The Orleans is a locals casino west of the Las Vegas Strip. It opened on December 28, 1996. It is one of the largest casinos away from the Las Vegas Strip. It spreads 135,000 square feet of casino space and 1,885 hotel rooms. It started out as a small gaming establishment. The current resort is the result of a massive expansion in later years.
The Orleans is owned by Boyd Gaming. It uses a Mardi Gras theme. Guests can get beads from a variety of places in the casino. Many of the machines in the casino are also based on this theme.
There are more than 1,500 video poker and slot machines at The Orleans. The best games for winning at video poker are Double Bonus Deuces Wild and No So Ugly Deuces. Both are high variance games. None of the best video poker games at The Orleans are available in denominations over $.25.
The Orleans offers 64 table games. These line the length of the casino near the hotel. It is the largest locals casino selection for table games in Las Vegas.
The most popular table game at The Orleans by far is double deck blackjack. There are 23 of these tables with limits of $10-$1,000. Players may double on any two cards and after splitting. There are five $5-$1,000 six-deck shoe games with the same rules. Two single deck blackjack games with $10-$1,000 limits pay 6-5 on a natural. There are also two Super Fun 21 double deck games.
There are four double zero roulette games with $5 minimums. Six craps tables spread $5-$2,000 games with 3-4-5 times odds.
A separate Asian table games pit spreads nine baccarat and five Pai Gow Poker tables. Both have a $10 minimum bet. Baccarat offers a $5,000 max, while the cap at Pai Gow Poker is $2,000.
Video roulette is available in two forms. There is a $3-$1,000 Interblock machine with two zeros. There are two IGT heads up roulette machines with a $.10 minimum bet. There is only one zero on these machines.
There is a sports book and live keno area. There is also a 35-table poker room. The most popular games at The Orleans poker room are 1/3 No Limit Texas Hold’em and 4/8 Omaha High/Low. The Orleans is known as the Las Vegas home to Omaha High/Low.
The Orleans uses Boyd Gaming’s BConnected card. This gives players one point for every dollar wagered. Players may redeem 600 points for $1 in comps at shops and restaurants. Free slot play is available at a rate of $1 for every 900 points. Sapphire players earn double points, while Emerald ones receive triple points. Sapphire players must earn 30,000 annual points. Emerald is achieved after 250,000 points in a year.
Rooms at The Orleans come in two forms. There is a one king or two queens. Both have the same rates. Weeknights start at $40, while weekends begin at $69 per night. There is a $13 per night resort fee.
The Orleans also has one and two bedroom suites. These are not available to the general public. They are reserved for high rollers.
The two fine dining options at The Orleans are Canal Street and the Prime Rib Loft. Both offer prime steaks, seafood, and chicken. There is also an extensive wine list available at both.
Casual dining options include Coasta Cantina, Big Al’s Oyster Bar, the 24-hour Courtyard Café, Koji, TGI Friday’s and the buffet. There is a food court near the poker room. It includes a 24-hour Fuddruckers, Subway, Sbarro and Baskin Robbins.
Beyond the three casino bars, The Orleans offers several Las Vegas style lounges. Brendan’s Irish Pub and Bourbon Street Cabaret offer live lounge acts. Buzz’N Brushes is a bar suited for artists or those wanting to become one.
The Orleans is located on Tropicana Avenue about two miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Orleans offers several family entertainment options. There is a 70 lane bowling alley equipped with a pro shop. There is an 18 screen movie theater. There is also a family arcade. Parents can leave their children at Kids Tyme and play in the casino.