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Reno/Tahoe June 25-July 1

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by Scotch12rox, Jul 3, 2017.

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  1. Scotch12rox

    Scotch12rox Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Stayed at Harrah's Reno and Harvey' Lake Tahoe since I only have status with TR. Two nights in Reno was one too many. The entire facility is dated, especially compared to Silver Legacy and Eldorado down the street. We played mostly off-site- low limit BJ at CalNeva next door ( my wife won't play higher than $10), and some higher limit at Silver Legacy. No real luck anywhere.

    If visiting downtown Reno, don't miss the Truckee Riverwalk. Beautiful space for a morning walk or jog- a few homeless but they did not bother us. As for food, we did the champagne brunch at Harrah's. With an ACG twofer, only $20 total, including six mimosas. Pretty good brunch. We also ate a couple times at Top Deck in CalNeva- like old school Vegas, steak and lobster 9.99 and tons of menu items $5-$10. Good food and service.

    Day 3 we headed to Tahoe. Nice 25 degree temp drop. We have been here several times, in winter and summer, but this was our first stay at Harvey's and we were very impressed. Our 15th floor room had a partial view of the lake. It was nice and big. My wfe especially liked the bathroom setup. An open alcove by the closet had a large counter, sink, stool and makeup mirror. Behind one door was a toilet and behind another door a tub, separate shower and another sink. No coffee maker but we did have a mini-fridge. Ours would not cool but a replacement was quickly provided.

    We liked the Harvey's casino and mostly played there, BJ, UTH and VP. My wife also will try a couple of slots a day at $20 a pop. She had some luck with Game of Thrones and Elvis in Vegas a few months back but nothing this trip. I pretty much contributed till our ladt night when I had a short profitable run on a $10 craps table and then ran up about 2k on a Glenlivet fueled run on $25 BJ. Also won 4 out of 4 baseball bets.

    In South Lake Tahoe we spent a lot of time enjoying the awesome setting. We walked every morning, sometimes to the lake, or by Edgewood Tahoe GC or around Gondola Village. We kayaked on the lake one day, took Harrah's private boat cruise to Emerald Bay, drove the circumference of the lake another day. For meals of note, I would mention:

    Lucky Beaver- a little hole in the wall less than a block from Harvey's. The use a special beef and cook burgers, steaks and chops on a rotating open flame grill. We only had the burgers and tater tots but they were special.

    19TH Kitchen+Bar- our one splurge meal on top of Harvey's. Spectacular sunset views, excellent service and very good (not great) food. Expect to drop $100 per couple plus drinks.

    Lakeside Inn and Casino- we met some friends in Tahoe and they told us about this place where we had breakfast every morning followed by $5 BJ. Sgn up for their club and every day you get a $5 match play and $3 drink coupon good in the restaurant. Nice 5.99 breakfast specials and small but friendly casino. About a mile from the big casinos so we drove there every day.

    Diamond Lounges- we are not diamond but our friends both are and could each bring a guest. The Harrah's lounge is open every night and serves soup and salad plus munchies. Good enough for dinner a couple nights. Located on the ground floor behind the High Limit area. Harvey's is only open weekends but is located, I think, on the 18th floor. Great views but only munchies.

    I hope I have been a little informative and will gladly answer questions.
     
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  2. Richard Alpert

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    Thanks for the report!
    I don't know much about Reno, except from what I saw on a reality show I used to watch a handful of years back...

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    Tahoe sounds fun, too! :D

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    Nice TR, you have me wanting to visit Reno/Tahoe. Are there poker rooms in the casinos?
     
  4. Scotch12rox

    Scotch12rox Low-Roller

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    Yes, forgot to mention poker. Not much action in downtown Reno but others have said the Peppermill has a decent room. Played some n Harvey's. Small room, maybe 8-10 tables and never saw more than 3 occupied. Usually spread a 2-3NL and a 4-8L. $40 buy-in NL tournament at 10 am every day, I think, and something at night. I won the one turnament I entered. The tournament rake was $10, cash games I believe only $1 per hand. Very nice room manager and dealers. They will text you when they have a seat open and one night they brought in some pizzas for the players. Cocktail service good too.
     
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    Scotch12rox Low-Roller

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    Love that show.
     
  6. marksind

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    Reno is a great alternative to Las Vegas if your priority is low table limits and good VP pay tables. We stay at either the Eldorado or Silver Legacy. I enjoy the "big town" atmosphere as opposed to big city Vegas. And maybe it's being from often dark, gloomy Seattle, but I also like the slightly post-apocalyptic feel of downtown. Plus there are interesting day trips to places like Lake Tahoe, Virginia City and Carson City.

    I'd choose it over Vegas for most trips if it weren't so darn hard to get there from here. Only Alaska has non-stop service, which means it costs way too much. Southwest is via Las Vegas, which means it's cheaper and easier to just go there. As a drive (a bit under 800 miles, a lot of it off-interstate) it's a little too far.
     
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    Thanks so much for the report. At the end of the month I'll be at the Silver Legacy for 3 nights the Grand Sierra for two. I could have gotten a couple of nights comped at Harrahs, but I stayed there one night 5 years ago … and "free" is too expensive.

    I used to go to Reno frequently in the 1980s, but the few times that I've passed through I found it to be a shadow of its former self.

    Things I'm considering doing: Riverwalk for walking and a meal or two; Upper Deck (ate there on my first casino trip ever~45 years ago); pool @ Silver Legacy; and poker, at the Peppermill and Grand Sierra, any other suggestions are appreciated; I might take in a Reno AAA baseball game; and hitting a brew pub or two. Suggestions of brew pubs would be appreciated!
     
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    Enjoy the Riverwalk, the Truckee River is BEAUTIFUL right now, BUT please admire it from a bit of a distance... seems like the Fire and Rescue folks are fishing a body out of there on a weekly basis. Most are dead. It might be July, but after this incredible winter, the river is running high, fast and COLD! Too many are going down to it and the ground breaks under them and they go for their last ride.
     
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    Glad you made it to lakeside inn. Locals place at best. We are going skiing in February and Sunday-Friday 5 nights was 345$ taxtitle&license. We like it but we are suckers for a good deal. Thanks for the report.
     
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    booker,

    The Brews Brothers inside the Eldorado/Silver Legacy/Circus Circus complex is a brewpub with good bar food and nightly entertainment. It appears to draw a pretty good crowd from nearby University of Nevada on weekend nights. They also have a good happy hour with 2 for 1 pizzas (at least they did, we haven't been in a year). They've got a standard selection of four or five beers they always brew, plus something new they are trying out. We've sometimes hit their happy hour every day during our stays.
     
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  11. Scotch12rox

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    We stopped at Brews Brothers for some finger food and a couple of beers. Nice facility, good service.
     
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    They have excellent pizza, too.
     
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    Thanks for the Reno/Tahoe TR! I'll be in Reno at the end of July. Can't wait to hear, see and smell a casino again.
     
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    TIMSPEED The biggest Degenerate on VMB

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    Glad you enjoyed Reno...Harrah Reno is definitely the worst property in the fleet...I only can think they keep it because of some mandatory rule from the Bill Harrah Trust..as it was the FIRST property in the empire
     
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