Coushatta Casino Resort receives coveted Loose Slots Certification from Strictly Slots magazine
By Sean Chaffin
Step into a world of glitz, gaming, and Southern hospitality at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana. From slots to table games to championship golf, this property has something for everyone—including some of the loosest slots in the region.
So loose, in fact, that the property recently received the Loose Slots Certification by Strictly Slots magazine, the only property certified in the region. “Coushatta Casino Resort has always been dedicated to providing the best for its players,” said Strictly Slots editor J. Phillip Vogel. “Players—especially our readers— are savvy about the games they play and how they use their bankroll. We’re proud to work with casinos like Coushatta that go above and beyond to offer their players the most for their gambling budget. By certifying their slots through our program, they are making a clear statement to players.”
Knowledgeable players can often figure out the game’s payback just by looking at the payout schedule—such as with games like video poker. But when a casino uses Strictly Slots to certify its slot machines, they are making a conscious effort to give information directly to their players that they would not be able to obtain from any other source. “And slot players know if we certify the machines, they can trust the advertised payouts,” said Vogel.
This elegant casino destination, owned by the Coushatta Indian tribe, features 100,000 square feet of casino space with 2,800 machines for slots enthusiasts. The casino offers a cool vibe with one of the only smoke-free casinos in the region.
Grab your lucky charm and check out your lucky slot—with bonus jackpots and progressive games and lump sum progressives with exciting payouts. The slots area features more than 1,100 traditional spinning reel games, 1,500 video slots, and more than 150 video poker machines.
There’s plenty of variety on-hand, including some of the latest games like: ZZ Top Live From Texas, Tarzan of the Apes, Grease: Pink Ladies, True Blood, Smokin’ Hot Jackpots, Quick Strike Quad’s, Ultimate Diamond, Platinum Jackpots and more. Numerous denominations are available for any level of wager with penny games (1,700), nickel games (110), quarter games (400), dollar games (380), and multi-denomination games from a penny up to $50 (500). And with the Loose Slots designation, players have a better chance of hitting that jackpot while having some fun.
“It’s the variety that sets us apart,” says the casino’s Marketing Di-rector Phil Ziegler of the property’s offerings.
The casino also boasts a larger gaming floor than the three nearby Lake Charles casinos combined, and promotions that heavily favor players compared to other casino programs.
“We have the best rewards program in the region and one of the best in the country,” Ziegler says. “Our competitors make players choose cash or comps, we give both. We also have a gift of the month promotion and various slot tournaments. And of course our slots are looser than the Lake Charles region by quite a bit!”
The Loose Slots Certification Program was created by Strictly Slots magazine to provide casinos with a competent third-party verification method regarding slot playbacks. “The certification program is very special to us,” said Glenn Fine, CEO and Publisher at Casino Player Publishing. “For fifteen years, Strictly Slots has been committed to arming players with the most detailed strategies and tips to maximize their gaming experiences, and our writers search across the country to report on the casinos that offer their customers the best promotions, amenities, and, of course, opportunities to win. We’re thrilled to include Coushatta Casino Resort among the elite group of properties that are willing to back up their claims of loose slots with verified facts.”
Beyond the Slots
Away from the slot machines, Coushatta guests can enjoy more than 70 table games including blackjack, roulette, pai gow poker, three-card poker, four-card poker, Mississippi stud poker, and more. Craps enthusiasts will love the 20x odds action to back up those pass line bets. The 20-table Poker Room offers plenty of action and was one of the first such rooms in the area. Games spread include Texas hold’em, seven stud, and Omaha (limit, pot limit, and hi-lo), and there are stakes, promotions, and tournaments for every bankroll. The casino caters to players with food comps, flat screen TVs featuring the nightly sporting events, and a non-smoking atmosphere.
Need even more action? Head to the Off Track Betting area inside Gumbeaux’s Oyster and Sports Bar for some delectable seafood, drinks, and some horse wagering from America’s best horse and greyhound tracks. Coushatta also keeps the spirit of high-stakes bingo alive. The12,000-square foot bingo pavilion is open Wednesday through Sunday for big fun and shot at big bucks. The facility also features the Corner Bar &Deli for a bite to eat.
Opened in 1995, Coushatta caters to both Louisianans and Texans across the border. Beyond the casino floor, there is plenty for those seeking a getaway weekend. For an overnight or weekend stay, this property has many options from fashionable and comfortable suites at Seven Clans Hotel to the deluxe lakefront RV and chalet resort at Red Shoes Park. At the Seven Clans, visitors will stay in style in the comfortable contemporary rooms complete with sleek furnishings and luxurious spa-style showers. The hotel is completely smoke-free and connected to the main entrance of the gaming floor. The Coushatta Inn, just a short walk or shuttle away, also features 195 spacious rooms with inviting decor. The Grand Hotel also offers a great stay on the facility, but is currently under renovation.
Red Shoes Park offers RV parking and chalets on 40 acres of natural setting complete with two-acre lake. A stay includes numerous amenities like free shuttle service to and from the casino, free cable TV and wifi, beautiful outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, game room, children’s playground, horseshoe pits, and courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard. The facility also includes the new Lucky Paws Dog Park for some fun with Fido and the whole family.
For a day of relaxation, the Koasati Pines golf course is located in the area’s natural wetlands surrounded by magnificent pines and huge live oaks. It offers a brilliant 18-hole, par 72 layout with gently rolling terrain on 65 acres complete with picturesque lakes for a relaxing golf outing for players of any level. Stay and play packages at the Seven Clans hotel start at just $148.
After some fun in the casino, Coushatta offers numerous options to whet the appetite, For a flavorful steak, visit the Big Sky Steakhouse for the best in cuts, chops, flavorful seafood, and a large wine and champagne selection. Gumbeaux’s Oyster & Sports Bar offers some great Louisiana seafood like gumbo, oysters on the half shell, or fried seafood dishes. Visit the Seven Clans Buffet for a choice of cuisines and dishes including the fabulous dessert bar. For seniors, check out “55+ Tuesdays” with breakfast and lunch for only $5.50. The Terrace Cafe offers tasty burgers and entrees from the grill. Breakfast is also served all day long, so order up that chicken fried steak and eggs or a sumptuous Belgian waffle. With numerous other restaurants and bars, there is something for every appetite or mood.
For a night out with friends or big-name entertainment, the offerings at Coushatta are plentiful. Check out national touring acts at The Pavilion. Past performances have ranged from Hank Williams Jr. to Gabriel Iglesias to major rodeo events. Live music and dancing is offered nightly at Mikko Live. Grab a bowl of gumbo and bring your lucky charm! Enjoy a night of cocktails and bar food with friends and Bar 7 and Studio 7.
From the certified loose slot machines to the tables to the eateries to some after -hours fun, Coushatta makes for a great get-away. Load up the golf clubs or just bring some positivity to the casino floor for some fun times. Hopefully some big luck follows you to those loose slot machines. For more information, visitwww.CoushattaCasinoResort.com.
Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His new book, RAISING THE STAKES: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering and Poker Faces, is available as an eBook and in paperback at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. He is also editor of www.PokerTraditions.com, all about poker history, lore, and people. If you have a gambling or poker story idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @PokerTraditions.