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Great Casino Getaways From Coast To Coast

By Karrie L. Zukowski



Ideal gambling vacation at a Four Diamond casino resort

FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan is the quintessential gaming destination. It features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with over 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a 14-table nonsmoking poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers six distinctive dining destinations, multiple lounges and a multi-purpose event center. Also boasting eight-stories and a Four Diamond rating, FireKeepers hotel has 243 stylishly designed rooms and 26 suites, fully accessorized with all the high-end amenities you need to make any stay a night to remember.

Whether you want to do it up, do it all or simply do nothing, the ideal getaway starts with the perfect accommodations. Guests can enjoy upscale room choices in four distinct styles. The Classic Room/King Studio offers two queen-sized beds or one king bed in an environment that abounds with classic touches. Step up to the Deluxe Suite, a fabulously spacious suite with separate sitting area, king-sized bed and a sizeable bathroom with an expansive shower and indulgent Jacuzzi tub. If you are looking to bring the heat to your next stay, consider the Fireside Suite with its beautiful fireplace. For the ultimate in exclusivity, there is a pair of Presidential Suites, where you experience a modern living room, full kitchen, a granite wet bar, spectacular bathroom and the type of executive privilege only a rare few can attain.

Get ready to turn the world off and get your game on. From penny slots to the latest progressive options, all the favorite slots are at your fingertips. And be sure to become a Red Hot Rewards Club member, so you can start enjoying the benefits and discounts right away.

What beats the thrill of a dealer flipping a jack right onto your ace? Or when the roulette ball falls exactly on your number? With over 70 live table games, this kind of excitement can happen at any moment. There are new non-smoking tables as well. Games like blackjack, Mississippi stud and Ultimate Texas hold’em are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Poker Room!

And for you high rollers, check out the Aurora High-Limit Lounge. It’s a private haven for the Sizzlin’, Blazin’ and Inferno members, featuring a wide selection of high limit slots and table games. With exclusive amenities like a fireplace lounge and a deliciously delightful menu prepared just for you.

Did somebody mention food? No trip would be complete without trying any one of the delectable dining options.

Here’s a quick overview of a few of the favorites.

SMOKE ‘N FIRE: Smoke ‘N Fire is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu pops with classic American fare accented with delicious BBQ undertones.

NIBI:  From the minute you enter FireKeepers’ signature restaurant you know you’re in for one unrivaled dining experience. From the gorgeous fresh seafood to the thick, juicy rib-eyes, this is the spot where great meals, good friends and unforgettable nights come together.

MIJEM BUFFET: Enjoy an endless variety of the freshest hot and cold dishes featuring a tempting array of international favorites. Top it off with a visit to the dessert bar with its ever-flowing chocolate fountain.

The Hotel Lobby Bar has the best seat in the house to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and watch the world go by. Enjoy food and drink specials during Happy Hour, as well as a full Smoke n’ Fire restaurant menu. And you’ll always find a seat smack in the middle of the action at Dacey’s Taphouse, Battle Creek’s newest craft beer experience. 50 taps. Big-screen TVs. An expanded menu. And a completely new space, floor to ceiling, with its own dedicated entrance.

Headline entertainment, live music, popular DJ’s and big screen sporting events, keep the excitement going. At the Event Center, you can see big name entertainment like Peter Frampton, March 30; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, April 6; Boyz II Men, April 19 and David Spade, May 3. For more information, visit



Hottest slots and tons of tables at Ohio’s favorite casino

JACK Cleveland Casino, is the place to visit when in Ohio because no matter what you want to play they’ve got your game. From the newest slots and table games to live poker, JACK has 100,000 square feet of exciting, action-packed choices. With so many thrilling ways to win, it’s no wonder JACK is a favorite. It’s well worth a day trip!

At JACK Cleveland Casino, there are over 1,300 of the hottest, newest slots, including nearly 90 video poker machines. From penny slots to $100 high-limit action, you’ll find all of your favorites. Featured slots include Pac-Man Wild Edition, Triple Double Diamond Free Games, Wonder 4 Tower, Harley-Davidson Video Slot, Dragon Link, Lock It Link, Simpsons and Wild Fury.

JACK is also the playground for serious gamblers with nearly 100 table games. Claim your spot and take your game to the next level with the excitement that can only be found in downtown Cleveland. Games include blackjack, craps, crapless craps, baccarat, roulette, fortune pai gow poker, let it ride bonus poker, Texas hold ’em and ultimate Texas hold ’em, just to name a few.

At JACK Cleveland Casino, you’ll discover an array of delicious dining options and variety of unique bars. The Market District Buffet features seven specialty stations including Italian, American, Shuffle, Carving & Rotisserie, Asian, Salad and Pastry. Corky & Lenny’s has been Cleveland’s favorite deli for more than 50 years, so stop by and enjoy their delicious over-stuffed sandwiches. STACK’D features hand-crafted burgers, specialty sandwiches and all-day breakfast. Nonna Pazza has fresh ingredients, sauces made from scratch, made to order flatbreads and much more. Wahlburgers is now at JACK Casino! Check out the reworked menu offering a new host of chef inspired hearty and lighter dishes.

In addition to on-property restaurants, C1ubJACK members get access to exclusive offers for partner  restaurants throughout Downtown  like Otani, Hyde Park, Morton’s and Tilted Kilt.

When you’re feeling a bit parched, stop by one of the watering holes. Enjoy a beer and try your luck at electronic blackjack, all while watching the game, at Rock Bar. Rock Bar is the region’s only electronic gaming sports bar! To keep dose to the heart of the action, Vintage 51 is a full-service bar located just off the casino floor, featuring top-shelf liquors, wine and craft beers. Pop in for a quick drink, enjoy happy hour specials and even catch some live entertainment at Legends Bar.

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Upstate New York’s premiere destination casino resort

Wherever you’re coming from, however long you plan to stay, there’s only one destination in the Finger Lakes region that gives you everything you expect, and then some. The del Lago Resort Casino situated in Waterloo, New York features a 205-room hotel, a plethora of exciting casino gaming, delicious dining options and a relaxing full-service spa!

The hotel’s luxurious rooms range from 440 to 860 square feet, have beds comfier than home and come with services sure to make everyone feel like a high roller. Of those 205 rooms, 130 of them are king rooms, 75 are queen rooms and 11 rooms feature balconies. There are also 30 suites, which can be expanded to 1,400 square feet, to feature two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

At first glance, the style of the hotel is the perfect blend of modern elegance and technology and allows for a guest experience like no other in the region. The hotel features what patrons rely on: a hair dryer, flat screen television, refrigerator, safe and coffee maker. And those are the things people expect to see in any hotel room, but del Lago doesn’t stop there.

The bathrooms feature the same seamlessness that is showcased in the room. They have one continuous floor, throughout the stand-up shower and into the rest of the space, as well as a unique “sliding” wood and glass door feature that is unlike anything seen in traditional hotels. Flawless stone tiling, marble counters, rain shower heads that are adjustable, weight scales and bath robes are more examples of the premium experience.

Need a bite to eat? How about an extra towel or blanket? There’s an app for that. No really — del Lago Resort Casino is the first in the region to utilize an iPad hotel directory system. Guests can order food, housekeeping, or practically anything else they desire from the iPad placed next the beds. Tech takes stress out of the stay for guests.

So, what’s your game? Whether it’s the fun of the slots or the excitement you only find at the gaming tables, del Lago has the action you’re looking for. From penny slots to the high limit room, there are over 1,900 of the most popular slot machines to choose from, and no matter your preference, excitement can be found all throughout the casino floor.

Seasoned veterans or players just sitting down to experience something new will find a game that fits their interests and betting level. With 99 tables, including 14 poker tables, blackjack, craps and roulette, you’ll find all the favorites plus discover some new and exciting games. No other casino in the region boasts this many table games!

Speaking of tables, there’s always room at any one of del Lago’s fine dining restaurants and eateries. Taste the difference at these notable establishments.

Portico – Bask in the warm glow of hospitality paired with exceptional cuisine. Premium steaks cooked to juicy perfection, the most succulent seafood and fresh pastas are the hallmarks of success at Portico by Fabio Viviani.

Farmers Market Buffet – The finest locally sourced produce, fruits, dairy products, meats and more play a starring role in this bountiful buffet. Fill up on a wide variety of comfort foods served in a friendly atmosphere where you’ll always feel at home.

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Moe’s is a fun and engaging fast-casual restaurant franchise serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order Southwest fare in a welcoming environment that rocks.

The 94,000-square-foot del Lago Resort Casino officially opened its doors on Feb. 1, 2017 and just five months later the hotel and 14,000-square-foot European-style Spa opened. With all the thrills of gaming, restaurants and live entertainment, plus the experiences of relaxation in the hotel and spa, it is well worth the trip. For more information about del Lago Casino Resort, or to plan a visit go to www.



New Osage Casino in Tulsa to open near downtown in August

Slated to open August 2018, the newly constructed Osage Casino in Tulsa at 951W. 36th Street North will be the closest and most luxurious casino for downtown Tulsa residents, businesses and visitors.

The $150-million Osage Casino rebuild will be 347,000-square-feet, including the casino, 141-room hotel, and event center at the foot of the Osage Hills. In addition, the expansion provides banquet and event rooms, a sports bar, grill, café, and resort-style pool for guests.

“We are extremely proud and excited to unveil this world-class gaming and entertainment venue; said CEO Byron Bighorse. “To have amenities of this kind just seven minutes from downtown would be unheard of in another city of our size.”

The hotel includes both large and small banquet meeting rooms, providing a new option for private events, conferences and corporate meetings. The casino’s new restaurant will provide full service catering.

“The views of the beautiful Osage Hills surrounding these event spaces are unlike anything you can find in Tulsa,” Bighorse said. “We also created the layouts to be flexible and with top-of-the-line service in mind. We look forward to hosting groups in these spaces to show off our versatility”

New to any gaming facility in the area, Osage Casino will feature a fully operational brewery. Patrons will watch aspects of the on-site brewing process from an adjacent bar while tasting award-winning beer from Nine Band, a Texas-based brewing company. With names like Cactus Cat Kolsch, Hoop Snake Hefeweizen and Toad Choker Barley Wine, the offerings are designed to be fun, unique and unlike anything offered in Tulsa.

“Nine Band brings a light-hearted brand to our new casino paired with a unique patron experience inside the brewery” Bighorse said. “We’re excited to bring these new flavors to Tulsa’s beer market.”

Since Osage Casinos opened its first location in 2002, the growth has been continual, constant and impressive. Osage Casinos now has seven gaming centers throughout Osage County, including Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Ponca City, Skiatook, Hominy and Pawhuska. All seven properties feature the latest in gaming action, as well as a variety of dining choices from a casual drink to an all-you-can-eat buffet. The newest Osage Casino in Tulsa will also feature a high-limit gaming area and poker tables.

“We are committed to providing for the Osage Nation and partnering with the communities in which we reside; Bighorse said. “With the completion of this long-term project nearing, we are pleased to present it to the public. We’ll see you in August!”



City lights, majestic views and gaming thrills

High above the Seattle city lights and situated among natural surroundings with majestic views of the Cascade Mountains, Snoqualmie Casino in Washington offers visitors a first-class getaway with all of the best amenities, focusing the perfect blend of Vegas-style gaming and entertainment coupled with the warmth of a Northwest flare. It features fast-paced thrills on the gaming floor, upscale lounges and bars, top-tier talent performances in two concert venues, exceptional restaurants, and hospitality that’s beyond compare.

When it comes to gambling, there’s plenty of variety to appease any player. Their 1,700 dazzling slot machines include all of the tried and true favorites, along with a wide assortment the hottest new machines. Table game enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either with 54 classic gaming tables to choose from. Whether it’s blackjack or craps, Spanish 21, roulette, baccarat or fortune pai gow, you will always leave with a story. Card sharks can sharpen their teeth at one of the five tables in the classic Poker room, which features a selection of fixed limit, no-limit and pot-limit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Snoqualmie also has a full schedule of daily no-limit hold’em tournaments. They’re always action-packed and exciting to play.

And as most gamblers know, it’s best not to play on an empty stomach. Vista Prime Steaks & Seafood is Snoqualmie Casino’s newest enhanced Northwest-inspired dining experience. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Snoqualmie Valley, Vista delivers a meal to remember with exceptional regional favorites and classic steakhouse fare served with a modern twist. Guests will delight in a captivating atmosphere complete with sensational table-side service sure to elevate a night of dining and entertainment.

The 12 Moons restaurant has a menu as unique as the casino’s location. Highlights include freshly roasted duck in a custom duck oven, wok-fired specialties from around the world and an elegant, 13- seat sushi bar serving up the freshest cuts of the day. But if you are on a hot streak and can only spare a few minutes, there are casual dining options that allow you to get back to the gaming floor quickly. The two top picks are the Falls Buffet, offering five action stations of world-class comfort food with favorite dishes such as King Crab, Prime Rib and Dim Sum, and the Sno Deli which offers top notch sandwiches when time is of the essence.

Don’t forget to stop and catch your breath by enjoying your favorite cocktails at one of the local watering holes. The Mist Bar has the games, the food and all of the libations to keep your night going strong. Mist bartenders are waiting to serve-up a great selection of the Northwest’s famous craft beers along with a rotating menu of seasonal cocktails made to order. Or check out the 12 Moons Asian Lounge to add some “smooth” to your supper. This classic piano bar features live music, tapas and finely crafted cocktails. And last, but by no means least, the Vista Bar features incredible views, an exquisite seasonal menu and vast selection of amazing wines.

For non-gaming entertainment, Snoqualmie Casino has a renowned concert venue. The 1,200-seat indoor ballroom hosts big-name country, rock, jazz and comedy acts. Upcoming shows include The Clairvoyants, March 30, Great White and Slaughter, April 13 and Trace Adkins, July 21. Tickets and show information are available at www.snocasino.comientertainment.

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Fun, excitement and value in the heart of Las Vegas

The Stratosphere is more than just a great gaming experience. The property offers a full Las Vegas resort experience, but at value-oriented prices. The Stratosphere is home to several outstanding restaurants, including McCall’s Heartland Grill – featuring delicious steaks, seafood and comfort food at comfortable prices.

Las Vegas visitors are now learning what true garners have long known – the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel &Tower is the home for the best gambling experience on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Table game players are welcome at the Stratosphere, which is one of the few resorts in Las Vegas where they can receive cash back for points earned.

Meanwhile, the property continued to reap awards from guests. Of the 30 awards earned in the 2017 Best of Las Vegas competition – the most of any Strip resort property – the 80,000-square-f000t casino collected honors as the best place for table games, the best loyalty program and the best dealers.

For example, the Stratosphere offers craps players 10X odds and “Crapless Craps,” where a wager on 3 or 11 pays 3-to-1 odds, and a bet on 2 or 12 pays 6-to-1 odds. Plus, craps players can now play Bonus Craps, with three additional proposition wagers.

In addition to top-of-line table games, the Stratosphere offers slot machine players popular new games, including Dragon Link,V75 Monopoly Hot Shot, Elephant King and Wheel of Fortune Mega Tower Gold Spin Triple Gold.

For a unique and ultimate night out, the revolving Top of the World restaurant and 107 SkyLounge atop the Stratosphere Tower are considered among the city’s finest locations, featuring breathtaking views. In the 2017 Best of Las Vegas, Top of the World won Best Fine Dining and Best View. 107 SkyLounge earned awards for Best Cocktail Bar, Best Happy Hour, Best Martini, and Best Specialty Cocktails.

The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower rises above the Las Vegas scene and is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Guests will find a variety of attractions from atop the tower.

One-of-a-kind views of the city are found from the Tower’s 360-degree indoor viewing area and the outdoor observation decks. Thrill seekers can test their courage through the SkyJump Las Vegas, and the Tower’s three rides: Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity.

The hotel features 2,427 guest rooms and suites with a choice of uniquely themed restaurants and two rooftop pools. The Stratosphere proudly offers MJ LIVE, the world’s most successful Michael Jackson tribute show and L.A. Comedy Club, featuring the hottest up-and-coming stand-up comics.

The Stratosphere is conveniently located between the Center Strip and Downtown and is just a short distance from the Las Vegas Convention Center. The property offers plenty of free parking while its valet service awarded Best Valet. For more information, visit or call 1-800-99 TOWER.






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