Gambling Towns

Gambling Towns

 

You will pass through a gambling town on your way to a natural wonder or a national monument. Perhaps the town will be close to where you live, or you’ll be on a trip and the highway will just go there. That will be your reason for visiting places like Reno, Lake Tahoe, Mesquite, Deadwood, Cripple Creek, and other gambling towns.

The casinos there can be fun and occasionally (particularly in Lake Tahoe ) world-class, but mostly they’re just small and quaint. Sometimes you will find a good game. Sometimes you won’t. When it’s the latter, don’t be disappointed. Remember, you didn’t go there just for the gambling.

Riverboats

They’re smaller than land-based casinos. The slots are generally tighter. The limits are lower and they’re jammed on the weekends. If you live in the Midwest, it’s easier to get to a riverboat than to Las Vegas , but it’s a trade-off. When you’re losing at a casino in Las Vegas you can cash out and walk across the street. Try that on a riverboat.

On the other hand, if you’ve had your fill of big city attitude (or never had a taste for it), then a riverboat may be the gambling venue for you. Mid­west sensibility permeates riverboat employees and players alike. The buffet has biscuits. People make eye contact. Table limits are usually $500. Who in his right mind would bet more?

And of course when those tight slots have gobbled the last quarter you can always grab a beer, go outside, and watch the sunset.

Native American reservations

The legal issues surrounding gambling on reservations are numbingly complex, but they boil down to one fact. The United States recognizes Native American reservations as sovereign lands. Activities conducted on a reservation are subject to different rules than activities conducted elsewhere.

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