The Riviera in Las Vegas has made some major improvements since coming out of bankruptcy. Riviera is going in a direction that few Las Vegas Strip casinos have chosen to take. Riviera has added some decent table games and made the rules more player friendly. A convention room was converted into The Strip’s only bingo room. They have also improved the buffet and as I posted about earlier, the R Steakhouse is excellent and a great value. The hotel has also undergone a renovation.
Improved Table Games
Going against what other Las Vegas Strip operators are doing, Riviera is going back to the old school Las Vegas mentality. Give the player a good game and a good value, and they will return. They will also tell others about it like I am doing here.
Riviera has added a Pai Gow and Baccarat pit. One of the interesting Pai Gow games was Commission Free Pai Gow. In exchange for not paying commission, the house pushes on a queen high pai gow. Riviera also offers single zero roulette and a single deck blackjack game that pays 3-2 on blackjack, which is unheard of on the Las Vegas Strip. In exchange for getting 3-2 on a dealt blackjack, players can only double on 10 or 11. It is still the best single deck blackjack game on The Las Vegas Strip.
Riviera also offers some low limit table games in video form. There is a Shoot to Win Video Craps game. There are also three video blackjack machines, one of which has surrender, pays 3-2 on blackjack and stands on all 17’s. Both of these games have $2 minimums. There are other less player friendly blackjack games with a $1 minimum.
The most interesting change is the addition of 1000 times craps. This means that a player can bet up to 1000 times their line bet when taking odds. The table minimum is $5 and the max odds bet is $5000. While this is mostly a gimmick, at some point a high roller is going to take advantage of this deal. The house advantage when taking full odds works out to be less than 1/1000th of a percent. If a player bets the don’t pass or don’t come, they could lay $6000 on the 6 or 8, $7500 on the 5 and 9, and $10,000 on the 4 or 10. That would be some incredible variance with swings into the hundreds on thousands of dollars.
One other nice addition Riviera made was merging their box office, player’s club, and cashier all into one station. Now a player that needs a player’s card, a show ticket, and/or a cashout, can do it all in one central place at the casino cage.
Riviera is at a distinct disadvantage being at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip with only Circus Circus within a reasonable walking distance. They needed to do something to give them an edge over the other casinos. I feel that they are on the right track in doing that.