New Higher Limit Area Adds Flair to Downtown’s El Cortez Casino

Downtown’s El Cortez lately opened a new higher limit area, and it adds a fresh burst of color to the classic casino.

A highlight of the new higher limit area is a wall-sized, eye-catching photo of the El Cortez neon sign.

El Cortez

El Cortez cleverly employed an image that looks like neon, but without the price or difficulty. Because, frankly, neon is a huge pain in the ass.

The higher limit area is next to the casino’s cage. The space formerly held high limit slot machines, a number of of which we spent far more time with than our own family.

Also worth nothing in the new higher limit area is the fancy new El Cortez carpet.

The carpet was lately upgraded from one that (how do we put this delicately?) had been around awhile. About 13 years to be precise. Here’s the new carpeting.

El Cortez carpeting

It’s a myth casino carpets are designed to preserve buyers hunting up at slot machines. They are made to camouflage stains while creating you really feel like you are hunting big game.

The earlier carpet was so effectively-identified and beloved, the casino really sold sections of it in the present shop. The provide of carpet pieces sold out swiftly. Only in Vegas!

At the moment, the modest higher limit area has two blackjack tables and four slots.

It’s anticipated a baccarat table will be added soon.

There are 4 slot machines.

El Cortez

The slot selection in higher limit is not expansive, but you only need to have a single. Just be confident to pick the appropriate 1.

In the previous, El Cortez didn’t exactly scream “high roller,” but casino management has observed more interest in higher table limits, apparently.

At the moment, the El Cortez high limit space tables have restricted hours of operation, supplying blackjack on Fridays and Saturdays only. Guests can also reserve a table.

EL Cortez

No matter how significantly you’d like to, please do not make out with this wall.

El Cortez is a single of our preferred areas to play downtown. The value is undeniable, and it’s on a shortlist of casinos that still have a throwback vibe.

Although we have been at El Cortez, we stated goodbye to Naked City Pizza. The restaurant space has been walled off.

El Cortez

Naked City wasn’t just closed, it was erased.

El Cortez opened in 1941, and was the former stomping ground of casino legend Jackie Gaughan.

One more claim to fame (if you can get in touch with it that) for El Cortez is it was when owned by a gaggle of mobsters: Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway.

Moe Sedway later went on to invent two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation devices.

Now that we consider of it, “gaggle” may possibly not be the ideal collective noun for a group of mobsters. Perhaps a “family” of mobsters? Or better yet, a “whack” of mobsters?

El Cortez

We adore it and we hate almost everything.

El Cortez is a excellent jumping off point for the Fremont East entertainment district and quirky Downtown Container Park. It is a two-minute stroll east from downtown’s Fremont Street Expertise.

Cheers to El Cortez for evolving, and for inspiring us to seriously contemplate putting up a wall-sized El Cortez sign in our house. Let’s get these poor boys in the gift shop, currently.

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