Rex

Dotty's Delivers

August 19, 2009

An old friend is in town this week staying at the Riviera, and today I was finally able to meet the idiot for lunch.

Riviera Hotel and Casino

Riviera Hotel and Casino

After we had polished off our respective deli sandwiches in the early afternoon, I informed him that even though I was enjoying his company, I had pressing business to attend to.

“Can we drop by someplace first?”, he asked.

“Where?”, I asked in the irritated pitch meant to convey to someone that you don’t want to go anywhere, and you hope they will get the hint and respond with “Ah, never mind”.

For whatever reason, subtlety never works for me.  I don’t know if it is my sunshine demeanor or my striking physical attractiveness, but unless I come right out and say “F You, No Way!” the assumption is that I am happy to oblige any request.

“I want to check out that Dotty’s place”, he replied.

What the ???

“Dotty’s?”, I said, “I’ve never been to freaking Dotty’s.  Why would I go to Dotty’s?  For that matter, why would you go to Dotty’s you lamestain?”.

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

After explaining to me that it would be a harsh realm if we couldn’t swing on the flippity-flop at Dotty’s, I didn’t want to be part of the tom-tom club … so I acquiesced to his request.

Two and a half people on the planet will understand the above paragraph.

The rest of you are cob nobblers.

Megan Jasper is my hero.

I digress …

Dotty’s Casino is one of those places that, even though I am surrounded by them, I had never actually been inside of one.

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Why?

I don’t know.  They look like convenience stores, and the moniker just never grabbed me.

You can get away with naming casinos after yourself if your name is “Wynn”, “Binion”, or “Hooter” … but who the hell is “Dotty”?

I’ve lived here for 5 years, and passed these casinos thousands of times, but I have never been able to answer that question.

When we arrived at the casino, I was sure that we were in for an imminent knifing.  Any casino that has to buzz you in after dark is not a good sign.  Especially when any determined thief could simply shoot through one of the glass windows that surrounded the place.

After cautiously opening the door and walking inside, however, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

There was a small casino floor ringed by dining tables, all of the machines were shiny, and save for high-roller sections, they had the greatest slot chairs I have ever seen in any casino.  Yes, including the Wynn and Bellagio.

Instead of the godforsaken, hemorrhoid-inducing chairs of stone found in too many gambling halls, Dotty’s actually went out and bought decent quality office chairs for the sitting comfort of its gamblers.  Nice.

Anchoring the casino near the door was a food counter and a small convenience store with cigarettes and a few other comfort items perfectly suited to the local gambler.  While it did not contain an actual kitchen, they did have a small selection of microwavable food products to satisfy the immediate hunger of the patrons, and most non-alcoholic drinks were readily available.  This was a very basic and unimpressive setup at first glance, but it was so much more in reality.

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

If a customer wants a pack of cigarettes, it’s there.  If they want a cup of coffee, it’s there.  If they want a sandwich, it’s there.  The casino is a home away from home.

The simplicity behind this property is a small stroke of genius.  Cater to any inexpensive whim of the patron, and the patron doesn’t have to leave.

“Do you know what this reminds me of?”, I asked my friend rhetorically.

“If someone converted their living room into a casino, this is what it would be like”, I said.

He agreed.

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

Dotty's Casino in Las Vegas

The place was as casual as they come, yet spotlessly clean.  There was plenty of room between machines, sodas in the refrigerator, and it was just … comfortable.  As a matter of fact, I think they should change the name of the place to “Comfortable’s”.  It’s the perfect adjective.

Not only was the room spotless, but so were the machines.  Dotty’s does not have table gaming, but all of the machines are nearly pristine and are all ultra modern … with a twist.

As I was furiously pressing buttons on a new Game King, I became confused.  I summoned the single waitress/cashier and explained to her that I was mentally slow, and was thus having trouble reading the paytables.

“This thing is showing me the payout for 10 credits”, I said, “What am I doing wrong?”

“You’re not doing anything wrong, you can play up to 100 credits”, she replied.

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty

I looked at her as if she had two heads, but after screwing around with the machines a little more, I realized that she was right.   By pressing “up” and “down” in the help screen, I was able to display payouts for 5 credits, 32 credits, 65 credits, and yes … up to the full century mark.

While this was cool, it was also kind of a pain.  If you don’t have a calculator handy, you could really get screwed on a 58 credit shortpay.

I decided to stick to five credits and under where I could do the math in my head.

The sheer amount of games they had on a single Game King was the largest I believe I have ever seen anywhere.  This place is a VP players heaven, because you can play damn near everything ever made without leaving your original comfortable seat.

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

They had every variation of video games imaginable including a game called “USA Poker” with an 8/8 payout.

It was a bit overwhelming and it took me a solid 10 minutes just to run through the game selections.

Eventually, I decided to sample a little of everything, but this did not work out terribly well.  By the time I had burned through five or ten plays of each unique game, I was out of money.

Obviously I did not play any of the games optimally, because more often than not I didn’t know what the hell I was playing.

I have to fall on my sword for this losing session because I was under the influence of video game attention deficit disorder (VGADD).

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

Dotty's Casino Gaming Machine

My buddy lost all of his money as well, which made me feel better.  Misery loves company.

I left Dotty’s quite impressed.  These places are nothing to look at from the outside, and I always kind of chuckled at them when I drove by, but the joke’s on me.  The casino I went to was absolutely not a dump, nor was it a mickey-mouse operation.

There were no drunks, no crowds, and no endless trek through a parking garage … just video game Nirvana.  It’s arguably one of the most comfortable gaming parlors in which I have ever played.

I can definitely see the appeal, and I now understand how this chain can thrive.

As for me, I still need table games, poker rooms, sports books, and surly pit bosses looking over my shoulder to get the full casino experience.  I probably won’t be a Dotty’s regular, but I will play here more than I did in the past … which was never.

I was skeptical at first, but as far as off-strip video poker and slots go, you could certainly do worse than the Dotty’s franchise.

So who, exactly, is Dotty?

I still don’t know.

Maybe she’s some chick with a perpetual case of the chicken pox that likes to play Bonus Poker a hundred nickels at a time.

I’m not even sure I care who she is anymore.

I do know one thing about “her” now that I didn’t know before, however.

She found a niche’ for herself and she fills it incredibly well.

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12 Comments

  1. Written by Brian on August 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I wonder if there’s some Hawaii connections at Dotty’s. I noticed the “Aloha” sign above the concession area and the Hawaiian Dream Vacation sign on the wall.

  2. Written by Michelle on August 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    LOL, Dotty’s reminds me of someone’s livingroom also, kinda quaint.

    Brian – I was thinking that there may be a Hawaiian connection as well when I saw the Aloha sign and leis and flowers everywhere.

  3. Written by Ken on August 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

  4. Written by Kevin on August 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Are there any of these type of casinos near the Sahara?

  5. Written by DR on August 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Dotty’s has been incredibly successful for the past ten years. Not only do they offer a comfortable convenient location to gamble for those who do not like casinos and bars, they have offered pretty good paytables on their machines. They seem to be constantly expanding the number of locations (maybe as many as 25 now), others are just starting to copy their business model.

  6. Written by Vice on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Hey Rex,

    I’m no Cob Nobbler. Were you guys wearing your wack slacks and kickers when you were there? Unfortunately, I’m probably a member of the Tom Tom Club.

  7. Written by loftypines on August 20, 2009 at 6:21 am

    i googled dotty’s to find out more info, the reviews i came across mention cheap smoke prices but say they have tightened the machines up so much that they don’t like playing there anymore.

  8. Written by BigRedDogATL on August 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    You didn’t mention what the standard Jacks or Better VP pay tables were. How do the VP pay tables compare to any of the major strip casinos? Does Dotty’s have a players club and if so what are the paybacks on it?

  9. Written by Chris on August 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

    ive read some reviews of dotty’s and peple sound so mad at the place. i can’t help but think these people were maybe asked to not come back. the paytables are great, as well as the players club. its like cheers, they always know my name. they give away a hawaiin vacation this month, thats why you see aloha.

  10. Written by FoolsGold on August 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    From the photos the place was rather empty, so whats so profitable about that?

  11. Written by Bobby Fulton on October 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I would like to get in touch with the owner of Dottys as I don’t know how to get in touch with them all I have is the name Estes and would love to talk to them ASAP. Hope you can pass this onto them for me
    With Many Thanks Bobby Fulton.

  12. Written by Ruthie on November 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Dottys has the best players club anywhere!! I am a regular player at the Dottys located in the Reno area. every month they send out red sheets that have free play for every week. Once a month they send out “checks” that have free play equal to your players card points, ( ie. I have 72000 points right now, I will get $72.00 in cash when I redeem my “check”.) The other drawings include a cash giveaway every week and a mystery money call that will give $20.00 to players using their players cards in the casino. Once a year they give away trips to Hawaii for a solid month, that is 4 trips per week for a solid month. Every three months they have a bingo game where everyone wins at least $10.00, a Red white and blue 7′s slot game, where you can win, a poker game, and they give out little trinkets almost everyday. I know I sound hokey, but it is a fun place, and they give me a lot of free play money. They even gave me a voucher for $100.00 for my birthday!! So all you people that like the big casinos, go for it, but I will take Dottys any day over those places!!!

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