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Smaller, Dive Casinos

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by prodaddy, May 28, 2014.

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  1. prodaddy

    prodaddy Tourist

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    Hi,

    We have rented a car for our LV trip in two weeks and are interested in checking out some smaller, 'dive' casinos that are complete opposites of the Strip hotels. I have plans to visit the LongHorn as it is across from Eastside Cannery? But I would like to find some others that have a interesting client base and cheap booze and food. Does anyone have special places that they would recommend?
     
  2. mwig

    mwig High-Roller

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    To name a few with character:

    Ellis Island (Good food options and easy to find drink coupons)
    Poker Palace
    Jerry's Nugget
    Bighorn (Hit a royal on a 10 min stop and were walked to the car by security guy)
    El Cortez (I hesitate to include this but it is unique and not on the strip)
     
  3. aaisack

    aaisack High-Roller

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    Ellis Island is definitely worth a stop for their micro brewery, bbq place and diner.
     
  4. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    Agree with above.

    We liked Arizona Charlies on Boulder when we stopped a couple years ago. Ate in their diner, had the special of the day. Good and reasonable. I don't recommend Arizona Charlies on Rainbow way too smoky for me. Didn't stay long enough to see anything. Tried a couple places in downtown Henderson but didn't find anything that would get me to go back. Coming back from Hoover Dam we always stop at Railroad pass always have a good meal and some decent low stakes gaming.

    Not a dive but smaller is Rampart, we really loved the English Style pub. Go for happy hour and a pint of Guinness. The Chicken Finger appetizer is awesome! Only thing wrong with the place is that it's a Chicago Bears bar (just kidding). Casino has good table games and VP we even won on the slots there.

    Man have fun! I love exploring the seamy underbelly of Vegas. Too bad my wife doesn't.

    TomTWI
     
  5. Smo

    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    The best one of all and cheap food....... Stage Door! :banana:
     
  6. catman

    catman Low-Roller

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    If you are a black jack player...Longhorn has $5 tables where you can double down on any 3 cards!!!!! Longhorn is directly across the street from Eastside Cannery.
     
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    I'm sure you mean Arizona Charlie's Decatur. They now have a completely enclosed non-smoking room with video poker and slots.
     
  8. xmarksx

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    Jokers Wild had $1.00 craps last summer and the cocktail service was outstanding. Same general area as some of the casinos listed above and worth a stop.
     
  9. LV_Bound

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    Not sure how to justify venturing off strip for food or gambling.
    The cost and inconvenience isn't worth it.
    Maybe if in Vegas for a long stay and simply want to do something different makes sense.
     
  10. prodaddy

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    well seeing how my original post stated I wanted to see the opposite of the strip places....it is different strokes for different folks- so really...I dont really think I need to 'justify' my venturing or have it make sense to yourself....
     
  11. TomTWI

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    Yup Decatur
     
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    Quite a few enjoyable casinos that fit your bill at the southern end of Boulder Hwy and then right nearby into Downtown Henderson off Water Street.
    Jokers Wild
    Skyline
    Wildfire
    Emerald
    All have cheap cafes with decent food and low level games. The trouble with these places is the ventilation systems are old and they can't handle the smoke from the 90% of their guests that smoke. Decatur and Ellis Island are also great but fit in the same boat with the stench of cigarettes. If you don't mind the reek and smoke in the casinos, they can be fun. I enjoy stopping in at them for a short time on a 'coupon run' or just an 'around the town' run when I'm in town for at least a week. I don't make much of my time there because I don't drink much and they don't have decent slot clubs for earning free rooms, meals, cash back and free play.
    Stu
     
  13. prodaddy

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    thanks for the replies. I will be checking out those south Boulder joints.
     
  14. whiskers69

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    Ellis island good cheap food and beer
    Railroad pass on the way to the dam
    If you dont mind the 30 min. drive go to Goodsprings Pioneer Saloon lots of history a BBQ u can cook your own steaks, Also a neat little bar with lots of ghost stories
     
  15. mwig

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    Our adventures started with coupon runs using the LVA and ACG coupon books. We have been exposed to many off strip places and have enjoyed most. To be honest, the strip with high priced everything has almost completely lost it's appeal. We are typically comped downtown, Suncoast, Orleans, etc. The dives referenced in this thread are not places I would stay but I definitely feel they are worthwhile stops in conjunction with coupon use. We always rent a car so mobility is not an issue.
     
  16. alana86

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    I know a lot of people wouldn't agree with this because it's bigger and not quite a dive but it's much more old school and not as flashy - Gold Coast. I like visiting there to play!
     
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    Here are my comments on some of these ...

    Gold Coast: Not a "dive" by any means, but still has many lower-limit playable slots.
    Sams Town: Ditto
    Jerry's Nugget: We go there for the prime rib, but often stay and play. Good low-limit slots and VP.
    Arizona Charlies Decatur: Good slot and VP selection. Cocktail service is a DUI summons just waiting to happen. :)
    Eastside Cannery: Not a dive, reasonable slot selection.
     
  18. dukeofdarby

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    with a car you may want to consider a boulder highway run----from the strip or downtown you would take interstate 515 south getting off at the boulder highway exit near boulder station heading south towards boulder dam----

    heading south you will pass a number of casinos all on the boulder highway,all local joints with low limits and good cheap food :
    1-arizona charlies -boulder
    2-the longhorne
    3-jokers wild
    4-the skyline
    5-railroad pass casino

    railroad pass casino would be at the southern end of your trip-----you could the return back up boulder highway or take interstate 515 north to get you back to the strip or downtown

    one other joint not mentioned is the old king 8 casino now called wild wild west casino on Tropicana ave just west of the strip near the interstate-----being near the interstate with lots of parking it caters to truckers and has decent cheap food---
     
  19. flyguyfl

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    Went to this little place years ago in the North Las Vegas area. Called the Speedway.
    http://www.insidervlv.com/casino_Speedway.html

    There is also the Dew Drop Inn in Henderson which is more a bar than casino but it does have a few machines.
     
  20. salukidean

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    The littlest dive of a casino in Vegas is the truck stop across from Silverton. It has a few machines and is usually dealing one table of blackjack. Definitely an experience worth checking out.
     
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