I recently visited Golden Gate Casino for the first time this year. The trip reminded me why I like gambling at the Golden Gate. Many of the renovations over the past year or so have added room for slot machines. I don’t think I’ve spent more than $100 (5 buy-ins of $20) playing slot machines or video poker here in the past five years.
I visit the Golden Gate to play craps and blackjack.
Favorite Craps Table in Vegas
One of the recent renovations sent me down memory lane. The new High Limits slot room is where the cashier used to be. There’s an open window (photo above) that looks onto my single favorite craps table in Las Vegas.
The minimum bet at this table is usually $10 on the weekend. The 10x Odds make playing the passline with max odds only $110. The dealers at Golden Gate are quick enough for experienced players. The dealers at the Golden Gate are also easy going and always welcoming to new players that may need a little help with understanding the game.
Low Limit 3:2 Blackjack
There are plenty of low limit blackjack games at the Golden Gate that pay 3:2 when a player is dealt blackjack. The only problem is that some tables have Continuous Shuffle Machines. They don’t change the house edge much but I don’t like them. This is just something to keep an eye on if you don’t like the machines.
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The good rules and affordable limits for craps are great but the great game is part of the reason that I like to gamble at the Golden Gate. There’s an energy at the table games area that is unmatched. The low ceilings and narrow casino pack all of the excitement into a small place.
Great Vibe – Golden Gate Casino
The vibe reminds me of seeing a band that normally plays to 20,000 people in an arena at an oversold show in a small venue in front of a couple of thousand people. There’s something special about being in the middle of the chaos that makes the experience special. That’s how playing blackjack and craps at the Golden Gate feels to me.
New Sportsbook at Golden Gate Casino
I think I’ll have a new place to gamble at Golden Gate this summer. The rendering above is of the new Golden Gate sports book that will open on June 1. The sports book should have a similar vibe as the rest of the casino since it’s relatively small compared to some sports books in Las Vegas.
Golden Gate, The D, and Circa (when it opens) will set their own lines and book the bets themselves under the Circa Sports name. The William Hill kiosk at Golden Gate will soon be history. So will the sports book at The D. There will be a refresh of the tiny sports book and Vue bar at The D. The new sports book at The D will open before the end of June.
Circa Sports is the first new sports book operator in a Las Vegas casino in years and it’s pretty exciting (I wrote about it here). So many independent sports book operators have been closing up shop over the past few years. It’s always good to have another option when researching lines and odds.
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Always Exploring Las Vegas
One of the many benefits of living in Las Vegas is always looking for something new and awesome. When I first moved to Las Vegas I was in a new casino every day. Now that I’ve explored most of the casinos it’s time to explore the rest of Las Vegas. I’m currently obsessed with hanging out with ducks at the lake a couple of minutes from my house.
The downside of exploring Las Vegas is that I don’t get to visit some of my favorite casinos, bars, and restaurants as often as I’d like. This isn’t really a downside because there’s so much around Las Vegas to enjoy outside of the same places.
Exploring Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it.
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