Friday, February 15, 2013

Hanging Around in Laughlin

We've been in Laughlin since last Sunday. We're staying at the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall in the middle of the Laughlin Strip. This is our first time to stay and play at the Pioneer. The Pioneer is a locally owned casino with a wild west theme. The casino is not very busy, but the hotel with its cheap room rates seems to have a high occupancy level.

We split our playing time between the Pioneer, the Golden Nugget (which is next door) and the Aquarius, our favorite place. The Pioneer has 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker at the center bar, and that's a good game. Next door, the Golden Nugget has several games above 99%. I hit a small jackpot there yesterday. But we spend most of our time playing at the Aquarius, which has the best video poker inventory in town for the low roller.

We've used comps to eat as much as possible, but we've eaten a few meals at other places. One of our favorite places to eat in Laughlin is at Daniel's in the Regency Casino. The Regency is a local casino stubbornly clinging to a tiny spot next to the Edgewater. The actual casino is small, probably the size of a shoe store in a stopping mall. There really are no good plays in the casino, and you seldom find many people playing. But the restaurant has some good bargains. Our favorite day is Wednesday, when burgers are 2 for 1. The burgers are good, and cooked to order. On this trip, we also stopped in on Tuesday, which is taco day, and sampled several of their tacos. Our favorites were the shrimp taco and the carne asado taco.

We'll stay here until Monday, when we head to Las Vegas for a few days. We will be staying at Sam's Town while there. We then return to Laughlin for a few days at the Aquarius before returning to San Angelo.

We've not done too much while here besides take it easy. We've looked around both Laughlin and Bullhead City, Arizona, across the river, and I think we've seen about all in this area we'd care to see.

It's been very windy here, with steady winds of 20 mph or so daily, gusting to 35 mph or more. Temps have been topping out in the 60s, with lows in the upper 30s. But the sun has been out every day. As always, the river is beautiful and clear. The river appears as a blue ribbon winding its way south through a brown landscape. We do enjoy watching the river.

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