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Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Erich17, Dec 29, 2014.

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  1. Erich17

    Erich17 Low-Roller

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    We spent the day after Christmas at the Golden Nugget. Crazy busy couldn't get on a table or even a slot. Place is really nice though but really expensive. $12 a drink at the bars and all tables $25 including craps. Can wait to go back once the new wears off. Closest to a Vegas casino I've ever been in outside Nevada. Rooms were $299 a night fyi
     
  2. BayouBengal

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    I'm looking forward to making a trip over but I think I'll wait until after my next vegas trip next month. I was hoping GN would be more of a middle ground between LDL and Isle of Debris. With only those two prior it's like choosing between a dive and a high end cocktail bar. At least up in shreveport you've got options with 6 casinos and you can have a decent casino with $5 and $10 tables because of the competition.
     
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    I guess I had a different perspective...I think they failed left and right and when we ended up going to LDL for dinner at Asia, it was a pleasant surprise to see the changes over there...both of us regret not changing our res to LDL. I put a review on Yelp if anyone cares...
     
  4. Erich17

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    The crowds were the only things that bothered me but the new is still fresh. I thought it was great though. Nicer casino, higher ceilings and less closed in then LDL. If you don't like landrys restaurants then this place isn't for you.
     
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    I didn't read your yelp but my guess is the long waits for tables and new staffers learning their jobs bothered you. This place is onlyn1 month old. They have kinks to work out but it's way better than other options.
     
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    The weekend it opened I woke up and decided to drive over. I actually thought it opened earlier and didn't know that I chose the first day to be there (one of the dealers I knew from Isle said they had a soft opening before but that this was their first full day). I was clued in pretty quickly when the line to get into the parking lot was backed up and they had LCPD directing traffic.

    Obviously it was packed inside...the lines for everything were insane. I waited at the cage for 20min!

    I saw four open dice tables one of which was crapless craps and that was $10. The other three normal tables were $10, $15 and $25. The quarter table was empty when I walked up and it filled up eventually. The dealers were pretty good and I recognized several from Isle and LDL.

    I liked the high ceilings and it didn't seem smokey at all inside. I didn't hang around long because the dice were like ice cubes and I took a lickin'.

    The other day my boss says that he won't be going back to San Antonio for New Years (because we have to work Friday) and he wants to go play craps. I initially said no since I have a Vegas trip coming up but I relented so we're going to ride over. Hopefully the dice are nicer!

    As an aside...I popped over to Isle and they re-did the felt on their craps tables to add the All Small/All Tall and they have really tried to make it less smokey in there and it seemed much more fresh than I remember from a couple months ago. It was also pretty dead in there...

    I am sure once the newness of the GN wears off the limits will go down and it'll also force LDL to not have quarter tables all the damn time too

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  7. Erich17

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    Got the same perspective as me there! Looked nice and food was great. It is a resort so things are expemsive. I'd like to check it out on a Wednesday morning sometime to get a better feel for playing
     
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    I'm guessing that the tables will go down after a while once the "new" wears off a bit. I might make a drive out there after my next Vegas trip, but it costs me about as much to go to Vegas as it does driving out there. Down side to living in the middle of Texas, and having the boarder 6+ hours in every direction. But, with gas being under $2 it's looking better.
     
  9. texdan17

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    I've worked in hospitality and "new staffers learning their jobs" shouldn't be a problem on an open...and it really wasn't here either, to be clear. The long lines were really not a problem either other than I won't wait over an hour for Saltgrass (of all places) so we left. The Landry's concepts don't bother me...nothing special there either. Vic and A's is great but nothing I'd go out of my way for. No, indeed, the complete lack of customer service bothered me. The complete lack of cocktail servers on the casino floor bothered me. I would have liked more VP selection game wise... In comparison, I've thought LDL has really slid on once stellar customer service and when we went for dinner that night and played a bit, it looks like the new competition had them re-up their game. Lots of great service and effort... I'll be curious to see what the summer looks like...
     
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    Well...I should have stayed home.

    We got to Golden Nugget around 10am and there weren't many people inside - it did get busier later as people came downstairs from sleeping off the nights activities. They only had two tables open one of which was crapless craps. The regular craps table was full so we had to play at the crapless table.

    $15 minimums (although the previous night all tables were $50 minimums and a dealer friend of mine said they were packed).

    Before my first beer came I was down $300. PSO like crazy.

    My boss turned it around a bit with a good roll (hit three points, one of which was the 3). Playing crapless for the first time since 2010 when I stumbled into Stratosphere and tried it...so it was weird.

    I didn't have any good throws - but did make one dude some money who was playing come bets. He had the 11 and 12 up and I hit both for him a couple times so his payout was $900 and $1800ish.

    We rallied back a bit and then it reverted to the PSO so we left and went over to try The Isle.

    The Isle was pretty empty. They had one $5 table (packed) and one $10 (empty - but filled up later much to my chagrin). Same story there as Golden Nugget - could not get anything going! The biggest thing I took away from Isle were the annoyances from other players at the table. It was chock full of late bettors and people who wanted to argue about bets they supposedly made but really didn't.

    One shooter threw a hard eight on the come out and this one guy started arguing that his $10 hard eight was working when he clearly didn't tell the crew to work it. His response was that that is the way he always plays and that is how he was playing last night. Come on dude, you didn't tell them to work the bet. Settle down. Then his buddy next to him said he threw $10 to the stickman for a bet and he didn't so they argued about that awhile. Between the arguing, the tons of center bets and the late bettors it was frustrating.

    They have the All Small and All Tall there now...I like playing that. One shooter was rolling nicely and I was two numbers away from nailing the ALL (5 and 12 needed)....seven out. Damn!

    I stayed to shoot one last time and started nailing some numbers and was in a good rhythm...and then it happened....I throw the dice and as soon as I let them go here comes someone's effing hand into the table area and the dice hit him and of course it was a seven. I colored up and left.

    Side note: the customer service at GN was great. I was impressed.
     
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    Has anyone been to the GN in the past couple of weeks? I was just wondering if the tables had gone down any. Was thinking of taking a drive up there. Is it a sign of how much I'm a degenerate that I want to go out there to play, but I have a Vegas trip coming up? :evillaugh


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    Just went this past week. Craps is $15 min, UTH/BJ $10. This was on a Monday night, so I'm not sure how the weekends are. I lost about $400 in 2.5 hours. Not my night.
     
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