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El Cortez Hotel & Casino

600 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada  [view mapview map]  Book your room now.
 

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Casino opened:November 7, 1941
Table games:19
Gaming machines:1004
Poker tables: 3
Open 24/7:Yes
Self parking:Yes
Valet:Yes
Street parking:Yes
Casino sq/ft:45,300 sq/ft
Convention sq/ft:3,200 sq/ft

Amenities

Poker Room: El Cortez Poker
Hotels: El Cortez Hotel and Casino
Rates: $88.00 - $98.00
Attractions: Vegas StrEATS

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El Cortez Hotel & Casino Review

If you are coming to Las Vegas to gamble, please be sure to read the El Cortez Gaming review below. The El Cortez is located in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s kind of detached though. Picture a street, the El Cortez is at one end and then, about three blocks up or so, the rest of the downtown casinos are on the other end. The El Cortez is very inexpensive as rooms in Las Vegas go. It’s an older casino that was made famous from many promotions like their Social Security contest. The casino recently underwent new renovations. While some pictures might depict the El Cortez as being glamorous, it’s not.

The El Cortez is on the lower end of tourist casinos in Las Vegas—even for downtown. Non-smokers will want to stay away from the El Cortez. This casino has low ceilings and was built a long time ago. Those that don’t smoke will hate the El Cortez the moment they walk in. No matter what measures they have taken recently, the smoke smell is still unbearable. The El Cortez does offer some of the lowest table limits around. For instance, they have a 25 cent Craps table. What a perfect way to learn the game or have some fun without losing your shirt.

There really isn’t any entertainment to be had and the food is adequate. The real reason to stay at the El Cortez would be to save some money and walk up to the other casinos. If you love Keno, they do have one of the better places to play. The Keno lounge is a good size and they offer great payoffs. Keno lovers enjoy 40 cent live Keno 24 hours a day. The El Cortez is known for their giving attitude. Many good players receive meal comps and more.

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Gaming at El Cortez

If you come to Las Vegas to gamble, rather than simply see and be seen, El Cortez still offers some of the best action in town. There are over 1,000 slots, video poker, and electronic keno games giving players the choice between using tickets or listening to the coins cascade into the catch. Coin denominations run from a penny to $5. Blackjack players know ElCortez for single deck and double deck games with full pay 3:2 - pretty hard, no, impossible to find on The Strip. If you want to take a serious bite out of the house edge on Craps you'll need 10x Odds, and El Cortez still offers them. Minimum bets are usually $3 with $1 minimum Proposition bets.

There is nothing too exciting about their baccarat rules and commissions, pretty standard, but they do have a  Pair Bet (optional side bet). The keno lounge is a good place to take a break, and you can play right at your table (with wait service) while you grab a bite or have a drink. The Sports book is connected to Station Casinos as of late 2013 (this review) so this means you can grab the App, load your account and place bets from anywhere within Nevada, then just swing back by El Cortez to cash in your winnings.

The sign above the  Ogden Street entrance used to proclaim "32% Looser - Certified Slots" and if you go by readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal's votes for best paying slots in 2012, it is probably still true. A huge sign on the 6th Street side used to say "Serving Downtown Since Bugsy Ran The Joint" (1941), and you can still sit and play Texas Hold'em and 7 Stud with Jackie Gaughan - he's 93 now and still might make you feel a bit like a donk when he reads your tells. He bought the property back in 1963 and lives in the Hotel. If you want some old world style Las Vegas Gambling and aren't afraid of a little cigarette smoke, El Cortez is a must - Elvis (or a reasonable facsimile) is still in the building by the way!

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Poker at El Cortez

El Cortez Poker

There may only be three tables at El Cortez but it is the last place Downtown offering 7 Card Stud. It is possible to run into legends playing here. You will usually find them spreading Texas Hold ‘Em $1-3 game and $1-6 on the last card. It can be smoky smelling here, even with the new ventilation that was installed in the building in 2006. The decor and lighting will take you back in time, it's a bit dim but the screens definitely provide enough light to play. Comps run in at $1 per hour and table side service is consistent, roughly 3x per hour.

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Dining & Restaurants

The Flame Steakhouse

  • Serving: Steak, Seafood, Small Plate Appetizers

The Flame Steakhouse at El Cortez offers diners classic Las Vegas steakhouse fare with a few signature dishes as well. If you have your tooth set for world class prime rib, masterfully charred steaks or chops, or some fresh seafood that is flown in on the day you  order it, then this is one of the best choices Downtown. An extensive wine list and live piano music add to the experience. Sorry, you will not be able to bring your kids along here, it is an adults only dining establishment.

Menus: The Flame Steakhouse Menu
  • Price range: Average
  • Attire: Business Casual

Hours

Sunday5:00pm / 10:00pm
MondayClose / Close
TuesdayClose / Close
Wednesday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Thursday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Friday5:00pm / 10:00pm
Saturday5:00pm / 10:00pm

Café Cortez

  • Serving: Steak, Breakfast, Seafood, Deli, Prime Rib, Cafe/Variety

Café Cortez offers a vast menu of choices in casual dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sundays through Thursdays from 10:30pm – 7:00am the menu is limited but includes cakes, pies, pastries, salads, deli platters, and breakfast fare. During regular hours the menu is wide open, and the deli sandwiches are hard to beat this side of New York City. Classic NYC pastrami and Reubens, Chicago corned beef, and the grilled sourdough melt are local favorites.

  • Price range: Average

Hours

Sunday12:00am / 12:00am
Monday12:00am / 12:00am
Tuesday12:00am / 12:00am
Wednesday12:00am / 12:00am
Thursday12:00am / 12:00am
Friday12:00am / 12:00am
Saturday12:00am / 12:00am

The Parlour Bar & Lounge

  • Serving: Bar/Pub, Small Plate Appetizers

The Parlour Bar & Lounge at El Cortez is a "Cheers" kind of place where, even if nobody else knows your name, the bartender is glad to learn it, what you like to drink, and how you want it made. Of course if you just want to put yourself into his well trained hands you can order one of the twelve specialty martinis on the menu. This is also the place to see award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist John Brooks channel Elvis every Friday and Saturday night. For eats they offer a good variety of small bites from fish tacos to grilled shrimp, artichoke dip,  chicken and pulled pork sliders, and lollipop wings to name a few.

  • Price range: Average
  • Music: Elvis
  • Alcohol: Full Bar, Specialty Martinis

Hours

Sunday12:00am / 12:00am
Monday12:00am / 12:00am
Tuesday12:00am / 12:00am
Wednesday12:00am / 12:00am
Thursday12:00am / 12:00am
Friday12:00am / 12:00am
Saturday12:00am / 12:00am

Gambling Gourmet

  • Serving: Steak, Breakfast, Bar/Pub, Seafood, Deli, Prime Rib, Small Plate Appetizers, Cafe/Variety

More of a service than an actual restaurant, Gambling Gourmet at El Cortez is a way to stay sharp and in the game while enjoying fare from any of the three eateries on the property. Whether you just want a stack of pulled pork sliders or a breakfast platter from Café Cortez, or a full prime rib dinner from The Flame Steakhouse, it will be delivered to you game-side whether you are playing blackjack, poker, baccarat, slots,  betting the spreads, or enjoying the keno lounge.

  • Price range: Average

Hours

Sunday7:30am / 10:30pm
Monday7:30am / 10:30pm
Tuesday7:30am / 10:30pm
Wednesday7:30am / 10:30pm
Thursday7:30am / 10:30pm
Friday7:30am / 10:30pm
Saturday7:30am / 10:30pm

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Nearby Things to See & Do

Every second Saturday in Downtown Las Vegas the street food and culture festival known as Vegas StrEATS takes over Fremont Street. The festival is presented by El Cortez, Commonwealth, & DJ ZO. Get on over to the Jackie Gaughan Plaza outside the El Cortez Hotel & Casino to enjoy offerings from dozens of local food trucks, fashionistas, musicians, and artists.

El Cortez Casino Jobs

Bus Person On-Call/Extra at El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:56:35 GMT

On-Call/Extra Position- must have full availability (Day/Swing/Grave) Candidates will undergo a background check and drug screening. Key Requirements: ...

Restaurant Host On-Call/Extra at El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:17:46 GMT

-On-call/Extra Position (Must have full availability- Day/Swing/Grave) Candidates will undergo background check and drug screening. _*This position is...

Promotions Clerk at El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 20:59:09 GMT

* Greet guests upon arrival or over the phone in a professional and friendly manner * Register guests and entering required guest information. * Excellent and...

Contact information

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Phone: (702) 385-5200

Toll-free: (800) 634-6703

Website: elcortezhotelcasino.com/

Facebook: Facebook page

Twitter: @elcortezlv

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Casino hours

Open 24/7

Poker

Sunday 10:00am to 2:00am
Monday 10:00am to 2:00am
Tuesday 10:00am to 2:00am
Wednesday 10:00am to 2:00am
Thursday 10:00am to 2:00am
Friday 10:00am to 12:00am
Saturday 12:00am to 12:00am

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