CASINOS TO VISIT

 

The casinos of the southwest are some of the most exciting. William Prevetti reports on and recommends the following casinos to visit in the sunny southwest.

 

New Mexico

 

BUFFALO THUNDER & CITIES OF GOLD …..

 


What was it Brigham Young said when he first saw that wide expanse of Utah, "This is the Place." Well partner, more than a few thousand people have murmured those exact words when they first behold, the pride of Pojoaque Pueblo's Buffalo Thunder & Resort. The curb appeal from the Old Taos Highway is eye-blinking, jaw-dropping, and any and all old bromides you may conjure. The layout itself is a marvel: You can enter the casino two ways, come in through the casino's front doors. That's easy, just follow the signs after exiting the highway. But that's not exciting---do what so many first timers are urged to do, come in from the hotel entrance, the Hilton Hotel we might add, close to 400 rooms. Once in, walk past the registration desk and proceed onto the promenade taking you past shops of exotic Native American art work---including massive statutes that dot the center of the walkway. Peer into shop-fronts plump with displays of summer wear, fall and winter. Fashionable leathers and suedes, leggings to boots to smart shoe ware. A wine shop. a chocolatier, and restaurants to satisfy each and every palate. And we haven't been to the casino as yet-----slots galore, table games for all, plus a plush, soft and quiet poker room with daily tournaments and cash prizes for killer hands. And to put a cheery on top, a smart, 21st century race book. If you're a horse player, you are home. Action offered on tracks all over the planet. A wall----a pure wall---of monitors to catch the race at the track of your choosing. So, what are you waiting for? They're waiting for you at Buffalo Thunder. US 84-285 15 minutes north of Santa Fe.

 

Visit website:  Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

 

 

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO …

 


Ten minutes south of downtown Albuquerque, Isleta Pueblo's Resort & Casino dots all the I's and crosses all the T's, when describing what we think of as a complete resort---a true destination center. Looking at the complex from the air it appears to be set on three levels: The hotel and casino on the 'high' level, the golf course the next level down, and the lakes and RV center on what would be considered the 'ground' level. It's pretty impressive. There is a lake stocked with either trout or catfish, depending on the time of year---and visitors are invited to go catch a string of the elusive swimmers. The area also features an RV center with all the latest hookups. And a convenience store is on the property as well. Up the hill a bit, is Isleta's 27 hole golf course, which by the way, spans both sides of the state highway that divides the resort….this is a pretty, fun course to play; not hard but hard enough. To the upper level of the landscape set the Casino, Hotel and Spa. The hotel still has the feel, the sense of "newness," and no matter where in the hotel one stays, the guest is still steps away from the action---the casino, restaurants or Spa. The Spa is, in a word, spectacular---go, enjoy it, and tell us if we were spinning a yarn. The casino is a kick: besides 1700 of the latest in slots, there's a sprinkling of slots machines that replicate table games. Imagine shooting Craps at a slot, or Roulette, or Blackjack. Or try your luck on the casino's Big Wheel, the return of one of the oldest games in Casino-ville. It's all waiting for the traveler, or the local at Isleta Casino-Resort, south of downtown Albuquerque on Interstate 25, to the 215 off-ramp then onto State 47, slip around the curve and there you are. Eureka!

 

Visit website:   Isleta Resort & Casino



ROUTE 66 HOTEL CASINO …

 


With no apologies needed, U.S. Highway 66 would not have become famous if not for two incidents: The catastrophic Dust Bowl storms, coupled with the country's back breaking Depression of the 1930s. Americans by the tens of thousands fled those afflicted plains states. The other incident is the arrival of songwriter Bobby Troup to Los Angeles, and its music scene. Troup came west on 66 out of Chicago. Along the way he wrote the song, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." When he arrived in L.A. among the first things he did was to give the song to Nat "King" Cole and the rest, as they say, is history. History in the world of American music. The song helped catapult Cole into a national treasure. It brought instant notoriety (and ready cash) To Troup. And for the highway, it became a legend that lives on—and on. It is good to know Route 66 Hotel-Casino parallels, sits alongside the old Mother Road. One inside the casino the first thing noticed is the million dollar carpet that takes the patron on a trip through all of Route 66….just state on the highway and enjoy the trek. Visit the souvenir laden gift shop; stop for a Guinness in the Irish Pub; lunch or dinner in the award winning Buffet 66 (be ready to be impressed.) There's a cantina & steakhouse branded "Thunder Road" complete with a bootlegger's car coming through a wall, all under the piercing eye of a state trooper huddled in his car perched high above the cantina. Wait, there's more: a lively, jumping, rocking night club ENVY, plus a 2,800 seat, Legends Theatre. Let's not forget the hotel, smart, modern, quiet and still on top of the action. The casino holding over 1,600 slots, two dozen table games, a slick and quiet poker room, a spacious bingo hall and a cool circular cocktail lounge that overlooks most all the action…………so, what are we waiting for let's go…Route 66 Hotel-Casino, 20 minutes west of downtown Albuquerque on Interstate 40….

 

Visit website:  Route 66 Casino Hotel

 

 

SANDIA RESORT & CASINO …..

 

 

Ambiance ---that word is tossed about like a Frisbee at a dog show.

 

What about welcome and warmth and enjoyment---- words that get inside you and say, "Everything's gonna be alright…everything's going to be fun.

 

" We don't know who did it, but the folks who hammer and nailed Sandia together threw all those words into a blender and came out with a casino, a resort, misting an aura of fun and excitement throughout it's Casino, it's Hotel, it's Spa and Golf Club.

 

Talk about curb-appeal----it's all curb appeal.

 

It's all wow: a 2,000 plus slot floor; over a dozen table games, and yes, there's mini-baccarat. the state's largest poker room. Live Keno, plus live, twice a day Bingo.

 

Sandia's hotel amenities are 21st century in tech savvy—keeping the guest in touch with the outside world, (If they so choose.)

 

Comfort comes first----swimming, exercising, oh wait---The Spa. Sandia's Spa "The Green Reed."

 

There are people who refuse to leave……this center of pleasures, transforms a person….."from a princess to a queen…" And man must eat and drink…. and come to Sandia's penthouse restaurant, perched atop the hotel.

 

A menu that changes with the seasons, dining with a view, see all the way to Malibu. Is it any wonder Sandia's the Fun Center in all of New Mexico.

 

Sandia Resort & Casino, at the north end of Albuquerque’s city limits, Interstate 25 and Tramway Road.


Visit website:  Sandia Resort and Casino

 

 

CASINO HOLLYWOOD…

 


Some people don't want a casino in their backyard. Some folks don't mind a 20 minute, or half-hour ride, to sit and play the slots, or slug it out with a six deck shoe trying to knock a blackjack dealer out of the box. And to hear the guys and gals who frequent San Felipe Pueblo's Casino, "Bigger ain't always best." Laid back action, is a pretty good picture of what goes on at this gaming-stop half way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Check out the check list: Almost 600 slot machines; Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, and a sprinkling of the latest in table games. Include San Felipe in the game when it comes to serving very good meals, namely their Red Carpet Buffet. Eat like a king or queen for less than a ten dollar bill. The biggest arrow in the casino's quiver just might be its entertainment commitment. The casino houses the "Celebrity Showroom" which seats---comfortably---up to 1,000 patrons. The goal here is to have something going on, "as often as possible." It's working, tribute bands love working the room, and the casino loves booking them. San Felipe Casino is on I-25 about 25 minutes north of the Big-I, the interchange in downtown Albuquerque.

 

Visit website:  San Felipe Casino Hollywood

 

 

 

THE INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS ....

 

This is truly a one-stop casino-resort. What’s your pleasure, The Inn satisfies it.  Golf, fishing, hunting, skiing, skeet shooting --- oh, there is also a snappy casino and state of the art hotel.  For meat eaters they’ve a restaurant-lounge that serves up the hunter’s delight.


Try it ---- you ‘ll like it.

 

Visit website: The Inn of the Mountain Gods


 

 

Guarantees

 

IT WAS THE ERMA BOMBECK WHO ONCE WROTE ABOUT GUARANTEES ….

 

GUARANTEES IN MARRIAGES.

 

THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES IN MARRIAGE SAID BOMBECK.

 

YOU WANT A GUARANTEE GO BUY A CAR BATTERY.

 

AND TOO THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES IN

LIFE----OR IN GAMBLING.

 

WHAT WE OFFER ARE AIDES, METHODS

TO HELP YOU GET TO THE PLUS SIDE OF THE LEDGER.

 

FIND A GAME YOU LIKE, THEN GET REAL GOOD AT IT.