Thinking of taking a long weekend in Vegas in the next few weeks. Last time I was there was in 2001 (for a week with the family as a "tourist"), so I'm sure lots of changes have taken place. This time I'm going solo and strictly for gaming (not shows, sight seeing, hanging out at the pool, etc.). First I need advise on an off the strip or downtown hotel, not a real fan of the strip (and not looking for a "hip" place, ie: the Palms or Hard Rock, etc). Nice clean rooms, good casino, multiple restaraunts & good service are the keys, not the pool, shows, night clubs or theme. Cost is not a primary concern either way.
Second, looking for "good" gaming spots. Mainly plan on blackjack and slots in the casinos, so any advise on where to go for that is appreciated (best payouts, low limit blackjack, fewest decks, etc). Will also be placing some NFL bets, so could also use some advise on the better sports books around (odds wise). Also interested in peoples take on the "comfort" feelings of recommended casinos. Last time I went, I really liked the "look" of alot of the casinos, but didn't really feel "comfortable" while playing there, if you get what I'm saying? MGM was way too crowded & noisy, Golden Nugget and Caesers, I can't explain it, just didn't "feel" right, etc. I know it's all a matter of taste, but I prefer the feel of someplace more traditional or local where gaming and service are the key elements rather than the trappings?
Appreciate any input, Thanks in advance