JohnnyQ
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March 30th, 2018 at 2:41:47 PM permalink
Overview

It seems like CET doesn't know how they want to market the RIO. It is situated right next to two locals casinos, PALMS and GOLD COAST. But RIO doesn't have the paytables that the other two casinos have. And it is obviously NOT a STRIP casino.

I think CET should either invest in it (for starters, how expensive could it be for a coat of paint on the worst parts of the the worn and tired façade ? Also, when the renovations are done at PALMS, RIO is going to look even worse in comparison), OR attract more players with better paytables recognizing that it is a locals casino.

The Good

+ Free room usually available weekdays at my level of play.

+ I got a 75K Slot tourney Invite - a lot of people won some Freeplay, a few won a really nice amount. I didn't win anything, but it didn't cost me anything either.

+ The tourney was set-up so you had a scheduled time to play 5 minutes on each of 2 days, and then didn't have to stick around all day. It was run very efficiently.

+ Hallway Carpeting is a less ratty than some older Caesars properties on the Strip.

+ PALMS is a super short walk.

+ Diamond check-in.

+ Nice big room.

+ Enterprise rental car neighborhood location is with-in walking distance, although they "will pick you up".

+ Easy parking.

+ Got a ROYAL FLUSH playing 25 cent Video Poker.

+ I'm not a STARBUCKS person, but it has a couple of locations for everyone who is.

The Bad

- Marginal video poker except for the random and just completely lucky RF above.

- Dinner Buffet is so-so.

- No breakfast or lunch buffet. I guess PALMS and GOLD COAST have that covered.

- No more shuttle bus service to the Strip.

- No in-room coffee maker.

- Very limited Diamond show ticket availability. This was discussed on another thread. But to reiterate, it would be nice to loosen that up a bit.

- Regarding that, Hey CET, let's consider the "Do What you Say" part of the old adage.

- Most of the elevators worked most of the time.

- Prices in the gift shop were crazy high. 6 bucks for an ice cream sandwich is about 2 bucks too high, imho, even for an on-site store.

“You see, that’s why we’re a great band ! Yes we are, we are a band. I am in a band.”
blount2000
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March 30th, 2018 at 2:52:04 PM permalink
Thanks for the mini-review. The Rio is usually my go-to hotel when coming to Vegas, and I definitely agree it could use some freshening up!


Quote: JohnnyQ

The Bad
- No more shuttle bus service to the Strip.


This is very disappointing to hear.
You serious, Clark?
JohnnyQ
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March 30th, 2018 at 2:56:16 PM permalink
Quote: blount2000

Thanks for the mini-review. The Rio is usually my go-to hotel when coming to Vegas, and I definitely agree it could use some freshening up!


Quote: JohnnyQ

The Bad
- No more shuttle bus service to the Strip.


This is very disappointing to hear.

Well, technically speaking there is still a regularly scheduled bus that goes up and down Flamingo all day right across from the RIO, it is the RTC 202 route !

$ 2 per ride, or live a little and spring for a 24 Hour pass for $ 5.
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Ibeatyouraces
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March 30th, 2018 at 3:02:19 PM permalink
What about the Gold Coast shuttle?
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TigerWu
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March 30th, 2018 at 3:29:53 PM permalink
I have one for your "Pro" column... Rio is one of the few casinos in town that has a 24/7, $25 minimum Pai Gow Tile game.
JohnnyQ
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March 30th, 2018 at 3:35:09 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

What about the Gold Coast shuttle?

I assume GOLD COAST still has a shuttle, but I'm not sure.
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Ibeatyouraces
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March 30th, 2018 at 3:53:05 PM permalink
Quote: JohnnyQ

I assume GOLD COAST still has a shuttle, but I'm not sure.


All I know is that it went from Orleans to GC to the Forum Shops at Caesars.
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RogerKint
March 30th, 2018 at 3:59:00 PM permalink
Oh hey, somebody else who also didn't win anything in that tournament (I was at like 505, paid until 500).

I'd say that another upshot is that they participate in the decline-houseleeping-for-food-credit program. (Unfortunately, as mothers everywhere have claimed, Starbucks cookies do NOT qualify as food. Nor anything else prepackaged.)

I'm pretty sure my room had a coffee maker and fridge.
blount2000
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March 30th, 2018 at 6:51:10 PM permalink
I also like that the Rio has the Hash House a Go Go as one of its restaurants. I hit that place pretty hard when I stayed at the Rio last summer.
You serious, Clark?
Boz
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March 30th, 2018 at 7:08:11 PM permalink
Amazing how cool Rio was 20 years ago compared to today. Even 10 years ago they still had the sky show, a bowling alley, a top rated buffet and more quality restaurants along with decent for CZR video poker and comps.

I’m sure Caesars would love to sell the property and just move on. Other than the WSOP I see no reason to visit compared to their other lower end properties on the strip.

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