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Calling all Canadian players from BC or who have played in BC

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by westcanguy, Sep 26, 2015.

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  1. westcanguy

    westcanguy Low-Roller

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    I'm looking to do a flight segment run with Air Canada to maintain my elite status and Air Canada has a sale on right now. I thought I would do a weekend trip to somewhere in BC and visit a casino during the overnight stay. Can anyone tell me what casinos have Super Times Pay VP, All Star Poker VP or at least 3/5/10 VP?
    I understand that Victoria and Nanaimo likely doesn't have that but I was wondering about Vancouver or Kelowna.

    Thanks in advance
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    From data from videopoker.com, BC has none of it. I would link it, but I wouldn't recommend anyone without anti-virus/malware things look at it. Their ads suck; I got a warning looking it up. The inventory is pretty up to date in the US and Canada it seems.
     
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    I haven't been to the Hard Rock casino (Coquitlam) in a couple of years but I have never seen seen Super Times Pay in any of the Vancouver area casinos, and good pay tables are just as rare - used to be good pay tables if you played at the $1 level ($1 = highest denomination, 5 credits is max bet) but they were all downgraded a few years back.

    Pretty much for VP in the greater Vancouver area you will find just the classic Game King machines with a very limited selection of games - JoB, DW, BP, DBP, stuff like that. Pick-a-Pair is about as exotic as it gets and you won't find anything like multi handed poker, spin poker, dream card, etc. - most of the casinos only have a few machines, maybe 3-8 machines typically (Grand Villa in Burnaby probably has the most at 13 VP machines, all as described and with bad pay tables) and the double up feature is disabled on all of them.

    I like video poker, but its such a wasteland out here of bad pay tables and limited games selection that I save almost all my VP play for Las Vegas.
     
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    Can't help with your question about Super Times Pay but I did visit Nanaimo's casino one night this year and recall only 8 VP machines. The place was packed so we didn't stick around.

    We briefly checked out the Kelowna casino this spring and it seems a lot larger than Nanaimo. We were there early in the day and it didn't seem very busy then. We stopped and looked at a couple $1 machines that showed DDB at 9/6. THAT really surprised me.

    Not sure if you'll have a car but the Kelowna casino is right on the lakefront with lots of pubs, restaurants and some hotel options within walking distance. Just my opinion but the Nanaimo casino did not seem to be in the greatest area for tourists.
     
  5. westcanguy

    westcanguy Low-Roller

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    Thanks to those who answered. Seats available for sale were running out so we're flying to Vancouver and staying right near the airport and we'll visit River Rock Casino and see what I find there. I read it's the largest casino in the province so if anyone will have some variations of VP, it would be them....Fingers crossed.
     
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    Too late for you since you've booked Vancouver. In the Okanagan Valley at Lake City Casinos, we have good DDB at 9/6 for $1 and 9/5 for 50 cents. No multi-line or exotic games. That's why I go to Vegas.

    You'll still have many other great things to do in Vancouver besides gamble. Have fun.
     
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    No, its pretty much as described earlier: they have a few old Game King machines (10, IIRC) and the selection of games is limited. When they first opened they used to have a video poker lounge on the second floor, just outside the poker room - I think they thought poker players would want to play VP while waiting for a table, but they didn't... so they got rid of that a few years ago.
     
  8. westcanguy

    westcanguy Low-Roller

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    Bummer. I guess I'll take it easy and watch the better half have fun playing LiL Red...
    Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    You're bound to find something fun, I'm sure. Vancouver's a great choice with the airport so close to the casino. Lots of hotels with shuttles nearby too.

    I've looked at concert listings there over the years and it looks like a nice complex for a weekend away. I'd be interested in your observations of the casino and surroundings after your trip if you feel like sharing.

    Have a great trip!
     
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    westcanguy Low-Roller

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    Thanks gambler. I'd be happy to share my thoughts on the casino when I get back.
     
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    westcanguy Low-Roller

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    Well, I made my quick trip to Vancouver and stayed at a hotel near the airport which was walking distance to the River Rock casino. It is supposedly the largest casino in BC. Loads of slots everywhere, a very small high limit area and at least 2 larger Baccarat rooms. VP is non existent other than a bank of old game king machines. Lots of table games but minimums were 25 and up. You have to hunt for an ATM machine as the ticker redemption machines are not ATM's like most places in North America. I played Buffalo slots for a bit at max bet and took 300.00 out. Pumped that into a Game King and played some DDB single line but switched to 4 card keno because the VP was so boring. Pumped way too much into that but got lucky at the end when I hit 7/8 at a dollar a card and hit for 1678.00 That's a hand pay in BC apparently. The slot attendant wanted to know if I wanted that in cash.... really? In Alberta, you can play until you hit 2500.00 and cash out. Any jackpot over 2500.00 is a handpay.

    If your a slot fan. This is a good place for you. Baccarat? Lots of tables to sit at. VP? Head down to an Indian casino in Wash. State.
     
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    I stayed at River Rock Casino for a couple of nights in August. I wasn't to impressed with their Buffet if you can call it that.
    But I liked the fact that it was close to the Airport and the Public Transportation wasn't bad at all. Very convenient. It was fun.
     
  13. Julie888

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    Hand pays can happen as low as $250 on some Game Kings and other small progressives. Seriously annoying. I think they set them like this so staff get a tip. Not from me.

    The offer of a cheque is for security reasons.

    Any time I hit over $1200, I always think about not having to pay taxes.
     
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    Thanks for the review westcanguy. I was hoping to hear they would have more VP machines. Still, if the opportunity came up to visit, it sounds like we'd find something fun.

    You did very well there from the sounds of things!
     
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