Being a Salt Lake City resident, our "locals" casinos are just across the Utah border in West Wendover, Nevada. Wendover has five casinos. Three of the casinos (Peppermill, Raindow, and Montego Bay) are owned by the same company, while the other two casinos (Wendover Nugget and Red Garter) are owned by another company. In my opinion, the first three casinos mentioned are much nicer than the Nugget and the Garter. This trip I played at Montego Bay and Rainbow. The drive from Salt Lake City to Wendover takes about 90 minutes. Wendover also does flight junkets with Allegiant Air, so gamblers fly in from various towns throughout the country for 3-4 night stints as well. There's also a pretty nice concert hall in Wendover. Concerts are typically Friday and Saturday nights only, and often feature country artists or folks who were popular 20 or more years ago. Occasionally a stand up comic will headline too. Wendover has good single-deck blackjack rules at low minimums with a Royal Match side bet. Very similar to the rules you would find at El Cortez in downtown Vegas. There was actually a period of about a year (around 2012) where Wendover tweaked their blackjack rules to where you could only double down on 10 or 11. Lots of people complained, so Wendover went back to double on any two cards. I was quite happy to hear the casinos listened and responded appropriately to the complaints. I went out on Friday (April 4) early evening and stayed until about an hour past the end of the Final Four games on Saturday night. I drove out, and had a comped room at the Montego Bay. The Montego Bay, Peppermill, and Rainbow casinos were offering 6x comps this weekend - so I figured I'd give it a shot. When I walked into the Wendover casinos on Friday evening I saw that I had $198 in comps. When I left Saturday night I saw I had $401 in comps, so the 6x promotion worked out well I think. They do have some decent restaurants in the casinos, so perhaps a nice steak dinner will be in order the next time I head out there. Since the blackjack rules are good and the limits are low, I knew I would be spending at least part of my gambling time playing blackjack. I also wanted to see if there were any decent Video Poker paytables. I have never played video poker in Wendover, but that changed during this trip. I played a couple of sessions of blackjack at $5 tables. The drink service at the tables was good. I never had to stare at an empty drink for long. Most of the dealers were friendly and I was fortunate enough to sit at a couple of social tables (I often prefer a social table). Wendover uses a swipe card system to track your play with your player's card even at table games, so there's never really a need to question how you were rated and for how long. I was happy to discover that there are a good amount of video poker machines with decent paytables at the $1 level. Montego Bay had 8/5 Bonus Poker, 9/6 Jacks or Better, and 9/6 Double Double Bonus. At the $0.25 level, Double Double Bonus was 9/5. I don't remember what Bonus Poker or JoB paytables were at the $0.25 level, but they weren't as good as the $1 level. The Rainbow casino had 9/5 Double Double Bonus at the $0.25 level at the bar. Drink service at the video poker machines on the floor was slow to nonexistent. I have been practicing Double Double Bonus at home for a couple of months on my WinPoker iPhone app - so I was excited to try it out for real at the casino. Well, it should be no surprise that I lost my ass. Y'all weren't kidding when you warned about variance on this game! I hit a few four-of-a-kinds (all of the 5-K variety), and despite having a straight flush dealt to me, I still came home a loser. I still see why the game is a draw to many on this board though, and won't give up on it so soon. However, I am not going to remove Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker Deluxe, and Jacks or Better from my repertoire just yet. While it wasn't a winning trip, I do see myself returning. With good blackjack rules, decent video poker, and nice hotel rooms, Wendover is a nice local alternative to Vegas for a gambler.