awakefield1983
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January 16th, 2014 at 3:32:19 PM permalink
My wife and I are taking a break from vegas this year and trying out Tahoe for a change a pace.

Just curious what everyone's thoughts were on the best hotel/casino to stay at or play at in Tahoe.

I'm more interested in the best gaming environment and my wife is more interested in nicer rooms/amenities/restaurants etc...

Look forward to your input and thoughts. :)
Tomspur
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:13:19 PM permalink
Quote: awakefield1983

My wife and I are taking a break from vegas this year and trying out Tahoe for a change a pace.

Just curious what everyone's thoughts were on the best hotel/casino to stay at or play at in Tahoe.

I'm more interested in the best gaming environment and my wife is more interested in nicer rooms/amenities/restaurants etc...

Look forward to your input and thoughts. :)



My wife and I were in South Lake Tahoe on the 18th and 19th December last year. We stayed at the Lakeside Inn which is about 1 mile away from the Stateline properties. I wouldn't reccomend this property but it served its purpose. It was clean enough but very small. The $14.95 steak and lobster dinner wasn't bad!
As for the casinos I would rank them in the following order:

1) Harrah's
2) Harvey's - Also a Harrah's property.
3) Montbleu
4) Horizons.....in fact don't even go here, it is a ghost town with only slots and a few electornic blackjack games. The place is a dump!!! It does have a movie theatre though!

I would probably suggest Harrah's even though you have to be a little careful with the gaming. Most lower limit tables are 6/5 Blackjack as well as Double on 8,9,10,11 only, DAS, Split aces once only, H17.
The best rules for Blackjack I found was at Lakeside Inn, H17, 3/2, Double any two, DAS, split aces once only. (Regular Vegas rules).
Harrah's have all the other games too, Roulette, 3CP, Let it Ride, Craps and I think I saw a 4 Card poker table too.
Harvey's has a poker room.
No idea what the rooms look like.

What i wish we had done was not stay on the NV side but rather stayed on the CA side. The hotels look nicer and the area is much cleaner and nicer. NV looks like downtown LV on a bad day.

Loads of skiers around (young CA hipsters).

Have a good time!
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treetopbuddy
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:26:10 PM permalink
Mate, you'll need to find one with a race book.....
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Beardgoat
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:42:19 PM permalink
I went to South Lake Tahoe 4 months ago. Harrahs and Harvey's are nice big properties with lots of slots and lots of different table game options. Also they have some good restaurants to eat it. Those are the best two places and it is not even close.

Montbleu also a good option and it is right next to harrahs. Not as big though, but decent. I didn't play much the night I stopped by because literally every table was packed full.

Lakeside inn I would skip. I went there and I wasn't impressed. This is definitely the locals place to stay, so to speak. I went on a Sunday afternoon and no open craps tables. There was 2 bj tables and nothing else. In my opinion stick with harrahs, Harvey's, & montbleu... With that being said I still wanted to check out lakeside inn because of all the local talk.

Here is the link to my trip report

http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/trip-reports/15177-lake-tahoe-mini-trip-report/
Tomspur
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:47:45 PM permalink
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Mate, you'll need to find one with a race book.....



I think there was one in either Harvey's or Harrah's but I very rarely bet on American racing unless it is the Kentucky Derby, Breeder's cup or another big race.
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treetopbuddy
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:50:49 PM permalink
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I think there was one in either Harvey's or Harrah's but I very rarely bet on American racing unless it is the Kentucky Derby, Breeder's cup or another big race.



Mate, betting on high end contentious races are the toughest to hit......bet the cheap claimers. That's were alot of cheating takes place and if you view the form with a jaded eye you can sometimes ferret out who's cheating.
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Tomspur
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:53:15 PM permalink
Quote: treetopbuddy

Mate, betting on high end contentious races are the toughest to hit......bet the cheap claimers. That's were alot of cheating takes place and if you view the form with a jaded eye you can sometimes ferret out who's cheating.



I try to delude myself into believing that the sport I love is clean as a whistle. The big races may be harder to hit but the payoffs are MUCH bigger than teh 5 horse fields that go to post almost every day everywhere.....

The industry is sick and close to deaths door....unfortunately but we love what we love.
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treetopbuddy
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January 16th, 2014 at 4:59:42 PM permalink
Quote: Tomspur

I try to delude myself into believing that the sport I love is clean as a whistle. The big races may be harder to hit but the payoffs are MUCH bigger than teh 5 horse fields that go to post almost every day everywhere.....

The industry is sick and close to deaths door....unfortunately but we love what we love.



Contentious deep fields are tough to get a handle on but your right the payoffs can be large.

The foal crop in Kentucky went from 35,000 horses in 2005 to approximately 23,000 2013. Lots of empty pastures out here.
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Tomspur
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January 16th, 2014 at 5:07:21 PM permalink
Witthe amount of closed race courses and tracks in trouble, I'm not really surprised. The breeders can't just pump out infinite numbers of horses when there are not enough buyers at their price points in order to make money.

Again, as with gaming, the only places that can indefinitely survive are the tracks in Hong kong (as with Macau) because of the sheer volumes of money that is traded on the parimutuels there.

Seems like the game is eating itself from the inside here......
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treetopbuddy
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January 16th, 2014 at 5:11:12 PM permalink
US horse sales are being propped up by international buyers.

I sold a yearling that went to Hong Kong and an other to Japan.
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