Thursday, October 13, 2005

Gila River - Wild Horse Pass Casino

Last night I visited my thrid casino in the greater Phoenix area. The Gila River Casino at Wild Horse Pass (WHP) is another large Indian casino from the same mold as the Arizona Casino and Fort McDowell Casino reviewed above.

Unlike the others, WHP does not emphisize poker as much. They have a total of 17 tables. Last night (Wednesday) they only had 12 of these tables in operation. They had 3 to 12 people waiting for each level which kept the available tables full. WHP spread a single table of $2-4 limit holdem with other tables at $3-6, $4-8, and $8-16, all with a full kill. I wonder if having kill games is some kind of state law? I played the low limit game.

Another difference at WHP is one that will keep me from returning. Smoking in the poker area is allowed. I don't mind them allowing smoking and I didn't check because I will usually go to a casino once even with the smoking, but now I've been there and done that. I'd rather play smoke free.

They also allow food at the tables. The food was good and half-priced for players. I got a hamburger , fries, and a soft drink for $2.50. Some of the stir-fry looked better, but I am tired of asian food on this trip.

The tables were not as segregated as I've found in most casinos. They were next to the blackjack tables and very accessable to the rest of the casino. The area had some casino pass-through traffic, but not enough to be disturbing. The game that I played was loose, but not nearly as loose as the Fort Mcdowell donkeys.

The staff was a mix of real nice managers and board stiff dealers. Iesha (sp?) who went by Ike loosened up a bit when I asked if her given name is the same as Stevie Wonder's daughter (that is the kind of stupid trivia that I remember). She said that it was. Otherwise, the dealers seemed stressed and not a whole lot of fun. But that is OK with me as I'm real quiet at the table anyway.

My play was much better last night. I was getting good reads on the players and found some good cards to finish up $50 on the night.

1 comment:

'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
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Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."