This is my experience from the plaza this was my first time staying here. We were able to check in at noon on a Friday. Yup the front desk could be redone and made bigger. We ate at hash house and it was excellent and lived on the food options (taco and pop up pizza). The pool is nice upgrade from other hotels that don't have one. The room was clean and in good shape. Gambling on machines is plentiful and the machines weren't tight like on the strip. I mainly played black jack and will be taking home a few Plaza dollars. Never a issue getting drinks while gambling. There's many signs about the 500 for new players, I think like a lot of other things in Vegas you have to ask.