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What Is Your Favorite Land Based Casino?

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I have not had the luxury of going to tons of casinos, but I can say that I have been impressed with nearly all of the casinos that I have been to. My favorite so far is MotorCity Casino in Detroit. It is located downtown, has a great overall look to it (built in an old Wonderbread factory!), and has paid off well for me in the past.

I also REALLY want to go to Las Vegas and check out the plethora of casinos there. I assume some of you out there have been to Vegas; what is your favorite casino out there.

If you haven't been to Vegas but have a favorite land based casino, please share what it is and why you love it so much. It will be fun to hear why people love their destinations so much!

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28 April 2011 - 7:28pm
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Pic of MotorCity Casino.

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www.venetian.com has always been a fave of mine.

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Mine would have to be from when I was a backpacker visiting Monaco. Thing is I can't even remember what it was called lol, it had a gaming room that hung over the water with spectacular views out to the sea. I might have been the Sun Casino.

It definitely wasn't the Casino Monte Carlo that you see in all the movies. We were standing outside that one and a guy rolls up in his red Lamborghini, the doors pop up and out he hops with his son who looked like he was about 8 years old, holding a mobile phone (which was a big deal back then) and dressed like a millionaire. Oh and the 80+ year old guy who walked in with a woman on his arm at least 50 years his junior with the most gravity-defying fake boobs you have ever seen. We got the message real quick that it wasn't the right place for tight-arse tourists on a minuscule budget!

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I have been to many casinos and picking just one would be very hard to do. I think everyone should do Vegas as they are really beautiful and fun. Although I had the most luck at the smaller ones down on Freemont Street.
But being from Canada and our long cold winters, we love going south. My favourite place is Aruba. Beach by day and Casino's every night. Every night after dinner you can walk to a different hotel and enjoy their casino's.
They are friendly,live entertainment and you can walk back to your hotel at 2am and still be safe. Truely Heaven!!!!!

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My best experience was at the Wynn in Macau. I've seldom seen such a nice casino with a very classy atmosphere

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I'm used to the larger land based casinos but I have found a tiny casino that I love called G Casino. It's so quaint and of course lucky for me. It has been recently remodeled with a great bar and restaurant. There's only about 20 slots but they have a private poker room and table games. I've had some good times there.

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8 September 2011 - 8:54am
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In Georgia, the country I come form, there are very few alternatives of casinos- both land-based and online as well. Here is the best one called Adjara Casino, which is the oldest operator. see the pics below:

Adjara in the morningAdjara at nightAdjara inside
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The first pic is in Batumi, isn't it? i have seen it when i was there. attractive exterior, btw. I wanted to go there, but my friends did not like gambling and stuff like that, so I could not Sad

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Yes it is taken in Batumi, a nice seaside resort in Western Georgia.. Glad that you've heard about it.

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Mine would have to be from when I was a backpacker visiting Monaco. Thing is I can't even remember what it was called lol, it had a gaming room that hung over the water with spectacular views out to the sea. I might have been the Sun Casino.

It definitely wasn't the Casino Monte Carlo that you see in all the movies. We were standing outside that one and a guy rolls up in his red Lamborghini, the doors pop up and out he hops with his son who looked like he was about 8 years old, holding a mobile phone (which was a big deal back then) and dressed like a millionaire. Oh and the 80+ year old guy who walked in with a woman on his arm at least 50 years his junior with the most gravity-defying fake boobs you have ever seen. We got the message real quick that it wasn't the right place for tight-arse tourists on a minuscule budget!

Hey! I am looking for one of those millionaire-type guys over the age of 80! lol! If anyone knows of one, please let me know. And don't accuse me of being like Anna Nicole. I promise you it would be "true love." Wink

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Sadly, the ONLY time I took a trip to Vegas, I was not really into gambling! I had been to maybe five land casinos, TOTAL, before I arrived in Vegas.

I was traveling with a (now ex) bf who had to go there for work. While he was attending conferences, I was laying by the pool. Being from Minnesota, where it is already cold in October, I soaked up the sunshine instead of sitting inside the dark casinos. Now don't get me wrong: we did do a LITTLE bit of gambling, tried a few machines, but nothing like it would be now. We mainly went and took in all the tourist attractions, on the strip, on Fremont street, in the older section (can't remember what it is called) went to the top of the Stratosphere, etc., and during the days he didn't have conference we went to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and to the marina where people feed the carp. Hiked Red Rock Canyon: enjoyed the outdoors.

What a different experience it would be now, and I would love to go again now that I enjoy gambling, lol We stayed at the Riviera. Nothing fancy, but our view was the Stratosphere. They were just building Paris, Paris. We also enjoyed the seafood buffet at the Rio which is also off the strip. Took in, and enjoyed, all the free shows at the various casinos, like Pirates of the Carribean and the parade around the bar at the Rio. (I have always wanted to stay at the Rio with its sand bottom pools and wine tasting cellar, lol.

I have friends who really enjoyed going to Laughlin, NV Anyone ever gambled there? They enjoyed their hotel and the water taxis that take you up and down the river. Also, they said (and I have since often heard) that Vegas has really changed. Much younger crowd, no more 99 cent margaritas and/or 5 dollar buffets, which they were famous for. Things are a little more spendy there now. No options for the budget minded. I would love to go back one more time, though, and I would like to see Laughlin.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the (now ex) bf who brought me to Vegas had divorced his wife a few years earlier, because she completely cleaned him out by.....guess what? Compulsive gambling. lol That's right. So, I couldn't exactly spend all my time at the machines, even if I had wanted to. Wink

We have a few local spots that are okay, here in Minnesota. Right now, all MN casinos are run by Native Americans, although there is talk about putting a state-run casino in downtown Minneapolis, which I think it is about time! I know there will be a big battle, but I really think it is time. Casinos are also the ONLY place left in the state where smoking is allowed indoors, and the state run casino would be non-smoking.

What I have noticed is that the casinos are tightening up their slots, and that makes me really angry. More people are becoming upset, and I would love to see a strike where people stopped donating money until they loosened up a bit, once more. I used to get tons of nice offers from a few of our casinos, too, and now they are few and far between. My friends, who likes to gamble, is very upset, because her son, who never goes, gets more awesome offers and free play money than she does, with a silver comp card! Just doesn't seem fair.

We have two casinos not far from me (about 30 miles). The big one is called Mystic Lake and they own a smaller one, right down the road from the large one, called Little Six. Mystic is close to Canterbury Downs, our well-known horse track and cards rooms. Mystic is notorious for having tighter slots; I mean you can't even play a while on your money! Not even fun. Little Six is not much better, but oh, do they make a good breakfast in their restaurant, lol. I always have breakfast there, and I take an order of Native American Fry Bread home with me (YUM!).

There are two more popular casinos in Minnesota, both are called Grand Casinos. There is Grand Casino Mille Laces, which is about 90 minutes away out in the middle of nowhere, but a pretty drive, and Grand Casino Hinkley, which my brother frequents, because he is about 40 minutes away from it. Me, I am about 90 minutes away from that one, too. Maybe a little less. Hinkley used to be my favorite, but they have really tightened up, too, and gotten stingier with their offers. I KNOW they can afford to loosen up a bit. They just installed a SECOND bar, which I don't think was needed. Nice hotel and pool and another very nice off-site hotel with a shuttle. I do like staying overnight, if I am going to go, because I don't like feeling rushed, and I can relax in the pool, hot tub and room when I want to take a break. They have cards and Bingo, too, of course.

My friend and I are going to try out a new casino in Detroit Lakes, MN, that she heard good things about during our next little girlfriend "get-a-away." I will report on it, then along with a couple of others that come to mind, but this message is getting ridiculously long, lol (sorry!).

Here are the Grand Casinos:

http://www.grandcasinomn.com/

On the left side of the page, you can see pics of both.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention that the (now ex) bf who brought me to Vegas had divorced his wife a few years earlier, because she completely cleaned him out by.....guess what? Compulsive gambling. lol That's right. So, I couldn't exactly spend all my time at the machines, even if I had wanted to.

LOL this paragraph is genial!

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In Lisbon there is only 2 casinos, but I only went to one, Casino Lisboa, it is ok but nothing compared to asia, american's casinos Smile

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Fallsview Casino Resort Niagara falls ontario, really nice place will most certainly go back there soon!

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The closest casino to me is the Hollywood Casino in Joliet. It is so pretty inside. I believe part of it burned last year or the year before. There is a parking garage and also parking out front which makes it easy to go into. They even have 2 cent slots. Here is a link. http://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ I like to go around 5-6 pm before it gets too crowded.

The have some alien type game that I usually win on.

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Coushatta Casino Resort at Kinder, Louisiana. They are the best bet by far. You have an option to ride a bus for $15. It will take 6 hours, round trip. All casinos in Louisiana will give perks to play and comp for food.

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Coushatta Casino Resort at Kinder, Louisiana. They are the best bet by far. You have an option to ride a bus for $15. It will take 6 hours, round trip. All casinos in Louisiana will give perks to play and comp for food.

Wow, it would be nice to be driven back and forth to a casino. I would not want to be on a bus for that long though unless they played games or something interesting. In a couple of states I lived in, they gave free alcohol and drinks. The alcohol may have only been beer. I don't drink so I didn't pay that much attention. They also gave comp points that you could use for food. We usually had a steak dinner or some other food each time we went to the casino. The casinos here in Illinois used to give out decent gifts. I still have the nice picnic blanket they gave out. If the gift was nice enough, we would go to the casino to get it and always spent some $$$ playing there.

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It does encourage players to come & play when they offer all kinds of gifts, free drinks and discounted hotel room. Also they have fun activities like concerts, tournaments and annual events. When we raise funds, the land casino will refund the bus fare as long as we meet the number of players. Along the way, we then buy raffle tickets and draw prizes donated by the members.

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It does encourage players to come & play when they offer all kinds of gifts, free drinks and discounted hotel room. Also they have fun activities like concerts, tournaments and annual events. When we raise funds, the land casino will refund the bus fare as long as we meet the number of players. Along the way, we then buy raffle tickets and draw prizes donated by the members.

Do people usually stay overnight or do they drive the six hours in one day? If you had some friends go that would be really fun.

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Riding a bus saves money, minimize traffic jam & helps the air pollution. The downside is, it's only 5 to 6 hours of fun play in the casino. There are bus terminals or bus pick up usually departs in the morning and evening around 8:00PM. Also, certain bus on tour stays overnight or good for 2 nights, need to schedule it a month ahead. They allow rentals with a personal driver.

And yes, it's a lot fun when friends are going together.

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LOL this paragraph is genial!

Although I've never been in Minnesota, I learned a lot from your post, thank you Smile

Haha! I am just seeing this now. Yes, quite the spot to be in, right? I really want to go back to Vegas someday soon, now that I really know more about and actually enjoy, gambling!

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In Lisbon there is only 2 casinos, but I only went to one, Casino Lisboa, it is ok but nothing compared to asia, american's casinos Smile

Seriously, how did I miss all the posts in this thread? Welcome, Newbie!

You should have seen this casino I visited when I traveled to my neighboring state, Wisconsin! It still had the coins where you had to put in how ever many at a time, and you had to go to the window to get your quarters, lol. That really brought me back to the old days where people wore thin, white gloves, or they ended up with filthy fingers from all the coins, lol! Worse, I didn't win a thing there. It was truly a "Hole in the Wall."

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The closest casino to me is the Hollywood Casino in Joliet. It is so pretty inside. I believe part of it burned last year or the year before. There is a parking garage and also parking out front which makes it easy to go into. They even have 2 cent slots. Here is a link. http://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ I like to go around 5-6 pm before it gets too crowded.

The have some alien type game that I usually win on.

Wow! I want to play the Breakfast at Tiffany's Game right now!!! lol LOVE that movie, and that is the first I saw of a game! Can I sleep on your couch, and we will visit YOUR casino? Looks really nice! How far from your place?

I have to respond to a bunch more messages in here later, because I can't believe I missed all this, lol, but I have to go work for another hour or two before I can take another break.

Oh, and I could take a bus, for free, to go to my local casino, too. I like this idea, because I could spend my gas money on the slots. haha! The one that has the bus is about 30 minutes away. The only problem I see with that is that, knowing my luck, I would be winning and miss the bus going home, lol. I guess if I won enough I could afford a cab, though, lol!

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Seriously, how did I miss all the posts in this thread? Welcome, Newbie!

You should have seen this casino I visited when I traveled to my neighboring state, Wisconsin! It still had the coins where you had to put in how ever many at a time, and you had to go to the window to get your quarters, lol. That really brought me back to the old days where people wore thin, white gloves, or they ended up with filthy fingers from all the coins, lol! Worse, I didn't win a thing there. It was truly a "Hole in the Wall."

haha Smile I would love to visit such an old place.. Even if Im really in to modern videoslot games.. those old ones can be really fun to! Tongue Fun story!! Thanks for sharing!

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You should have seen this casino I visited when I traveled to my neighboring state, Wisconsin! It still had the coins where you had to put in how ever many at a time, and you had to go to the window to get your quarters, lol. That really brought me back to the old days where people wore thin, white gloves, or they ended up with filthy fingers from all the coins, lol! Worse, I didn't win a thing there. It was truly a "Hole in the Wall."

They were doing that in 2002 when I went to my first casino. We had to carry around tubs of nickels and they did get heavy. After each "turn in", I would wash my hands. I wonder how many people got sick just from handling all of those coins. The paper things is so much easier now.

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I was @ Luxor Casino in Las Vegas year 2001, the casino tokens were still available. Thanks goodness they got away with those! Do you know what year this paper thingy on land casinos had started..? Who has done it first, the American or European Land Casinos?

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haha Smile I would love to visit such an old place.. Even if Im really in to modern videoslot games.. those old ones can be really fun to! Tongue Fun story!! Thanks for sharing!

There is another casino about 30 miles from the one I usually visit in Minnesota. We cross over into the state of Wisconsin. Well, all the rooms were taken up at Hinkley (the big one) so we spent the day there then got a hotel room at the one down the road that WAS called, "Hole in the Wall" casino, lol! (Different from the one I discussed above, but similar in what it looked like!). It had the old wood floors, but you did not have to get quarters at the counter, lol. They were building a beautiful new casino, then just stopped in the middle of everything due to the recession/economy. When they finally did open, I was really disappointed in the layout. It looked really pretty from the outside, but the inside was really poorly planned considering the time and money that went into it!

So, anyway, I visited two different casinos that were kind of "holes in the wall," lol. One guy I met at the Hole in the Wall, while it was still the old one, had won the Outback Jack MAJOR two nights in a row and bought new tires for his truck! Lucky guy! Smile

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At our land casinos, some machines still pay out in coins. Like the Grand Nickels and Grand Quarters games, you have to put in cash, not tickets, and the nickels and/or quarters come pouring out. At least you don't have to put the nickels or quarters IN the machines.

I still love that the dollar coins come out. There is NO sound on earth that is more satisfying and exciting then those dollars dropping down, pouring down, into that tray, lol. (By the hundreds, of course! haha!)

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lol yeah.. dont we all love that sound! But the Dollar is so Low at the moment in Value towards my Currency Norwegian Krone, NOK that the sound needs to stick around for qutie som time before it becomes any real money.. Tongue

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lol yeah.. dont we all love that sound! But the Dollar is so Low at the moment in Value towards my Currency Norwegian Krone, NOK that the sound needs to stick around for qutie som time before it becomes any real money.. Tongue

LOL! Good one, Mr. Bingo. It is the sad state of the nations. Sad We need to hear LOTS and LOTS of those dollars hitting the tray. haha! Wink

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