Palace Station focusing on blackjack value
May 12, 2015 3:01 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
Ever wonder where casino workers go to hang out and relax after their shift is over? Many want to play a little blackjack or shoot craps for a bit to unwind; then get a quick bite to eat or have a drink.
But keep in mind these folks know a lot about the games they deal at their own casino each day, so they are not excited about getting paid 6-to-5 on blackjack and they want some decent odds on craps, plus they don’t want to pay Strip prices for food and beverage.
At one time, Palace Station on West Sahara Avenue was one of the favorite go-to places for these industry professionals. It was one of the first locals casinos, opening in 1976 as Bingo Palace, and soon became a regular stop for dealers, pit bosses and shift managers.
Of course, over time all things change. As Vegas grew many more locals casinos opened, and a natural desire for something new and different gradually led those casino workers to new hangouts.
But when having lunch with Scott Morrow recently, I was reminded of the old saying: everything old is new again. The director of casino operations for Palace Station has set a goal of putting the off-Strip property back in the limelight as a go-to spot for casino industry professionals.
“My goal is to get the Palace Station message out to the locals and bring awareness of the great value we offer in table games,” Scott told us. “While the Strip is making a major shift to 6-to-5 blackjack, we have maintained some very liberal blackjack rules.”
In addition to offering the traditional 3-to-2 blackjack odds on some games, the casino also deals $5 single deck blackjack 24/7.
At Palace you can find $3 craps games 24/7, get 10x odds on craps, and play Bonus Craps and Fire Bet side bets. They also offer 50-cent roulette chips, $10 pai gow tiles 24/7, and progressive pai gow jackpots.
And, if baccarat is your game, there are 13 tables to choose from – 10 EZ Baccarat, two traditional commission games with Dragon Bonus side bet, and one Quik Baccarat, which is a new concept that offers a unique wagering system in which players have a choice of betting on the Player, the Banker or Passing the hand.
If you are looking for a little snack while there, Scott tells us Palace has late night food specials under $2 and 99-cent Margaritas.
Of course, you also should try Little Tony’s for some of the best pizza in town or the Charcoal Room if you have a taste for steak. We have eaten in both restaurants and can assure you the food is delicious.
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