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Pacific Northwest casinos?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by boxofbirds, Aug 22, 2014.

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  1. boxofbirds

    boxofbirds High-Roller

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    I noticed quite a few Pacific Northwesterners on the board and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for casino's in the Puget Sound area. Fun places, friendly places, or just places with good gaming conditions?

    I live in Seattle and I go to Tulalip Casino pretty often, which seems to be the closest to a Vegas casino you can get in Washington. Been to Snoqualmie Casino a few times as well. I like the crappy small card rooms in the area too as I like to play a lot BJ and other table games. Dive's can be fun as long as I don't think I'll get jumped walking out of it. :peace: I've heard BC has casino's as well, but I've never been to any in all my trips to Vancouver, so interested if anyone has experience with any of those or what the conditions are like.

    Where do you like to play?
     
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    I have only been to a handful of them because I always end up disappointed. I like Tulalip the best, but we're in Kitsap so that's a LONG drive for us and their room rates make me cranky. :) Snoqualmie isn't bad and I think it's better than when we went for the opening. I like the sushi place there, but the rest is kind of meh if you aren't going for a show. I keep saying I want to try out the new-ish bingo hall at Muckleshoot, but I think my husband keeps finding reasons for us not to go.

    I also think I might like the Little Creek Casino, at the intersection of 108 and 101, just north of Olympia. They have fun shows, but we haven't been to any.

    Don't waste your time with Lucky Dog Casino on the Hood Canal. We call that the Sad Casino (not to be confused with the Sad Mall in Aberdeen, WA). We stopped in for a potty break and saw a handful of the elderly with their oxygen tanks at the slots. I came out of the bathroom and Dan said, "Let's walk over there and see if they have any table games." And I proceeded to walk face first into a wall of mirrors. :haha: There are seriously scary card rooms south of Seattle with more floor space that that place.
     
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    I have been to the Tulalip and the Harrahs up north and I probably won't go back to any local casino.

    For me the local Washington casinos are just real tight. I could put a $20 in a 25 cent slot machine in Vegas and expect to play for a little while, at Tulalip my couple of 20s each lasted 5 minutes or less. No comped drinks and very little excitement.

    I like to gamble in Vegas but I don't waste my time at the local places they just seem so boring to me. I guess for me just having some form of gambling is not enough,I like the whole atmosphere of Vegas.

    -Max
     
  7. boxofbirds

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    LOL, I've done the same thing into some mirrored walls before!

    I sometimes go to Great American Casino (ironically named) in Tukwilla because it's super close. It's just a card room with Baccarrate, pai gow, blackjack, UTH, three card poker, Spanish 21, etc. But they have always been friendly and the burgers are pretty good, not scary at all. Haven't ventured into the others South of Seattle so maybe those are a bit more sketchy.
     
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    I've actually had pretty good luck on the slots at Snoqualmie and Tulalip, but again I play mostly table games and so maybe I've just had some good variance in the small amount of slot play I've done. At least with table games you know what the house edge is. In Washington the return on slots can be as low as 75%! If I could make two changes to gambling laws here is I would allow comp drinks and allow for real video poker.

    Totally agree that you won't find a Vegas atmosphere... I'm not looking for a Vegas replacement, but more of something to calm my gambling itch in-between trips!

    I like Tulalip because comps seems to be OK and it's not too far, it's big, has all the table games I want to play, plus slots when I'm in the mood, restaurants have been good, and I like to take a break sometimes at the mall next door.
     
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    Yeah I can't image going from Kitsap. I get $99 room offers regularly, and I go about once a month. I wonder what you have to do get a comp room! Have you ever been to the Clearwater casino?
     
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    I haven't been to Clearwater in a couple years, although I drive by it constantly. I went to an event on the hotel side last year and was really impressed with the changes they've made on the hotel side. But I didn't spend any time in the casino that night, so I can't talk about the changes there. As I walked through it looked crowded, but I didn't pay much attention to gaming because there were shirtless firemen and bottomless lemon drops waiting for me. :drunk:

    I have a friend who loves to eat there, but I've only had a sandwich from the deli there so I can't really comment, other than the buffet smells good.
     
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    I live in NY but go to Vancouver a few times per year and have stayed and played at River Rock during the last two trips, most recently was just a couple of weeks ago. I stay there just for the hotel (it is super close to the airport with a direct skytrain) and consider the casino just a nice side-option to gamble a little pocket money if I have time. It's nice place, its a real resort with a lot of nice amenities. There are two hotel towers, I've stayed in both. The main one is all suites I believe and they were pretty nice, the one across from it (connected by skybridge or a 5 second walk across the street) is regular rooms but has a bit more of a hipper and modern decor and feel. The skytrain stop to the airport is connected to this tower.

    The gambling is pretty decent, lots of BJ with fairly good rules, lots of baccarat, and all the traditional games and major carny games. The VP wasn't too bad either, basically Vegas strip type paytables. They have a players club but I haven't really used it.

    As far as converting cash what you can do is convert your USD to CAD at the cage and get a receipt. You will have until 5:30am to buyback your USD at the same rate. In fact you will get the exact same bills back and you can only buy back the entire amount. So if you convert $1000 USD and you want it back before 5:30am you need to buy back the entire $1000. It is therefore better to do something like 2 $500 transactions or even a bunch of smaller ones. The cashier will likely advise you of that as well.
     
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    We go to Little Creek in Shelton. The non smoking area has been redone and is larger now. They also have a great sea food bar. Lucky Eagle is closer to us but I don't get the juju there.
     
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    Thanks, haven't heard of this place. Usually just stay downtown when I go to Vancouver but might swing by this place on my next trip!
     
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    Quil Ceda Creek Casino

    BTW went by Quil Ceda Creek casino on my way to Tulalip this weekend. They don't have a ton of table games, but boy is it packed with slots! Everyone was super friendly. Got a t-shirt and a pitcher/glassware set for signing up for the players card. Won $50 bucks on a Buffalo machine. Played a bit of their DD BJ and did pretty well, though they only let you double on 9-10-11 so it's about a 0.57% game. Very smokey though, compared to other places I've played.
     
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