gpac1377
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January 3rd, 2014 at 9:24:35 AM permalink
I try to view Arizona Charlie's favorably because the Decatur location offers the best non-smoking facility (EDIT: it's an enclosed room containing about 100 slots) in the valley.

It's a no-frills kind of place.

The slots are nothing special. The slot club awards free play at a lackluster rate of 0.2% for reels, 0.1% for ordinary video poker, and the club is tiered, so you can earn higher benefits if you give them a lot of play.

Generally the best video poker game to receive full benefits is 8/5 Bonus, but single-line only please. On multi-line games, the benefits are halved.

It's a negative situation, except occasionally they offer "Points Free Premium" promotions that award additional benefits. The usual value is about a penny per point, adding 1.0% for reels, 0.5% for ordinary vp. An example would be $10 free play for 1000 points earned, usually unlimited.

But the recent offerings have been weak. Around Christmas, I think it was 2500 points for a throw blanket. Previously at year-end they've done "relays" that offered specially enhanced benefits for consecutive days of play, but not this time. The upcoming promotion (Jan 7-18) is a fleece jacket for 3500 points, limit one. Without seeing it, it's hard to know the exact value of an AZ Charlie's logo jacket, but I would estimate it as, "nothing."

They do continue to offer a bank of dollar 10/7 Double Bonus progressives (with benefits quartered), but that's in the post-apocalyptic main casino.

The Boulder location offers the same benefits and promotions, but without any possibility of escaping the smokers (should you wish to do so). Seated next to you will be this woman:



(She was visiting the casino to celebrate her 30th birthday.)

Boulder Charlie's has 8/5 Ace$ Bonus, which offers an enhanced reward for quad Aces in proper sequence.

As for amenities beyond gaming, both properties serve some type of food. I can't confirm that it's safe to consume, but it might be fun to push the stuff around your plate with a fork. Parking is free (covered at Boulder). And the hotel rooms are probably good for a laugh.

Arizona Charlie's: It's Arizona without the glitter.
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ThatDonGuy
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January 3rd, 2014 at 9:54:21 AM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

As for amenities beyond gaming, both properties serve some type of food. I can't confirm that it's safe to consume, but it might be fun to push the stuff around your plate with a fork.


One of these years, I'm going to get around to Boulder Charlie's BBQ Night Buffet (it's Tuesdays only). Maybe if I rent a car this time...

And how many other casinos have their own RV parks?
gpac1377
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January 3rd, 2014 at 10:13:34 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

And how many other casinos have their own RV parks?


That's definitely a distinction :)
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January 3rd, 2014 at 10:23:42 AM permalink
"that's what she said"
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January 3rd, 2014 at 10:24:20 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

One of these years, I'm going to get around to Boulder Charlie's BBQ Night Buffet (it's Tuesdays only). Maybe if I rent a car this time...

And how many other casinos have their own RV parks?



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January 3rd, 2014 at 10:31:59 AM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

I try to view Arizona Charlie's favorably because the Decatur location offers the best non-smoking facility in the valley.

It's a no-frills kind of place.

The slots are nothing special. The slot club awards free play at a lackluster rate of 0.2% for reels, 0.1% for ordinary video poker, and the club is tiered, so you can earn higher benefits if you give them a lot of play.

Generally the best video poker game to receive full benefits is 8/5 Bonus, but single-line only please. On multi-line games, the benefits are halved.

It's a negative situation, except occasionally they offer "Points Free Premium" promotions that award additional benefits. The usual value is about a penny per point, adding 1.0% for reels, 0.5% for ordinary vp. An example would be $10 free play for 1000 points earned, usually unlimited.

But the recent offerings have been weak. Around Christmas, I think it was 2500 points for a throw blanket. Previously at year-end they've done "relays" that offered specially enhanced benefits for consecutive days of play, but not this time. The upcoming promotion (Jan 7-18) is a fleece jacket for 3500 points, limit one. Without seeing it, it's hard to know the exact value of an AZ Charlie's logo jacket, but I would estimate it as, "nothing."

They do continue to offer a bank of dollar 10/7 Double Bonus progressives (with benefits quartered), but that's in the post-apocalyptic main casino.

The Boulder location offers the same benefits and promotions, but without any possibility of escaping the smokers (should you wish to do so). Seated next to you will be this woman:



(She was visiting the casino to celebrate her 30th birthday.)

Boulder Charlie's has 8/5 Ace$ Bonus, which offers an enhanced reward for quad Aces in proper sequence.

As for amenities beyond gaming, both properties serve some type of food. I can't confirm that it's safe to consume, but it might be fun to push the stuff around your plate with a fork. Parking is free (covered at Boulder). And the hotel rooms are probably good for a laugh.

Arizona Charlie's: It's Arizona without the glitter.

How long have then been NON smoking? Kind of funny since it used to be one of the only poker rooms you could smoke in
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
gpac1377
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January 3rd, 2014 at 10:35:05 AM permalink
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How long have then been NON smoking? Kind of funny since it used to be one of the only poker rooms you could smoke in


Sorry it's not the entire property. The smoke-free area is an enclosed room with about 100 slots, no table games.

I believe the poker "room" continues to encourage smoking.
"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
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February 9th, 2015 at 8:24:07 PM permalink
I stayed here for part of the trip. Very cheap if booked online thru expedia, hotline, etc. No resort fees. Didn't want to spend all my comps. DON'T STAY HERE. People are super scrubby. I had to pound on the wall to get the idiots next door to shut up. There are people racing...and I literally mean having races...in the hallway at 4 AM.
Did I mention the people were scrubby? Ate at the diner. Someone with an oxygen tank at one table, someone with no teeth at another. Not to slam on people who need oxygen, but if you have serious health issues, why are you pissing away your money at chincy casino? Don't think he was an AP. Don't think he was rich, cuz he'd be at a 5 star and would have nice clothes. And if you have no teeth, why are you spending money at the casino instead of at the dentist!!!!!!!!!!!

These people are low class. The employees didn't seem terrible. I'm pretty sure the Wizard makes the same comments about the clientele, except less bluntly. So yeah, don't stay there unless you're crazy. You can get good prices at nicer places on Groupon. Or just pay the same rate plus a resort fee for a strip hotel. It's worth it.
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February 9th, 2015 at 8:35:46 PM permalink
Stay there? Some people LIVE there.

I understand its the only place in town that offers 3:00am Bingo which can be a real laugh when drunken poker dealers show up or people show up for Bingo and its a grand total of 12 people playing.
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February 9th, 2015 at 9:36:56 PM permalink
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Sam's Town, Circus Circus?



Golden Acorn Casino?

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