teddys
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December 27th, 2011 at 10:09:10 AM permalink
I stayed at Main Street on a comp 12/16-18. It was a slow weekend. The hotel did not seem very full or busy, and I think everyone I saw was Hawaiian, with a few whiteys scattered here and there. Check in was fast and convenient, and I had never seen the nice check-in area and gift shop they have at the back of the hotel. There is a brochure that you can get that will tell you the provenance of all the antiques they have. Some of the stuff is really amazing, like turn of the century chandeliers from someplace famous in Europe.

There were five elevators serving about 15 floors of rooms. There was never a wait for the elevators. I was given a highway side room on a high floor. The rooms are nice, if a little small. Once nice touch is the shutters instead of drapes on the windows -- never seen that before. Kind of gives it a relaxing, tropical feel. The bedding package is nice. I was afraid the highway noise would be awful, but it never got above a dull roar. In fact, it was rather soothing. As long as the noise doesn't modulate, I can accommodate it. All in all, just a very basic, comfortable room with everything you need.

The casino is convenient, with some of the best gambling options downtown. I mostly stuck to the 10/7 quarter double bonus, 20x craps, and Sam Boyd's Treasure Chest bonus poker. The 10/7 double bonus is a great game, on slant tops near the valet entrance, and you get scratch cards for hitting four-of-a-kind. The slot attendants are extremely attentive and will bring your card right away. I played with a group of Hawaiians who were on the machines almost their whole vacation weekend. On the last day Dad hit a royal. I hit aces twice for $200 each.

The casino is also just about the best place to play craps in Vegas. The only ones that come close are Sam's Town and Joker's Wild on Boulder Highway (not coincidentally, also Boyd Gaming properties). The 20x odds is nice to have if you want to press your action, and the players are good. I would say 80-90% of player action is pass line/odds. I have won more than I've lost here, getting on some good rolls. Great dealers, also.

The food options are a downside. There is only the Triple 7 brew pub and the Garden Court buffet. Both are good, but not convenient for quick bites. Across the bridge to Cal is Aloha Specialties and Lappert's Ice Cream shop. Lappert's sells coffee and something called masaladas which are deep fried dough balls -- yummy for breakfast. Aloha Specialties does not accept Boyd points. You can eat at Pasta Pirate/Redwood Grill or Market Street Cafe at the Cal and charge it to your room at Main Street. Same thing with the Fremont restaurants, Paradise Buffet, Second Street Grill and Tony Roma's.

A word about the beer at Triple 7: On my visit, I ordered a snifter of the Belgian Quad Ale, "Monique 2.0." It was five dollars for a large snifter, and at 11% alcohol by volume, it packed quite a wallop. This is the type of beer that lingers in your memory. Just amazing depth of flavor. If you like beer even the least bit, you must try the microbrews at Triple 7. Get whatever they have on special. Next time I plan to try the "Bourbon Klaas" ale that is aged in bourbon barrels. Wheee!

On my stay, I estimate I played 4-5 hours of Double Bonus $0.25 poker, and 3-4 hours of craps, making $5 line bets and a few come bets, plus odds. At the end of my stay, I asked the host, Ipo Boast, for a comp of my Triple 7 meal, which she was happy to do. The room was already comped. By the way, there is no host office at Main Street. You have to ask the BConnected desk to call one, and they will come to the desk to assist you.

All in all, I enjoyed my stay at Main Street Station, but I felt isolated. I found myself walking over to Fremont Street often. I think next time I will try the Fremont, which has been recently remodeled, but Main Street Station is by no means a bad choice for a downtown stay.
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December 27th, 2011 at 10:42:38 AM permalink
Nice review. When I was there that weekend the casino at Main Street Station seemed way more lively and crowded than any casinos on Fremont. I guess it is because MSS simply has better games. The Plaza and Vegas Club were completely dead the entire weekend.
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December 27th, 2011 at 11:12:19 AM permalink
Perhaps this is common knowledge, but I have to ask: why did you see so many Hawaiians?
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teddys
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December 27th, 2011 at 11:19:46 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

Perhaps this is common knowledge, but I have to ask: why did you see so many Hawaiians?

Okay, I've wondered about this myself. Here is the story: When he was in the military, Sam Boyd ran "games of chance" on the Hawaiian islands. He developed personal and business relationships with movers and shakers on the islands. When he returned to Vegas, he started running junkets from Hawaii to his casinos. Now, there are three flights a week from HNL-LAS and back, and they are always packed with Hawaiians on package deals. You have the option of staying at Main Street, Fremont, California, and Sam's Town, but most choose to stay downtown. There are a myriad of package options:Boyd Vacations Hawaii.

This are one of the reasons I prefer Main Street to Sam's Town. I'll take Hawaiians over hillbillies any day of the week.

Hawaii is one of only two states without legalized gambling of any sort.
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FleaStiff
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December 27th, 2011 at 11:22:42 AM permalink
"Dead Week" is ill defined but is generally thought to be the week prior to the week that contains Christmas, so you were each at MSS during Dead Week. Thinner crowds, easier comps and perhaps slower dice.
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December 27th, 2011 at 1:43:44 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

You have the option of staying at Main Street, Fremont, California,



The California has catered to Hawaiians for as long
as I can remember. I always assumed (or was told)
it was owned by a Hawaiian company.
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December 25th, 2014 at 5:03:45 PM permalink
Quick checkin. Very historic lobby. Old railroad station. Hard wooden benches built to last
4 elavators, no real waiting. Got 12th floor facing the highway. Love the view with the mountains in the distance.
A small fridge in the room. I am impressed by that. Every hotel room should have a fridge.
Can crack the window. Thats a huge plus with me, I hate being sealed in.
99.54 at the bar Been playing there a lot.
I was wondering, nearby machines with 99.54 job and 100.17 DDB have the points reduced sticker
The bar has 99.54 job but no 100.17DDB and no points reduced sticker. Better to play these machines?
A bit of a walk to Freemont but kind of like it, take the bridge to California , through California cross street to Binions to Freemont exp.
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December 25th, 2014 at 5:12:46 PM permalink
How can you talk about MSS and not mention the Berlin wall? Come on!!
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December 25th, 2014 at 5:13:47 PM permalink
I pissed on the Berlin wall!!
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December 25th, 2014 at 6:07:45 PM permalink
Quote: terapined

Quick checkin. Very historic lobby. Old railroad station.


I think not. The building is a conversion of an old hotel, remodeled to look like a railroad station. I provided some of the history of the name when I posted my Main Street Station chip in the Casino Chip of the Day thread.

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