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Emerald Queen Casino, Washington State

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by aaisack, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. aaisack

    aaisack High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Not really a trip report, just a few observations for anyone who is interested.

    Tribal casinos are everywhere in Washington, by a recent statistic 90% of the state's population live within a 30 minute drive of a major casino. Casinos here offer pretty much everything except for sports betting (we do have horse racing available) and real video poker (we only have the fake machines where the cards are predetermined). Non tribal casinos are limited to table games, and prohibited in certain areas.

    Emerald Queen Casino is my local casino. It's located in Tacoma, WA which is south of Seattle. Actually it's 2 casinos, the smaller of which has a hotel and is located a few minutes away in Fife. The main casino has a concert venue and a nightclub, but no hotel. Both casinos cater to Asians due to our state's proximity to Asia and large Asian community. Neither of them have a poker room.

    The Tacoma location in particular can get REALLY smokey. This is because smoking is prohibited inside public venues (including bars) in our state, except of course on tribal land. Both casinos have non smoking sections, but at the Tacoma location you still have to walk through the entire casino to get from the players club to non smoking. People who are sensitive to smoke should avoid the Tacoma location and go to Fife instead.

    The main reason I visit Emerald Queen is because of their 2 hour slot comp. When you arrive at the casino you check in at the slot club with your drivers license or players card. After 2 hours of playing you check back in and they give you a $25 food comp. You could be betting 4 dollars a spin or 5 cents, they don't track you card. Occasionally they will call someone out if they try to pull one over on them (bet a penny a spin, spend 2 hours at the bar or leave and come back) but I've never had any problems betting between 15 cents and a dollar or so a spin. They also have a similar but separate deal for table game players. If that's your game ask ahead of time. I don't play tables there.

    Slots at Emerald Queen are a little different then you might be used to. While they are supposed to be "scratch ticket machines" where every spin is predetermined, this is not always the case. Many games there have touch screens that allow you to stop reels out of turn. Very rarely I've encountered machines that are malfunctioning. The reels won't stop until you touch the screen - it sure feels like you can try to time them to stop on certain tiles. Very weird. Machines are limited to 10 dollars a spin, don't except players cards and are very rarely multi denomination. Almost all penny machines and only a small selection of the higher end video slots. Lots of the standard video slot games with bonus games though.

    I rarely play slots in Vegas, but i'm crazy lucky at this place... I think it's just me. In probably a hundred trips.. I'm ahead here, not including food... How many people who have never hit a taxable can say that?

    Anyway, if you're a low rolling slot player who can handle smoke this is a great place. The food comp will cover the buffet which is pretty good, especially if you like seafood. Wednesday and Sunday nights the buffet at the Tacoma location has lobster. Every day it has Dungeness Crab, which is local and IMO way better than Snow Crab.

    The nightclub is an older, mostly Asian crowd. The concert venue gets some decent acts, but nothing beyond what you would expect at a nicer off strip property.
     
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  2. Mandiferous

    Mandiferous Tourist

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    I live in Tacoma but haven't been to the EQC in over a year. I agree that the buffet comp is great because I LOVE Dungeness crab. If I want better ambiance I'll head up to the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn.
     
  3. pphold

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    when I was at the EQC it was still a boat. The Buffet and restaurant was both really good. But that was 10years ago. My how times flies I didn't like you can only bet 1k max but other than that it had the same games as Vegas. The Muckleshoot was bigger. The only two I would visit was either EQC or Muckleshoot
     
  4. lotso-bear

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    I've been here a few times.. not a fan of either location. I much prefer Snoqualmie over EQC. I just wish there was a local casino with HL mechanical slots.
     
  5. USCHawks

    USCHawks High-Roller

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    I went to EQC for the first time about three years ago on my way to a friends house in Puyallup and ended up winning a bit playing blackjack but I didn't really care for the place.

    lotso-bear, I agree about Snoqualmie. I only spent an hour or two there on the way home from Seattle but I really liked the place. I enjoyed the look both inside and out and it probably didn't hurt that my dad and I both won and put the winnings towards our next Vegas trip.
     
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