Oyo Las Vegas Reopens, Here’s the Skinny

The Oyo Las Vegas hotel-casino reopened on Sep. 16, 2020, so we had to check it out.

By “check it out,” of course, we mean, “We lost $100 at blackjack in less than five minutes.” Seriously, we lost 10 out of the 11 hands we played. How is that even mathematically possible?

We were happy to donate to Oyo’s bottom line just to have it back.

Oyo Las Vegas casino

You can walk the entire casino at Oyo in under 30 seconds. Twice.

Oyo, formerly Hooters casino, isn’t the biggest casino on The Strip, but we always enjoy our visits.

On the way in, we noted a new slushy drink place being built just inside the front entrance, called Hoyo.

Oyo reopens

We see some epic brain freezes in our future.

You can never have too much slushy.

Heading inside, we were reminded it’s impossible to get lost in Oyo’s casino.

We were also reminded Oyo has $1 blackjack, virtually impossible to find on or near the Las Vegas Strip.

At the moment, there’s no craps available at Oyo. Dice has higher labor costs than other table games, as it requires two dealers, a stickman and usually a manager or “box man.” Yes, the terminology is sexist. It’s craps, get used to it.

Oyo has six blackjack tables. They all had a $10 minimum during our visit on opening day, and each paid 3-to-2, except for the $1 table which paid 6-to-5.

Yes, this stuff matters to many gamblers.

There was a roulette table, with a $5 minimum. Oyo clearly would like people to play.

Oyo casino

Oyo is an initialism that stands for “on your own,” so it should probably be capitalized. We don’t live by society’s rules.

While we had what’s traditionally referred to as “our ass handed to us” at blackjack, it was a great time. Staff seemed genuinely happy to be back to work, and despite being petite, Oyo’s casino has fun, welcoming atmosphere.

The Hooters restaurant was open, although the Hooters Saloon wasn’t.

Oyo Hooters Saloon

Bars have reopened in Las Vegas, so we trust the Hooters Saloon will as well.

Oyo’s Steak ‘n Shake hasn’t reopened yet, ditto the Southside Eatery snack bar.

The poolside Splash Cantina is open, though.

Oyo’s Night Owl Showroom is obviously still closed, but we hear Nevada’s 50-person gathering limit will soon be bumped to 250 people, so that could clear the way for some shows to return.

By “some shows,” of course, we mean “Cherry Boom Boom,” of course.

Cherry Boom Boom

We miss your choreography and character arcs, “Cherry Boom Boom.”

The bottom line is Oyo’s back in the game, and any time a casino reopens, it’s great news.

We’ll be back for wings, dice (when business warrants) and to recoup our 100 clams. Or possibly simoleons. What is money called now? Kale? How lame would be be to say you dropped some “kale” playing blackjack in Vegas? Whatever shekels are called now, we’re getting some back. We are securing the bag. Is that a thing? Oh, as if you actually read this far, anyway.

Welcome back, Oyo!

16 thoughts on “Oyo Las Vegas Reopens, Here’s the Skinny

  1. Mike Alexakis

    When this place was Hooters I used to use it as a last resort five dollar minimum craps option, the dice tables were right in the front of the very compact casino… Then one Thursday night we trekked out there and it was ten dollar minimum, the same as Bellagio. There was one person playing. I asked the pit boss if he could change it to five, my brother, my son, and I would play if it was five, he said no. Someone has to explain the economics of this hard headed policy to me, it makes no sense to hire people to run dice tables with no players. I want to play five dollars on the pass line, and twenty five dollars behind it for the true odds, with come bets as well. I can easily lose a hundred dollar bill in about three minutes playing this way, yet I am shut out at virtually all strip casinos, even freaking Excalibur… I love craps but I wont be bullied into playing more money on the front of the line where the casino has a much bigger edge, when I make this point they scoff at me. I love to stay on the strip, but gamble at friendly places that actually want my patronage…

    1. Andrew

      “Someone has to explain the economics of this hard headed policy to me”.

      Simply put : the 5 dollars minimum folks are the one that brings their own drinks in coolers to their rooms,something most Las Vegas resorts have been trying to fight for years.
      Your mathematics are faultless and the same way they apply to a 10 dollar minumum player wich,on the average and in the long run,will most likely be able to afford more losses and spend money into some other attractions or venues inside the casino.

      1. Mike Alexakis

        I appreciate your response, the casinos that ask for ten dollar minimum craps simply dont get to cram my hundred dollar bills down their slots, craps is a game where you are trying to beat the odds, and if you do and are smart about where you place your bets you get rewarded with the truest odds in the building… Oyo/Hooters asking for the same table minimum as Bellagio is a calculation on their part, they are banking on players itching for action I suppose, gambling is a competitive outlet for me, its not an addiction I have. We always stay at nice strip hotels, our meals are vacation events, we dont drive four hours to eat on the cheap. If we have dinner on the strip I just play video and live poker because even the lower end strip hotels now ask for ten minimum. This stretches out my gambling budget because craps is a fast game, they are likely doing me a favor in the long run by shunning my action…

    2. JP

      I completely agree with you. I have never understood walking into a strip casino with three tables of craps completely empty, their dealers standing around doing nothing, and when I look it says $25 minimum at all three. Why not drop it down to $5 or even $10, if the tables start to fill then up the limit. Seems like common sense to me.

    3. ShellshellM Mclaughlin

      if you have some family members whom don’t know what to do with their stimulus check open a Casino. Individuals love to Play and be happy…??

  2. JeffinOKC

    #2. If we gonna start calling money kale, then I suggest we refer to losing money as “blanching kale” or some variation thereof.

    #1. I read “slushy drinks” as “slutty drinks”. Seemed more funnier that way.

  3. DuLac55

    I think the name of the slushy drinks play is not HOYO but H2″OYO” Now, if they were serving “slutty drinks” instead of “slushy drinks”, the JeffinOKC would be onto something and “HO”-YO would be perfect. in this case, I think they’re going for H-2-OYO.

    Also, can someone explain to me the payout for a blackjack on a 6-to-5 table for a $1 bet? Do they have $1/6 chips? Haha

  4. Jack Tarasar

    I was never there when it was Hooters. Was the Casino floor that small then? Or, are they just being cautious only opening a few table games & a few slots?

  5. Rob

    Went to OYO this Monday to watch the Raiders play on MNF. The Hooters Saloon was dark, even though King Sisolak allowed bars to open on Sunday at midnight. What gives?

  6. Darling Dave

    It’s still a seedy dump in my opinion. Went there recently and was full of wanna be pimps and tweekers. I did not feel comfortable there. I’ll try again one day and have my fingers crossed. I’ll go in the morning to miss the riff raff.


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