The Linq Las Vegas Review
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, in addition to its hotel and casino, the LINQ is one of Las Vegas’ newest amenities providing a beautiful outdoor shopping promenade. It’s a great place to bring a date as there is a large fountain you can relax around along with a wide selection of places to eat. There is also Brooklyn Bowl; a bowling alley that has leather couches to go with a full food and alcohol menu at each lane. In addition to that, Brooklyn Bowl often has concerts going on behind the bowling lanes.
The LINQ’s most standout feature (which you can see from anywhere in Las Vegas) is the High Roller. This observation ride is a giant Ferris wheel, and standing 550 feet tall with a 520 foot diameter, the High Roller is the tallest one on earth. It’s a popular choice for tourists as they get to spend 30 minutes checking out great panoramic views of the city.
On both sides of the promenade are entrances to the Flamingo and The LINQ’s casino as well as O’Sheas. Most recently known as The Quad and Imperial Palace, The LINQ was given its current name in 2014 and is owned by Caesars Entertainment.
Since Caesars acquired the property, it has been totally redone and looks good. It is, however, still a relatively small casino which appeals almost exclusively to value-seeking tourists who don’t want to spend too much on their stay, but still be in the middle of all the hubbub.
Getting in and out of the self-parking garage and valet is a bit hectic, and guests are now charged based on their tier status and how long they’re staying. To get free self-parking, you must at least be a Platinum cardholder which is only second from the bottom.
Casino at The LINQ
Despite its prime location, the LINQ’s casino floor one is one of the smallest in Vegas, at 33,000 square feet. Knowing this, you would think its table games might be in one general area, but they are not, and the casino here has multiple pits. That part is fine, but everything is all over the place, and it’s kind of a mess.
There is no designated baccarat area or an official high limit section, but otherwise there is a solid selection of games most of which have $5 minimums.
If you happen to sit down at a $5 or $10 table, be aware that these all pay 6-5 on blackjack. You’ll need to play at either the $25 or $50 min. tables to get 3-2. No matter which table you decide to play, the dealer must hit on soft 17 for all games. If you like some of the other blackjack variations, The LINQ also has Free Bet Blackjack starting at $10.
If you’re in the mood for a different setup of the same game, within the slots you can play a virtual blackjack game with a live dealer. The minimum bet here is $5.
All craps games at the LINQ have a $10 minimum with standard odds of 3-4-5. Virtual craps is also available, and is located by the slots. These machines have a $3 minimum.
Standard double zero roulette has $5 and $10 tables. A cheaper virtual version of roulette with a live wheel can also be played for $3.
Other LINQ Table Games
Crazy 4 Poker ($5 minimum)
Ultimate Texas Hold’em ($5 minimum)
Three Card Poker ($5 minimum)
Fortune Pai Gai Poker w/ Progressive ($15 minimum)
Let It Ride ($5 minimum)
High Card Flush ($5 minimum)
Mississippi Stud ($5 minimum)
Texas Hold’em Bonus ($5 minimum)
Casino War ($10 minimum)
Note that to play Casino War, you’ll have to go over to O’Sheas. Since it’s connected to The LINQ, for all practical purposes O’Sheas is part of The LINQ. O’Sheas is a dark bar with video poker and loud music. It is very much a party atmosphere as there are many tables set up to play beer pong.
A view into the O’Sheas from our last visit:
Given The LINQ’s central location, there is a ton of foot traffic constantly going in and out from the strip and the promenade. This casino is almost always busy and noisy, but we don’t expect you would ever struggle to get a seat at any of its table games.
Slots at The LINQ
The LINQ is one of few casinos that “only” has 800+ slot machines instead of the standard 1,000+. They are dispersed all around the gaming floor with limits starting at a penny and rising slowly to $1. All its games and video reels are modern and among the most popular. Some of its standout choices are Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fortune Gold, Buffalo, Animal House, Megabucks, and My Cousin Vinny.
High Limit Slots at The LINQ
The high limit slots room is marked off, but is by no means secluded. It is just as noisy as the rest of the casino and if it wasn’t for the sign, you wouldn’t know you walked into a high limit room until you saw denominations listed on the machines.
A view into the high limit slots room from our last visit:
Limits here begin at $1 and increase to $2, $5, $10, $25, and $100. Though the high limit room is mainly slots, there is also enough video poker to go around and its betting limits are the same as the slots.
Video Poker at The LINQ
In addition to being played for comped drinks at bars, there was a lot of video poker spread all around the casino. You’ll be able to find what game you want, but payouts are certainly not that high getting only up to 98.49% for its high limit games, and as low as 98.01% for its mid to low limit players.
Sportsbook at The LINQ
If you are interested in spending a while at a sportsbook, there are enough nearby casinos that you might as well go to one of theirs instead of The LINQ’s. All its seating consists of 40-50 leather club chairs and while they are certainly comfortable, it’s all downhill from there. Of the 10 TVs there is only one big screen and the picture quality is below average. There is no real entrance to it as it is practically on the casino floor adjacent to slots and table games, making it very easy to overhear outer noise.
Other drawbacks are the betting board is just a couple of TVs located behind all the seating, and there is no food nearby besides the snack and wine shop across the hallway. Like most other Las Vegas sportsbooks, you have to palce a bet in order to obtain drink tickets. To receive a drink ticket at LINQ you have to bet $100 on sports or $20 for the horses.
Bet minimums can be much higher than that at plenty of other sportsbooks, but considering this one only does the bare minimum, you’d think maybe they’d be a bit more generous on drink tickets in an effort to make up for it. Since they aren’t, clearly the sportsbook is of no importance to The LINQ and is probably only frequented by those passing by.
If you like betting on games after they have started (also known as live betting), The LINQ doesn’t do that either. Caesars Entertainment has a sports betting app that you can download upon opening an account for free inside the sportsbook, but live betting altogether is still a work in progress.
Hotel at The LINQ
Its casino floor may be on the smaller side, but the hotel has 2,640 rooms with 10% discounts given to all military members, students, teachers, government employees, and first responders. Before we get into what the rooms are like, know that the mandatory nightly resort fee is $39.68 after tax. For this you get Internet for two devices along with pool and fitness center access.
The rooms are updated can have views of the strip or the High Roller, but the motive to staying at The LINQ is going to be for its great value of price and location. The standard deluxe room is 300 square feet and is normally priced under $100 a night before the resort fee, sometimes as low as $39 a night. The bunk bed deluxe room is also 300 square feet and tends to stay in the $120-$140 range but will be low as $89 during its best promotions.
The price of the 690 square foot King Suite frequently fluctuates anywhere from $139 to more than triple that on weekends, and if you want to stay at the 1,067 square foot Penthouse, prepare to spend no less than $700 a night. The only way to book this room is by calling, but their availability can never be guaranteed regardless of what you are willing to spend because these rooms are usually held for VIPs.
If you are planning to gamble at a high volume, we certainly advise making contact with a casino host first. The LINQ is not a “big time” hotel or casino, so securing yourself either a comped or at least upgraded room should be more doable than most places.
Spa and Fitness Center
Entrance to the spa and salon is $20 for hotel guests per day while drop-ins pay $30. However, this entrance fee is included with any treatment service you get of at least of $50. This spa is a full-service facility offering facials, body treatments, and massages, as well as separate lounges for men and women, whirlpools, and a eucalyptus steam room.
The fitness center has top level cardio machines, free weights, stability balls, and stretch bands. It is over 1,600 square feet and open 24/7 to its hotel guests.
Restaurants at The LINQ
There are 5 restaurants at The LINQ, none of which would be considered “fine dining.” The absolute closest you get to fine dining is Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar which specializes in gourmet burgers. Other options are Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, Nook Café and Nook Express which serve breakfast, sandwiches, and healthy meals, and Hash House A Go Go is open 24 hours.
Bars at The LINQ
The LINQ does not try to blow anyone with away glitzy swank or high-end offerings because they realize many of Vegas’ tourists just want to drink and gamble economically. They don’t have a nightclub, but they certainly deliver well with a bar selection far more expansive than its restaurants.
In addition to O’Sheas pub is the Catalyst Cocktail Bar which has video poker and is open 24 hours. Its other cocktail bar called 3535 uses 35 custom-made infusions to make its creative cocktails. They stay open until 4 AM and have a lounge and gaming area.
Beyond the cocktail bars is the self-serve Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar which has 20 flavors, and lastly is the 24 hour TAG Sports Bar which has live trivia contests nightly at 7 PM.