Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

From my perspective, there are 3 major gambling areas in Las Vegas: the Strip, Downtown, and locals' casinos scattered around town.

The Strip has all the glitz and glamor Las Vegas is known for, but it also has the high prices. The top shows and top entertainers are located on the Strip, as well as the premier restaurants and clubs. But I can't afford the Strip. The odds at the machines and tables are not very favorable to the gambler, so I avoid that area.

These days, we spend most of our time at what are known as locals' casinos. These locales cater to the knowledgeable local gamblers. As a result, you can find some of the best gambling odds at these places, especially for video poker, which is what Donna and I play.

While at Sam's Town during our recent visit to Las Vegas, we took the free Sam's Town shuttle to the downtown area. Our last time to visit downtown was about 12 years or so ago. At that time, we spent nearly a week at the Golden Nugget, which had recently been refurbished. The Fremont Street Experience had also recently been added as an attempt to draw visitors downtown. The Freemont Street Experience is essentially a pedestrian mall along the westernmost 5 blocks of Freemont Street in downtown LV. The pedestrian mall is covered by a barrel vault canopy which erupts in choreographed light shows set to music at scheduled times. Concerts and other events are also held in this area, once known as "Glitter Gulch".

Looking east down Freemont Street under the Freemont Street Experience canopy. The Four Queens is on the right, and the Freemont is on the left.

Looking west down Freemont Street. Binion's is on the right and the Golden Nugget is on the left. At the end of Freemont Street is the Plaza. The Golden Gate, home to the famous cheap shrimp cocktail is somewhere on the left. We had their shrimp cocktail for breakfast during our visit.
Donna and I like downtown; it is old Vegas to us. Locals' casinos are scattered all over town, and the large mega casinos on the strip are usually located at good distances from each other making it difficult to visit more than a few casinos on foot. But in downtown, you can visit a dozen or more casinos all within a few easy blocks of one another. You can find all sorts of meal deals downtown, and slot and table odds are normally very competitive. There are a number of 100% plus video poker games downtown.

When you think of the downtown area, think of a suburban shopping mall. In each such mall, you have several major stores, like Sears, JC Penney, Dillards, and others. Then you have a number of smaller shops. That is how Freemont Street is. There are numerous large casinos, like Binion's and the Golden Nugget, and several smaller casinos like Mermaids tucked in between. It's an exciting area for adult entertainment.

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