Casinos: What's Your Pleasure?
Whether slinging the slots or betting big at the Blackjack table, visitors who are feeling lucky have a plethora of gaming options to choose from at these casinos, ideal for high- and low- rollers alike.
One of Wisconsin's largest minority-owned and operated businesses, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is the only casino in Milwaukee and welcomes nearly 6 million guests each year. Your groups could try their hand at hundreds of slot machines—including new 4D machines—in denominations ranging from 1¢ to $1.00 and nearly 100 traditional table games on the casino floor. True to its roots, the casino is also home to a 1,350-seat bingo hall with some the nation's largest daily payouts. Guests could even play up to 180 cards electronically!
A complete entertainment destination, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino also offers those taking a break from the casino floor or bingo hall the opportunity to dine in one of seven restaurants, feel pampered in the Ember Salon & Spa, or catch a show in the 500-seat Northern Lights Theatre.
Located in the heart of beautiful Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort prides itself on being the cleanest, safest, friendliest and most fun casino in the region. Guests could sit down at popular slot games ranging from Buffalo Gold Collection to Wheel of Fortune—and even more, once Oaklawn's major 28,000-square-foot casino expansion is complete in late January 2020. Also adding to the experience is a luxury hotel, spa and event center, coming early 2021.
In addition to gaming, from late January through early May, Oaklawn offers one of the most prestigious race meets in the country, highlighted by the $1 million Arkansas Derby. Groups could grab a bite at the award-winning Silks Bar and Grill, where they could wager on the big games and catch free entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
With four locations throughout Michigan and Indiana, there's always an opportunity for groups to get lucky at Four Winds Casinos. At Four Winds New Buffalo, guests could find a variety of table games along with more than 2,400 slot machines, ranging from penny slots up to $100 machines. Four Winds South Bend features a 10-table live poker room and 1,400 of the latest games ranging from 1¢ to $25.
Four Winds New Buffalo takes dining seriously: When groups need to fuel up for their next round of gaming, they could look forward to dining on high-quality menu items like USDA prime 55-day dry-aged steak, succulent cold-water lobster and a choice of more than 450 wines. Hotel guests could also cool off in the Four Winds Pool.
Nonstop action is the name of the game at Resorts Atlantic City Casino. Nestled along the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey, the 80,016-square-foot casino offers groups an opportunity to strike it big on more than 70 table games like Texas Hold 'em Bonus, Blackjack, and Roulette, and 1,574 slot machines including multicoin video games, video poker, and classic reel machines.
For the more daring, the Hollywood Hills High Limit Slot Area is ideal. The semiprivate bilevel space features multidenominational machines ranging up to $100 slot machines. For those looking to have some beachy fun, the Margaritaville-themed gaming space features table games outside the 5 O'Clock Somewhere Casino Bar, paired with 160 themed slots situated right off the Boardwalk.
Hot streaks are often found on the 210,000-square-foot casino floor at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt Pleasant, Michigan, where games like bingo, poker, keno, slots, and traditional and specialized table games reign supreme. One of the first casino resorts in Michigan and built by the Saginaw Indian Tribe, Soaring Eagle got its start in the early 1980s. Today, groups could test their luck at the original Slot Palace, still located across the street from the resort.
Soaring Eagle hosts an average of 45 concerts each year, featuring nationally known artists like TOTO, and offers up 18 holes of golf on its Wabooz Run course down the road. Not often seen in a casino environment, Soaring Eagle's family-oriented amenities allow for groups with younger travelers to still get in on the fun.
Located on 185 acres along the banks of the Thames River in Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest gaming complexes in the world. Groups could choose between Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Sky, and Casino of the Wind for their gaming pleasure, and Race Book for live racing events and wagers. Are slot machines your speed? They have 5,000! Games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps and pai gow catch your attention? Pull up a chair at one of more than 300 tables. Guests could even game while enjoying nightlife destinations within the property, like novelle—a newly opened hip ultra-lounge.
Mohegan Sun recently opened country and Western-themed Comix Roadhouse and GAME ON, which offers bowling, pool, darts, nostalgic and modern arcade games, and a karaoke room—perfect for groups seeking fun of all kinds.
Known as the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, is a high-energy thrill for gaming. Groups with their eye on the major leagues will feel right at home at TAP Book Bar & Bistreaux, Mississippi's full-service sports betting and entertainment destination. Whether guests are new to the game or have been playing for years, the Poker Room at Beau Rivage is the perfect place to test your skills. Those seeking top tier service will appreciate the High Limit Lounge, where exhilarating high-stakes action and personalized care meet.
Beau Rivage offers groups live entertainment in its 1,550-seat theater, an upscale shopping promenade featuring the region's first Topgolf Swing Suite and Black Clover Lounge, a world-class spa and salon, and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course.
Over 1,400 gaming machines and 60,000 square feet of casino floor await groups at Coeur d' Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. From bingo and keno to video games like Clinko Winners Wall to Ghostbusters, guests will find more than 480 different game themes and titles to keep things fresh while winning big.
When groups are taking a break from hitting it big, they could dine at an award-winning restaurant, celebrate the seasons with a spa treatment, or take advantage of the casino's cultural tours to learn about the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and their rich traditions.
Have a gambling problem? Call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 800.522.4700. or get help online at ncpgambling.org/chat.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.
This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Groups Today.
Photo courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort.