Kepper
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March 14th, 2011 at 12:49:14 PM permalink
Spent the last three days visiting Seneca Niagara amd thought I would give some feedback.

Rooms were very expensive compared to LV. My weekend stay (Friday and Saturday) cost $500. Fortunately when I made the reservation there was a new employee who mistakenly gave me a $200 resort credit. The shift manager had no problem in honoring it, so it worked out. The room was a corner room with a jacuzzi tub, floor to ceiling windows, a love seat, ez chair, and table. The views would be spectacular if the town was a little nicer to look at. Although the Canadian side of the falls is nicely lit at night, so the evening view was nice. The rooms themselve were very nice, but the bed was just average. I cannot complain about the room price, as they were sold out both nights. Supply and demand I guess.

The buffet was average. If I was in Vegas I would compare it to Harrah's. Good selection, good service, but average food.

For lunch on saturday I ate at Blue's Burger. Probably the best food value in the casino. The burger was $8, but was large and very tasty. You can also build the burger the way you want it with plenty of options to suit everyone.

Dinner Saturday was at the upscale Asian resturaunt, KOI. Wide variety of asian inspired dishes. I was impressed with the service as well as the quality of the meal. Not you typical neighborhood take out.

Now for the important part.... the casino.

There is smoking at Seneca Niagara and it is noticable. Not overpowering as some have said, but that is only my opinion. It is good size casino, not MGM large but definatley larger than anything on Freemont and the older strip properties. On Saturday night the were probably 50 tables open at peak. The tables were 00 roulette, craps, Carribean Stud, Let it RIde, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Spanish 21, and Blackjack.

Of those games I played Spanish, BJ, and 3 card poker as well as some VP.

The Spanish 21 was typical rules, with the house staying on all 17's. Minimum bet $10. ($15 Saturday night)

3 Card Poker was not a good option for hole carding. Every dealer I saw slid the cut card under their cards before removing them from the shuffler. Again the min. was $10 up t0 $15 primetime.

There were 2 formats for BJ. The first was an 8 deck shoe. Dealer hits on soft 17. Cut card was approx. 4 decks in. There was almost always a $10 table except for 3 or 4 hours on Sturday night.

I did not play craps, but the minimums were almost always $10. I did not see what odds were offered.

The second BJ game was the continuous shuffler. The dealer did not hit soft 17 on this table. $10 up to $15 minimums.

VP was typically 8/5. However I was sitting at the bar playing to kill some time and noticed that on Joker Poker the paytable was better at the bar than on the floor. I meant to check the JoB, but forgot. The bar Joker game payed 1:1 on Aces or better were on the floor 2 pairs or better paid. I also found that if your playing for free drinks you will get comped full size beer at the bar ond a puny 8 oz. on the floor.

Over all I had a great time. e.g. I took money home. Most of the dealers and pit personel were very friendly. The only downsides was the slight smoke background and the not so beautiful area that the casino is located in.


Hope this was useful,
Nate
DJTeddyBear
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March 14th, 2011 at 1:19:51 PM permalink
Great report.


Quote: Kepper

Over all I had a great time. e.g. I took money home.

Is that another way of saying you lost, but not all of it?

(Sometimes I think gamblers, when talking about how they did, are the greatest spin-doctors on the planet!)
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March 14th, 2011 at 1:26:03 PM permalink
I've been to this casino only once. I walked in, saw the giant, thick, grey cloud of cigarette smoke and walked right out! This was 5 years or so ago.

For those who detest high smoke levels, you can cross over the falls to the Canadian side where smoking is illegal in the casinos. However, the slot returns/video poker/rules and pay tables tend to be as bad or worse and the minimums are usually higher.
Kepper
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March 14th, 2011 at 2:27:59 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear



Is that another way of saying you lost, but not all of it?

(Sometimes I think gamblers, when talking about how they did, are the greatest spin-doctors on the planet!)



OK, I'll give the breakdown.

I went with $400 cash. On friday I lost $100 playing Spanish 21. I the went to the shoe dealt BJ and lost $150. I then went to lick my wounds and sat down next to my wife at a slot machine. After awhile I got board and put $50 in the dollar machine and hit for $100. Went to dinner and came back Friday night and played BJ till until midnight losing another $50. Went to bed down $300.

Couldn't sleep well so I got up at 6 a.m. grabbed a cup of coffee. On my way back through the casino there was a 3 card poker table with three guys having a good time, so I pulled up next to them and bought in. Bet the $10 ante and was feeling lucky so I went against judgement and put $5 on the pair plus. Played 5 hands, won 4, including 2 flushes. Colored up (+$100) and went to the BJ table. I decided to play the continuos shuffle game since the dealer stands on soft 17 and I don't count anyway. Put down a black chip and proceeded to double up (+$100). Decided to go find breakfast with a little more hop in my step. Passed a 3 reel quarter machine, had a moment of weakness and threw in a $20. Damn if I didn't hit this one too. Cashed out (+$50). Breakfast tastes better when your back!

Spent the rest of the A.M. and afternoon braving the weather to view the falls. Weather sucked, but the falls do look cool with all the ice.

After a nap back to the casino for a while. Place was getting really busy as evening drew near, so I played some VP at the bar to get some cheap beverages. Played about even. Went to dinner with the wife, she was tired and went to bed and I hit the tables. Played $10 BJ for a while until they raised the tables to $15. When I needed a break at about 11:00 I was up another $200. Sat at the bar for awhile and went back. When I left the tables at 1:30 I had $930 in chips andno cash.

So in summary I went with $400 and left with $930.

When I loose I don't spin it. That is a bad habit to get into. I can loose and still have fun (sort of!), I don't need to spin it.
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March 14th, 2011 at 3:53:38 PM permalink
Quote: cardshark

I've been to this casino only once. I walked in, saw the giant, thick, grey cloud of cigarette smoke and walked right out! This was 5 years or so ago.



That seems to be a major attraction of this casino, among the last public places in NY where one can smoke. I have to wonder how many former bingo players now feed the slots so they can smoke while they play. I also wonder if they sell no-tax smokes there?
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March 14th, 2011 at 3:54:28 PM permalink
I have been to Seneca Niagara casino many times and would like to add some information. In addition to the games you listed, they have mini and midi baccarat, Texas hold'em bonus and pia gow poker. They do have a small non-smoking section with 8 tables (blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker and let it ride).

I don't now how you counted the tables but on Saturday nights there usually around 90 tables open.

The dealer you played with on the 8 deck shoe must have made a mistake because on all blackjack tables the dealer must stand on soft 17.

For craps the odds are 3,4,5 on $10 and $15 dollar tables and 5x odds on the $25 table.

There is a single 0 roulette table in the high limit room but it isn't open too often.

In the high limit room the blackjack is 6 decks dealt from a shoe.
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Kepper
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March 14th, 2011 at 4:15:33 PM permalink
Quote: Fleaswatter

I have been to Seneca Niagara casino many times and would like to add some information. In addition to the games you listed, they have mini and midi baccarat, Texas hold'em bonus and pia gow poker. They do have a small non-smoking section with 8 tables (blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker and let it ride).

I don't now how you counted the tables but on Saturday nights there usually around 90 tables open.

The dealer you played with on the 8 deck shoe must have made a mistake because on all blackjack tables the dealer must stand on soft 17.

For craps the odds are 3,4,5 on $10 and $15 dollar tables and 5x odds on the $25 table.

There is a single 0 roulette table in the high limit room but it isn't open too often.

In the high limit room the blackjack is 6 decks dealt from a shoe.



You may be right on the BJ shoe. I was getting killed and didn't stay too long on that table. I don't think I saw a soft 17 and my memory must have slipped.

As far as the tables, that was an estimate. I did not walk and count every one. There were about 20 tables (+2 tubs) in the center section as well as 3 or four roullette tables not being used. I also did not count any of the high roller tables as they don't really apply to me :(
JIMMYFOCKER
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March 14th, 2011 at 4:20:08 PM permalink
They once had full pay PK UM video poker which was worth a nice daily paycheck.
dwheatley
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March 14th, 2011 at 6:04:38 PM permalink
Seneca Niagara also has a large poker room, with around 16 tables. They spread limit and no limit holdem, and will get an omaha game going on the weekend. Last time I played omaha there it was hi/lo 3/6 limit with a kill.

Poker room is no smoking, thank goodness. The main floor is smoking, but the ceilings are like 50 feet high, so although it's really smokey, it's bearable.

I thought they also had texas holdem bonus.
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March 17th, 2011 at 7:54:59 AM permalink
Niagara Falls, New York is in a "economically depressed" area. Lot's of boarded up restaurants and stores. Has been for years. Casino has done nothing to improve it. I go through "that part of town" on my way to the Canadian side for the Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. My point being, if you don't leave Seneca Niagara Casino then you're OK (if you liked the review). BUT, if you want nite life and lots of other things to do you should go to the Canadian side (you can walk from Seneca Niagara). US side view of Niagara Falls sucks. There are no restaurants, entertainment or sites on New York side worth leaving the casino for. You now need a passport to go over to Canada. So if you are looking for other fun and entertainment BRING A PASSPORT!!!!

Disclaimer: I don't gamble in NY state because all casino's (that include table games) are owned by indian tribes. I have no problem with indians or their claims. Problem is, it's been going on for 40 years! Not a week goes by (in my county) that a protest doesn't take place, a lawsuit isn't filed or politician doesn't lie about their concern. Well I guess they always lie so nothing new there. All I want is an end to it all. Give them half the state if they want. Just end the endless lawsuits and court battles. Politicians don't have the backbone for it though. It's a HUGE money makers for law firms. I don't go to indian casinos in NY and I don't vote for incumbents!!

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