By H Scot Krause

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, located at Koval Avenue and the corner of Flamingo, directly behind Bally’s on the Strip serves budget minded gamblers, both locals and tourists, with good food, promotions and a very popular micro-brewery.


The Ellis Island Casino

Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery features 289 guest rooms and 12 suites. All completely renovated to give you the feel of staying in one of the classic hotels that made Las Vegas famous. Nightly rates begin as low as $19, plus a daily resort fee.

Amenities at Ellis Island include over 350 gaming machines with a variety of games including reel slots, video poker, and keno. Live blackjack, roulette, craps and sports book wagering is also available seven days a week, along with free bingo every weekday.

Other features are a 24-hour restaurant, micro-brewery, banquet room, conference room, karaoke lounge and free parking. They even offer  $5 blackjack tables, open 24 hours a day, that pay 3-to-2 for blackjacks.

If you like karaoke, then Ellis Island is the place to be every evening from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., a very popular Karaoke Bar scene, being voted #1 in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Reader’s Poll. It’s terrific fun with contests and great music entertainment. You can be a star, or watch a star!

The Passport Players Club offers players both cashback and comps. As a Passport Players Club Member, you will receive recognition and rewards as an important Ellis Island player. Membership, which is free, will also qualify you for great contests, VIP Parties and special events.

The club offers many multiple point days to earn comps and cashback even faster. Actually, every day, if you earn 500 base points, you’ll receive 10x points on reel and video reel or 6x points on video poker! Some machines excluded. See their promotions booth for full details. Also, new members signing up for the “Passport Players Club” who play at least $1 coin in will receive a free play spin where they get anywhere from $10 free play to $500. Everyone is a winner.

If you are age 50+, join the 50+ Club and every Tuesday and Thursday you’ll receive extra club benefits like: earn 50 base points and instantly receive $5 free play plus, 20% off any single entrée in the Cafe or BBQ and a free coffee, glass of wine or Ellis Island 20 oz. beer.

The 24-hour restaurant is known for its generous portions. Guests can choose from many delicious entrées which include appetizer, soup or salad, dessert and a glass of house wine.

The $6.99 steak dinner at Ellis Island
The $9.99 Steak Special (Read below to get it for $7.99)

Best of all, the casino offers the best steak deal in all of Las Vegas! For $9.99 you get a generous cut of tenderloin cooked to your liking, bread, salad, vegetable of the day, choice of potato and a beer (or root beer) from the microbrewery. But with your Passport Players Card you can get it down to $7.99 if you play $5 through any machine and then print out a coupon from a Passport Central kiosk for the $2 discount. It’s not on the menu. Ask your server for it!

Also, be sure to swipe your Passport Players Club card to get discounts on every item in their great BBQ restaurant! Enjoy any item for an additional $2 off when you play $5! That brings the price of their full rack of ribs down to just $13.99! The BBQ opens daily at 4 p.m.

In December 2019, Ellis Island opened The Front Yard, a two-story indoor/outdoor venue with a casual brewpub atmosphere. It features a premium bar, as well as a full-service restaurant showcasing Ellis family favorite recipes such as house-cured bacon and brisket, and dishes incorporating craft beers from its own Ellis Island Brewery. The Front Yard also offers a variety of brews straight from Ellis Island Brewery to the tap, serving fresh beers that rotate seasonally.

The beer garden features a second-floor atrium with unobstructed views of the Las Vegas Strip. Retractable ceiling shades, expansive windows, rich wood fixtures, exposed steel, low lighting, and Instagram-worthy garden walls in a lush outdoor atmosphere. 

The Ellis Island Micro Brewery also offers ice cold handcrafted EIB Beer. EIB is recognized as the #1 Micro Brewery in Nevada and in the Top 20 in the USA, surpassing Oregon and Washington which have more brewpubs than any other states (according to the National Brewers Association.)  EIB was also voted Best Microbrewrey by the Las Vegas Review Journal Readers Poll.

There is also a Metro Pizza, acclaimed by many to be among the best pizza in Las Vegas located inside the casino.

Take your American Casino Guide (ACG) coupons along with your membership card for even more savings and discounts at Ellis Island.  They always support the American Casino Guide book every year by offering great coupons.

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery is located at 4178 Koval Lane in Las Vegas (702-733-8901). To keep current on all of their bonus point days, contests, promotions and hot happenings, visit their web site at www.ellisislandcasino.com

H. Scot Krause is a freelance writer, gaming industry analyst and researcher, originally from Cleveland, Ohio.  Scot reports, researches, and specializes in writing about casino games, events, attractions and promotions. His work is regularly featured in the American Casino Guide Book and Vegas Values, a weekly feature found at: www.americancasinoguidebook.com

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