teddys
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December 26th, 2010 at 10:47:11 PM permalink
I stayed at the Tuscany 12/23-25. I pretty much knew what to expect, and it lived up to my expectations. The property is what I would call "Middle America nice." They do not go for the whole Vegas glitz-and-glamour sort of thing. Sometimes I felt like I was in a nice, well-run resort in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That said, there is a market for that kind of product, and I think they serve that particular segment very well.

Check-in was quick and easy. It was nice to come to the Tuscany after spending the day on the strip and other places; it felt very relaxing. The room is big and nice. Everything is clean and well-landscaped. The pool was open in the winter, and heated, and there was a hot tub. The casino is very understated. It kind of reminds me of a Dotty's. There are none of the design elements that compel you to "gamble, gamble, gamble," like you would find at other properties. It is more like, "Hello, Sir, here is a casino. It exists, and you may play if you want to, but no pressure. Take your time." That said, while a relaxing aesthetic, it does make the casino feel dead at times. There is nobody whooping it up at the craps table or shouting at slot machines. It is certainly a different experience, but I wouldn't want to do much of my gambling there.

I was there on a three nights free offer with $25 in free play. The freeplay was already loaded into my card, so I played it off on 8/5 Bonus Poker (their best game) and made $23.50. My own gambling consisted of some play at $0.25 BP, some $10 single-deck blackjack, and $5 craps with 3x4x5x odds on every throw. I noticed that the craps game went down to $3 on day shifts and the odds changed to 5x. Pretty good gambling deal. The single-deck game was not open at all hours of the day. The dealers were adequate. On the last day, I switched to $.50 Bonus Poker and hit three quads, including two quad 4's, for a nice score and to make up most of my loses. On the weekends they have 10x points which actually makes the video poker positive for the player (albeit by a small 0.17% edge).

I was able to get a $12 comp to the Beachfront Cafe, and $20 in cashback. The booth also said I had $10 in comps which I had yet to redeem, but I saved them for next trip.

All-in-all, I think the Tuscany is a terrific value and is way underrated as a property. However, it is just too boring to spend a lot of time in. I would stay there again, but would make the effort to get out and visit other places.
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
JerryLogan
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December 26th, 2010 at 10:58:23 PM permalink
I feel the same way about Tuscany as you do. I'm impressed at your ability to play the freeplay and apparently quit when you are ahead. Whenever I have freeplay, and it is quite large at times, I rarely end up with anything and in fact dump even more into the machine even when I promise myself I'm not going to do that.
Doc
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December 27th, 2010 at 7:29:57 AM permalink
Quote: JerryLogan

... Whenever I have freeplay, and it is quite large at times, I rarely end up with anything and in fact dump even more into the machine even when I promise myself I'm not going to do that.


Jerry! You surprised me here. Just last night, in another thread, you said to me:
Quote: JerryLogan

I agree that I do Doc, and I believe it's because I am a much stronger-willed person than most people who go into a casino.


Let's apply some of that strong will to preserving your free-play and turning it into cash the next time you get the chance! As Yogi Berra said in that AFLAC commercial, "Cash is just as good as money."
;-)
FleaStiff
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December 27th, 2010 at 7:48:25 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

The casino is very understated. It kind of reminds me of a Dotty's. There are none of the design elements that compel you to "gamble, gamble, gamble," like you would find at other properties. It is more like, "Hello, Sir, here is a casino. It exists, and you may play if you want to, but no pressure. Take your time." That said, while a relaxing aesthetic, it does make the casino feel dead at times. There is nobody whooping it up at the craps table or shouting at slot machines. It is certainly a different experience, but I wouldn't want to do much of my gambling there.
All-in-all, I think the Tuscany is a terrific value and is way underrated as a property. However, it is just too boring to spend a lot of time in. I would stay there again, but would make the effort to get out and visit other places.

So I guess its more of an upscale and full-service Dotty's. A Dottys that has table games, a pool, a gift shop and a coffee shop.

Well, I guess that can be a welcome break at times. If I wanted Frat Rats, Sports Figures and Hollywood Starlets, I'd be at the Palms or Planet Hollywood. I think I'd look forward to a nice quiet sedate place where if you are drunk and obnoxious you get booted out. Oh maybe its too much of a morgue without some sort of vibrant activity but as you said: there is an elsewhere if you want it... and its not that long a walk to get there. Sometimes I can really enjoy a break from the loud music and loud drunks.
RogerKint
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August 12th, 2012 at 3:26:52 PM permalink
Stopped by Tuscany on Friday for 10x points. We took the Centennial Express bus from downtown which has a stop right near there. I played $1 Bonus Poker for a few hours and earned $100 cash back AND 100+ in comps. WHAT A DEAL!

We ate at Tuscany Gardens. My girlfriend had clam pasta and I had veal (I lust for baby cow flesh). The meal was great and the wine was good. We will definitely be going back.
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kewlj
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August 12th, 2012 at 3:32:55 PM permalink
For 2 and a half years, until I moved earlier this year, I lived in a highrise condo 50 yards away from Tuscany. Anytime I was out late at night, I would stop there for their $3.99 all-you-can-eat pancakes special from midnight til 6am. I love me some pancakes and Tuscany's are outstanding. Nothing better to soak up excess alcohol to avoid a morning hangover. :)
teddys
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August 12th, 2012 at 5:33:36 PM permalink
Quote: RogerKint

Stopped by Tuscany on Friday for 10x points. We took the Centennial Express bus from downtown which has a stop right near there. I played $1 Bonus Poker for a few hours and earned $100 cash back AND 100+ in comps. WHAT A DEAL!

We ate at Tuscany Gardens. My girlfriend had clam pasta and I had veal (I lust for baby cow flesh). The meal was great and the wine was good. We will definitely be going back.

Welcome to the wonder that is Tuscany. Try the Mexican restaurant and (as kewlj said) the excellent coffee shop.

Another good place to use your comp dollars is the gift shop where you can get premium cigars, some OK booze, and a surprisingly good clothes selection (as well as all the other normal gift shop stuff).
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
RogerKint
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August 13th, 2012 at 2:42:55 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

and a surprisingly good clothes selection



I've officially moved up from rocking thrift store gear to Tuscany gift shop gear!
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JW17
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August 13th, 2012 at 5:01:32 PM permalink
Quote: kewlj

For 2 and a half years, until I moved earlier this year, I lived in a highrise condo 50 yards away from Tuscany.



Kewlj, did you live in the Platinum?

That is my go to place.
JW17
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August 13th, 2012 at 5:05:32 PM permalink
I also forgot to say that the Tuscany is my go to place to gamble, can stumble home to the Platinum, and as others have said, great comps, they do both comp dollars for food, booze, clothes and they do a seperate tally for free play. Spending one doesnt effect the other.

AS for the food, my favorite is the cantina, I have not had one bad dish there. Marilyns is the place for cheap hangover breakfast and a drunken snack before eating.

As for the Tuscany Gardens I had it once a few years ago and it was horrible. After seeing the last couple of reviews I may have to try it again.

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