I travel a decent amount for work and this month had me going all over the U.S. Every time I have a trip planned I scout out the potential for a casino visit. I started the month with a slot hall in Alabama, and to end the month I had a trip to Seattle.
This Seattle trip was a little odd since I had to take a red-eye from Seattle to NYC before heading home. That scheduling oddity set up an opportunity to check Washington state off my personal list of states where I’ve gambled in live casinos. After my meetings I had several hours to kill before my flight and a free rental car day on my account.
I picked up my car in downtown Seattle and set out for Snoqualmie Casino which is about 30 minutes east of town. The weather was a typically awful rainy afternoon so I didn’t get to see much on the drive, but I have a feeling it is a beautiful place when the sun comes out.
The casino was about the same as most regional casinos I’ve visited over the years. Big parking deck, a Pacific Northwest motif, truckloads of slot machines, a bar in the center, and a decent amount of table games. Since I was only playing for an hour or so I didn’t bother with the high-limit area and picked a seat at an open $15 blackjack table. The table filled up pretty quickly, and as usually happens at these regional places, most of the players bet nearly as much on the side bets as they do on their hands. I was basically even for my hour of play until losing a final split/double/double hand sent me to my car down a bit.
Overall, the casino was fine, dealers were friendly, and they only offer 3:2 payouts on blackjack so if I have the opportunity in the future I’ll likely visit again, but really this visit was more about checking off state #13 on my list of casinos: AL, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IA, KS, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NV, and WA.
I’ll keep making the trips, reporting back, and keeping tally until I visit every state that offers casino gambling.