Plaza Hotel & Casino Review

Plaza Hotel & Casino opened in 1971. It was built on the former property of the Las Vegas train station and was originally known as Union Plaza. The property had a train depot and tickets were sold in the casino. It was the only casino in the U.S. that sold Amtrak tickets.

Plaza is located at 1 S. Main Street. Its main entrance is located immediately across Main Street from the west end of the Fremont Street Experience.

Plaza Hotel & Casino is owned by Tamares Group. This company also owns Las Vegas Club (now closed), a casino located across Main Street from the Plaza. The company once owned the gritty Western Hotel and Casino further east on Fremont Street. The casino was closed in 2012 and sold to Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project. This group hopes to revitalize the area east of the Fremont Street Experience.

Casino at Plaza

The Plaza offers about 80,000 square feet of gaming space. There are over 1,000 machines and 21 table games. There are 11 six-deck blackjack tables. Six are in a party pit. The rules are the same. Players may double and two cards and double after splitting. Blackjack pays 3-2. The limits are $5-$500.

There are two standard craps tables that offer 3-4-5x odds. Limits are $5 to $500. There is a Never Ever Craps with double odds. This game does not have a don’t pass or don’t come bets. Any number except a seven can become a point. A seven on the come out automatically wins the line bet. If it is rolled after a point is established the pass line loses.

There are two $5 roulette games with two zeros. Pai Gow Poker with a $10 minimum is available, as well as $5-$50 Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Let it Ride, and Three Card Poker tables. There is a Blackjack Switch table, however, it is rarely open.

The most popular blackjack game is Most Liberal 21. It actually is worse than most blackjack games. Players may double at any time, even after drawing. Aces may be resplit and even hit and doubled. Surrender is also available and players win on a Seven Card Charlie. In exchange for this, blackjack pays even money, unless it is suited, then it pays 2-1. The dealer also hits a soft 17. The limits are usually $5 to $500 at Most Liberal 21.

The video poker at Plaza is among the worst available downtown. There are some 99% games at the $1 denomination, otherwise, players will not find a game better than 8/5 Jacks or Better or 7/5 Bonus Poker. This is due to a promotion where players in the top tiers of the Royal Rewards player rewards program receive a match in free play when hitting a royal flush. Players that are not in the top tiers of the player’s club may want to check out the quality video poker on the coin machines at Las Vegas Club across the street. These games do not accept a player’s card.

The Royal Rewards program is available at Plaza and Las Vegas Club. There are four tiers; Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. Slot and video poker players receive .2% in cash back or .3% in free play. Comps for food and hotel are also earned at an unpublished rate. King and Ace players receive a match when a royal flush is hit on machines that accept player’s cards at denominations of $1 or less. New players qualify for a $100 loss rebate.

A sports book operated by William Hill is located in the rear of the property. This location offers mobile betting deposits and withdrawals. There is also a bingo hall located on the second floor.

There is a three-table poker room at Plaza. It uses Pokertek’s Poker Pro electronic tables. There are three daily No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. The main game is $.25/$.50 No Limit Texas Hold’em. The house rakes 10% up to $3.

Hotel at Plaza

The hotel at Plaza was fully remodeled in 2011. This included furniture and fixtures from the failed Fontainebleau Las Vegas property on the Strip. The casino was revamped at the same time. The property’s facelift came at a cost of $35 million. There are 1037 rooms located at the Plaza.

Dining at Plaza

Plaza offers several dining options. The main feature is Oscar’s Steakhouse. It is named after former Mayor Oscar Goodman. It specializes in steak and seafood. It is designed as an old school speakeasy. The dining room overlooks the Fremont Street Experience. Unfortunately, the new zip line platform partially obstructs the once breathtaking view.

Hash House A Go Go is a Las Vegas favorite for unique breakfast options. It is also open for lunch and dinner. Bier Garten is a German-style tavern. Island Sushi and Grill Express offers many Asian specialties beyond just sushi. Pop Up Pizza is located in the rear of the property and serves unique pizza pies and slices that go well beyond just cheese and pepperoni.

Diners looking for a faster or cheaper option may want to check out the food court. There is a Subway, Zaba’s Mexican Grill, Cafelatte, and McDonald’s.

Bars at Plaza

There are two bars located at Plaza. The bar near the poker room has about 20 video poker machines. The sports book bar has nearly double that amount. Neither bar offers quality video poker.


Plaza is located directly across from the Fremont Street Experience. There is a parking deck to the south of the hotel. The fee is $5 but this is reimbursed to hotel guests, gamblers and diners. There is valet behind the property 24/7. A separate valet in the front of the property is only available at night.

Features at Plaza

The headliner at Plaza is Louie Anderson. Tickets start at $60 and it is live Wednesday through Saturday. Exposed Hair Salon provides men’s hairstyling needs. Female stylists wear bikinis or lingerie. There is also a cigar store located upstairs.

Plaza offers a 30,000 square foot convention center. This is one of the largest available in downtown Las Vegas.

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