Some locals refer to downtown Las Vegas as “Vintage Vegas”. That’s where most of the action took place before the late 1980s. It’s still a great place to visit. Many famous casinos are located in downtown Las Vegas. This is a great place to go if you want to bet with lower minimums. More than 17 million people visit downtown Las Vegas every year.
Downtown Las Vegas Gambling
As click mentioned, the minimum bet in downtown Las Vegas is lower. They also have high limit gambling. For example, finding Blackjack tables with a minimum bet of $1-$2 is common. Try finding a bunch of $2 Blackjack tables at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.
Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas
At the very end – almost cut off from the rest of the casinos – are Western and El Cortez. They really were on the road alone. The Western is a low-end casino, and not something I would recommend visiting – unless you want to sell drugs while you play Blackjack. El Cortez is better and features lots of gambling for your money. They even have 40 cent Keno. However, there are better casinos down the road.
According to Fremont Experience, there is a range of casinos you may be familiar with. First, there is Binion’s Horseshoe, which is famous for the World Series of Poker among others. Just across the street is the legendary Golden Nugget. Golden Nugget still retains its class and has a higher limit table.
Another iconic casino located just down the road is the Plaza. Maybe you’ve seen their poker tournaments on TV. The Plaza will give you a big advantage. You may have seen their Center Stage Restaurant in the movie Casino.
There are many other casinos in downtown Las Vegas such as Golden Gate, Fremont, Four Queens, Fitzgeralds and many more.
Fremont Street Experience
One of the main attractions in downtown Las Vegas is the Fremont Street Experience. Five blocks on Fremont St. covered with a huge technical canopy – one big big screen. Throughout the night, the canopy provides a state-of-the-art light and sound show – all for free. There are more than 12 million lights in the canopy.
Shows change regularly. They start at dusk every night and run every hour every hour. Sometimes there are free concerts too.
I’ve lived in Las Vegas for over 20 years, and I still see the Fremont Street Experience whenever I’m in the area. As the show started, the lights outside dimmed and thousands of people stopped what they were doing to watch.