GAMING TODAY: Golden Gate blends the future with the Vegas past

Gaming Today
July 07, 2015 3:01 AM by H. Scot Krause
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The 1906 Club derives its name from the opening year of the Golden Gate, Nevada’s oldest hotel. While the property still maintains elements of its quaint and charming past, new owner Derek Stevens has remodeled to blend the old with the new. The 1906 Club derives its name from the opening year of the Golden Gate, Nevada’s oldest hotel.

While the property still maintains elements of its quaint and charming past, new owner Derek Stevens has modernized and remodeled to blend the old with the new. The casino floor offers the latest in slots and video games plus traditional craps, blackjack, and newer table games like Riverboat Roulette, 3-Card Poker and Let It Ride, all in the setting of Las Vegas’ most historic hotel. The Golden Gate pays 10x odds on dice and 3-to-2 on all blackjacks.

For starters, new members who sign up for the 1906 Club and earn 100 points on their card within 24-hours of signing up receive $10 free slot play. Points earned can be used for rooms, dining, merchandise and free slot play, downloadable with your PIN from any machine.
Several years ago, I reported in another publication that the Golden Gate 1906 Club had changed their slot club formula to become the No. 1 club with the highest return free play program in Las Vegas. That still holds true today. I’m talking about base earnings.

Some other clubs can come close or surpass the base rate when applying multipliers but as far as base rates, no one we know of beats a 1% return on slots from base point earnings. The formula for slots is as follows: $1 slot coin-in equals 1 point. 100 points equal $1 free play. This equates to a 1% rebate for slot play, something we haven’t seen in Las Vegas (or perhaps anywhere else in the country) for many, many years.

For video poker players the formula is not quite as strong but still a very respectable .25% rebate. $4 video poker coin-in equals 1 point and 100 points equal $1 free play. Players also earn comp dollars based on their play in both slots and table games. Uniquely, while the clubs remain separate entities, comp dollars can be used at Golden Gate and at their sister property, the D Las Vegas (and vice versa).

One card does it all at the Golden Gate. No tiers or levels. Higher play will earn you higher mailed reward offers that may include rooms, free slot play, dining comps and special event invites and tournaments. You can also talk to a casino host if you feel your play warrants it. Downtown casinos are usually pretty generous to their good customers.