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jmtheman

This is the most fun place on Earth. You can pretty much do whatever you want here and no one looks at you (too) strangely.

I like to play blackjack for long sessions, Crown and Coke is my beverage of choice and basically just doing whatever my heart desires for three days in a row.
Living: McIntosh Florida US
Going:
Staying: Treasure Island
Playing: Blackjack

Ratings & Reviews

Tropicana

Tropicana

This is the second place I ever stayed. It was so dead on the day after Thanksgiving that they upgraded me from a Garden Room (the bottom one) to the Paradise Tower (the best). Having said that, the room was nice but designed in the 70's and then never upgraded.The second time I stayed here, it was in the Island Tower. The room itself was ok but walking through a long tunnel being bombarded by people selling junk out of kiosks was annoying as shit.The gaming here is slightly above average to me, just people trying to have fun. Plenty of $5 blackjack tables, I noticed and the Comedy Shop was a good deal and very funny. Three good comedians and one drink for $20, a true steal in Vegas.The place is so tacky that it actually becomes cool. You can tell this place was pretty awesome in its day. Unfortunately, that day was in 1970. I really want to stay in the renovated rooms.

El Cortez

El Cortez

Haven't ever stayed here. The place is truly old school and I like it. People who love the flash of the strip probably won't. Any place with single-deck blackjack featuring a 3:2 payout automatically gets major thumbs up in my book.

Bally's Las Vegas

Bally's Las Vegas

Stayed here for two nights in July 2009. I upgraded to a North Tower room. It was spacious, clean and probably about 500 square feet. I like the sports book and, although it is just a big rectangle, the pool is big and has a deep end, which was cool. The gaming is unremarkable and not a huge fan of the dining option (except for the one time I ate at Bally's Steakhouse, which was very remarkable). But the hotel is attached to Paris, so I usually eat at the buffet over there once a trip.

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood

The buffet is very, very good and I personally liked the gaming when I played here in 2009. Also, they have Pampas, which is that Brazilian dining where you go up to a buffet to get your sides and salad and then they come around to your table to slice the meats right onto your plate. Got a coupon that made it like $13 for lunch. Ate there twice and it was delicious and an amazing deal. Gaming-wise, I have usually won here and I actually like the vibe of their casino. Have always wanted to stay here and now that it is part of Harrah's, I have been getting some really good offers. Hopefully their blackjack still pays 3:2 but I won't hold my breath now that Harrah's owns it.

Binions

Binions

They had double-deck blackjack that paid 3 to 2 for $5 a hand with good rules when I played there in July 2008. That is the main reason I like this place. It feels like a classic. To bad I will never get the chance to stay here, but such is life.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Haven't had the pleasure of staying here. I have met some of the most awesome people while gambling here and if you can beat $1 bottles of Michelob in Las Vegas, tell me where. The place is dumpy but I love the fact that this is next to the swanky Venetian, showing that you can't always pick your neighbors.

The Linq Hotel and Casino

The Linq Hotel and Casino

I stayed here for one night in a classic room. It was functional for sleeping and using the restroom. It wasn't dirty, just kind of bare. Personally, I like the gaming here. The Dealertainers make for a good time and it's some of the cheapest games you'll find this end of the strip. Am staying here again in Feb. 2011. I'm sure it is for a reason but on my birthday weekend, rooms were $35 a night and I got a night free through Total Rewards, so it's like $78 for three nights on the strip when the next closest I could find was Sahara or Bill's for like around $150 for Sahara and $200 for Bill's.

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay

My first trip ever was spent here for three nights. The rooms are really nice but I didn't understand all the fuss. The buffet is delicious in my opinion but it's $20 just for lunch, so it's not a very cheap option. In general, I think the gaming here sucks. The House of Blues is a good place to see a concert and the Shark Reef is cool and (relative to Vegas) cheap for some fun. The rooms and options trumped the bad gaming for me.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

I honestly don't know why I like this place. The 6:5 blackjack rules suck but I have won here and had a good time doing so. I like the way the ceilings are painted here and in the Venetian mall. The ride up the fake Eiffel tower was expensive but the view is nothing short of awesome. Also had a great dinner at Mon Ami Gabi. Seemed reasonably priced (for Vegas) and we sat outside with a fantastic view of the strip and Bellagio fountains.

New York-New York

New York-New York

Never stayed here. The gaming is average in my opinion, but I love fast and sit-down dining here. The pizza place in the little village part is really good for a late-night or just quick snack. ESPN Zone is overpriced as far as food goes but I found it very fun. Also, the dueling pianos are pretty cool. If you go during the week, there is no cover.

O'Sheas

O'Sheas

Just a great, very rowdy place to gamble. Fun atmosphere and who doesn't love having a Burger King very near by for cheap and hopelessly greasy eats at 2 a.m.?

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

This is the one casino I have yet to stay at but want to. It really is next on my list, just want to find a good deal on a room. Sometimes places just give off a good vibe and that is how it is for me here.

Ten Things

1: Blackjack
2: Getting no sleep
3: Making an ass out of myself at Casino Royale with $1 Michelobs
4: The Flamingo Go Rooms
5: Taking the Deuce downtown to Fremont Street
6: Walking back to my room as the sun comes up
7: Paris Buffet while nursing a hangover
8: $3 blackjack downtown at 3 in the morning
9: Beatles Love at the Mirage
10: Looking for quality steak dinners that don't cost as much as my electric bill


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