pacomartin
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January 14th, 2010 at 1:34:39 PM permalink
``On a stretch of despair that tourists in Las Vegas seldom see, the Western Hotel-Casino stands out as a beacon for the broke and nearly broken.

"With their crumpled dollars and gloomy gait, they stumble in off Fremont Street through the wide, doorless entrance, beckoned by the sounds of penny slot machines and cheap table games.

"The Western is a poor man's dream, a downtown casino where sad Las Vegas cliches collide.

"There is no uniformed valet parking Porsches here. Instead they come on foot, in beat-up cars and wobbly bicycles. For many, it's been a short journey to the Western.

"The boxy structure is planted among a slew of low-income houses and budget motels. The Western feeds from one of the city's bleakest ZIP codes, stained by high poverty and unemployment rates.

"Inside they gamble, pouring nickels and quarters down the throats of always hungry machines.

It will appeal to the Hemmingway in you.
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January 14th, 2010 at 6:42:56 PM permalink
Someone said to me at a bar last time I was in Vegas in 2007 - "If you want to see real Vegas, head to the Western. But keep your Wallet hidden"

I was too scared to go.
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pacomartin
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January 14th, 2010 at 8:06:31 PM permalink
The Silver Saddle Saloon down the street from the Western is even rougher.
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January 16th, 2010 at 9:55:21 AM permalink
Now Im faced with a difficult choice.

Will my sense of self preservation win out over morbid curiosity? I do want to go but I fear for my life.
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pacomartin
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January 16th, 2010 at 12:02:07 PM permalink
I have talked with a few people who have discussed purchasing and renovating this casino. However, I think it will hurt downtown because these people need a place to go. The smoke hits you like a baseball bat when you open the door. Morbid curiosity or not, I can't bring myself to walk in and try and breathe inside. The wizard needs to go in and do an air quality sample.
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January 16th, 2010 at 1:13:16 PM permalink
I go to the Western every trip I make to LV. It's fun, it's different, and it's not as dangerous as people think. (Being a casino, they have security right by the front door, and more besides. You'd probably be much worse off going to the bar mentioned above.)
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jaspa
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January 24th, 2010 at 6:18:24 PM permalink
I have been to the Western once. It was a life experience. I don't know if I'll ever go again.
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January 24th, 2010 at 8:20:19 PM permalink
When I was taking pictures with Lisa, who appears in the reviews of every downtown casino, I didn't dare take her there, especially considering how she was dressed. However, one of these days I'll get some photos there. Maybe I'll give the modeling opportunity to the next female panhandler I come across downtown, assuming I have a camera with me. I was called for jury duty on Tuesday, so that may happen soon.

However, in all honesty, once you're inside it isn't THAT bad. A friend of mine used to love that place, despite having plenty of money. His last trip he lamented, "Man, that place is going uphill."

One I was card counting the single-deck 3-2 game there for about an hour. I thought nobody had a clue. Then a guy in a suit with a Las Vegas Club name tag walks in. He was very polite and respectful in the "back off," for which I give them credit.

One of the funniest things I have ever seen is the Cheapo Vegas picture and caption for the Western.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
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January 30th, 2010 at 6:37:15 AM permalink
yeah, I was in Hysterics for hours the first time I found that site. Im actually planning a similar "Coupon Run" to the one its sister site "vegas on 25c's a day" having purchased a copy of the american casino guide.
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January 24th, 2011 at 5:07:43 PM permalink
Quote: Croupier

yeah, I was in Hysterics for hours the first time I found that site. Im actually planning a similar "Coupon Run" to the one its sister site "vegas on 25c's a day" having purchased a copy of the american casino guide.



Does The Western still have bingo?

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