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128 E. Fremont St. : Map | Gmap

» Nearby: Golden Nugget   Fremont   The D  

History:

Binions is one of the grandpappys of Vegas. Built in 1951 by the inimitable Texas road gambler and sometimes thug and family man Benny Binion, the Horseshoe is known for accepting all kinds of action... if you got some kind of crazy bet you wanna make, then Binion's is (was) the place to make it. After Benny passed away in 1989, Binions ownership passed down to his kids Jack, Teddy and Becky. Jack sold his stake in the Vegas Horseshoe on to open a Horseshoe in Tunica, MS. Becky and Ted ran the place until Ted's drug problems and shady friends got him banned for life from running a gambling joint. Becky took over shortly thereafter and slowly ran the place into the ground. Binion's Horseshoe closed in early 2004 for a coupla months due to some unpaid union retirement bills... the Binion family was 'forced' to sell the casino. Harrah's bought it and re-opened it just in time for the 2004 World Series of Poker. Of course, Harrah's quickly sold the property, but kept the World Series of Poker and the 'Horseshoe' name. The new owners MTR Gaming did what they could to the joint, including a lot of redecorating of the casino interior and exterior. Still, they couldn't make Binion's work for them and sold it to TLC Enterprises, the owners of the Four Queens in 2007. We expect the Four Queens folks to do a better job.

Lotsa history here... not all of it nice and good... but still awesome. We love Binions.


Binions Cool Stuff:

Hunter S. Thompson and 'Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas' nuts would surely like to know that the room they stayed in (for the 1971 Mint 400) was room #850... (What was the Mint is now a part of the Horseshoe.)



The Real Deal on Binions:

Binions' hotel is closed indefinitely
Dank wood paneling, horseshoe emblazoned carpets, tons of table games, dealers in string ties and down home hard-core gambling charm make Binions one of, if not THE best gaming joints in all of Vegas.


The Casino at Binions

All sorts of Blackjack, Craps, Slots and their superb poker room is a must play for all Vegas Trippers.


The Rooms at Binions

If you expect nothing, you'll be satisfied.... Binion's hotel is currently closed!


The Restaurants at Binions

Do yourself a favor and head up to the Top of Binion's Steakhouse for a great view in a classic atmosphere.


Reader Ratings & Reviews:

My Rating: 5 jholt72 posted on 12th March 2015 :

mecca for poker players wish they would renovate and reopen the hotel

My Rating: 4 setzer posted on 27th July 2014 :

Decent old-fashioned country-theme gambling joint. The dealers and pit bosses just ooze experience and wisdom. Now, they do have the cowgirl dealers at both the bjackjack and craps tables, but when they come out (usually around early evenings), that's when they also jack up the table minimums, so be careful there. Didn't do any blackjack here, but I do recall it is 6/5, now. Of notable interest is that this was the only place that still has double-deck handheld blackjack, which is something you don't see anymore. I'd like to stay here, but they need to reopen the hotel in order or that to happen :)

My Rating: 6 KickedBoar591 posted on 29th May 2014 :

I love the pool. Great views! You often have it to yourself! And you can bring your own booze! It's like a private pool! Wait, so why am I telling you this?

My Rating: 2 nmccarty82 posted on 25th July 2012 :

It's downtown. Nostalgic Vegas! Where the you get to see Vegas' finest! LOL

My Rating: 4 SalSagev posted on 7th January 2012 :

Comfortable joint with plenty of action and decent drink service. Large enough so it never has felt over-crowded to me. There is a great lounge in the back near the sport's book serving the 4Q's micro brews and good pub grub.

My Rating: 5 TimCoreNY posted on 22nd August 2011 :

Great gambling... the best of Downtown.

My Rating: 4 ditkartr posted on 21st February 2011 :

This is an Old school palace. It's small but the fact you can gamble where so many great people have is sweet.

My Rating: 2 CapriVegas posted on 25th November 2010 :

The hotel is closed now, but when it was open, it was a trip back in time because you could imagine when this old gal was prom queen. The casino has always depressed me, and the parking garage is disgusting and really difficult to find your way around in. The Fremont has this place beat, hands down.

My Rating: 4 MiguelA posted on 18th September 2010 :

Binion's is where I enjoy playing Craps down on Fremont Street. Usually you can find a spot at a $5 table and enjoy yourself.

My Rating: 4 Rgiffen2 posted on 10th August 2010 :

Binions casino is old Vegas at its best. Interesting blend of locals and tourists, low limits and lots of action. Love this place, great drink service. Look for Priscilla, a senior cocktail waitress who looks like a miniature Dolly Parton. She's so much fun and keeps the drinks flowing.

My Rating: 6 mzeke23 posted on 2nd August 2010 :

The best place to play downtown. If nothing more than the history of the place and the people that have walked through those doors. I know it's not the same place anymore that "Suitcase Man" William Lee Bergstrom gambled at and the Binion family is long gone but still a fun place to play craps and drink while admiring the people of downtown.

My Rating: 4 BigHoss posted on 7th April 2010 :

It's so much fun to gamble at Binion's, you barely notice you're playing 6:5 blackjack. Seriously, find a hopping craps game here and hang on for a great time. Great cocktail service, great coffee shop and sports bar.

My Rating: 5 Ronno971 posted on 2nd May 2009 :

Binion's has really been upgrading lately and going old school with fun books and free play. Make sure you check out the specials. Back in February, I got $20 in free play coupon, free beer coupon and a $10 match play. Plus, they had a promotion to get a free picture taken with a million bucks cash.

My Rating: 4 jimmyrandolph posted on 24th January 2009 :

Great Craps! Original home of the WSOP.Used to have a great steak deal in the coffee shop.

My Rating: 3 RoachClipCharly posted on 20th January 2009 :

Gave me a lip fungus. Still had a great time.

My Rating: 4 BobStupak posted on 12th January 2009 :

Benny Binion saved my butt quite a few times over the years with his generous loans to me back during my years running Vegas World. Too bad his daughter had to screw the whole thing up.

My Rating: 4 jmtheman posted on 25th December 2008 :

They had double-deck blackjack that paid 3 to 2 for $5 a hand with good rules when I played there in July 2008. That is the main reason I like this place. It feels like a classic.

To bad I will never get the chance to stay here, but such is life.

My Rating: 4 Lazabout posted on 17th December 2008 :

I stayed there a couple times. Once before the Horseshoe branding was removed. Once right after. Both times I was able to get rooms for $25-30/night. They are passable places to sleep, but I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time hanging out in them. Because Downtown is my favorite area to play, Binion's has been a fave of mine for a while. Even when they had the country trollops carting around the casino doing songs. Corny, but a fun change of pace. Frankly, this place has always felt the most like I expected from a gambling hall. Low ceilings, dark, old and wizened dealers and waitresses (like the short, big-haired woman who turns up in EVERY show on Vegas), serious craps players at all hours. The post-trollop layout changes are not my favorite, but I'll cope. Our family tradition is to go to the snak bar first thing and get one of the heaping bowls of beef stew. Now that Al (the dude in charge of the snack bar) has retired, I may have to develop a new tradition. Huzzah to Al.

My Rating: 3 missmonkay posted on 30th November 1999 :

Best place in downtown.

My Rating: 5 neoncoma posted on 30th November 1999 :

Can't beat Binions...
The south Building used to be The Mint hotel. Binion's is one of my Favorites. Plus they have photos of Stu Unger on thier walls..

My Rating: 3 hawaiianmark posted on 30th November 1999 :

Old skool. Ghosts of the past lurking everywhere.

My Rating: 3 Jimmyvegas posted on 30th November 1999 :

Always a fun place to gamble. Dealers are extremely helpful. You get service there you'd not get on the strip.

My Rating: 4 vespajet posted on 30th November 1999 :

Still one of my favorite spots Downtown even with the hotel side closed (although reports are that they are renovating the rooms and may reopen in the near future). I miss the old Binion's Coffee Shop (The converted snack bar they call the coffee shop is not the same.) though.

My Rating: 3 thevegasvisitor posted on 30th November 1999 :

Classic poker room surrounded by classic dump. I hear the steakhouse is pretty good.

My Rating: 4 RockChickX51 posted on 30th November 1999 :

Actually a nice small casino in downtown. Food in the Binion's Coffee Shop (which is in the basement) was surprisingly good and cheap!!