Gold Spike is off Fremont Street and sexy blackjack was always an excuse to head off the main strip of casinos downtown. Sexy blackjack was never actually sexy but it was cheap and fun. There aren't a lot more fun things in Vegas than telling people you're heading downtown to play sexy blackjack. Although the sexy is gone, blackjack still starts at $3 which is a lot more affordable than tables on the Strip.
Yet, this is just the beginning of the changes to Gold Spike.
Room rates are no longer rock bottom. The prices have increased to be competitive with the other hotels downtown. The good news is that there are frequent 50% off promotions available on the website if you book a couple weeks in advance. The other major change is to the Players Club, which is in hiatus.
There are signs all over the casino mentioning that the Gold Spike players club is not active now but will be back soon with "enhanced benefits". Let your mind run wild with that one.
The Gold Spike casino is very small and only consists of four blackjack tables and a variety of slots and video poker machines but has recently been renovated and is one of the cleaner casinos downtown. Increased room rates, dealers with proper uniforms and a new players club make it seem as if they are trying to class up the joint a little. This writer enjoyed Gold Spike being a clean dive of a casino but that may not make the big bucks that every business owner wants and that's too bad.
*Editor's Note: Special thanks to VegasChatter fan Ron A. for also alerting us to the changes at the Gold Spike.