Took a party bus to New Orleans and we stopped here mid-way through the trip for the free buffet and free gambling.
The staff here could use some training in how to deal with out of town guests.
As we were getting off the bus we were informed that we needed to check in to get out complimentary $5 worth of gambling. I will admit that most people on the bus were happy to find out that due to some promotion, we would actually be getting $15 worth of complimentary gambling. I'm not a gambler, so it didn't give me that much of a thrill.
As we enter the resort, the person I went in with and I were both asked to step aside and were questioned for our ID....another 48 or so people on the bus and only the two of us get carded. My friend blamed it on my having on an Obama t-shirt.
So after waiting almost five minutes a supervisor comes and clears our ID and we are allowed into the casino area.
Well, once we were cleared, we had to pick up our guest/playing card from the desk. The guy that waited on me made me feel like I was dumb for not knowing how the process worked. Excuse me that I don't visit casinos every day of my life, but overall he was short and curt and didn't make me feel welcomed at all.
We went into the buffet area. It was around 10:30 am and we were informed that the buffet would be ending in 30 minutes, and the next one would be set up in about an hour. At first, I didn't understand, did that mean I had to eat all I could eat in 30 minutes. Yes, it did. OR, I could pay an extra $19 and eat at this buffet, and the one being set up in an hour. I went with the free buffet, since it was mostly breakfast foods and I knew that in about 2 hours I would be back on the party bus, and in 3 more hours be in New Orleans, so I didn't worry about the lunch buffet. The lady that explained it to me was the friendliest staff member I met. Plus we were allowed to continue to sit in that area even after the buffet was closed.
Pretty standard buffet, but they had tons of fresh fruit, corne beef hash, and great biscuits, so I was filled up 4 bowls with fruit, another with corne beef hash and grabbed a small bowl of grits and sat back to indulge.
Once we were done eating, I made my way into the casino to spend my $15 in promo bucks. One employee told me that each machine I played I needed to play $1 of my own money to use the promotion bucks, so I proceeded to enter my dollar and play a game. Great day at the number of people at the casino at 11 in the morning and looking like they been there all night.
Well, I like to think of myself as intelligent, so I was bummed that I could not figure out how to play the game and just went to mashing buttons. I won $6.
I moved onto another slot machine, and attempted to get the guest services person to tell me how it worked. She seemed a little disgusted that I didn't know how to work the machines, so I inputted another $1 of my own money, pulled the handle, and someone how or another I won $2.
By this point, I was done gambling. If they casino employees won't tell me how to play and I keep playing an winning these small amounts, I figure I'll stand back and watch others.
I ended up making $8 by spending $2 and started the day with 1500 credits on my game card. When I cashed out, it showed that my card still had 1483 points. When we got back on the bus, someone laughed because they said I didn't play anything and ended up with $8 to show for it.
Call me lucky.
Not a gambler, so I doubt if I will ever return, but if I do, I have a game card with 1483 points on it that never expire.
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