Hooters is located on Tropicana Avenue just east of the Las Vegas Strip. It is directly behind the Tropicana Casino and across the street from MGM Grand. This makes it an affordable alternative to Las Vegas Strip hotel prices within a convenient walk.
Hooters opened as the Howard Johnson in 1973. Its most well known name during its existence was Hotel San Remo. There are 696 hotel rooms and 36,000 square feet of space at Hooters.
The namesake is the main restaurant at Hooters Casino. It is open 24 hours and is the busiest Hooters in the entire chain. It is not the largest though. The biggest Hooters in terms of square footage is at Palms, located just west of the Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road. It opened in 2015.
The property went into bankruptcy in 2011. It was acquired by debt holders and sold in 2015 to Trinity Hotel Investors. The company owns the Holiday Inn brand as well as a collection of historic hotels.
Hooters Tables and Games
There are 17 blackjack tables at Hooters. The best game is a single deck blackjack that actually pays 3-2 on a natural. It only permits double down on 10 and 11. Double down after splitting is not permitted. The dealer hits soft 17. There is only one table with this game. Bet limits are $10 to $500. The house edge is 0.55%.
There is one $3 blackjack table that uses six decks. It is dealt out of a continuous shuffle machine. Double down before and after splitting is permitted. The dealer hits soft 17. There is one $3 table with these rules. Blackjack pays even money, except on bets $5 or higher, where it pays 6-5. Even money bets have a house edge of 2.9%. The 6-5 bets have an edge just over 2%.
There are 15 tables with a $5 minimum bet with the same rules, except that blackjack pays 3-2. These tables use a shoe. The maximum bet at all of these shoe games is $500. These house edge at these tables is 0.65%.
Rewards Club Plus for Frequent Blackjack Players
Hooters uses the Rewards Club Plus card as its players club. Blackjack players receive great comps. Free meals at Hooters are commonly issued. Free hotel nights are easy to acquire. Any serious level of action should generate free offers by mail. Make sure to ask the pit boss for a comp if you have been playing for a couple of hours.
Hooters offers a single deck blackjack game that pays 3-2. You will not find such a game on the Las Vegas Strip. There is $5 blackjack that pays 3-2 all over the casino. Many of these games are dealt by Hooters girls dressed in the company’s uniform. You will not find that anywhere else.
The Inside View
The single deck blackjack game at Hooters is a counter’s paradise. Players can get three or so hands out of it before a shuffle. It is watched so do not spread your bets too wide, but back offs are very uncommon, especially for tourists.
The $5 shoe games can be counted as well. The games do not offer surrender or re-split aces though. Hooters is a great place for a low bankrolled blackjack player to get a start. You may also enjoy the scenery of the Hooters girls within the casino and the restaurant. As far as the hotel, you will find it to be about as budget as it gets. Unless you want to stay somewhere on the lower end, playing for hotel comps is not a great idea.