Episodes Gambling Tips

Best Places to Play Craps in Las Vegas

Craps is a game I hope everyone plays at least once in their Vegas adventures. While it is seemingly very intimidating, the basic, smart bets are actually quite simple to understand. To me, what makes craps so great is that, for the most part, everyone is winning together. That’s why it’s typically the loudest, most exciting table in the casino. Not all tables are created equal though. Sometimes we find an atmosphere that is to our liking or dealers we have fun with. So, if you’re a novice looking to cut your teeth, or a pro looking to change it up, here are a few of the best places to roll the bones:

I’ve updated this list since recording the podcast episode above. This list has been curated based on my opinions, those of people I like, and general consensus from other Vegas and gambling obsessives. So, all that being said, if you’re a novice looking to cut your teeth, or a pro looking to change it up, here are a few of the best places to roll the bones:

2017 Edition

Overwhelming favorite:

Golden Gate

Friendly dealers, low limits, and 10 X odds makes this downtown property a must visit. You can still find $5 minimums on weekend nights.

Other downtown suggestions:

The D

Golden Gate’s sister property (both are owned by Derek Stevens) is another great choice. 10 x odds just like GG and a raucous, party atmosphere. You can find $5 tables most days and into the early evenings. Tables usually jump to $10 on weekend nights.

 Main Street Station

MSS is a great example of a casino doing all the right things for gamblers. Their craps table features 20X odds, which is one of best offerings in the city. Couple that with good video poker and plenty of inexpensive and quick dining options, and you get a property that really knows how to cater to gamblers.

Downtown Grand

DG is somewhat the opposite of MSS, as it is struggling to attract gamblers. It has certainly been going through some growing pains. One bright spot, it seems, is the craps pit, as multiple people recommended the Grand as a decent spot downtown. Many players mentioned the friendly dealers and low minimums. A nice bonus is that it’s the only casino downtown that has the Fire Bet.

El Cortez

One of my favorite casinos to recommend for novices and low rollers. Yeah, it’s a bit dated. But you always find a $5 table and friendly dealers.

The Strip:

The Cromwell

This boutique property may be small in stature, but it is proving to be big in customer service. Players, like Mark, co-host of You Can Bet on That, cited the Cromwell as one of their favorite places to play because of the friendly dealers and great service. Its $10 minimums are quite a good value given the prime center Strip location. $5 tables can be found early and some weekday nights. As of this posting, the Cromwell is tops for me on the Strip.

Luxor

$5 craps can be found quite frequently here, but it’s not the low minimums that give the Pyramid a nod from me. The service is absolutely top notch. Some of the best dealers in Vegas bring me and others back to gamble here frequently.

O’Sheas

If you love to party and play craps, you need to stop by this Linq extension. It’s cleaner and more open than the old O’Sheas, but the liveliness remains. Get loud, get drunk, and if you happen to lose a few dollars at their craps table, you can drown your sorrows by playing a round of beer pong.

Bellagio

Modern Vegas elegance makes this my favorite place to hang out and grab a drink. Something about the ambiance makes this property a must visit every trip. You can even, on occasion, find a $10 table. If you’re a low-roller like me, but want to class it up every once in a while, Bellagio is a great option at the right time.

Cosmo

You’re not likely to find low minimums, but this is a classy, fun, and hip place to play. Plenty of “eye candy” walking strolling through the property as well. Plus,  Chandelier is probably the most unique set of casino bars in Vegas. Grabbing a well crafted drink from one of their mixologists is a must.

Casino Royale

While it’s not a place I frequent, I’d be remiss to not include it knowing how many of my low rolling bretheren are fond of it. Great location, low minimums, and…Subway.

Off Strip:

Sunset Station

Great limits and friendly dealers make this a local favorite. Plus, it’s a myVegas partner, so you may be able to score discounted food and drinks or even a free stay.

Gold Coast

Low minimums in another local favorite. Inexpensive gambling just a short cab ride away.

Joker’s Wild

A 25 minute drive southeast of the Strip will land you at a this low-roller hot spot. Its not the nicest place, but it may be the cheapest. The casino only has one craps table, but it can be a great place to learn the game. This is because it has the lowest minimum of any casino I’ve surveyed, $1. A cab ride would be quite pricey, so I’d only visit if you or your group has access to a rental car.