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Sam's Town.... Some Questions

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Sue24, Jun 16, 2015.

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  1. Sue24

    Sue24 High-Roller

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    Plan to take the free shuttle bus from Downtown to Sam' Town.

    Player's Card... Do you just use the BConnected card, or do I have to get one of their's?

    Any coupons available for 2 for 1 eating there? Inexpensive eating suggestions?

    Other things I should know about Sam's Town.
     
  2. makikiboy

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    You use the regular b connected card.

    One thing I like about Sam's town, it is a pretty complete resort with a McD's (Subway, Fridays, panda, and others) and other restaurants including a buffet. They also have a bowling alley and movie theaters. Some of my friends never leave the grounds because it has everything they want and need.

    The Atrium is a nice place to visit, esp at night. They also play music in the area.

    I think there is an area with machines for non smokers but I am not sure if it is still there.

    WalMart is across the street if you want to buy incidentals. The cannery is about a 10 minute walk away and is the closest casino to Sam's town.

    I played there in March and started receiving free night offers. I'm only a red chip ($5) table player so I doubt the offers were because of my play, may be more as an enticement to stay and play there (they want to figure out if I play enough to get comped rooms).
     
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    I've stayed and played at Sam's Town many times, and like all Boyd/Coast properties, they use the same BConnected card. The only food coupon that immediately comes to mind is the ACG's "Earn 200 Points Get Free Buffet." You keep the points, but the coupon isn't good for specialty night dinners. Meal comps are easy to get from the pit critters, however. If talking inexpensive eating suggestions, take a look at www.samstownlv.com/dine BTW: the fajitas at Willy and Jose's Cantina were the best I've ever had! I could be mistaken, but believe you can swipe your card at a kiosk on Wednesday for a 2 for 1 dinner buffet.
     
  4. yoyoseven

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    If you're into western wear, they also have a Shepler's (on the second floor). Boots, hats, art, jewelry, etc. Fast food court in one corner of the atrium, the sportsbook deli isn't bad for quick cheap eats, and they have a Dunkin' Doughnuts on site if you want a decent cup of joe. They are generous with offers for free nights and slot/VP/BJ tournaments via snail mail. A lot of locals and a middle-aged to older crowd with a few young'uns mixed in. Poker room is full of local rocks. 20x odds on their craps tables, experienced dealers. Lots and lots of slots. A lot of people seem to like their buffet, but IMHO, not so great, average at best. I'm pretty sure the slot area near the poker room is non-smoking. For the most part, the staff is very friendly. Drink service is great for table players.
     
  5. BayouBengal

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    I'm a bit younger than the average clientele at Sam's Town (early 30's) but if I'm staying downtown would it be worth it to take the shuttle out to Sam's Town? I've never been to the Boulder Strip area. How long is the shuttle ride?
     
  6. Eddyhazkell

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    My wife and I are both 35 and we enjoyed playing there for a couple of hours last year on the way back from Hoover Dam. I can't speak for the shuttle myself, but I would check out Sam's Town for the gambling aspect and to see the atrium.
     
  7. oldaquaman

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    I would suggest renting a car for a day and check out 4-5 boulder strip properties starting with boulder station on the north
    and work your way south stopping in no order: sam's town, cannery, sunset station, fiesta/henderson, and skyline in henderson.
    not the glitz or glamor of the strip by any means but better gaming options, decent eats (sam's town has an excellent deli by the sportsbook)
    traffic along boulder hwy usually not an issue unless construction in process
    there are some dives, too (longhorn) but the same could be said for other parts of town, too.
     
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    I'm 34 and I think Sam's is worth checking out if you're staying downtown. You can find the shuttle schedule on the Sam's Town website. The shuttle ride is about 25 minutes or so, and it's a charter bus that is rarely full so it's a comfortable ride.

    If you end up not liking Sam's that much, you can always hop on the shuttle that goes from Sam's to Harrah's; a free way to get to the Strip from Downtown.
     
  9. zignerlv

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    I like Sam's Town. They have some of the cheapest live poker tournaments in town.
    http://www.samstownlv.com/play/poker-room

    These can really stretch out gambling dollars. The early morning tournament has about an hour of limit poker before the tough game even starts.

    Sam's Town also spreads a 2-6 spread limit game, but it is pretty local dominated and can be tight or tough. Good players will feel comfortable enough. They have great bonuses. Playing early in the morning if the game is still going can be a great deal. I once woke up at 3 AM and went down to play. There were five of us and four of us just passed around the fifth loose and very bad player. Three people that morning hit cracked Aces and got paid on that.

    Check the entertainment. Sometimes the Nite Kings are playing.
    http://www.nitekings.com/nitekings/Welcome.html

    If you like older music and harmony, these are a class act. Wednesday's they are at the Orleans.

    On Sunday's there is a free variety show in the afternoon at Sam's called Toast of the Town. It is different every week and again reflects older music, but is very much like an old Vegas review with music, perhaps a comic, perhaps an animal act.

    Sam's Town has a bank of full pay Deuces, rare now in Vegas. There are some machines in quarters and some in nickels. Other full pay games are scattered around and some of those that are almost full pay have progressives that will get to full pay when they are high.
    http://www.vpfree2.com/casino/sams-town-casino

    I have not been in the Sam's Town pool in a while but it was one of my favorites back a few years because it opened early in the morning, had a pleasant ambiance and music that was older and not the modern nasal whine stuff.



    Walmarts is close so it is very easy to stock up cheaply with room snacks.

    You can easily walk to the Eastside Cannery to see yet another casino, and while the Longhorn across the street from EC is a bit of a dive, there are matchplays in the American Casino Guide and the food there is basic diner type food and gets good reviews. A walk back to Sam's from EC is perhaps not a good walk in the early hours of the morning, but I do it without incident. Across from the Eastside Cannery is a Bank of America drive up. I walk up to replenish my gambling money.

    The Eastside has yet another inexpensive buffet. Or it can be free if you join their site and play games or do puzzles so as to earn points toward food, free play, free drinks. I find I can grab two free wines and carry them into a free buffet almost every trip.
    http://www.eastsidecannery.com/webpass

    There too are some full pay VP and good music in the lounge.

    Eastside Cannery has an interesting poker room as well.
    http://www.pokeratlas.com/poker-room/eastside-cannery-las-vegas

    I think the 2-4 game has 6 bet on the river although I can't seem to confirm that on line.
    http://www.eastsidecannery.com/gaming

    Again it will be local dominated, but they are not all skilled players. If you like baseball, start a conversation at this table and they will talk forever.

    Buses will work for getting to Boulder Highway casinos. Some require you to take two buses, but Boulder Station, Henderson Fiesta, Sunset Station are others are all accessible. If you are going to ride buses, start a thread with bus questions. City buses complement the shuttle so that you have good flexibility, even getting to the strip (although that is a 45 min, city bus ride) The Sam's shuttle gets you to Harrah's, but the city bus from the Eastside Cannery gets you to any destination along Flamingo, to Ellis Island for the steak special, to the Gold Coast and so to that free Boyd shuttle. Sometimes Sam's shuttle ( which is faster) is quicker because it just goes to Harrah's. Sometimes a city bus is the better deal. Check the schedule. Taking the 202 down Flamingo, even late night, to either Sam's Town or Eastside Cannery has never felt sketchy (like the BHX) to me.

    The BHX gets you downtown. It rides through a pretty poor area and will put you on the bus with pretty poor folks, so for some the fellow riders may make it uncomfortable

    Remember that all these bus rides are "residential" bus rides and cost $2 one way or $5 for 24 hours, or if you are over 60 and have ID, half that cost. Getting a bus ID downtown at the BTC is good once folks turn 60. But if you have a Medicare Card that will work as well.

    Here is some more reflections on Boulder Highway
    https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=22639031#editor/target=post;postID=6322299800446271526;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=3;src=link
     
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  11. zignerlv

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    They are also rare in Sam's Town, as around January they reduced those machines to two, set to play very slow. So don't count on being able to play at one if you go!

    All the rest of your information Dewey is correct.
     
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    Stayed there last year and liked the place. They did give me a handicap accessible room for some odd reason, doorbell, chair in shower, handles on sink and toilet. I'd definitely stay there again
     
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    We're really happy with Sams Town for staying and playing. Rooms are very good for the money.

    Great selection of lower limit machines. One of the best there is.

    Only issues are it's not very trendy (twirling index finger) and way out in the middle of nowhere.
     
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    Yup, that's the only problem..it's WAAAY away from the strip and/or downtown.
     
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    It's not as bad as Aliante, which is actually a very nice casino that has a lot of the machines I like, as you can walk to Cannery and it's an easy drive to Boulder Station and Arizona Charlies and a few other smaller ones. Also, the immediate area, as in the nearby Walgreens and such, has been getting very wino-ish recently.
     
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    Can MSS guests get access to the pool at Sams?
     
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    I would think so, but it sounds like a sensible question that might merit a phone call to Sam's. I only visited the pool there once and don't recall a locked gate or anyone checking room keys. I didn't go swimming or sunbathing, but was just curious what it looked like. Unlike the Orleans, Gold Coast, and Suncoast, it appears that you have to trek through the casino to go between pool and elevators.

    It's not much, but anyone staying at MSS would probably be more inclined to use the pool next-door at the Cal.
     
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    I've tried the pool at the Cal and it's almost unusable as a pool. I don't know if it's the few times I've been up there or if it doesn't get much sun but it's cold, very cold. And I'm from Minnesota and used to swimming in cold lakes. Plus no people watching to be had :wink2:

    I'll have to call out to see if Sams is an option. Going solo for the first time at the end of the month. Focusing on Poker tournaments, if there's a quick exit I could have some time for pool time.
     
  19. swimjim10

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    Our plan exactly

    We as well are going to stop at (perhaps those exact..) 4 casinos on the way back home from the Hoover dam. Not must of a history buff so I am excited to see the spectacle and then get on with this part of the trip! Good advice...
     
  20. TommyG

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    Thanks for all the tips. Looks like I'll be staying at Sam's Town. Not by choice, unfortunately. I'm with 2 other couples and they've decided to stay there. After reading the comments here, I feel somewhat better about the choice.
     
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