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Oyo Las Vegas: Great Gambling on a Budget

Oyo Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Written by Joshua

OYO Las Vegas was the Hooters Hotel and Casino until last year, and the name change didn’t bring a ton of change ultimately to the property. In some ways that’s a good thing, because it has more of a locals-style mentality to how things work, and that makes it a lot of fun for someone looking for some good deals and fun gaming.

They love to advertise themselves as the Strip’s best kept secret. It may be in part because technically it’s just off the strip, rather than on the strip, that’s keeping it a secret, but no matter. I find OYO a lot of fun and you’ll find out why in today’s post.

Slot Machines

The property is smaller, so that means the slot floor is as well, but they still have a good mix of older and newer games despite that – you’ll find your Quick Spin, Buffalo Gold and Zeus Unleashed mixed in with some classic WMS machines. The entire slot floor, including tables, is 30,000 square feet.

The floor has never been overwhelmingly busy, which means it tends to be easy to get access to the games you want, and the game floor does get some updates so it’s not constantly the same thing.

There’s also a small selection of video poker on the floor, as well as some bar tops inside the Hooters restuarant that still occupies a significant portion of the property (it’s the largest earning Hooters in the United States, for whatever that’s worth).

Table Games

One of the big advertised pulls is $1 Blackjack 24/7. They have a stadium blackjack option upfront now as well with it. There’s still some double deck at lower limits and I played craps at a $5 minimum not that long ago. Blackjack at $10 and up pays 3:2 as well, so they offer better table rules than many of the strip casinos at that price.

The table games section is small, so there’s not a lot of options, but you’ll find the standards, including roulette, craps and blackjack.

Hotel Rooms

OYO strip view window

I’ve booked an offer there since my original visit, and I was given a basic room that was clean, but on the lower end of the scale compared to what you can find nearby on the strip. But the rooms are certainly comfortable and will get the job done.

The thing that you have to keep in mind is the property you’re at. This isn’t a Four Seasons. Your “Strip View” is going to be a look out the window to the MGM Grand across the street. The walls are on the thin side. But if you need a place to sleep, it’s certainly going to take care of basic needs and ensure you have a room to head back to at night.

Comp Program

The OYO Rewards Card is easier to tier than many, but given the size of the casino and the fact it’s not linked to any other casinos, it makes sense. But the perks do grow quickly as you tier up, including discounts at the restaurants and on site shops. Higher tiers are guaranteed room availability on weeknights or weekends, as well as suite upgrades.

Earning is quick – $1.50 per point on slots, $3 per point on video poker, keno and Blackjack. If you go on a 10x Wednesday promotion, you earn 10 points per $1.50 on slots. 100 points can be used as $1 in comps or free play on the slots or other electronic games like video poker.

You also get access to a kiosk promotion that gives you up to five swipes per day. Each swipe gives you something of value – a few dollars in comps, free play, match play bonus points. I believe it was 800 points to get all five swipes on the kiosk, which is $1,200 of coin-in, and you generally see something in the neighborhood of $15-$20 in bonus perks from the kiosk, on top of the $8 in points (or $80 on Wednesdays) you get playing.

Other Observations

Between the Hooters and Stake ‘n Shake on site, you’ve got a couple of solid restaurant choices, but they also have a little cafe where you can select other options like salads or personal pan pizzas. There’s a reasonable diversity of food options for such a small place.

There are a few AP-type machines, and I saw a single older person sloooooowly walking around checking them. But the lack of players meant not much was changing on them.

All of my visits so far to the property have actually been quite fun – my money seems to last, and my suspicion is, like the table games, the slots are a bit on the generous side to encourage more visits and play.

Overall, I enjoy visiting OYO and playing, especially on the 10x point multiplier days. I fully intend on stopping in there on my next visit to Las Vegas.

About the author

Joshua

My name is Joshua, and I’m a 30-something who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, games that give you a potential edge, casino promotions and systems and how you can get the most out of it.

2 Comments

  • you neglected to mention the most interesting thing about the old hooters hotel, which is the new name! ( o Y o )

    • Hey Jack! I decided to hold back, but it’s very clear that despite the new name, not all that much has changed, and that does include a certain… emphasis, shall we say. haha

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