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South Lake Tahoe casinos put you in the money

LAKE TAHOE " Put your game on at the six famed Stateline casinos along the beautiful south shore of Lake Tahoe.

Everyone is a winner when they make Lake Tahoe a vacation destination. You can bet on it. At Lake Tahoe's south shore, first-class casino entertainment, gaming, dining and nightlife combine with pristine beauty of the nation's largest alpine lake.

One trip through the casino corridor at Stateline makes it clear why Orbitz rated the region the No. 1 travel destination in the country. 

South shore's casino corridor was recognized by Men's Journal as the Coolest Gambler's Town in its November 2005 issue.

Six 24-hour casinos, Harrah's, Harveys, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Horizon, Bill's and Lakeside Inn, offer gamblers a vast selection of slot machines and gaming tables. Harveys and Harrah's IGT MegaJackpots have produced hundreds of millionaires and have awarded more than $3 billion in major jackpots.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is a slot player's paradise with more than 600 glittering machines, the most Wheel of Fortune games in South Tahoe, and the area's best Video Poker odds up to 99.5 percent.

Gamers can play one cent to $100 with MontBleu's slot and video games. Ticket-in/ticket-out technology allows guests to transfer their winnings to any machine on the property.

MontBleu's new interactive slot machines include eBay, where one to five people play at once, and The Big Spin, a 10-station Wheel of Fortune machine that gives players a chance to spin the life-like center wheel for even more cash. Recently unveiled, "The Zone" includes a remodeled Sports Book and a new poker room. A haven for all things athletic, "The Zone" has more than 40 large-screen TVs.

Projection screens and plasmas showcase all of the day's top races and sports action. The Sports Book includes seating for 100 and offers nine individual 12-inch TVs. The adjacent eight-table poker room features various buy-in levels of the popular Texas Hold 'Em.

Harveys Lake Tahoe's offers daily and weekly Blackjack and Poker tournaments and 825 slot machines in the Tahoe Live Casino near the Hard Rock Cafe.

Blackjack betting ranges from a $20 buy-in to a $250 buy-in with $2,500 in tournament chips each round (two rounds) and the prize pool of all buy-ins. The casino's Live Poker Pit hosts daily and weekly poker tournaments.

Harveys has won Best Sports Book for eight consecutive years. It's all-new, non-smoking Race and Sports Book boasts the highest sports limits in northern Nevada, with no-limit pari-mutuel wagering.

The Sports Book accommodates fans of football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, hockey, and horse racing and offers 76 new TV screens, including twelve 6x8' wide screens, state-of-the art flat screens, individual high-limit betting booths, all electronic betting boards, and more.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe boasts a broad-array of gaming options, ranging from Video Poker and new Rapid Roulette to 870 slot machines and a specialty game area featuring Baccarat, Craps, Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Wild Aruba Stud, blackjack, Progressive Blackjack, Royal Match "21," and Super Sevens "21." Harrah's also offers the largest top-end Keno payouts in Lake Tahoe.

Bill's Lake Tahoe Casino, Tahoe's only smoke-free casino, is located next to Harrah's. Bill's is home to the greatest and largest selection of Video Poker in the Tahoe area with 312 slot machines. Bill's Casino is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sundays - Wednesdays and 8 a.m. - 4 a.m. Thursdays.

Horizon Casino Resort Lake Tahoe has all the amenities of a larger casino while maintaining the charm and personal service of a smaller one. The casino features a full selection of the latest and most popular slot machines as well as many old favorites and a wide range of table games. Blackjack is dealt with a single deck, a double deck, or a six deck shoe. The casino features weekly Blackjack tournaments, fast paced Craps action, Roulette, Poker Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, and Let it Ride. Keno fills 42,000 square feet of gaming action.

For those who want to play at home, Horizon will sell old slot and video poker games such as Ducks in a Row, Fishin' Buddies, 1 cent Multi-Game Winning Touch, Ultimate Keno, and others.

Lakeside Inn & Casino was voted by local residents as the Loosest Slots in Tahoe, Best Place to Hit a Royal, and Best Place to Play Video Poker.

The casino offers a great mix of slot machines, table games, Keno, a lively Sports Book and a brand new poker room. Lakeside boasts the largest Craps table in Nevada and is the only casino on the south shore to offer 10X odds, seven days a week. Roulette is played on the finest wheel in existence, the English Huxley.

Aside from its beauty, the Huxley is known for random play, even out of balance. Keno is played every seven minutes and the popular Ticket of the Month pays back over 99 percent.

Keno at Lakeside was voted Best of Tahoe in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The Race and Sports Book offers wagering on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and special events like the PGA, plus pari-mutuel wagering from thoroughbred and harness tracks across the country.

For information about South Lake Tahoe, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or log onto www.BlueLakeTahoe.com.

 

The Reno/Tahoe International Airport provides more than 134 daily flights to 46 destinations - 16 non-stop and 30 one-stops. Non-stop destinations include Bellingham, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.

The RTIA is just 55 miles from South Lake Tahoe and is accessible in 65 minutes via the non-stop South Tahoe Express, a luxury motor coach. Tahoe Valley Airport (TVL) is a year-round all-weather facility with professional services located in South Lake Tahoe, CA for general aviation and the corporate executive traveler.


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