Trip to the Central Part of the Las Vegas Strip

Sign on Las Vegas Boulevard for Treasure IslandSign on Las Vegas Boulevard for Treasure Island

On December 14, 2023, we visited Treasure Island, Mirage, Caesars Palace, and Bellagio. We found a few changes at these casinos.

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Treasure Island 

Treasure Island removed a few more tables since our last visit. These were replaced by a dual-wheel 00 roulette machine that was being installed during our visit. We did not see any $10 blackjack tables like we have in previous visits. It took $15 to play. The options are 6/5 single deck, 3/2 double-deck, and 3/2 six-deck. There is also $1 3/2 stadium blackjack that goes up to $3 on weekends.


Our next stop was Mirage. The big change is that the 99% $1 and $2 video poker games are all gone. It now takes the $5 denomination to get games like 8/5 Bonus Poker, 9/7 Double Bonus, and 15/9 Deuces Wild.

The table games that were in the sportsbook are now gone. The baccarat tables in the old poker room are now blackjack.

It seems the days of $10 craps and 6/5 blackjack may be over. The casino was slow, but these tables were $15. Mirage still has $25 3/2 blackjack.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace was the same as before. The lowest minimum bet on open tables started at $25, except for the big wheel game, which was $10. If you prefer $15 games, the pits by the sportsbook were closed, but some 6/5 blackjack craps, and poker pit games had $15 signs.


Bellagio had a few changes. The $1 and $2 99% games are gone. It now requires the $5 denomination to get 99% games like 8/5 Bonus and 15/9 Deuces Wild. All the $5 and $10 9/6 Jacks or Better are gone.

Blackjack table at Bellagio

The European Roulette table is no longer on the floor. The game is only found in the salon now with a $100 minimum bet. There are no more European Roulette tables left in any Las Vegas pit. All are in salons. Plaza has a standard single zero roulette table in its pit for $15.

Inflation hit the high limit blackjack games. Six-deck was $300. Double-deck was $500. It takes $50 to get 3/2 blackjack on the floor. Pai gow and baccarat started at $50. The poker pit games and roulette were mostly $25, but a few poker tables were $15.

Other changes we found

We dropped by Harrah’s on an unrelated project. We noticed the keno lounge closed last month. That leaves Horseshoe with the last keno lounge on the Las Vegas Strip.

Keno closed at Harrah's Las Vegas
Live keno is no longer available at Harrahs Las Vegas

Cromwell emptied its high-limit salon a few months ago. The tables there were moved to the floor, including a 3/2 blackjack table that stands on soft 17. Those tables remain in the pits. The tables returned to the salon.

There is a new table game at Flamingo and Harrah’s called 3 Shot Poker. It plays like Three Card Poker with a twist. We noticed the game was popular at both casinos. The minimum bet is only $5. It requires at least $15 to play as it is basically three different hands.

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John Mehaffey
John, a founding member of Advantage Media LLC, got his start in gaming as a prop player at online poker sites. He played online poker from 2001 to 2005. In 2004, he created a site that served as a directory for an online poker promotional method known as rakeback. He sold that site in 2006 and moved his family from Atlanta to Rapid City, SD to work for a similar company. They later moved to Las Vegas in 2010. John’s favorite game is full-pay video poker. His favorite table game is Ultimate Texas Hold’em, though he would rather play it in video form. Currently, John is best known for compiling blackjack and table game data including all Las Vegas and Clark County casinos.