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2.9 7
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Casino Camper Review - Saturday, April 29, 2006

We stayed only one night. We were planning to drive on, but winds were high and gusty 20 to 35 mph and rain was forecast, so we had a convenient excuse to visit the casino.

We arrived around 3:00 PM on a Saturday and stood in line at least 30 minutes to get the required Total Rewards card (added Nov. 2008 -- having a card was a requirement in 2006, see the "History of Gambling in Missouri" if you want to know more). We also received a free buffet for 2 because it was our first visit to this property. Remember, ask for those comps! (Note that the 2 free buffets promo has ended based on report from reader Eric P. who visited Oct 28 2006)

RV Parking: Nice large lot for RV, bus, and truck parking. Fairly level, good lighting, security patrolled. It was previously a valet parking lot. Spots are marked and numbered for cars, so everyone parks across 2 spaces plus one Isle, so be careful how you park so you don't get blocked in.

Video Poker: We quickly found a bank of a dozen upright TITO machines with signage announcing various payback percentages of 99% to 99.6%. It was crowded, but there was one 8/5 Bonus Poker machine and Chris started playing. I had to go back to the RV to work on my "day job" but first I quickly walked around the casino to see what other games were available. To my disappointment (but not surprise -- after all this IS Harrah's) the 12 machines near the entrance seem to be the only "full pay" video poker in the whole place. I found lots of 6/5 BP, 8/5 JOB, 9/5 DB, and a lot of other short-pay.

Other Games: I checked out the poker room. Very nice. They were spreading Hold'em in $1/$2, $3/$6, $5/$10, $10/20 limit, and a couple of NL games. I would have played, but didn't have time today. Also glanced at the Crap tables. There was one $10 table with 2x odds, and one $5 table with 10x odds.

Food: We had the Buffet and it was very good. Attractive decor, lots of variety in the food, Italian, steak, seafood, Asian, etc. Everything at appropriate temperatures (hot food hot, cold food cold). Very nice dessert section, although Chris was disappointed with the Sugar Free banana cream pie "the texture was wrong" she said. Otherwise we were very pleased with the meal. Of course, we'd never paid full price for it, but it was a great comp -- 4 stars out of 5.
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