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The "Legendary Vegas Casinos" Poll. Let's reminisce.

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by NickPapageorgio, Nov 9, 2014.

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Select your favorite former Vegas legend

Poll closed Dec 9, 2014.
  1. Stardust

    40 vote(s)
    38.8%
  2. Sahara

    5 vote(s)
    4.9%
  3. The Sands

    4 vote(s)
    3.9%
  4. The Desert Inn

    13 vote(s)
    12.6%
  5. The New Frontier

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  6. The Dunes

    6 vote(s)
    5.8%
  7. Westward Ho

    10 vote(s)
    9.7%
  8. Showboat

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Vegas World

    4 vote(s)
    3.9%
  10. Barbary Coast, Bourbon Street and other

    20 vote(s)
    19.4%
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  1. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    For any reason, which legendary former Vegas property makes you choke up just a little?

    Nick:beer:
     
  2. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    I voted for Westward Ho. Man do I miss that place.

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  3. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    I voted "Stardust", but I truly miss the Barbary Coast (no, not "Bill's"!), and the Westward Ho almost as much.
    When the Stardust closed, I flirted with Mirage for a little while, but then became a downtown gambler after that... and I still am.

    But way back in the day, the best blackjack-walking-circuit was: Stardust-to-theHo-to-Circus-to-theRiv-to-Stardust.
    They all had $5 3:2 DD pitch games, S17 with DAS.
    And, of course, I took it for granted...if only I had known that it would all be gone one day soon. :cry:

    The 'Coast used to be a single, long double-sided pit, packed-full of 3:2 DD S17 DAS tables...ranging from $5 to $25 min.
    It was a thing of beauty, and seemed to almost always stay busy...even mid-week, even during the day.
    Great cocktail service & personable dealers who seemed to love working there.
    Truly a gem, in the best location on the strip.
    Then, Harrah's bought it & promptly ruined it.
    ~sigh~
     
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    bubbakitty native Texan; born and bred.

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    Unless it was strip properties only it is / was Binion's under Jack and Benny. Announcements for jackpot winners with machine numbers and amount; 2 $ BJ; 1$ craps with 5x odds (6 on the 5 & 9); little slips of paper to get you into the coffee shop for free; the enchiladas in the bar area downstairs across from the coffee shop; ahhhhh I feel light-headed.
     
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    dfalk VIP Whale

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    Can't vote for any, I was never in any of those casinos.
     
  6. BlacklabberMike

    BlacklabberMike VIP Whale

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    agree 100%
    the $5 single deck blackjack tables in the rear near the toilets...
    stale beer,cigarettes, and the smell from the toilet. quite a potpourri

    we went thee one time when there was a strike going on.
    was playing VP and Jack was there with one of those change carts and handed me a roll of quarters as a token for playing there.

    then the place fell under beckys evil spell and went to shit.
    she was deaing blackjack to us because the original dealer we had got the shakes because we were up about 5k...and she didn't want us to cash(not sure she had 5k at that point)
     
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    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    Barbary Coast hands down. loved that place.
     
  8. UTE

    UTE Plastics

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    I like change and progress and don't miss the old casinos.

    Bill
     
  9. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

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    A Vegas World vote from me,,Thanks Bob Stupak for a few days in LV and as much comped bartop Coors as I could handle with free-play to boot! (January 1986).
    Did hit the Barbary Coast also that first trip and was denied entry to thier steakhouse.Supposedly needed reservations to it...My buddy and I were not drunk or dressed inappropriate,so maybe the host was being honest. We ended up at the Golden Steer by pure luck a couple blocks from Vegas World and it was my most rememorable dinner in LV.
    A shout-out to old Ceasars sportsbook with the NFL-Logoed cushy seats in the sportsbook..I was in heaven for a few minutes sitting in the GB one watching BB games one night,thinking to myself Vegas must be awesome when the NFL is playing..:licklips:
     
  10. Joe

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    I voted Sands because I have many fond memories of being there with my mom, aunt & brothers. But the original Frontier would be my choice for just degenerate,Vegas gambling experience. I never stepped foot in the place once the strike started.
     
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  11. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

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    I can't vote for any of them because most of them closed before i started going to LV. I was never in the few that were open when I made my first few trips.
     
  12. TomBrady'sLoveChild

    TomBrady'sLoveChild Tourist

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    For me it was a toss up between the Stardust and Westward Ho. I loved the sports book at Stardust, but I had to go with the HO. The diner in the back was true Vegas. $1.99 1/2lb dogs , stick to your ribs biscuits and gravy and jumbo fresh doughnuts. You had to know where every casino bathroom was after a meal. I wish someone would create an old style mid range casino. I'm not that old but definitely miss those days. GO PATRIOTS!!!!:cry:
     
  13. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Same here. I know of countless friends and family members who lament and cry over the closing of the Stardust. They would tell me many times of the great blackjack rules and the very generous comps that could be had with relatively little play.

    Even though they were low rollers they were treated like VIP's and this resulted in unprecedented loyalty towards that property. They also mentioned that that part of the Strip had other places (mentioned by other posters in this thread like CC and Riviera, etc.) that were walkable. That part of the Strip was happening, not like the desert that it is nowadays.

    I think I visited Vegas twice before they closed the Stardust. I wish I visited before that. Another property I wish I visited before it closed was the Lady Luck Downtown.

    If I could vote for my friends and family it would be the Stardust. Actually I cheated. I did vote for Stardust. Sorry. Hee hee!
     
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    dmr Registered Abuser

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    Stardust! Is there even a question?

    Actually, I've been to all of them over the years and enjoyed them all.
     
  15. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    The Stardust............was my favorite place to stay and play in the late 70's/80's. The Sports Book, the Lido shows, and the restaurants were nothing but the best.

    Westward Ho..........my dad's favorite hotel to stay at and he used to bet the horses at Stardust. The Ho, where your room was in a different area code than the main desk where you check in.

    Dunes............my favorite hotel/casino on the mid strip. They had 2 separate pools, the main one and the back one. Anyone could just walk off the street on Flamingo Blvd and go for a swim. The Dunes country club was next to back parking lot. The lot didn't have spaces, so where you parked one day would change the next day. I would park my car on a busy day far away from the entrance to the Dunes but on the next day would be all alone.

    The Marina Hotel..........where MGM is now. I had my first sexual awakening (in Vegas) with my G/F.

    The Frontier..............i only stayed there twice (at the Atrium Suites) mainly because i didn't want to cross the picket lines at that time. However, the best show i ever witnessed was with my G/F to see Seigfreid & Roy at the Frontier. I still have the original program.

    Sands Hotel...........i stayed there a couple of times in the main tower. I also happened to be in Vegas during the making of Con Air. The best photo taken in Vegas ever, was the Rat Pack in front of Sands.

    Silver Slipper.............has one of the best neon signs along with Stardust, i don't smoke, but for a brief time Silver Slipper was smoke free so i loved it. That didn't last long and i didn't last at SS.

    Silver Bird and Thunder Bird..............i preferred those properties to stay at rather than Sahara, CC , Riviera. I gambled at all those places but for some reason my home base at the time was the Silver & Thunder on the North Strip. I gambled at CC just to watch the female trapeze artists ala Diamonds are Forever.

    Desert Inn.............the class of the Strip. I only stayed there once (it was too damn expensive), but i played there many, many times. If you've seen the TV show Vega$, you'll understand why.

    The old MGM (now Bally's)................ a favorite place to hang out due to the awesome game of Jai Alai. It only lasted for a couple years and wasn't rebuilt due to the fire in 1980, but is was a wonderful time to witness such a great sport live and in color in Vegas.

    Hacienda...........my favorite place on the South Strip, of course it was one of the only places on the South Strip. I stayed there only once but i frequented the Hacienda many times to gamble and see Redd Foxx, always a highlight. Redd was known for Sanford & Son, but may of us long time Vegas officionado's remember Redd as a fixture at Hacienda and his XXX rated revue in the showroom. Vegas was for adults, Redd was for mature Vegas adults who were not offended by his humor. Gilbert Godfried fans know what i'm talking about.

    I miss the Vegas of old where there were golf courses lining the Strip (and i don't even play golf, just tennis back then), and the parking lots in front of the property instead of multilevel parking structures aside from the property. I miss neon signs like the Oasis Casino at the Dunes.

    Back in the old days you didn't have food courts or convenience stores at Hotels like they do now. I used to drive to Maryland and Tropicana Blvd to have a late night snack.

    I was at Bally's when Steve Wynn fired the cannons from Treasure Island to the Dunes for implosion. The plan went well, but the unplanned didn't. They underestimated the after affects of the smoke and soot going into Bally's. Thousands of us, well maybe hundreds, ran into Bally's casino to just breathe. Of course the BJ tables weren't fazed one bit seeing all these people rush in and blowing up a major Casino across the street, they just want to know "should i hit or should i stay".

    I loved Vega$ since 1977 and i will love Vegas next week when i stay at the old Aladdin. Billy Joel has a song exemplifying he's "in a NY state of mind".

    But as a foreigner from Boston and LA........i have always be in a Vegas state of mind, well, since 1977 at least.

    P.S
    I'd just like to ad Caesar's to the list as the only Hotel that has withstood many changes over the years to remain one of THE best properties on the Strip since 1966.
     
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    Imperial Palace :cry:
     
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    Anyone remember the $2.99 Steak Special in the basement restaurant at Binions? I had that many times as well as the $2.95 Pound of Pig at the Las Vegas Club restaurant on the second floor....... AHHH those were the days.
     
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    Stardust for me too. But, I loved that entire area with Stardust, the Ho, Slots, CC and the Riv.
    For me, there is nothing in Las Vegas today that gives me the feeling that those places gave me. I truly miss that time.
     
  19. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    I'm in this new class as well. Well, I do like TAG lounge at least...I suppose.

    I'm annoyed I didn't visit any of these on the list when I first went to Vegas in 2001.
     
  20. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    The DI was the class of the strip for decades. However, I really miss The Stardust, The Sands, Westward Ho, and all the others on the list. I also miss The Barbary Coast but I was very pleased to see that the Cromwell reverted to some of the same decore in their remodeling.
     
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