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Casino action in Detroit / Windsor

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by WrongWayWade, Mar 25, 2014.

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  1. WrongWayWade

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    I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I'm wondering if anyone's had experience at the casinos in Detroit and Windsor, Canada. I know a little about the three in Detroit; how many big casinos are in Windsor? Is it worth the hassle to cross the border? Where to cross, the bridge or the tunnel? How does US cash work? I'm staying elsewhere in Detroit so the hotel part doesn't matter, just the casinos. Blackjack rules would be nice to know.

    Any other advise or recommendations are appreciated.
     
  2. Nevyn

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    Windsor has one casino and it is licensed to CET, Caesars Windsor.

    Is it worth the hassle to cross the border?

    -- I haven't tried the Detroit casinos to compare, I'm afraid. But it is a short trip across the border.

    Where to cross, the bridge or the tunnel?

    -- The tunnel comes out very close to the casino, so that would probably be better.

    How does US cash work?

    -- https://www.caesarswindsor.com/casinos/casino-windsor/casino-misc/currency-exchange-detail.html

    It is fairly easy, but you may get a better exchange rate changing it at the border.

    Blackjack rules would be nice to know.

    -- BJ minimums are generally $10 and up on weekdays, and $15/25 and up on weekends. Generally its 3:2, but dealer hits soft 17. I don't recall the other rules. They usually have some side bet tables (lucky ladies and so on)

    Other details

    • Free soft drinks, but no free liquor while playing
    • No true sports book. There is a sports bar, and you can bet multi-game but not single game.
    • The buffet is ok but nothing special, and overpriced
    • The steakhouse is ok
    • If you are there midweek, you will find dining options limited (no breakfast buffet, steakhouse only open something like thurs-sun, etc
    • No tax taken off on jackpots. I think you're meant to declare this going back to the US, but if you don't winnings are 'tax free'
     
  3. RiddickBull

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    Detroit has 3 main casinos (MGM, Greek town, Motor City). I have been to them before in the past. It was not that great. Detroit is a crappy town to begin.

    I have never tried CP in Windsor. I heard it is about 20 min from Detroit.

    I would recommend CP. The casinos in Detroit were okay, IMO.

    Not sure about BJ rules.
     
  4. burdog

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    Have played @ Greektown, MGM Detroit and Caesars Windsor. Detroit casinos are smoky especially Greektown, MGM not quite so bad (maybe because it is only like 7 yrs old.) Windsor I believe is smoke free.
    Only a few places to go to outside of Caesars, MGM we really didn't feel too comfortable going too far, while Greektown has a great array of restaurants in a 2 block area of it.
    Rooms, hands down to MGM over Caesars, (never stayed @ Greektown but the hotel is also fairly new.) But MGM also more expensive, have seen 249/nt MGM vs 99/nt Caesars.
    As for the border we always cross @ the bridge because we come in from the south, traffic and border crossing time varies as to what time you arrive, but we have never waited more than a half hour and sometimes drive right up.
    Only time we had a longer wait was when we were selected for random check coming back to the U.S. Border patrol were very nice and it was interesting to see how thorough they are.
     
  5. klawrey

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    Says someone who must rarely visit Detroit. As a Michigan native, I would hesitate to call Detroit crappy. While it is not the best city in America, it has a lot of fun places, casinos included. The Greektown area of town has great restaurants and bars close to the casino there. The stadium area near Comerica Park and Ford Field also has some great restaurants and bars. Don't judge a book by it's cover, the outskirts of town may be dangerous and sketchy but the downtown and midtown areas are no worse than other major city in America. It's unfortunate that more people don't give it a fair chance but it's a great city if you can get past the media and general publics misconception of what it is.

    With that said, MGM is by far the best Detroit casino but that comes with usually higher limits. Be prepared to see some different crowds in the city casino and I will admit sometimes they can be sad crowds and feels like they are gambling their last dollars, which could be a possibility. Windsor is home to one casino, Casino Windsor, I have not been there in 5 years since I turned 21 I found no reason to head across the border to do what I could do at home. However back when I did visit it was always a good time in the casino and they also have a good little downtown bar area in Windsor as well that is a short cab ride from the casino and has many walkable bars.
     
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    Thanks!

    Thanks everyone for some excellent answers! :thumbsup:
     
  7. ams722

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    Never been to Windsor (don't have a passport or enhanced ID) but gamble in Detroit weekly.

    For blackjack, all Detroit casinos allow double after split, resplitting aces 3 times (up to four hands), and do not allow surrender. Blackjack always pays 3/2 (the only 6/5 is in MGM Grand's party pit, just stay away from the party pit...) Not one single or double deck game in Detroit.

    MGM Grand - Blackjack tables use 6 decks (not one CSM here), dealer hits soft 17 (they do have some stand on soft 17 tables for $25 sometimes, usually $50). Minimums are $10 early morning, $15 during the afternoon, and $20-$25 at night. MGM Grand has the highest limits of the three Detroit casinos. MGM Grand also is the only casino with Blackjack Switch and Double Exposure BJ (dealer exposes hole card).

    Greektown - Only two shoe games here, 8 decks. All the other BJ tables are 4 deck CSMs. Minimums range from $10-$20. I think they always have at least one $10 table open, but it is usually full. High limit room has S17 six deck shoe $25 games during the morning/early afternoon. I've never looked in there any later than that.

    MotorCity - A mixture of shoe games and CSMs here. Shoes use 8 decks, CSMs have 6 decks in them. You can usually find $10 tables here. I've never seen their minimums for their low limit games go higher than $15. They have a pit of $25 S17 8 deck shoe games near the bacarrat tables. During slower times the S17 games will get knocked down to $15 minimums.

    Comp wise, I'd say that MotorCity seems to be best. Definitely earn comp dollars faster there, but they have less dining options. Greektown is 2nd and MGM Grand is a distant third.
     
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