Click here for Opening Night Pictures Last night, we made it out to the South Coast for opening night. Sadly, we missed the fireworks display (darn, work schedules got in the way). I hear it was quite spectacular and it went on for some 15 minutes. We made our way to the casino around 8pm. Traffic was insane. Las Vegas Blvd. was bumper to bumper from North of Blue Diamond Rd. to practically St. Rose Parkway. Rather than sitting in the traffic we made a detour and came via Silverado Ranch. We avoided much of the traffic and entered the parking garage with ease. The parking garage is a dream. Nicely designed, bravo! We found parking far easier than I expected. The garage smelled so nice and new, the paint was fresh and clean. No foot prints all over the walls. It may seem silly, but we were impressed with the garage. Seconds, later we entered the newest casino-hotel in town. The hustle and bustle was great. Heads bopping down the aisles resembling an ant farm, and the sounds were intense. It was similar to partaking in the worldâ€™s largest slot tournament. Since TITO has taken over casino floors, casinos are generally quiet, but this nightâ€¦it was tap, tap, clank, tap, tap in stereo. The gaming tables were fresh, as well. The chips in the banks were flawless â€“ glistening from the lights above. Minimum bet on the table games was $5. We passed by the tables several times and I only saw one empty table. It was $25 blackjack, it appeared the house went on a streak cleaned the players out, but it didnâ€™t remain empty for long. Initially, it was difficult to find an open seat at the slot and video poker machines. We werenâ€™t able to be choosy in selecting with games to play. We gave some play to $1 DDB, nickel triple play, and nickel and penny video slots. Nothing turned out to be profitable. So we moved on to the sportsbook.. Wow! Very roomy, definitely, the largest of all the Coasts Sports/Race books. Race is separate from sports, which is nice to see. Decent set-up for both sides. And thereâ€™s a large Sports bar and lounge with plenty of tables, chairs and booths. We placed our Pick the Proâ€™s parlays â€¦ Please Santa, can we go all the way this week? From there, we checked out the poker room. Itâ€™s small compared to Gold Coast and Orleans. It seems to be a bit of an afterthought. Unimpressed. We walked by all the restaurants each had its own cozy setting. All were lively with many guests. Dining choices include: Don Vito (Italian), Silverado (steakhouse), Garden Buffet, Coronado CafÃ©, Baja Miguels (Mexican) and the Big Sur Oyster bar. Kateâ€™s corner and Seattleâ€™s Best were hopping too. Additionally, I noticed that a deli will be coming soon near the sportsbook. The Century Theaters were open for business, as well as, the Bowling Alley. The Alley has lanes on both sides and has flat screen panels to assist in keeping score. The bowling shoes were picture perfect sitting on the counter, they were cleanest Iâ€™ve ever seen. After scoping out the property we returned to the slots and played some more VP. Saw some banks with awful paytables and some decent banks, as well. Sadly, the poor paying machines were just as busy. I stumbled on a quarter slot and made back my losses plus an additional $30. I was a happy camper. Especially, funny because minutes before I said, â€œHey! I thought casinos were supposed to payout opening nightâ€. Frank replied, â€œthat is just word spread on the street to get you in doorâ€. I was done gambling for the night, but Frank pressed on chasing a win. Unfortunately, his not-so-good luck continued. He was down to his last $40 when we passed an available seat on a fifty cent DDB Game King, so he jumped on it as a last ditch effort. He was down to his final $5 and all along Iâ€™m praying he hits something, otherwise, I knew heâ€™d get pissyâ€¦ he doesnâ€™t like parting with his money. Then heâ€™s dealt Ace, Ten, Queen of Spadesâ€¦ hit dealâ€¦ Sure enough, the King and Jack of Spades pop up. Initially, we thought it was 4 to the Royal (weâ€™ve been in 4 to the Royal hell for long-long time), but then it triggered in my head and I screamed, â€œHoly Shit! You got itâ€. He gazed blankly back at me, and then it hit himâ€¦ He won $2000 freakinâ€™ dollars. This is, by far, the biggest win weâ€™ve experienced so we grinned from ear to ear until our cheeks were killing us. We went to sleep with visions of benjamins dancing in our headsâ€¦ I guess itâ€™s true, the casinos do payout on opening night! Overall, the Southcoast is a very nice property. Itâ€™s similar to the Suncoast, but with a little more attention to detail and a tad more modern. Worth a visit! Weâ€™ll be staying at the hotel Jan. 1st, Iâ€™ll be sure to share details after our stay.