Day Trip to Jean, Nevada

I drive south of Las Vegas to Primm and Jean, Nevada one or two times a year. I enjoy the highway drive and both destinations have a few things to do. This is the first time that I did not play a single game on this trip. I was a bit pressed for time.

This report is for Terrible’s Roadhouse in Jean. Here is my trip report for Primm, Nevada.

World’s Largest Chevron

My first stop was Jean, Nevada. I dropped by the new world’s largest Chevron station. It has 96 pumps. Nearly all were idle. Maybe it has something to do with the $4.19 per gallon price. The store has a White Castle and a few generic food options, as well as a large convenience store, gift shop and mini casino.

Terrible’s Roadhouse in Jean

I crossed the highway to Terrible’s Roadhouse. This is the former Goldstrike. Most of the Goldstrike signage is gone. However, there are still signs of the old branding. This includes the two gold miners at the entrance, the old storefronts embedded on the exterior and some old Goldstrike logos on the back of the building.

Terrible’s Roadhouse markets towards junkets and tourists that are passing through or want a cheaper room than Las Vegas offers. There are several remodeled floors in the hotel. These rooms are in the taller of the two hotel towers that was closed during the recession when MGM Resorts owned it.

There are four table games at Terrible’s Roadhouse. There are two 6:5 blackjack tables with $5 limits. There is $4 double zero roulette and a $5 baccarat table. There is a $1 video blackjack game. The Dealers Angel machine is gone. It was replaced by a three-seat blackjack machine that pays 6:5.

There is some decent video poker at Terrible’s Roadhouse. There is quarter and dollar 9/6 Jacks or Better and 8/5 Bonus Poker by the front door. I could not find the other games shown in VPFree2. If coin games are your thing, there are quarter keno machines and $1-coin reels.

In my experience, playing these full pay games will generate generous mailers. I received $50 and $100 monthly mailers from an afternoon at full pay Jacks or Better.

Terrible’s Roadhouse does not have a sportsbook. However, it has a William Hill kiosk. Winning tickets are paid at the cage.

For food, there is a 24-hour Denny’s on the casino floor. There is also a steakhouse open during evening hours and a snack bar open daily.

Hotel rates

It is difficult to determine the hotel rates for Terrible’s Roadhouse.  The property’s website does not have a booking page on it. The site barely exists at all and is on a subdomain of what seems to be a hosting re-seller.

I called and got the idea that room rates are about $40 to $50 during the week and $70 to $80 on weekends during typical demand. A newly remodeled room is $10 more per night. There is no resort fee.

The verdict

There are a few reasons to stop at Terrible’s Roadhouse. The movie cars in the back may be interesting to some. Low limit players may like the $5 roulette and $5 baccarat. Video poker players will find the only 9/6 Jacks or Better game south of M Resort in Nevada at Terrible’s Roadhouse. The hotel has low rates that may be a draw for those priced out of the Las Vegas market during peak times.

What does Terrible’s Roadhouse future look like?

I thought Jett Gaming buying Jean was a great idea. It gave a gaming and gas station company a monopoly, as well as significant land at a highway exit that may appreciate substantially one day. A second Las Vegas airport is proposed just south of Jean. This would make the real estate around the exit in high demand. In the meantime, Terrible’s Roadhouse serves its purpose as a cheap hotel along the highway with a handful of playable games in it.

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