If you tire of the busy atmosphere of Las Vegas, consider giving Mesquite a try. One of a handful of small gambling towns in the Nevada desert, Mesquite features three casino hotels, each offering hundreds of hotel rooms and a few suites. The casinos here offer the usual games of chance, as well as features and amenities you would expect in most Las Vegas properties.
Location and Hotels
Mesquite contains three casino hotels -- CasaBlanca Hotel Casino, Eureka Casino & Hotel and Virgin River Hotel Casino -- all clustered around Interstate 15. Mesquite is located 77 miles northeast of Las Vegas on the border with Arizona.
CasaBlanca and Virgin River offer RV parking for travelers in recreational vehicles. CasaBlanca has an 18-hole golf course and health spa, while Virgin River features a 24-lane bowling center and movie theater with four screens. Each property has a handful of restaurants, including buffets offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Each casino contains hundreds of slots and video poker machines. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board reported that the average payback for dollar slots was 95.76 percent and was 94.41 percent for quarter slots in the 2009 fiscal year, higher returns to players than the numbers cited for big brother Las Vegas. These casinos also feature top table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, pai-gow poker and Three-Card Poker. Each contains a race and sports book, but only Eureka features a poker room. Both Eureka and Virgin River offer bingo games.
Each casino offers players clubs. Sign up for a card when you play and use the card as you gamble at slot machines or table games. You can earn comps such as free meals and rooms and may also get offers in the mail for freebies upon your return to Mesquite. Players club card holders at Eureka get $2 off a buffet.
Virgin River offers some of the most affordable accommodations; you can often find rates lower than $30 a night on weekdays as of 2010. Eureka charges more premium rates, with rooms often in the triple digits. CasaBlanca tends to offer rooms at rates in the middle of these two extremes.
- "American Casino Guide"; Steve Bourie; 2010