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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

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I would definitely recommend the Orleans. It is clean, safe and has quite a few decent restaurants. It also has a shuttles that runs from 9:30 to about midnight if you do want to get to the strip(Barbary Coast) or to the Gold Coast.

I like the "feel" of the Coast hotels and casinos. Somehow they seem more 'homey' and I always found their staff- in both the casinos and hotels- to be the friendliest around.

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How about the Rampart or one of the other locals casinos?

Or how about the Green Valley Ranch?

florida
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Thanks for the info so far, will check them out on the web. Is Green Valley the one where they filmed the TV show? If so, I'm afraid I might spend all my time comparing it to same?

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I know what you mean about comfort. A lot of the strip casinos are nice to see but make want to hold my money tighter. I play slots exclusively and I was most comfortable at the Gold Coast and Main Street Station. I thought there buffets were good for the money as a well. From what I've heard, the Coast casinos have some of the better sportsbooks as well.

I also like Harrahs casino but it is tight in there.

florida
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Leo21, thats exactly what I mean about feeling "comfortable" at a casino. You feel you want to stay and spend your dollars as it feels "good" to be there where as other places make you feel like you want to get out, the faster the better (nothing to do really with winning or losing, just your personal comfort level). I liked Sams Town when we stopped there on our way back from a day trip, but didn't like MGM while there, if that helps.

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Liberty,

We like playing BJ in the afternoons at Barbary Coast. Yes, it's old and cheesy, but the dealers and even the pit bosses are personable and talk to you pleasantly. The limits are low and we always seem to sit with people you can have a good time with. The cocktail waitresses come very often and the drinks are good. We always break even and usually win a little too.

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Binion's and the Golden Gate are great places for Blackjack. I really like their use of dark woods.

Las Vegas Club has excellent rules but is a brighter casino.

As far as accomodations the Golden Nugget is, by far, the nicest place Downtown. (Hmmm, I'm starting to sound like another regular.) Remember you don't need to game where you stay.

Lastly if you want genuine Vegas the El Cortez is hard to beat. The casino is not noisy or over-crowded and all the tower rooms have been re-decorated.

Lastly you can avoid the Plaza for rooming but their BJ dealers stand on all (that's ALL) 17's.

Hope this helps.