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Excalibur Las Vegas Review

Excalibur opened on June 19, 1990. It is owned by MGM Resorts. The casino is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip at the southwest corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd. This intersection is home to more hotels rooms than any other intersection in the world. Excalibur was the largest hotel in the world before MGM Grand opened in 1994.

Excalibur carries a medieval theme, and its main design includes castles. Pedestrian bridges connect Excalibur to Tropicana and New York, New York. A free tram connects Excalibur with Luxor and Mandalay Bay.

Casino at Excalibur

There are over 1,700 slot machines at Excalibur. Most are penny slots. The best video poker at Excalibur is 9/6 Jacks or Better. It is available in denominations of $1 and higher.

The number of table games at Excalibur has shrunk over the years. There are four $10-$3,000 craps tables with 3-4-5 odds. There are eight double zero roulette tables with a $10 minimum bet. There are 26 shoe blackjack tables. Many use continuous shuffle machines. Players may double down after splitting and surrender. The dealer hits a soft 17. Blackjack Switch is available with $10-$1,000 limits.

There is an eight-table blackjack party pit. These tables are only open on weekends. Limits are $10-$1,000. Blackjack only pays 6-5 at these party pit tables.

There are several card games spread by the house. These include Casino War and three tables of Three Card Poker with $5-$500 limits. There are two tables of $5-$200 Let it Ride and two tables of $10-$500 Pai Gow Poker. Crazy 4 Poker and Texas Hold’em Bonus have $5-$300 limits.

There is a video and live Big Wheel game with $1 limits. There are video versions of roulette, craps and blackjack.

Excalibur spreads a 10-table poker room. It used electronic tables in 2009. That experiment failed and live dealers returned. The main games are 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em and 2-6 Spread Limit Texas Hold’em. There are up to four poker tournaments each day. There is a $35 tournament at 9am. A $40 tournament is spread at 1pm, 5pm, and 8pm. The 8pm tournament is only available Friday through Sunday.

The sports book is located just outside the poker room. It offers odds posted at all MGM Resorts properties.

Hotel at Excalibur

Excalibur offers 3981 guest rooms that come in five different sizes. Each of the four smallest hotel rooms has a number of rooms that are recently remodeled. This causes a price difference of about $20 between different rooms of the same size. When looking for a remodeled room, choose the widescreen option. Here is a list of the five different types of rooms and their typical rates:
Tower Room – $29 weeknights and $165 weekends (Widescreen TV $20 more each night)
Deluxe Room – $45 weeknights and $175 weekends (Widescreen TV $20 more each night)
View Room – $45 weeknights and $175 weekends (Widescreen TV $20 more each night)
Spa Room – $105 weeknights and $235 weekends (Widescreen TV $20 more each night)
Tower One Bedroom Suite – $235 weeknights and $365 weekends

Dining at Excalibur

The Steakhouse at Camelot – The Steakhouse at Camelot is a standard Las Vegas steakhouse. Specialties also include seafood.

Buca di Beppo – Buca di Beppo is an Italian restaurant at Excalibur. Options also include fresh fish. Family style or traditional dinners are available. It is located upstairs at the top of the escalator.

Dick’s Last Resort – Dick’s Last Resort is a casual, fun place to dine. Nothing is taken seriously at Dick’s. Menu items include many messy items like ribs and crab legs. Patrons are provided with a bib in special Dick’s Last resort style. A full bar is also offered.

Buffet – Excalibur’s buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is $15, lunch $16, and dinner $20. An all day pass may be purchased for $36. The all day pass can also be used at Luxor.

There is a food court on the second level near the walkway to Luxor. Quick serve outlets include Baja Fresh, Auntie Annie’s Pretzels, Cinnabon, Hot Dog on a Stick, Krispy Kreme, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Popeye’s, Popcornopolis, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Tropical Smoothie Café and Starbucks.

Bars at Excalibur

There are two casino bars. The Octane Lounge is available just outside the Thunder from Down Under Theater. The Lounge at Excalibur featuring Dollface is located on the casino floor by the party pit.

Location

Excalibur is located at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd towards the south end of the Strip. It is located across from New York New York and Tropicana. Each is connected by an elevated sidewalk over the Strip. There is a tram that connects to Mandalay Bay and Luxor. A corridor from the food court connects Excalibur to Luxor.

Features at Excalibur

Excalibur offers three shows.

Tournament of Kings – Tournament of Kings is a dinner and show. The show is live at 6pm Wednesday-Monday, with an additional show at 8:30pm show Thursday-Sunday. All ages are invited. For $59, a three-course meal is included. All guests four and older must pay full price, with 3 and under free but must sit in the lap of an adult. The show is based on the theme of Excalibur, going back to a medieval time. Those wishing to pass on the meal can purchase tickets for $45. Those tickets are only on sale at the Excalibur box office.

Thunder from Down Under – Thunder from Down Under is a male revue show that is perfect for bachelorette parties. The show is live daily at 9pm, with a second show at 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. The show is an 18 and up show, but those 18-20 must be accompanied by a guest 21 or older. Tickets are $41 to $61.

Australian Bee Gees – Australian Bee Gees is a cover band for the original Bee Gees. Tickets for this 75-minute show are $45-$60.

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