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Old 05-05-2013, 07:00 PM
 
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I will admit I occasionally like to visit the casino. Where does E. Idaho go? Of course we have Fort Hall, just down the road. Outside of that there is Jackpot, NV, and Wendover, NV, and there is always Vegas, just an hour away by air, (from SLC, or just over an hour on Allegiant with guidlines). I think we talked about this before, but why not refresh it?

Personally, I would find Fort Hall more attractive if they build a new casino next to their new hotel. So far, nothing happening, that we know of, as of now. Another exotic location is Wind River, in Riverton WY. As close as Wendover, and they have a new hotel connected to the casino. Plus a great trip over the heart of the Rockies. (Atleast during the summer!)

BTW, just returned from a weekend at Cactus Pete's in Jackpot. Overall, they run a nice tight ship there, with excellent service. However, the whole place is probably overdue for a makeover. (I realize they remodeled their Diamond Peak low-rise section, but the casino needs a re-do IMO.)

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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I will admit I occasionally like to visit the casino. Where does E. Idaho go? Of course we have Fort Hall, just down the road. Outside of that there is Jackpot, NV, and Wendover, NV, and there is always Vegas, just an hour away by air, (from SLC, or just over an hour on Allegiant with guidlines). I think we talked about this before, but why not refresh it?

Personally, I would find Fort Hall more attractive if they build a new casino next to their new hotel. So far, nothing happening, that we know of, as of now. Another exotic location is Wind River, in Riverton WY. As close as Wendover, and they have a new hotel connected to the casino. Plus a great trip over the heart of the Rockies. (Atleast during the summer!)

BTW, just returned from a weekend at Cactus Pete's in Jackpot. Overall, they run a nice tight ship there, with excellent service. However, the whole place is probably overdue for a makeover. (I realize they remodeled their Diamond Peak low-rise section, but the casino needs a re-do IMO.)
Interesting post, pw. I have to be honest and say I grew up on a farm where weather destroyed an entire years crop. That was enough exposure to gambling to last me during my lifetime.

What I like about your post, besides the fact it is informative, is you've also done two other things: 1. Identified your interest so others can connect and who knows, maybe everyone can meet at a store and buy a Lotto ticket together )). J/k. Not kidding about maybe some will want to connect for poker nights or going as friends together to Ft. Hall or wherever for fun.

I also appreciate you posting to show the diversity in the area, for those who really want to know and just not assume.

I hope you get lots of posts here.

Btw- what did you mean about Allegiant and restrictions? That flew over my head.......

MSR
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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Oh, nothing really meant by Allegiant and their restrictions, other than they plan your dates based on their schedule, I believe twice a week from I.F. Doesn't work for everyone.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Oh, nothing really meant by Allegiant and their restrictions, other than they plan your dates based on their schedule, I believe twice a week from I.F. Doesn't work for everyone.
Right, but it does for a lot including many who want out of the Vegas heat.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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My preference is Wendover. Not into the big city thing, although I've made a few trips to Vegas in the past. Going to Jackpot truly does not get me away from it all. Got there once and just from the car to the check in desk I ran into three clients I've yet to run into any in Wendover.

I agree in regards to Fort Hall needing a makeover and/or new building, but I think that plan was ditched when the market went south.

Riverton huh? Might have to give that some thought as I've always seemed to do a little better at the tribal casinos than the Nevada ones

Back in '05 we met my sister in Reno, prefer that over Vegas if I am going to be traveling beyond our backyard.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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As I remember, the Sho-Bans were planning to build a new casino on the other Interstate, so they would have hotel spaces on both highways on opposite ends of the rez.
Those plans have probably been put on hold due to the recession, or maybe because they wanted to see how one did before building the other.

These days, the Indian casinos have to go all in or stay on the porch, and the Sho-Bans I know are typical Idaho conservatives, just like the rest of us. They may be watching how other new tribal casinos are doing elsewhere before they commit, and how well the gambling industry is doing overall in this region. Their tribal council is a pretty savvy and smart bunch of folks, and I'm sure they won't repeat the same mistakes other tribes have made with their casinos.

While Wendover is the next closest border town, Elko has some nice older casinos and still has a Western atmosphere, something that Reno had once, but it gone now. Elko isn't very much farther than Jackpot- only about another hour or so on the Interstate.
Going there in January might be a cool getaway for you when the Cowboy Poetry Gathering is going on there. The Gathering is a lot of fun, and you could gamble all you wanted at the same time. It's a 3 day event, but reservations need to be made very far in advance, because all the lodging is filled up.

Mesquite is a cool little border town much farther south on I-15. It has some nice casinos, and I've stopped there a few times. It's a real good sun break in the middle of winter,and Vegas isn't all that far away. I typically skip Vegas and stop at Mesquite when I'm road tripping there.

Laughlin is just over the border from Kingman-Bullhead City, and I've never been there, but I heard they run gambling river boats on the Colorado river on round day trips. The boats leave Laughlin, do a day long cruise, and return back to Laughlin in the evening.

Even though Reno has lost a lot of the charm it once had, I still like the town better than Vegas. Las Vegas is just too much of everything for me.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:25 PM
 
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Visited Laughlin earlier this year on my way back from a visit to my brother in Palm Springs. Was somewhat impressed, though it appears to be a poor man's Vegas, with not much new to be seen. What is interesting is Bullhead City seems to be exploding, I would guess mostly because of Laughlin.

Not to understand or explain the Sho-Bans, but it would seem to me that they should have built the casino and hotel at the same time. The two go hand in hand, as in who wants to walk the quarter mile from the hotel to the casino in the middle of winter? I am getting offers from the hotel all the time for a free stay, and I'm not a huge user of the casino. Something tells me they are not reaching even near a full capacity most nights. The connected casino is the last piece of the puzzle.
In addition, there is no alcohol allowed anywhere in the casino, hotel restuarants, and even inside hotel rooms, which I would think would be hard to enforce. So a couple of issues there. It is indeed a tough industry, but there are things the Sho-Bans could do that would make it less tough.

On the positive side, they have done some minor cosmetic improvements in the old casino, and they keep up to date with the latest slots, but it still feels like an old bingo hall, which it once was.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Hi, pw...
Many tribes' experiences building new casino/hotel resorts were not good at all at the turn of the century.
I'm only speculating, but I think it's possible the Sho-Ban may have gotten cold feet after hearing from other tribes, or it's also possible that the once-too easy funding may have dried up to some degree for them.

Under those circumstances it may not have made sense to build both at the same time. Casinos cost a lot more than hotels to build and equip, and Idaho is not a particularly casino-friendly state compared to many other states. It's possible the Idaho tribes might be holding off until casino regulations on the rez open up some.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Laughlin is just over the border from Kingman-Bullhead City, and I've never been there, but I heard they run gambling river boats on the Colorado river on round day trips. The boats leave Laughlin, do a day long cruise, and return back to Laughlin in the evening.
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Visited Laughlin earlier this year on my way back from a visit to my brother in Palm Springs. Was somewhat impressed, though it appears to be a poor man's Vegas, with not much new to be seen. What is interesting is Bullhead City seems to be exploding, I would guess mostly because of Laughlin.
While it is a long way from Idaho to Laughlin and not many will visit, for those that will it is certainly a viable alternative to other gambling destinations. Much more laid back than Las Vegas, there are no traffic jams, porn slappers, time share salesmen, crowded sidewalks, hordes of kids, little or no crime, and lodging, food, and entertainment much more affordable. Laughlin is more working and middle class than LV. If you are strickly a Las Vegas Strip upscale hotel/casino type of person Laughlin may not be for you, it might seem a bit tacky and blue collar, but if not you should do just fine there. Below is a link to the Laughlin Entertainer, an excellent guide to what is going on in town and good general info on the hotel/casinos.
www.laughlinentertainer.com/
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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While it is a long way from Idaho to Laughlin and not many will visit, for those that will it is certainly a viable alternative to other gambling destinations. Much more laid back than Las Vegas, there are no traffic jams, porn slappers, time share salesmen, crowded sidewalks, hordes of kids, little or no crime, and lodging, food, and entertainment much more affordable. Laughlin is more working and middle class than LV. If you are strickly a Las Vegas Strip upscale hotel/casino type of person Laughlin may not be for you, it might seem a bit tacky and blue collar, but if not you should do just fine there. Below is a link to the Laughlin Entertainer, an excellent guide to what is going on in town and good general info on the hotel/casinos.
www.laughlinentertainer.com/
BlackShoe, that is one reason I prefer Wendover No sale traps, times shares etc. And certainly no traffic.
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