I don’t know about other people, but when I go to the casino, it would be nice to have at least a chance to win. Just returned from 3 days at belterra. The hotel and the rest of the common areas were very nice, well above average. We were there aug 1 to 3rd, 2009. Many of the common areas were so cold you had to get up and leave. We told many about it and on the 2nd day it was better. Ate in the buffet twice---good----however many items were not hot. When you go to the casino, it is like leaving from a beautiful park and going to the slums downstairs. Very little light, no cheer here and a old selection of machines with very tight paybacks. You don’t expect this when you are at a place like belterra. The pool is very small and not easy to get to. All in all----not a place that i would hurry back to for a second look.
I used to like Belterra because they have an outstanding progressive deuces wild? bank of video poker machines. The payback can get above 100% when the progressives get high enough.
The hotel rooms are excellent and the buffet is pretty good as well. They used to have very good cash and buffet comps so this made the casino one of my favorites.
However, they have changed the comp scheme so you need to play about $10,000 to get a free buffet particularly if you play video poker. They always had a snippy attitude at the players club but I think it has gotten downright snotty lately.
So in spite of the good deuces wild video poker machines, I never go back there any more. I can't believe that they think you need to lose thousands of dollars to qualify for 2 lousy buffets.