Binion’s Gambling Hall is one of the oldest casinos in downtown Las Vegas. It was founded by Benny Binion in 1951. It later acquired the land next door occupied by The Mint in 1988. The Binion family owned the casino until January 2004. That was when the casino was seized by federal authorities for not paying benefits to the union representing Binion’s employees. It was sold to Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, a few weeks later. It reopened months later under new management, and is still operating as one of the most popular casinos in downtown Vegas today.
The World Series of Poker actually originated at Binion’s in 1970. Caesars Entertainment acquired the WSOP brand in 2004 through the acquisition of the casino. Binion’s also lost the Horseshoe brand name in this transaction. The property is now owned by TLC Enterprises, the parent company of 4 Queens, located down Fremont Street from Binion’s.
The casino at Binion’s offers 44 table games and hundreds of electronic games including video poker and slot machines. The best video poker game here is 9/6 Jacks or Better, which pays over 100%. Most other pay pay tables are below 99 percent.
There are over two-dozen blackjack tables at Binion’s. The main game is a six-deck shoe with double down and doubling after the split. The minimum bet is usually $5 with the max being $1,000. Many tables pay 6-5 on blackjack. There is a placard at each table disclosing this and they rotate often. It is important to make sure the game pays 3-2, even if the table did so earlier in the day.
There are two Single Deck Blackjack games that pay 3-2 on a natural. The bet limits are $10-$500. The minimum is often $25 at night and on weekends. Players may only double on 10 or 11 at this table and doubling after the split is not allowed. There are several 6-5 Single Deck Blackjack games with a $5 minimum bet.
Craps is available in limits of $5 to $1,000. The odds are five times. There are four craps tables at Binion’s. A video craps game is located near the sports book with a $1 minimum bet.
There are two $10-$1,000 Pai Gow Poker tables. Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, and Mississippi Stud tables have $5-$100 limits. High Card Flush is available with bets of $5-$1,000. Two roulette tables have double zero wheels and $5 to $1,000 betting limits.
Binion’s offers the second biggest poker room in downtown Las Vegas. It was once home to the World Series of Poker. There are over 40 tables, including the tournament area in the back of the casino. The main games are 2/4 Fixed Limit and 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em. Players earn $2 an hour when clocked in with the Club Binion’s card.
The Binion’s poker room offers a summer series known as the Binion’s Classic. Buyins for this series are usually around $200. In addition to No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low, and mixed games are spread.
A sports book operated by William Hill is located in the rear of the property behind the café. Mobile accounts may be created at this location. There is also a kiosk for wagers made after normal business hours.
Club Binion’s members earn cash back and comps at the same time. Every $200 in wagered on slots earns $1 in cash back and $2 in comps. That number is $320 for video poker. Comps may be used for dining, tobacco, and at the 4Queens hotel.
The hotel at Binion’s closed in 2009. 4Queens owns Binion’s and guests are invited to stay there.
The headline restaurant is the Top of Binion’s Steakhouse. It is located on the 24th floor. There is an outside glass elevator that patrons may take up to the restaurant. All steaks are broiled as opposed to grilled for a unique steak experience. Seafood and poultry are also available.
Casual dining includes the recently upgraded Binion’s Café. It is open 24 hours a day. Benny’s Bullpen offers snacks, including hot dogs, pizza, and sandwiches. A snack bar located behind the poker room sells sandwiches, salads, and hot dogs.
There are four bars at Binion’s. Two are located on Fremont Street with limited seating. The main bar is located near the table games pit. The other is by the poker room. The two inside bars offer video poker. The pay tables are not player friendly.
Binion’s is located on the Fremont Street Experience. It also has entrances on 1st Street, Casino Center Blvd, and Ogden. The parking deck is located across Ogden. Parking is $1.50 per hour. Binion’s will validate three hours of parking by stamping the ticket at the casino cage, regardless of action or dining. Poker players receive free parking, regardless of the length of visit.
The main attraction at Binion’s is the Million Dollar display. Guests may have their photo taken with the glass-encased million dollars. It was once made up of just $100 bills. That changed over the year. It now includes all denominations of bills.