On our first night in Las Vegas we decided to hit up Fremont Street and see what all the commotion was about. Trying to find parking was a bit hard so we decided to Valet at El Cortez. We saw a sign on the door that said "Valet for Paying Guests Only". I was okay with just walking straight to Fremont Street and just leaving the car but my husband and our friend felt bad and wanted to gamble here a little bit. So in we walk. Completely different then any other Casino we had been in so far. This was like 'classic' Vegas. This wasn't fancy or stuck up. This was like Come, chill out, and play some slots or card games. We walked by the 'poker room' which was small, about 4 tables. Only 2 games going. The guys asked how much to buy in and they found out it was 1/3 with only a $20 buy in. They plopped down their $20 and had a seat. I decided to try it out as well. The boys did pretty well. Me not so much. I did another $20 buy in but lost it all in about an hour. I walked around a bit and decided to try some Roulette ($1Min, .25 chips) since I had never played before. The people at the table were a lot of fun and very helpful. And I hit some numbers pretty fast. The boys eventually found me here and I left up. We ended up walking around Fremont Street and then went back to get our car. We absolutely loved El Cortez! The rest of our time in Vegas we mostly stayed on the strip visiting those Casinos but on our last day the boys had a special request, they wanted to go back to El Cortez. The gambling is much more affordable and we had such a great time the first time.
The boys went straight to Poker and they probably played for about 2 hours before they both went broke. Not bad for a pretty cheap buy in. They were playing against local/regulars. But it was affordable and fun so they didn’t mind. I watched for a while, wandered and made my way back to the Roulette table. Had a great time going up and down. Most of the people at the table were beginners. I hit numbers a few times and then the boys ended up joining me and realizing how awesome Roulette is. After that we cashed out and on our way out saw that there was a blackjack table for $3. It was some weird blackjack with an extra bet after the first dealer card. I ended up cashing out at over $50. So I did pretty well. It was a lot of fun and all of the dealers were super helpful with questions and even going above and beyond to tell us if we were doing something wrong or about to make a stupid bet. Haha. I absolutely loved El Cortez and honestly out of all the casinos we went to it was my favorite. It might not be as fancy or nice as some of them but it is down to earth and a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Constructed in 1941, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino is the oldest consistently running gaming property in Las Vegas. It is located in the Fremont East Entertainment District in historic downtown Las Vegas. With 362 hotel rooms including the Cabana Suites, El Cortez features full-pay single deck 21, 10x odds on craps, state of the art roulette and over 1000 slot machines. El Cortez is proudly affiliated with Michael Gaughan's South Point Sports Book. Dining options at El Cortez include: Cafe Cortez, The Flame Steakhouse, and Subway. The property also includes a gift shop and full-service beauty and barber shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cortez Hotel Las Vegas
- El Cortez Hotel And Casino
- El Cortez Las Vegas