My wife and I stayed at the new hotel on a Friday night as we were passing through West Virginia. We had been at the casino once before, and wanted to try out the hotel. We were very impressed with everything.
The hotel was a bit pricey, $119.00 + tax, but it was brand new. The bed was the most comfortable bed we ever slept on, the pillows were great, the room had lots of space and amenities, including a nice flat screen tv, and the bathroom was spacious with a great shower. The walls were a little thin, so noise did travel from room to room. The hotel had a great breakfast buffet, including made to order omelets. There was a business center with 2 computers, which was great as well. The hotel attendants even called the room to make sure that we had everything we needed. The only downside is that the pool is a little small, but there is a nice hot tub, exercise room, and deck area to make it nice. Overall, the customer service at the hotel was great.
The restaurant was very good. We ate the Friday night seafood buffet - $22.95 per person - which had a great selection. Crab legs, clams, salmon, prime rib, crab cakes, calamari, oysters, create your own pasta, salads, and great deserts were all on the menu. The server that we had was absolutely wonderful as she always had a drink refill ready and was quick to attend to any and all needs.
The casino is still small. There are not many table games, but there was a wide range of betting limits. Blackjack from $5 to $100 minimum bet, roulette from $5, three and four card poker, craps, and other games were all active. The slots are older than other casinos, and there was no “Jacks or Better” video poker from what I saw. However, there was a great range of betting levels, from .01 up to $1 and more. There were not a huge amount of people playing, but there were a good number of attendants and drink girls available.
The poker room was packed and lively. The poker room had many promotions going on for Texas Hold 'em, 7 Card Stud, and Omaha, including bad beat jackpots and specific hand promotions. The dealers were very friendly and would strike up a conversation with the table to keep people involved and interested. There were various poker room specials, including $1 drafts and hot dogs. There were a lot or regulars playing, which could be uncomfortable for some players.
The rewards in the casino were good. I made enough points playing poker for 5 hours to receive $4 in food credits. The rewards are rather limited however, and they do expire.
Overall, the casino was great. For the people that expect a casino to give away money, they are delusional. If you are expecting a fun time with good food, a great new hotel, and a relaxed place to gamble with friendly people, then this is a great place.
This is now retitled as the Mardi Gras Casino (as per their website) with a very nice theme decor. We stayed in the parking lot in a motorhome overlooking the race track. Did not play table games so could not rate them. We played slots for a couple of hours for fun, ate dinner in the casino and then watched the dogs run from our motorhome; It was a good evening after a long drive. Recommended for RV'ers.