Main Street Station reopened this morning at 6am. This brings the total of open downtown Las Vegas casinos to 12. This is the first time that number was above 11 since Las Vegas Club closed in 2015.
There have been several changes on the property since it was last open in March 2020. The most obvious difference is the table game pit. More than half of the games are missing.
Main Street Station is down to a total of eight live table games. The other half of the pit was replaced by $1 6:5 video blackjack and $0.50 double zero roulette. This is the only roulette available at Main Street Station.
The pit games left are craps, 6:5 six-deck blackjack, 3:2 double deck blackjack, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride and Fortune Pai Gow Poker. Craps is still 20 times odds with the field paying triple on 12. The no doubling down after splitting rule remains at blackjack. The Fortune Pai Gow Poker is a no commission version where a dealer queen-high automatically pushes. Players may not bank.
Main Street Station table game limits
- Blackjack 3:2 double deck: $10 to $500 (2 tables)
- Blackjack 6:5 six decks: $10 to $500
- Craps: $10 to $1,000 (2 tables)
- Fortune Pai Gow Poker: $15 to $500
- Let it Ride: $10 to $50
- Three Card Poker: $10 to 100
We last surveyed Main Street Station in December 2019. At that time, we found a total of 19 live table games. The missing 11 table games are double deck blackjack (7), double zero roulette (2), craps and Super Fun 21.
Coin games are gone from Main Street Station
Main Street Station removed all coin games from its floor, just as Fremont did when it reopened from the pandemic closure. It was the last place in Las Vegas to play the Pay the Aces No Faces video poker game. California still has a few Treasure Chest Poker machines left at last check, as well as a couple of dozen other coin games.
Score with Four game is digital now
Before the pandemic, video poker players that made a natural four of a kind received a scratch card worth a few dollars from a slot attendant. It is all electronic now.
A player that makes four of a kind now has a board of 12 boxes that include four possible prizes. This displays on the players club touch pad. Once the player reveals three matches of the same amount, the bonus round ends and the amount is awarded. Players must use a BConnected card to qualify with five coins wagered.
There are new restrictions on these games. Some machines do not qualify. It seems like these excluded machines have a game on it with a 99% or better return. There is a disclosure on machines that do not offer this promotion, and a banner above the ones that do.
Update: There are reports that the bar machines still have the four of a kind bonus.
The rules say “valid on DEALT HAND” but I do not know what that means. It may be that a player must be dealt quads to get a bonus round, but I think it probably means that if you are playing a multi hand game, only the bottom hand qualifies like what gaming taverns do with the card of the day.
Video poker quality appears to be same as before
Update: Players report that most of the games mentioned below were removed from the casino about one week after Main Street Station reopened. We have not had a chance to confirm this. Most of this section is likely inaccurate. We have not been able to visit again for details.
There is no difference in the video poker quality from before the closure that I could find. The bar still has 9/6 Jacks or Better and 9/7 Double Bonus Poker.
The 10/7 Double Bonus Poker machines go up to the $1 denomination. These machines are between the bar and valet entrance. The rest of the floor still has the typical 99% selection like 16/10 Deuces Wild, 9/6 Jacks, 8/5 Bonus, 9/7 Double Bonus and 9/6 Double Double Bonus, including some on multi hand machines.
Main Street Station dining changes
Both Main Street Station restaurants have limited hours. Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery is open 5pm to midnight Thursday through Monday. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Garden Court Buffet is open daily from 8am to 2pm for brunch for $18.99. Dinner is only available on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm. It is $25.99.