The good thing about downtown Las Vegas is that there are lots of gambling, good, and entertainment options within close proximity.
If one table is cold, or you feel like heading to another casino for any reason, there are options all around.
If you’ve never been to downtown Las Vegas, there are a series of casinos that line Fremont Street, just like in the pics below. Tourists are allowed to walk along the street.
Drinking in public is allowed. Each casino has plastic cups near the entrances and exits, so that you can pour any bottles into plastic cups. Glass is not allowed on Fremont.
Fremont (pronounced ‘Free-mont’, but spelled with one ‘e’) is relatively clean nowadays. About 15 years ago, downtown was a bit shady and perpetually smelled like urine. Nowadays, it’s a bit more tourist friendly, although most wouldn’t describe Fremont as ‘kid’ friendly. At night, sometimes the smell of marijuana can be strong and pervasive.
Here are some sights to give you an idea of what Fremont looks like during the daytime…
Downtown Las Vegas performers are now given a spot by the city. Here is a performer in her marked spot.
Another performer in their circled area…
Tip for ‘free’ parking:
Downtown parking is now mostly paid parking, unless you’re a guest of a hotel. But there is one way to get ‘free’ parking easily, if you are willing to jump through a simple hoop and have some self discipline. Binions will offer free parking for their gamblers.
When you pull into the garage at Binions, you will receive a parking ticket, like the one below.
Go up to a craps table or any table, and buy in.
Do it just like this for most efficiency: toss the box or dealer your parking ticket, your buy-in money, and your players card. All at the same time. Be sure to tell him that you will be there for 24 hours.
You don’t need a player’s card, but the player’s card is good for some freebies.
If you parked in the garage, you will take the elevator to the casino, and the players card sign-up is to your right, about 50 feet after you exit the elevator on the casino floor.
Unlike many strip casinos, most downtown craps games still have a boxman.
If you didn’t tell the boxman that you will be there for 24 hours, he will stamp your ticket for 4 hours of free parking. Four hours downtown can fly by quickly, especially if you decide to visit some of the slightly off Fremont casinos, such as Main Street Station (20x odds craps). Be sure so tell him that you will be there for 24 hours.
After he gives you back your validated parking ticket, you are free to walk away and not play a hand.
If you don’t play craps, go up to any table game. Just be sure to give the parking ticket to the dealer and tell them to stamp it for 24 hours.
You can then just leave the table, without having made a bet. I’ve done it plenty of times and never received push back from the box or staff.
If you decide to play, that’s fine, too. At a house edge of 1.41% on the pass, it’s good cheap fun; after all, you’re there to gamble anyways, right?