Best Craps in Las Vegas – A Look at the Casinos Offering Cheap Minimums, Lessons, and the Best Odds and Rules on Fremont Street and the Strip

A craps game at Casino Royale - the best place to place craps in Las Vegas

A craps game at Casino Royale – the best place to place craps in Las Vegas

By Steve Beauregard

The best gambling city in the world also has some of the best craps games. For beginners, there are free lessons, and plenty of tables with low minimums. For the more advanced player, shooting dice in Sin City not only offers you some of the highest odds you’ll find, but an array of tempting side bets that you shouldn’t take advantage of, but probably will.

Here are the best craps games on the Las Vegas Strip, on Fremont Street downtown, and even a couple of suggestions off the Strip.

Best Craps on the Las Vegas Strip

The unheralded, sometimes forgotten Casino Royale is the undisputed casino craps leader of the Las Vegas Strip.

You may come here for the $1 beers, but you’ll stay for the best craps game in Sin City, with $5 minimums and 100 times odds. This is by far, the most generous odds in Las Vegas, and certainly on the Strip, as no other Strip joint even goes to 10x odds.

Now the catch is, that to take advantage of the 100x odds, you’d have to have $5 on the pass line, and not many of us have $500 in cash to back up our pass line bet. Still knowing you can back up your bet with a $50, or $100 during a nice roll is music to the ears of degenerates like me who are constantly pressing our bets.

Casino Royale did away with the 100x odds in December of 2014, but reinstated the unique bet months later.

As for other Strip properties? The $5 craps tables are a thing of the past, although I hear you can find one at Bally’s during the day sometimes. Typically, Strip casinos have $10 tables during the day, and bump that to $15, or even $25 during the evening. Keep in mind, if you happen to be playing on a $10 table, and the minimum is raised while you’re playing, you are grandfathered in and allowed to keep playing at the $10 level until you leave.

As for lessons, you’ll be able to find free craps lessons at many of the major casino on the Strip. Places like the Linq, Flamingo, Luxor, Monte Carlo, New-York New York, and Palazzo all offer free craps lessons and all at 11 a.m. daily for some reason. Circus Circus offers craps lessons at 12:30 p.m.

(Go here for a beginner’s guide on how to play craps)

Best Craps on Fremont Street Downtown

As you might imagine, most of the low limit craps tables in Las Vegas will be found at casinos in downtown Las Vegas – either right on Fremont Street, or just off of it.

Such as at Main Street Station, a block north of the Plaza, where you’ll find $5 minimums, and the best odds downtown: 20x.

An old Vegas stalwart, the El Cortez, still had 25 cent crap games going just a few years ago (we’re talking mid 2000’s).

While the minimums at the El Cortez have gone up, they haven’t risen much. During the day, (mostly in the morning), you’ll find the minimum to be $3 at this old school joint a few blocks east of the Fremont Street Experience.

The Fremont Hotel and Casino, also has $3 minimum craps tables.

The The D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is a fun, rollicking joint that has helped make Fremont Street fun again. As part of the party, the casino spreads $5 minimum craps games during the days and weekday nights. This is bumped up to $10 minimums on weekend nights. The D offers 10x odds. They also have free lessons at noon.

The D’s sister property down the street, Golden Gate, has a similar $5 day game, which bumps to $10 on weekend nights. Like the D, you can have 10x odds.

Other Fremont Street casinos, such as the Plaza, Four Queens, and Fremont Hotel and Casino, often offer the $5 minimum game at night, including weekend nights. Another hotel just off of Fremont Street, the fairly newly remodeled Downtown Grand, has $5 games, and it’s craps tables offer the Fire Bet.

The nicest hotel on Fremont Street, the Golden Nugget, has $10 minimums during the day, and $15 at night.

Best Craps in Las Vegas Off the Strip

The Westin offers a good craps game for the low roller. I say “off the Strip,” but this low-key hotel/casino is right across Flamingo Road from Bally’s, and is situated just two blocks west of the Strip, behind The Cromwell Las Vegas.

The worst day at craps is still better than the best day at work

The worst day at craps is still better than the best day at work

Each day, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Westin spreads a $3 minimum craps game in their Max Casino. (Named because the resort used to be called the “Maximum”). On top of that, they have 10x odds.

Literally just around the corner on Koval Lane stands the Ellis Island Casino and Brewery. This casino, known for the long-standing steak and beer special, (for $7.99), also has a happy hour Craps period, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Minimums are $3 here too, but only during happy hour.

Lowest Minimum Craps Game in Las Vegas

Jokers Wild Casino is a way, way, way off-Strip property, located in Henderson, which is a suburb south and east of Las Vegas.

This locals place, however, may have the lowest craps minimums in the world, with a $1 minimum craps table. They also offer 10x odds. ((Photos courtesy of Evan Blaer and chicadecasa via Flickr).