Stage Door Casino a bargain near the Las Vegas Strip
August 23, 2016 3:00 AM
by H. Scot Krause
The Stage Door Casino, just off the Las Vegas Strip, located just east of the Cromwell and across the street from Bally’s, has been in business over 60 years and with another 14 years left on the current lease plans to be around a lot longer!
The Markin family-owned casino and convenience store is open 24 hours every day and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists offering attractive (think cheap!) drink, beer and shot specials, 39 gaming machines and its own slot club.
The bar area was recently remodeled this past December and features a large square bar and an additional side bar housing a total of 36 bartop gaming machines. Three slot machines are floor models along an exterior wall. All of the bartop machines feature over 36 game choices in various denominations including 12 types of video poker, 12 video keno choices, 12 different slots plus video blackjack.
The Player’s Club through Jett Gaming is straight forward (no tiers) and every $1 coin-in earns one point on any game. One thousand points equal $1 in freeplay (or real cash) with a minimum $5 (5,000 points) required to cash out. Active players are comped drinks at the bar while playing.
A fun promotion called “Lot A Bucks” adds excitement to playing. Lot A Bucks plays like a video keno game and randomly goes off once an hour. Players are randomly assigned six numbers or can select their own personal six. If actively playing when Lot A Bucks starts and you match from 1 to 6 of the numbers drawn, you can win anywhere from $5 to $10,000 in freeplay.
Whatever you win is instantly downloaded to the machine you are playing. The casino reported at least four $500 winners in recent weeks and many smaller prizes in the $5 to $50 range. A four-of-a-kind video poker promotion is also in the planning stages for the near future.
One of the most popular bar specials is the quarter-pound all beef hot dog with a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for a mere $3. Other specials include Pabst beers for $1, Corona’s for $2 and shots of Jack Daniels, Fireball, Crown Royal, Tito’s, Bacardi (and more) for $4; Patron shots for $5 and Jagermeister poured from a “tap” for $3. A rare 1942 Don Julio Tequila shot goes for $10 (elsewhere it may be as high as $50).
Flat screen HDTV’s line the walls for catching all major sporting events and football specials are being planned for this fall. Las Vegas locals can also cash paychecks at the cage for $1.
The attached convenience store offers liquors, beers, snacks, sundries, gift items, souvenirs, even some groceries and a nice variety of wines.
The Stage Door Casino is located at 4000 Linq Lane. They have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Stage-Door-Casino/158987754165967 and the local phone number is 702-733-0124.