Donna and I just returned from spending 3 nights at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Shreveport, LA. With our daughter expected to deliver our brand new grandson in the next few weeks, we wanted to get one last casino trip in. After the baby comes, we'll be pretty busy.
The Eldorado has been our main casino in the Shreveport/Bossier City (S/BC) area for the last 5 years or so. We like its layout, its location in proximity to downtown Shreveport, and the comps they provide for our level of play. I must admit, though, that I'm growing tired of the casinos in S/BC. I'd much rather visit casinos in Nevada where the video poker games have better pay tables, comps are more easily earned, and service is generally better, among other things. On our trip to the Eldorado this time, I was really disappointed with the quality of service in all areas (cafes, drink service, hotel, etc.). And I noticed a large number of slot machines that were out of service. At the bank of 5 video poker machines where we usually spend most of our time, for example, one machine was completely shut down, and another had several buttons that did not operate properly so that you were not able to adjust the speed of the game and do other things.
We crossed the river to check out the new Margaritaville Resort Casino, but were disappointed with the games there. I had hoped that this new casino would bring some competition to the area, but I saw no 99% plus pay tables on the video poker machines that I checked. Now, I did not check every VP machine in the place, but I did check at least a dozen, and at various denominations. I saw nothing worth playing. As a result, we did not play; we did not even bother to join their player's club. It looks like a nice casino, though, and unlike the neighboring 5 casinos, it is land-based with all casino action on a single floor. The other 5 casinos are riverboats, each with 3 floors.
While we were on the Bossier City side of the river, we played a few hours at the Horseshoe. There are a few competitive VP machines there if you arrive early enough to claim them. After a short session there, we went next door to the Louisiana Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is a nice place, complete with a hotel, numerous eating places, movie theater, and various outlet style shops. We noticed quite a few empty stores as we strolled about. Donna picked up some perfume at Parfumania, and we looked at camping and hiking gear in Bass Pro Shop. Wow, prices at that place have really gone up! That seems to be happening everywhere, though.
We spent most of our time at the Eldorado, though we did venture next door to Sam's Town for a few hours of play. Our rooms at Eldorado were comped, as well as the meals we enjoyed there. And that is what keeps us going back to Eldorado . . . at least, for now. Usually our only expenditures on these trips is gasoline and what we lose in the casino.