befamous7
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August 7th, 2014 at 12:37:43 PM permalink
After many trips to Vegas over the past three years I am finally making my way to Reno. All trips to Vegas were simply for vacations. Not only is this my first trip to Reno, but it's also my first bachelor party. I don't know what the best man has planned for this trip, (I'm a groomsman) the only thing I do know is that we are staying at the Sands. I've read reviews on the Sands. Let's just say I'm glad we are only there for two nights. Lucky for me, the groom loves to gamble. I hope we spend more time gambling than we do giving our money away to strippers. We will all be sticking to craps, blackjack, and roulette. I will probably make a couple stops at the sports book as well as some pai gow tables. Myself and the groom love to hit the craps tables while the rest of the crew prefers blackjack.

I wanted to preface my trip for those who might have any questions. I haven't seen a lot of threads about Reno so I'd like to inform those who are curious.

Do you have any tips that I should know about for Reno? Or for a bachelor party?
AxiomOfChoice
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August 7th, 2014 at 1:15:00 PM permalink
I've only been to Reno once. It was a real dump. Extremely depressing. Just from looking around, you can tell that it used to be a really big deal, but now it's just sad.

But, hey, you are there for a party. Drink lots and have fun.
EvenBob
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August 7th, 2014 at 2:04:31 PM permalink
Quote: AxiomOfChoice

I've only been to Reno once. It was a real dump. Extremely depressing. Just from looking around, you can tell that it used to be a really big deal, but now it's just sad.



Last time I was there was 1977 and it was
a dump then. Never went back.

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Joeman
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August 7th, 2014 at 2:47:49 PM permalink
I'm no authority, but I just got back from a trip to Reno last month. Here's my take on the downtown casinos:

For the best gamble, I would walk a few blocks over to either the Silver Legacy or the El Dorado. Or if you are a low roller and/or up for a possible adventure, try the Cal-Neva! :) I was unimpressed with Circus Circus (not very lively/exciting) and Harrah's (high minimums & bad games/rules).

The Silver Legacy had a pretty good game selection. IIRC, they had the only fully staffed craps table (2 Base Dealers, Stick, & Boxman) among the casinos we visited. The other casinos would not have a box, and some had no stick (base dealer was stick). However, we were there mid-week. This might be different on the weekend. The minimums were $5, but this is always subject to change. They had an entire Asian Games pit which included Pai Gow, both the Poker and Tiles variety, as well as some bac tables. Also, if you are interested in VP at all, Silver Legacy will have the best selection, including a few Full Pay Deuces Wild machines. I didn't play BJ at the SL, but they had several tables going.

The El Dorado had a decent (for Reno) $5 BJ game... 3:2, DD, H17, DA2, no RSA, no DAS, but we had to wade through a bunch of 'Super Single Deck' 6:5 tables to find it. Not too sure what's so 'Super' about 6:5. They also had a $5 craps table and at least 1 PGP game going that I saw. They also seemed to have Downtown's only live poker room.

The El Dorado, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus are all connected, so you can go from one to the next without going outside, if you want to avoid some of Reno's more, um, interesting residents.

The Club Cal-Neva is certainly a throwback, and a low-roller's (like me :) haven. It's dark & smokey, and at times had some questionable clientele. But, it had $3 BJ (same rules as El Dorado), $3 3CP tables, $2 roulette tables, friendly dealers, cheap food in the cafe, and stiff (though not top-shelf) drinks that come pretty quickly. Oh, and if the game you want to play is not open, just ask the pit boss. I saw some one ask about the closed roulette table, and they closed down one of the empty BJ tables and opened the roulette table for her.

I didn't play at the Sands, but I did walk through the casino. It didn't seem too exciting, but this was during the day on a Tuesday. It's pretty small, but they were advertising $2 BJ, which was the lowest minimum around.

Oh, and some of the casinos were advertising Beer Pong tourneys on the weekends, if that's your thing.

Sorry, I can't help you out with any bachelor party tips other than have fun & stay safe!
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befamous7
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August 7th, 2014 at 3:54:00 PM permalink
Quote: Joeman

But, it had $3 BJ (same rules as El Dorado), $3 3CP tables, $2 roulette tables, friendly dealers, cheap food in the cafe, and stiff (though not top-shelf) drinks that come pretty quickly.



$3 CP? Craps? Sorry if that's a dumb question.

Thanks for all the info. I'm sure everyone on the trip will be into low-limit tables so I will pitch Club Cal-Neva big time. I'm just hoping for $5 limits. Anything less than that is a bonus.
AxiomOfChoice
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August 7th, 2014 at 4:02:18 PM permalink
Quote: befamous7

$3 CP? Craps? Sorry if that's a dumb question.



He said $3 3CP, which is 3-card poker, I assume.
befamous7
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August 7th, 2014 at 5:09:49 PM permalink
Quote: AxiomOfChoice

He said $3 3CP, which is 3-card poker, I assume.



Ding ding ding, dumb question! Thank you.
Joeman
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August 8th, 2014 at 5:14:55 AM permalink
Sorry for the confusion. Yes, 3CP = 3-card poker. The Cal-Neva did have $3 craps as well, but they were one of the joints with only 2 dealers manning the table. The base dealer on the opposite side of the shooter handled the stick and there was no boxman. I know it doesn't change the game from an outcome standpoint, but it just doesn't seem right not to have a full crew at the craps table.

BTW, I want to say that I am pretty sure max odds were 3x-4x-5x at all the tables I saw in the casinos there, but I couldn't swear to it.

The Cal-Neva also seemed to constantly have a Pai Gow Poker game going. I didn't play, so, I'm not sure if it was a $3 or $5 table.

I haven't been to the Peppermill in a few years, but if you have a car or want to take a cab, supposedly they have a younger, hipper crowd. Although, younger for Reno may mean late-30's!
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teddys
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August 8th, 2014 at 5:46:47 PM permalink
I really like the Silver Legacy and El Dorado too. Peppermill and Atlantis are way too kitschy for me. JA Nugget in Sparks was always a nice place with a good gamble, but I hear it has gone downhill. (Whatever happened to TIMSPEED?!?)
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Dicenor33
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August 8th, 2014 at 6:23:09 PM permalink
Sparks is a fast growing town, Northern Nevada can become a great place to live. Reno has it's own charm, you can stroll through quiet streets, ride a bike, enjoy the scenery. New casinos look busy, mostly locals. Mining has been the main industry in Nevada. Not much of high tech, some warehouses.

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