By H. Scot Krause
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
A locals’ favorite, but also accommodating value minded tourists, The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino opened on December 21, 1986 under the ownership of Michael Gaughan, a local casino legend who is known for providing good games and good values for his customers.
The Gold Coast is located on Flamingo Road just west of I-15 and across from the Rio and the Palms
After completing two additional hotel casinos in Las Vegas, first the Orleans, followed by the Suncoast, Gaughan sold his interest in all four casinos to Boyd Gaming, but all four still offer excellent values for all types of casino-goers.
The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is a 711-room resort destination located one mile west of the Strip and one-half mile from Chinatown. Surrounded by acres of free parking and two easy access parking garages, the Gold Coast also has a free shuttle bus that carries guests to its sister property, the Orleans, plus a stop at the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq near the Strip. The shuttle operates seven days a week from 9:00am to 12:30am and picks up guests approximately every 30 – 45 minutes from the hotel’s Flamingo Road entrance.
The hotel offers standard rooms, premium rooms and deluxe suites with rates starting as low as $45, plus a daily resort fee. It also features a resort style swimming pool, a barber shop, beauty salon, free lounge entertainment and a fitness center. In addition, 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space is available for small gatherings of 20 people up to as many as 700 guests for a large event. As well as a 720-seat bingo hall and a 70-lane bowling center.
Guests can enjoy fine dining at affordable prices in the Cornerstone, featuring steaks and seafood. Ping Pang Pong offers authentic Asian cuisine, including award-winning Dim Sum, and was named as one of the 50 essential restaurants in Las Vegas by noted local food critics. It also is a perennial award winner in the Best of Las Vegas annual awards. Its sister property, the Noodle Exchange, features mini-Hot Pots. Looking for a buffet? The Ports ‘O Call buffet offers seven live cooking stations. TGI Friday’s is open 24 hours daily. Also on property are Java Vegas coffee bar which brews Starbucks brand coffee, a Subway, and a bowling center snack bar.
And for a quick “cheap” bite, hot dogs are served from a vendors cart daily near the Race & Sports Book. Have it your way with sauerkraut, onions or relish, or just ask for the “works” for only $2. They are usually open from around 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Ports O’ Call Buffet offers seven live cooking stations
The casino floor offers all of what you’d expect in Las Vegas including all table games, bingo room, slots and some of the better video poker machines (with higher pay tables) than many of its Strip competitors. There is also a High Limit Room for slot and video poker machines.
The Gold Coast also offer a generous slot club. B Connected links Gold Coast to all of the major Boyd gaming properties in Nevada as well as its casinos in the mid-west and southern states. There are five tier levels in the club and each provides better levels of rewards based on your play. Players earn tier credits for play at Slots, Video Poker, Table Games, Bingo, and Poker. Naturally, members may move up to a higher tier by playing more and earning more tier credits. The higher your tier, the greater the rewards! All players are automatically enrolled in the Ruby Tier when they first sign up with B Connected.
- Ruby: You are automatically enrolled in the Ruby Tier when you sign up with B Connected.
- Sapphire: Earn 750 Tier Credits annually to achieve Sapphire Tier.
- Emerald: Earn 15,000 Tier Credits annually to achieve Emerald Tier.
- Onyx: Earn 50,000 Tier Credits annually to achieve Onyx Tier.
- Titanium: Earn 200,000 Tier Credits annually to achieve Titanium Tier.
Game Type How to Earn One Tier Credit Reels, Video Reels, and Keno $5.00 Coin-In Video Poker & Multi-Games Based on game played, denomination, and time played. Table Games Based on game played, average bet, and time played.
Once you have achieved Sapphire status, you will start earning B Connected Points for your play.
|Game Type||How to Earn One B Connected Point|
|Reels, Video Reels, and Keno||$1.00 Coin-In|
|Video Poker & Multi-Games||$2.00 Coin-In|
B Connected Points can be redeemed for FastPlay, dining, shopping, or hotel stays.
- Food Redemption: 600 B Connected Points = $1.00
- FastPlay: 1,000 B Connected Points = $1.00
- Retail Purchases: 1,000 B Connected Points = $1.00
Best of all, you can save 40% on the dollar value of your B Connected Points when you redeem for food at any B Connected locations in Las Vegas! The Gold Coast also offers many promotions and drawings throughout the month. Always visit the B Connected club prior to playing to see what may be happening during your visit.
Craps games offer 3x, 4x and 5x Odds and free Craps lessons for beginners are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
The Bingo Room offers the “Daub Daub” coverall jackpot. Any player covering his card in less than 48 numbers receives $20,000. If the prize is not won, the required coverall number increases by one each week until it hits 56. Once the coverall is hit, the number reverts back to 48.
Typical standard room at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
With so many amenities, dining choices, good values and good gaming it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is a locals’ favorite and so popular for tourists too! The Gold Coast is located at 4000 W. Flamingo Road just west of I-15. For more information on the Gold Coast call them toll-free at (800) 402-6278, or visit their website at http://www.goldcoastcasino.com/
H. Scot Krause is a freelance writer, gaming industry analyst and researcher, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Scot reports, researches, and specializes in writing about casino games, events, attractions and promotions. His work is regularly featured in Gaming Today, the American Casino Guide Book and Vegas Values, a weekly feature found at: http://www.americancasinoguide.com