Vegas and gambling go hand in hand. Even if your days at HR Teach are productive, almost everyone will find themselves at a slot machine or table at one point or another. It’s a great way to kill some time, have a drink and maybe even make a buck, but The Strip has its downfalls. Casinos can be crowded, cocktail waitresses can be hard to come by and minimums tend to be high. When you’re ready to hit the casino floor, hop in a cab and take a short ride to where Vegas began – the old downtown, now known as Fremont Street. This part of Vegas is calmer and slower paced but definitely still exciting. Take a look below to find out why it’s worth the drive, where to go and what to do when you get there.
When you leave your hotel, grab a taxi and tell them to head toward Fremont Street. The cab ride will cost around $10 and take about 10 minutes – definitely worth the drive to explore this area of the city. If your driver asks where you want to be dropped off, The Golden Nugget or Binion’s are both great places to start. If you’re up for it, head to the Binion’s bar that opens up out to Fremont Street and grab an enormous drink in a ridiculous cup – they have plenty of options – for less than $20. It’s a great way to get the night going and feel like a real Vegas tourist. If that’s not up your alley, let the gambling begin!
For Cheap Play
Arguably, one of the best things about downtown gambling is that the limits tend to be lower than casinos on The Strip. For beginner gamblers, or even those who just don’t want to drop an entire paycheck in one night, this is the place to be. If low limits are your top priority, put these three casinos at the top of your list:
- Four Queens Hotel and Casino – With around 1,000 slot machines, 27 game tables, low minimums and a perfect location, Four Queens should be one of your first stops.
- The Plaza Hotel and Casino – $5 table minimums and over 100% payback on video poker tables make this is a great stop when you get toward the end of the strip.
- El Cortez Hotel and Casino – You can’t beat $3 table minimums, so if blackjack or craps are your games, head to El Cortez. If you need another reason to go, this is a favorite for locals, which is a very good sign.
Best Poker Rooms
Poker rooms aren’t found at every downtown casino, but there are still plenty of options. You also have a few things working to your advantage, including the fact that you may not have as much competition as you would on The Strip.
- Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino – This classic casino offers a great old-school Vegas setting, 13 poker tables and $2 per hour comps for players.
- Binion’s – Be taken back in time with this casino’s historic feel, all while playing in one of the best daily poker tournaments in Vegas. It’s also the original home of the World Series of Poker and possibly the most classic poker experience you can get in Vegas.
Slot machines are first and foremost a game of luck, not strategy, but their generosity certainly varies from place to place. Being on Fremont Street already gives you an edge since the slots are, on average, much looser than those on The Strip. Take a look at few of the casinos known for their loose slots:
- El Cortez – This casino isn’t just known for its low minimums. It’s also been reported that they have the highest return of any casino downtown.
- Fremont Hotel and Casino – The Fremont is known for having the best payouts on high-limit slots, so if you’re in it to win it, head to this bright, iconic casino.
- Bonus: Free slot pulls at Binion’s and Four Queens – These aren’t the loosest slots, but they are the cheapest! Right outside these casinos are free-spin slot machines that are designed to get you in the door but also payout $2,500 at a time to very lucky players.
When It’s Time To Walk Away
After you’ve had enough free cocktails and are either up or down too much for it to make sense to keep betting, walk away from the tables and grab a bite to eat or check out something unique to Fremont Street.
- Dunkin’ Donuts – Located in the Fremont Hotel and Casino and open 24 hours a day, it’s the answer to your late night munchie needs. It’s open 24 hours a day.
- Slotzilla zipline – For less than $30, you can fly over Fremont Street from the world’s largest slot machine.
- Deep fried Twinkies – If you thought you’d only see this delicacy at the fair, Mermaids on Fremont Street is here to prove you wrong.
- Souvenir stop – If picking up Las Vegas shot glasses and t-shirts is on your to-do list, there are a few stores on Fremont Street where you can stock up for much less than you can in any gift shop on The Strip.
Enjoy your time in Vegas for #HRTechConf and watch for more insider Vegas tips on the TalentObjects blog this week.