stayed here all the time, jackie passed away( resort fee). what a joke, crap game a joke.the feeling is not their any more. shut down the card game. four queens is my new home no (resort fee) nice rooms,good crap game.
Tower rooms are the same as those well touted rooms at the Orleans. Pavillion rooms are more basic but mine were all renovated and fine.
You can't beat the prices or the comps after a little play. I get 2 free rooms and can use them on weekends too and food coupons on very little play. It is a ways from Fremont but not that far and closer to the Deuce bus than many downtown casinos.
Best of all the gambling is the best in Vegas. $5 BJ single deck 3:2 - probably the only one left. Full pay video poker. And a unique live poker game that spreads 1-3 and then 1-6 on the river.
Jackie himself joins the game almost every afternoon with his classic, "One for the money!"
hi i'm bob from coal township PA. this is my second home in las vegas, been staying at the el coetez since 1983 .they know how to make you feel at home.food gaming is great if you like to drink this is the place,service is great. rooms are very clean and comfortable. the strip is a jip, we rent a car and park at the hotel it's very easy to get around not like the strip. no need to go to the strip. Fremont st. is where it's at. before you go to vegas make sure you get (THE AMERICAN-CASINO GUIDE) those coupons come in handy. good luck BOB
The El Cortez casino is the complete opposite of the strip casinos. They have some great games -- and I think it's the best place in Vegas to play Blackjack. They only deal single and double deck games. No 6 or 8 deck shoes. They have low minimums -- as low as $3 or $5 all the time. Single deck blackjack pays 3:2 (single deck at most other places pays 6:5). They also have lots of full pay video poker machines. The atmosphere is pretty smoky, but this place is the way Vegas is supposed to be done.
The food and drinks in the restaurants and bars are very reasonably priced. They have invested a lot of money over the past few years renovating the rooms and although I've never stayed there, those who do rave about them. It's an excellent value.
I encourage you to support places like this, and keep them around! I have had some great experiences here, and look forward to going back.
Not in the best downtown location. Full of folks from lower economic classes. But a hidden gem of gambling opportunities. Single deck 3:2 Blackjack, pehaps the only such game left in Vegas. $3 craps with 10 X odds. Good video poker.
Clean, recently renovated and very cheap pavilion rooms. Tower rooms are designed exactly like rooms in the Orleans, very comfortable and spacious. All this at a very low price.
Jackie Gaughn, who once owned a good bit of downtown and is still on the Player's Card lives on the second floor and comes down in the afternoon to play the wildest live poker game. A one dolar to three (six on river) spread limit game. Nothing like it in Vegas. Filled with characters from an old Vegas.
A little play will get you plenty of attention and free room mailings. Often two free rooms over three nights with weekends included as choices. There is a two block walk to the Freemont experiment and the bus to the strip and late at night this feels a little sketchy to some. And there is still a bit too much smoke, but both these things are improving. The two blocks slowly is developing into an extension of attractions and the smoke has been reduced.