Best And Worst Craps Odds On The Vegas Strip

Craps Table At Luxor
Craps Table At Luxor

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, craps is my favorite game in the casino. Besides being fun to play, craps gives the casino one of the smallest house edges’ most casino games. Fun game and small house edge?! That’s a perfect combination!

You can actually decrease the, already small, house edge by playing greater odds. The higher the odds played the less the house edge. Unfortunately, the Vegas Strip doesn’t really offer the diverse craps odds that you find in Downtown Vegas. Thankfully craps still has a tiny house edge no matter what the odds.

Here are the craps odds on the Vegas Strip along with the house edge for the casino for each game.

100x Odds
The Cromwell
House edge: Pass 0.021%, Don’t Pass 0.014% 

10x Odds
Stratosphere
SLS Las Vegas  
House edge: Pass 0.184%, Don’t Pass 0.124%

3x-4x-5x Odds
Every other casino not listed
House edge: Pass 0.374%, Don’t Pass 0.273%

2x Odds
Circus Circus
Encore
Wynn 
House edge: Pass 0.572%, Don’t Pass 0.431%

3x-4x-5x are the normal odds offered at casinos on the Vegas Strip and just about everywhere else in the country. The house advantage playing maximum odds is still better than most games you’ll play in the casino.

Casino Royale has the best craps odds on the Vegas Strip but usually only has one table open so it’s difficult to get in on a game. The craps game at Casino Royale is one of the cheapest you’ll find on the strip with $5 or $10 minimums, so there’s that.

4/24/16 Update: The Cromwell has 100x odds up to $5,000. Table minimums are usually $5 or $10. (Thanks to @John_Mehaffy for confirming)

Bottom line with craps on the Vegas Strip – play wherever you want. The odds in most casinos are the same. If you’re looking for a good craps game with good odds head to Downtown Vegas. Here are my 3 favorite craps games in Downtown Vegas.

Note: Craps odds are from the Wizard of Vegas craps survey.

Low Rollers Getting A Sports Book at Casino Royale

William Hill Sports Book Logo
William Hill

This morning I was working on a guide to which sports book operator was in each casino for Covers.com (expect to see it in a few days).

One Vegas Strip casino was noticeably absent from the list – Casino Royale. The home of $1 Michelob bottles was devoid of a space to wager and watch sports.

Coincidentally plans for a sports book at Casino Royale were revealed this afternoon. William Hill will be operating the new Casino Royale sports book that will be tied into a sports bar in the center the casino.

William Hill currently operates only one sports book on the Vegas Strip at SLS Las Vegas. Details are limited but here’s the press release for your information. I’ll have more information as it’s revealed.

This Casino Royale sports book could become a great destination for low rollers on the Vegas Strip.

PRESS RELEASE

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (SEPTEMBER 28, 2015) – William Hill, the world’s leading sports betting company, is
partnering with Casino Royale to open the newest sports book in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Coming this winter, subject to regulatory approval, the full-service William Hill Sports Book at Casino Royale will be part of an all-new sports bar in the heart of the casino, surrounded by popular outlets, such as Denny’s, Outback Steakhouse, Walgreens and White Castle.

William Hill features the state’s largest wagering menu, including the best parlay card payouts in Nevada and LIVE continuous InPlay wagering on football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.

“We are thrilled to partner with Casino Royale to bring the William Hill Sports Book experience to the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. Casino Royale has put together a group of great brands andwe’reexcited to be part of the line-up”, said William Hill U.S. Chief Executive Officer, Joe Asher.

William Hill US operates 104 race and sports books in Nevada and the state’s leading mobile sports betting app. Founded in 1934, William Hill is the UK’s largest bookmaker with 2,400 betting shops and operates one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming businesses.

Cheap Hotels On The Vegas Strip

Las Vegas lost almost 300 cheap hotel rooms when Bill’s Gambling Hall closed in February. The plan was to replace it with a ultra-cool-young-hip-celebrity-friendly boutique hotel. Caesars Entertainment did that by partnering with Gansevoort and Victor Drai for the new Gansevoort Las Vegas.

As with every new casino Gansevoort Las Vegas will open with prices starting at the top of the market, currently $249, and why not? Last year at G2E a rep from MGM Resorts said that across all of their properties room occupancy is at 90% or more. Cosmopolitan says that they’re regularly almost at 90% capacity. Room rates will continue to rise with increased visitation. Last year I wrote about that the low rates at luxury hotels in Las Vegas were nice while they lasted but things are changing.

Don’t worry there are still plenty of hotel rooms on the Vegas strip (let alone downtown and off strip) that can be had for as low as $20 a night. Of course, you get what you pay for. Here are the least expensive hotels on the Vegas strip.

  • Bally’s
  • Best Western at Casino Royale
  • Circus Circus
  • Excalibur
  • Flamingo
  • Luxor
  • The Mirage
  • Monte Carlo
  • New York New York
  • The Quad
  • Stratosphere
  • Treasure Island
  • Tropicana

There are almost as many luxury hotel rooms on the Vegas strip as there are non-luxury hotel rooms. Las Vegas hotel room rates will continue to rise as demand increases with the better economy. The excess room supply that hurt Las Vegas during the recession will allow overall room rates to remain relatively stable in the future.

For the most part you get what you pay for in Las Vegas and you won’t get the same quality amenities at these hotels as you would at new and/or luxury hotels. This list is a great place to start if you’re looking for hotels with less expensive prices on the Vegas strip. If you’re looking to save even more money look away from the strip. Check out the list of cheap places to stay in Las Vegas.

For now…VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Photo: Las Vegas Guide

Resort Fees Give Every Hotel Room On The Vegas Strip Wifi

Resort Fees are bad. Nobody will disagree with that but there is something that’s not awful that will come with every hotel on the strip adding a resort fee. When Caesars Entertainment adds a resort fee to all of their Las Vegas hotels next month it will mean that every room on the Vegas strip (besides Casino Royale) will now include wifi.

Not that everyone needs wifi on vacation but it’s nice to have the access. I’m a bandwidth hog and want it all the time. I travel with a laptop and smartphone and sometimes my awesome iPad mini. I get that not everyone is like me but more and more people are depending on wifi access. Many of them (for some reason) are travelling with children that expect wifi wherever they go and will be louder and more obnoxious when they don’t get what they want.

This isn’t to say that resort fees are good but, if nothing else, they’re bringing more internet access to Vegas hotels and that’s not a bad thing. Again, I’m looking for a bright side to resort fees.

On a related resort fee note, if you book a comp room at a Caesars hotel with your Total Rewards account you may not have to pay a resort fee. We’ll know for sure in a couple days but that’s how it’s worked for me at The Venetian and MGM Grand. Most people I know that stay at Caesars properties stay there because they have easy access to comp rooms and for them these resort fees may be moot.

 

Caesars Entertainment Confirms Resort Fees

Thursday, Caesars Entertainment came forward and confirmed that they will, indeed, be adding a resort fee to the price of their hotels in Las Vegas. No big surprise there. Read their quote below to find the surprise from Gary Thompson, Caesars Entertainment’s director of corporate communications. His job is to spin every message to the media so that it’s seen as a positive.

This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees,” Thompson said in a statement today. “We continue to do all we can to provide our guests with the best value, best products and best experiences in Las Vegas.”

According to Mr. Thompson, Caesars customers asked for the resort fee to be added on to their room fee. How about that?! Has a customer ever asked to pay more for something? No. I’m surprised that Caesars statement to upset customers would be a lie like this. If it’s not a lie, I’d like to see proof.

I don’t get bothered by resort fees because I care more about the bottom line on the room fees. Any business has the right to charge what they want for their product or service. I also have a right not to buy that product or service. If I don’t like the final hotel room prices at Caesars properties I’ll book elsewhere. It’s not like Caesars owns all of the hotels in Las Vegas.

I don’t appreciate Mr. Thompson lying about why Caesars added resort fees but I’m more offended by the poor housekeeping at Caesars hotels. Don’t forget, if you’re offended by resort fees but still want to stay on the strip there’s always Casino Royale.

 

Hate Resort Fees? Stay at Casino Royale

With Caesars Entertainment adding a resort fee to all of there hotels in Las Vegas beginning March 1, almost every casino on the Vegas strip has a resort fee. That is except for one.

The Best Western at Casino Royal is the only hotel with a casino on the Vegas strip that doesn’t have a resort fee. The rooms at the Best Western have recently been renovated so they should be what you’d expect at a top notch Best Western.

So, if you want to take a stand on resort fees but still want to stay on the Vegas strip Casino Royale is your only option.

Personally, I don’t care about much resort fees specifically (although I got a little cranky when I saw a $7 resort fee on my $35 room at Silverton). I care about the bottom line. The total cost of the room. The Caesars resort fees will raise all of their room rates by $10-$25 or somewhere from 10% to 40% depending on when and where you stay.

Adding $25 to a $250 room at Caesars Palace this may not be much of a big deal but if you’re staying at The Quad, for example, $10 is about a 25%-40% increase. That’s a hefty increase for a budget hotel.

When all is said and done Bally’s and Harrah’s may still be among the better bargains on the strip along with Monte Carlo and Luxor. Time will tell.

If you reserve rooms with now on the Caesars Semi-Annual sale you won’t be charged a resort fee and you’ll get a discount of 10%-25%.

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Get Ready For Caesars Resort Fees In Las Vegas

After trumpeting they have “No Resort Fee’s” for a couple of year Caesars Entertainment decided to join every other casino hotel on the Vegas strip, except one, by adding a resort fee in March.

Yesterday, Caesars Entertainment, which had been promoting itself for some time as the hotel group with “no resort fees,” notified online travel agencies that mandatory nightly surcharge will be applied on all bookings made for stays at its Nevada properties that begin on or after March 1.

The only casino hotel on the Vegas strip without a resort fee is Best Western at Casino Royale. If nothing else this puts all the casinos on the strip on a level playing field. I guess the economy is looking up. The Caesars properties will have a different resort fee based on how clean they are.

  • $25 – Caesars Palace
  • $20 – Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood
  • $18 – Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio
  • $10 – The Quad

The cancellation policies are great at the Caesars properties (you can usually cancel with a two day advance notice without  being charged) are pretty good so I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you to take advantage the the semi-annual sale happening now and you may be able to avoid the resort fee added to your reservation. Check the reservation cancellation policy when making reservations just to be safe. Leave a comment if the policy has changed this year, I haven’t stayed at a Caesars property yet.

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Best Craps On The Vegas Strip

Craps Table At Luxor
Craps Table At Luxor

As the year ended I looked at the best craps in downtown Las Vegas and didn’t find anything too surprising. Main Street Station has the best odds for a craps game downtown.

Most gaming on the Vegas Strip is worse than those offered in downtown Vegas but that’s not entirely true when it comes to dice. Craps on the Vegas strip is almost the same at every casino but there are a few locations that stand out being better than the rest. Here’s the breakdown.

  1. 100x – The Cromwell
  2. 10x – SLS Las Vegas, Stratosphere
  3. 3-4-5x – Aria, Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Casino Royale, Cosmopolitan, Encore, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Quad, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Palazzo, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian
  4. 2x – Circus Circus, Wynn/Encore

3-4-5 Craps is the norm on the strip and that’s fine. Regardless of the odds craps still has some of the lowest house edges in the casino. The difference between 3-4-5 and 100x odds is fairly small and not enough to make me go somewhere I don’t want. That said, if Cosmopolitan or somewhere nice had a 100x odds game they would likely find me at the table.

Note: If you know different odds at any of the casinos please leave a comment. This craps survey was updated 3/2018.

Photo – flickr jcnikon

Rumor: Which Vegas Casino Filed Chapter 11?

Dave McKee from who writes the awesome Stiffs & Georges blog threw out an interesting question on twitter this morning about a Las Vegas strip casino going belly up (or restructuring debt) by filing Chapter 11.

He didn’t say “Company” so you rule out MGM Resorts, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn or Caesars properties immediately. Duetche Bank has been looking to sell the Cosmopolitan before the end of the year for a while now so you can understand why that’s not in the running. That doesn’t leave many properties to left on the strip for possible Chapter 11.

Who ya got from the remaining strip properties?

  • Tropicana
  • Casino Royale
  • Riviera
  • Treasure Island

Unless Phil Ruffin is looking for a tax write off, I don’t see him divesting of Treasure Island so soon and I haven’t heard a peep about Casino Royale ever.

That leaves Tropicana and Riviera as possible casinos to file for Chapter 11. Both have had financial trouble, but after a relaunch of the Tropicana went nowhere and President Tom McCartney left there hasn’t been much positive good talk about the property. In fact, the only real news from Tropicana has been about it’s club not opening.

Meanwhile on the other end of the strip Riviera has been trying to create a niche for itself with constant marketing and promotion. I’m not sure this is working, but it’s difficult to imagine that it’s not helping. Of course, it may not be working which would give cause for Chapter 11.

I don’t think silence is can’t be a good thing here and I’d have to imagine that Tropicana is the strip property about to announce Chapter 11.