By Steve Beauregard (updated January 2020)
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 (if you’re willing to look around).
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 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.
The catch here is that The Cromwell no longer has $5 minimums. I believe that in the mornings you may find $10 minimum tables, but at night, I have seen all $15 minimums, except for one $25 minimum table.
Of course, to take advantage of the 100x odds, you’d have to have $1,000 on the pass line at a $10 minimum table, and not many of us have $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 Cromwell also gets high marks for the friendliness and efficiency of its dealers.
As a side note, The Cromwell even has a single zero roulette machine.
Best Craps in Las Vegas for Low Rollers?
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, but their $5 tables seem to be just a memory now. They also have gotten rid of their 100x odds option. They still have cheap beers and eats, along with a rowdy, fun environment.
$5 Craps Games in Las Vegas
As for other Strip properties? The $5 craps tables are becoming a thing of the past. I personally checked out the Luxor (one of the last $5 holdouts), during a slow early January weekday, and only found $10 tables. However the Excalibur had a $5 table as recently as last fall. I also hear you can find one $5 table each at Harrah’s and at Bally’s during the day sometimes, and at NY-NY up until 5 PMish.
On the far North end of the Strip, the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel and Casino had $5 craps when it was the SLS, (even at nights sometimes), however I haven’t been there since they re-branded as the Sahara.
I do know that a little off the Strip, the Westgate has $5 tables (daytime only) as well.
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.
I’ve heard first hand that minimums at the Flamingo and Linq are $10 with it going to $25 at most nights and weekends.
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, and the 12 in the Field pays 3x.
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.
Of course, the world famous craps joint, the Cal downtown, is a must stop for any craps player wanting to have some of that famous golden arm’s luck rub off on you. It too has $5 games.
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.