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February 16th, 2018 at 3:24:38 PM permalink
Made my virgin Reno trip, I'm past middle aged. Granted, it was during the week, but to me, it looks like a place that has died. Very scenic, and a charm to the area, but I was looking for video poker, progressive video poker. Not blackjack, not craps, just progressive video poker.

And there was tons of it. Many casinos with high return games, had a meter on them. Many bars, mostly with progressives. And when I got to the Atlantis, I was in awe. The place is huge, and has good video poker everywhere, it's awesome. BUT, it is safe to say, as I look at the notes I took, and I covered a lot of ground and took a lot of notes, I am a good scout. I can almost say that I did not see even one jackpot that was positive. A few small exceptions at quarters.

I know I was there at a slow time, and it was a short trip, so there must be plenty of secret nuances to the area that I just don't know. I can understand that. But to me, it not only looks like a place that has seen better days, it looks like a place that has died already.

A lot of my movement was at night. As I roamed, even at a great place like Atlantis, people weren't playing their excellent selection of video poker, they were playing Larry the Lobster and slot crap. Wtf?

One major observation that occurred to me, is that the whole area operates on a 1/4% meter rate. It's the same for the good games, and the same for the bad games. I did find a few places that offered some progressives with 1/2% meter. No wonder there is nothing above re-set.

I did find some gems in the town. I'll skip that info because you APs before me already know them and don't need me opening my mouth.

One note of interest, I saw A LOT of single deck blackjack, with 3-2, players can touch the cards, plenty of smaller places had this. The first time I saw it, I was kind of surprised. The elderly lady dealer said, "Sonny, I been dealing this since 1956", as if there is nothing in the world but single deck. I got news for you, sweet old lady. Did you know we have landed on one of the moons of Saturn? This is 2018. Did you know there's color television now?

So, I assume APs working Reno know the tricks and nuances, and I'm not asking anyone to out them. Please don't. But am I correct in assessing the impending death of Reno?

Glad I finally made the trip, but it was rather sad. Charming, scenic, but sad.
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February 16th, 2018 at 3:38:28 PM permalink
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Glad I finally made the trip, but it was rather sad. Charming, scenic, but sad.

I hope you came back from Reno in the plus column. It seems the town has potential for you particularly if you like to shift to blackjack for awhile as a break from Video Poker. Are there websites that show the state of progressives there???

Some real estate people look at casinos as real estate and don't much care about the gambling which is indeed sad.

I hear that if you appear to have a pulse they will comp you so I assume the trip was no great expense.
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February 16th, 2018 at 4:08:58 PM permalink
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I hope you came back from Reno in the plus column. It seems the town has potential for you particularly if you like to shift to blackjack for awhile as a break from Video Poker. Are there websites that show the state of progressives there???

Some real estate people look at casinos as real estate and don't much care about the gambling which is indeed sad.

I hear that if you appear to have a pulse they will comp you so I assume the trip was no great expense.




As a treat to myself, I went there to look at the place because I am soon to be an "old man" and had never been. I should have stayed longer, but needed to return home for other matters. Next time, if there is a next time, I'll spend a couple weeks. I did not play enough to lose any real money. Funny, I sometimes enjoy scouting more than playing. The thrill of the hunt.

I took the train. Thought it would be fun. That was a mistake. Next time I fly.

I'll make sure that I go at a time that "should" be more crowded, so I can give it a fair second evaluation. I couldn't help notice that there are all these huge parking structures, with no cars parked beyond the second row. I hope that was a fluke.

I know I already said this, but at the Atlantis, I was like a kid in a candy store. That place is impressive.

Oh, and I did find time to go to Carson City. A little different, but I enjoyed the 20 mile trip over the pass and by some lake. There was one place that is under new management, and I'll skip giving their name, because they suck and they are stupid. Their big sign ANNOUNCES that they were voted, among other things, "BEST VIDEO POKER". Oh boy, I got excited, practically ran in there almost wetting my pants. First bar I looked at, 7-5 Jacks, for dollars. Lovely. The other bar? 6-5 Jacks. Oh goody. Seems they went a little overboard on the commercial puffing. Good luck to them.
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February 16th, 2018 at 4:34:14 PM permalink
Reno is back on the upswing. It was really depressing in the late 2000s. Now there are interesting areas to visit aside from the casinos. Peppermill and Grand Sierra Resort also have good video poker. Nugget used to, but I haven't visited since John Ascuaga walked miles there every day.

Tesla battery manufacturing and Apple Inc. servers should help the little city even more.
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February 16th, 2018 at 6:37:58 PM permalink
I just found the Atlantis Progressives info page.

Pai Gow Poker is currently at 124,000 dollars or something like that.
UTH progressive is about 73,000.

They have some thing that starts at 25 and must hit by 50

A three reel slot for 1.80 per play that has over 700,000 as a progressive prize.

There is a must hit Buffalo progressive now at 425 that must hit by 500. Have no idea if they mean nickles or what.

Their Tiger progressive must hit by 300 and is already past 297.
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February 16th, 2018 at 7:36:51 PM permalink
From 2011 to 2015 I was caught up in the video poker at both Peppermill and the Atlantis. I've lived in Reno since 2004 and those are the only two places in Reno that offer the most progressive video poker jackpot opportunities. Yes, during the week it's slow but on the weekends it's quite busy. Both places have a local based clientele as well as loyal travelers from California. The real estate market is on fire with only 6 weeks of housing inventory compared to a normal 6 months just a few years ago. As far as Carson City goes, nice little town (state capital) but I wouldn't recommend their casinos to a seasoned gambler. Overall, there are a handful of casinos in Reno worth visiting if you ever return. Peppermill, Atlantis, Nugget Resort, formerly John Ascuagas Nugget, Grand Sierra Resort, Silver Legacy, and El Dorado. I don't care much for Harrahs. If you like joker deuce video poker, it frequently gets up to $5k to 6k at the Atlantis. There are two machines near the bar just past the hotel check in. Did I mention they are quarter machines? $1.25 a pop. If I was making a trip there, I would go Thursday to Saturday. Those were the days I hit 80% of my jackpots. I hope this helps. Enjoy.
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February 16th, 2018 at 7:57:44 PM permalink
Reno definitely on a rebound but not really gambling related. Midweek in winter the slowest possible time you could visit but yeah Id agree the casinos are, for the most part, dying/dead.

The most recent time I was there, Id estimate maybe 1/2 to 2/3 of the blackjack tables that were 3:2 during the week were switched to 6:5 on the weekend. Downtown and GSR definitely did so heavily.
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February 16th, 2018 at 8:09:01 PM permalink
I dont recall Peppermill and Atlantis doing anything other than 3/2 blacjack. Im actually surprised that any casino in Reno does 6/5. Peppermill doesnt participate in the Bonus Progressive table games nor do they demo new games. Atlantis does both. Atlantis has a high limit area that includes the dollar video poker. During the day, you can get free shrimp, nuts, cheese and crackers while playing the inside bank of those progressives.
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February 16th, 2018 at 9:55:34 PM permalink
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From 2011 to 2015 I was caught up in the video poker at both Peppermill and the Atlantis. I've lived in Reno since 2004 and those are the only two places in Reno that offer the most progressive video poker jackpot opportunities. Yes, during the week it's slow but on the weekends it's quite busy. Both places have a local based clientele as well as loyal travelers from California. The real estate market is on fire with only 6 weeks of housing inventory compared to a normal 6 months just a few years ago. As far as Carson City goes, nice little town (state capital) but I wouldn't recommend their casinos to a seasoned gambler. Overall, there are a handful of casinos in Reno worth visiting if you ever return. Peppermill, Atlantis, Nugget Resort, formerly John Ascuagas Nugget, Grand Sierra Resort, Silver Legacy, and El Dorado. I don't care much for Harrahs. If you like joker deuce video poker, it frequently gets up to $5k to 6k at the Atlantis. There are two machines near the bar just past the hotel check in. Did I mention they are quarter machines? $1.25 a pop. If I was making a trip there, I would go Thursday to Saturday. Those were the days I hit 80% of my jackpots. I hope this helps. Enjoy.




Yes, it did help. Thank you.

You mentioned Joker-Deuce, I did see that, in a FEW different places. And I was thinking, gee, never seen this in Vegas. Must be a Reno thing.

Ok, next time, I go on a Thursday, and stay a couple weeks. AND, I ain't taking the train again like an idiot. I thought it would be fun, it was not. I can sleep on a bus, but that train is jumpy. lol

I stayed downtown, at the Legacy. I covered a good amount of territory for the time I was there. It helps when I don't stop to eat or sleep, who needs that. But I remember walking and seeing Harrah's, and I said to myself, "Why go in there?" My time was precious, I ain't wasting a minute on Harrah's.

Thanks again for the helpful post.
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February 16th, 2018 at 9:58:11 PM permalink
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I just found the Atlantis Progressives info page.

Pai Gow Poker is currently at 124,000 dollars or something like that.
UTH progressive is about 73,000.

They have some thing that starts at 25 and must hit by 50

A three reel slot for 1.80 per play that has over 700,000 as a progressive prize.

There is a must hit Buffalo progressive now at 425 that must hit by 500. Have no idea if they mean nickles or what.

Their Tiger progressive must hit by 300 and is already past 297.



I wasn't looking for non-video poker, but I couldn't help notice that there are progressives on everything.
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