Decided to make the short trip up to Ilani Resort and Casino on Sunday afternoon. For those who don't know the area, it's a new Indian casino just off the main highway (I-5) between Portland and Seattle. This will be the closest (by far) casino to the Portland metro area, so it's likely to steal away a lot of business from places like Spirit Mountain and Chinook Winds, which are about 1-2 hour drive away from Portland. No hotel (yet), but looking at the layout of the lot, they are planning for one down the road. Total build out was $510 million, 368,000 square feet of gaming. Not a slots player, so can't comment on them. But they didn't scrimp on the table games. At least two dozen blackjack tables, half dozen baccarat, 2 roulettes, and 4 craps tables. Blackjack being offered is pretty decent. $10/$15 minimum available on a Sunday afternoon. 6 deck hand shuffle, 3:2, S17, DAS, even late surrender! I surprised the dealer with how excited I was to get late surrender anywhere outside Vegas/Reno. She promptly rewarded me by dealing me two more 15/16s in a row. Clearly a rookie dealer, made several hand reading and payout errors (all except one in house's favor, hmm) that I politely corrected. She was nice about it, but if you play here, watch the payout. Craps dealers also mostly rookies. You'd have one guy on the crew who knew what he was doing, but the other two would miss a lot of pays if you didn't call it out yourself when they rotated around to your end of the table. Video poker is that crappy non-video poker you get in Washington. Only one DDB-like game offered, and only at the bar by the live band area. That bar is non-smoking, the center bar allows smoking. Smoking allowed on most of the floor, but there did appear to be large sections of the slots areas marked No Smoking, although there is no partition. But overall clean air in the place, this ain't the smog-riddled Muckleshoot. No buffet, but in addition to the somewhat high end steak and seafood restaurants they have a food-court like area with a variety of non-franchise eateries. They still have lots of staffing issues; cocktail waitresses were very scarce. Had a discussion with a floor, she said they knew they would be short handed, but they just couldn't hire to the level they wanted yet. Waits at the bars were very long, even though the place wasn't completely packed to the gills. Cashing in was also a long wait. All of the TITO pay machines were out of order, so you had to cash at the cage. Took me 20 minutes of waiting to cash from my craps/BJ session. Overall the place gives a good impression. They spent some money on nice fixtures and it has a nice slick look. Reminds me of a place like Thunder Valley in Sacramento or Northern Quest in Spokane. They are trying to give you a Vegas-like experience rather than just sardine-packing in as many slots in a low-ceilinged warehouse.