|Originally posted by case|
The 4 Queens has some good VP right at the bar near Fremont St. 9-6 jacks and either good DB or DDB,can't remember.
Of course they still have the full pay 10-7 DB along the wall near Magnolias restaurant. (last time I was there anyway)
Main ST and the Cal each have DB full pay.
The best these days for variety of games with good pay pay tables goes to the Plaza. They have a bit of full pay but many 99% + games. They have really come around the past few years.
MY VERY FIRST TRIP TO VEGAS: Late Spring 1992, as a newly minted college graduate who had just started his first Job in Los Angeles barely 3 months prior, making pretty good money, I made my first 3 day weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) get away and stayed at the Plaza (known then as JACKIE GAUGHAN'S PLAZA)
I had no clue at all what I was doing vis-a-vis the video poker available back then, all I remember is it was still coin operated so you played at the pace of dropping five quarters into the slot at a time on the "Draw Poker" games.....after five rolls of quarters my fingers were numb, so I gathered all my received coins out of the hopper, put them in one of those ubiquitous plastic buckets that every casino had with its name & logo, and took it over to one of those centrally located booths with the coin counters. She dumped my coins in, and my original 5 rolls (50 bucks) has shrunk by $2.75 so I cashed out 47.25! I actually had fun with the whole first experience and still recall every detail about that first session, as well as the entire three day first time in Vegas experience!
Back then in May of 1992, Vegas was still a semi gritty yet down to earth place, the only real "mega resort" then was the Mirage (Caesars and the Desert Inn still tried to claim to be as sophisticated as the Mrage even though they were still "OLD" in everything and every aspect.....the Excalibur was a pretty impressive sight at that point in history but was too "Disney" for the serious, young hip crowd; The LUXOR Pyramid, initially a controversial project, had started to take shape but it would be another year really before it was near completion (It opened in October of 1993), but ultimately any controversy of any building projects were dwarfed and forgotten back then thanks to the infamous Stratosphere debacle courtesy of Bob "Stupefying" Stupak; and Downtown, where I stayed & played, had not yet closed off Fremont street, it was still a wide open traffic throughfare which made it treacherous at night if you stumbled out of the casinos or bars drunk! )
Man, those were the days......and I really do long for that OLD Vegas before it exploded after 1996......I wish it could have just frozen right Before Bellagio changed everything, when Monte Carlo and NY-NY had just opened and we were just getting used to those wonderful properties.....they started banging out the big places so fast you never got to enjoy one before another one came along and "trumped" it.....still through it all, Downtown remained a hearkening location to the OLD VEGAS.