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Palace Station near I-15

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Sin City Sinner, Jun 4, 2013.

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  1. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    Anyone ever been to this Palace Station?
    We were in Vegas for 5 days last week and going there was the ONLY black eye on the trip.

    We went to the Grand Cafe where we were told we'd have to wait 15 minutes to be seated, even though the place was dead. Right after the hostess told us that another waitress said "oh no, she's back you can seat them" Which I can only assume meant that our waitress was on a break and we were supposed to wait to be seated until she came back. Again, that's what I'm assuming happened, I could be wrong.
    But then the waitress did come around and while taking our order hassled my wife for being a vegetarian. Then it took forever for our food to come. I've worked in kitchens before and I know things can come up, so I'm not really complaining about that, but just saying it added to the experience. My Mom asked about a nearby restroom and was told that there was one just outside of the cafe but "usually it's out of order, so go down pass the table games to the left"
    Then we went to play some Blackjack. We sat down at the first table that was open, there was a dealer and one player. The dealer did not acknowledge us once. We all sat there with our money out and the guy did not say one single word to us. We were there for about 3-4 minutes and after we were tired of being ignored we all got up. He looked at us and started to say something but we left. We found another BJ table and had a dealer who was very kind in the way she barked out orders to us, but she was replaced after a few minutes by a guy who I came very close to knocking out cold.
    Apparently, as opposed to other BJ tables I've played at where tapping the table means "hit me" they only accept scratching the card on the table. Also, the tables I'm used to if you want to stand you simply wave off the dealer when they come to you, here you are to slide your card under the chips. Look, I understand security and I understand needing to stick to the rules so I have no problem with things being different. But when my Dad was having problems sliding the card under the chips, so he touched his chip to help him get the card under and the dealer slapped his hand on the table and screamed "DON'T TOUCH THE MONEY" then when my Mom dared to tap the table and the man reached across the table and took her cards and scratched at the felt the way you would show a dog to scratch at the door, I almost lost it. We got up and left.

    Did we just happen to meet with 4 anomalies? Or is everyone at the PS forced to work there at gun point?
     
  2. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    OMG! That was the first place i stayed at in Vegas when i permanently moved out to LA. Late 1976 was the year. It was connected to the Mini-Price Motel. Haven't been at that property since then.
    Sorry i don't have any info........just thinking back to the old Mini-Price motel just off the I-15........which is what we people coming from LA would say. Times have changed.
     
  3. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    I was there back in 2006 for two weeks. Long story.

    To answer your question, no, that's not unusual. It's a locals place. As with any place, if you stay there for 2 weeks you'll find some decent folks. There were a couple of decent craps crews and a couple decent dealers, but you had to know who you were looking for. The brush in the poker room was a good guy.
     
  4. TuneinTokyo

    TuneinTokyo High-Roller

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    It's the place OJ Simpson held hostage a couple of sports memorabilia dealers and got 30 years. Not sure if that reads into anything.


    I was there last year, and a musician friend was sitting in with band on a Friday night. I didn't go, he later said it was fun. That's about all I know of the place.
     
  5. keno60

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    I stayed 2 years ago and had a pleasant experience,but I did not play table games. The CW service was very good once they found you. The buffet is a value but I would rate the Gold Coast as good or better. Desk check in people were helpful and friendly. Your experience is the reason I don't play the tables. I don't want anymore aggravation.
     
  6. mike_m235

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    Oh, forgot to mention the drink service...people at palace station don't tip. If you regularly tip $1, you will be the CW's best friend.
     
  7. DonD

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    To me, Palace Station is truly unremarkable. It's a mix of locals and tourists.
     
  8. Jimbucc

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    I've never had a problem at Palace Station. Is it possible that the first BJ table you went to was a single deck table? In this case you have to wait for the deck to be played out and then the dealer will take your money. These locals places figure that you know the rules but the dealer could still be more friendly.
     
  9. Ronoh

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    It appears OP was playing double deck for the first time. Scratching for a hit and cards under your chips are the rules for any DD game you play in any casino... and touching your wagered chips in the middle of a hand is a big no-no in any casino for any reason.

    Sorry if you felt the dealers were rude. Do you have kids? Remember the frustration of telling them over and over not to do certain things only to have your instructions go in one ear and out the other? As a former dealer in Vegas, once we have to explain scratching the cards for a hit to someone for the 4th time we are no longer a dealer... we are babysitting. If you don't like double deck I am certain there was a 8 deck shoe nearby.
     
  10. Sin City Sinner

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    This is very possible, and not having played a lot of BJ at Casinos this may very well be the reason behind it. Still, I believe a little acknowledgement would have been a decent thing to do, but again I do see your point and at least this makes sense to me.

    I don't have kids. However, if the dealer had to tell us, or had even taken the time to tell us the rules of the game the first time he saw us make the dreaded mistakes, that would have been one thing. But for him to actually scream at my Dad and disrespect my Mom like that, there is no excuse. First, you're a dealer, I've worked in gaming before (clearly not table games) and I want each customer to have a good time for two reasons. One of them is obvious, tipping. If this guy had dealt us a winning hand or if we'd put up with his garbage for a long period of time, do you think we would have tipped him at all? Of course not. He was a jerk. The second reason I always tried to make the customers have a good time is because positivity begets positivity. If I'm gambling and losing but having a good time I'm going to keep dropping coin. If I'm gambling and feel like I'm an inconvenience to the workers at a casino I'm going to hit the bricks.

    I will say that the CWs were very nice when we spent some time at the slots and now because of what mike_m235 said it makes sense because we were all tipping so they kept coming around. They were exceptionally nice and very helpful, they made more money. It's not a difficult concept.
     
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