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Best Downtown Casino for a First Timer and Carnival Games?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by SprintGravy, Aug 14, 2021.

  1. SprintGravy

    SprintGravy High-Roller

    Feb 23, 2021
    Dallas, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Have a trip coming up and I need to find a hotel to fill up a separate 2 day and 1 day section to bridge the gap between arrival and leaving.

    Trying a comp match with cosmo but I think one of those sections I might stay downtown for the first time ever.

    I'm not too worried about getting the room and charges taken off the back end with my play but any places that do comp matching would be nice. I've gambled at a few places but mainly just hung out with folks at Fremont Street and never opened up a card with anyone.

    I'm a big Carnival Game fan and would put a few hours at those games along with my slot play. Ultimate Texas Hold Em, 3 Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, High Card Flush, DJ Wild, Caribbean Stud etc. Love them all and will jump after an hour if it's a cold table.

    Which Downtown is best for a first timer and has a good selection of Carnival Games?

    I'm in my late 20s, pool with a swim up bar would be cool as that is how I like to spend my mornings, decent restaurant on site to spend a meal, and minimums aren't a huge deal since I've always been a strip player. Other than that, just like a good atmosphere for the casino more than the room.

    Was thinking Circa of course along with The D, Golden Nugget, or even El Cortez. But I'm definitely open to suggestions!
  2. raisingoo

    raisingoo Medium-Roller

    Jul 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Since you've visited downtown/Fremont before, you probably already know this-- but all the casinos are within a 4-5 block area, and it's not too difficult to go from one to another, quickly. I can suggest to you what I do-- on a typical trip, I stay downtown for at least part of my trip, and visit ALL downtown casinos upon arriving. You can accomplish this within 5-6 hours if you hustle. Last trip I did all 11 (MSS is closed, or it would have been 12) within about 5 hours. Then, afterwards, you can visit your favorites a second time.

    I like walking through the casino and seeing what I'm in the mood to play at that particular time, whether it be slots, VP, blackjack, craps, etc. Some casinos have better VP tables than others, if that's what you're interested in.

    Can't comment much on the pools downtown, as I'm not a pool person. I hear Circa's is nice and new, but if you're not a guest you'll be paying to enter. I do know there are games at the Golden Nugget pool that you can play without being a hotel guest (I have done this-- just tell the person looking for room keys that you just want to play blackjack, and there's no charge). I think all others may have a pool, but no gaming in the pool area.

    Hope this helps, and have fun.
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  3. Renaldow

    Renaldow Low-Roller

    May 25, 2021
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I believe GN is the only pool with games. The only other big pool scene is at Circa and Stadium swim. Pretty sure the Plaza has a large but basic pool area too. You can get access to Stadium Swim at Circa by staying at any of the Circa properties like Golden Gate or the D.

    As far as gaming goes, like it was said above, these places are all really close. Explore the area and find where you want to play. Chances are you're not going to find 1 property meets all your needs, and downtown it's not meant to. You'll find a couple of places you like to stay, a couple of places you like to play and a couple of places you like to eat. Good news, while they're all at different casinos, they're all very close to one another, not much different than 1 large MGM property.

    Since you're used to the strip, I'm thinking you might be more comfortable at Circa.
  4. Brandt

    Brandt Low-Roller

    Apr 14, 2020
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    The D has a motel 6 type pool and El Cortez doesn;t have one. I think you would most like Golden Nugget or Circa. Note, I found the Circa pool to have incredibly loud music. But maybe that is typical for a club like pool. try to get a rush tower room if you choose GN.
  5. vegasdev

    vegasdev VIP Whale

    Sep 20, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Golden Nugget has a good variety of games and the best UTH.
  6. hail2skins

    hail2skins VIP Whale

    Mar 10, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Both Circa and GN have 6/5 blackjack within the pool area. GN also has craps.

    My understanding is that GN might have some of the lower table minimum carny games.
  7. cjcjcj

    cjcjcj VIP Whale

    Oct 18, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Circa has blackjack. I believe due to gaming regs if you tell them you're there to gamble they can't charge you admission.

    GN is best other option.
    One more time in 2021
  8. Marky147

    Marky147 VIP Whale

    Nov 27, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Join the Rush Tower soldiers for a first trip downtown, and I'd say you can't go far wrong :cool:
    Christmas on the Terrace
    Back to Fremont
  9. iambumbo

    iambumbo Tourist

    Aug 22, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    What are the table minimums at the pool BJ and craps at GN and Circa?
  10. Golfer

    Golfer Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2016
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    At one time the Plaza pool had blackjack. It's been a day, so I'm not sure what's going on there now. I thought the pool area was fine, and has been updated fairly recently. It's not a younger crowd, although there are some younger players there.

    There is a pool on the roof of Binions. It's not a 20 something crowd. At all. And I have no idea whether it's even open.

    I can't help with carny games.

    The casinos that have a pool where there are table games and a bar all have nicer restaurants. Possibly, surprisingly nicer restaurants than you might expect coming from the strip.

    The main (shark tank) pool at GN gets crowded. They have an adult pool also, but not sure it has a swim up bar or table games. GN has some sort of night club, and some in your age group.

    Circa was, and probably still is, crowded with people staring at you playing, but not playing themselves. It reminded me of the people aimlessly walking around between Paris and Bally's, and I hated it until I got in the HL area, and even there had people staring. That's within the last 45 days. If that doesn't bother you, give it a shot. It will have more of your age group.

    DTG is an option. It gets mixed reviews due to the exact opposite of GN and now Circa. Not crowded enough. No idea about the age group, but I'd assume the hotel and casino are different in this regard. I could see the hotel and pool having younger persons, but not in the casino, and I could see the casino absolutely not being where you'd want to play.

    For atmosphere of casino at your age, and I'm making assumptions, The D would be where I think you'd most enjoy playing. Golden Gate, Circa and GN might also work. GN has some sort of night club, but the age group isn't exclusively younger. I can't envision another casino atmosphere you'd like without knowing more about your preferences. I'm basing this entirely on your age.

    I think you can easily pull off a room at a casino with a pool and bar service at the pool, and just play where you like the atmosphere. I think staying and playing at the same place given your preferences is not going to happen. I think staying someplace with a pool, and playing elsewhere is going to be very likely for you.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2021