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 Cromwell is one of the best places to play craps in Las Vegas
The Cromwell Hotel & Casino has overtaken long-time winner Casino Royale has having the best craps game on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Cromwell is the only Strip casino to have 100x odds on craps. 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. Most casinos on the strip, (including the Casino Royale now), only offer the standard 3x,4x,5x odds.
In addition, to having the best odds, the Crowmwell has $5 limits, (although this is becoming rarer). Most of the time, (especially at night), there will only be $10 minimums available.
Now the catch is, that to take advantage of the 100x odds, you’d have to have $5 on the pass line, (or $1,000 at a $10 minimum table), and not many of us have $500 or $1,000 in cash to back up our pass line bet. Still knowing you can back up your bet with $100 or more during a nice roll is music to the ears of degenerates like me who are constantly pressing our bets.
The unheralded, sometimes forgotten Casino Royale used to be casino craps leader of the Las Vegas Strip. And still is a great place to play, especially for low-rollers.
Not only may you come here for the $1 beers, but you’ll find $5 minimums and a rowdy, fun environment.
The Cromwell is on the bottom right
As for other Strip properties? The $5 craps tables are becoming a thing of the past, although my understanding is that you’ll still find them at the Luxor and Excalibur. I also hear you can find one at Bally’s during the day sometimes.
Typically, the ritzier 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 typically 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 casinos on the Strip. Places like the Linq, Flamingo, Luxor, New-York New York, and Palazzo all offer free craps lessons.
(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, with the minimum place line bet just $3 at this old school joint a few blocks east of the Fremont Street Experience. The El Cortez also has 10x odds.
The Fremont Hotel and Casino, also has $3 minimum craps tables, but only during certain times.
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.
Lowest Minimum Craps Game in Las Vegas
And here we mean the lowest live table craps game. At nearly every casino, you’ll be able to find the “Shoot To Win” electronic bubble craps game, with minimums as low as $1.
As for the lowest live craps limits? It’s at the Jokers Wild Casino, which 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 Blaser and Las Vegas Blog via Flickr.).