Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall Review

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Sam’s Town is located on the intersection of Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue. The casino is owned by Boyd Gaming, and it uses the BConnected players club. Though Sam’s Town is an older casino, it tends to be kept in much better condition than many of its competitors in the corridor.

Even though Sam’s Town is a locals casino, this property has several features that give it more of a traditional Las Vegas “resort” feel than a locals joint. For example, there is a bowling alley, movie theater, a MASSIVE sportsbook, poker room, a live music venue and several restaurants. There are 646 hotel rooms available at Sam’s Town and there is also an RV park behind the casino.

Gaming at Sam’s Town

Sam’s Town offers 120,681 square feet of gaming space. It is worth mentioning that there is a large non-smoking section, which is a pretty rare occurrence on the Boulder Strip. All in all, there are 30 table games spread across the main gaming floor here.

Table Games

Sam’s Town is probably best known for its $3 craps table with ten times odds. The maximum bet here is $3,000 and the Field bet pays triple on 12. In total, there are 4 craps tables.

The most popular game at Sam’s Town is double deck blackjack, even though the rules are not favorable. Players may only double down before splitting and the dealer hits on soft 17. These are the worst double deck blackjack rules on the Boulder Strip. The minimum bet for double deck blackjack at Sam’s Town is $5 and the maximum is $1,000. There are 14 of these tables available.

There are 3 Pai Gow Poker tables with $5-$1,000 limits.

There are a few Three Card Poker tables with limits of $5-$500.

Let It Ride is also spread with $5-$50 limits.

One of the most unique games features at Sam’s Town is Deuces Wild Stud. This table has limits of $5-$25.

There are 2 Super Fun 21 games with $5-$1,000 limits.

There are 2 six-deck blackjack tables with limits of $5-$500. The rules for doubling down is the same as double deck; it is permitted before but not after splitting.

There are 2 double-zero roulette tables. Bets from $5 to $1,000 are accepted.

Video Poker

The video poker at Sam’s Town is above average, even for a locals casino. Full pay Deuces Wild (100.76%) is spread in nickels and quarters while full pay Double Bonus (100.17%), Loose Deuces Wild (100.15%) and Double Double Bonus (100.06%) are available in quarters. These games require $4 in wagers to earn 1 point in the BConnected program.

There are a dozen other video poker games that return more than 99% and all of these games pay full points. Most are spread in quarters, half-dollars and dollars. Titles include Triple Bonus Plus (99.8%), 9/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe (99.64%), 9/6 Jacks or Better (99.54%), Bonus Deuces Wild (99.45%), 12/8 Loose Deuces (99.2%) and 8/5 Bonus Poker (99.17%).

The rest of the casino floor consists of video slots, classic reel slots and video keno. Denominations start at pennies for the video reels and go up to $5.

Bingo and Keno

There are eight bingo sessions held each day at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM and 11 PM. The keno lounge seats about 30 players and is located by the West parking garage entrance near the poker room.

Sam’s Town Poker Room

The poker room at Sam’s Town has 9 tables. The typical games hosted here are $2 to $6 Spread Limit Texas Hold’em and 3/6 Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. There is also a $2 to $10 Stud Hi game every Saturday morning.

Sam’s Town runs 3 No Limit Hold’em tournaments daily. The 10 AM tournament has a $25 buy-in. At 1 PM there is a $35 tournament and at 7 PM there is a $40 tournament.

Players earn $1.25 an hour in comps when clocked in with the BConnected players club. These may be used at any Boyd Gaming casino that uses BConnected. The maximum rake at Sam’s Town is $3 per hand. That is the lowest in the Las Vegas area. There is a $2 jackpot drop that is returned through daily promotions like daily and rolling high hands.

Sam’s Town Sportsbook

Sam’s Town offers one of the largest and modern sportsbooks in the Las Vegas locals market. There are 60 big screen televisions and more than 100 seats with monitors. The race book is attached. Bettors receive free drinks with enough action. There is drink service in the sportsbook, as well as a deli.

Dining & Restaurants at Sam’s Town

Sam’s Town offers 11 restaurants. These range from a quick serve food court to fine dining.

The Angry Butcher

The Angry Butcher is the fine dining option at Sam’s Town. It opens daily at 4pm. The last service is at 9pm on weeknights and 10pm on weekends. There is a special social hour from 4pm to 6pm daily.

The menu consists of appetizers, soup, salad, steak, prime rib, salmon, crab, lobster, chicken and ribs. Sides are served a la carte. There is also a large wine and dessert menu.

Firelight Buffet

The Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast is $9.99. Ruby players receive a $2 discount. Sapphire and Emerald players receive a $3 discount.
Lunch is $12.99. Ruby players receive a $3 discount. Sapphire and Emerald players receive a $4 discount.

Dinner and Sunday brunch is $15.99, except on Fridays, when it is $20.99 as steak and shrimp are added. Ruby players receive a $4 discount. Higher-tiered players receive $5 off.

Other Sam’s Town Dining Options

Sam’s Town is home to one of the last TGI Fridays in the Las Vegas area. There are a variety of other fast food options, including McDonald’s, Panda Express, Subway, Roberto’s Taco Shop and Calamity Jane’s.

Sam’s Town Venues & Hot Spots

Sam’s Town Live: A concert venue that also hosts UFC and boxing viewing parties.
Roxy’s Lounge: A venue just off the casino floor with nightly lounge acts. There is also a dance floor and more than 100 seats.

Other Sam’s Town Entertainment Options

Sam’s Town is home to a Century 18 movie theater. There is a 56-lane bowling alley that is open from 7 AM to 1 AM daily and an arcade for the kids.

Hotel at Sam’s Town

There are 646 hotel rooms at Sam’s Town with rates starting at $45. This covers a Deluxe with a king or two queens and a room with a view is $20 more per night. There is a $20 per night resort fee. All of these rooms are 375 square feet and come with a hair dryer, iron, ironing board, 55-inch TV, high speed internet, refrigerators and safes. Guests may use the pool and fitness center at no charge.

There is a 630 square foot mini suite with a jacuzzi tub. The rate is typically three times the standard room.

*We learned a nice trick for a reduced rate when researching this article. Exiting out of the hotel reservation page without making one creates a 5% discount on all rooms for most nights.

Table Minimum: $1 High Limit Room Minimum: $1
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