FinsRule
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February 15th, 2011 at 9:15:08 PM permalink
I'm staying at Harvey's next month. Anyone been to Harvey's or Harrah's and have any experiences/recommendations they'd like to share? Thanks!
mkl654321
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February 15th, 2011 at 9:29:06 PM permalink
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I'm staying at Harvey's next month. Anyone been to Harvey's or Harrah's and have any experiences/recommendations they'd like to share? Thanks!



1. Pretty high-priced everything, but the good news is that the time between the end of ski season and the start of summer is very slow. Don't eat in the casinos, with the exception of possibly the Harrah's buffet. It's really only a good experience if you have a Diamond card, though--they'll let you jump the line, and give you one of the tables with a view (and a killer view it is). Harrah's has a restaurant on the same (19th) floor with an even better view, but it's a bottomless money pit. Don't eat at any of the coffee shops--the one in Harvey's is terrible, and the American River Cafe in Harrah's basement is overpriced and the service is awful.

2. South Lake Tahoe, the town in California just across the border, has the most dining options. There are a couple of large grocery stores just a few blocks away.

3. Assuming you have a car, definitely drive around the lake. Barring a late season snowstorm, the road should be open all the way around. Definitely stop and walk around at the Emerald Bay viewpoint. If you're feeling energetic, take the 1-mile hike to Eagle Falls, which will be flowing strong that time of year. Also consider taking the drive out to Fallen Leaf Lake from Camp Richardson on the southwest shore.

4. The drive up to Mount Rose is spectacular, with fantastic views back down to the lake.

5. The gambling at every Tahoe casino sucks, but Harvey's dealers, at least, are pretty friendly, and the table minimums tend to be low if it's not the weekend. Harvey's also has low-buyin blackjack, pai gow, etc. tournaments during the week.

6. If you've never been to Tahoe before, you just might find yourself spending all of your time driving around and looking at the scenery. It's almost a crime to be in a beautiful place like that and spend any time gambling.

7. If there's still snow on the ground, drive south on Hwy 89 over Luther Pass to Hope Valley. There may even be enough snow left to go cross-coutry skiiing (and you can also do that from the Mt. Rose Highway).
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February 15th, 2011 at 9:41:19 PM permalink
Thanks! It's going to be a light gambling trip, and more relaxing / a little bit of a nature. We will have a car, I hadn't really thought of driving around that much, but it sounds real nice. Thanks again.
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February 15th, 2011 at 9:45:37 PM permalink
March is a great time to go. Lake Tahoe is beautiful any time of year, but it's especially magnificent when there is snow on the ground. I've stayed at both Harvey's and Harrah's Tahoe. The rooms at Harrah's are bigger, but probably not worth the extra money. Try and get a room facing the Lake-- the views are wonderful.

There are two gambling districts in Lake Tahoe: North and South. South Tahoe has bigger casinos, but both of these districts are small by Vegas standards. Since Harrah's owns 2 of the 5 casinos in South Tahoe, they really dominate the market. (Although personally, I prefer gambling at Montbleu.) The nicest hotel on the Nevada side is the Hyatt. The Hyatt has a casino, but it's TINY.

I don't know if the purpose of your trip is exclusively to gamble, but try and set aside some time to enjoy the outdoors (downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing are your main options.) If you have any interest in mafia history, be sure to take the Frank Sinatra Tunnel Tour at the Cal-Neva Resort in North Tahoe.

Have fun!
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February 15th, 2011 at 9:51:31 PM permalink
My wife is pregnant, so I don't want to expose her to too much second hand smoke. How bad is the smoking over there?

So, besides sitting in the sportsbook for some NCAA tournament games (which I read is the only smokefree sportsbook in Nevada), we'll probably only spend about an hour a day at the casino. (I hear Montbleu has my favorite game of all time - Sigma Derby).

So with the whole baby thing, skiing is ruled out. But walking/driving around and seeing beautiful sights during the day is definitely in. I'll have to look into the Sinatra thing, she might really enjoy that. Thanks!
NicksGamingStuff
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February 15th, 2011 at 10:42:11 PM permalink
Lakeside Inn down the road pays 3:2 on all their bj, $10 min for single $5 for double deck, they rate odds on craps, video poker is terrible! 6/5 on job!
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February 16th, 2011 at 12:39:35 AM permalink
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My wife is pregnant, so I don't want to expose her to too much second hand smoke. How bad is the smoking over there?

So, besides sitting in the sportsbook for some NCAA tournament games (which I read is the only smokefree sportsbook in Nevada), we'll probably only spend about an hour a day at the casino. (I hear Montbleu has my favorite game of all time - Sigma Derby).

So with the whole baby thing, skiing is ruled out. But walking/driving around and seeing beautiful sights during the day is definitely in. I'll have to look into the Sinatra thing, she might really enjoy that. Thanks!



Smoke isn't much of a problem, as most of the customers come from California, where there's an indoor smoking ban: it seems like most of the smokers have moved elsewhere. And if you eat in South Lake Tahoe, there won't be any smokers in the restaurants.

One thing I forgot to mention: the various lake cruises. You get a perspective you can't get any other way, and the dinner/twilight cruise is very very cool...you would score major wife points.
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February 16th, 2011 at 12:41:24 AM permalink
I go to Tahoe a couple times a year (meaning I stay in Tahoe and not Reno). I have found it surprisingly easy to get comped at the Harrah's properties there on weeknights and lower-peak weekends. Great dealers at Harvey's, a little less so at Harrah's -- I think dealers work one place or the other but not both. Montbleu is a little lower-brow than either, lots of young kids playing the table minimums. I really only play there to take a break from Harrah's properties. Lakeside is 10x odds on craps, Montbleu and the Harrahs are 345, northshore casinos are (ick!) double odds. Expect $5-10 minimums on BJ and craps at the Harrahs on weekdays and $10 on weekends (occasionally higher when busy).

There is an underground passageway between the Harvey's and Harrah's, which I didn't know about the first few times I was there. Beats dealing with traffic.

Don't go to North Tahoe to gamble, although if you're there the Hyatt is worth checking out.

Good breakfast place on the south shore is the Red Hut. There are two Red Huts now, the old classic place a few miles into California and a newer one in one of the shopping centers near the state line. I would suggest the older one, haven't been in the newer one.

I hike a lot in summer and fall, but I think the drive around the lake is kind of overrated. A more interesting drive IMO, and far less crowded, is down Highway 89 and 88 to Carson Pass. Down Highway 4 there's the Grover Hot Springs State Park, which I found worthwhile. Don't speed anywhere around the lake by more than 5 mph or so. Place is crawling with cops.
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March 10th, 2011 at 3:42:47 PM permalink
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Lakeside Inn down the road pays 3:2 on all their bj, $10 min for single $5 for double deck, they rate odds on craps, video poker is terrible! 6/5 on job!


Ahh ha, that's how I scored 2 free nigths over the 4th of July last year..I was playing $5 craps with $50 odds...
Gambling calls to me...like this ~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nap37mNSmQ
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March 10th, 2011 at 4:05:05 PM permalink
Here is the names of the resorts in the Tahoe area (with square footage of the casino). Clearly Harvey's is the largest of the eight, but you may want to check out Montbleu. One of them called Bill's has since closed and been replaced with a strip club.

South Tahoe has been losing money like crazy since the recession. People seem to be gambling at Sacramento instead.

The four resort in South Lake Tahoe are:
HARVEYS RESORT HOTEL/CASINO 89,244
MONTBLEU 45,000
LAKESIDE INN 17,852
LAKE TAHOE HORIZON CASINO RESORT 29,689 (slots only)

The four resort in North Lake Tahoe are:
GRAND LODGE CASINO 18,900
CRYSTAL BAY CLUB CASINO 14,020
TAHOE BILTMORE LODGE 10,480
JIM KELLEY'S TAHOE NUGGET 3,000 (slots only)

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