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Free night at Turtle Lake Casino

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Vegas Insight, Oct 28, 2015.

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  1. Vegas Insight

    Vegas Insight Low-Roller

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    Thanks to a free night, which I have to use on a Thursday thanks to my crazy work schedule, I'm going to be making my first visit in many, many years to the Turtle Lake casino.

    I know they have craps and live roulette, which we don't have in Minnesota. What's the gaming action like on a Thursday? I suspect it'll be kind of slow. Yes, there are people who will travel from all around, but there's no major city nearby, and the casino is not on the outskirts of a major suburban area, so I suspect I'll be underwhelmed with the action. Or am I wrong?
     
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    Hey, VI. The last two times I've been there (September and a few weeks ago) were both on Thursdays. There wasn't too much going on either time. A half-crowded craps table, but really quiet at BJ. The slots were actually kinder to me than in recent years. +400 for the last two trips. All on Triple Wild Cherry machines.

    The buffet has really let itself go over the years. The New Frontier restaurant across Highway 8 looks unimpressive from the road, but is a better value and has much better food.

    I actually hit TL mainly for the concerts. Lots of 80's groups. Queensryche is coming soon!

    Good luck. I hope you have the "luck of the Turtle" in you!

    -Richard
     
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    One more thing: Out of curiosity, if you don't mind sharing, how did you get the free night?
    Thanks!
    -Richard
     
  4. Vegas Insight

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    The free night is a birthday promotion that was sent to me because I am on the email lists for both 93X and KQ92. I think both of the stations sent out the offer, although the one I printed it from is the 93X email. In the past the stations would send me some sort of lame gift sponsored from one of the local bars... probably nothing more than what the bar offers anyway. This is the first time I've received a free night from St. Croix casinos. Knowing that Danbury is the old, small Hole in the Wall, I decided the night at Turtle Lake would be a better option.

    The certificate is good within 30 days of your birthday, the problem for me is that I work Friday and Saturday nights right now, so I have to use it on a weeknight. It doesn't say anything about blackout dates, so in theory it's good for a Friday or Saturday night.

    We'll be getting in after dinner time, so I wasn't too concerned about their buffet for dinner, but I see they have a $3.99 breakfast buffet on Friday morning, and I was interested in hitting it up. Based on your review I have to decide if I want to gamble on their ability to make decent eggs.

    So Queensryche is coming soon. I didn't see them on the TL entertainment schedule. My buddies are longtime QR fans, and they like the new guy on lead vocals. From what I can tell, QR fans aren't disappointed that Geoff Tate is gone. He became a real ass during the last decade of his tenure, by many accounts.

    I'm not that concerned with gambling while I'm there, but I didn't play craps one time during my September trip to Vegas, so I might have to take a shot at TL. And I'll have to seek out a triple cherry machine and see if I can turn $20 into $40.
     
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    They redid Hole in the Wall a number of years back. Though it is still pretty small, I think they only have 500 slots. I like Turtle Lake, it's definitely not a Vegas casino but it's a nice change from Treasure Island or Hinckley.
     
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