My wife and I love this place, but there are 3 important things to know about Jokers Wild.
1) Do not bother reading any further if you do not plan to have a car in Vegas. The casino is not within walking distance of anything.
2) While it is located 15 miles from the south end of the Strip, it is nearly all interstate and getting to the JW takes less time than it does to either walk or drive from the South end of the Strip to properties like TI or Venetian. It is also about 3 miles south of Sam’s Town and the Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway.
3) It has fun, cheap gambling that makes the 15 minute drive well worth it.
The JW is thought of as a locals casino but we find that it is really about 50% locals and 50% tourists (like us) who go there because they don’t want to spend $10 a bet on the Strip. It is a small, well lit casino (visit the website, the pictures are very representative of the interior) and most everyone who works there is friendly. Playing Blackjack, we have had the Pit boss stop by and strike up a friendly conversation with the tourists. Blackjack is $3, multi-deck with good rules, but the biggest draw is the $1 craps table ($2 on weekends), with 10x odds. Where else in Vegas can you get that much value? My wife and I have been there several times over the years and the craps table is always busy and lively. The waitresses come around often. It is not a packed place and not as smoky as many other casinos that tailor to the locals. Other than its location, the only other drawback is that at Craps, there is usually one individual working who is new and is being broken in, and will occasionaly make a mistake; however, the stickman and boxman are always experienced and help the inexperienced worker handle the more complicated bets. The patrons who visit are fun to talk to and I have never seen any problems. I have never eaten there other than grabbing a hotdog at the Sports Bar, so I can’t comment on the food. Overall its a great place to play BJ and craps for several hours without losing your shirt.
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