Binion's Horseshoe - Cradle of the WSOP
In 2005, Harrah's Entertainment purchased both the right to the World Series of Poker and the HorseShoe name. Eventually, Binion's Horseshoe was shut down and the casino sold. It would later reopen as Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel.
For a while, much of the casino still had the look, and in some places, the name, of Binion's Horseshoe. A massive renovation was done, including moving the poker room to where the old sports book used to be. The casino isn't the most posh in Vegas, but it isn't dumpy either.
Binions has tried to focus on being player friends and has somewhat of a country twist to it. Most of the lady dealers are at times decked out in revealing "country" wear and the staff in general seem very happy to help out.
All of the typical table games are offered at the casino, including blackjack, roulette, Pai Gow, and Let it Ride. There is a decent selection of slots and video poker available but the selection is not as big as other casinos. Binions focuses more on the table games and the poker room than they do slots.
The poker room is brand new and in a word very nice. The tables, chairs, and décor are brand new. The Gallery of Champions and Poker Hall of Fame is on display here as well. The only thing I don't like about the way the two displays are now setup is that there the area doubles as the waiting lounge, so sometimes it's hard to get a decent picture.
The offerings at the poker room are somewhat light at times. For the most part, you are going to find 2-4 Limit, 1-2 NL and 4-8 Omaha Hi-Lo with a ½ kill spread here. The game is usually one part locals, one part visitors.
The tournaments are among the best run in Vegas and are offered four times a day. The fields are not huge, but they do offer good practice.
If you have read anything about Binions hotel online, you will read that the rooms are outdated and are horrible. This is half true. The rooms are indeed outdated, but not horrible.
One you step in, the first thing you will notice is that the room looks like it came out of the 1970's or 1980's. In fact, other than the carpet, I would not be surprised if the furniture is indeed that old. The items are usually in decent shape, but they are clearly old. The televisions are circa 1980's or early 1990's.
The next thing you will notice about the rooms are that they are huge. You are not lacking in space when you stay at Binions. The bathrooms are indeed a bit outdated, but they are typically in good running order as well.
If you are someone that wants to be in a fancy hotel or something that is modern, don't stay at Binions. However, if you like old school and want a room that is functional and cheap, they are great. For example, this reporter stayed at Binions for a mere $20 a night.
If you are a member of Club Binions or have their coupon book, you can get some great deals. Among those are matching slot play, buy 1 get 1 free entrée's, buy 1 get 1 free burgers, free $20 in chips with $100 buy-in at the poker room, and 15% off a the gift shop.
If you get a chance, go down to Fremont Street and visit Binions. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what you will find awaiting you at "the place that made poker famous."