Survey Findings for the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip Casinos and Hotels

During the week of April 17, my companions and I embarked on an extensive exploration of all the renowned casinos located along the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Our adventure began on a brisk Monday morning, where we dedicated our energies to uncovering the secrets nestled within the establishments south of Treasure Island and Palazzo. Little did we know that our pursuit of discovery would lead us to traverse a staggering distance of approximately 12 miles, each step imprinting our memories with the pulse of the city's vibrant atmosphere. As the week progressed, we eagerly pressed forward, our inquisitive spirits propelling us to embrace the thrill of the unknown. Finally, on the splendid Friday afternoon, we directed our attention towards the captivating wonders concealed in the northern domain, starting from the illustrious Wynn. Our quest for enlightenment knew no bounds, as we ventured forth, charting new territories and immersing ourselves in the ceaseless allure of Las Vegas.

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We came across various fresh scenarios for table games. Here is our discovery.

On the Las Vegas Strip, you can now enjoy the exciting 3/2 Free Bet Blackjack game.

In all our searches across the Las Vegas Strip, we never once encountered a Free Bet Blackjack table that didn't pay 6/5 up until this comprehensive investigation. However, we stumbled upon a surprising revelation during our most recent survey: both Flamingo and Harrah’s have now incorporated this unique blackjack variant into their exclusive high-limit salon. The minimum bet for this particular game stands at $50 in both establishments, which is a fairly standard requirement considering that their 3/2 six-deck blackjack game in the same room also adheres to the same minimum bet.

In Las Vegas, there are a few casinos where you can enjoy playing Free Bet Blackjack with lower limits and receive a 3/2 payout. These establishments include Circa, Golden Gate, M Resort, Mohegan Sun, Orleans, Plaza, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Silverton, and The D. However, it is important to note that every other casino in Las Vegas that offers Free Bet Blackjack has a less favorable 6/5 payout. This makes it one of the least desirable blackjack games available in the city.

$10 blackjack with a 3/2 payout ratio is available on the Las Vegas Strip.

During our recent exploration, we stumbled upon a couple of intriguing $10 3/2 blackjack games situated along the famous Las Vegas Strip. Our first encounter was on a serene Monday, where we found it available both in the morning and afternoon at Treasure Island. This particular variant of the game utilized a six-deck setup and employed the rule of hitting soft 17. Furthermore, it offered players the opportunity to double down before and after splitting, surrender if necessary, and even re-split aces. Fast forward to Friday afternoon, and we discovered a similar blackjack game at The Strat. However, it should be noted that this particular version did not offer the option of surrender. One important aspect to consider when visiting The Strat is the introduction of paid parking, a recent change that may affect your overall experience.

Numerous poker pit games costing $5 each.

This week on the Strip, we stumbled upon an abundance of $5 poker pit games. It was a sight to behold, reminiscent of the pre-pandemic era. Circus Circus, in a bold move, decided to lower the stakes for their Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold'em tables to a mere $5. As if that wasn't enough, they even transformed their Face Up Pai Gow Poker table into a second Ultimate Texas Hold'em table, further adding to the excitement and options for poker enthusiasts.

Several Caesars Entertainment casinos offered $5 table games, except for Caesars Palace, Horseshoe, and Paris. Below are the specific $5 games we discovered at each of these establishments:

  • Cromwell: Crazy 4 Poker , I Luv Suits , Mississippi Stud , Three Card Poker
  • Flamingo: DJ Wild , Three Card Poker
  • Experience the thrill of playing Mississippi Stud and Ultimate Texas Hold'em at Harrah's!
  • Linq: Let it Ride , Ultimate Texas Hold’em
  • Planet Hollywood offers various exciting casino games including High Card Flush, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em.

$10 craps games

During our time exploring the Las Vegas Strip, we stumbled upon a few enticing $10 craps games. Interestingly, it appears that the $15 price point fails to generate the desired level of excitement and participation. It is worth mentioning that these particular casinos offered the $10 option exclusively during the daytime hours.

  • Circus Circus also offers the Roll to Win game for just $5.
  • Flamingo (exclusive to Roll to Win)
  • Harrah’s Casino (exclusive to Roll to Win)
  • Linq 
  • Planet Hollywood is also home to a unique offering of $5 hybrid stadium craps.
  • Strat (only crapless craps was open)
  • Discover the hidden gems of Treasure Island, where you can also indulge in the exciting $3 hybrid stadium craps!
  • Tropicana

There's a substantial contrast in the restrictions between Wynn and Encore.

The table game limits at Wynn have consistently been higher than those at Encore, and this was particularly evident on the afternoon of April 21.

At the Wynn, all the poker pit games, such as Crazy 4 Poker, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em, required a minimum bet of $25, and some even demanded $100. However, over at Encore, these very same games could be enjoyed for a mere $15.

I noticed that at Wynn, the minimum bet for the 6/5 blackjack game was $25, whereas at Encore, it was only $15. The 3/2 tables, on the other hand, started at $100 at Wynn but were only $25 at Encore. So, if you ever find yourself at Wynn and feel like the table game limits are too high for you, don't worry! Just take a short stroll over to Encore, and you might be pleasantly surprised to find much lower betting limits there.

The latest addition to Las Vegas Boulevard is a massive Ferris wheel.

I stumbled upon a fascinating revelation during my recent visit to the Las Vegas Strip. It seems that the popularity of big wheel tables has skyrocketed, as the number of these exciting gambling attractions has doubled! As I made my way through the bustling streets, I couldn't help but notice the renowned Caesars Palace proudly displaying a $10 game right by its grand hotel lobby. This was truly a sight to behold, considering that Wynn is the only other casino on the Las Vegas Strip that offers such an electrifying live big wheel experience. It's no wonder that these captivating games have become a must-visit destination for avid gamblers and thrill-seekers alike. The strategic rearrangement of these eye-catching attractions has undoubtedly added an extra layer of excitement and allure to the vibrant streets of Sin City.

Two casinos fail to offer the popular game of Casino War.

In our recent survey, we observed that Casino War was available at four different casinos. However, it seems that Aria and Planet Hollywood have made the decision to remove this particular game from their establishments. As a result, the only two casinos in the Las Vegas market that still offer Casino War are the Cosmopolitan and Wynn. Interestingly, Wynn has now increased its availability of Casino War by introducing two tables dedicated exclusively to this exciting card game.

A recently constructed stadium located at the prestigious Bellagio property.

During our recent visit to Bellagio, we stumbled upon something new and exciting that we hadn't seen before - an Interblock stadium! It was a pleasant surprise, as it wasn't there during our last survey in the fall. This state-of-the-art gaming area offered a variety of games with a minimum bet of just $3, including auto-play craps and video 6:5 blackjack. What caught our attention were the unique side bets available for each game. In the game of craps, players had the opportunity to place the Lucky Shooter side bet, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already thrilling gameplay. As for the blackjack enthusiasts, they were in for a treat with three different side bets to choose from - Lucky Aces, Lucky Lucky, and 21+3. For those looking for a slightly higher minimum bet of $5, the Interblock stadium also offered auto-play 00 roulette and video baccarat. Baccarat players could try their luck with side bets such as Lucky 9s, Any Pair, Super 6, and Hi-Ti. The variety of games and side bets available made this gaming area an irresistible destination for both seasoned players and newcomers alike.

Circus Circus, Paris, and Resorts World have all had their stadiums taken away.

In the past, Circus Circus boasted a pair of linked Interblock Stadiums, providing players with a thrilling gaming experience. However, the casino still offers a range of other captivating electronic table games (ETGs) that allow for head-to-head competition and multiplayer action. Some of these exciting ETGs can be found in the bustling main casino area, conveniently located near the live table games. Meanwhile, others are situated in the vibrant west casino section, ensuring that there's always a variety of gaming options available for guests to enjoy.

The Quartz hybrid stadium in Paris was dismantled a couple of months back, making it one of the rare stadiums offering both Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold'em.

Resorts World boasts an extensive stadium arrangement, although the Interblock stadium has been taken down, the beloved Big Six wheel is still part of the integrated offerings.