Binion’s Offers a New Way to Win with the Innovative “21 to the River”

October 7, 2008 by  

Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel has added an exciting new addition to its gaming experience with the innovative “21 to the River” table game. “21 to the River” was invented by casino game creator, Anthony Ramirez, and combines traditional Blackjack and five-card poker for a second chance to win after a player has busted his or her Blackjack hand.

“There’s a great potential for ‘21 to the River’ to become successful in our casino,” said Glenn Casale, director of casino operations for Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel. “Binion’s has long been known for its table games, and adding another wagering opportunity to Blackjack brings a new level of excitement to what is already one of our most popular games. We’ve experienced a tremendous amount of player interest in the short time ‘21 to the River’ has been on the floor.”

“21 to the River” is played on a standard Blackjack table where players make a mandatory Blackjack bet and are given the option to place a bet on a poker hand. The game is dealt exactly like traditional Blackjack and played according to house rules. If the player busts, the bust card is then moved to the poker wager. At the conclusion of the Blackjack hand the player receives four additional cards to complete a five-card poker hand. The poker hand is then paid relative to a payout scale. If the player does not bust on Blackjack then the poker bet is a push. Players are only eligible to play the poker hand if the Blackjack hand is busted.

The new table game is the latest in a series of changes that have been taking place at the storied casino since Binion’s was acquired in March 2008 by TLC Casino Enterprises. Since that time, Binion’s has reconfigured the casino floor, added a new sports bar and cigar lounge called Benny’s Bullpen, opened a remodeled race and sports book, brought back the famed $1 Million display and has begun remodeling the famous 24th floor steakhouse. A brand new poker room is currently under construction.

“If you walk into Binion’s today and you haven’t been here in a while, you will notice the difference right away,” said Casale. “And it’s not just the physical changes. It’s the attitude and the atmosphere, too. Great service, good gambling, treating your players with respect and giving them a better chance to win. Those are Binion’s traditions we are proud to continue.”

About Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel Binion’s has been making Las Vegas history since 1951 when Texas gambler, Benny Binion, bought the property at 128 Fremont Street. Benny was passionate about giving players excitement, good odds and friendly service, or as he would say – Good Food. Good Whiskey. Good Gamble. Fremont Street has changed dramatically since the days of Benny Binion but his enthusiasm still remains at the historic casino and has been picked up by the current owner, TLC Casino Enterprises, who purchased the property in March 2008. Renovations to the gaming areas, public areas and all 366 hotel rooms are in progress. The property has 80,000 square feet of gaming space with 850 slot and video poker machines, 47 table games and the World Famous Poker Room.

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