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If you could bring back one strip casino, what one would you choose?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Franken Dean, Dec 23, 2015.

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  1. UTE

    UTE Plastics

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    Oops. Didn't see the timeline requirement. Never mind.

    Bill
     
  2. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    It's still there physically. All the same, I would bring back Caesars Palace as it was before Ha$$ah ruined it.
     
  3. carolineno

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    I kind of wish I had checked out the old Imperial Palace. Mentioning it created such revulsion in my brother's voice, I always wondered what the fuss was about. Looked pretty cool from the outside.

    Also, I had great fun at the Sam Remo. Would love to go back, now that I have some perspective. Seemed "swingin'" back in the 1990s.
     
    A low strip trip? Could be….
    Boom! A comp arrives and I can’t say no
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    Would love to just see Vegas World one more time...First trip was Jan 1986..Thanks Bob Stupak for the experience..Free Play and unlimited drinks and 2 nights stay.Was good home base to explore a lot of casinos on a super low-budget..
     
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    Definitely the Stardust. I have no idea what prompted Boyd to close it. I feel he wanted to show everyone he was just as progressive as other owners were. If another look and feel was his objective, he should have built another casino altogether and let the Stardust operate on it's own. It wasn't doing poorly at all. I think Boyd wishes he could go back in time and correct this mistake. If it were open right now, I think it would be the home casino to many, generating more income than most of the current properties are. IMHO.
     
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    Yeah, I probably also have nostalgia for the Hacienda, as I stayed there during my third and fourth trips to Vegas in the mid 90s. That also marked my first time actually staying on the Strip, as I was at some non-casino place off the Strip in 92 and then just wandered around and caught a few hours of Zs in my rental car in 93. Remember hitting a video poker machine for $200 at the Hacienda.......thought I was big time.

    Having said that, at least they replaced the Hacienda with a nice place in Mandalay Bay, even if I thought the place was a Mirage rip off when it opened. I also stayed at the Stardust and Westward Ho, especially enjoying the single-deck blackjack at the Ho in the late 90s. They still haven't replaced those two properties and, despite Genting's promises, have doubts that they will anytime soon.
     
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    I have 2 places I really miss. The first is the old Imperial Palace. It was the first place we stayed when we started going to Vegas. My second choice is the Sahara . I had my first royal there and always had good luck. Comps were easy and I even liked the buffet.
     
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    I'd go Stardust too!!!!
     
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    oo

    Stardust for me!
     
  10. YoungGun

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    As far as places I never got to see I would go with the Stardust followed by the Klondike (big fan of the Vacation movies) and Boardwalk (since I have a morbid curiosity about how bad the Surf Buffet could have really been). All were open during my Vegas career, but I just never got around to them.

    Places that I would love to step into again are two places that treated me great during my low rolling days: Westward Ho and Imperial Palace. I would also love to go back to the Hilton in its Trekkie prime. Even my non-Trekkie friends loved Quark's Bar and the sci-fi themed casino.
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Bard has something when it comes to Caesars before the Walmart of Casino Operators took over. But for me, Desert Inn.
     
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    Is Vacation Village too far south to count? We always stopped there to spin the wheel where you could win your airfare when you landed.
     
  13. DRPinVA

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    +1 :beer:
     
  14. rogcat

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    The Frontier!
    Best value on the strip, especially during the years of picketing by labor unions in the early 90's. They dealt the best single deck bj game in town at $5 min: 3:2, DAS, Double any 2, S17. Center VP bar had full pay JOB that paid $1199 on quarter Royal and paid 250 on quad 7's in lieu of normal 125. Coffee shop and Mexican restaurants were both solid, with great specials. Rooms in the Atrium Tower were large, with a seperated front sitting room with TV, fridge and wet bar. (Original hotel rooms were sub-par.) Room comps were easy. No parking garage, just a large open self parking lot where Trump now sits. Location was prime, with Stardust, Desert Inn and Treasure Island all adjacent. Decent pool. Sigma Derby. 10x odds on craps. Only downside was that the casino could attract a few non-desirables, but security always had a very notable presence. Even after upgrading my home base to The remodeled Desert Inn, I would always return to play at Frontier. Many fond memories.
     
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    For me it's osheas. My first trips to vegas I used to buy in BJ for$20 and play and drink for hours. The pit bosses and dealers were all great also.
     
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    For me, I'm too young to have visited it but after all I've read about Vegas history the property that would most sync with my curiosities would seem to be:

    Vegas World!

    I'm a sucker for laughing at gimmicks, and that place just seems like it must have been quite the experience.
     
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    > If you could bring back one strip casino, what one would you choose?

    Stardust!

    Next question, please ...
     
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    Corporate greed, plain and simple! They (Boyd) were envious of the newer larger properties which were attracting a younger "hip" crowd, willing to put up with short-pay games and pay for $100 meals and $200 rooms and such. They learned their lesson the hard way and we lost the beloved Stardust in the process. :( Boyd finally learned where their niche is and still offers reasonably good value.

    For some shots of the still-open Stardust, surf here:

    http://omababe.blogspot.com/2009/08/stardust-to-dust.html

    And here for pre and post big bang:

    http://omababe.blogspot.com/2009/10/dust-of-stardust.html
     
  20. garlock

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    For sure the Stardust! Sure miss it!
     
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