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Video Poker Best "Overall Value" Video Poker Bar

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by xantharus, Jan 24, 2017.

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  1. xantharus

    xantharus Tourist

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    I've been to Vegas almost 10 times, but only recently have I gotten into playing video poker. I'm curious what everyone thinks the best "overall value" video poker bar is either on the Strip or Downtown. What do I mean by overall value? I'm willing to give up some expected return on the video poker itself if it means a good view, prime people watching, a wide selection of beer choices, or high quality cocktails.

    So for an example of a good value based on that criterion would be TAG at the Linq. I know the video poker isn't that great, but the huge craft beer selection is great for trying new things. Cosmo's sports bar is great for watching a game or watching Vegas happen, but again, the pay tables are nothing to write home about. Any of the bars at Excalibur would fall into the "poor value" category for me.

    Hopefully I'll find some new bars to checkout on my next trip. Thanks!
     
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  2. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    Chandelier Bar at Cosmo will hit this mark.

    And I agree on playing VP at an Excalibur's bar. Very stingy with the moderate to decent booze.
     
  3. NJS24

    NJS24 Voice of Reason

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    Bugsy's at Flamingo is a hot spot to be approached by the ladies of the night.

    This may not be considered value, but sure is entertaining.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    The one time I checked, Excalibur did have 6/5 Bonus (96.87%), but the other paytables were really godawful.

    @xantharus You have the two best places covered in the craft beer dept on the Strip. They also both have at least one game that's 97.5%+ optimal payback for quarters (TAG: 7/5 Triple Bonus Plus; Cosmo Sports Book: 6/5 Super DDB).

    SLS has a few decent craft choices at the bar near the sportsbook, and had 7/5 Super Aces (98.85%), but I haven't checked in over a year.

    As for downtown, options aren't bad if you really want to go local on the beer. Long Bar at D has about 20 taps and has 8/6 Bonus Deluxe (98.49%) and 7/5 ACE$ Bonus (98.25%). Long Bar is very loud though. MSS brews their own beer and offers 9/6 JoB (99.54%) and 9/7/5 DB (99.11%), 7/5 Bonus (98.01%), 9/5 DDB (97.87%). Four Queens also brews their own beer and offers 9/7/5 DB, 9/6 DDB (98.98%), and 98.91% Deuces. Downtown Grand offers some Joseph James beer on tap and offer 8/6 Bonus Deluxe, 7/5 Bonus (98.01%), and 8/5 DDB (96.79%) with an aggressive set of progressives, can go 99%+ at times.

    Off strip:
    Tuscany's Pub 365 has a very large compable selection and has 9/7/5 DB, 7/5 Bonus, and 9/5 DDB. Can't speak on how it is though, haven't made it there yet. :(

    M Resort's 32 Degree Bar has 96 drafts on tap and has 98.91% Deuces, 9/5 JoB (98.45%), 7/5 Bonus, and 9/5 DDB.

    If I had to narrow it down to one downtown, I probably pick MSS.

    I think M Resort is very nice too, but you need transportation obviously.
     
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  5. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    Downtown is overrated especially at MSS. Only 17 seats or so. Very crowded. Could wait for hours for an evacuation to the restroom to free up a seat.
    Go elsewhere unless time is nothing and bladder is huge. The strip is the place. There is no good view at the Boars Head bar. Trust me.
    Others will chime in shortly as they don't want you taking their seats either. Good luck in your hunt.
     
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  6. GamblingGolfer

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    Orleans has decent paytables at all five of their bars. You can usually find a seat somewhere; a lot of people don'tknow about the Masquerade Bar between the food court and the poker room. However, last time I was there, they didn't have draft taps working, if that's what you prefer.

    The bar facing Bourbon St Lounge (near the SE entrance) has had a progressive recently.

    The other bars don't have a large selection of draft beers, but always something different/decent, plus a variety of bottles.

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  7. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah, I thought about mentioning Orleans and their beer selection. The paytables are definitely good for Bonus (8/5) and games at the Mardi Gras Bar. But the few times I tried their craft beer there near the Bourbon St. Lounge, the taps definitely seemed "off" in terms of quality. Last trip I didn't test them, someone hit the damn progressive royal right when I walked in the door! :bang:
     
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    LOL yeah, it can be hard to get a seat there sometimes. Not at Downtown Grand though!
     
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    Really depends on how you define "value".
    At MSS, with 9/6 JoB, plus 0.3% return in points, and you can get extra comps (buffet voucher etc) by asking a host or player's club.
    On top of it you get $2 scratch for every quads.
    It is practically free to play and drink (and eat!).
    Hard to beat that in terms of value. Honestly I don't know how MSS make money on that to pay for the bartenders.
     
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  10. mdm4sfest

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    Was hard to drag me away from TAG the last two trips July/August. I was drinking 9%-10% beers and playing 60 cent bet Texas Tea on the bartop. Not because I wanted to but because I knew they didnt give a damn what I was playing/betting. I know rules have changed since then obviously... =(
     
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    Another vote from me for Cosmo Chandelier or Sports Book, great mixed drinks, nice bartenders in my experience, good selection. Paytables are lame, and they have a voucher system, but unless you are slow playing and/or pounding drinks you will get plenty of vouchers. The atmosphere, drinks, and service make up for it IMHO.

    Downtown I like The VUE bar at D which has a BP progressive, and I like Bar Prohibition at Golden Gate with their 8/6 Boner Deluxe. Again, great bartenders and they keep the strong (for a free casino drink) coming.

    Golden Nugget is the WORST! Every experience I've had with their bartenders has been horrendous. They're rude and inattentive.
     
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    Palace Station - Trackside bar has Full Pay BP 8/5 progressive. Serves whatever booze you drink. Cant speak to draft beers, other than they have some! Some "sights" to see too!
     
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    For the Strip - Bond at Cosmo is the best for late night people watching/dance music and drinks - and day time quiet play if you want, damn near empty most of the time and no music. The drinks are second to none. The Sportsbook doesn't have the same ingredients to make drinks as Bond or Chandelier, more of a beer/shot bar. Chandelier is good and all but it is always crowded and feels a bit stuffier in my opinion. Personally I would rather watch the drunk lush's stumble in from the strip at Bond versus the folks dressing up better than me and sitting in groups at Chandelier. Different strokes for different folks though!

    For Downtown - I know Boars Head is always going to get praise but as others have mentioned - the damn pole/bar they have between the bar top and your seat is uncomfortable. The scratchers are fun - but the beers are meh (considering you can get them for $2 anyway..) and if you are normal player who doesn't sit and play all day long...I am unconvinced Boyd is really the place to play. All you read around here are people coining in $10,000-$25,000 and getting the 3 free nights. If you like to hit and run or get bored easy - Downtown Grand is a perfectly good place to play (they make moscow mules even, which is a plus) - it is usually easy to get a seat, and they comp generously. BUT my favorite place to play video poker downtown has to be the lobby bar at El Cortez at night. Great bartender - great video poker, great drinks, and the locals and visitors are pretty interesting folks.

    Off Strip - not a ton of experience but sheer number of bars, good rules and busy atmosphere that Orleans has would lend me to give it the nod!
     
  14. mike mc

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    I like Gustavs at Paris, not necessarily for the pay tables but for the attentive Barkeeps. when you play and if you tip well and are sociable with them the light system goes out . Shout out to Zac, Dino, Ray, and the "Crippler" James. My Ketel and cran never went dry whenever I visit them. :beer: Other CET places I went to, they would bark out the rules before you put your cash in ex: Flamingo, Harrahs
     
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  15. shokhead

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    And it's a nice big bartop.
     
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    D in the D Oldest ride, Longest Line

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    I will put votes in for Gustav's @ Paris (Strip) and the Vue Bar at the D (Downtown) Both have great sets of bartenders (shout out to Roy and Ziggy at The D) and I seem to have some success at both. Also, like the progressive at the Vue bar.
     
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    Haven't been to Gustav's. Might have to give it a try next trip!
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Used to be my favorite Strip bar for awhile, and my very first post on this forum was promoting it. But now their best game is 30/6/5 Bonus now (96.18%) regardless of denomination since the great CET purge of 2015. :( The best thing about it imo was a decent view of scantily clad women dancing in the party pit plus their strawberry daiquiri machine. Those frozen machines seem a bit hard to find. We did enjoy a quick strawberry daiquiri there last trip, right before they installed "the lights"...haha
     
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    I'll second the Boar's Head bar. Good paytables, scratch-offs, and Maker's rocks, though their house lager isn't bad.
     
  20. Bigcasino

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    Best people watching VP bar I agree with others that the Bond lounge at the Cosmo is best. But getting comp drinks and any good hits on VP are few and far between.

    Downtown the best people watching bar and lots of dealtainers right near you is the Proabition bar at Golden Gate and comp drinks flow like water in a flooded stream. But don't expect any good hits on VP.

    Our best overall best for the value in people watching, easy great drink comps, good VP hits and super A+ bar tenders is Shutters VP bar at the CET property Rio. We have also come close to this same experience at the 3535 VP bar at the Linq.

    Good luck and have fun
     
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