At the Stratosphere...
I'll run down some things i noticed while over there (yesterday) saturday. It wasnt an especially long visit (as mK is recovering from illness) ... but, here goes:
If you sign up for their club card (which i did), you get nothing. No free slot play, no pin#, etc. But, you are informed that your slot card enables you to save 25% (anytime) for the buffet. The card is called 'ACE'.
Now, i didnt go into the buffet... but, i'll give you a rundown of $$$$.
Without a card:
Brunch (7a-3p): $10.25 Mon to Thurs
Brunch (7a-3p): $11.25 Fri/Sat
Brunch (7a-3p): $14.25 Sun
Dinner (4p-10p): $14.25 Sat to Thurs
Dinner (4p-10p): $18.25 Fri
Lunch? There is no lunch!
With a card:
All Day Buffet $19.99 Mon to Thurs, Satur
All Day Buffet $24.99 Fri or Sun
sorry, couldnt find indiv prices
Okay, the Tower... i did the LOCALS special... $12 for tower admission. The locals price for admission has gone up twice now in the past 14 months. I think they're noticing that folks are riding the rides less & less - so, they want to get an extra couple $ outta you, lol. No worries. The other prices (for tower, tower+ride, or unlimited tower/rides) are still the same for the most part.
There was only a 6 minute wait to board the elevator. Would have been 5, but they want to snap your pict (2x) before boarding.
In 33 seconds i'm 1000 feet up & the day was actually pretty clear. My only real reason for going to the Strat today - was for the tower. I'll admit, i forgot my camera. But, looking south strip (you can still have a pretty good view of the Luxor & Mandy Bay). Yes, the City Center is very evident. I was able to see Red Rock Station pretty well... as well as other parts of the valley.
I took pictures for no less than two groups of people/couples. The wind up there on the outdoor observation deck was nearly zilch. All the rides were running (i didnt ride). The restaurant was of course open for lunch. It was at about 60% capacity. Just above, the lounge - it was closed. Well, i shouldnt say closed... there just wasnt any staff or drink servers/bartender available. Oh well. After about 40 min - i made my way down.
The Casino... okay let's start with roulette. The single zero roulette wheel is now gone. I didnt know this... matter of fact one of the croupiers said "it's been a few months since we've had it". So, it goes to show how often i make it to the Strat, he he he.
Craps... the Strat now has 4 tables. One of them is crapless, the other 3 are the 'normal' type.
Bet minimums i saw:
Roulette $1 chips (minimum 5 inside)... then 20 minutes later... they changed the placard to read (minimum 10).
BJ $5... and a ton of $5 tables actually. I'd say 15 @ that level. Then two tables @ $25. BJ payed 3/2 on the shoe game. They have auto-shufflers for the shoes. So, a changeout (of cards) only takes 40 seconds.
Craps... 10x odds with $5 minimum on both games. Two of the 4 tables were open.
3 Card Poker... $5
Let it Ride... $5
Drink service was pretty prompt if you wanted anything. I just observed some table games for a short while & didnt play. The waitresses were in full 'garb' (sp?) for halloween.
Rosie's (the 50's style cafe) was VERY crowded.
You dont always get what you pay for... but you always pay for what you get.