October 6 - 8, 2014
I like Mesquite. This small community of about 15,000 just inside the Nevada line from Arizona is pretty unique.
I-15 effectively divides Mesquite into two separate parts. On the south side is the old town, settled in 1880 by Mormons. The original business district is located here, along with older residential areas. To the north of the interstate is the new part of town, which consists of upscale housing developments such as Sun City Mesquite. There is a small but very modern hospital and a small airport also on the north side. Everything on the north side is beautifully landscaped, and it is very attractive. That isn’t to say that the south side is unattractive. The entire town is very nice. It's a very progressive community.
There are a million golf courses in Mesquite. Well, maybe not a million, but there are about 15, and most are on the north side. The lush green of the golf courses contrasts beautifully with the brown desert and hills in the area. I have to wonder about the water required to keep those courses green, though.
There are three large casinos in town: Eureka, Virgin River, and Casa Blanca. Eureka and Virgin River are just off the interstate on the extreme east side of town, while Casa Blanca is off the interstate farther west. We stayed at Virgin River simply because the rates were low. We did not play there, though. We play video poker, and the pay tables across the street at Eureka were far superior, so we did all of our playing there. We stopped at Casa Blanca while driving around town and did a walk through, but found no favorable video poker games there. However, of the three casinos, Casa Blanca is the only one with a hotel connected to the casino. With both Eureka and Virgin River, the casino and hotels are physically separated. There are also a couple of older and smaller casinos in the older section of town, but we did not visit them.
We enjoyed playing at Eureka. There is an abundance of NSUD (a version of deuces wild video poker with an expected return of 99.73%) and 9/6 Jacks or Better throughout the casino at various denominations. As always, we signed up for the players’ club upon our arrival and were given 2 travel mugs (one for each of us) to welcome us to the club. As we were leaving after 2 days of play, we stopped in at the players’ club to see if we were eligible for anything based upon the points we had accumulated. We came away with a tote bag, a blanket, a cap, a pint of Jack Daniels, and 2 more travel mugs. Not a bad haul for less than 2 days of play.
One of the things we really liked about playing at Eureka is that the customer base is largely from the retirement community that thrives in Mesquite. It's nice to be around people our own age. And the music played in the casino the whole time we were there was music that we enjoy. The overall experience was just very pleasurable for us. I hope we can return.