Casino Royale Loses Table Games, Gains Photo Op

It’s a time-honored tradition to hit Casino Royale for craps, but guests will have to set aside that tradition for now.

The fabled Casino Royale continues to be an oddity on The Strip. It’s small. It’s cheap. And it has no resort fees.

Now, Casino Royale also has no table games.

Casino Royale

Thanks for trying to ruin everything, COVID-19.

Big thanks to John M. on Twitter for letting us know about this change at a beloved Strip fixture.

Staffers at Casino Royale say the removal of table games was the result of soft demand given the relatively high cost of labor to run games like craps. Player capacity limits at table games make the profit margin even more marginal.

Some are saying the tables are gone for good, but we hear they’ll be back in time, based upon demand.

In the meantime, the dogs are still priced right.

Casino Royale

We are not going to point out these foot-longs were $1.99 for years.

We have lots of fond memories of hours-long craps sessions at Casino Royale, along with throngs of other enthusiastic dice fans.

Some of the dealers were a tad surly, but that was part of the fun. Many were veterans of the game, with colorful banter, a lot of patience with newbies and an ability to calculate pay-outs even MIT students would envy.

Here’s a fun fact we learned during our visit to Casino Royale! As is the case in a number of Las Vegas casinos, Casino Royale has turned off some of its slot machines due to social distancing.

What we didn’t know is if you turn off a Wheel of Fortune machine, the reels default to three Wheel of Fortune symbols.

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Enough to make your heart stop for a second.

Yep, there are a bunch of machines at Casino Royale that look like somebody just won a progressive jackpot worth millions of dollars.

Casino Royale WoF

If you’re into pranking friends, this is one of the best free photo ops in Vegas.

It’s a strange time in Vegas, and let’s hope changes like the removal of table games at Casino Royale are only temporary.

14 thoughts on “Casino Royale Loses Table Games, Gains Photo Op

  1. Mitch

    Such terrible news. Used to play there regularly when it was $3/100x odds. Once they ramped the minimum all the way up to $5 without stopping at $4 I had to quit. 🙂

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  2. Royale with Cheese

    Let’s hope it doesn’t go the way of Slots A Fun.

    SAF had a great thing going 20 years ago. Nobody would tell you that today.

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  3. Michael Hetrick

    They should just put in some automated craps and bj games IMHO, but I’m sure the costs are too high for Casino Royale to do that.

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  4. Carrie

    Love Casino Royale! We have been in Vegas this week from MN & missed the table games. Bartender Mark & all the others. Wish them all nothing but the best. Our favorite Vegas traditions is the hours & hours & hours & hours spent at Casino Royale. Your comment about the surly staff was what we loved most. ?

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  5. Boulder Steve

    Casino Royale is a fun casino. Unfortunately a rarity on the Strip nowadays. I like that it’s right up front on the Strip. No long walks . Doubt the table games return

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  6. Mike Alexakis

    Casino Royale was where my brother and I went after golf, three dollar craps with essentially unlimited odds behind the line made it a destination… I agree with the person above that its location right off of the sidewalk made it attractive, when Venetian opened we did a self tour of it and started to walk back to Planet Hollywood, a casino employee enticed the wives to stop and play the promotion, which was an extra $50 for any four of a kind on video poker. Hooked for life right there. I miss the old days when gamblers were the focus, now its resort fees and bottle service…

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    1. $2 beers at Casino Royale

      Unfortunately what is you said is absolutely true. The angle now is to make money in other areas. They want people to gamble more obviously but keep making the games less player friendly. Maybe they should go in the other direction. They would still have the odds in their favor and more people would play. Hence… lose. Oh well

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  7. Chief

    All our favorite craps dealers at CR are quite old and at high risk for Covid. It’s for the best that they are not there.

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  8. Mike

    Casino Royale was at one time the place to go for cheap craps and lots of fun. Most of the gamblers were fun to hang out with for an hour or two. The dealers/staff were surly and the place was dingy with a weird smell but that was part of its “ambiance”. However, when I was there last in January the table was actually closed at 6pm. I was told that there was not enough action to be open. This was a first and the pit boss said the table minimum was now $10. Enough to make a grown man cry. I will certainly miss the Old Casino Royale.

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  9. Markus

    Very disappointed the hear about this – my favorite old school Vegas spot for nearly 15 years and probably 100 trips. I take it their bar is closed too(?)

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