The El Cortez was the first casino I visited downtown and it holds a place close to my heart.
Since I first visited the El Cortez they’ve remodeled the casino. There were years I stayed away from the casino because of this. There was a charm in the burnt felt and dented cans of beer. The cocktail waitresses no longer as “can the El Cortez buy you a drink?” I miss that, but I can finally move on. Besides, they still have the same awesome poker “room”.
The El Cortez offers $3 blackjack, but it pays 6:5 so I go to next level $5 minimums on 3:2 single (or double) deck blackjack. These games attract novice players at times but generally the players at El Cortez are older and know what they’re doing.
Same thing with craps. The tables are either $3 or $5 minimum and most of the players know what they’re doing. El Cortez has 10X odds in craps and I love rolling dice with elderly gentlemen and this is the perfect place for that.