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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:04 PM
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As OP posted, Reno tends to be dealer-dependent with about 50% to 70%. However, I'd like to add that at El Dorado, in the pointlessly-named high limit room, I've played with a dealer that dealt about 90%. He quite literally dealt until it was impossible to deal another hand with the cards remaining. I came to find out it's not standard for them, but I'd nonetheless recommend keeping an eye out if you're in the area. El Dorado, as far as blackjack is concerned, is the only one of the connected three casinos downtown that deserves your time anyway.
How about The Silver Legacy?

BTW doesn't El Dorado still hand shuffle?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:11 PM
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I'm new to the forums, and I just got back from a quick, 24-hour trip to Reno. I thought I'd share my thoughts on the place for anyone who's interested.

I should first say that I'm a tiny stakes ($5 unit) player with basic counting skills, so your mileage may vary.

Where I Stayed: John Ascuaga's Nugget. They were offering a $35.99 room with free upgrade to the Premier East Tower PLUS a free breakfast at the cafe and no "resort fee." The room was fine, but in the middle of the night, I was awakened by an amazingly loud screeching sound, which I believe was coming from the rail yard across the way. I don't know if that happens every night or what, but wow.

Where I Played + Conditions
I was all over the place. I wanted to try casinos I'd never played before. Here are my impressions.

Boomtown: SD, $3 min, DOA
I had friendly dealers and no heat. But that's probably because I was a tiny stakes player with a 1-4 spread. I broke even.

Siena: SD, $5 min, DOA
Again, friendly dealers. But I was a big winner and I noticed the PB watching me a little. No real heat, but again, I'm small time. At 8:30am on a weekday, I was the only table game player in the entire casino.

Rail City: SD, $3 min, DOA
A little more crowded than the other places. Surly dealer who's been around several long blocks. I won some money and then took off, never to return.

Western Village: SD, $3 min, DOA
Small crowd, friendly dealer. I won in the afternoon, but when I returned the next morning, the tables were closed. Not sure what time they open.

Nugget: SD, DD, and 6-deck; $5 min-D10; $25 min-DOA
In the evening, they only had one $5 SD table open, and it got a little crowded. I knew not do do much playing where I was staying, so I didn't.

Peppermill: SD-D10; DD and 6-deck, DOA; $5 min
It's a very nice place with friendly dealers. Slightly more crowded than the other places. The rules are below average for Reno.

Overall: I've always really enjoyed Reno, but I didn't realize how badly it's struggling. Maybe because I was there on a weekday, but boy was it dead, dead, dead. There were times when I was literally the only person playing a table game. But since I was just there to play, I had a great time.

My favorite spot was Siena, but if I were a higher-stakes player, I'm sure I would have been sweated. But that probably would have been the case no matter where I played.

That's all I have. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them.

Matinex
Do they still have the buffet at the Nugget? The cafe is not bad at all. Did they have any poker games going? What was the single deck game like there, rules and pen?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:34 PM
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How about The Silver Legacy?

BTW doesn't El Dorado still hand shuffle?
Silver Legacy has mediocre (by Reno standards) rules, but they do have FPDW machines. Said machines are right next to the entrance of SL that is right across the road from the entrance to ED that is right next to the high limit room with the occasional deep dealers.

To mix things up and avoid becoming a fixture, I usually bounce back and forth between the two while downtown.

As for El Dorado hand shuffling, I think I remember them using ASMs last time I was there. I'm back in Reno this coming week, so I'll double check that for you.


EDIT: Scratch what I said about Silver Legacy having mediocre rules. They're flat out poo poo.
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Their single deck games are D10, NDAS, and about 50% pen.
From an older thread of mine.

EDIT again: But what I said about their FPDW machines still stands. Easy money if you're a grinder.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Do they still have the buffet at the Nugget? The cafe is not bad at all. Did they have any poker games going? What was the single deck game like there, rules and pen?
Yes, they still have the buffet, but I believe it's only open Thurs through Sunday (I might have that confused with one of the other restaurants).

As I mentioned in my report, the low-limit single-deck tables at the Nugget offer double on 10/11, plus all the other standard Reno rules (H17, no RSA, no DAS). The double-deck and 6-deck games offered double-on-anything. And I think the $25 table offered the same, but I didn't really investigate that.

Since I was staying there, I really didn't play for very long, so I don't have more details. There's another Reno trip report here in the forums that might have more of what you're looking for.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:21 AM
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Silver Legacy has mediocre (by Reno standards) rules, but they do have FPDW machines. Said machines are right next to the entrance of SL that is right across the road from the entrance to ED that is right next to the high limit room with the occasional deep dealers.

To mix things up and avoid becoming a fixture, I usually bounce back and forth between the two while downtown.

As for El Dorado hand shuffling, I think I remember them using ASMs last time I was there. I'm back in Reno this coming week, so I'll double check that for you.


EDIT: Scratch what I said about Silver Legacy having mediocre rules. They're flat out poo poo.

From an older thread of mine.

EDIT again: But what I said about their FPDW machines still stands. Easy money if you're a grinder.
What's FPDW?
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:37 AM
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What's FPDW?
Full pay deuces wild?
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Old November 11th, 2011, 12:27 PM
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Correct. With the right strategy, it's a great way to make money, albeit being a bit of a grind. It has none of the heat or high variance of blackjack, nor any of the frustrating suckouts or hands upon hands of folding pre-flop of poker. It's not gonna make you a millionaire, but it's perfect for some filler.

Again, that's at Silver Legacy just next to the Virginia and 5th Street entrance, and at Boomtown, where you'll see a large sign over the machines stating their payback percentage (usually with a frighteningly low number of ploppies taking the bait).

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Old November 14th, 2011, 08:45 AM
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I bet these are old, low- denomination machines. Not sure if these machines are even manufactured anymore.
They are still at a few Vegas casinos, but their days are numbered.
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Old November 14th, 2011, 12:31 PM
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Correct. With the right strategy, it's a great way to make money, albeit being a bit of a grind. It has none of the heat or high variance of blackjack, nor any of the frustrating suckouts or hands upon hands of folding pre-flop of poker. It's not gonna make you a millionaire, but it's perfect for some filler.

Again, that's at Silver Legacy just next to the Virginia and E Street entrance, and at Boomtown, where you'll see a large sign over the machines stating their payback percentage (usually with a frighteningly low number of ploppies taking the bait).
There is no 'E" Street entrance at the Legacy. You must mean 5th
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Old November 14th, 2011, 05:50 PM
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There is no 'E" Street entrance at the Legacy. You must mean 5th
Quite correct. My memory betrays me.


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I bet these are old, low- denomination machines. Not sure if these machines are even manufactured anymore.
They are still at a few Vegas casinos, but their days are numbered.
They're 25c, 5 coin machines, for a total of $1.25 per bet. You're correct, though. I don't think they'll be around much longer, and not because of APs either. I have no idea why this is, but even in Boomtown, where they're accompanied by a large sign saying more than 100% payback, there are never any ploppies there.
 

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