1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Give me the truth about Gold Spike

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by MyCarDick, Jun 12, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. MyCarDick

    MyCarDick Tourist

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Messages:
    35
    Location:
    Fort Wayne
    I'm getting ready for my 15th Father's Day trip to Vegas and need some input. My friend Bosco and I usually search out the Good, Bad and Ugly of Vegas. Seem to have more fun with the bad and ugly than the good. I have not been in the Gold Spike in years. Is it worth the trip if I will already be downtown? Did they ruin it when they gave it a new coat of paint?
     
  2. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011
    Messages:
    5,264
    Location:
    Northern Nevada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    204
    I think you'll be impressed! The joint used to be a dump and now it's completely refreshed. Don't get me wrong, the clientele aren't the folks you"ll typically find at high limit room @ Bellagio, but it is a fun mix and a good time.
     
  3. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2011
    Messages:
    2,698
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    11
    comfortable and certainly refreshed....nothing terrible or ugly about it
     
  4. sammasseur

    sammasseur VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,785
    Location:
    Salem Oregon
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    63
    One of the best values in Vegas. Expect pure simplicity and you will be thrilled. Expect luxury of any kind and you will be sorely disappointed. It is clean, beds are mega-comfortable, colors are bright and cheery, casino and lobby have a nice tropical smell. No crowds, long walks, pretention. Pool is nice, food choices are great value (avoid prime rib tho), wifi is included in fee. Lots of pluses. I've stayed there many many times since the remodel. It will depend on your tastes whether you'll like the place, but since you're considering it, you probably will enjoy your stay.
     
  5. Bosco

    Bosco VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2002
    Messages:
    1,367
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    17
    And full pay DDB. We will have to swing by there on Monday night.
     
  6. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,407
    Location:
    mn
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    I've never heard a reason why on earth they dont offer TITO on their slots, no reason someone should have to wait for a hand pay for a buck or two. I never play any machine in there for that very reason.
     
  7. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    Messages:
    9,139
    Location:
    So Cal 91748
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    300
    I agree 100%. It's even a hand pay for $.01, why?
     
  8. mrbadger12

    mrbadger12 Tourist

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2005
    Messages:
    61
    Well, maybe there is still some of us that want the "old Vegas ways" to hear the coins dropping and hearing the old people with their lil ol buckets!! Thats Vegas! Not this TITO crap.:beer:
     
  9. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,407
    Location:
    mn
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    Yea, but they dont have any of them either, I'd play those. Every machine in the place is hand pay.
     
  10. Buddha

    Buddha VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,471
    Location:
    Chicago 'burbs
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    60
    Just to be clear, that DDB is the standard 9/6 DDB ... 98.98% game ... which most people refer to as full-pay. However, there is even a better 10/6 DDB game at Aliante Station, and Boulder Station, which is rated at a higher 100.07%.
     
  11. Bosco

    Bosco VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2002
    Messages:
    1,367
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    17
    OK....decent pay....just to be clear.:wink2:
     
  12. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,508
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    99
    I'll never understand this. I've played coin drop machines and TITO machines, and I have no idea why people equate coin droppers to Dean, Sammy and Elvis sipping martinis at the Stardust or Sands. TITO is a great system.

    Dirty coins are crap. TITO is awesome.

    Nick:beer:
     
  13. Nevada Kid

    Nevada Kid VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,828
    Location:
    here
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    55
    There's a very good reason for the hand pay crappy. If you have less than $5 credit on your machine, I would imagine most people would rather just play till it's gone than wait for a hand pay for $3.12. This would add up to big $$$$$ for the casino.
     
  14. Nevada Kid

    Nevada Kid VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,828
    Location:
    here
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    55
    BTW... I am a fan of coin droppers.
     
  15. jimboguy

    jimboguy Blubbery Whale

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,338
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    20
    I also wonder if the handpay at Gold Spike is somewhat of a security measure? With the handpay system Gold Spike employs, you don't have to worry about someone clandestinely walking by the machine you're playing, grabbing your cashout voucher, and running off onto Ogden Avenue.

    I have no idea if this is part of the reason why they use the handpay system, just a thought.
    I know I feel more comfortable at Gold Spike for this reason, as I like to sit at the bar and play video poker. If I have to get up and take a bathroom break, the bartender knows which machine I'm playing on, and wouldn't give cash to someone else who hit "cash out" on my machine.
     
  16. Jimbo338

    Jimbo338 VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2000
    Messages:
    5,497
    Location:
    Laconia, NH
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    20
    I have stayed at the Gold Spike twice now and was not disappointed. Small room ut I was solo, enjoyed the wifi, hotel was very quiet both times during busy times (weekends and Nascar week). I booked through Booking.com the first time and Southwestvacations the last time. Nice folks and I do enjoy the counter service at the restaurant.....good breakfasts and dinners. It is easy to walk lto Fremont and easy to catch a bus from. I hope the Downtown Grand is a success at least as much as the GS has.

    Jimbo338
     
  17. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,407
    Location:
    mn
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    Well, they dont get me, I like to play at least a little everywhere, but their policy causes me not to play(I do play their BJ).
    It is not an advantage, if it was, others would do it. Quite frankly, they dont get a whole lot of business, and this doesn't help.
     
  18. Frisky

    Frisky Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    86
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    80
    Anyone know how the tables are at the GS. Craps and BJ rules?
     
  19. PopMegaphone

    PopMegaphone VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,282
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    25
    They don't have a craps table.

    The BJ rules aren't great. 6 desks, hit on 17, etc. During the off hours BJ pays 3:2 and during prime hours it pays 6:5.
     
  20. Frisky

    Frisky Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    86
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    80
    Thanks for the respose POP, don't guess I will be playing any table games there.
     
Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.