Treasure Island Casino
Treasure Island, or TI for short, is located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue. As a mid-range hotel among the big Strip properties, it has reasonably-priced rooms and buffet.
Right across the street on Las Vegas Blvd. is the Palazzo; next door is The Mirage. Across Sands Ave. from it is the Fashion Show Mall. So you’re near the middle of the Palazzo-Venetian area. There are pedestrian bridges connecting Treasure Island to the hotel next door, and the Fashion Show Mall. Most visitors consider this a plus, and it’s great when the immediate area is actually walkable, as this is. View its location on Google Maps.
This hotel resort opened in 1993, designed mostly by Steve Wynn. The hotel was originally planned to be an extension of Mirage, hence the bridge that connects the two. It cost $450 million to build, and it carried a family-friendly pirate ship decor everywhere, with jolly roger flags and ragged ships galore. When finished, a pirate ship cannon was shot off to celebrate its opening (as well as the death of The Dunes Hotel).
However, the pirate theme was phased out in 2003 in favor of an adult playground with plenty of swimming pools. The last traces of buccaneer were removed when it was sold in in 2008 to Kansas billionaire Phil Ruffin (owner of New Frontier Casino which closed in 2007)/Ruffin Acquisition LLC for $775 million, which included $600 million in cash.
These days the grownup playground is emphasized, and the pirates have left the building. Treasure Island has fully made the transition from its old pirate ship theme, that catered to kids and families. The hotel sign bears a modern logo instead of the old skull-and-crossbones, and the outer layout is an expansive wood dock, with thick-roped walkways, planking, plenty of small fountains and surrounding waterways. Palm trees shade the place, giving it the air of a remote island where all partiers apparently might wish to be marooned. A few fanciful wrecks of pretend ships stand here and there. TI really doesn’t have much to offer families with kids, and all its promotions seem to be of pool dances with scantily-clad women, a pounding beat of party music and the like. Its hotel rooms, all the same, are spacious and very comfortable. In stripping off the pirate shell, they haven’t quite replaced the distinctive character they once had, and compared to its immediate grand neighbor casinos, the decor here is not as stunning as that of its near neighbors. Still, it’s a very nice watery playground, and clean and inviting. Its famous BBQ and western dance joint, Gilley’s Saloon, is a favorite — and classic — nightlife spot of the town.
The casino covers over 50,000 square feet; in addition to the major casino games they have a sports and race book, a poker room, and keno.
TI’s High Limit Lounge
The high limit lounge is offers players plenty of privacy, which seems to be preferred by these customers. Its beautiful décor is inviting. Limits can easily go up to $15,000 so they really mean it when they say it’s a high-limit lounge.
They have Twenty-one, Baccarat and the Single Zero Roulette tables in this lounge. Player options include Shoe Dealing and Double Deck Dealing. It has a bar area where you can enjoy a few drinks and a buffet.
The hotel has a variety of table games that include Roulette, Craps, Baccarat and Pai Gow. However, the main table game featured at this casino is Blackjack and these tables offer a variety of options starting at $1 play and going up into the hundreds.
The Treasure Island Las Vegas Poker Room
The poker room has big, comfortable chairs, and you can usually count on a $1/$3 NL game to be spread. You earn $2 per hour comps, and there is a bad beat jackpot. Conveniently, the bar is just outside the poker room. It’s a good place for tournament newbies, as the staff is said to be very friendly.
Saturday 1am – NLHE, buyin $65. Blinds increase at 20-minute levels.
11am – NLHE, buyin $65. Blinds increase at 15-minute levels.
2pm – NLHE, buyin $75. Blinds increase at 20-minute levels.
7pm – NLHE, buyin $65. Blinds increase at 15-minute levels.
10pm – NLHE, buyin $75. Blinds increase at 20-minute levels.
Slots and Video Poker
TI has put plenty of effort into creating the best casino for slot machine players ever seen. They have everything from the one-armed machine to modern video slots. They also have a wide selection of video poker machines for guests to enjoy.
Sportsbook and Horse Racing
If you enjoy spending time placing bets on sports and horses, you should also be impressed by the Race Book area in this hotel. They feature all of the most popular sports and races.
Entertainment at Treasure Island Las Vegas NV
Guests are offered many options to stay entertained and happy during a stay. Therefore, you will find plenty to do when you’re not taking advantage of the casino action. There are a number of bars and nightclubs where you can go to relax after spending time in the casino.
Most of them cater to the party goers who want to make a night of it and some have a nice quiet relaxing atmosphere where you can go to unwind after a long day of activities. Your options include Gilley’s Saloon, Kahunaville Party Bar, Breeze Bar, Margarita Bar, Señor Frog’s and the Isla Tequila Bar.
One of the main forms of entertainment here is their stage show, currently featuring Mystere by Cirque Du Soleil. They have shows throughout the day and a few at night so you have plenty of opportunities to check it out. They also host special events with many famous celebrities. The special exhibition Marvel’s Avengers Station is open, and the casino offers big-name comedy shows by performers such as Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech & Chong, Wanda Sykes.
Treasure Island Las Vegas Restaurants
There are 10 dining venues and 8 bars. The restaurants are:
Phil’s Italian Steak House (also has seafood) — semi-formal dress. Ratings of this restaurant seem inconsistent in visitor reviews. Hint: You might try a meal of several appetizers instead of an entree, if you’re a seafood lover.
Seafood Shack — upscale casual.
Gilley’s BBQ — casual dress. Gilleys has line dancing, good music, live entertainment, a mechanical bull, and excellent barbecue. The Gilley Girls dancers enhance the landscape.
Senor Frog’s— casual.
The Buffet at TI. The TI Buffet made it onto Oyster.com’s “Best 10 Buffets in Vegas.”
Here’s a glimpse of the Buffet on Youtube, courtesy of SoCal Attractions 360: TI Buffet
Coffee Shop — serves breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Pho – Vietnamese — located in side Coffee Shop
Little Richie’s — serves hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, desserts, soup.
The hotel has a couple of ways for you to save money while on your trip. One of the most popular is the Rewards Program where you can earn rewards on the slot and table games that you play. You can earn benefits that reward you with invitations to tournaments, concerts and giveaways along with exclusive members-only promotions and events. You can also earn rewards that will provide you with free dining, shows and complimentary rooms or a reduced rate for your room.
The TI Players club is an annual loyalty program that will allow you to redeem your points earned for merchandise or use them to play the slot machines for free. You can earn benefits that reward you with invitations to tournaments, concerts and giveaways along with exclusive members-only promotions and events. You can also earn rewards that will provide you with free dining, shows and complimentary rooms or a reduced rate for your room.
The casino as well as hotel is non-smoking, in compliance with the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
See Part 2 to learn about the hotel rooms and more.