Klondike last of the sawdust joints

Dec 28, 2004 6:37 AM


Although a neon’s glimmer from the Luxor and Mandalay Bay resorts, the Klondike Inn and Casino at 5191 Las Vegas Blvd. South retains the pioneering charm that characterized Las Vegas 50 years ago.

In fact, some of the carpeting in the casino could be 50 years old. Like the sawdust joints that have long disappeared from downtown Las Vegas, the Klondike is a dark though bustling casino, accented by colorful blinking lights and the din of gamblers gambling.

The casino is larger than it looks from the outside, meandering through several rooms and alcoves of slot and video poker machines. All the latest games are represented — Wheel of Fortune, Money Grab, Press Your Luck, Monopoly and the wildly popular Cash Money Train penny progressive video slot.

There is also a nice mix of poker and keno machines, including the fast-paced multi-hand poker and Keno Plus bonus games.

In the center of the casino are about four low-minimum blackjack tables and a single roulette table where gamblers can play for 10¡ a chip.

With a lean to the low-stakes gambler, many of the machines are in the 5-cent denomination, along with a mix of penny machines. The "high stakes" area features a nice variety of $1 games.

The 24-hour coffee shop features a counter that adjoins the casino. Prices are of the 1970’s variety — $2.49 pasta dinner, $5.99 prime rib dinner, hot cakes and egg for 99¡ ”¦ well, you get the picture.

The Klondike also has a 150-room motel with a pool and rooms that have housed a lot of smokers over the years.