Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gambling On The Washington Casinos

That's an Orca jumping out of the water in front of the Tulalip Casino in Marysville. Casinos existed in Washington 10 years ago, before I moved to Texas.

But, back then, there were no slot machines, just table games, I think, Keno, and bingo. And buffets. I frequented the buffet at what is now called Skagit Valley Casino. It was Harrah's Skagit Casino back when I ate there. I'm a bit of a buffet aficionado, the Harrah's Skagit Casino buffet was as good as I've had anywhere.

But topping that was the Friday night seafood buffet at the other Skagit County casino, that being the Swinomish Northern Lights Casino. They made oysters like my mom's.

The Washington casinos have multiplied and grown bigger, way bigger, since I moved. I had a friend in Tacoma who got somewhat addicted to the games at the Puyallup's Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma. Games like Monopoly. It's like they've taken slot machines and combined them with video games.

The Washington Casinos have grown more Vegas-like, with themes and shows. When I was a youngster going to Nevada was a unique experience. That is no longer the case. Step into any Washington casino and the look, smell and sound is Nevada. Except for free drinks being provided to loosen up your money flow.

Texas does not allow casinos. This causes strange over compensations for that lack. Such as a couple miles across border, north of Dallas/Fort Worth, in Oklahoma, sits the world's 5th biggest casino, the WinStar World Casino Resort. It is not in a city. It is in the middle on nowhere.

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