There’s no better sound than hitting a jackpot, and downtown Las Vegas has one of the best spots for you to try your luck, El Cortez Casino.
Settled just east of Fremont Street, El Cortez Casino is where you can enjoy the adrenaline rush of the flipping cards, or double up or down while playing blackjack.
While the casino is regarded as a locals’ casino, it still offers some of the best action in town and affordable dining prices.
El Cortez is kind of detached from the other properties in downtown, which makes the casino the ideal place to gamble, instead of one where you can see and be seen.
The El Cortez’s casino floor is split into three sections — a north section, a south section and the central casino floor, which offer a wide assortment of table games, slots and a cool race and sports book.
In the south section of the casino you will find a video poker bar, a keno room and a variety of old coin video poker machines. The Keno lounge is large enough and offers one of the better places to play.
El Cortez’s 24 hour Keno lounge is known for its giving attitude, which means you and other Keno lovers can enjoy 40 cent live Keno. In addition, this lounge is a great place to take a break and grab a bite or have a drink.
The central area of the casino features mostly table games and the sports book. In El Cortez casino’s table game area, you will find roulette, blackjack, craps and some of the lowest table limits around.
When it comes to blackjack, the casino is best known for its Single Deck Blackjack, which is the best blackjack game in Las Vegas.
At the casino, natural blackjack pays 3-2, instead of 6-5 like most other Las Vegas properties, plus you can double down on any two cards.
You will also find that the table limits are from $5 to $500. If you are a card counter, this casino won’t ask you to leave, instead you will be asked to come back on future trips.
If a simple game of choice and chance is more your thing, you can enjoy the rush as you play your numbers in roulette. El Cortez’s roulette has $1 minimum bets and 25 cent chips. If you are more of a craps player, you will have multiple opportunities to blow on the dice and toss them across the table.
The craps tables at El Cortez offers some of the best games in all of downtown as well as 10x Odds for when you want to take a serious bite out of the game. El Cortez also offers $1 minimum.
El Cortez casino is home to a Station Casinos sports book.
The casino’s sports book is where you can bet on all popular sports using cutting edge wagering technology. The sports book also features multiple LCD TVs, state of the art electronic boards and Station Casinos’ online and mobile sports betting service.
The north section of the casino floor is where you will find a wide selection of video slots, traditional reels and video poker machines.
The El Cortez casino has some of the best slots in town and it is also one of the few places in Vegas where you can find both ticket and coin operated machines. You will also have multiple denomination and multi game machines, so whatever your kind of machine you want, you will have at the casino.
The casino also offers great comps as well. However, there is no poker room at El Cortez.
Casino Bars and Drinks
At El Cortez, fine libations are always within reach. While the hotel has multiple bars, there is only one bar on the casino floor.
Located in the southeast corner of the casino near the keno lounge, the casino bar should not be missed. At the bar, you can find a range of exclusive specialty drinks tropical juices, beer and spirits.
For several hours throughout the day and evening, you can take advantage of El Cortez’s Gambling Gourmet service, which offers game-side meals so you don’t have to leave your gambling to eat.
A Final Word
As the longest continuously running casino resort in Vegas, El Cortez offers a great gaming experience that is in line with the lifeblood of Vegas.
Located in downtown Las Vegas, the casino is just a short walk away from Fremont Street Experience, Four Queens Hotel and Casino and California Hotel and Casino.
The casino has an Old Vegas charm and will put you close to a handful of eclectic bars. El Cortez is a great choice if you are looking for a place to play with a little bit of history.