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4 Las Vegas Casinos with Unique Gambling Experiences
After last weeks article about the 3 best budget friendly places to eat in Las Vegas I thought I would do something similar for casinos. These will be places that offer something a little different while you are gambling. This list will be focused mostly on table games.
These are 4 places I enjoy gambling at in Las Vegas because they offer something unique that sets these locations apart from other casinos.
O’Sheas is actually a part of The Linq casino but I will consider it separate for the list. Up until a few years ago O’Sheas actually used to be a stand alone casino but that was torn down to make room for the shops and restaurants that lead up to the High Roller. The new O’Sheas is a much improved version, the old one was pretty worn down but it did have it’s own charm.
What makes this location unique is that it has a local bar feel to it. They have 10-15 black jack tables, a large wood bar, beer pong tables, and live music. It is unique because this combination makes it feel like any other bar but it happens to offer blackjack as well.
The original O’Sheas was one of the first, if not THE first, casinos to add beer pong into the gambling area. You can buy the pitchers at the bar for around $20 a piece.
I can’t think of another casino that offers live music while you gamble. On the nights they don’t have live music they have a DJ working.
I discussed gambling at Ellis Island briefly during my budget restaurants in Las Vegas article. What makes this place unique, besides the $5 tables, is that the dealers dress up as famous people in the evenings. They even used to offer lip sync performances in between dealing but a reader alerted me to the fact that it no longer happens. Hopefully they bring it back.
Ellis Island also gives away prizes to people who hit certain combinations while playing blackjack. If you hit the suited blackjack of the day (diamonds, spades, hearts, clubs) then you win a free growler from their brewery. That is like a $15 win on top of getting paid on a blackjack!
Ellis Island also allows you to spin their prize wheel if you pull three 7’s for a 21. You will most likely win a Ellis Island hat or shirt etc.
Those extra little bonuses, as well as the dealers dressing up, make this place unique. Don’t forget to grab a $8.99 steak dinner while you are there!
Golden Gate casino is located on Fremont Street. It is actually the oldest and smallest hotel on the Fremont Street experience. This may be my favorite casino to gamble at in Vegas because everyone always has a good time here. It is less serious than casinos on the strip and it has lower limits as well.
What makes it really unique though is that every dealer takes a turn dancing in the center of the pit. While a ton of casinos have party pits etc with loud music and dancing I can’t think of very many others that have their dealers do it.
I do think this is what makes this place more enjoyable. The dealers seem to be more fun, more outgoing, more lively when dealing. I think taking a turn dancing actually gets their endorphins pumping and puts them into a good mood. I have rarely, if ever, had to deal with an angry dealer there…which is unique, especially in Las Vegas.
If I am being honest the Golden Nugget is my favorite hotel in Las Vegas…it is too bad their players program is seriously lacking. It is the nicest hotel on Fremont Street as well.
The regular part of the casino is very nice but it is pretty much like everywhere else. The truly special part of this hotel is it’s pool. More precisely I should say the Shark tank in the middle of the pool. And wouldn’t you know they have a few tables out at the pool which you can gamble at.
The best time to go is in the evening when the pool has been shut down. It is a little bit cooler and you get a nice breeze from the waterfall. And you can turn around and stare at the Sharks swimming while waiting for the new deck to get cut!
I think these are 4 great, unique options for card players in Las Vegas. Each one offers something a little bit different and there should be something for everybody.
What do you think is the most unique place to gamble in Las Vegas? Let me know in the comments section!
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