Red Rock Trip Report

As I have moved most of my online poker articles to other websites, I have wanted to write more about Las Vegas on my own blog.  Living in Las Vegas is a unique experience.  There is no other place like it in the world.

There are so many casino choices away from the Las Vegas Strip.  There is a big local’s casino market.  Station Casinos is the big player in this market.  Station Casinos owns high end properties such as Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort, as well as more working class casinos such as Texas Station and Boulder Station.

Red Rock Resort is within sight of my house.  It is located in the Summerlin area and is one of three Summerlin casinos, with Rampart and Suncoast being the other two.  Red Rock is the most popular of the three, and has by far the lowest average age of patrons.  It is aimed more at the 21-35 age range, where Rampart and Suncoast pursue the higher age groups.

I typically make it out to Red Rock late in the night.  It is a good stop for after a poker session or some other downtown or Las Vegas Strip outing.  There is a food court that is open late, including a 24 hour Smashburger.  The cafe is 24 hours as well with some great graveyard specials.

I always head right to the Rocks Lounge bar.  That is because I enjoy a glass of wine and the Rocks Lounge will comp Kendall Jackson wine.  While certainly not high end, it is much better than the garbage wine most video poker bars want to push on you.  The service at Rocks Lounge is always great, especially if they know you.  The video poker games are decent for a bar, including 8/5 Bonus Poker and 9/5 Double Double Bonus.  Comps are earned at a rate of .3%, which makes the Red Rock Boarding Pass better than most player’s clubs in the city.  Locals get many free play offers.  Every week I get a free $20-50 in free play as seed money.

After a couple of glasses of wine, I will go find something else to go play.  Red Rock offers three different blackjack games.  There is a single deck that pays 6-5 on blackjack that should be avoided.  They also offer a double deck that allows doubling down after the split, and a six deck shoe that allows doubling after the split and resplitting aces.  All blackjack games hit a soft 17 at Red Rock, even in high limits.  As much as I enjoy blackjack variations, Red Rock does not offer any.

If blackjack is not your game, there are many other table games offered.  There is Craps, Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Mini Tex, Deuces Wild, Progressive Pai Gow, Double Zero Roulette, Three Card Poker, and Let it Ride.  Most of these games will have a $5 minimum that may go up on weekend nights to $10.  If I go to Red Rock with my wife I will play Pai Gow, if I am by myself I may hit the poker room or play some 3-4-5 Craps.

If video poker is your game, Red Rock has some of the best video poker in the city.  There are several sections with 100%+ payback machines.  These machines only pay you 25% of the normal player’s points.  On bonus days, it is best to play the “Up to 99.8% Payback” machines that include games such as Not So Ugly Deuces, 9/6 Jacks or Better, and Full Pay Aces Bonus.

I do not play slot machines, but since the video poker machines pay back well, I would expect the same from the slot machines.  On bonus days, you may find up to 10x bonus points on slots.

Even tourists might find the drive out to Red Rock worthwhile.  The games are much better than the strip, and if you play enough, you may get a comp at their high end hotel or a nice dinner at T-Bones Chophouse.

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