Downtown 7/1 - 7/3 Hotel: Vegas Club I had a South Tower room. Very basic, but clean and good sized. Definitely would stay there again. Gambling: Poker -- This is my primary game. I played at Binion's and the Golden Nugget. I looked at the room at the El Cortez and Plaza. None of these places has much going for it as far as game selection. It's all pretty much tournaments, 2/4 3/6 4/8 limit, and 1/2 no limit. If you're interested in shootouts, Binion's was starting a shootout pretty much as often they could. Buyin was $60 to win $520, one player payed. I decided the first day, I would wait and play my poker on the Strip. The Downtown places just didn't have the same vibe as the best Strip places do, you couldn't find a $6/12 or higher game, and although the players were generally weak tight there wasn't as much dead money in the pot as there generally is on the Strip. Tables -- Typical downtown. Low limits, and I always had fun dealers. I particularly liked playing at the gate. My Pai Gow Poker and Blackjack winnings paid for the bath I took at craps. I only had one winning craps session and I tried everything. I couldn't even get a bet for the boys to work. The dealers appreciated my efforts, but their shift tip total did not. Edit: The Vegas Club has a sign that says "The most Liberal 21 in Vegas" or some such. As best I can tell this refers to the fact that they have more of a game called "Liberal 21" than anybody. "Liberal 21" pays 2-1 for suited blackjack, even money on all others. I didn't do the numbers exactly, but I believe there are 3 times as many offsuit BJs as suited. I didn't play this game. Slots -- I think I have finally succeeded in swearing off slots. I played couple just to so the VC would know I had actually played there, but otherwise I kept to the tables. The Disaster: Saturday afternoon as I was getting ready to head over to the Barbary Coast, I sprained my ankle rather gruesomely. I had to head back to the room and stayed there until I moved to Harrah's on Monday. Strip portion to come later.