With thrill rides, A-list restaurants and reasonably priced rooms, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod appeals to a wide audience. In addition to being the tallest building in Las Vegas, The Strat’s 1,149-foot-tall freestanding observation tower is the tallest in the United States.
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According to reputable news sources, the visionary behind the original Stratosphere Hotel & Casino wanted it to be even taller. Initial plans called for the tower to be just over 1,800 feet. That’s 651 feet higher than The Strat stands today.
The Strat participates in True Rewards, a loyalty program that awards points for spending in and out of the casino. Tier Points determine your player status at the resort: True, Loyal, Solid, Legit, Epic. True Rewards Points determine how much you have to spend at The Strat or other True Rewards properties. Earn Tier Points and True Rewards Points for gambling, drinking and dining.
Enticing Offers in the Mail
You may get offers by mail or email for free nights and more based on your level of play. Las Vegas visitors frequently report receiving free room offers, and even low rollers are getting in on the action. Ensure the rewards desk has your correct address or you could miss out on a golden opportunity. Accepting an offer you get through the mail has no impact on your points balance.
Collect Rewards at Bars and Restaurants
Hand your server your True Rewards Card to earn 15 points for every $1 spent at participating Strat bars and restaurants, including the upscale Top of the World revolving restaurant. The Strat has five restaurants, five bars and lounges, a Starbucks, a pastry shop and a food court.
Relax and Earn
The Strat has a rooftop pool and bar 25 stories above the Las Vegas Strip. Wet24 has stunning views of the Vegas skyline. On the eighth floor, the Elation Pool Cafe & Bar features a 15,000-foot resort-style pool and jacuzzi. Whether you’re craving wraps, wings, burgers or burritos, earn 15 points for every $1 spent at the bar. Open seasonally, Elation serves wine, beer, specialty cocktails and frozen drinks.
Accumulate Comps in the Casino
- Earn one point for every $1 of coin-in to a slot/video keno machine;
- Earn one point for every $2 deposited into a video poker/multigame machine;
- Earn one point for every $4-$8 of coin-in when you play full pay video poker;
- Earn three points for every $2 buy-in at bingo;
- Earn eight points for every $1 buy-in at live keno;
- Live table games payout based on the type of game, average bet and amount of time played
How Comps are Calculated
In the long run, the house keeps a piece of every dollar a gambler puts at risk in a casino. That’s why employees at Las Vegas casinos are happy to offer rewards to loyal gamblers. Comps are based on the average dollar amount a player is expected to lose each day, known as average daily theoretical, or ADT. It’s the way a casino calculates what a player is worth.
To calculate your ADT, the pit boss observes your play. He records how much you cashed in and out for, how long you stayed at the table, what games you played and how much you bet. Typically, an average bet of $25 per hand is required to have your play rated at a Las Vegas Strip casino. In the end, the casino comes up with a dollar figure representing how much it expects you to lose each day, and comps you around 20 – 30% of that amount.
How to get More Comps
You can’t get points without a player’s card, but there are times it’s best not to use one. Primarily, when you don’t plan to gamble long or invest much money. Pretend you put $1000 into play Saturday, then in a rush to catch your flight the next day, you can’t resist tapping the spin button a few more times. Do that and the high rating you earned Saturday will plummet. In situations like this, go ahead and play Sunday, just don’t use your player’s card.
It may take some of the fun out of gambling, but you’ll earn the most comps by draining your entire bankroll for the trip in one day at one casino. Gambling $600 on the same day earns a player a higher rating and more comps than betting $200 in chips each day for three days.
Take Advantage of Promotions
From time to time, casinos, including The Strat, offer one of the most valuable promotions, point multiplier days. A recent promotion at The Strat offered 3x points on table games and video poker and 5x points on slots every Wednesday and Sunday through January 30, 2022. Before you start gambling, be clear on which games qualify for the promotion. The extra points you earn aren’t applied automatically. Make sure to register for all promotions.
New True Rewards members at The Strat have the opportunity to earn $10 in free slot play. To qualify, a member must earn 25 Tier Points in the first 24 hours from the time he registers for a True Rewards card. Players should stick to their gambling budgets. It’s not worth taking on extra risk to qualify for free play. The $10 free slot play award, is an ample bonus, however, to members who would have earned the 25 Tier Points anyway.
Inquire About a Casino Host
Think of your casino host as you would a concierge at a hotel. A host will remember what you like and get you the best comps to suit your wants and needs. This includes things like upgraded rooms, limo rides to and from the airport and show tickets. Pros at spotting gamblers with six-figure bankrolls, casino hosts aim to please. A guest can ask the person behind the rewards desk to check his play to see if he qualifies for a casino host.
Casino guests who gamble frequently can request comps, and many times they’ll be granted. Back-end comps can only be applied to items charged to your room. Before checkout, ask your casino host to evaluate your play and remove any charges possible. Don’t ask for back-end comps until you’re done gambling for the remainder of the trip. You don’t need your own casino host to qualify for back-end comps. Just go to the rewards desk and ask to speak to the host on duty. It takes courage to approach a casino host, but if you can work up the nerve, there’s no downside and you might be surprised by what you save.
Line of Credit
It’s common for casinos like The Strat to offer players a line of credit, giving them the freedom to gamble without carrying large amounts of cash or being limited by the constraints of daily ATM limits and fees. The minimum amount that can be requested at The Strat is $500. If approved, the casino gives the player a marker that can be traded to the dealer for chips. Typically, a player has 30 days to pay off a marker, but casinos usually prefer you settle up before check-out.
How do I Spend my Rewards Credits?
- Redeem True Rewards Points for slot play or table games promo chips: 500 points = $1 slot play or promo chip
- Redeem True Rewards Points for comps in the hotel and casino: 300 points = $1 comp
- Redeem True Rewards Points for cash back: 1,000 points = $1 cash
Protect your Rewards Credits
True Rewards Points expire after 13 months of inactivity, but all it takes is one spin of the reels or a quick bite to eat in the food court to stay active. Tier Points reset to zero every 12 months.
True – up to 4,999 Tier Points
Guests automatically attain True Tier status when they register for a True Rewards card. Sign up to get exclusive email offers, special discounts and free parking.
Loyal – 5,000 to 29,999 Tier Points
Loyal Tier members get discounted hotel rooms.
Solid – 30,000 to 59,999 Tier Points
Stroll past the line in the lobby because Solid Tier members check-in at the VIP desk. The middle tier comes with a guaranteed room upgrade based on availability, priority restaurant seating and valet service.
Legit – 60,000 to 149,999 Tier Points
Reach Legit status and stop paying resort fees. Make every minute count with early check-in and late check out. Enjoy conveniences such as priority lines at check-in and restaurants, VIP seating at entertainment events and VIP parking. Members are awarded $200 in free SlotPlay and $200 in dining credits annually.
Epic -150,000+ Tier Points
Epic Tier status members enjoy all the benefits of the lower tiers along with signature restaurant experiences and the best table available at select restaurants.
Games at The Strat Casino
It seems like a simple game on the surface, but video poker is deceptively complex. Even an experienced poker player would be wise to study strategy charts and practice online before putting any money at risk. There is only one right way to play every hand of video poker, and you can figure out what it is by consulting strategy charts. They’re available online and in casino gift shops. Most casinos don’t have a problem with players referring to them in-game.
The hand begins when you insert your cash or ticket into the machine, select your bet size and press “deal”. A five-card poker hand appears on the screen and the player touches the “hold” button corresponding to the cards he decides to keep. The rest are discarded and replaced by new ones to create your final poker hand. Payouts are based on poker hand rankings. The Strat has 750 slot and video poker machines.
For a slot player, there’s nothing more maddening than the flashing lights and ringing bells that can only mean one thing… some lucky player hit the jackpot, and not you. You don’t have to bet much to win life-changing money on a slot machine. In 2020, a Reno man won $888,585.03 off a $1.80 bet on a Super Lucky Times penny slot machine. The chances of winning a significant amount of money on a slot machine are extremely low. The odds of hitting a major jackpot start at 34 million to one. A Florida woman who just became a multi-millionaire isn’t impressed with those odds. She won two $1 million jackpots in three weeks playing the same game at the same casino. The odds of that happening are an astronomical 3.6 quadrillion to one.
The player is at a disadvantage at the blackjack table because he’s forced to act first. That makes him the first to bust every time. While a player can’t control every aspect of the game, he can choose not to sit down at a blackjack table with bad rules. Many casinos only pay 6:5 for blackjack on the main casino floor, while 3:2 tables are reserved for the high-limit room. Move on if all you see are 6:5 tables. More casinos are switching over, but you can still find 3:2 games all over the city, even on the Strip.
You only have to beat the dealer to win a hand of blackjack. It doesn’t matter if you do it with 12 or 21, the payout is the same with the exception of blackjack. Players place their bets to begin the hand. Each is dealt two cards face-up in 6-deck and above. The dealer gives himself one card face down, called a hole card, and one face-up. The player looks at his cards, and if another is likely to improve his hand, he signals the dealer to hit. A player chooses to stand when he’s satisfied with his hand. When the player has the advantage, he can double down by placing a bet to the left of his original wager. He’s dealt one card which is turned sideways, to indicate that no more will be coming. When you split two cards of equal value, the dealer separates the cards and deals two more to turn one hand into two. Finally, at some blackjack tables, you’ll have the option to surrender your hand in exchange for half your bet back. The dealer turns over his hole card and plays his hand when the players are finished. Each player’s hand is stacked up against the dealer’s and winners are identified.
The Strat has 17, 6-deck blackjack tables and one double-deck table. Blackjack pays 6:5 on 13 games and 3:2 on five. The minimums range from $10 to $25.
The Strat has four double-zero and two triple-zero roulette wheels. The minimum bet at the tables starts at $10. Every wager you make in roulette is either an inside bet or an outside bet. A bet on any number or combination of numbers is an inside bet. One made outside the numbers area is an outside bet. Outside bets pay 1:1, or even money. They have the lowest payout ratio because in the long run, the best outside bets win nearly 48% of the time. Inside bets offer risk takers a higher payout in exchange for a lower win rate. A straight bet, also called a single-number bet, pays 35:1. That’s $350 plus your bet back off a $10 wager. The payout is so high because the odds of winning a straight bet are only 2.70%. Red/black, even/odd and low/high offer the best odds at the table.
There’s a camaraderie between craps players that can’t be found elsewhere in the casino. They’re playing the dice and cheering for the shooter to roll his point. At the beginning of every new round, players have two bets to choose from: When you place a Pass Line wager, which 90% of players do, you win when the shooter wins and lose when he loses. A wager on the Don’t Pass Line, considered a bet against the shooter, works in the opposite way.
The shooter wins even money and rolls again when he rolls a seven or 11 on his first attempt, called the Come Out roll. Players who bet on the Pass Line win even money on a seven or 11, called a natural. Players who bet on the Don’t Pass lose. The shooter and the Pass Line players lose when the dice land on two, three or 12. Players who bet the Don’t Pass Line win when the shooter rolls a two or three and it’s a push when the dice lands on 12. Roll four, five, six, eight, nine or 10 and that becomes your Come Out Point. Win by rolling it again, without rolling a seven. The Strat has one craps table.The minimum bet at the table starts at $10.
The Strat also has two crapless craps tables with a $10 min. The rules are the same as in conventional craps except in this version, every number except seven is a point. In crapless craps, the shooter can’t lose on the Come Out roll, but he can’t win if the dice land on 11. The house edge on a Pass Line bet in crapless craps is 5.38%, and only 1.4% in conventional craps.
A card game most often found in high-limit rooms, baccarat offers good odds and it’s as simple to play as a slot machine. The player’s only responsibility is predicting the winner of the next hand. A bet on the banker gives the best odds at 1.06%, but players pay a 5% commission. The house edge is 1.24% on the player and 14.36% on a tie. A bet on the banker or the player pays even money, and a winning tie bet pays 8:1. A 2021 Nevada Gaming Control Board survey shows casinos won more money from baccarat than any other table game.
The banker deals himself and the player two cards each. The highest hand out of a total of nine wins. Ten, jack, queen and king have a value of zero, and an ace is worth one. If your cards add up to a double-digit number, only the second digit is counted. If the player or banker draws an eight or nine, he wins. If the totals are both eight or nine, it’s a tie. The player stands on a six or above, otherwise he takes another card. When the player stands, the banker hits on a five and below. Whether or not the banker bets again is dependent upon both his total and the third card dealt to the player. It’s extremely complicated for such a simple game, but the player doesn’t need to know the rules to win money at baccarat. Once the player picks a winner, the banker does the rest. The Strat has eight midi-baccarat, one mini-baccarat and 1 Golden Frog Baccarat game. Betting minimums are $25 on the main casino floor and $100 in the High-Limit Lounge.
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Take a look at a Three-Card Poker pay table, and you’ll notice some hand rankings have been reversed. Unlike in traditional poker, three of a kind out ranks a straight and a straight out ranks a flush. The reason behind the switch is simple. In Three-Card poker, there are more ways to make a straight than three of a kind, making a straight less valuable. There are also more ways to make a flush than a straight, putting a straight ahead in the rankings. Straights and flushes only require three cards to complete instead of five in this poker-based game. The odds of winning are nearly 45%, so players can expect to lose 55% of hands in the long run. A hand ends in a push slightly more than one half of one percent of the time.
To start the game, players place an ante wager, and have the option to make a pair plus side bet that pays out on one pair or better. Three cards are dealt face down to the dealer and the players. The players look at their hands and decide whether to raise or fold. To fold a player simply forfeits his wager and the hand is over. To raise, a player places a play wager the same size as his ante wager and the dealer turns over the player’s hand as well as his own. The player wins his ante bet and his play bet is returned if the dealer doesn’t have queen high or better. Otherwise, the best three-card poker hand wins. Strategy dictates raising Q-6-4 and higher. The Strat has one Three Card Poker table with a $5 minimum.
Criss Cross Poker
Criss Cross Poker is predominately found on the East Coast. The Strat is one of the few Las Vegas casinos where you can find the poker-based game. The minimum bet in Criss Cross Poker at The Strat is $5.
To get things going, the player places two equal bets: The first on the Ante Across and the second on the Ante Down, each representing one of two final five-card poker hands. An optional Five Card Bonus Bet pays out on a pair of sixes or better. The player is dealt two cards face down, and five community cards are placed face down in a cross pattern on the table. The player examines his cards and can either fold, or make an Across Bet equal to 1x to 3x his Ante Across bet. The Across bet is based solely on the value of your Across Hand, which is made by combining your two cards with the three on the horizontal row of the cross. The dealer then turns over two more community cards and the player can make a Down Bet equal to 1x to 3x the Ante Down Bet, or fold. The bet is based on the strength of your Down Hand. It’s made up of your two cards and the three on the vertical column of the cross. The dealer turns over two more community cards and the player has another opportunity to bet. It’s either make a Middle Bet of 1x to 3x the Ante for the card in the center of the criss-cross, or fold. The dealer unveils the middle card and the player’s hands are paid according to a standard poker hand ranking pay table. It takes a pair of jacks or better to win the Across and Down bets.
Heads Up Texas Hold’em
A player has three opportunities to raise his bet in Heads Up Texas Hold’em, but he can only take advantage of one of them. A player is allowed one raise, and the amount he’s allowed to wager is reduced with each betting round. To start, a player makes equal bets on the Ante and Odds. He also has the option to make two side bets. A Trips Plus bet pays three of a kind or better, and the payout is based on poker hand rankings. The Pocket Bonus pays pairs and AJ, AQ and AK.
Once all bets are in, two cards are dealt face down to the player and the dealer. The player looks over his hand and has the option to check and see a free card or raise and make a Play bet 3x the size of his Ante. The dealer turns over three community cards that can be used by himself or the player to improve the strength of his hand. If he hasn’t already raised, the player can choose to make a Play bet 2x the size of his Ante. Otherwise, he can check and the dealer will turn over the final two community cards. At this point, a player who has already made a Play bet checks, while one who hasn’t must make a wager equal to the size of his Ante or fold and forfeit his Ante and Odds bets. When the dealer doesn’t have a pair or better, the player wins even money on his Play bet and his Ante bet is returned. Otherwise, whoever has the highest ranking five-card poker hand wins the Ante and Play bets, but it takes a straight or better to win the Odds bet. Payouts on the Odds bet are based on the poker value of a player’s hand, regardless of whether it beats the dealer’s. The Strat has two Heads Up Texas Hold’em tables, each with $5 minimum bets.
High Card Flush
A player starts by placing an ante wager, and has the option to make two side bets. The Flush Bonus bet pays a four-card flush or better. You need at least a three-card straight flush to qualify for the Straight Flush Bonus. After the bets have been placed, the dealer and the players are each dealt seven cards face down.
The player examines his cards and has the option to make a raise the same size as his ante, or fold and forfeit his ante. A player with five suited cards can raise his bet to 2x the ante, and a player with more than five suited cards can bet 3x the ante.
The dealer turns over his cards and if he doesn’t have at least a nine-high three-card flush, the player wins even money on his ante bet and his play bet is returned. Otherwise, the flush made up of the most cards wins the hand. If the player and dealer have the same number of cards in their flushes, the winner is decided based on who has the highest ranking hand. The Strat has one High Card Flush table with a $5 minimum bet.
Eat, drink and never miss a moment of the action at the William Hill Sports Book at The Strat. The sports book has a chef-driven menu and a contemporary vibe. Located right off the main casino floor, the sports book at The Strat seats 120. The Strat has expansive sports betting and horse racing menus.
A new High-Limit Lounge opened on Valentine’s Day, 2021 at The Strat. The edgy 3,600-square-foot room has triangular mirrors hanging from the ceiling. On the ground, the lounge is made up of eight table games and a VIP area. High-stakes gamblers can choose from two double-deck blackjack tables, one 6-deck stand on soft 17 blackjack table and five baccarat tables. Minimum bet at the baccarat tables is $100. VIP amenities include the support of a casino host and tea service.
The Future of The STRAT
Atomic Range Golf Attraction
A $70 million multi-story golf entertainment destination will break ground next to The Strat in Spring, 2022. The four story golf attraction called Atomic Range is expected to be complete in late 2023. It’s being built on a seven acre site just north and adjacent to The Strat. Featuring four bars, an Astrocade and more than 100 hitting bays, the attraction is intended for golfers of all ages and skill levels. The project is a joint venture between Golden Entertainment which owns The Strat and Flite Golf & Entertainment. Atomic Range will create more than 500 new jobs for the city of Las Vegas.