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While sitting at the bar playing video poker and drinking a 777 beer at Main Street Station last week, we heard an unusual announcement. The casino was alerting guests that a slot tournament would be taking place in a half hour and that there was still room to sign up and play. We've played in slot tournaments before and didn't find them very interesting so we stayed at the bar, playing video poker and sipping beer.
Every other slot tournament we've come across before was promotional and had no entry fee. These tournaments were used to lure customers into the casino. If you're staying overnight (or two nights) at a casino, you're bound to spend some cash there. It's a great promotional tool and a good excuse for customers to visit a casino. The Big Kahuna Tournament at Main Street Station is different, though.
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Main Street Station has only two dining options in the hotel, the Garden Court Buffet and Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery. When exploring the hotel last week, we decided to sit down at the Triple 7 (aka 777) for lunch and also picked up a sandwich to go for a late night dinner.
The setup of 777 is as you'd expect for a bar/restaurant. The first thing this writer noticed were the amount of TVs. They were everywhere and this is a good thing since there isn't a sportsbook on the property. Seating isn't fancy, but it's functional with plenty of options, from sitting at the bar to butcher block tables that are set up for larger parties.
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We've been to Main Street Station before for the gambling. 20 times odds with $5 minimums may be the perfect game for the cost conscious craps player. Comp'd 777 micro brews and full pay video poker at the bar make the beer drinking gambler happy. This was our first time, however, checking out the hotel.
If you just walk into the casino to gamble, you may not notice the train station motif evident by the name. You'll see how obvious it is when you walk towards the lobby. The rooms, though, aren't treated with that same motif. The decor seems to be a more modern take on 80s design as you can see in the video below. Meaning the style looks old, but the furniture looks new. Overall, the rooms at Main Street Station aren't very flashy, but they are clean (except the windows) and among the most comfortable rooms in downtown Vegas.
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Boyd Gaming is one of the more overlooked casino hotel companies in Las Vegas because their properties are seen as locals joints. This should not be the case, especially for the low rolling gamblers. Our B Connected app tells us that, this month, Boyd Gaming is offering 5X players club points on machines at any of their Las Vegas properties.
While Boyd Gaming properties aren't on The Strip, you can get affordable rooms just off Las Vegas Boulevard at Gold Coast or The Orleans and downtown at Main Street Station and Fremont Casino. There are other Boyd Gaming properties in Las Vegas, but those are our favorites because of location as well as gambling, eating and drinking options. Boyd Gaming also has properties all over the country so you can earn and use points in places outside of Vegas.
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Boyd Gaming, home to Gold Coast and other casinos across Vegas (and America), has just launched an update to their B Connected players club with the "next generation of B Connected Online." They're touting “B Connected Social” as the first social
gaming gambling platform linked to a casino industry loyalty program.
Through B Connected Social, members can now earn “Social Points” for using various features of B Connected Online or other Boyd Gaming websites -- such as booking rooms or logging onto B Connected Online – as well as promoting their activities, offers, and events on major social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Foursquare.
In addition to competing with other B Connected members and earning “badges” for various achievements, B Connected Social users can redeem Social Points for entries into regular giveaways for valuable prizes.
“Since its launch three years ago, B Connected Online has become one of the gaming industry’s most visited websites, receiving numerous national awards for its ease of use and highly personalized information,” said Paul Chakmak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Boyd Gaming. “The popularity of online social gaming is exploding, and we are confident the groundbreaking features of B Connected Social will further distinguish B Connected Online as the leading website in the gaming industry.”
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When we first started visiting Vegas our friends made sure we made a trip downtown each trip. Everything was old, cheap, dirty, without pretense, and kind of fun.
We loved going to El Cortez for .25¢ roulette or $3 blackjack and dented cans of beer. Instead of cocktail waitresses power walking through the casino whispering "drinks," "cocktails," "coffee" like most Strip properties, we were greeted with "Can the El Cortez buy you a drink?" HELL, YEAH, THE EL CORTEZ CAN BUY US A DRINK! We always made sure we had a can of beer - dented or not. This was something that made El Cortez special. We loved it. We loved the grit and feel downtown.
Unfortunately, a few years after we began our annual trips to Vegas the worst thing happened - downtown started cleaning itself up. We're all for change, but then El Cortez removed the burnt felt on the blackjack tables we grew to enjoy. Most of the other casinos started to clean up, too. The Golden Nugget was the first to renovate and the first place we stopped visiting. We went downtown for the grit. Not this cleaned up feel that we could get on The Strip. Our feelings for Downtown Vegas turned 180 degrees. Because of the changes we stopped going downtown. Much, not all, of the grit felt as if it was gone.
Renovations downtown have been going on for years. While it's not the same downtown we came to love years ago, the reinvention has been great. In our time away, the casinos are mostly cleaned up, but they have learned what their niche is. For example, The Plaza may have a sweet remodel, but they know to pay homage to the history of Las Vegas with Oscar's. Oscar Goodman's planned steakhouse overlooking Fremont Street may be more of a museum than a steakhouse, but that's one of the main reasons people go downtown. The Plaza is also bringing in Island Sushi, which is a place many Hawaiians know and that locals have come to love. My visit gave me one of the best breakfast experiences I've ever had.
We're happy that the casinos still have their low limit gambling which is definitely a draw for us because, as you know, we like gambling. After giving the casinos time to get grimy, we get the feel that the casinos are old again.
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The VegasChatter mailbag is filling up with fan questions. From explaining what our cactus is all about anyway to telling you where to golf without spending more than your clubs, we're always up for a good challenge. Here's one of the latest to hit our inbox:
From: "Joe and Di"
Date: April 27, 2011
"I absolutely love reading your daily newsletter. I especially love all the chatter about the hotels and slots.
We are visiting the strip in August. I have free comps from Harrahs for free rooms at Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, and Harrahs. Can you recommend the best of the 3 for us to book?
Also we love playing slots. Which casino has the loosest ones where we can stretch our dollars?
Thanks for all your help.
Sincerely, Diana and Joe
Thanks for the kind words! We'll do our best to help assist your trip planning.
Harrah's Caesars property really depends on your preferences. Let's start with location. All are fairly central Strip but Harrah's is the most north property so your access to Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn and Fashion Show Mall are easier.
We aren't always the smartest gamblers, but we try to be. After professing our love for craps, we were reminded by a few people that there are ways to improve our odds while playing craps. We can basically turn craps, which already has some of the best odds in the casino, into an even odds game. First off, despite our April fools joke, you won't find this at any Caesars property or most other strip properties.
We're talking about playing craps with 100x odds behind our passline bet. The math shows us that this takes a game with .374% house edge for 3-4-5 odds to .021% house edge with 100x odds.
Most casinos on the strip will have 3-4-5 times odds for our passline bets, but the real dice players know that we can find craps games with 100 times odds a little off the beaten path. Casinos like Casino Royale and Main Street Station are known for their excellent craps odds. While Casino Royale isn't off the strip it's not the coolest place on the strip. It's not a place we frequent unless we want to get a cheap cold beer during a strip walk on a hot summer's day.