to East Fremont and the El Cortez, and you'll find them as well. Most casinos downtown will always have $5 tables, except the Nugget.
     
  5. Sipsey

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    Just watch out you don't sit down at a 6/5 table . There's been a lot of talk on this board about
    Mixing the two in the same casinos.
     
  6. LoveDowntownVegas

    LoveDowntownVegas Low-Roller

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    You will almost always find a $5 3:2 DAS BJ table at GG. Exceptions are super busy weekends (in the evening). However, I was there NFL Championship weekend and they still had $5 tables, so it's not out of the question.

    I don't gamble at GN, ever, so I can't comment on their crappy setup ;)

    The D will be $10 minimum after dark, but will be good rules.

    Downtown Grand has a $5 table (one) that is 3:2 BJ. it's always full.

    The Plaza will have some $5 tables. Not sure about LVC - they do have a great $10 double deck game tho.

    in summary, you should be able to find $5 tables and if you aren't opposed to 6:5 BJ then I bet you can find plenty at binions.

    not sure on Let it Ride.

    the D has some .25 cent wheel of fortune upstairs neat the restrooms.
     
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  7. jimboguy

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    You will likely find a $3 double deck blackjack game at El Cortez, in addition to some $5, $10, and $25 tables. El Cortez still has the best $5 game downtown with their single deck game in terms of lowest house edge.

    Downtown Grand did recently claim that they are offering a $3 game as well, but the hours it's offered are something like 3am to 11am, and I have no idea if it's actually blackjack or that scam where 21 on your first two cards pays 6/5.

    Free Bet blackjack is a fun blackjack variant game that you'll find at quite a few casinos downtown (Golden Gate, the D, Downtown Grand, maybe others). Typically that game has a slightly higher minimum though from what I've seen ($10 or $15).

    The feedback from other posters above looks good too. Good luck and have fun downtown!
     
  8. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    Fremont casino has $3 bj tables all the time. El Cortez sometimes raises up their tables to $5 minimums but I always found a $3 table at the Fremont. Except for the GN most of the other casinos all should have $5 minimum tables.

    If you are looking at cheap tables then downtown is your place to visit.
     
  9. KKB

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    At the Nugget? Rarely. But you should have no issues finding $5 tables elsewhere.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    You may find $5 3-card & LIR at the Nugget during the day... otherwise, pretty much everywhere else downtown has $5 3:2 blackjack... but be careful...6:5 is starting to creep in.

    My advice? Go to any or all of the Boyd casinos - MSS, Cal & Fremont. You will find $5 2-deck, 3:2 pitch at all of them 24/7.
    Best blackjack tables downtown?
    That would be the 3:2 two-deck shoes with DAS... $5 min at El Cortez; $10 min at LVC, $15 min at Golden Gate & $25 min at Plaza (the Plaza game is often at $15 during the day). These games are H17, DAS, DAT with 65% or so penetration.

    As for LIR, most places don't open their tables until 11AM at the earliest... but you will find them at $5 everywhere.
     
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    Lots of $5 tables everywhere downtown... and most pay 3/2 on a BJ!!! Golden Nugget might be pricey at night so try Binions, Fremont, or The D!!!
     
  12. kevthegrad

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    Thanks for all the input! And welcome Rddoria!
     
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    Good to see another Kevin here, lol. I love the Nugget, but not for Blackjack. My advice: Take the 6 minute walk over to El Cortez -- I got plenty of drink service, and the single and double deck 3-2 $5 Blackjack on a Sunday night is tough to beat. Tables are usually open, too. There's a little more pizzaz and excitement closer to the FSE at Binion's or The D, but for the best rules, do El Cortez.
     
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