If you are seeking a quieter place to gamble in Nevada, consider Mesquite near the Arizona border. About an hour and a half from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, this gambling town contains three casino resorts offering many of the same games of chance and amenities you would find in "Sin City."
CasaBlanca Resort & Casino
If you enjoy a good laugh, try the occasional free comedy acts in the showroom here, including comedians who have been featured on late night shows such as "The Tonight Show." CasaBlanca hosts a number of unusual special events, from barbecue cook-offs to bunco tournaments. The resort contains three restaurants, only one of which is open 24 hours, and a buffet serving three meals a day. The casino contains the normal assortment of gambling games like slots, video poker, blackjack and craps, plus other games such as pai gow poker and three-card poker. CasaBlanca also offers a race and sports book.
Eureka Casino Resort
This resort is the golfer's paradise, as the hotel often offers package deals that include rounds of golf at nearby Wolf Creek and Conestoga golf courses. If you need to plan a conference in the Mesquite area, Eureka features convention space for up to 200 guests. Eureka offers one all-night restaurant as well as a buffet serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Players club members get $2 off of a buffet. The casino is the largest in Mesquite and is well-stocked with extra games such as poker, let it ride, bingo, pai gow poker and three-card poker. Eureka also has a race and sports book.
Virgin River Hotel Casino
If you ever dreamed of staying at hotel with a gun club, this resort's for you. Virgin River often offers the "$38 Special," which gives visitors a room for the night and 100 sporting clays to shoot at in the adjoining Oasis Gun Club. This resort could be considered the entertainment capital of Mesquite with a 24-lane bowling center and movie theater featuring four screens. Virgin River operates one 24-hour restaurant and a buffet. The casino is the only one in town offering live keno, and also has bingo and a race and sports book.
Thanks to its location on the Nevada-Arizona border, Mesquite serves as a jumping-off point for some of the region's most famous natural attractions. Grand Canyon National Park is a three-hour drive to the east, while the strange hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the towering cliffs of Zion National Park are only a couple of hours north in Utah. Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park is about forty-five minutes to the southwest.
- "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009