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Cypress Bayou - Charenton, LA

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by BayouBengal, Jul 1, 2014.

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  1. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    A couple of weeks back I headed to south Louisiana with the GF to visit her family. And the plan was to head over to Cypress Bayou for dinner at Mr. Lester's, the steak house. Prior to this I had only been to one tribal casino which was Tulalip outside of Seattle but at least this one offers real slots and VP as opposed to that lame pull-tab machines.

    I'm excited as it's a new place for me and I figure that they should have some pretty low minimums. We arrive and we park on the "Shorty's" side which apparently used to be where the tables were but now it's just slots on this side and it's also where the nightclub, "Rocks" is located. I get myself a players card, decline the old lady clasp and slot card rope, and go exploring. The Shorty's side was pretty dead with a few pretty generic slots, nothing enticing yet. I spot a bar with VP, 8/5 JoB for 25cents just as vpFree2 says. I don't recall the pay tables for other games. I also didn't see a bartender, weird.

    We head to the other side, table games! Now we're talking. I first spot roulette, $4 minimum. I've never seen $4, I've seen $5 but not $4. And I don't think you could get less than $1 chips either. Also the roulette table did NOT have the hopper that automatically sorts losing chips for the dealer.

    I finally find the craps pit. There are 4 tables but only 1 open. It's a $5 minimum but there isn't much room to squeeze in. Correction, there would be if they didn't allow people to sit, and I used that word implying these people were able to sit, it was more of an obese lean using the chair as a stick to prop them up. Never in my life have I seen people on stools at a craps table. I pass some time on a Bierhaus machine and some random VP machines. Super Time Pay was a Super Times Fail but I did earn the points needed to get my $10 in freeplay as a new member. So I redeem and play it out on Fort Knox. And I haven't seen a waitress yet. So not only am I losing money I am stone cold sober.

    I do manage to get in on the craps table. The tablemates were some of the most boring bunch of slugs. I was the only one clapping when a point was hit. I don't care if I'm playing a $5 table, I'm banking a win. Yes I want to make money but it's also entertainment. But finally, a waitress. I order Jack and Diet Coke but get Jack and Diet Pepsi. It's just not the same folks. As the waitress is dropping drinks off before she gets to me, I notice not only are these killjoy slugs not having any fun at the craps table, they aren't tipping the waitress. I tip her a couple of bucks like any decent human would. And the way she said "I really appreciate it" I could tell most gamblers here don't tip well if at all. I end up with 3 or 4 more jacks pretty quickly after that. Also something I hadn't seen before was the dealer warning us that at 6pm the table goes up to $10. That's not the weird thing as I've been at a table dozens of times when a minimum goes up but if you're in before it bumps you get to stay on at the original minimum. Not here, you had to bump up. I didn't mind it but man did that table clear out! I lose my buy in and now time for dinner.

    Dinner was by far the best part. It's reasonably priced and they nailed it on cooking it rare. The bread basket served when you sit down is damn good.

    After dinner I hit up some slots (no waitress to be found), mostly Lobstermania as part of Fort Knox, nothing doing, I win $20 or $30 on it so I cash out and go to roulette. And wouldn't you know it, more joyless slugs. After buying in, the first spin or two a person hits a couple of numbers straight up with multiple units on them. Nice hit I think! But nothing from them. I quickly realize they're betting almost their entire stake on each spin. And soon after, black chip after black chip comes out his pockets and then come the 20's. Soon he's gone.

    Finally it's time to go home.

    Long story short, I wouldn't go out of my way to come here but if you're in the area and want a decent steak dinner, go for it. There are better choices for gambling in Louisiana so stick with Shreveport and Lake Charles.
     
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    Very nice report, thanks. They seem to have an interesting setup there in Louisiana. Harrah's New Orleans is most prominent, but otherwise, the choices are either big tribal casinos in isolated locations, or small riverboat casinos in the major cities.

    Cypress Bayou looks interesting, but that's a difficult location to fit into a travel plan :(
     
  3. BayouBengal

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    I would recommend Shreveport as THE Louisiana casino destination because you have 6 to pick from there. Harrah's New Orleans is awesome because of the location right on Canal Street but I only go there if I'm already in New Orleans. The two L'Auberge properties (Lake Charles and Baton Rouge) are probably the two nicest in the state but they don't have much competition in their markets. Hollywood and Belle of Baton Rouge are garbage as is Isle of Debris in Lake Charles.
     
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