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Puerto Rico gambling questions

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by budman, Nov 19, 2014.

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  1. budman

    budman Tourist

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    Booked a trip to San Juan for the holidays. Anyone played in PR? Curious about table limits, casino vibe, etc. I'm normally a low stakes guy--BJ, craps, bac, poker. Appreciate any info, tips, or recommendations.
     
  2. dankyone

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    The casinos are much smaller than those in Las Vegas, and are spread out throughout the town rather than concentrated in one area. The El San Juan (Hilton) is one of the older, larger hotels and the casino has tremendous character. Tons of locals in The lobby dancing quite elegantly, at least on Saturday night. In fact, there were far more locals and fewer tourists in the casinos than I would have expected.

    Table limits are lowish, vibe is upbeat, the locals are exuberant on table games. Table games are not open 24/7. Comps are tough, most people don't even seem interested in them. The Ritz Carlton is probably the nicest modern property. Rules are decent but not super favorable on blackjack. Skill level of the players is very low, if you don't like people who don't play basic strategy, this is not your place. Overall it is a worthwhile place to play but not really a casino oriented destination. Spanish is very helpful but not absolutely necessary.
     
  3. budman

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    Good stuff--thanks. Staying at Marriott, but will have to check out Hilton. Are drinks comped at tables? No issues with bad BJ play--just as likely to help as hurt. Vamanos and so forth.
     
  4. dankyone

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    I am 95% sure drinks were comped but can't remember absolutely. They do bring you plates of toasted ham and cheese sandwiches at the tables, often without asking if you are there a while. At the newer sheraton I remember they let the whole table order several large plates of sushi right to the table which was all comped.

    The historic Hilton is known as the El San Juan, there are a couple of other Hiltons which are fine but lack character.
     
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    Not sure if it's all of them, but at least some are not open 24/7 for table games. If I recall the Marriott stellaris on condado opened at 12pm when I went a few years ago. Slots may be 24/7 but table games were not.
     
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    If you play anything above red chips they sweat the action pretty hard.
     
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