By Scot Krause
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa Las Vegas, Nevada
The South Point Hotel Casino is truly a desert oasis located at the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Started as a joint venture with Coast Casinos and Boyd Gaming, the casino was later sold to and is now owned exclusively by casino entrepreneur, Michael Gaughan.
With a current total of 2,163 rooms, including the top floor containing all suites, guests can enjoy views of the glittering Las Vegas valley or the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each over-sized guest room functions more like a mini-suite with state-of-the-art plasma screens and high-speed internet connections. Rooms, with rates as low as $51 per night (plus a daily resort fee), feature pacific color patterns reminiscent of the Southern California lifestyle. Suites range in size from 900 to 2,500 sq. ft.
The South Point Casino In Las Vegas, Nevada
The hotel’s amenities include a state-of-the-art casino floor including more than 2,300 of the most popular slot and video poker machines featuring ticket-in, ticket-out technology. The casino pit features over 60 table games including 21, Craps, Roulette, Fortune Pai Gow Poker and Three Card Poker. A complete Race and Sports Book features over 100 seats with separate viewing areas for horse and sports action. The Del Mar Lounge provides the perfect place to grab a beverage and watch the action. There is also a 22-table, non-smoking poker room, plus a 600-seat bingo room that offers eight daily sessions, plus a Progressive Double Action Jackpot.
The South Point Casino’s Sports Book
The Club at South Point, the official name of the slot club, is among the best clubs you’ll find anywhere in the country. Every dollar you play is worth one point at The Club. Point values are: 4,000 points = $12 in cash back or comps. The Club often offers double point days on most major holidays and sometimes even triple points as a way to earn points even faster. A public relations representative with the company proudly boasts, “We offer one of the best slot clubs in town with a .30% return on both cashback and comps with no machine restrictions. We offer customers an all-around value for their dollar. From the restaurants to the bowling and movies, to the showroom and spa to the casino, you won’t find a better value for your dollar. We have excellent customer service, stemming from the high employee morale and commitment to the staff by Mr. Gaughan.”
South Point also offers some of the best video poker games with higher paytables than most casinos in Las Vegas. While considered to be a locals’ casino, the rep said, “We are primarily a locals’ casino that attracts the savvy Vegas tourist. We are farther away from all of the hustle and bustle of the Strip. Those tourists that have already been there and done that love the South Point for the value and the comfort factor. If you want to relax and gamble on your vacation without spending every dollar, the South Point is a perfect fit. We have everything under one roof. It is an extremely convenient property.”
The South Point features a variety of menu items and restaurants for every price range and appetite. Restaurants in this destination resort are designed to provide the foremost culinary experience to all diners including a buffet, a steakhouse, Italian, Asian and Mexican restaurants, an Oyster Bar, Michael’s Gourmet Room, a Primarily Prime Rib restaurant, a coffee shop, plus several fast food outlets, including a Steak ‘N Shake.
The Garden Buffet at the South Point Casino
Unique to South Point is the Equestrian Complex, one of the finest indoor horse facilities in the country. With a 4,600-seat arena and 1,200 climate controlled horse stalls, the South Point Equestrian Center hosts some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. The Center features a 250′ x 125′ show arena floor and overlooking bar. In addition to the equestrian facilities, the Center includes 80,000 square feet of exhibit space and 20,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space.
The 400-seat South Point Showroom is one of Las Vegas’ top off-Strip destinations for live entertainment. South Point also features a 16-screen CineMark movie complex, a 64-lane bowling alley, and a 40,000 square-foot spa with 27 treatment rooms.
South Point Hotel Casino and Spa is located at 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, just a few miles south of the famous Las Vegas Strip. For more information or reservations, call them toll-free at 1-866-796-7111. You can also visit their website at www.southpointcasino.com to keep current on all of their showroom entertainment, bonus point days, contests, promotions and hot happenings.
H. Scot Krause is a freelance writer, gaming industry analyst and researcher who lives in Las Vegas. His work is regularly featured in Gaming Today, the American Casino Guide Book and Vegas Values, a weekly feature found at: www.americancasinoguide.com