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River Rock Casino in Vancouver

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Kickin, Nov 20, 2013.

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  1. Kickin

    Kickin Flea

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    I'm going to be spending a couple of nights at River Rock Casino in Vancouver in a few days. Its not a casino trip, I'm mostly just staying there because the location is ideal for me (and yeah, I leaned towards it because of the casino too).

    Has anyone been there? How is the BJ and VP? I don't see it listed on vpFree. Do you think it would be worth signing up for their players club even if I only gamble a little pocket money each night? Do they serve complimentary cocktails while gambling? Any weird Canadian gambling regulations I should be aware of?

    I'm flying to Vegas straight from there so am going to keep gambling to a minimum. I swear if I end up hitting my first royal on a low limit machine I'm going to be pissed! :wink2:
     
  2. sh0n

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    I'm from BC so I can chime in about Riverrock.

    Riverrock is the largest and imho the better casino in all of Casino. I features the most table and slot games.

    As far as gambling goes, it makes sense to sign up for a player's card (and depend on how much you play), they might giver you vouchers for lunch or dinner make sure to talk to the pit boss or player's club about it.

    For table games they have a max plethora of Baccarat (it's the IT game to play here because of the large asian population). VP is more along the bar/lounge area and some banks here and there and it's not that popular (0.25 pay table sucks and you'll need to pay at the $1 for see the better pay table). BJ is decent but it's all CSM's. There is double deck but it's pitch down and limits are $25-50 pending on time of day.

    Sorry but there's no comp drinks at this Casino or any one in BC. The only benefit of gambling in Canada is that all your winnings are TAX FREE (tables, slots, whatever).

    Spend the dollars you want to have fun and try to win a jackpot but save some for Vegas!
     
  3. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    River Rock is the most Vegas-like of the casinos in British Columbia. Its located pretty close to the airport and is only a short rapid transit ride from downtown Vancouver.

    Players Card: they do have a players card, called Encore. You can only use the players card on slots, video poker and electronic versions of table games - they don't use it for tracking play at regular table games.
    With slots and video poker you earn 1 point for each dollar played through and with each 1000 points you can trade them in for $5 in freeplay.
    There should be a sign up bonus ($5 or $10) in freeplay for signing up for the card.

    Video Poker: Pretty sure they don't have full pay video poker, even at the $1 level (which should be the highest level they offer).

    Blackjack: Never played it there but at other BC casinos it used to be good years ago, but the rules aren't so great lately.

    To correct a couple of things Sh0n said:
    You can get complimentary drinks on the casino floor like Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale and Coffee. They have servers wheeling push carts around for those or you can get them from the bar. For drinks with alcohol you can order those from the bar or a cocktail waitress on the floor but they aren't free (I think its around $6-7 for a beer, $8-10 for a cocktail).

    And gambling winnings are tax free... but only for Canadians. As part of the US/Canada tax treaty they will issue a tax form to American players for large wins. Of note: on penny slots and most nickle slot machines hand pays start at $500.
     
  4. Kickin

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    Thanks guys, that's really great info! It sounds a lot better than I expected. The hotel looked nice but I thought it might just be some rinky-dink casino. It might be a good place to test out a little bacc for meager stakes and see if its a game I'd like to go full degen on in Vegas.

    The location near the airport and easy access to the train were two of the main reasons in choosing this place, the casino is just a big big cherry on top. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Julie888

    Julie888 High-Roller

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    "And gambling winnings are tax free... but only for Canadians. As part of the US/Canada tax treaty they will issue a tax form to American players for large wins. ".

    I'm surprised by this. I don't play much in Vancouver but have never seen it while in southern Ontario. If we have this agreement with the US, then you'd think the reciprocal non-tax would work for Canadians in the US.

    I have heard of taxes on million dollar lottery prizes when the money is taken into the US.

    Kickenchicken, I hope you win big and get to test the theories for us.
     
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