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Boyd Belterra 7/28

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by FullPay, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. FullPay

    FullPay When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    My Trip Report

    Just completed an overnight to Belterra to see if the experience is something I would like to share with my wife. We usually stay three or four times each year, our last visit was in March just days before the shutdown.

    Indiana just came under a state wide mask mandate two days ago, but Belterra must have already had one in place because mask usage and compliance was well above 95 percent. The casino has done a very nice job physically spacing the slots and tables, I do not recall any plexiglas at the tables.

    A few facts about the property as of yesterday:
    no valet parking offered
    no room service available
    buffet closed, 19 Steakhouse only opened on weekends, Nosh selling some premade sandwiches in boxes and some microwave breakfast sandwiches, Stadium Bar and Grill operating normally with social distancing and very limited menu, the little snack bar on the lower deck converted to a full bar, no food
    Salon and golf are available, did not specifically check their pool but I think it was open
    Resort fee still in effect, free wifi available
    Normal vending and ice machines in the room lobbies

    All guests must enter through the main entrance, all other doors are locked but can be used for exiting the building. Upon arrival each guest must answer three questions: are you sick, have you been around anyone sick, and have you left the country recently. If you exit the building you must repeat this procedure. My temperature was never taken on entrance, at registration, or entering the casino area. Every time I entered the casino I had to hand over my driver's license and pull down my mask for the casino cameras. After that the mask was to remain in place, pulling it aside to take a drink and replacing it. In the casino machines were spaced by turning off a large percentage of them, table games were spaced by removing chairs, except for the Craps No More table, where players stood in spaces between chairs. Tuesday at five o clock the craps game and at least one Blackjack table were ten dollar minimum, I didn't check any others. Drinking is forbidden at the table games and discouraged in the casino. There is no cocktail service anywhere. The upstairs bar is not available for video poker play but you can line up there to order drinks, and there is now a full bar downstairs where the snack bar used to be.
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    What sort of a casino discourages drinking? I'm pretty sure I go to casinos to make poor decisions fueled by alcohol. There may have been a policy in place where you could remove your mask at the machines, but the governor's mandate would not allow that now. I was never policed about it, but a mask is damned inconvenient for a beer drinker. The only normal experience was that patrons of Stadium were allowed to remove their masks once seated, and surprisingly they had several socially distanced seats available at the bar.
    Another thing I found was that I did not earn any tier credits for playing any video poker machines. I'm sapphire and thought that was just for ruby. I played a few slots to check and earned tier credits on them, but I play so little slots that my visit is going to look like a hit and run. Comped room, 30 dollars freeplay and 50 dollars food credit, some of my most generous offers to date.
    Anyway, if anyone is planning a visit, I never felt crowded or unsafe, the staff were friendly and helpful, but the casino was just dead. I hope to stay on their list in the future, but I will not return under current conditions.
     
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  2. zeuph1998

    zeuph1998 Tourist

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    The pool is closed and will not be opening in 2020.

    I am sapphire, and I earn points playing video poker. They don't show you a countdown on the screen like slots do, but I do earn points playing video poker.

    I found the beverage situation odd as well. If you can't drink at the tables and are discouraged from drinking at slots, why are you selling drinks? It seems like a confusing policy.

    Z
     
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  3. GeorgeJ.

    GeorgeJ. High-Roller

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    I don't get why they'd have a rule that you can't drink at the tables..... If you have a meal there, no drinking allowed? If I want to take a sip of water I have to go outside when I'm playing a table game?
     
  4. Jimbucc

    Jimbucc VIP Whale

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    Thanks for the report. I've only gotten a comped room there one time. Nicest hotel by far compared to Rising Star and Hollywood. I do like Rising Star casino the best out of all three. Don't think it's worth the 5 hour drive from Cleveland at this time. Did you have any luck gambling?
     
  5. FullPay

    FullPay When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    Not really, lost about one twenty to VP and another sixty to slots. I hit six quads but I thought I wasn’t earning points at the time. I refuse to play Craps no More and didn’t find any of the other tables attractive.
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report @FullPay! And yeah that policy seems weird. But an outright ban hurts business even more.

    Blue Chip didn't have this strict of wording, and I still drank. But I drank with no one near me at all times. Blue Chip was more concerned about smoking. No smoking indoors period. Did Belterra go that far?

    Edit: I just found out they allow smoking at Blue Chip at slots again. :bang::bang::bang::bang: :soapbox:

    Odd you didn't get TC for VP. We did at blue Chip. Looked to be closer to the $10 TC rate too. Were you getting them after the takeover, but before the spring closure? Also we HAD to get a new card at Blue Chip for points to register. Maybe similar issue there? Dunno why you'd earn points for slots though in that case.
     
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