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We found old Vegas at Binion's

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by ROTJob, Aug 26, 2012.

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  1. ROTJob

    ROTJob Tourist

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    As a poker player, I am not a fan of downtown. I prefer playing on the strip rather than playing with all the local rocks downtown. We do always go to Freemont at least once though.

    I realized I had never been in Binion's before. We went in and hit a few slots and wandered back to the BJ tables in the back. We found a $3 table and our party of 4 grabbed it and camped out. The pit boss, Henry, came over and greeted us and offered to get us set up with players cards, which we did. He spent quite a bit of time with our table, talking, joking, helping with difficult decisions, and giving us tips on how to maximize our downtown experience. We walked in with some of those large drink containers, and he suggested we get the comped drinks and pour them into ours to keep them full. We were going to do that anyway, but it was refreshing to not have to hide it. The waitresses suggested that we order our drinks as shots without any ice or mixers because we would get more liquor and not water the drinks down as much. Nice touch. While filling one of my drinks, I dropped a piece of ice in the shoe and quickly grabbed it out. I thought for sure we would be ejected for that, but Henry politely came over and told the dealer to calm down while he wiped out the shoe. I profusely apologized, and all he was concerned with was that we were having a good time.

    We stayed at that table for 6 hours. Henry even offered to hold our table for us so we could all go take pictures with the million dollars on display. We all walked out of there drunk off our asses with a little more money than we bought in for. This was by far the best blackjack experience I have ever had. They really made us feel welcome and appreciated and I will definitely be going back to Binion's again.
     
  2. gongoman

    gongoman MIA

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    Glad ya had fun..:beer:
     
  3. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

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    Wow, that pit boss was pretty nice. I love stories like that, thanks.
     
  4. aliasyoshi

    aliasyoshi Low-Roller

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    Good to hear. I know some have had some bad experiences with Binion's, but over the last couple of years, I have always enjoyed my time at Binion's. For a VERY low roller, they are generous in comps and the majority of employee's are very nice and welcoming.
     
  5. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Henry the pit boss definitely seems like a page out of old school Vegas.

    Maybe he's one of the remnants of when Binions was THE place to be as far as gambling. Back then they took care of all gamblers, high rollers and low rollers alike.

    With very few exceptions, seems like those times are gone....
     
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    Ross11988 Low-Roller

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    Good to hear, Im looking to spend some time in their poker room next month.
     
  7. gambler

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    It's good to hear a nice story about Binion's, ROTJob. Sounds like you had a great time. They haven't been known for friendliness, especially at their table games. Maybe things are changing there.

    You have me wondering what you mean by "BJ tables in the back". Were these tables just back from their craps tables and between the cashier and the washrooms? Or do you mean they had tables in some other area (they have a lot of empty space in the area I think of as out back (near the poker pit)? Just curious.
     
  8. ROTJob

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    The BJ tables were toward the back of the casino near the cage and the washrooms.

    Henry told me he has been a pit boss for 32 years and has been at Binion's for 23. It shows. He gave me his card and asked me to call him the next time I come to town. We were treated like high rollers on a $3 table with a $200 buy in.
     
  9. Srvanwyk

    Srvanwyk Low-Roller

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    Downtown always seems to make me feel appreciated vrs the stip. love binions golden gate the list goes on. Can't wait to be there in a week!
     
  10. C0usineddie

    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    Binions can have flashes of brilliance at times.

    Same happend to me a couple years ago. treated like it was old times and loved it. swore it would be my place there after even stayed there next trip.

    the next time we hit the bar to sit and talk and have a couple drinks, the bartender stood right in my face and told me that if I wanted comp drinks I had to play max credits. no big deal, dont mind paying, just wanted out of the heat and to have a couple drinks, so a minute later he comes back and says the same thing.

    i told him to go f himself and we left.

    it took me a long time to go back. i know it was not him doing it but the bosses so i dont blame him. I kind of admire his spirt for sticking to the letter of the law and proving to them that it was a stupid idea.

    last trip the drink were quite a bot better but i still wont go to that bar.
     
  11. ROTJob

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    That happened to us at the bar at Casino Royale. I understand. You have to remember that thousands of people a day probably sit at the bar expecting free drinks just for showing up. I never mind playing a little blackjack for free drinks, so we just do that.
     
  12. PopsOLA

    PopsOLA Low-Roller

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    Everytime we go downtown we go eat breakfast\lunch at their Cafe... usually everything is covered with the COMPED PLAY so we are good and the food is good. The waitress is always the same and she is super nice, we tip well. I have yet to play the table games there, usually stick to slots but this time around im going to give them a shot!


    I <3 their Hangover Breakfast Burger LOL
     
  13. dbvegas

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    We like binions and had fun there. Nice story
     
  14. Long Time Listener

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    I had fun at Binion's this past weekend. The pit bosses were fun and friendly, and the craps dealers were, too. The paigow dealers were uniformly grouchy and not at all talkative. Weird combo, but I noticed that a lot of places downtown.
     
  15. Sam D

    Sam D Low-Roller

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    I was told the same thing at the bar at MSS last month. Kinda sucks but from what I hear, that's become standard policy at a lot of other casinos as well.
     
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    craps1 Low-Roller

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    Nice story. Glad to hear there a still a few of the good ones around who know how to treat gamblers.
     
  17. Big Tip

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    You call yourself a poker player and yet never been to Binion's?!!!

    :evillaugh

    I know what you mean though, not preferring the poker room.

    Good story. Thanks for posting.
     
  18. liteman

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    The players and dealers make the experience. If the pit boss is fun and friendly, it only gets better. Winning is always great, but having fun while playing is why many of us play.
     
  19. VegasRandy

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    Did most of our gambling at Binion's over the Labor Day weekend.

    Great place. Loved the atmosphere. Everyone was friendly, even the people playing in the casino.
     
  20. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    I was hoping to hear more on poker at Binions. I agree that the games on the strip are softer. However, Binions has a good poker rate for the Four Queens and it would not interfere with my 3 free Four Queens comped nights earned on VP. Separate computers. So, I could book a week at the Four Queens and not have to gamble heavy on the VP. So far, however, I have not sampled the Binions limit poker tables to see if I would want to give them enough play to justify a room comp. There is no requirement of hours, but some play would be needed if I expected to get the rate again on my next trip.

    Nice post. I'm happy to see the attitude at Binions matches the one I have been finding at Four Queens.
     
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