December, 2018 | Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
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Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas vs. Las Vegas Strip

Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas vs. Las Vegas Strip

Downtown Las Vegas offers several advantages to the Strip, especially when it comes to casino gaming action. If you’re hoping to escape the tourist crowds and high-limit tables on the Strip, Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect location for an action-packed Vegas vacation!

Looking For Vintage Vegas? Downtown Has You Covered

Downtown Las Vegas

The legend of Las Vegas Vegas was built on high-energy gambling, strong drinks, and affordable entertainment. Unfortunately, many of the mega-resort casinos on the Strip have moved away from what made Sin City famous from the start. It’s easy to feel like you’re in an over-sized shopping mall rather than a Las Vegas casino when you’re on the Strip.

Downtown Las Vegas, on the other hand, gives you that classic Vegas vibe and aesthetic with lively casino floors, welcoming bartenders, and a thriving atmosphere that revolves around Vegas’ true roots: gambling.

The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is the perfect example of this. Located in what was once the Lady Luck Casino, the Downtown Grand is a modern adaptation to that vintage “Vegas feel” that separates this town from other gaming destinations.

A More Intimate Gambling Experience in Downtown Las Vegas

With thousands of slots and hundreds of table games on the Strip, you can feel less like a guest and more like a number. It can be an intimidating situation, especially if you’re new to gambling or are trying your luck on a different game. Even for seasoned veteran gamblers, the echoing crowds can be a distraction and take away from the experience.

Downtown Las Vegas casinos offer a more personalized gaming experience with more intimate casino tables, a fun mix of Vegas locals and out-of-town thrill-seekers, and the best gamblings perks including free play, hotel discounts, dining offers, and free drinks while playing. With our completely remodeled casino floor, Downtown Grand will immerse you in the excitement of all the gaming action without feeling like just a face in the crowd.

Our friendly, engaging dealers take pride in providing the best in dealer hospitality and hosting exciting card and table games, which can really transform your overall gaming experience. Downtown Las Vegas is known for delivering the most energetic casino environments, and Downtown Grand is no exception.

Stretch Your Bankroll With Lower Table Limits

One downside to the behemoth casinos of the Strip is their high table limits. With minimums at games such as blackjack and roulette as high as $25, you could quickly burn through your entire Vegas budget after just a couple hours of play.

To get full casino action for your money, consider the casinos of Downtown Las Vegas. At Downtown Grand, we have table limits as low as $5 a hand. Our slot machines are also a gamer’s delight with penny and nickel slots still available for play on our casino floor.

In addition, payouts in Downtown Las Vegas are more favorable for gamblers. In general, our slot machines are looser and table games provide better odds than most of the casinos offering the same games on the Strip.

Downtown Las Vegas Offers Better Odds and Payouts

Table Games at Downtown Las Vegas

Many blackjack tables in Downtown Las Vegas still pay 3:2 on 21, instead of the 6:5 typically offered at the Strip casinos. Odds like 5x, 10x, or even 20x on craps tables are also available in Downtown Las Vegas casinos. This makes a huge impact on the house’s edge and your ability to hit the big bucks. Learn more about the table games at the Downtown Grand.

On our casino floor, we have 11 blackjack tables, all paying 3:2 on 21. We have buy-in minimums as low as $5 and you can even make side bets such as Buster Blackjack or King’s Bounty Blackjack.

If you are a fan of table poker, we have you covered: Downtown Grand offers Three-Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em, both with low $5/hand minimums. We also offer exciting Pai Gow poker with a $10 minimum bet.

Expansive Gaming Variety in Downtown Las Vegas

While Downtown Las Vegas may not have the overwhelming scale of the Las Vegas Strip, it does offer all the casino games you know and love! And if you’re looking for gambling variety, downtown casinos are proud to offer a wide variety of slots and table gaming options.

Downtown Grand alone has over 500 slot machines on our casino floor. These include classics such as Buffalo, Hot Roll, and Quick Hits, as well as newer games such as The Big Bang Theory®, Buffalo Stampede, Batman®, and The Flintstones®. If you enjoy video poker, we have both Super Star Poker and Ultimate X Poker machines on our casino floor as well.

In addition, we offer two tables of American-style roulette, two high-energy craps tables, competitive Texas Hold ‘Em, Three Card, and Pai Gow poker games, and multiple blackjack tables to choose from. Downtown Grand also hosts blackjack tournaments throughout the year.

For Your Next Trip to Vegas, Skip the Strip and Head to Downtown Grand

The next time you’re thinking about a trip to Las Vegas, consider staying (and playing) in Downtown Las Vegas. At the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, you can get an intimate, engaging casino gaming experience plus all the perks of our Grand Rewards program! Join our three-tiered rewards program today for your chance to earn free slot play, exclusive discounts at our restaurants, and free upgrades at our revamped hotel.

Also, if you have gone through your gambling budget, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide for Downtown Las Vegas to get away from the casino.

Whoa! 90’s Grand House Party Ultimate Dress Guide

In celebration of the WHOA! FREE 90’s Grand House Party hosted by Joey Lawrence this New Year’s Eve, we wanted to give you a fun (and hopefully beneficial) style guide to highlight some quick and easy 90’s fashion trends to help you find that dank, dope, fly, super fresh outfit!

Ladies, let’s start off with the obvious. Butterfly hair clips. Get ‘em. Clip ‘em. No more to say on that.

Other popular dress items include:


Buffalo Shoes

Doc Martens

Babydoll Dresses


Dragon and Flame Motifs


Tiny Backpacks

Knee High Socks

Rave Gear

Gents, let’s talk about some popular 90’s gear for you. (Not technically “gear” but don’t forget your DEP Hair Gel).

Popular dress items include:

Snapback Hats

Overalls with one strap down

Biker Jackets



Bucket Hats

Ripped Jeans

Bike Shorts

Let’s throw it back to this super fly decade and end 2018 on a hella good note, we hope that these pointers inspire some dope ideas.

The WHOA! 90’s Grand House Party is THE place to be this New Years’ Eve for fun, food, drinks and of course the only place in all of Las Vegas to be getting jiggy with it.

See you there!







A Look Back on Culinary Road Trip 2018

What began as a novel idea to explore the tastes and tunes of the American road inside Freedom Beat has quickly become Las Vegas’ premier monthly dinner series in just two short years.

“We were just looking for a cool way for guests to experience Freedom Beat and expose Las Vegas to some of my favorite cuisines from across the country,” notes Chef Scott Commings, “but it has turned into this incredibly personal experience for myself and the guests and it continues to get bigger each year.”

With destinations that have included Texas, New Orleans, Portland, Miami, Nashville, Seattle, and Boston (to name a few) this intimate monthly dinner series designed to be family-style and interactive has served over two thousand regionally inspired meals over its first two years. Originally limited to just 25 guests inside Freedom Beat, Culinary Road Trip has been permanently extended to 55 guests to ensure there’s plenty of leg room for all of the loyal travelers who continue to make the monthly trip with Chef Scott each month. Unlike traditional dinner series, the Culinary Road Trip is designed for those who like good music, family fun and a LOT of food.

With December 6th being the very last #CulinaryRoadTrip of 2018 (tear) we wanted to take you back on the road for a little recap of just how awesome 2018 has been.

It all started back in February with a little trip to New Orleans.

Now we know this isn’t the first time we’ve been to New Orleans – we went in 2017 too. BUT THE FOOD! It’s so good we had to go back!

Serving up Crispy Oysters on the Half Shell, Soft Shell Crab and Andouille Sausage Po-Boys, Rabbit Jambalaya and a Mile High Pie to finish it all off – Chef Scott Commings really outdid himself.

Take a look:

In March, we were back on the road again in the only place that makes sense for celebrating St. Patty’s Day – Boston!

That’s right, Boston, Massachusetts is the perfect place to feature a beautiful blend of seafood and Irish-themed delights.

With a menu consisting of Lobster Rolls, Fried Clams, Corned Beef and Guinness meat pies – it’s safe to say that no one left hungry or dissatisfied. Each course has its own accompanied drink as well, so no one left sober either. But that’s how we do our road trips (however, we never drink and drive).

In April, when it starts getting hot(ter) in Vegas, we decided it was time to get our sea legs. We took you on a boat trip to where else but Hawaii? We brought you up to the Citrus Grand Pool Deck and showed you a good time with Luau dancers, Hawaiian shirts, beautiful downtown Las Vegas views and the pièce de résistance – a whole roasted pig.

Honorable menu mentions include: Fried Rice Wok Station, Spam Musubi, Chicken Katsu, Char Siu (spare ribs) and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with “Dole Whip” Floats for dessert.

Who knew we could create an island paradise in the middle of the desert?

See the roast pig enter the party here.

Back on the road in June – headed to the capital of music, Nashville, TN! Yee-haw! Chef Scott created a menu inspired by Southern favorites. Menu items include Fried Bologna Sliders, Uncle Bud’s Catfish and Pickles (not sure who Uncle Bud is but he sure knows his fish), Tennessee Dry Rub Beef Ribs and what Nashville food menu would be complete without the Hot Chicken?! Yep – our guests enjoyed that too.

Drinks included a Lynchburg Lemonade, Ole Smokey Blackberry Tea and a Jack Mule featuring Jack Daniels paired with ginger beer – everything you could want, inspired by God’s Country!

We headed back out west in August. And we mean WAY west. We took you to the gorgeous city of Portland, Oregon AKA Stumptown, USA.

The Portland menu was as eclectic as the people of Portland themselves. The menu featured Lamb Gyros, Buttermilk Pork Tenderloin and Shakshuka, all finished up with a dessert of a Crème Brulee Pancake with Salt and Straw house-made ice cream. Drinks included a “Portland 75” cocktail with gin, rosé wine, simple syrup, lemon juice and lemon bitters. We also featured Portland’s own Widmer Brewery with their Hefeweizen, a Pinot Noir from Portland and sealed the deal with a delicious and cozy Spanish Coffee.

In October, we decided to stay local and keep it classy with an elegant Culinary Road Trip hosted at Triple George Grill for a special 5th Anniversary celebration. With a new venue we brought in some new entertainment and turned up the charm just a notch.

Trivia this month focused a lot on Chef Scott himself (did you know that Chef Scott is also a self-taught oven mason?!). The menu featured Lager Poached Prawns, a succulent Pot Roast, a Double Rib Chop, Triple George signature Porcini Crusted Tri-Tip Steak served “Oscar Style.” For dessert we enjoyed a Cast Iron Cookie and Bananas Foster. We get full all over again just thinking about it!

And lastly, we ended Culinary Road Trip back at the Downtown Grand with a “Home for the Holidays” theme.

Chef Scott featured seasonal cocktails and local beers with a stunning spread of Baby Baked Brie en Croute, duo of Chicken and Pork Pâté, Braised Beef and Root Vegetable Stew with Yorkshire Pudding, the Original Turducken and a scrumptious Figgy Pudding to bring it all home (get it? HOME for the holidays).

It’s safe to say that we took you a few places in 2018 and behalf of the entire Culinary Road Trip team and Chef Scott as well, we want to thank you for making these events so fun and going on this crazy journey with us.

We look forward to new and fun spots in 2019 – kicking it all off with Savannah, Georgia in February. Stay tuned on the ticket announcement for that. You will not want to miss it.

In the words of The Grateful Dead, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” But man, it was tasty!