one of the classic casinos. a lot of vibe on the floor. had a great prime rib dinner at their restaurant for a great price. good location in the middle of everything downtown. the bus stop to the airport and other places is right outside the casino. don't pass it up if you are downtown.
Good Casino - But Not Operating Hotel at This Time
(Updated: February 24, 2012)
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I happen to be paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but fly out several times a year I fly out to Vegas and always enjoy checking out the various casinos -- especially the Downtown properties.
Even though all of the rooms at Binion's were shut down a couple of years ago and do not appear to be re-opening anytime soon, my friends and I spend a fair amount of time here each year. The nice part about their casino floor for a wheelchair user is that is not 100 percent carpeting (more difficult to push my wheelchair), but it has a couple of long hardwood floor paths that take you through the table games and down to the Sportsbook, cashier, restrooms, etc.
We are not high-stakes gamblers, but we receive regular offers from Binion's which include comp rooms nights, free slot play and meal discounts. The offers include rooms at the Four Queens which is our favorite hotel so it works out well for us.
But Binion's still has several things in its favor. We like the variety of table games. Even though the odds are not supposed to be as favorable to the player (according to computer probabilities), we enjoy a couple of the newer variations of 21 -- Blackjack Switch and Burn 20 Blackjack. Both involve a bit of different strategy and decision making from the basic 21 table game.
Another nice feature of Binion's is the rooftop swimming pool which is open during the warmer weather months. You can access the pool area with your Four Queens room key and enjoy a terrific view and some comfortable outdoor lounge furniture.
I also am a fan of Binion's Steakhouse which serves fine food with excellent service at a much more reasonable cost than one would pay in a Strip resort property.
And the Binion's Coffee Shop and Sportsbook lounge serve decent burgers -- althouh I have not yet had to try their advertised "Hangover Burger" special.
I should note that we are not slot players and only play video poker when we take a break from the 21 tables, so I never award any "5" rating for slot machines in my reviews. But when I have remembered to use the free slot play on my Binion's offers, I usually end up winning a few extra, unexpected dollars to help pay for my other vices.
The Binion's Sportsbook is also fine with some really nice customer service, but I don't like their board at much when there are a lot of college football or college basketball games scheduled and they seem to take a little long to cash tickets mailed in.
The have returned the UTH Video Dealer machine to the floor, nice. St. Pauli Dark is good. Steakhouse is a great place to get a taste of old Vegas if you have the comps and the comps are easy to get. Pai Gow is fun if you get a good dealer and a nice place to hear the Fremont Experience.
As I understand it, Binion's has unfortunately boarded up its hotel operation until the economy brightens. The gaming and restaurants are still open in the interim which is reason enough to give it a visit. The view from their Ranch Steakhouse along with the quality meal are spectacular and the casino is still a great little value and action play worth patronizing.
It's just that you'll have to flop at the Nugget when both the whiskey and fatigue call. Too bad. Another Vegas classic on the economic gallows.