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August 21st, 2018 at 2:31:21 PM permalink
Circus Circus still makes money.
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August 21st, 2018 at 3:07:35 PM permalink
I was there more then 25 years ago. Too long ago, dont remember exactly but it was fun.
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August 21st, 2018 at 3:37:23 PM permalink
I've visited twice. In 2009 the Mrs. and I brought our then-4-year-old and his auntie. We mostly played midway games, though I did get in some slots time and enjoyed their rotating "carousel" of slot machines. Do they still have that?

In 2012, the Mrs. and I stayed at the Wynn, but walked over for some low-limit poker. We arrived at the opening of the poker room, and I won a $75 high-hand bonus with only queens full of deuces during the first hour.
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August 21st, 2018 at 3:54:36 PM permalink
I'll answer my own question. According to their website:

Play the Carousel
Las Vegas' only Circus Carousel, that actually spins while you play your favorite penny slot and watch the Circus Acts.

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August 21st, 2018 at 4:28:12 PM permalink
1st hotel I ever stayed at in Vegas
About 20 years ago
I did visit the place a few years ago since I was staying next door at Hilton Grand Vacations
I made sure to catch a free circus act. It was pretty good
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August 21st, 2018 at 4:43:32 PM permalink
First hotel I stayed at as a kid. My parents took me when I was 11.

I hadnít been back till earlier this year. I walked through and thought it was extremely depressing. And it smelled like sh**. Literally. Like there was a sewage leak or something. I left after 5 mins.
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August 21st, 2018 at 7:29:34 PM permalink
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First hotel I stayed at as a kid. My parents took me when I was 11.

I hadnít been back till earlier this year. I walked through and thought it was extremely depressing. And it smelled like sh**. Literally. Like there was a sewage leak or something. I left after 5 mins.



I clicked on this thread to say something similar to what you said about Circus Circus. On a Gambling website, Circus Circus "Won," as Worst Casino You Have Visited?" It was voted as Worst Casino by a landslide. If this were The Razzies, it would have "won" for "Worst Picture,"
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August 21st, 2018 at 9:11:05 PM permalink
I can't say I've stayed there but I did stay Luxor and walked down to Excalibur to play craps with friends and thought that was possibly the worst hotel/casino I'd walked into on the strip.

While I've always thought "theme" hotels were fun (i.e. Excalibur and Circus Circus) as I've gotten older they've lost their mystique on me. That and the overbearing smell of cigarette smoke makes me gag.
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August 21st, 2018 at 10:44:14 PM permalink
Everybody needs to do a bit of expectation management before going to Circus Circus. I love it there. I am so glad that they didn't tear that place down. The only problem is that it's pretty far from the Strip. If Circus Circus was on the other side of the strip (South of Mandalay Bay or Tropicana), I think it'd get more business.
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I like the arcades there. They actually have good games
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August 22nd, 2018 at 2:04:24 AM permalink
It is fairly obviously what MGM thinks of owning Circus Circus. They have owned the property for over 10 years and have yet to add it to their Mlife loyalty program.
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August 22nd, 2018 at 2:28:26 AM permalink
Was there on Christmas Day about 12 years ago. You could not move. Could not get near the circus act stage.

Looked to buy a nice watch at the Tony Stuart, Ltd. shop but could not find it.
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August 22nd, 2018 at 8:36:26 AM permalink
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August 22nd, 2018 at 9:57:28 AM permalink
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August 22nd, 2018 at 3:50:10 PM permalink
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August 22nd, 2018 at 4:44:13 PM permalink
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Jay Sarno didn't set the world on fire with it but the guys he sold it to, Bennett and Pennington, did.

They made buckets full of money, hauling it in hand over fist.

Grind joints, places that cater to fleas and their families can be very, very profitable.

MGM obviously don't know how to run such a casino, and it shows.
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August 22nd, 2018 at 10:01:05 PM permalink
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Jay Sarno didn't set the world on fire with it but the guys he sold it to, Bennett and Pennington, did.

They made buckets full of money, hauling it in hand over fist.

Grind joints, places that cater to fleas and their families can be very, very profitable.

MGM obviously don't know how to run such a casino, and it shows.



I wonder how far all the 99 cent hot dogs Slots-o-Fun sold over the years would stretch if you laid them end to end? Would they reach Los Angeles?
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October 18th, 2018 at 11:16:25 PM permalink
On October 18, 1968, Circus Circus Las Vegas opened.

Happy 50th birthday, Circus Circus!

I love you and all your divey kitschiness! From James Bond to Austin Powers, and finally meóyou've hosted some of the greats, and not-so-greats, in Las Vegas history.
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October 18th, 2018 at 11:28:33 PM permalink
Circus was ok untill they became the Mexican discount Disneyland. I spent at a year in there when I first stated APing. It had not become the Mexican Disney Land yet.
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October 18th, 2018 at 11:44:29 PM permalink
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Circus was ok untill they became the Mexican discount Disneyland. I spent at a year in there when I first stated APing. It had not become the Mexican Disney Land yet.



Por favor mantengase sentado, con los brazos, manos, pies y piernas dentro del casino, y cuiden a sus niños, muchas gracias.
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October 19th, 2018 at 12:01:38 AM permalink
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Por favor mantengase sentado, con los brazos, manos, pies y piernas dentro del casino, y cuiden a sus niños, muchas gracias.

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On October 18, 1968, Circus Circus Las Vegas opened.

Happy 50th birthday, Circus Circus!



And the truly amazing part is you can still find items in the buffet that were originally placed their on opening day.
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October 20th, 2018 at 1:11:21 PM permalink
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I like the arcades there. They actually have good games

Agreed. We learned how to play skeeball there watching some other folks, modified it a bit, and always won the grand prize at Cedar Point. I have several electric guitars, but all the giant, and I mean giant, stuffed apes were given away.

I enjoy the chicken in the pot game. Somewhere I read that you can get 2 for 1 game coupons if you break a $ 100 bill in the office, near the McDonalds. You gotta look for it carefully.
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October 20th, 2018 at 4:40:31 PM permalink
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October 20th, 2018 at 6:41:09 PM permalink
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Agreed. We learned how to play skeeball there watching some other folks, modified it a bit, and always won the grand prize at Cedar Point.



My brother, a right-hander, used to roll it so that it would bounce off the left side, and he could consistently get 40 points on each roll. Afterward, they limited the top prizes to something like 2 per day. (Not saying it's cause and effect, but it's possible!)
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October 20th, 2018 at 6:58:34 PM permalink
That's exactly what we saw, but I just went with the easy roll straight up the middle racking up 40 points at a pop. Back at home, 3 smalls = 1 medium, 3 mediums = 1 large, 3 large I think was player "choice". Equal Giant Ape.
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January 12th, 2020 at 11:02:56 AM permalink
Here's a good walkthrough of Slots O Fun and Circus Circus Las Vegas (starting at 4:40). I just noticed this guy's channel. He mentions a lot of things about Circus Circus that have been discussed here. Like him, I'd never been to the back of the casino! So many gift shops!!

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