heather
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July 18th, 2012 at 7:44:41 AM permalink
I've probably mentioned elsewhere on here that I stayed at the LV Hilton about a dozen times over the past few years. In January of this year, the ownership changed, it became LVH, their player's club changed, and they took out their big table Baccarat games. Baccarat is my game of choice, and the Hilton Baccarat room was my favorite place to play after the Stardust closed. I don't plan on staying there in the future since, comp-wise, it makes sense to stay at the hotel whose casino you plan on doing the most play in, and for me that means that the casino needs a big table Baccarat game.

I have lots of photos of the Hilton, but most of them are either packed or on a hard drive that I can't access right now (and am afraid that I might have fried). But, yesterday, I saw a TV show (actually, it's British, so I guess it would be a "programme") about the Hilton that had been produced back when I was regularly playing there, so I wanted to share a few screenshots, mostly to show what their Baccarat room used to look like (since you'll likely never have a chance to see it with big tables again). If you're interested, the show was Louis Theroux: Gambling in Las Vegas.

This was the world's largest freestanding sign at one point. Might still be, for all I know. I do know that it doesn't say "Hilton" on it any more. Also, the sign advertises The Star Trek Experience, which ought to date the show. I don't think that I ever did the ride, but I did eat at the restaurant, and remember it being good.



Good shot of the Hilton exterior, with the sign:



Pulling into the garage. Don't buy chips from people in the garage; it's a scam.



Single zero Roulette in the Baccarat room. This player isn't using special Roulette chips because he's the only one at the table; those are all standard black chips he's covering the layout with.



Another shot of the high limit Roulette table. Single zero, but no racetrack (you can still make call bets if you know where the chips go). What I like about this shot is the fleas staring into the Baccarat room watching the whale betting four grand a spin. Places that use velvet rope to cordon off their Baccarat games get these guys along the rope, too.



This is the world's largest hotel suite, or was at one time:



Another shot of what is, or was, the largest hotel suite in the world:



Blackjack on the Hilton's main floor. Yes, I read the felt, too. What's funny is that the guys who were sitting on either side of the guy in glasses were crying about their losses while playing at a H17 table.



High limit Blackjack in the Baccarat room. S17 (albeit with a typo on the felt making "17" possessive). I've always really liked the felt in the Baccarat room. You can't really see it in this screenshot, but that chip tray was filled with maroon, orange, and purple chips.



The Hilton's special Baccarat cage (note the sign). Wonder if it's still set up like that now that the big table games are gone. I have a lot of very pleasant memories about this cage (and its bill counter).



High limit slots:



Shoving hundred-dollar bills into a high limit slot machine (I saw a guy doing this on three machines at once):



Cool suite at the Hilton. It's a superior double if I'm not mistaken.



Good shot of the view from that suite, with the Hilton sign in the foreground:



Now, what we came for: Big table Baccarat!



Again, I really like the felt in the Hilton's Baccarat room. I like the metallic designs on it, too (looks almost like metal inlay in real life).



I've played with this exact same caller on more than one occasion. I am ashamed to admit that I don't remember her name (can anyone help?). Note the mangled card and high-value chips; now that's Baccarat!



Good shot of the table (and some of the Baccarat room, with the main floor in the background). The man and woman standing on the left are hosts hoving around their big players.



Baccarat caller with other tables (mini-Bacc and high limit Blackjack) visible in the background:



Turning over the Player cards for a 6-1 win (all those purple chips paid):



Another successful hand. I always really liked those live trees that line the walls of the Baccarat room.



Good shot of the Hilton's chips (and supercool felt):



Anyhow, that's my quick retrospective/memorial for LV Hilton big table Baccarat games (and incidental review of the BBC2 show). As I've stated elsewhere, LVH's having done away with their big table games is a tragedy of massive proportions. But, on the upside, it gives me an opportunity to explore other properties in LV offering big table games. On the downside, I've got a ton of accumulated HHonors points that I have no idea what I'll ever do with.
WongBo
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July 18th, 2012 at 7:55:35 AM permalink
very nice pics, it makes me wish i were squeezing right now!
looking closely at the pic of the "6-1"...
i think i can see that the banker has 6-1
and the Player looks to have 10-8....please confirm!
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. - Proverb.
heather
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July 18th, 2012 at 7:58:40 AM permalink
Looking at the screenshot, you appear to be 100% correct! The Player 6:Banker 1 hand must have been a different one and I misremembered what was going on (I had the show muted while I was making screenshots). Good catch!

You could do anything you wanted with the cards at those tables. I like to bend the corners up really slowly. I've seen them torn up. I've seen them eaten. I've seen Baccarat pens shoved through them and then launched at the caller like a missile. Possibly all at that exact table.
rainman
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July 18th, 2012 at 8:11:25 AM permalink
In honor of LVH big table baccarat please remove your hats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw
WongBo
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July 18th, 2012 at 8:15:22 AM permalink
i have never seen anyone eat a card but i have seen most other forms of destruction.
one of the funniest/most dramatic card destructions i saw recently
a whale betting 5-10k per hand,
pushes in about 20k on Banker, to try to even up before dinner.
Player draws a 0-1, Banker draws a 3-3..
card for Player: 6, Banker needs 1 to tie and 2 or 3 to win...
he slowly squeezes, and then howls in disgust.
he then rips the card in half and flips over half of a four,
shouting "TWO!"...
everybody was sort of wide eyed for a second
until he started laughing and then everyone felt ok to laugh as well.
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. - Proverb.
teddys
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July 18th, 2012 at 10:56:36 PM permalink
Nice memorial, so to speak. The whale was playing Lucky Larry's Lobstermania. I wonder if he read the Wizard's analysis of that game.
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
EvenBob
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July 18th, 2012 at 11:25:18 PM permalink
The Hilton is like a time warp back to the 80's. How
it stays open is a mystery.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
heather
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July 19th, 2012 at 6:29:26 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The Hilton is like a time warp back to the 80's.



That's my favorite thing about the Hilton! Only the 1980s-style Baccarat plaques are missing. I've heard other people say that they also like the time-warp vibe (it's even come up on here before, if I'm not mistaken). Sort of an unintentional theme-branding on the Hilton's part.

Quote: EvenBob

How
it stays open is a mystery.



Being right next to the convention center probably doesn't hurt.

Quote: teddys

The whale was playing Lucky Larry's Lobstermania. I wonder if he read the Wizard's analysis of that game.



He won five grand on it within a few spins of when that screenshot was taken (after having put less than a thousand into the machine). Possibly the only game that he didn't lose money on that trip, at least from what we see on the show.
OneAngryDwarf
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July 19th, 2012 at 8:05:33 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The Hilton is like a time warp back to the 80's.



Just like, say, every casino in AC save Revel and Borgata?
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July 19th, 2012 at 9:36:47 AM permalink
Quote: heather



Thanks for the write up heather. As one of the fleas on the rope you mentioned, I've never played big table bacc, and find it very interesting. I'm curious about what appears to be two dozen or so "lammers" in the silos in front of the chip tray. What are they for? Also, can you enlighten us on the values of the different colored chips? (lavender/purple, orange?, cardinal (cranberry?)?, red/pink?,) I recall seeing a t.v. show on "whales" in LV where it was noted that the Hilton was one of the only casino's to have $25,000 (or was it $250,000?) "rainbow" chips. I guess that this was pre-Mirage.
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