When most people think of Las Vegas the first things that come to mind are gambling, general debauchery, eating, and shopping. When I go to Vegas I will typically touch on each of those points, plus I will always try to get in some great roller coaster action. At the top of my list is the Manhattan Express [averagetraveller.com] at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. A very close second is the Desperado at Buffalo Bills [primmvalleyresorts.com] in Primm Nevada.
Primm is about a 45 minute drive from the Vegas Strip and is located right at the Nevada California border on the I15. Before changing its name to Primm in 1996 the town was simply named State Line. Currently Primm is home to a couple of Resort Casinos and the Las Vegas Fashion Outlet mall. If you don’t have a rental car you can catch a shuttle to outlet mall [fashionoutletlasvegas.com] and walk next door to Buffalo Bill’s to ride Desperado.
Desperado was one of the tallest coasters in the world when it was built and features a 225 foot, 80 mph drop into a dark tunnel. Despite the fact that I’ve done this drop 5 or 6 times, it always seems to last just a little longer than I expect it to every single time. Also be warned: if you like to scream on your coaster drops be prepared to have your entire mouth parched by the dry desert air!
In addition to having one of the biggest and baddest coasters around, Buffalo Bill’s has a pretty decent casino with nice low table minimums. I’ve managed to win money each time I’ve played there and the mix of players at the craps table is much more varied than you’d see on the strip at any one time. On my second to last trip I was disappointed that they only offered 2x odds on craps but they now have full 3x/4x/5x odds, giving the player an extra bit of edge against the house.
In addition to having some interesting players around the craps table, the dealers at Buffalo Bill’s can be an adventure. The first time that I played there they had a stickman who was so new to the game that he didn’t know the appropriate pay outs for prop bets. It got so bad that players would throw him chips on non-existent bets just to see how long it would take him to figure it out. We lovingly nicknamed that dealer “hard 9″.
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