Best Places to Gamble in Las Vegas: Table Game Edition with John Mehaffey (Podcast)

There are lots of places to spend your gambling dollars in Vegas. Here are the best.

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Vegas Advantage’s John Mehaffey about the current table game conditions in Las Vegas and the best values for players. You can listen in most places where podcasts are found. A massive thanks to John for joining me. Vegas Advantage is a fantastic resource and John and Kristina are a wealth of information. Here’s just a sample of what we talked about:

What low rollers lost during the pandemic:

  • We lost about half of the $5 table games altogether and virtually all of the table games under $5. 

What are your go-tos for low rollers right now?

  • North is where you want to be.
  • The Strat is the value place for the entire Strip, especially for blackjack.
  • At the Strat, if there’s an idle table for $10, the pit may make it $5 on request. 
  • Craps at the Strat is usually $10 or $15.
  • Treasure Island is good for blackjack, all paying 3:2.
  • Sahara is good for $5 craps 
  • All these are what to expect on weekday afternoons. 

What if you can expand your bankroll a bit?

  • As a tourist comfortable playing $25 3:2 blackjack, for atmosphere, the Bellagio is the place to be. (John tells where exactly to find those tables in the show).
  • You can also find good $25 3:2 blackjack games at MGM Grand, Cosmo, and Mandalay Bay. 
  • Some mid and low-tier casinos are shockingly only spreading 3:2 at a $100 minimum.

Adam and John’s picks for where to gamble throughout the city

South strip:

Adam – Luxor for the great craps crew.

John – MGM Grand for the good blackjack rules and good high limit games.

Center strip:

Adam – Cromwell since Adam is a big vibe guy and for the good crews, but John mentioned a lot of their good VP has been stripped. 

John – Bellagio because they’ve always kept the gambling reasonable for their luxury atmosphere, notably their competitive video poker.

North strip:

Adam – Treasure Island has consistently been one of the best spots around for low rollers, offering good value.

John – TI is good, but the Strat is a little better on the value side and the attractions up top are enjoyable.


Adam – Downtown Grand since it’s rarely busy and they have $5 3:2 blackjack.

John – If strictly table games, Downtown Grand for sure, but Plaza for video poker.

This only covers part of our conversation. We also talk about our favorite places to play various games, where you can find single-zero roulette under $100 and $1 “table” games. Make sure to follow Vegas Advantage on Twitter and bookmark the page for your next trip to our favorite city. 

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Adam Bauer

Writer, gambler, famous travel influencer. Proud sponsor of the American Society for the Prevention of Bloggers.

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Adam Bauer

Writer, gambler, famous travel influencer. Proud sponsor of the American Society for the Prevention of Bloggers.

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