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Table Games Vegas High Limit Baccarat Room Reviews

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by vegasnutt, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. vegasnutt

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've played Baccarat at a few of the High Limit (HL) rooms in Vegas, and I thought I would write down a small review of them here for everyone.
    Note: My opinions here are only based on my midi baccarat play (where you can touch and fold/bend the cards), and no other game, even though there are BlackJack and Roulette tables in these rooms as well.
    I welcome additional information or corrections to any of my statements if you find I my memory is mistaken!

    Bellagio

    Observations:

    Bellagio is located in the dead-center of the strip. If you Google the Las Vegas Strip on Google Maps, most likely, the center dot will be in placed between Bellagio and Caesars Palace. This adds to the convenience of the place, in my opinion. The room is quite large so it doesn't feel claustrophobic or like an afterthought, like in some other casinos. The decor is upscale classic and well maintained considering the age of the property. A giant chandelier hangs in the middle of the rectangular room. It is accessed by walking THROUGH the baccarat bar, which is in itself, a separate lounge in the middle of the casino floor. The room has around 8 or 10 midi tables, separated into two main pits consisting of 4 tables each, I believe. There are two more tables along the back wall that are not used unless the room is very busy. Along the front wall are a couple of single-zero roulette tables and a few BlackJack tables. There is a dedicated cashier/cage in the room as well as dedicated restrooms, casino host office and a small lounge/buffet for the players. The minimum here is $100 and they get adjusted upwards as the evening, crowds or weekend approaches. Usually they adjust based on how busy the room is.

    Pros:

    • I find the dealers and bosses here are among the friendliest in Vegas. They are quick to learn your name and address you by it. Overall a very welcoming atmosphere, despite how imposing a high limit room can look to the casual player.
    • Always people playing. I've rarely, rarely seen this room void of players. Even at 5am on a Tuesday morning, (yes, I've been there) I have found at least two players peeking at cards.
    • Even on a busy Saturday evening, I find that they still have at least one or two $100 tables available, although they may be full.
    • There is a small lounge with a limited buffet for the players right behind the main baccarat room. Usually two dishes along with a variety of fruit is available. A butler is servicing the room and will make you whatever drink you desire. Free food is great, and is sometimes a lifesaver when you really don't feel like trying to find a quick bite to eat or sitting down and waiting for your food at some sit-down restaurant. I found myself heading downstairs in the morning and grabbing breakfast there before hitting the tables.
    • Dedicated cashier/cage in the room so you don't have to carry your massive amount of chips out of the room and wait in line at the main cage... actually, you couldn't even if you wanted to, as Bellagio uses dedicated Baccarat labeled chips and the main cage can't cash them.

    Cons:

    • Some of their table felts can use replacing. It's surprising to see felt that is dirty and has cigarette burn holes in them at a high limit room in an upscale resort such as Bellagio, but I suppose this room gets so much traffic, new felt only lasts a few days until it looks ten years old. Inconsiderate smokers also contribute to their degradation.
    • It's a long walk to the free tram that takes you to Vdara, Aria, Crystals and Monte Carlo. You basically have to trek all the way past the main lobby, past the conservatory, make your way into the long hallway that connects you to the spa tower, then walk through the length of the spa tower to the escalators to the tram. This is important to me because I vary my play at Aria/Bellagio quite a bit.
    • The ventilation in the room is inadequate at times for the amount of smokers playing. It can get difficult to not have sore or itchy eyes after a while or sometimes a large accidental inhalation of pure smoke from the inconsiderate smoker next to you. The dealers all have mini fans that help them, but nothing to help the non-smokers.

    Conclusion:

    Bellagio is my favorite place to play Baccarat, due to the staff, service and overall "non-deadness" (always someone playing). Factor in the center strip location and the well maintained condition of the property and I find myself contacting my host here for a portion of every trip.

    Aria

    Observations:

    Aria is the resort at the back of City Center. It is on the strip, but some would argue that it is set back far enough that it really isn't. The baccarat room here is located at the end of a hallway that runs next to the high-limit blackjack bar/room. Aria has a separate high limit room for Blackjack and Baccarat. The Blackjack bar has its own full-service bar whereas the Baccarat room does not, but is flanked by two very nice Asian restaurants, Blossom and Lemongrass. The room is large and has very high ceilings. Its decor is contemporary/modern with a hint of Japanese. There are two pits of four tables each along with a few additional tables that open for busier times. There is also at least one roulette table along the back wall. Private gaming rooms run down the back hallway ending in a large dining room most likely reserved for the biggest of whales. There are dedicated restrooms, a cashier and a private buffet area in the back.

    Pros:

    • Very new and clean looking room that is quite large in both width and height. You will not feel cramped in this room! Plenty of space to scoot your chair back when standing up and not having to worry about bumping into any other players if you know what I mean.
    • High ceilings help with the cigarette smoke quite a bit. I've never had a smoke problem playing here.
    • Chips are large and heavy. Their baccarat chips are just a tad bit larger in diameter than most other casinos and somehow feel more expensive, adding to the exclusive feel (lol).
    • Very short walk to the SkySuites elevators (I think they did this on purpose) as well as two of their Asian restaurants right at the bottom of the steps (again, on purpose).
    • They have a small free buffet in a dedicated alcove in the back of the room. Like Bellagio, the menu is limited and consists of perhaps two dishes which are rotated out a few times a day.
    • The room is well lit but not too bright (see Paris below).
    • The room is a much shorter walk to the free tram. It's basically the length of one half of the casino and you're at the escalators.
    • The pit bosses here are very friendly and engaging.
    • One of the things I like about Aria's room over Bellagio is that you can buy Baccarat chips from their cage. If I bring in a stack of cash from another casino (not Mlife), I like the fact that they can count it using their machine in the cage quickly and give me chips in a matter of seconds. This cuts down on the time it takes the dealer to stop the game and count out every bill as they are required to do. Till this day, I have not found another cage that will do this, most likely for security purposes. I don't like using casino credit, only front money (FM) via cash, and I don't have enough cash to keep FM at all the casinos I play at, unfortunately.

    Cons:

    • It's a little out of the way from the rest of the casino, likely designed this way, but I personally feel a little isolated when in this room. Most higher-end baccarat players may value the privacy this gives them, and it is completely understandable, but I feel that its location sort of "isolates" it from the excitement and energy of the rest of the casino.
    • Aria's baccarat room is generally less busy than Bellagio's. I visit both approximately 4 times a day when in Vegas (I basically take the tram between the two casinos whenever I want a change or when I don't like any of the shoes at one location). In my experience, I've seen Aria's room empty more often than not, which is unfortunate, since I like busier rooms when it comes to Baccarat.
    • On the weekends all the tables here have higher minimums around the $500 mark. No $100 tables.

    Conclusion:

    I enjoy staying at Aria when I play here, and like I stated earlier, I travel between Aria/Bellagio quite a bit each day I play. Both hotels offer a short walk from the room elevators to their respective baccarat rooms. Aria is new, hip and trendy, as a result, attracts a younger crowd. Its location, being as far set back as it is, could be a con to some, but I rarely walk the strip anymore so it doesn't really matter much to me. I'll always Taxi or Uber myself somewhere instead of walk, after the first few visits to Vegas, anyway.

    MGM Grand

    Observations: MGM Grand is at the southernmost end of the east-side of the strip. Its casino floor is huge its baccarat room (sometimes referred to as the mansion) is tucked away somewhere within its bowels. The room itself is the largest of any Baccarat room I've ever seen in Vegas. It consists of a several pits on each side of the entry area, followed by a second room with more of the same, and finally emptying you into a huge area with even more tables in the back. It has its own cashier and full bar.

    MGM grand is connected to the Las Vegas Monorail, which ironically is not connected to any other MGM property.

    Pros:

    • The room is huge. A lot of tables.
    • Very exclusive feel. It feels like a mini casino inside a large casino, accessed by an entryway that isn't marked or displayed anywhere. Only people "in the know" know it's there - at least that's the feeling I get from it anyway.
    • Their chips are heavy. They feel like they are made of metal. At least the $100 black chips do when I played there. Not sure if you guys would consider it a Pro - but I thought I'd mention it haha.


    Cons:

    • The casino's location is probably its biggest con, being at the end of the strip (east side).
    • Although it has the biggest room and the most tables of any MGM property (that I know of), I've ventured into this room probably 3-4 times and played only once here. Why? Because 3 of the 4 times I found the room completely empty. I don't know if it's the days I visited or what, but I've only seen one table active, one time. The other times, I walked into the large back room hoping to find a few tables active and energetic - full of boisterous players, only to be greeted with empty tables and about 20 staff standing around looking at you when you walk in. Maybe you'd like this, but I sort of felt like a goldfish that just stumbled into a tank full of piranhas.
    • Its location isn't advertised anywhere and is somewhat hard to find for the first time visitor (maybe not a con, but this place can use more advertising IMO).

    Conclusion:

    I'd like to visit this room on a Saturday night in hopes of seeing it busy, because I'd really like to see what it feels like.
    I can't really give an accurate review of this room because I have limited experience so far with it. I'll update this once I've played there more.

    Planet Hollywood

    Observations:

    Planet Hollywood (PH) is located directly across the street from Bellagio and Cosmopolitan. Safe to say that it's in the center of the strip. Its baccarat is played in its high limit area just off to the side of the main casino. The area is separated by dividers that do not go all the way to the ceiling or floor - kind of like office dividers, but permanent and quite a bit more stylish. So calling it a "room" is a stretch, more like a dedicated "area".

    The area has two baccarat tables, one where the player's back is about 5 feet away from the entryway. This is the one that is usually open. The area shares its baccarat tables with two blackjack tables and possibly more for other games, but I can't say for sure.

    Pros:

    • The small area and dark lighting give the place a somewhat exotic feel.
    • The area's location makes you feel like you're still in a casino, with all the energy and noise right behind you
    • The bass-heavy party music is loud and engaging for those that like it. I like to play here when I am in the partying mood and not the snooze-fest playlists they repeat over and over in the other casinos.
    • Easy access to Cosmo/Bellagio/Paris - The front entrance escalators dump you directly onto the walkway that goes across Las Vegas Blvd. to Bellagio's escalators and Cosmopolitan's sidewalk.
    • Easy access to the Deuce bus stops for both northbound and southboud routes (for those times when you don't feel like taking a cab to the north or south ends of the strip to play)

    Cons:

    • Only two tables of Midi Baccarat, with only one that I've ever seen open.
    • No dedicated cashier. You have to walk to the main cage to cash in or buy back your marker/put your chips back on deposit.
    • No dedicated restrooms
    • No free food

    Observations:

    I've only played here twice and it's not my favorite, but I will definitely play here again at least once per Vegas trip due to the party atmosphere. No other baccarat room allows you to glance out and see the party pit girls dancing above the blackjack tables on a Saturday night.

    Paris Las Vegas

    Observations:
    Paris is located on the center of the strip, next door to Planet Hollywood and across the street from Bellagio. The high limit room in Paris is located in a glass-enclosed, slightly elevated, polygon-shaped room in the middle of the casino floor. At last count there were three Baccarat tables, two of them being Midi and one Mini (maybe this varies by time of day, I don't know). There is a dedicated restroom in the back via a hallway, but no cashier. Limits here are typically $100, I don't remember them ever being lower, although they may drop at different times of the day. There are mini-bac tables just outside the room with lower limits.

    Pros:
    • Very friendly staff! The dealers and pit bosses joke around and cheer with you as you win.
    • The monitors are large, new and and clear. The software they use for baccarat's score display on these monitors utilize large circles which are easy to read, even from position 8. As a geek, I stared at these screens contemplating my next bet, but sometimes found myself looking at the graphics and dot pitch of these monitors instead!
    • Easily accessible room, right smack dab in the middle of the floor and prominently displayed. This also means people passing by can see you playing (a con to some).

    Cons:
    • Only two midi shoes to choose from (during my visits)
    • No buffet or free food in the room, but for such a small room, you wouldn't expect there to be one.
    • No lounge areas in the room either where you can take a break. The closest lounge is Gustav's Bar outside the room (I think, correct me if I am wrong).
    • The room is too brightly lit, feels like you're on stage and on display, plus there's alot of glare while you're in the room due to the bulbs being spotlight-type.

    Conclusion:
    I really liked playing Baccarat at Paris and I will stop by on my next visit for sure. But the problem is, if you don't like the shoe pattern your options are limited here, just like any other smaller baccarat casino.

    Monte Carlo

    Observations:
    Monte Carlo (soon to be named something else, from what I hear) is located between Aria and New York New York. It will be next door to the soon opening T-Mobile Arena. It is connected to Aria and Bellagio via the Aria Express free tram that runs every few minutes. To get to Aria from Monte Carlo, the tram is not required, as you can walk directly between the two via indoor escalators and hallways. Aria and Monte Carlo share the same tram stop.

    The Monte Carlo high limit room is called "Hit Bar" (currently as of April 2016). It is a small area carved out of the main casino floor and has an open wall separating it from the rest of the casino. There is one Midi-Bac table in the back and one Mini-bac table right before it. The room also has a few blackjack tables and a full bar with a small lounge. Private bathrooms are right next to the tables (I think) along with the casino host office behind you. There is no dedicated cashier or food stations in this room.
    Minimum at the Midi table is $100. The mini-table next to it is $25, I believe.

    Pros:
    • This room is a nice quiet change of pace if you are seeking refuge from the hustle of the other rooms.
    • Easily accessible from Aria or Bellagio
    • Easily found on the casino floor
    • Next door to their steakhouse, Brand.
    • Beverage service is very fast and attentive
    • Casino Hosts are very nice and make you feel like a VIP
    • Chair massage providers usually frequent this room if you are into that

    Cons:
    • No dedicated cashier or cage in the room
    • No free food in the room
    • Only one Midi shoe to choose from
    • The room has relatively low foot traffic, so most of the time you'll find it with no players
    • Their chips are small and dated, they look like they've been through WWII. Need bigger chips like Aria! :)

    Conclusion:
    Monte Carlo is a good room to play at if you are wanting a change of pace from hopping between large baccarat rooms. Being connected to Aria/Bellagio is a huge plus, the room rates here are generally much lower than the other two, so you have the option of staying here and playing at the others for those trips where you aren't comped or want to stay a few extra nights but your play doesn't warrant it (yes, I've been there). The hotel is slated for a remodel soon so I am excited to see what they come up with.

    Mandalay Bay

    Observations:
    Mandalay Bay is the very last property on the Las Vegas Strip before the big void between civilization and South Point. There are a couple of dedicated HL rooms in its casino. The first one is the Lotus room located in the middle of the floor. It has no baccarat from what I could tell. The room across the hallway from it houses the baccarat tables. There were two of them from last count, along with your usual complement of roulette and blackjack tables.

    Pros:
    • Beautiful casino. I love the decor and the theme. Their casino has huge open spaces and very high ceilings. Unusually large spacing between tables and games on the main floor. You can drive two cars between each craps table for sure.
    • High limit room is secluded but not hidden
    • Dedicated restrooms
    • Dedicated cashier

    Cons:
    • Only two tables when I visited. I believe there were three? tables for baccarat.
    • Location of the resort - Mandalay has always suffered from its isolated location on the end of the strip. Some people like the fact that it's somewhat removed from the chaos, but I for one wish it was located where Caesars currently is :) And move Caesars across the street to where Flamingo/Harrahs/Cromwell is :)

    Conclusion:
    I wish it were closer, as I always enjoy visiting this resort. But with only two baccarat tables, it is hard to justify the trip down to it just to see the shoes. If MGM can somehow extend the Aria Express all the way to Mandalay that would be awesome :)

    Palazzo

    Observations:
    The Palazzo is the sister property and is directly connected to the Venetian. The Palazzo has a high limit baccarat room called "the Salon" I think... I ventured into this place one sleepless night at around 4am on a weekday and found the minimum to be $300! I politely asked if I could play $100 and they agreed without hesitation. I only played perhaps half a shoe and broke even, so I can't really give a pro and con list as of yet. I've never stayed at either of these properties yet either (believe me, it's on my bucket list) so I will have to update this review until such a time I feel I have enough experience to do so.

    What I can tell you is that the Venetian has the same type of room, labeled similarly and is about the same size. Outside of the rooms are other Mini-bac tables, and a couple of scattered Midi-bac tables. Venetian/Palazzo seem to like giving players a bunch of "No-Commission Baccarat" tables, as I have seen many of them just outside their HL rooms. I believe this is when a banker win of 6 pays you only 50% of your bet, but in exchange, there is no 5% banker commission.

    At the regular midi-table outside, the limit is $50 for when I visited, and they don't use commission markers like the other casinos. They take out the commission for every single hand played. (Bellagio does this only when the player is not a member of MLife.) I was a Grazie member and was being rated when I played, but they took out commission for every hand. For example, if you bet $100 and won the hand, they dealer will pay you $95. So I kept a stack of $5 chips on hand so I can pay $5 for each hand I won. Not a huge deal but kind of unusual.

    Wynn

    Observations:

    The Wynn is on the northernmost end of the strip on the east side. A lot of people consider it the most luxurious resort on the strip, along with Encore. After all, it was built by the same guy who built Bellagio, Treasure Island, and Mirage. On every visit to Vegas, I've at least visited Wynn and walked through it. I've only played in their Baccarat room once, so I can't really give an accurate review. What I can tell you are my initial observations:

    • Their HL room is off the main casino floor. It is split in two, one half is blackjack and the other is baccarat, I think.
    • Their minimums are higher than any other casino on the Vegas strip. The lowest I have ever seen is $500 on a weekday morning.
    • I kind of got a "snobbish" look from the staff when I walked in, perhaps because I wasn't wearing a designer suit. (probably my imagination)
    • During the one time I played here, the pit boss allowed me to play $100, very nice of them.
    • There are a lot of high rollers there buying in for hundreds of thousands at a time and betting 25-50k a hand, all while sitting next to my puny little $100 chip :(
    • Their table felt was very rough - the cards did not slide at all. It felt like a scouring pad used to clean your kitchen sink. I thought it was because it was old but it looked brand new.
    • Dedicated cashier in the back, and most likely dedicated restrooms back there as well, although I can't confirm that yet.
    • I don't know if they have any free food because I didn't go looking for it, as I kind of felt like I was allowed in there as a favor to begin with... haha!

    Encore

    Observations:

    Encore is the sister property connected to the Wynn. Encore has its own casino as well as its own baccarat/high limit room. It is located to the left of their Sinatra restaurant on an elevated floorpspace surrounded by open walls and foliage. There are roulette and blackjack tables in there as well, lining the sides and corners of the room. A dedicated cashier/cage is off to the left, although I never found it to be open on any of my visits. There were four midi baccarat tables in the middle of the room (maybe five or six, I really need to write this stuff down next time...) arranged facing inward towards the middle, with the pit in center like usual. I played here in April 2016 during a weekend stay.

    Pros
    • Limits on a Friday night varied from a couple that were set up with $100 signs up to $500
    • Dealers were very nice and engaging, always a plus for the atmosphere and experience
    • The room is large and spacious with some views into the main casino
    • Smoke dissipated quickly and was not an issue most likely due to the open design and high ceilings
    • Dedicated restrooms
    • Beverage service was spot-on; Non-intrusive and attentive. They always waited until I finished my current hand to refill or ask anything

    Cons
    • Encore is a little far away from the center of the strip (that's really all I can think of as a con)

    Conclusion:
    I am glad I gave Encore a try, it was my first stay with them and I will definitely be playing there more often during my trips. I thought honestly that they would be out of my league but was glad to see some tables with $100 limits on a weekend. The friendliness of the dealers really helped make me feel like I fit in, which is important to me when I play.

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Observations:

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is right next door to the Bellagio. There's literally a small driveway separating the two as you walk across from one to the other. Bellagio's escalator dumps you onto the sidewalk of Las Vegas Blvd, which is 20 feet away from the front door of the Cosmo. The Cosmo has two high limit rooms that contain Baccarat. There's one downstairs and one on the second level. The one downstairs is called the High Limit Lounge/Room while the one upstairs is called the Talon Club. On my most recent visit, I got the chance to try them out, and am glad I did. I did play in both rooms, but mainly in the Talon Club, so my review will be about the latter. The Talon Club is more exclusive, quieter, more equipped with amenities and has higher limits than downstairs. Talon Club has 4 Midi Baccarat tables with two Blackjack tables up front, and a separate Blackjack room off on the other side. It also has a small sitting area right as you come in, which is always nice when you need a few minutes to yourself and your drink in between shoes to catch up on your emails and texts.

    Pros
    • Talon Club has a really exclusive feel. It has a curved entry way which makes it impossible to see inside without turning the corner
    • It is very clean and well maintained (condition of table surface, chairs, cleanliness, etc)
    • Dealers were very friendly and courteous
    • The room is smaller than Encore and Bellagio's but it's got that upscale "back-room speakeasy" feel to it which really grew on me
    • The Talon Club has its own dining room and restaurant, reserved for its players. It has a very authentic traditional Chinese menu
    • Full bar, and beverage service was excellent
    • Dedicated cashier in the corner
    • Private gaming rooms in the back for reserved gaming
    • Casino host on duty inside the room
    • Tables all have USB ports built into each seat position. Pit boss provided me a charging cable for my iPhone
    • Elevators to the East Tower rooms are right next to the Talon Club entrance (probably by design) If you plan on staying here and playing at the Talon, request a East Tower room.
    • Very quiet - you can't tell you're in a casino, more like some rich person's living room.

    Cons
    • It is not advertised. I guess it's meant to be a secret to enhance its exclusivity
    • It can be a bit intimidating when you first walk in, but just remember it is open to the public, anyone is welcome to walk in and take a walk around, order a drink
    • Very quiet - I listed this as a Pro above, but it can be both, depending on your tastes. Some like hearing the rest of the casino in the background. This is is not the place for that.

    Conclusion:
    This was my first stay at Cosmo and I was truly impressed. The design of the building is a vertical one, so I was honestly not used to having to figure out not only which direction something was, but also what floor it was on. Once I got the hang of it, I really liked how it was all laid out - with most restaurants up on the second floor, main casino on the first, parking garage underground, pools on the top decks, etc. - felt like a giant cruise ship LOL.


    Casinos I have yet to play Baccarat at:

    • Tropicana
    • Venetian
    • Mirage
     
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  2. Publius

    Publius Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the highly detailed write up, I like the details you gave and now I want to try some baccarat when I visit next
     
  3. UKFanatic

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    Good summary. Since people may read this for bac info on the Strip, I will add a couple tings to your observations:

    BELLAGIO: The room also has a second entrance, on the side of the room next to the Noodles restaurant. For first timers, it may be a little intimidating to traipse through the baccarat bar to get to the high limit, so use the other entrance

    ARIA: Does have a dedicated bar, but it is not as obvious as the bar in the BJ room. I can't recall the name off the top of my head, but there is a bar and lounge area adjacent to the bac high limit, nestled between the few steps at the front of the room and Blossom. If you are approaching the room, it is on your left.

    MANDALAY BAY: One extra tidbit most people do not know about. If you are staying there on one of the top floors, there is a separate elevator tucked away in the back of the high limit. I find it much easier to use tan the main, often busy, elevator bank
     
  4. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    Nice write up.

    It's been 2 or 3 years since I've been to MB, but the Lotus Room did used to have a couple of bacc tables.

    Also, for UK - I didn't know there were elevators behind the HL room, but the penthouse floors (I wanna say 60 - 62?) do have a set of 4 elevators close to the front desk area. I had a Sky View suite on 62 once and in 4 days I never had to wait for an elevator or even had anybody else in one with me, lol.
     
  5. Wonka

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    Great review, this definitely helps for my next trip there. Does anyone have a similar review for cosmo? thinking of playing there my next trip, like the atmosphere there during my last trip there but didn't have a chance to really "gamble" there.
     
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    I'm like 90% sure that it's called either Baccarat Bar or Baccarat Lounge. I think it possibly used to have a different name, and then fell victim to the overall dumbing down of the property that happened a couple years ago (see also, Cafe Vettro --> Aria Cafe, or Salon Prive --> High Limit Room), but either way, Aria hasn't exactly been particularly creative with the way it names things lately.
     
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    The Mansion (MGM) will have a few Mini Bac tables as low as $25/50. They'll be the first tables in the entry way. Gives the impression that the place is busy.
    For a beginner it is nice as $25 is very low for a high limit room.
     
  8. vegasvic

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    Great report. I don't play HL but it was an interesting read. Thank you.
     
  9. Nauriel

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    Great write up!

    The Mansion (MGM) is a great place to play mini-bac at $25 if you are new to the game.
     
  10. UKFanatic

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    I have used those elevators many times, sometimes with a bit of a wait (two of them are used for Foundation Room in the evenings) and sometimes without. The HL elevator is basically always fast and available, probably because most people do not know about it
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I think you are right about the name. I have sat there and had a few cocktails before. It's nice and relatively quiet
     
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    OP - thanks for the great review!

    Wonky - I had the same question re: Cosmo. I will be there next weekend and may pop in and post a review if there are no replies in the meantime.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    What do you all want to know about Cosmo? There are bac tables in both the talon room and the high limit room. Happy to answer any questions

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    UKFanatic - I'd like to hear about the Talon Room. I've stayed and played in the Cosmo a number of times, but I've only walked into the Talon Room on a couple of occasions - and both times I walked out again because the minimums (for BJ at least) were $500/hand, which is too steep to me (I was hoping for $100). Are minimums ever lower than that? Thanks.
     
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    Can't say the B dealers are really the nicest.

    I find them much nicer at the mansion.

    I know all the B dealers, but they are generally stuffy and stand-offish. They're really not friendly at all.
     
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    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    The lowest minimums I've ever seen at Talon were $300 per hand.
     
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    And I have not seen that. I stayed and played there twice last month, including weekdays, and the lowest minimum I saw was $500, even during weekday mornings. I suspect they may have lowered it if someone asked. I was the only person in the room those mornings. Lower minimums in the first floor high limit. Not saying Pleep is wrong (and I suspect he is there more often than I am). But I would guess the $300 minimums are very rare.

    Hurricane, if you have not been there recently, Cosmo expanded the Talon room starting SB weekend. Its a nice room. The best aspect is the drink service is top notch and the bar tenders are friendly and know your drinks (they remember mine from trip to trip, which was impressive).
     
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    I haven't plated at the B very often over the past 18 months. I am not a fan of the supervisors in that room. But I always found America to be one of the friendlier dealers in Vegas. Until you mentioned this, I had not realized that I had not seen her the past few times I was in this room (she always worked day shift). Hope she is still around
     
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    What are the minimums in the "regular" high limit room for baccarat? Can I get on a table there for $100? Any other perks like food, etc.? Approximately how many tables are in each?

    Looks like Pleeplus answered my question re: Talon Room minimums starting at $300. That's what I noticed there for BJ mins the last time I was there (I didn't look at the bac tables). I am fairly certain they had food as well - there are a few trip reports on here about hijinks in the Talon Room. :evillaugh

    I'm booked at both Cosmopolitan and Aria next weekend and plan on checking out both but wanted a preview.

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks for the info. I haven't been there since the expansion, and I will definitely check it out on my upcoming trip if I first get up a couple of thousand. If I don't start out with a good session, though, $500/hand i still beyond my bankroll, no matter how much I like a well-made Manhattan or a nice setting to play cards.