By Steve Beauregard (updated April 2021)
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.
$5 Craps Games in Las Vegas
As for other Strip properties? The $5 craps tables are becoming a thing of the past. In fact, the only $5 craps game you will find on the Las Vegas Strip is a mid-week morning game at both the Strat and at the Sahara (both on the North end of the Las Vegas Strip). Even then, that can be bumped up during conventions or busier times (July 4th weekend for example).
I personally checked out the Luxor (one of the last $5 holdouts), during a slow early January weekday, and only found $10 tables.
I do know that even recently, a little off the Strip, the Westgate has $5 tables (daytime only) as well. Another casino just off the Strip, the OYO, (across from the MGM Grand) also has $5 daytime craps.
Other than that, all Strip casinos have (at the lowest) $10 minimum tables during the day, and bump that to $15, or even $25 during the evening. Recently at the Aria, there weren’t any craps tables below $25 (day or night).
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 $15 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)
$5 Craps Games Off the Strip
Ellis Island (just behind Bally’s) offers $5 craps games, as does the popular South Point, and locals casinos such as the Cannery and Sunset Station. Other locals and Stations casinos (Red Rock Resort, Palace Station, the Orleans, Green Valley Ranch, etc.) seem to only spread $10 minimum craps games.
Casino Royale for Craps?
The unheralded, sometimes forgotten Casino Royale used to be casino craps leader of the Las Vegas Strip, with limits as low as $3 and 100x odds. Unfortunately however, the casino got rid of all table games in the summer of 2020.
Best Craps on the Las Vegas Strip for Low Rollers?
Other than the Sahara’s and Strat’s $5 craps, the next lowest-minimum craps casinos on the Las Vegas Strip offering $10 games include:
Please note: these are weekday morning minimums. In many cases, the $10 game will be gone at night and on weekends.
Highest Minimum Craps Table in Las Vegas
From what I’ve seen personally, (and heard from others), is that on weekend nights, you’ll only find $50 craps tables at the Bellagio.
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.
When open, Main Street Station, a block north of the Plaza, is where you’ll find $5 minimums, and the best odds downtown: 20x.
The only two other casinos offering $5 craps as of this update are the Four Queens and Binion’s.
The minimums at the El Cortez are up from the 25 cent games they offered as recently as the mid-2000s, as now they are $10. However this Las Vegas stalwart still has 10x odds.
The The D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is a fun, rollicking joint that has helped make Fremont Street fun again is on the higher end now, with $15 minimum tables (even during the day). The D offers 10x odds. They also have free lessons at noon.
The D’s sister property down the street, Golden Gate, has a $10 day game however, which bumps to $15 at night. Like at the D, you can have 10x odds.
Other Fremont Street casinos, such as the Plaza, Golden Nugget, and Fremont Hotel and Casino, have $10 minimums. Another hotel just off of Fremont Street, the fairly newly remodeled Downtown Grand, has $10 games. The last I checked, its 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 only has $10 games. It seems to stay at this level at night however.
The newest hotel on Fremont Street, Circa, has $15 minimums during the day, and $25 at night. Circa Las Vegas only offers 3/4/5 x odds.
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. When open, they spread a $1 minimum craps table (on weekdays). It gets twice as expensive, Friday – Sundays ($2 tables:). They also offer 10x odds.
Four miles south on the Boulder Highway, the Club Fortune Casino has $1 craps as well.
Jerry’s Nugget, in north Las Vegas, still has $3 craps as of this update.