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It Was Shady But I Miss It..

Discussion in 'All Things Downtown' started by Marko62, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Marko62

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    Downtown is slowly evolving away from the dirty dive bar casinos and introducing more "upscale" boutique resorts.

    I was thinking about some of the really shady spots I would visit and The Western immediately comes to mind. I loved that crap hole. Don't think you could find a better cheap drink menu in Vegas. You could get a Corona and a shot of Cuervo, a Bud and a shot of Beam or a Banquet Coors and a shot of Jack Honey for $3!! If you gave the bartender a $5 and said keep the change, they would personally find you on the casino floor & offer another round. Plus, they had pitchers of Coors Light for $5.

    Granted, this spot was a smoky dive filled with homeless looking to get out of the heat, locals looking for a cheap drink and the occasional lost/confused tourist. I would never make the trip after dark, but it was a must on every trip.

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    I thought I would open this and see the Boardwalk Casino...

    I remember the Western. It was in the same category as Gold Spike. Went into both looking like I'd just stepped off a SATC set. Luckily I was inoculated in AC so I didn't run screaming lol. I like dives, I like a certain amount of seedy but these two really made me question health department regulations and how long it takes bacteria to multiply and kill.
     
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    Gold Spike!! I remember going in right after they tried to revamp it and it was bad. The dealers were hot, but they couldnt count and constantly needed help.
     
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    Nothing hot in there in 2002 except for the breath of the homeless woman who asked me for a loosie.
     
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    Gold Spike was my favorite dive casino of all time!

    I took a gf at the time in there. They had a promo where if you hit a $100 or more on a penny or nickel machine, you got a free gift and a card for a free meal.

    She was playing Super Aces nickel vp. She hit the aces(2000 nickels=$100). They giver her the gift and the food card. Then they ask her to play the hand off.

    BOOM! 4 Aces again! They actually showed her the promotion rules that said she could get another gift, but the meal card was limited to one per day.

    We had no intention of eating there. We always gave the free meal cards to some homeless person we encountered outside.

    I still have one of the classic black and gold "Jackie Gaughan's Gold Spike" t-shirts. I never even wore it. Here's what it looks like(a pic from the net).

    goldspike.jpg
     
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    It's not downtown but the original O'Sheas was where I first did my real vegas gambling. So it has a special place in my heart. I have been in the Western before. We were a bit skeeved out and bailed. I think I play at either Fitz or Fremont that night.
     
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    I have a pic from 2011 when they offered Sexy BJ. Just have to figure out how to upload it
     
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    Trying to decide if I want you to be successful or not. LOLOLOL
     
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    We actually miss the Las Vegas Club, we had a lot of fun there, plus it was the very first place to comp us anything. We got players card from a young slot repair lady & the next time we were booking we rang the casino host who gave us 4 free nights, plus when we finished the trip, they gave us another 4 free nights.
    One time we were upgraded to a full size suite, 3 bathrooms, jacuzi in the main bedroom.
    Now sadly it's a pile of rubble.
     
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    I miss the Las Vegas Club too. Yeah it was dirty and had a weird smell, but it was what I thought of when I think of a downtown casino.

    A few years ago they decided to loosen up all their slots to max payback percentages and advertised it. It was great, everything just won like crazy for not just me but everyone I was with. We took a lot of cash out of that place more than once, to the point I think they tightened them back up around the time they closed.
     
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