If you haven’t been to Las Vegas in the past year you may not know about the major transformation happening to

the Vegas strip. O’Sheas was closed last year so that Caesars Entertainment could build their open air mall area in the middle of the strip called The Linq. The Linq will open in December with a host of new shopping and dining options but without a casino. While new things to do on the strip are cool, low rollers that frequent Las Vegas have been saddened by losing one of their favorite dive casinos.

Earlier in February the Vegas strip lost another one of its best known low roller casinos when Caesars closed Bill’s Gambling Hall and Saloon. The casino and hotel will be remodeled and open in 2014 as modern boutique hotel and casino more focused on younger club goers than gamblers. Whatever the new name of Bill’s is it will have a new vibe and it will target a more affluent  customer. Bill’s closure removes yet another value property with cheap drinks, eat, gaming and hotel rooms. Thankfully there’s still one value property remaining on the Vegas strip.

Along with O’Sheas and Bill’s, Casino Royale has been known for being a haven for low rollers in Las Vegas. Casino Royale is a great option for someone looking for a cheap place to eat, drink, gamble and sleep.

Casino Royale is not the hotel/casino that you go to for fine dining but they do have restaurants that will satiate most basic dining needs at good prices. Between Outback Steakhouse, Denny’s and a food court that includes Subway and Ben & Jerry’s you have every meal and craving covered. The casino bars offer daily drink specials that you won’t find matched anywhere on the Vegas strip, including $1 Michelob beers. On hot summer days you may opt to get a frozen drink at Fat Tuesday’s.

The casino offers some of the best and cheapest gaming on the Vegas strip. You’ll find 20x odds on $3 craps and 100x odds on $5 craps games. Casino Royale is also home to $5 single deck blackjack which has some of the best odds of any casino game on the Vegas strip. Because Casino Royale is a smaller property in Las Vegas they typically take chances with new games and were the first casino to offer Blackjack Switch and FreeBet Blackjack.

This Vegasjoint has a very small and modest hotel by Vegas standards. Its 152 room hotel is run by Best Western and has recently been remodeled to meet Best Western’s standards. Standard Best Western discounts (AAA, senior and military) and access to using your Best Western Rewards when booking rooms here.

Casino Royale is one of the last casinos on the Vegas strip that is a throwback to the 60′s and 70′s. While the Vegas strip has been and will continue to change around it, Casino Royale remains as one of its best bargains. Royale is a good option for people looking for an inexpensive crash pad on the Vegas strip, for the family looking for a cheap place to stay or just someone that wants to grab a few cheap beers while walking down the strip.

Marc

Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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