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Reno for a Vegas regular

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by jugdish76, May 27, 2013.

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  1. jugdish76

    jugdish76 Low-Roller

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    The ol' Jugdish got himself a job in NorCal, which means he's trading L.A. for the other side of the state and probably leaving Vegas for Reno.

    Let me know what Reno is like. To be fair, I am a gambler and strip club monger who spends most of my time at casinos or strip clubs (note the lowercase s, we're talking Spearmint Rhino, not Tao). I now prefer downtown to the Strip, but even at the Strip, I preferred to gamble at Barbary Coast (OK, now Bill's) and O'Shea's (now nothing, I think), rather than the big places.

    Will I be good?

    Most trips these days include blackjack, betting college football, strippers and food. Good food. Not the new celebrity chef places ... the old school steakhouses.

    Will Reno fit the bill?
     
  2. Eldon

    Eldon Low-Roller

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    I'm afraid you're going to be sorely disappointed.
     
  3. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    I can't help you with strip clubs, but if you like downtown Las Vegas you'll find Reno to be similar, except for the canopy, the new nightlife at the east end, and those costumed characters and such. It kinda reminds me of downtown LV back in the 1980s or so.

    It's an easy walk between places in downtown Reno and there are some places away from downtown, like Boomtown, that are fun. I also remember a couple casinos south of the downtown area which are newer and very nice and fun to play in.

    Do take a drive around the lake! When we were there the Cal-Neva only had a few slots but Harrah's and Harveys (across the road from each other, tunnel between them) were great!
     
  4. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    As is being discussed in another recent thread, Reno is NO Vegas... but for what you describe, it might scratch the itch. The Eldorado and Silver Legacy (same owners) are the class of downtown. Both have good gaming and the Eldorado has excellent food options. Harrah's is still there and always seems busy, but to me is just old and tired, like a lot of the patrons. If you wanna slum it up some, the Cal-Neva offers a low-rent experience. The Peppermill and the Atlantis are both very nice properties, but sit well outside downtown and not really close to each other. Both are all looked-after, modern properties with amenities similar to Vegas. The Nugget in Sparks merits a mention as well. Still family-owned and operated and it feels that way. I mean that in a positive respect. Lastly, I would mention the Grand Sierra (old MGM) out by the airport. Lotta money has been spent of the refurbishment and the casino area really looks nice. It's just so dang huge that it often look empty, even when there's a decent crowd there.

    There's several strip-clubs, Wild Orchid and Men's Club are downtown and Fantasy Girls and some smaller ones are out on 4th St. just east of downtown. I've never been in them... too close to home... so can't attest to the quality.

    Downtown is cleaned-up a bit from a few years ago, but still many,many vacant storefronts. An article just came out the other day that surprised me... apparently the sales of condos in some of the remodeled old hotels are going really, really well. Several years ago, during the height of the building boom here in Nevada, developers put a serious chunk of change into several of the old and closed hotel/casinos. I took a tour and they were very well done, but completed right as the bottom fell-out. I was surprised things have picked-up as indicated in the article, but that's a good sign for downtown... they need people on the street, not street people.

    To be fair, while Reno doesn't compare to Las Vegas in the "gaming/fun experience", I think the quality of life up here is far superior to Las Vegas.
     
  5. FXT

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    I stayed at Peppermill with the GF last thanksgiving. The gambling was great and so was the food and Sportsbook (which is huge). We got a players card and my GF hit $500 on the freeroll. My only issue was that 3 days felt like too much time. Theres literally nothing else to do but gamble and drink.

    I enjoy being able to walk around outside and having a change of scenery like Vegas but unfortunately that wasnt an option at Peppermill. The surrounding area was pretty ghetto. While we will go again later this year, we'll likely only spend 2 days there this time and stay downtown at one of the hotels.

    As far as strip clubs go, I cant help you out there. There also werent too many single females/groups of females at the Peppermill. It was mainly just couples, family or groups of guys. This might also be due to the holiday we went on.
     
  6. nikerbokers

    nikerbokers Tourist

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    Frequent Reno about once a year (I live in Norcal as well) but it's nothing like Vegas. Reno is pretty much a dirty little city. If you want strip clubs, you got them but they are seedy to the max. No one really roams the streets like you would in Vegas.

    When hubby and I stay, we stay at Grand Sierra Resort. To us, they have the best players club card and we NEVER pay for a room there. Rooms are nice, restaurants and service are top notch. I have stayed at Circus Circus (eh), Silver Legacy (decent), El Dorado (good), and Atlantis (worst gambling of my life) in the past. CC, SL, and ED are all connected so most stay there.

    Reno is usually never my first choice but my grandparents live in Carson City about 30 mins away so we stay in Reno when visiting. Virginia City is also a fun little tiny historical town to visit and gamble as well. But Reno will never come close to Vegas... EVER. :nono:
     
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