Texas Casinos

Texas, the Lone Star State, is famous for a number of things, all of which are important to the average Texas native. Texas is the home of The Alamo, U.S. President George W. Bush, and cycling champion Lance Armstrong. Texas is the second most populous state in the union, with 22,490,022 inhabiting people its vast, open spaces. The capital of Texas, Austin, has become a cultural Mecca for artists, musicians and more, with infamous South by Southwest Music Festival held in Austin annually. This large state covers at least 268,581 sq. miles.

With a state this big, it is believable then, that there are a large number of casinos covering the state. If it is a Texas casino that features horseracing that you are interested in, well, there are a whole lot of them.

Choose from Texas casinos available like the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, which features quarter horse racing or the Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, which also boasts quarter horse racing as well as the option of betting on thoroughbreds. Valley Race Park in Harlingen features thoroughbreds, Sam Houston Race Park in Houston features thoroughbreds and quarter horses, Manor Downs in Manor features quarter horses and Retama Park in Selma features thoroughbreds and quarter horses. Each park features dining options as well.

The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, located in Eagle Pass, is one of the larger Texas casinos. It features more than 1,000 slot machines and more than 20 table games. There are dining and entertainment options in this Texas casino and is operated by the Kickapoo Tribe.

The Texas Treasure Casino Cruise is another gambling facility located in the Long Star State. Based in Port Aransas, this Texas casino features more than 400 slot machines, more than 20 table games and a host of dining options. Bingo is also a featured game at this Texas casino facility.

For those interested in visiting Texas casinos with dog racing, the Corpus Christi dog track, located in the city of Corpus Christi and Gulf Greyhound Park, located in La Marque, are both excellent quality dog-racing tracks. The Corpus Christi dog track features an option for dining and Gulf Greyhound Park features both a concession stand as well as a dine-in option.

Review of the Coushata Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana

My wife and I live just north of Houston Texas. We have been going to Louisiana casinos about twice a year for many years.

The closest casinos are the “riverboats” in the Lake Charles area. These are nice but we usually go to Coushatta in Kinder Louisiana. It takes about 30 minutes longer to get there but we like it much better. (It is about a 3 hour drive from the Houston area to Kinder.)

Coushatta is land based and significantly larger than the so called riverboats. It is usually not as crowded and we think the slots are more liberal. We like to try new slots and they seem to update more frequently than the Lake Charles resorts.

This week we went with an offer for a $29 room and $20 free slot play. There are three levels of rooms. The most deluxe (and most expensive) is the Grand Hotel, mid price is the Grand Inn, and our $29 got us a Monday-Thursday Pines Lodge room. If you are not too particular that is good enough for a nights sleep. However our room had a broken air conditioner and the temperature was in the 90′s. The clerk said there were no rooms available for exchange but they would send the repair man. The service technician said that the Hotel had neglected cleaning the units, and wasn’t replacing the air filters, which caused breakdowns. At about midnight he gave up on repairs and said the unit needed to be replaced. We called the reservations line for help and they found us another Pines Lodge room to move to. That room had a great ac unit but it was a smoking room with an awful smell, and double beds instead of the single bed room we reserved. This probably won’t happen to you but I have to wonder if the Pines has an effective manager? Wouldn’t management 101 be to service the ac units, especially in a southern climate? And maybe do something to control the odor for smoking rooms (think sleeping in a big ashtray)?

Other negatives for the Coushatta included the buffet. That may be just me, but I have been to many casino buffets and this is one of my least favorites. There is a lot to choose from, but there are too many Cajun items for my taste.

Maintenance in the gaming area seems to be slipping, for example carpet repaired with duct tape.

Drink service in the gaming area is adequate and the staff is mostly well trained and friendly. Points from game play are a little stingy but equal or better than the Lake Charles area programs.

All things considered this is still my favorite LA casino, and I will go back. If you go here are some suggestions.

Get an advantage card. You will earn rewards and be mailed special offers.
Go to their website and look for promotions that you like. This can be entertainment, tournaments, lodging offers, free slot play, or cash give aways.
Watch out for speed traps on the road leading to the casino! These are notorious, and are usually where the speed is suddenly reduced for one of the tiny towns along the way.
Don’t gamble more than you can comfortably afford to loose. The Indians will usually win!

Article by Glenn Lamb

Houston Casino Rentals Are a Big Hit

Houston, Texas is the 4th largest city in the US behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Needless to say, there is a lot going on in and around the City of Houston. All of the professional sports are represented, night life, cultures, NASA, and the list goes on and on…except for casino gambling. As a matter of fact, Texas is one of the few states left in the union where casino gambling is still illegal, even on Native American lands.

It’s no wonder that the neighboring states of Louisiana and Oklahoma have a number of world-class casinos planted firmly along the borders. If you ever go to one of these establishments, make note of the license plates in the parking lot. Virtually every car in the lot is from Texas. There is just no telling how much revenue the state of Texas is losing from gaming dollars going outside of the state. The issue comes up time and again in the state legislature, but is always shot down by a strong Baptist presence within the governing body. Maybe some day they will learn from history and discover that you can’t legislate morality. Just take a look at what happened with Prohibition!

But being the Texans that we are, we are not going to let this get in the way of our fun. Houston casino rental companies are all the rage for providing the excitement and entertainment that a live casino has to offer, all within the law. Top of the line Houston casino rentals use state-of-the-art equipment and professionally trained dealers to provide Houstonians with the games and action that can otherwise only be obtained by traveling out of the state. When you hire a reputable casino rental company, you decide what you will be playing for. Is it a prize that goes out to the winner of the night? It could be gift certificates that go out to the Top-10 chip earners. As long as you are not paying out cash for chips at the end of the night, then you should be good-to-go.

We recently held a corporate casino party where they held little mini-tournaments throughout the night. Regardless of the game people were playing (i.e. Crap, Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, etc.), whoever earned the most chips in the next 15 minutes won a $100 gift certificate. It’s the dealer’s job to keep tabs of the action, but you can imagine the excitement and the HUGE BETS that were being placed!

Another example was a 30th birthday party that a loving wife surprised her husband with. They had about 35 guest in attendance in their home and the gaming tables were cranking. If someone ran out of chips, they had to take A SHOT to buy back into the game! It goes without saying that there were some pretty ‘happy’ people there before the night was over. At the end of the evening, the dealers counted up the chip and present a raffle ticket for each 100 chips redeemed so they could hold a drawing for door prizes.

Another common use of Houston casino rentals is for non-profit fund-raising events. The donors purchase chips to play at the casino tables and all of the money goes to a worthy cause. This is one of the most preferred themes currently for fund-raising because the donor is getting a level of entertainment proportionate to their donation, and the check books keep coming out for more as the night progresses!

That 2-hour drive to Lake Charles (if the traffic is good and you break a few speed limits along the way) might be good on occasion, but it’s always nicer when you know that you can bring the game to your front door whenever you want to. These are just a few of the reasons that Houston casino rentals are trending and will continue to trend as long as Texans are forced to take their money over the border. Hey Texas Legislature…Can anyone say ASTRODOME CASINO?