good places to play in vegas with low minimums

Discussion in 'Las Vegas' started by Meistro, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Meistro

    Meistro Well-Known Member

    What are some good places to play in vegas with low table minimums like $5 and what rules are these games? Does station still have $5 minimum double deck as reported in this forum 5 years ago?
     
  2. LVBear584

    LVBear584 Administrator

    Not much left. But can someone who has to play $5 tables even afford to travel to Las Vegas? Why would they want to? More and better tiny-stakes games exist elsewhere.
     
  3. Meistro

    Meistro Well-Known Member

    Perhaps they are going to vegas for some other reason but also want to play while they are there. Or any $10 games, and if so what rule set will you find for them?
     
  4. Meistro

    Meistro Well-Known Member

    Surely there must be something downtown? Or are all the playable games now $25 min for the most part?

    I guess the standard vegas rule set is something like DAS, DA2 resplit 4 times except aces? Are most games H17 now? How prevalent is surrender?
     
  5. sagefr0g

    sagefr0g Well-Known Member

    used to be el cortez was good for low mins. been a while though
     
  6. KewlJ

    KewlJ Well-Known Member

    I think part of the issue here is terminology. The original post reference "good places to play at $5 minimums" which I assume meant 'good conditions'. LVBear with just a hint of a cranky attitude :p responded "there is not much left" (at those limits). I see this type of response from the long time players all the time as it is quite apparent there is some frustration with current conditions as compared to conditions they used to have available years ago.

    The second term that complicates things a bit is "playable". Many of these "long time players" don't accept the mediocre conditions currently available as "playable". But to someone like me, having begun my career at the time conditions were worsening (and even worse in my case, began playing AC for 5 years before moving to Vegas) these mediocre conditions are all I have ever known and "playable" by my standards. o_O

    Last year my younger brother began his blackjack career. I started him out playing at the red chip level playing $5 & $10 games, which he played for all of 2015. This year we moved him up to light green to black. So last year when he was playing $5 & 10 games, I had him playing a small rotation of games that were playable by my standard. Some of the games in that rotation were Downtown: El cortez (of course), the D, Golden Nugget at times downtown Grand. Strip or just off strip: Palms, Silver Seven, Hooters, Tropicana, Westgate. Off strip Local places: Eastside Cannery, Longhorn, Sam's town (weekend nights), Joker's Wild (Henderson), Fiesta-Henderson, sunset station, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock, Palace Station (sweaty), Silverton, M resort, and South Point (very sweaty). I am sure I am forgetting some but these locations at times have what I considered playable low limit $5 games.

    As for El Cortez. Everyone always says "good for low limit", but I have been playing EC regularly at the green to light black level, several times a week, since I moved to Vegas 7 years ago. Every year EC has been in my top 5 casinos as far a yearly results. Short sessions are a must, but they add up. :cool:
     
  7. Meistro

    Meistro Well-Known Member

    that's perfect thank you for the list KewlJ. Do these games all have a similar rule set? Is it

    H17, DAS, DA2 no resplit aces no surrender? Or are there variations in rule sets between these joints?
     
  8. KewlJ

    KewlJ Well-Known Member

    Pretty much standard rules mentioned. Just a couple do have surrender.

    The variables are penetration, which often varies by dealer and how crowded it is. South Point for example offers pretty crappy penetration most of the time. Penetration that even by my standards makes the game unplayable. But during crowded times, penetration improves.

    That brings us to the second variable crowded tables. Some of these places, I consider playable, when you can get heads up or in the case of 6 deck games, one or two other players. But during crowded times, with full tables, especially with side bets, which many lower limit tables have, the game slows to the point that it's "difficult" at best.
     
  9. moo321

    moo321 Well-Known Member

    Downtown and locals casinos are going to be the places for $5 games. Downtown games aren't as good, but they're next door to each other. Locals places tend to have better games, but you have to drive.
     
  10. xengrifter

    xengrifter Well-Known Member

    All Stations have the deepest 2D pene, many with beatable sidebets like LLucky, LuckyLs, and KBounty...
    ... but watch out!!
     
  11. holypoly95

    holypoly95 Member

    Tropicana had some.
     
  12. holypoly95

    holypoly95 Member

    Treasure Island too.
     
  13. gbesq

    gbesq Well-Known Member

    There are no $5 games with good rules on the strip. Stick with the shops downtown and the off-strip casinos favored by the locals. El Cortez is your best bet, but keep your sessions short and watch your bet spread as they are very sensitive to counters and will back you off quickly. KewlJ's list is a good one. I would add the Aliante hotel and casino, one of my favorites, but it's a good 1/2 hour drive from the strip - nice play to stay, though.
     

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