DJTeddyBear
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June 22nd, 2018 at 8:19:18 AM permalink
In the thread about Resorts World Catskills, TumblingBones had a reply to my review that really got my thoughts going.
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Doesn't sound like it's worth a special trip.

While I tend to agree with that assessment, it also makes me wonder: What痴 so special about ANY casino?




So what's your favorite casino, and what makes it so special? I mean, to a certain extent, the casino part of casino resorts are all the same. Oh, sure, there are differences in size, number and types of games and slots available, minimum bets, etc. Hell, even silly things like the carpeting can make one casino stand out over another. But does any of that make any casino special?


For example, it's easy to say something like the Bellagio Fountains are your favorite thing in Vegas, but does that make the Bellagio your favorite casino? Doubtful. Favorite resort, perhaps, but favorite casino? I'm guessing that if Bellagio is your favorite casino, the fountains are only a small part of that.

Maybe your favorite casino is the one where you won big on your first visit. Fair enough. Or maybe it's one where you seem to win every time. Can't argue with that either.


I've been going to Vegas at least twice a year for about 8 years. People ask me what my favorite casino is. Amazingly, I really can't answer. There is no specific casino in Vegas that stands out. No specific casino resort either. At least not for me.

So when you read a review, what grabs your attention and causes you to consider making a stop at that casino, or decide a stop is not necessary?


I recently cataloged my chip collection. Not counting those that I know have closed or been renamed, I have chips from 82 different active casinos. Of those, I can only think of one that really stands out as a favorite of mine.


Mohegan Sun CT.

Of course, part of why I love it so much is because I'm really not that turned on by Foxwoods, and it's hard not to compare and contrast the two. You can read more about that in my thread comparing them. And since they're so close to each other, but 130 miles from home, a trip to one usually includes a visit to the other.

I know I've mentioned some of these things in that thread, but MS really makes me stop, look around, and love the place.



The design REALLY makes it look like what I think an Indian resort should look like. "Trees" which are obviously not real, made from lumber, but curved the way a real tree would bend, 'leaf' canopies made from beads that hide the MS logo within. Plus, except where a floor meets a wall, there are hardly any right angles.

A great variety of restaurants, specifically Michael Jordan's Steak House and Sports Bar. While they have very different menus, the one common item is their Bleu Cheese Fondue with Garlic Bread. Yeah, it's so good that it helps make Mohegan Sun my favorite casino.

Lastly, step outside of Michael Jordan's, which is on the second floor, and step up to the railing. This is the view. How can a craps player not love this spot?


Anyway, that's my favorite casino.

What's yours, and why?
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FleaStiff
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June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32:48 AM permalink
My favorite casino is constantly changing because the reasons (and my luck) constantly changes.

I loathed the general atmosphere of the old Terribbles in Vegas, but their comps were generous and immediate and a toothbrush there was 99 cents whereas at the Venetian a tooth brush was eight dollars. Truth be told though absolutely nothing makes up for the crowds of noisy drunks and the feeling that neither your wallet nor your companion are safe.

I like the atmosphere of the Venetian and its safety, its skilled dealers, etc. but its an expensive place with terrible slot payback rates.

The Fig Tree Oil at the M is wonderful but who wants to go from the Strip to half-way to California to get there? Okay, okay.... its only eight miles as the crow flies but I've never traveled by crow.

Sam's Town, is real nice but its for the older locals though once you go to Laughlin you will NEVER call Sams Town Geezersville again.

It was eons ago that I went to The Palace in Biloxi but it was nice air conditioning and the friendliest, most helpful personnel ever. real attentive craps dealers too. I like the no smoking policy there. Everything may have changed in the interim though. Boomtown in Biloxi seemed real nice but it was utterly deserted when I went there eons ago and I just never went back despite the attractive décor and bargains in food and shuttles .

Mainly of course we like the casinos where we have won money.

Now that I have mobility problems I guess I love casinos that are close by even though I would normally not even want to go to a Seminole owned and operated joint at all.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 10:07:54 AM permalink
I'm going to say the aviation club in Paris, now closed for money laundering.

It think it evolved from an old gentleman's club. You still had to dress somewhat nice. (Nicer than for a vegas wedding evidently) they had wood panel walls and leather chairs fancy paintins and a library.

You could sit around playing backgammon or gin or some similar card game if you liked. Or you could play poker or bj. Maybe some carnie games.

No mongo machines. No horrible pop music blaring. No noise.

The restaurant was easily the best bargain I found there. 30 euro bux. No menu. Just tell the waiter what you liked and get a fancy 4 course meal with house wine in a lovely restaurant.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 10:10:21 AM permalink
My favorite casino by far is Main Street Station for the following reasons:

1) the scratch cards on a four of a kind for video poker makes the return slightly higher than the same game at another casino
2) all the dealers and cocktail waitresses know me, so when I go, I'm greeted by name by everyone. It makes it feel more homey and friendly.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 10:28:56 AM permalink
Ditto on Main Street Station. I'm in that sometimes frowned on 60+ age group, but I enjoy the more laid back atmosphere. Could not agree more on your comment about the employees. My wife and I are also on first name basis with many and we visit maybe 5 or 6 times a year from out of state. If you notice the employee name tag you will see they all have the year that employee started. Many have 20+ years of service. Usually a sign of a good company and good management.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 11:19:15 AM permalink
I may be mocked for this, but I really enjoy the El Cortez. It is small, cheap, and I like the music they play. I have never had a bad experience there.

I went to the Cal for the first time on my last trip and really dug the vibe there. Laid back Hawaiians made for a fun craps table.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 1:46:45 PM permalink
My current favorite casino is Harrah's Las Vegas because they have a regular Tile game with awesome dealers.

EDIT: I guess overall though I really like the obscenely fancy and grandiose casinos like Caesar's and Bellagio. So maybe there's a three-way tie.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 3:12:52 PM permalink
My current favorite is the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, FL. I just love the overall resort feel of the property. Service has also always been on point and they've always been awesome comp-wise. A close second would be Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, followed by Turning Stone in Verona, NY. I do find it weird that my top 3 are Native American run properties.

I have a good feeling the two properties in AC opening will become favorites...and being much closer to home will be nice.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 5:13:21 PM permalink
My favorite Casino is Gulfstream Park Casino. It's convenient for me to get there and they have a lot of my favorite games such as Lotus Flower , Wild Wolf, Wolf Run, and Coyote Moon. And they let you bring tote bags with you. And they have double Casinos in one building. But I am also favoring Casino Miami. I get a lot of good sessions there and they have Lotus Flower, CATS, Coyote Moon, Secrets Of The Forest. I don't like their "No bags allowed," rule since I have to leave my tote bag outside. I had someone take my tote bag that was filled with candy I really wanted to eat when I left it outside. Drats. I should have known better than to just leave it under an outside bench and hope no one would take it. I now hide my tote bag in the bushes which is where the tote bag should have been hidden in the first place.
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June 22nd, 2018 at 5:15:36 PM permalink
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My favorite Casino is Gulfstream Park Casino. It's convenient for me to get there and they have a lot of my favorite games such as Lotus Flower , Wild Wolf, Wolf Run, and Coyote Moon. And they let you bring tote bags with you. And they have double Casinos in one building. But I am also favoring Casino Miami. I get a lot of good sessions there and they have Lotus Flower, CATS, Coyote Moon, Secrets Of The Forest. I don't like their "No bags allowed," rule since I have to leave my tote bag outside. I had someone take my tote bag that was filled with candy I really wanted to eat when I left it outside. Drats. I should have known better than to just leave it under an outside bench and hope no one would take it. I now hide my tote bag in the bushes which is where the tote bag should have been hidden in the first place.



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