A visit to Las Vegas can quickly become very expensive, especially if you experience a bit of bad luck at the tables. However, there is no reason why you can’t go and have a great time playing all of your favourite casino games without having to break the bank.
In fact, the majority of people who visit Las Vegas are not high rollers at all. It has been reported that the average sports bet placed in Vegas is around $20 and if you look around the tables you will likely see that most people are playing with $5 chips. Furthermore, at the video poker and slot machines you will see people playing with quarters and pennies.
There was a time when certain games, such as Baccarat, were reserved for high rollers, but today you can find tables of all games designed to fit all sizes of budget. Here we will take a look at the best places to play the most common games for those who don’t want to spend too much per hand.
When you look for a low stakes table in Las Vegas, regardless of which game you are playing, you need to make sure that you have done a bit of research. Unfortunately, casinos will often introduce rules on the lower stakes tables that make winning even harder. Nonetheless, you can still find tables worth playing at and here we will introduce you to some of them.
Blackjack is probably one of the most famous casino games in the world. It is played in casinos across the world, and has a very strong association with Las Vegas. The game is easy to learn, but can take a lifetime to master, and it provides hours of fun.
If you have never played Blackjack then the basic idea is very simple. You need to build a hand of cards that is as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. As long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won the round. At the start of a round you are given two cards and can then opt to draw more cards or leave the hand as it is. When you have played your hand the dealer will play his and then the winner is determined. Before hitting the Blackjack tables in Vegas you should make sure you have a more thorough understanding of the game. If you are a beginner then be sure to take a look at our Complete Beginner’s Guide to Blackjack.
When you first visit Vegas you are most likely to head straight to the Las Vegas Strip, the heart of all the gambling action. There you will find a huge number of casinos and the good news is that you can play Blackjack on the Strip without having to burn through a fortune.
If you visit Bally’s, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, New York, Paris, SLS Las Vegas, Treasure Island or Tropicana, you will find $10 Blackjack games with a house edge ranging from 0.46 at the Bellagio up to 0.57 at the majority of the other casinos.
If your budget can stretch a little further, to $15 Blackjack, then you can head to The Cromwell, Excalibur, the Linq and Planet Hollywood. Here the lowest house edge is 0.57 at all the casinos except Excalibur where it is 0.66.
However, while the Strip is certainly the focal point of Las Vegas, it is by no means the only area with casinos. If you don’t mind exploring the Downtown area then you will find plenty more casinos, and the good news is that at many of these you can play for even less money.
There are numerous casinos where you can play Blackjack for $5 including Binion’s, California, The D, Downtown Grand, El Cortezz, Fremont, Golden Gate, Main Street Station and Plaza. The El Cortez has a particularly low house edge of 0.30 and 0.45.
Of course, you can also spend more money at these casinos, there are $10 Blackjack games at many of them, such as the Four Queens and Golden Nugget, and you can also play $15 Blackjack at Binions.
You can find a huge amount of information about the Blackjack games offered in Las Vegas before you visit there, including information such as how many tables each casino offers, the house edge, the number of decks used, the cut, the minimum and maximum bets, and the rules.
The only other thing to remember before your visit is that the low limit tables are likely to be very busy, so make a list of all the possibilities and start exploring. It is not a very big place, and casino hopping is a great way to get to know it.
Roulette is a hugely popular table game in Las Vegas as visitors can simply step up to a table and place a bet without having to spend much time studying the rules.
You will find four types of Roulette games across the various Las Vegas casinos, European Roulette, Single Zero, Double Zero and Triple Zero. While there are slight differences between the games, they all work on the same basic premise. A spinning wheel is divided into numbered segments (how many depends on the version of the game being played), a ball is then released into the wheel and players bet on which segment it will come to rest on. The betting options are greatly expanded thanks to the way that the betting area and the wheel are designed. For more information you can read our Complete Beginner’s Guide to Roulette.
Double Zero is by far the most common version found in Vegas. At first glance European Roulette and Single Zero Roulette appear to be the same game. However, there is one important difference; European Roulette includes the “La Partage” rule. This rule means that half of even money bets are returned if the ball lands on zero. This reduces the house edge on red/black, odd/even and hi/lo to 1.35%. All other bets on both tables have a 2.7% house edge.
Only three casino in Las Vegas offer European Roulette, and it is not cheap to play. At the MGM Grand the minimum bet is either $25 or $50, while at Encore and Wynn it is $100. However, if you are not set on playing European Roulette then you will still find plenty of places at which to play.
Triple Zero Roulette first arrived in Vegas at the Venetian in 2016. They added a third zero to the wheel from the normal double zero games. This game has a house edge of 7.69%, a double zero game has a house edge of 5.26%, except for the Five-Bet of 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3, which has a house edge of 7.89%. The Triple Zero game can now be played at both the Venetian and the Palazzo.
If you are looking to play regular American Roulette (otherwise known as Double Zero) then there are plenty of options for those on a budget. If you head to Flamingo you will find four tables that have a minimum bet of just $1 (and a maximum of $100). If you want to bet a little more you can play for as little as $2 at Casino Royale, The Cromwell, and more. Along the Strip, there are also games with $3, $5, $10, $15 minimums and so on.
However, once again, if you are on a really tight budget then walking a short distance from the strip offers the perfect solution. Amazingly, there are three places in Las Vegas where you can play Roulette with a minimum of just $0.25. The closest place to the strip is the Boulder Station, but not much further is the Fiesta Rancho, and both of these are perfect if you are on a smaller budget.
If you are looking for something a little different then be sure to head over to The Golden Gate on Fremont Street. Not only is it the street’s oldest and smallest hotel, but it is the first place in the USA to offer Riverboat Roulette. This game offers seven new bets that are based upon coloured areas that have been added to the wheel. Best of all, six of these bets are multi-spin and can be carried over until they win or lose, so you get more action for your money. Other novel Roulette games in Vegas include Double Ball roulette at the Tropicana and Organic Roulette at the MGM Grand.
For many years, Baccarat was the ultimate in high roller gambling and it was the game traditionally enjoyed by those that like to play for the highest stakes. However, while to a certain extent this is still true, Baccarat is now open to all types of player, including those on a limited budget.
Baccarat is another table game that has very straightforward rules and takes very little time to learn. The aim of the game is to build a hand that is as close in value to nine as possible. There are just three bets, you can bet on yourself (Player), the dealer (Banker), or a tie. Each player is dealt two cards and the hands are then assessed. In some situations players will receive a third card, but this is quite rare. For a full explanation, see our Complete Beginner’s Guide to Baccarat.
There are certainly still numerous places in Las Vegas that cater to high stakes Baccarat players, and some VIP lounges will even demand as much as $500 a hand. However, you will find places with limits that the vast majority of people will be able to afford.
If you are looking to play on the Strip itself then your cheapest option will be video Baccarat at Encore, which you can play for $3. However, if you want to play at an actual table then you will have to pay a bit more, $10, and then you can head to Circus Circus, Flamingo, Luxor, New York, SLS, and more.
Unfortunately, there are still a relatively limited number of low limit tables, so it is worth taking a list with you so that you can find a backup option during peak hours.
If you are willing to leave the Strip itself then you will find plenty of options. A particularly interesting one is the Golden Nugget where you can find No Commission Baccarat with a lower limit of $10. However, there is just one table, so you may struggle to find a seat.
Also in the area are The Palms, Rampart and Rio, all of which offer Baccarat with a lower limit of $5 (however, only at the Rampart is not video Baccarat).
Whether you decide to play on the Strip or in the surrounding Downtown area is entirely up to you, the important thing is that there are now plenty of budget Baccarat options for visitors to Las Vegas.
For many people, Craps is the iconic gambling game and Vegas the iconic gambling destination, so the combination is what many will head Vegas for.
Las Vegas is packed with excellent options for Craps players, from lessons for beginners and tables with very low limits, to very high stake games, complete with exciting side bets, for the professional players. Craps is one of the more complicated casino table games, and if you have never played it before then you should start by reading our Complete Beginner’s Guide to Craps.
Many believe that the best Craps games on the Strip are at The Cromwell Hotel & Casino. It is the only casino on the Strip to have 100x odds on craps, by far the most generous odds to be found in Las Vegas, and certainly on the Strip. No other casino on the Strip even goes to 10x odds, and most only offer the standard 3x, 4x, 5x odds. Furthermore, not only does The Cromwell have the best odds, it also has $5 limits! However, most of the time, especially in the evenings, there will only be $10 minimums on offer.
However, as with anything that sounds a bit too good to be true, there is a catch. In order to take advantage of the 100x odds you will need to have $5 on the pass line, and not many people will have $500 in cash to back up the pass line bet.
Those who are looking for low roller destinations will be more interested in the Casino Royale. There you will find plenty of games with a $5 minimum and a great environment. Furthermore, during the day you will find $3 craps with 3x, 4x, 5x odds.
At the other casinos on the Strip it is becoming more difficult to find $5 Craps tables. However, they do appear at the Luxor and Excalibur, as well as at Bally’s. Most of the Strip casinos have $10 tables during the day and in the evening increase it to $15 or even to $25.
However, regardless of your budget, a great thing is that many of the major casinos on the Strip offer free Craps lessons, such as at the Linq, Flamingo, Luxor, New-York New York, and Palazzo.
As with the vast majority of Vegas games, if you are looking for low limit Craps tables then you have plenty of fantastic options in the areas surrounding the Strip, especially on Fremont Street and its immediate area.
At Main Street Station, just north of the Plaza, you can find $5 minimums and the best odds Downtown (20x). If you want even cheaper options then pay a visit to El Cortez just a few streets east of the Fremont Street Experience. There you will find the minimum place line bet is just $3 and there are 10x odds.
The D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is known for having one of the best atmospheres on Fremont Street and it is well worth a visit. Even better, the casino spreads $5 minimum craps games during the days and weekday nights. Over the weekend this is bumped up to $10 minimums. They have 10x odds and free Craps lessons at midday.
There are plenty of other options on Fremont Street, including the Golden Gate, the Plaza, Four Queens, and the Golden Nugget, all of which offer highly affordable games.
Casino Las Vegas Offers It All
If you can’t make it all the way to Las Vegas then do not worry. Right here at Casino Las Vegas you will find all of these games, and more, with betting limits to suit every size of budget. Regardless of whether you want to play Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat or Craps, we are sure to have the perfect games for you.
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