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My review of The Plaza, 12/15 - 12/20 (hotel 3 nights, casino all 5 days)

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by raisingoo, Dec 25, 2014.

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  1. raisingoo

    raisingoo Low-Roller

    Jul 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I received a three night comp offer mailer from The Plaza several months ago and decided to take them up on it. I stayed three nights starting on Monday 12/15 and this serves as my review.

    Background: I'm primarily a video poker player (80% or so anyway) but dabble in other gaming, too. Since I've read that The Plaza now has (once again) full pay video poker, I was excited. I also was excited to hear that they have full pay video poker at the bar, as I do enjoy drinking while playing. My favorite place is (and still is) Main Street Station, due to both their microbrews on tap at the bar and also their four-of-a-kind (or better) scratch card promotion (which makes full-pay VP even "full-pay-ier"), but I decided to give The Plaza a try and see what happens, since they were kind enough to offer me a free room.

    I visited with my friend, call him "T," during this time period. I did also have three nights comped at MSS after I checked out of The Plaza (which I did use after my Plaza stay ended). Also during my first three nights (simultaneous with The Plaza), I also had three comped nights at The Downtown Grand. However, TDG does not have full-pay 9/6 JoB or 9/6 BDlx video poker anymore and those are the games I play most often, so I gave them very minimal play (I played 8/5 BP there and that was it, and not very long), and "T" stayed in that room while I stayed at The Plaza those first three nights.

    My Room: I arrived ridiculously early on Monday, I think around 11am, and tried to check in. I was fully expected to be told to come back later, but surprisingly I was allowed immediate check-in. I ended up in the South Tower, I believe the room number was 1284 (or maybe it was 1248). Picture is attached of the view.

    Room was spacious and clean. The view was of the pool below (empty whenever I peered down-- but, hey, it's December) and the beginning of the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. I don't spent a whole lot of time in my room, but it served adequately. Occasionally at night I would hear a thump-thump from the First Street Stage music's bass, but it wasn't too bad, so I could still sleep OK.

    On my last day there, I had a maintenance problem with the room. I took a shower and after I was done, the water refused to turn off. I tried everything I could do to turn it off, but it kept running (at full blast, too, both the shower and the tub's water). I called down to the front desk and they sent someone up, about 20 minutes later, to fix it. He ended up having to disassemble to faucet completely and rebuild it from scratch with different parts, which took him 15 minutes or so. But it got fixed. The interaction was professional and he knew what the problem was right away. No complaint-- things like this happen here or there, I understand.

    Most of my gaming was the bartop VP machines, though I did play a little VP on the floor. I was able to find 9/6 JoB and 9/6 BDlx easily. I also played some slots here or there (two of them: THE GOLD and also Megabucks), but I lost horribly on them, so the less said about those the better.

    I ended up with a total of nine (9) quads and one straight flush (dealt!). Pictures attached. If I had to estimate the time I played VP over my stay, I would peg it at about 12 hours or so. That's not a lot for 3 days, but keep in mind I had other properties to visit and other stuff to do...

    I also played craps for roughly two hours.

    I also played electronic poker (PokerTec tables) tournaments with "T" beginning on Thursday (even though I had already checked out and moved on to MSS) and we ended up really liking it. The first day, we signed in, gave our slot cards over to get signed in, and played the $12 rebuy tournament (I think it was at 1pm). We liked it so much we came back the next day for the $3 tournament at 9am (and then later the $12 tournament yet again). Surprisingly, the poker hostess Kim remembered our names. I couldn't believe it. She also remembered our names the next session, too. This surprises me-- she must service upwards of 100+ people a day, and we were nothing special or memorable. Anyway, of the three tournaments we played, I didn't cash at all, and ended up getting "bubbled" (for those who don't play tournaments, this means you ALMOST made the money, but were one spot away) twice. Ugh. Anyway, it was entertaining, and very cheap, and the drink service was generally very good.

    I also played blackjack (and one roulette session) at their sister property across the street, The Las Vegas Club, for maybe 4 hours total. The girls in lingerie dealing these games were absolutely hot and this was very entertaining.

    The drink service at the casino was actually very good. I enjoyed, over the five days, the following different beverages, all comped:

    * Guinness
    * Corona (with the lime)
    * Coors in the bottle (**NOT** Coors Lite)
    * Jack Daniels (shot)
    * Bailey's Irish Cream
    * Coffee with Bailey's (but they ran out of whipped cream one day)
    * Some kind of pumpkin spice beer they had on tap, but it wasn't very good
    * Jack Daniels Honey whiskey (out of a special machine at the bar)
    * Tanqueray and tonic
    * Dos Equis

    The good and the bad:

    Good: Interaction with all staff members was positive and professional.
    Good: As mentioned, drink service was good and I enjoyed the cheap poker tournaments.
    Good: Room was better than expected.
    Good: Poker room was fun and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
    Good: Music in the casino was decent, a mixture of classic rock and Christmas music.
    Good: Sister casino across the street, during the evenings, has girl dealers in lingerie (if this is your sort of thing).

    Now on to the bad...

    - The casino was usually mostly dead at any given time. Sure, the poker tournaments did gather 15-20 people, but not a whole lot of people were playing other things. Sure, it was during the week (not the weekend) and during "dead week" in December, but I noticed this during peak times as well as down times.

    - One night I woke up at 3am ready to play and went downstairs. In the entire casino, there was ONE other customer (at the bar, with me) and it was this way for about two hours. But I had to use the restroom at one point, and noticed casino security ended up escorting out some other gentleman in the bathroom (they knocked on the stall door, stated "you've been in there too long, you need to leave now").

    - No royal on my trip. In fact, my records show I lost $238.50 overall (even with 9 quads and a dealt SF) at The Plaza alone. Oh well, maybe next time...

    - Comps: I couldn't figure out if and when (and how many) points were accruing with my play. At the Boyd properties downtown, including MSS, the formula is simple-- one dollar coin-in equals one point. Well, it seems to be different for The Plaza based on what you play, and full pay video poker seemed to accrue points significantly less. I read somewhere here on VMB that there is a "separate comp account for full pay VP" and you can't access this without speaking to staff first (?). Also, I had no idea how many points I accrued over my stay, and therefore did NOT eat at The Plaza (instead, I ate comped meals at MSS/The Cal/Sam's Town) because of this confusion. It'd be nice if there was a kiosk (like at Boyd properties) where you could easily look this up, but there wasn't. And since I only played maybe 4-5 hours a day and wasn't a high roller by any means (all my VP action was at the quarter level), I was shy to approach a host. So, no meals on-property.

    So, all in all, it was a fun trip. I'd give The Plaza a solid B- rating. No major complaints and I definitely did enjoy myself. Not sure I'll be invited back, as my play was probably a little shy of what was wanted, but it was still a good time.

    Enjoy the pictures....

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  2. LinLV

    LinLV Low-Roller

    Jun 8, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I loved reading your review! I'll be heading there for the second time in february and I'm really looking forward to it.
    I'm not a VP player, but I think I might get into it and find out how to play it... seems like a good game to pass some time and have some drinks :)
  3. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Low-Roller

    Aug 8, 2012
    Miramar , Florida
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice Quads
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

    Jan 21, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Good report! I see an aces with a kicker in there though. Ouch.
  5. PTC Larry

    PTC Larry Low-Roller

    Oct 30, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I was there the same time you were. We probably played craps together as I always wait for a few others at the table as I hate to play by myself. I had a couple of great winning nights at the Plaza and had a great time. The wife loves the slots, sorry you didn't do to well on them while you were there.
  6. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

    Jun 12, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Liked the review...thanks for posting.
    What was your opinion of the scent in the casino?
  7. Tree DA

    Tree DA High-Roller

    Dec 12, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for sharing! I thought the sexy dealers dealer at LVC were there all day not just at night. Are you sure about that?
  8. keno60

    keno60 VIP Whale

    Jan 14, 2008
    south padre island texas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the good report!
  9. wanker751

    wanker751 Dutch Rudder Enthusiast

    Sep 23, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Very good report! Thanks for sharing
    Downtown - Wanker Returns after baby!
    Wanker Returns After Baby
  10. RonDiaz

    RonDiaz Low-Roller

    Dec 11, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I recommend Linda Boyd's book. As a casual player myself, it's been invaluable. I generally only play VP in Vegas, with 1 or two visits a year, so the strategy cards the book comes with are a staple for me. The $15 for the book have surely paid for itself 10 times over.

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    Thanks for this valuable TR
  11. Iu25

    Iu25 High-Roller

    Jan 18, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I love the smell of the Plaza, I know when I walk in there and that smell hits me, Im in Vegas! Not sure what it is, but it just goes hand in hand!
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