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Harrahs AK chin

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by VegasFirstTimer, May 13, 2020.

  1. VegasFirstTimer

    VegasFirstTimer High-Roller

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    Anybody know which rooms are nicer?

    I am showing comps for:

    South Tower Classic
    South Wing Luxury
    High Rise Deluxe


    How do I get there from JFK?
     
  2. luckylinda

    luckylinda High-Roller

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    High rise is the newer tower. Renting a car from Phoenix airport and drive to harrahs easiest
     
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  3. AllenAndRossi

    AllenAndRossi High-Roller

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    We have all types of rooms comped, but we always stay in the low rise rooms around the pool, which would be South Wing. They have been recently remodeled, are large rooms, and all have a large balcony/patio.

    Ak -Chin is about 30-35 minutes from Sky Harbor. Rental car is really the only way. Wild Horse Pass casino is about a 15-20 minute drive away.

    Ak-Chin is nice. But I wouldn't fly in for just Ak-Chin. Especially now.
     
  4. phxpoker

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    Has anyone visited today's opening?
     
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  6. VegasFirstTimer

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    Sorry I’m really approaching a breaking point mentally. I really wanna get out of the house if just for a few days and play some video poker
     
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  7. AllenAndRossi

    AllenAndRossi High-Roller

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    So my girlfriend went to Ak-Chin today. When the casinos first closed, I thought I'd be the one who would go the first day. But I didn't want to go. Not yet. People here are too careless.

    She had a mask and gloves. All employees were wearing masks, but not all were wearing gloves. The majority of patrons were not wearing masks.

    Agave's is still only open until 2pm. Chop, Block and Brew opens at 4pm, but was all booked for tonight. Dunkin' is open, but it's the most worthless Dunkin' anywhere if you don't get your donuts by 10am. Copper Cactus Grill(basically a "fast food", but never fast) is open. Buffet closed. Oak and Fork closed. Laurel/Diamond Lounge closed, which to me is just chinzy. That would be an easy place to control and limit patrons. Food Comps are no longer accepted at Copper Cactus Grill. Another chinzy move.

    Hotel is open, but she didn't get a room. Just for fun I looked yesterday and we had comp'd rooms available for the weekend. Pool is open.

    Now, the casino. Some sections have every other machine off. Some sections have machine placement reconfigured for social distancing. She had to wait for many machines she wanted to play. She said social distancing was so-so. Some trying, some not giving a damn. She didn't see any employees doing anything out of the ordinary as far as cleaning or sanitizing.:eek:

    Table games had seating for 3 players. Dealers were wearing masks, but no gloves. It was difficult to get a seat, but she observed. No players wearing masks or gloves. No protocol as far as sanitizing cards and chips. Everyone is handling everything, chips going in and out of the tray.

    They had hand sanitizer stations near entrances. The only one in the casino was by Copper Cactus Grill. And it was empty. :rolleyes:

    When Ak-Chin announced they were opening, they seemed to have the least detailed plan of the locals, and certainly Vegas casinos, concerning the steps and precautions they are taking as far as Corona/Covid. And it doesn't sound like they are doing much at all. It really disappoints me.

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  8. alexm

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    I'm sure it goes without saying, but I wanted to mention it here as multiple news programs including GMA, today show, CNN, and others have discussed gloves. The reality is unless you are trained in proper procedures both while wearing gloves and in degloving, gloves actually can increase risk as they provide a false sense of security. Wearing gloves while doing anything is great, provided you don't make contact with anything that you will then touch again without gloves, including cell phones, purses, cash, wallets, drink cups, car keys, groceries etc.

    The mask is the key as it keeps your potentially dirty hands from contacting your face. If trained properly gloves can be a great tool, but nowhere near as important or valuable as a face covering.
     
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  9. kathiemc23

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    Thank you so much for your update! I had reservations for next weekend, booked months ago, but I decided to cancel last week. Once I saw that article and video yesterday I knew I made the right choice. I'm just not ready yet and it seems like the clientele aren't really taking it too seriously. Also, I agree and think they are not allowing people to use the diamond lounge and limiting food comps just to be cheap! I think it might take a pretty decent offer to get me to drive up there.
    The casinos in Tucson haven't opened yet, but I think when I am ready I will do what your girlfriend did and try a day trip to see how everything is being handled. Thank you again for your post, it was very informative.
     
  10. HardEight44

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    Is this property worth flying across the country ( from nyc area) to visit? Nice pool? Is the pool even open? Closest property to my area which is open is Cherokee but it’s a flight to Charlotte and a 3 hour drive from there.
     
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    When it is fully running it is a fairly nice property, they have done some remodeling in the past 2 years or so. There is not too much near it though, it is probably 45 minutes from the airport. Once I am there, I don't go anywhere else. In normal times - there is a bowling alley, movie theater and a few restaurants next door (can't use comps here). In there resort there is a spa/gym (new), pool, bingo, about 5 restaurants, golf course, diamond (laurel) lounge and nice rooms.

    I guess it depends on when you are thinking of flying. If I had to fly to get somewhere, I would just go to Vegas. If you are thinking of going now, it is an okay choice but it looks like a lot of it is not open. The pool is open now though. The spa is not open. So if you go right now, basically you can gamble, eat, golf, and use the pool.
     
  12. VegasFirstTimer

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    I don’t mean to sound like a degen but I really want to go to a casino for a few days. My mind is going mad staying indoors all the time
     
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  13. phxpoker

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    AllenAndRossi thank you for the report. You stated "She didn't see any employees doing anything out of the ordinary as far as cleaning or sanitizing". I submitted a question about cleaning the machines and this is the response I received "As it pertains to our gaming floor, we have EVS team members assigned to a zone to ensure there is short rotation of slot machines being wiped down following each guest. In addition, all team members have been trained to follow a “all hands-on deck” policy to ensure we are frequently sanitizing and supporting one another. It is just not one person or department’s role; we all play a part. We do understand that we may miss an opportunity between guests however, if a guest at anytime would like their machine or area disinfected our team would be happy to accommodate upon the request." It sounds that they are not doing what they said the their response.
     
  14. Little Joe

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    Wife and I have reservations next Saturday. When we go there we almost only play Video Poker at the bar. I'm wondering if the bar tops are even open. If not, I might just cancel the trip.
     
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  16. AllenAndRossi

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    @alexm : We're aware of glove protocol; my gf is an RN(And yes, I questioned her going to a casino the first day they reopen. She's been working her ass off, 12+ hour shifts and hasn't had a single COVID patient. She needed to get out for awhile and at least she knows protocols. But even I was like:rolleyes:). She's a firm believer that for most trips to the store, good hand washing and sanitizer and disinfectant wipes is the way to go. But for going to the casino. multiple pairs of disposable gloves was more to protect herself from the less-than-hygienic, non-caring casino patrons. And yes, no touching personal stuff. We have cloth masks with N95 filters that not only protect others from us, but will give us some protection from breathing things in. I'd feel better going to a casino if masks were mandatory. And i'll just end that conversation right here:cool:

    @kathiemc23 : Her consensus was that while some people seemed to care, the majority did not and were just going about things like there was no pandemic. And I agree about the food comps. You could always use your food comps at Copper Cactus before. And I would imagine most people get a food comp for $10-$20. Where are they going to use it without paying out of their pocket or using Reward Credits? Between 9-10pm and 7am, Copper Cactus is the only thing open. So for almost half the day, your food credit is worthless. And having the Laurel Lounge closed is just a blatant cheap move on their part. It would be so easy to regulate the number of patrons in there. Not to mention that Diamonds and Seven Stars earned that perk and can't use it at Ak-Chin now.

    @phxpoker : I asked her about the zone team members and she laughed. She just didn't see it. She did say that as soon as someone got up from a machine, there was someone there to sit down at it. But that's really no excuse. And she tried to use the one hand sanitizer station actually in the casino area twice within an hour and it was empty both times. Fortunately, she had sanitizer with her.

    @Little Joe : Every other machine was off at the bar. That doesn't leave you many machines to play.
     
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  17. FullPay

    FullPay When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    Amen on gloves. If food handlers put on fresh gloves and then remove them they protect food from germs that might be on their hands. Otherwise they just protect the wearer’s hands from the food, money, counters, their own face, etc. I would much rather see bare hands in restaurants. Flight attendants have always donned gloves to collect trash, but usually they are discarded before you see them again.
     
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    Bare hands with good hand washing versus gloves where someone will likely leave them on much longer and transfer whatever it is that collects on them
     
  19. KevinF

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    I went to Harrahs Ak-Chin this afternoon for a few hours. It was busy, but not overly crazy. I was a little shocked to see about 80-90% of people not wearing a mask. I had no trouble getting a seat to play video poker. I also had no issue getting a seat at $10 BJ. A few times while playing BJ someone came around to wipe down the arm rests at the table. Dealers sanitized their stations when changing dealers. I'll probably go again in a few weeks.
     
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  20. phxpoker

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    KevinF did you see them wiping down the video poker machines?