Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:31 AM
This is a casino. No coasters. Probably fooled a few of you. Chicago themed. Who cares. 2 hours into the visit....Double Diamond...Double Diamond...Double Diamond! 5000 coins. Can you say Christmas is payed off in cash? Thought so.
Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:47 AM
Way to go! Congrats!
Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:05 PM
What amazes me about Mountaineer is how far it has come in a relatively short period of time. My first visit there was in 1996 and the "resort" consisted of a small tin building that housed about 300 slot machine games and the two-level Mountaineer Lodge. The race track was there as well with a small auxiliary casino attached. 8 years later, the main casino has been expanded numerous times over and is home to over 3000 slots, a beautiful 5-story hotel was added (which is very nice for overnight stays I might add), a spa and "performing arts" center were added, and many other amenities have been introduced. Mountaineer certainly must be doing something right to keep growing at the rate they are.
I have heard that MTR Gaming had a profitable '04 due to its 2 Nevada casinos, but Mountaineer was down 4%.
I also find it amusing that on almost every trip to Chester, WV, the parking lot is about 80% Ohio visitors... yet every time the casino gambling issue is put on a ballot, it is voted down. Hmmm.......
Ray P. (who is thankfully leaving for Vegas in 54 days) *** Edited 12/23/2004 5:06:58 PM UTC by ProgRay***
Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:37 PM
Maybe we'll have one in Cleveland soon enough if Mrs. Campell gets her way!
Thursday, December 23, 2004 1:27 PM
What value were the coins, AJ??
no matter what though...congrats!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:09 PM
Sigh, only quarters, but that was my Christmas budget. With 3,500 machines, I was disenchanted with the lack of video poker, and the lack of any action on the dollar slots.
MTR is taking over Binion's in downtown Vegas next summer 100% from Harrah's, so they have a bright future ahead. The place in Chester has potential with the golf and live racing, as I didn;t see much else around.
Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:30 PM
You're right about the lack of video poker Agent Johnson. Most of Mountaineer's machines are video slots, which I do enjoy... but considering the fact that they have WAY too many Easy Street machines and an awful lot of "Cashquatch" machines, I think they could part with some of those to add some dedicated VP machines. The Game Master machines (at the nickel and quarter level) are nice, but they are not full-pay and they are usually all occupied by a bunch of blue hairs playing Keno.
I just don't get the popularity of that game!
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 11:40 AM
If you spent 50 days gambling in 2004, I kind of doubt $1,200 is going to cover your losses for the year. ;)
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 4:16 PM
He could have played the penny machines Den, you never know.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 10:33 PM
Only 5 years till I can gamble in Canada...
Thursday, December 30, 2004 11:42 PM
Canada is fuuun.
Did this Moutaineer Park have tables?
Friday, December 31, 2004 12:34 PM
Mountaineer, unfortunately, does NOT have table games. The entire gaming area consists of reel slots, video slots, and multi-game machines with video blackjack, video keno, and video poker. The games are run by the West Virginia Lottery... so don't go in expecting huge payouts. I was there this past Monday and after 5 hours only ended up losing $20. Not bad... considering I was down to my last $5 about 3 hours in. The "Alien Attack" slot game paid out beautifully for me! ;)