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Tell me about Laughlin

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Tell me about Laughlin

Thinking of taking my first trip to Laughlin, but don't know really much of anything about it.

Just a few things about me. I'm 44, will be coming with my wife, who is 38. Have been to Vegas dozens of times dating back to 1999. Not a fan of the Vegas Strip, and have stayed Downtown exclusively since 2001.

We're both 'foodies', but not food snobs. Just as happy eating a really good burger as we are eating a really good steak. A fancy room isn't needed, but it should be clean. A pool is a plus but not a deal breaker. She's a slot player and I mainly play blackjack.

So just some questions...

Where do you recommend we stay? Are the casinos within walking distance or do you have to drive to them? What are the best places to eat (any and every cuisine) in Laughlin? What are the places to avoid at all costs?

Is Laughlin infested with 6:5 blackjack, which I refuse to play? How are the comps in Laughlin? I haven't had to pay for a room since I left the Strip and I'd like to continue that. Any hosts to recommend?

Anything else that anyone wants to add or recommend, thanks in advance.


san diego
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1. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

Well, I can tell you a few things about Laughlin since I've been visiting since the mid 80's. There is a certain 'Laughlin state of mind'. It is small, like 9 casinos, the 'strip' is probably a little over a mile. The casinos are small compared to Vegas, the medium age is probably 65, and most casinos are smoky. That being said I've found the people that work there, live there and visit there are some of the friendlies people I've ever encountered. Compared to Vegas, it cheap, cheap, cheap. Once you get a players card and play a little bit you'll get comp'd nights in the mail. As far as where to stay based on what's you've written I'd stay at the Aquarius. The rooms are nice, floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings on the casino floor allows smoke to rise above you. It's got an Outback that a lot of people like. Another casino that you might like is Harrah's. I think you'll find more people your age there. But be advised - it is away from the other casinos and you'll probably have to drive or take the water taxi to get to the other casinos. When I say 'it’s away from the other casinos' I mean it's probably a 15 minute walk - most of it is uphill. But the casino is nice. Water taxis are the preferred method of transportation. Since most of the casinos are next to the river the water taxi goes to each casino. Cost is $4.00 one way and $11.00 (I think) for the whole day. If nothing else it's pretty cool seeing the casino's at night from the water. As far stuff to do - The Riverside Casino is your best bet. It has a movie theater, two classic car museums (free), a bowling alley. They perhaps have the fanciest restaurant in Laughlin - The Gourmet Room and also the Prime Rib room is pretty nice. What a lot of people find most attracting to Laughlin is the slow pace. It is very safe – you can walk from casino to casino along the river and not see anybody trying to sell you stuff – none of that stuff at all! I must say that for some people (myself included) Laughlin is the perfect get a way for a couple of day; for others they just couldn’t wait to leave. Please write back and tell us what you think of the town. Viva Laughlin!

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2. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

Thank you for your input. It's appreciated.

Anyone else?


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3. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

I second either staying at Harrah's or Riverside Casino.

Since you like downtown Las Vegas you will find Laughlin to your liking.

The water taxi is worth taking at least (or more) to get out on the river. Its the reason why Laughlin is unique.

In terms of buffets, they are more like Home Town Buffet than Las Vegas buffet. If you sign up for the players card at the casino, many will give you a discount with limited amount of play on same day. We did this at Harrah's.

If you stay, do expect offers from Laughlin casinos. Do sign up for the card and since its a "more economical" place to stay than Las Vegas it will take less to get some of the perks than playing in Las Vegas.

If you play golf, the golf course in Laughlin is scenic and fun to play. If hot when there, best to play early morning hours.

They do have shows (less expensive than Las Vegas) and for more on that you might want to see the tourist web site on Laughlin


Since you like downtown and not so much the strip, I think you will enjoy Laughlin. Its retro in a way - I went several years back and on my return, it seemed like things had "stuck in time". Unlike the strip, where change seems a matter of course.

If you decide to drive between casinos, its a short drive.

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4. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

You'll like it. My wife and I love downtown Vegas and Laughlin. I'd recommend the Golden Nugget. Nice pool and good steakhouse. River taxi gets you to the other properties with no hassle.

San Jose
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5. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

Golden Nugget and Aquarius are my current favorites to stay in. If you do Golden Nugget make sure you don't face the parking structure or you will hear noise. Both have nice pool areas with Golden Nuggets being much more "green" with grass and trees. Best cheap Blackjack is probably Riverside or Pioneer.

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6. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

Not concerned with cheap blackjack, I'm concerned with finding good blackjack. Blackjack that pays 3:2, allows double after split, etc. I'm usually a $25 to $100 a hand player, depending on my luck (and my alcohol intake).

Another question. Is there a rental car place anywhere? I'm probably gonna rent a car in Vegas and drive to Laughlin, but it doesn't seem like I'll need a car when I get there. If there's a rental place, I figure I can rent for the day, drop it off when I get to Laughlin, then rent for another day when I leave.


Austin ,mn
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7. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

You can rent a car at the Bullhead City Airport (across the river from Laughlin, sorry dont remember which 2 rentals are there). Best burger in Laughlin is at Danny's in the Regency Casino. They also have the coldest beer in town.

Laughlin, Nevada
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8. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

Aquarius or Golden Nugget would be our recommendation to stay. Harrah's would be a third choice if you have a Total Rewards Card and do frequent Vegas (where they have many other properties).

All the Casinos except Harrahs are linked by the Riverwalk and you can walk to them. Buy an all day pass for the Water Taxi and you can easily go from each one if you do not want to walk.

Best places to eat:

High End - The Range Steakhouse at Harrah's, Gourmet Room at the Riverside


Bumbleberry Flats at the Pioneer won the Best Restaurant award in the Best of Laughlin awards this year. Plus several others including Best Breakfast and Best Chef. They are also open 24 hours.

The Vineyard at the Aquarius is very nice (Italian) and The Lodge (at the Laughlin River Lodge) is an often overlooked nice place.

Saltgrass Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget is always a good choice too. Claimjumper at the Golden Nugget is a less expensive option, great for breakfast or lunch.

Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho at Harrah's is his twist on Mexican food. People seem to either love it or hate it. We have always found it to be very good.

The Celebration River Cruise and Dinner is about $40 per person, includes dinner, 2 hours on the River and is very popular for special occassions or just a night out. If you want to do just the cruise, during the day it is $10. This is available just outside the Aquarius on the Riverwalk. The Riverside also has a day cruise for $10.

Aquarius is putting in a new resort pool but it is nowhere near complete yet. They do still have their other pool open. Tropicana has a nice pool, as does Harrah's.

Not sure about the non 6/5 blackjack availability but Aquarius won the most gaming awards as well in the 2016 Best of Laughlin awards.

Hope you have a great time and come back and share your experiences!

Laughlin, Nevada
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9. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

This link www.pioneerlaughlin.com/table-games.htm says the Pioneer has 3:2 payouts. The domain itself seems up-to-date, but unknown whether the specific page is kept updated. Some of the other casinos may or may not discuss blackjack specifics on their Web pages. I'm not motivated enough to check any of the others. If I cared, that's what I would do.

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10. Re: Tell me about Laughlin

The car rental companies at the Bullhead City Laughlin airport are Enterprise, Hertz and Avis.