3. Las Vegas legend Jackie Gaughan used to own the El Cortez. Although he is now retired, he still lives in a Penthouse apartment in the hotel. He plays poker almost every day in the El Cortez’s low limit poker room.
4. Speaking of poker, El Cortez offers a fun 1 – 3 spread limit Hold ‘Em game. It is a tough game to win or lose a lot of money in, but it is a fun way to have some drinks, socialize, and (as we quickly learned) talk a little trash.
5. Ask for your drinks in a plastic glass unless you like a side of soap with your beer.
6. Every hotel guest gets an offer for a comped bottle of wine with purchase of dinner for two in the Flame Steakhouse.
7. There is a legitimate, old school barber shop on the second floor. Take the stairs. On this level, you will also find hotel rooms that are almost unchanged from when Bugsy owned the joint (aside from the TVs and mattresses, of course... we think).
8. They offer a $3 dollar 21 table 24/7, but it has no tens and you are only paid even money on blackjacks. They have a $5 regular 21 table at 3:2 odds.
9. The Parlour Bar in El Cortez is located between the poker room and the steakhouse. It is a really cool throwback casino bar with a classic cocktail menu, plush vinyl seats, and an Elvis on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
10. In true dive bar fashion, show the bartender a little extra love with a larger tip on the first drink, and he will be much more attentive to you than the group of hookers on the other side of the bar.
We make fun, but it is all in good spirits and with much love. El Cortez is truly one of the most fun times in Las Vegas, if you do it right. You can find this gem at 600 North Fremont Street in Fremont East.
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