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Video Poker in Downtown Las Vegas

1 October 2006

I was recently in Las Vegas to attend Frank's World Craps Championship. This was a very successful event and you can read about it in Frank's July 31st article on this web site. I'll have some observations on it in a future article. Anyway, after the event I stayed in downtown Las Vegas for a few extra days and spent some of my time poking around trying to find decent Video Poker. Is there any? The short answer is not very much. Here is what I did find.

I only looked at the casinos along the main part of Fremont street so I no nothing about California, Gold Spike, or El Cortez. I couldn't find any full pay Deuces Wild at any casino. I also could not find any full pay machines at Fitzgerald's, Binion's, or the Golden Gate. That said, here is what I did find.

Plaza - There are four $1 9/6 Jacks games on Game King machines located directly in front of the Blackjack Pit.

Las Vegas Club - There are two $1 10/7 Double Bonus games here. One is located in the rear of the casino at the end of a bank of machines near the coin cage. The other is located in the third bank of machines as you enter the southwest door and walk north.

Four Queens - There is a bank of 25 cent 10/7 double bonus machines on the south wall of the casino toward the west side. These have been there for some time.

Golden Nugget - There is a bank of $1 Triple Play 9/6 Jacks on the walkway to the South Tower. If you can afford $15 a shot this is a great game.

Fremont - There are two 9/6 Jacks on the west side of the casino. Look for the phrase "Player's Edge" on the front of the machine.

There may be more good machines than reported here but I sure couldn't find them. See you next month.

Donald Catlin

Don Catlin is a retired professor of mathematics and statistics from the University of Massachusetts. His original research area was in Stochastic Estimation applied to submarine navigation problems but has spent the last several years doing gaming analysis for gaming developers and writing about gaming. He is the author of The Lottery Book, The Truth Behind the Numbers published by Bonus books.

Books by Donald Catlin:

Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers
Donald Catlin
Don Catlin is a retired professor of mathematics and statistics from the University of Massachusetts. His original research area was in Stochastic Estimation applied to submarine navigation problems but has spent the last several years doing gaming analysis for gaming developers and writing about gaming. He is the author of The Lottery Book, The Truth Behind the Numbers published by Bonus books.

Books by Donald Catlin:

Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers