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Worst/Dodgiest casinos that are worth a visit

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by winny405, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. winny405

    winny405 Tourist

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    Hi All,

    Long time observer but haven't made too many posts.
    Wife & I will be heading to Vegas late November/early December from Australia for our Wedding Anniversary.
    Will be our 6th visit to Vegas in the last 4 years.
    Have a car this trip & want to know if there are any recommendations for casinos that are worth a visit even though they might be pretty terrible.
     
  2. LinLV

    LinLV Low-Roller

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    If you like blackjack: The Longhorn has a blackjack tournament 3 or 4 days a week at noon. On weekdays the tournament is $10 buyin, on saturday it's $20. Al money is returned as prize money.
    I played it once and had a blast!!
     
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  3. vegasvic

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    Jerry's Nugget is in a seedy area but I like to stop there to gamble a bit and have their prime rib special. It's also right by the Palomino strip club :wink2:
     
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  4. zignerlv

    zignerlv Low-Roller

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    In my opinion, for foreign visitors I think it would be best to avoid the North LV casinos. This is just the latest reason. Yes, I know it was at 4am, and it was a block away, but this not for first time for a murder in this area of LV, and it won't be the last.

    http://www.wsmv.com/story/32754649/2-killed-in-shooting-at-silver-nugget-casino
     
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  5. eaglejohn

    eaglejohn High-Roller

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    of course you can also get killed by a crazy woman running you over on the strip also
     
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  6. Snidely

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    The sketchy areas in Vegas are really sketchy. Best to stay away. No way you're going to blend in with the accent.

    There are plenty of cool places to go in Vegas if you have a car like Capo's Steakhouse, Golden Steer steakhouse, Red Rock Casino, or if you want a longer ride, head out to Primm. Whiskey Pete's is a little dodgy.
     
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    Agree. They have a great selection of some of the older machines I like, plus the bartender was quick to comp us drinks while we were playing casually while waiting for the buzzer to go off for our table.

    The prime rib is excellent! Quality right up there with the upscale places although the cafe itself is somewhat downscale. They have one of those old-fashioned rotating pie/cake displays with HUGE cakes and pies, but the portions are so large that there will never be room for them! :)

    Whoopee! {twirling index finger}

    Another sleeper is the original Arizona Charlies, over on Decatur. Again, a great selection of the machines I like and probably the best collection of video poker there is. Drink service is great! I recently joked that their drink service is a DUI summons just waiting to happen.
     
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    I don't know what you mean by "worth a visit even though they may be terrible" but Joker's Wild is always worth a trip if you like playing craps for $1 or $2 minimum (weekdays / weekends respectively) and $3 blackjack. Those limits are so low, you never really have to worry about going broke. It's not fancy but I've never felt unsafe there, and the staff and most of the customers are very friendly.
    It's on the way to or from Hoover Dam, which is very much worth seeing if you haven't yet. My wife and I always have a good time.

    Ellis Island is always a good time - the casino equivalent of a dive bar full of regulars. You can walk there from Ballys.
     
  9. ardee

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    All you can fit into a visit.
    See them and know you've gone and have the memories.
    I'm so happy to have seen the Stardust, Riviera, Westward Ho,Slots of fun...is it still around?
    Try Circus Circus, SLS (once the Sahara) and every place else.
    Vegas history is moving so fast these days. Grab it while you can.

    I only started visiting with my husband (then boyfriend) back in the
    early 2000's. Glad to know he took the time to show me the old school stuff, including
    downtown. Take at least a day and enjoy.
     
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  10. surf87

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    You can put the Lucky Club on your bucket list of places to visit then. I once went there intending to use a $10 matchplay coupon. That place gave me the creeps. Needless to say that I didn't use the $10 matchplay and I'm just glad that I'm still alive. I'll never step foot in that place ever again. Lucky Club makes Silver Nugget seem like a descent place.
     
  11. winny405

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    Thanks for all the replies, I'll definitely check out a few.
    Not too keen on being the headline "Dumb Aussie tourist gets stabbed/shot in dangerous Las Vegas neighbourhood" though...
     
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    Co-workers are telling me that since I'm always talking about the "Vintage Vegas" type of places, I should check out the places in the "Hender-Tucky" (their words, not mine) area of Henderson along Water Street.

    Anybody seen these?
     
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    I think the Water St. casinos you are referring to are Emerald Island, Rainbow Club, and El Dorado. I visited all three of them in March and my favorite was Emerald Island. They had some older slots and I have been told the food there is pretty good. Rainbow Club was ok but really dark. El Dorado was ok, just an old casino with little work done to it. When you get a players card there, you also get coupons for Jokers Wild as well. They're both owned by Boyd but aren't part of the BConnected group. It's a fun trip and will take a little time out of the day. I felt comfortable at all three of the casinos.
     
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    Decent place but very very smoky except early in the day.

    TomTWI
     
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    Slots-A-Fun casino near Circus Circus. I believe they still have slot machines that take & pay out coins.

    When I was a 21 year old whippersnapper on my first trip to LV, Slots-A-Fun was the very first casino I ever set foot into and played my first slot machines in. Of course I was asked for my I.D. less than ten minutes after I had gone in.
     
  17. TomTWI

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    Not much there anymore just Beer Pong and slot machines. We went to visit a cocktail waitress we knew from Silver City, found out by accident where she was working. What a memory she remembered us and our drinks and got them and stopped to talk.

    TomTWI
     
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    I miss the Western and Gold Spike from years back. I'd stay at the cabana suites and wander to the dives during the day then gamble at the ElCo at night. There's been too much gentrification in the world lately. The Longhorn across from Sam's town has a nice low level vibe. And if you are driving to or from California the Gold Strike in Jean is a decent blue collar joint.
     
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    I usually go out to Boulder Hwy, Sam's town and then walk over to the Eastside Cannery. Further down Boulder hwy is a small casino called Skyline. I first went to Skyline over 20 years ago for there Prime Rib dinner and salad bar. Have gone back once or twice in the last few years. They have live music on the weekends and on a Sunday afternoon the last time I was there they they gave out Tacos. Lots of locals go there, with half the casino have slots that still take and pay out in coins.
     
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