Portlanders now have a casino much closer to home than before; the Cowlitz tribe, in partnership with Mohegan Sun, opened Ilani (pronounced AY-LAH-NAY) casino, about fifteen minutes north of Stumptown, at the La Center exit of I-5,
I've been there a few times, inititially to check it out, then to gamble.
I doubt I'll return too often.
Brand new; architecturally and design-wise quite modern.
Four craps tables.
BJ pays 3-2.
No loud tones coming from the slot machines.
3X4X5X odds on craps, when competition offers 5X odds.
Weird layout; all the services, restaurants, restrooms, stores etc. are on the outside edge of the building; in the center is a circular bar, with gaming between the two. There are designer fish dangling from the ceiling. Seems cavernous.
No self-serve coffee, soft drinks or water: no water fountains.
Almost all modern, penny slots: no older games such as Double Diamond; the slots seem tight: I observed nobody getting a jackpot or even a nice hit.
Smoking / non-smoking sections have no wall or enclosure to separate them.
Unbelievably bad access once off the freeway with several confusing rotaries and insufficient feeder roads into the self-parking area.
Not enough ticket redemption machines, and the ones there are not clearly marked or visible from any sort of distance.
By report, expensive bar drinks, poorly made after a very long wait.
Ugly, purplish design on the carpet.
Overall: new, but ... meh.
Last edited by: MrV on May 30, 2017
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