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View Poll Results: Best Casino Experience?
Chicagoland 2 5.56%
Connecticut 8 22.22%
Detroit 5 13.89%
Philadelphia 2 5.56%
Other 19 52.78%
Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-06-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I can't think of anything more boring than gambling, from Vegas on down, but regardless, I put "other." I appreciate all the Indian casinos around Wisconsin because of the cheap food/lodging they can provide in the middle of nowhere when I'm out exploring nature. Also, they bring in entertainment that's occasionally worthwhile I suppose. Chicago's river boat "trips" are silly in practice and don't really amount to much other than floating Indian casinos, like everything else on the list beyond AC/Vegas I imagine.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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It's outrageous that you didn't include Reno/Sparks on your list. Sure, it's annual revenue is lower compared to huge cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, but that's because the metro area is tiny. The casino experience is much, much better in Reno than any of those places on your list and the % of tourists coming for gambling is exponentially higher. It is one of the few US cities that is built around gambling and casino resorts.

Reno should be an easy number 3 in terms of casino experience after Vegas and AC. It has a good number of large Vegas-style resorts with 1,500 - 2,000 rooms each and 24-hour bars and restaurants, and is geared towards out of town tourists. Reno's economy and culture completely revolves around gambling and casinos.

Peppermill: Resort | Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, NV | (866) 821-9996

Grand Sierra: Reno country bars, sportsbars, lounges and nightclubs for dancing and entertainment - Grand Sierra Resort Reno, Nevada

Atlantis: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno resort hotel casino fine dining restaurants spa entertainment

Silver Legacy: Reno Hotels

Harrah's: Harrah's Reno

El Dorado: Reno Hotel | Eldorado Reno | Reno Casinos | Hotel Deals

(and several others)

Although many of these are located outside of downtown, Reno does have a downtown that is centered around dozens of smaller casinos and a handful of bigger ones. Reno essentially was Vegas before Vegas blew up. It is a town in Nevada built around gambling and hospitality. Harrah's started there and the general concept of the all-inclusive hotel casino that is so popular in Vegas and AC originated in Reno.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:03 PM
 
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It's outrageous that you didn't include Reno/Sparks on your list. Sure, it's annual revenue is lower compared to huge cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, but that's because the metro area is tiny. The casino experience is much, much better in Reno than any of those places on your list and the % of tourists coming for gambling is exponentially higher. It is one of the few US cities that is built around gambling and casino resorts.

Reno should be an easy number 3 in terms of casino experience after Vegas and AC. It has a good number of large Vegas-style resorts with 1,500 - 2,000 rooms each and 24-hour bars and restaurants, and is geared towards out of town tourists. Reno's economy and culture completely revolves around gambling and casinos.

Peppermill: Resort | Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, NV | (866) 821-9996

Grand Sierra: Reno country bars, sportsbars, lounges and nightclubs for dancing and entertainment - Grand Sierra Resort Reno, Nevada

Atlantis: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno resort hotel casino fine dining restaurants spa entertainment

Silver Legacy: Reno Hotels

Harrah's: Harrah's Reno

El Dorado: Reno Hotel | Eldorado Reno | Reno Casinos | Hotel Deals

(and several others)

Although many of these are located outside of downtown, Reno does have a downtown that is centered around dozens of smaller casinos and a handful of bigger ones. Reno essentially was Vegas before Vegas blew up. It is a town in Nevada built around gambling and hospitality. Harrah's started there and the general concept of the all-inclusive hotel casino that is so popular in Vegas and AC originated in Reno.


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Agreed - Reno, and it's not close.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:14 PM
 
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I would assume the vast majority of gamblers come from the NYC metro rather than the Boston metro. They'll probably be hurt, but not massively.
I will be honest, I don't have hard numbers. But take a drive through the parking garage and you will see a ton of plates from Massachusetts and even Rhode Island. I had former co-worker's husband work at a dealer at Foxwoods and he would talk all the time about how many patrons were from the Boston and Providence area. Once casinos get set up in Mass and Twin River in RI gets rolling, they will be hurt. There's a reason both Foxwoods and Mohegan want in on the Massachusetts Casino action.

NYC also has AC to head to where the Boston area doesn't.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Going to a casino in the suburbs is the last thing on my mind if I'm taking a trip to Chicago or Philadelphia to be honest. Those cities offer so much more interesting things to visit...

There's a dime a dozen Indian Casinos everywhere in the West these days... They're great for seeing washed up 70s/80s rock acts, stand-up comics past their prime(or occasionally a winner like Don Rickles) and cheap buffet lines filled with senior citizens and greasy food. Some of them are decent resorts these days--often with a sort of faux-Native American design--though at a lot of them depending on where you are, you can't even order drinks at the table. And if I'm going to a casino I want lots of table games--roulette, craps, and blackjack--we have slot machines in bars in Oregon and that's boring enough already. I always find it funny when people get excited about how large a casino is--when most of the floor space is usually just slot machines.

At least Reno gives you a little bit of a mini-Vegas feel to it. You've got the divey/old school feel of the neon-lighted downtown and the more Vegas-style places like the Silver Legacy and Peppermill. It might not be top 10 in total gambling revenues anymore, but at least you can get cheap drinks and the casinos have a no BS feel to them if you want to gamble. And you can gamble in Tahoe now and be walking distance from the gondola just over the stateline for Heavenly and go skiing(and skiing is actually much much more fun than gambling)--from Reno some hotels have ski shuttles to just take you to the ski areas for the day. I end up just going through Reno a lot because I have family nearby-but at least it's a somewhat okay town in a good location that's basically based around casinos for a large part.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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They're great for seeing washed up 70s/80s rock acts, stand-up comics past their prime.

Isn't that the truth? This months concert line up at Albuquerque area casinos...

Isleta Casino: Chicago on August 11th - Chicago
Route 66 Casino: Peter Frampton on August 21 - http://www.songkick.com/concerts/170...sino?r=related
Sandia Casino: Journey on August 26 - http://www.songkick.com/concerts/169...-sandia-casino

LOL

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Old 08-06-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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Isn't that the truth. This month in ABQ area casinos...

Isleta Casino: Chicago on August 11th - Chicago
Route 66 Casino: Peter Frampton on August 21 - Peter Frampton B.b. King
Sandia Casino: Journey on August 26 - Journey

LOL

Heh, yeah... Just think of any old arena rock band from 1974 to 1982 that had a couple hits--and odds are they are playing at an Indian casino somewhere in America in the next week. Foreigner, Air Supply, Billy Squier, Molly Hatchet and so on...

There's a big casino near Tacoma right off I-5--when ever I'm driving up to Seattle we'll make jokes about the bands listed on the upcoming events on the large electronic sign visible from the freeway. One time I remember making a joke--"Who's playing at the Emerald Queen this month--Rick Springfield and Styx?" And funny enough when we drove by Rick Springfield and Styx were both listed... Though looking at their website for the next few months they have Andrew Dice Clay, Alice Cooper, Cheech and Chong, and MC Hammer--so it looks like they're really stepping up their game...
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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At least Reno gives you a little bit of a mini-Vegas feel to it. You've got the divey/old school feel of the neon-lighted downtown and the more Vegas-style places like the Silver Legacy and Peppermill. It might not be top 10 in total gambling revenues anymore, but at least you can get cheap drinks and the casinos have a no BS feel to them if you want to gamble. And you can gamble in Tahoe now and be walking distance from the gondola just over the stateline for Heavenly and go skiing(and skiing is actually much much more fun than gambling)--from Reno some hotels have ski shuttles to just take you to the ski areas for the day. I end up just going through Reno a lot because I have family nearby-but at least it's a somewhat okay town in a good location that's basically based around casinos for a large part.
Exactly. Reno is as close to Vegas as it gets without being in Vegas.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Exactly. Reno is as close to Vegas as it gets without being in Vegas.
Right, stupidly forgot to add Reno to Vegas/AC. Everything else is near the level of an Indian casino.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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I can't speak for other states, but California in general has some pretty good Indian Casino & Resorts, especially near Santa Barbara.
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