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Top Casinos To Visit Before Summer’s End


In search of that last casino fling before the summer officially comes to an end? From Vegas to Connecticut and Oklahoma to New York, check out any of these exceptional properties, each one a leader in their region. You’re guaranteed to have a great time!


If you’re looking for some end-of-summer fun and excitement, SLS Las Vegas is a sure bet.

Spend your hot summer nights working up a hot hand on the casino floor. SLS Las Vegas boasts a wide selection of the newest machines and games. Take a spin with new titles on linked games like Lightning Link and Mighty Cash or choose one of your tried and true favorites such as Buffalo Gold. Sign up for a Club 52 card, mention the special slot rebate promotion and receive up to $250 of your losses back. In addition to new member incentives, there are so many promotions happening all the time for both slot and table players. Check with the players club to see what is available during your visit.

Between bouts on the casino floor, sun worshippers will want to head over to Foxtail Pool. Lounge poolside or take a dip to cool off and refresh all while enjoying Foxtail’s inspired mixology and cuisine. Music lovers will delight in Foxtail’s live entertainment which includes a lineup of well-known DJ talent spinning beats Saturdays and Sundays throughout August.

As the sun sets, the action at SLS only gets hotter. Work up an appetite with a few hands at one of your favorite tables before treating yourself to a groundbreaking culinary experience at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres. Take your palate on the culinary adventure of a lifetime at the James Beard award-winning chef’s wild and wonderful celebration of the carnivorous. Named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider, playful cuisine and cocktails are never on short order at Bazaar Meat. Try the chefs tasting or summer menus with wine pairing from the restaurant’s sommelier, or select from the full menu of tantalizing dishes which include favorites like the Cotton Candy Foi Gras, Angus Flat-Iron Steak, or the Suckling Pig direct from the fire pit. A recipient of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, the selection of wines is as tantalizing as the chef’s creations and the cocktail menu is a mastery of mixology. Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres offers a one-of-a-kind experience in a strikingly seductive setting that is not to be missed.

SLS Las Vegas offers a sweet summer stay for those just visiting The Strip as well as Las Vegas locals seeking a quick weekend escape. Set in the heart of the neon city, SLS Las Vegas offers the best of both worlds: the glitz and glamour of a high-end Las Vegas Strip resort with easy access to the city’s burgeoning downtown arts scene. Free parking and the property’s dedicated monorail station make SLS Vegas one the most accessible resorts to boast an address along the famed Las Vegas Strip. That exclusive address coupled with the casino’s exciting ongoing player promotions and award-winning culinary program make SLS Las Vegas a must see attraction. To learn more or to reserve your stay, visit



Whether it’s the fun of the slots or the excitement guests find only at the best table games, del Lago Resort & Casino brings all the action to its 94,000-squarefoot casino floor. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, del Lago features 1,956 of the hottest slots and 99 of the most thrilling table games, including a 14-table poker room. Just last fall, the casino was bestowed with 15 awards from Strictly Slots magazine, including four first-place wins: best reel slots, best 50-cent slots, best high-end slot area and best comps — reinforcing that the casino’s slots rank the top in New York State.

del Lago Resort & Casino’s award-winning Players Club is a unique reward program that allows del Lago to honor its mission to become a gateway to the Finger Lakes region. While points can be redeemed on property, guests can also use earned points at local retailers, including wineries,

breweries, restaurants, grocery retailers and cheese shops. The reward program encourages guests to explore the region and other destinations the area offers.

del Lago Resort & Casino continually listens to guests’ recommendations and ensures it offers the latest and greatest in slot technology and game hardware. Management proactively seeks feedback from guests and incorporates their recommended enhancements, ensuring the games are highly regarded. New innovative and progressive slots are continually added to the floor, providing casino enthusiasts with games they have never played before, making everyone feel like a winner.

The casino floor also features Savor NY by MacKenzie-Childs, a 2,000-square-foot store featuring nationally renowned and locally manufactured MacKenzie-Childs products, as well as a selection of special products produced by companies based in the Finger Lakes, including local artisans, wineries, breweries, spirits and cheesemakers. In an effort to promote local businesses, every Friday through Sunday, del Lago features different vendors sampling and selling their products on-site. Items featured have included wine, beer, maple syrup, honey, mustard, wing and BBQ sauces, Italian ice/ice cream and lotions/salves.


Aside from its state-of-the-art casino floor, del Lago is a true world-class destination. The property features many drinking and dining options — including a 4,200-square-foot food court; Centrifico, a bar/lounge area in the center of the gaming floor; the Trip Advisor award-winning Farmers Market Buffet, harvesting the freshest locally sourced produce, fruits, dairy products, meats and more from

the most reputable growers in the region; and the award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani, a restaurant serving a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired foods and spirits created by celebrity restauranteur and “Top Chef” alum Fabio Viviani. The property has something for everyone.

del Lago Resort & Casino also hosts The Vine, a 2,400-person entertainment center, bar and

restaurant featuring the hottest big-name entertainment. The intimate and exhilarating entertainment venue has the best seats in the house — the seats in the back row have the same amazing view of the stage as the balconies and floor.

The hotel wing features The Sociale Café & Bar, serving “gastro spa” cuisine and beverages, and Lavazza Italian coffee shop, serving homemade pastries and gelato.


The six-story hotel features 205 luxurious rooms and suites, with a number of them having a balcony. Each room is equipped with an Intelity iPad hotel directory system, making it the first hotel in upstate New York to offer the feature. Guests can use the iPad to order room service, request valet service, ask housekeeping for an extra pillow or schedule a treatment at Spa del Lago. From personal device charging stations, custom bathrooms with detailed stonework, marble counters and rain showers to wine refrigerators and complimentary WiFi, del Lago Resort & Casino ensures every guest feels well-rested and taken care of.

The 14,000-square-foot European-style Spa del Lago draws upon the natural healing properties of the region’s herbs, plants, minerals and abundant grapes. Guests can enjoy some relaxing time in the private herbal-infused steam rooms or private cedar wood sauna. Spa del Lago offers massages, body treatments and facials, plus a full-service hair and makeup salon. Spa del Lago Boutique offers guests skin care, body and hair products, signature del Lago bath products, gifts and wearables. Guests can also enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness center or a visit to the Mind, Body & Spirit Studio for stretching and a wellness class.

The hotel wing of del Lago Resort & Casino also features a banquet facility for weddings, trade shows and corporate events in addition to a seasonal outdoor tent.

del Lago Resort & Casino’s close proximity to the Finger Lakes region’s wine, cheese and beer trails makes it an ideal destination for casino and non-casino enthusiasts.

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Choctaw Casino Resort is the four-diamond pride of the Choctaw Nation, located only a short drive from Dallas-Fort Worth. A must-visit for any gambler, this exceptional casino resort has got it all.

A stay in the Grand Tower or Spa Tower offers luxurious rooms with numerous amenities. But don’t settle in for the night. Indulge in delicious dining, top entertainment acts and even family fun. For some relaxation, head to The Spa for a facial, mani/pedi, or a deluxe massage.

When you’re ready to gamble, head for the gaming floor, which features more than 4,100 slots of every denomination and table games with all the favorites including craps, blackjack, let it ride, and more. The casino also recently expanded its Asian game area for fans of baccarat and commission-free pai gow.

Poker rounders will be delighted with the comfortable 30-table room with games of all varieties and limits. Choctaw has become a major player in recent years and along with hosting daily tournaments and promotions, also hosts major tournament series such as the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker-Circuit. Also, don’t forget to check out the best in horse and greyhound racing at the racebook.

Hungry? For a great meal, head to Butterfields Buffet for numerous delectable options. Or for something a bit grander, check out 1832 Steakhouse for a great chop and cocktail. On Tuesday through Saturday evenings, pianist John Emery sets the mood with classics from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Numerous others casual and quick serve dining options abound such as Smashburger, Bamboo Noodle Bar, La Cantina, Brews Brats Bologna, Papa John’s Pizza and more.

Ready for some more fun? Head to the world-famous Gilley’s for a drink and some Western dancing. Or take in a concert at the 3,000-seat Grand Theater or 5,500 Events Center. Upcoming guests to the Grand Theater include Xuan Phat Loc, February 24, Slaughter and Great White, March 2 and Vixen & Kix, March 3.

The property also offers plenty of excitement for families at the District entertainment zone -including a 20-lane bowling center, 3,600 square foot arcade, four auditorium cinema, sports bar and food court. Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant has something for any type of getaway. For more information visit



Situated along the Thames River in southern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is a true one-stop destination for gamers, concert goers, people looking to grab an exceptional dinner or for relaxation at the spa or pool, shoppers and plenty more.

Mohegan Sun is home to two hotel towers. The iconic Sky Tower which is 34 floors high and has 1,200 deluxe hotel rooms and Earth Tower, the 400-room hotel where the popular Bean & Vine Café & Wine Bar is located just off from the lobby, and where an outdoor patio for fireside lounging and seasonal entertainment & dining menus can be found.

Visitors looking to try their hand at blackjack or roulette, among various other table games, or are looking to take a crack at a large slot machine jackpot, are in luck. Mohegan Sun sports over 5,000 slot machines and table games across three casinos – Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Sky and Casino of the Wind. Casino of the Wind is home to a 42-table Poker Room, where weekly tournaments and various levels of action can be found, including no-limit Texas hold’em.

Stepping out from the hotel or gaming floor, guests are met with endless dining, shopping and entertainment possibilities. In total, Mohegan Sun has over 90 restaurants, bars and shops alone, including some of the best fine dining that can be found along the east coast like Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Todd English’s Tuscany, BALLO Italian Restaurant and Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain.

Mohegan Sun also houses five world-class entertainment venues. Two of the main attractions include the always-free admission, Wolf Den and the award-winning, Mohegan Sun Arena. The Wolf Den sits in the middle of Casino of the Earth and regularly features the likes of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Dustin Lynch, Jana Kramer, Salt-N-Pepa and even hosted Hip-Hop legend, LL Cool J, whom took the stage a couple of years ago for a special performance celebrating Mohegan Sun’s 20th Anniversary.

Mohegan Sun Arena is regularly ranked one of the top arenas in the country and continually hosts A-list entertainment throughout the year. Coming in December, Justin Timberlake brings The Man of the Woods Tour to Uncasville, CT. on Dec. 21. Guests also have the opportunity to see other superstars such as Janet Jackson (Sept. 30), Tony Bennett (Oct. 4), Christina Aguilera (Oct. 6), Marc Anthony (Oct. 27), Paul Anka (Nov. 9), Josh Groban (Nov. 10), The Doobie Brothers Nov. 11), and Foreigner (Dec. 1) when they make a stop at Mohegan Sun Arena this year.

Finally, Mohegan Sun Golf Club is another escape from reality as guests can play the 18 – hole championship course and unwind in the spacious clubhouse with a restaurant and banquet room, nestled in the scenic hills of Baltic, Connecticut. Players not only can enjoy the course, they also can utilize the practice facilities, Mohegan Sun Golf Academy, Pautipaug Pub & Grille and check out the well – stocked Pro Golf Shop. Mohegan Sun Golf Club is named one of the 10 Best Courses in Connecticut by Golfweek Magazine and is open for the season.

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