the El has it's upside...
The absolute lowest roulette limits I've found anywhere! 25 cent chips, with $1 minimum per spin! Drink service is pretty good there.
Low limit slots tend to be tight, but the dollar slots are pretty friendly.
One drawback is that almost all casino employees are more fluent in languages other than English than they are in English, so it's sometimes hard to understand what is being said. It also seems that when there is a dicrepancy or dispute, the language problem gets worse...possibly a planned tactic. Just watch yourself, I've seen some weird stuff happen there, and the player is usually the one that loses out when there is any problem or dispute over what happens on a game.
On a happy note, the recent improvements to the eastern section of Fremont makes the short trek away from the canopy much less scary than it was even a few years ago. There are less vacant properties, and the doormen/bouncers at the new places that have opened are pretty much close enough together that you are under supervision the whole stroll. I like it! Although I always stay at the Golden Nugget, I spend most weekday afternoons at El Cortez, because I can have fun and drink a few beers without losing much!
Good advice for FREE!