If you’d like a taste of what casinos were like in Las Vegas 40 years ago, drop by Slots A Fun, next door to Circus Circus.
The casino is wide open to the sidewalk (and even pushes out into the sidewalk!) with raucous gamblers crowded around craps tables, seemingly oblivious to the pedestrians, the never-ending traffic and the bus riders who dump out of the CAT bus every few minutes.
Adding to the ambiance is a free-pull promotion in which you pull the handle on a special slot machine for a chance to win the car sitting on a ramp in front of the casino.
Inside, there are hundreds of slot machines and video poker games crammed tightly into the long, narrow casino, as well as all the popular table games — blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean Stud and Let it Ride.
Don’t expect any deep conversations with your neighbor. The sound inside can be deafening.
There’s even a funky souvenir shop where you can buy T-shirts and caps adorned with tasteless slogans about what you didn’t do in Las Vegas.
If you need to refuel, there’s a decent snack bar. Try to ignore the billboard-like signs hyping the foot-long hot dog. Your stomach will thank you.