Visited the El Cortez casino several times during a recent stay downtown. it's a nice break from the obnoxious booming bass music played at many downtown casinos. The casino looks authentically old style, which may not appear to all. I found the dealers and staff to be friendly, however the drink service was painfully slow. Plenty of low minimum tables and 3-2 blackjack is the standard. The place has a distinctive smell to it that is unique. It is like a cheap aftershave. After several visits I think I could identify the place blindfolded! The Elvis show in the casino bar was pretty good and the karaoke was an interesting mix of various degrees of talent. If you are just here to gamble, the rules and low minimums make it a great choice. The Cafe Cortez lunch was reasonably priced, but nothing to rave about.