New Higher Limit Space 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 high limit room 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 having the price or trouble. Since, frankly, neon is a huge pain in the ass.

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

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

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

El Cortez carpeting

It is a myth casino carpets are created to maintain buyers searching up at slot machines. They are made to camouflage stains although making you feel like you’re hunting big game.

The prior carpet was so properly-identified and beloved, the casino truly sold sections of it in the gift shop. The provide of carpet pieces sold out speedily. Only in Vegas!

At the moment, the modest high limit space has two blackjack tables and four slots.

It is expected a baccarat table will be added quickly.

There are four slot machines.

El Cortez

The slot selection in higher limit isn’t expansive, but you only need 1. Just be positive to choose the correct a single.

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

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

EL Cortez

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

El Cortez is one particular of our preferred places to play downtown. The worth is undeniable, and it’s on a shortlist of casinos that nevertheless have a throwback vibe.

Even though we were at El Cortez, we mentioned 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.

Yet another claim to fame (if you can call it that) for El Cortez is it was after 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 best collective noun for a group of mobsters. Possibly a “family” of mobsters? Or better yet, a “whack” of mobsters?

El Cortez

We love it and we hate every thing.

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

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

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