I love Laughlin. I go there much more than Vegas.
Yes, the places you mention are on the lower end of the places i like to go, but Harrahs, Edgewater, Tropicana, Aquarius and Riverside are doing much better. I don't go to Golden Nugget as their craps table is too bouncy and their crew/table supervisors are snooty. I lose my money elsewhere.
Laughlin is great.