Just returned from a 4 day trip, stayed first 2 days at El cortez(tower room) and moved to MSS for the last two. I'll break down my comments by casino. El Cortez - same old place, lots of low level players(slot and tables), plenty of old people, fairly busy for midweek, they let me check in early (12:00) with no problem, friendly staff, had some decent luck at BJ and the pit seemed to be watching me like a hawk, you wouldn't think buying in for $100 and cashing out with $200 would make them sweat so much, at night the caliber of play went way, way down, alot of people couldn't seem to grasp the pitch single deck game and would get their cards and immediately turn them over, was pretty funny to watch. They are now hiring some american BJ dealers as well, a welcome thing considering that most of the asians are stone faces, a very good thing. Main st station - had never stayed there and was pleasantly surprised, rooms were very nice, nicer than the Cortez tower rooms IMO because of the nice flat screen tv and better bathrooms, ate at the triple 7 one night and had the buffet the other, both good. Lots of hawians, fairly busy, had a great experience where I hit 4 4OK's within about 30 min at DDB(one paid 800 credits), I was at the quarter bar top game and cashed out with 1400+ credits, was expecting $350 but the ticket was for $700+ - turns out I was playing 50 cents and didn't realize it, lol, perhaps alcohol induced? Gold spike - walked by several times both daytime and night, never saw a soul going in or out, didn't bother to go in, they had a sign out saying " $5 wells, you're welcome" that'll draw them in... I think not. Lots of activity at the old Lady Luck, looks like it'll be a done deal soon, great news! Golden Gate - busy , great drink service, fun atmosphere, the dancing dealer thing is getting a little out of hand, there were whole platoons of them, at least 30 of them around, most of them were decent looking but they could look a little sluttier IMO. Plaza, actually a little busier than last time, they did have a playable $10 2 deck game, compared to the rest of downtown it was dead, but at least it's improving, maybe their bad press is changing them, I really hope so. Las vegas club - sad and depressing, didn't stop me from playing however, had my best luck there, bought in once for $100 and cashed out a couple hours later with $1200 - they gave me two purple chips...WOOHOO! Strange that they have a good 2 deck game during the daytime but pull it at night, I commented to the dealer that I was the only one playing in the entire pit one afternoon, after cashing out I actually walked around and counted the slot players, 12 by my count...I dont think that's going to cut it! Even at night they had no traffic while hundreds of people were right outside. Binions - never spent a dime, not one playable table game, bad VP too, thin crowds. Nugget - packed as usual, they do have a $10 2 deck game(hallelula) The nugget has a strip type crowd that dresses up, while the rest of downtown is wearing the new american standard of t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops. Mermaids - new price for them hot dogs is $1.25...I can and did handle that, if you want to get buzzed, this is the place, they bring the drinks faster than you can down them. 4 queens - busy but bad gambling, had the usual 1 playable table that for some reason almost no one plays. Cal and fremont - typical boyds places, fairly busy, fun, lively, had an old woman korean dealer force my to eat some spam Musabi, we were talking korean food and she ordered me to eat some Kim chee and spam musabi after I left the table. Her orders were crystal clear... "you go up there right now, you buy some, eat, and come back and tell me how you like" I had the spam , liked it, and now have a new snack I can eat other than those mermaid dogs, great to learn something new each trip. The D - never spent a dime there either, sorry but in a place that size you better have at least one decent BJ game, they didn't so I moved on. The begger situation was OK, only had one guy ask me outright for change in 4 days, lots of guys holding signs up asking for handouts though, the freak street performers is getting worse though, all kinds or weird people, including a guy dressed the fidal castro in a wheelchair, saw 2 of the saddest elvis's I've ever seen standing by themselves on night, puffing away. Walked by a middle aged homeless woman sitting on ogden smoking away several times during the day, saw her at night at the fremont st experience picking butts out of the ash trays that still had a few puffs left - pretty sad. The fermont east bars were hopping at night, other than the gold spike of course, they did advertise that they were downtowns "hottest new bar" Overall downtown seemed to be hopping and things seem to be looking up.