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Slots A Fun the good ole days!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Ben Jammin, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. billduhcat

    billduhcat Low-Roller

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    Spent my 1st night ever in Vegas @ Slots. Always made sure to visit there on subsequent trips, until they took out their table games.
     
  2. VPDana

    VPDana High-Roller

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    I think you might just have something there, Clown. The Strip could benefit from some "casualness" and revitalize that North Strip at the same time.
     
  3. Smo

    Smo Mr. Las Vegas

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    You just described Mermaids!! Maybe not the VP payouts, but for low rollers and strange fried foods! :nworthy:
     
  4. Vegas Insight

    Vegas Insight MIA

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    good point. there's a real lack of a "Mermaids" on the strip these days. the Boardwalk use to be a full-service casino a la Mermaids, but those days are long gone, sadly. one could argue Westward Ho fit that mold, too.
     
  5. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    Thanks for posting your memories. I didn't go to Fremont Street until my second trip in 1993. The Pioneer was still open, as was Fremont Street to traffic. There were bums drunk laying on sidewalks. They have done a good job with security making sure Fremont Street is a good experience for all.

    I have always preferred the North Strip (Stardust, Desert Inn, Mirage, Westward Ho, Silver Slipper, Sigma Derby at the Frontier, the Riviera when the casino was still alive and the Hilton). Today I hope the replacement of the Echelon is successful as well as the SLS (Sahara ) and eventually Ichan's shell of a building. I still prefer Wynn/Encore, Mirage, TI and Hilton over Center or South Strip, and Casino Royale still offers craps for low rollers (but poor 6/5 blackjack).

    I spend more time downtown or off strip these days, in contrast to earlier trips which were exclusively strip based.
     
  6. golfnut

    golfnut Low-Roller

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    I'll never forget playing craps there one day when it started raining like crazy. Anyways long story short the rain was dripping onto and filling up the craps table. There was about three inches of water that had collected in the craps table. I was amazed and had that "holy crap" state of mind going on. The dealers were like "oh well". So I got the feeling that it was a regular thing when it rained heavely.
     
  7. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    I never made it to Vegas until 1999 and Slots A Fun was an early stop for the this low roller, especially since the Westward Ho was an occasional bunking place (great weekend rates).
    I began to appreciate Slots A Fun even more when an elderly couple that I had known since the 1970s shared stories of their time spent playing there.
    The routine was always the same. They take a break from their farming chores for a few days, drive into OHare and catch a plane for Vegas. They would hole up at Circus-Circus and be treated like a king and queen at Slots A Fun. Everything was comped, including their meals at the CC steak house, which they spoke so highly of.
    It never dawned on me what this meant to them until I got to see SAF first hand and actually meet the manager (Ben Speidel) of the place, the same man who used to comp them. Mr., Speidel even took me up to his small office and we had a pleasant chat about the current state of affairs at the SAF. Soon after, he was canned in a corporate move after umpteen years on the job.
    By the time I started making Vegas a routine travel destination, the elderly couple's health prohibited them from going. But, I was able to share my experience with them. After all these years, we still had something binding us together.
     
  8. runningonthehub

    runningonthehub High-Roller

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    You folks are talking about the time that I loved Las Vegas the most. I don't love it as much today. I spent many hours in Slot o Fun, the Ho and Stardust. I enjoyed all of them. Slots o Fun was a low roller's paradise. But, time moves on and things change, and not always for the best.

    Thanks for the memories my friends.
     
  9. MesaMike

    MesaMike Low-Roller

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    Slots A Fun. A little piece of heaven that smells like hell. SOF was my favorite dive place. I always got lucky with great drink service from a slightly older hostess. Playing craps by the front door where you can literally take 1 step back and be standing on the strip. The bar in back had great video poker and a wonderful oder that I can’t quite place.:vomit:
    I am going to Vegas in July and was planning to visit SOA but I may skip it now, it would break my heart!:cry:
     
  10. lucky13

    lucky13 Low-Roller

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    memories....
    first time in las vegas for me was in 1982 i was 19 stayed at the circus/circus rv park and i have fond memories of playing nickle slots at cc until i got caught (about 10 times)
    would walk over to slots of fun ....and play there , never got busted there
    i would take the shuttle from the rv park to the casino and spend the whole day walking around , by the time i got back at night my feet hurt soo bad
    but i did the same thing every day ....
    yeah i was hooked on vegas ....still am
    the hotdogs were nasty at slots of fun , but ate them anyway ....
     
  11. DonnyC

    DonnyC VIP Whale

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    Is Stage Door or Ellis Island at all like Slots or Fun? (Thinking about going to those 2 places next trip).
     
  12. keno60

    keno60 VIP Whale

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    Great post! That's how I feel about the changes at Terribles.:nworthy:
     
  13. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    Great post Ben, it brought back a lot of great memories....
     
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  14. Laura_W

    Laura_W Low-Roller

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    Well hell, I had a trip planned to go to SAF in Sept. It is my sister's first trip to Vegas and wanted to play some low hand BJ. Glad I read this and saved the trip there. This makes me sad. We had fun when we were there! :(
     
  15. Terry Benedict

    Terry Benedict VIP Whale

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    I was amazed that even with the huge open front, Slots O Fun smelled inside. I didn't have any gambling luck the two times I went there so I never really went back.
     
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