Gaming Destinations

You’ve got a winning hand, a sure-bet blackjack. The only thing more exhilarating than pulling up 21 is putting it back down, to the dealer’s demise. Spine-tingling feelings like this happen at casinos all over the country, and as a Bluegreen Vacations owner, at least five specific destinations are just waiting to deal you a winning experience.

Atlantic City

Bally’s

A regular schedule of poker tournaments brings plenty of players to Bally’s Poker Room at Bally’s Atlantic City. The casino itself is large, colorful and exciting, with over 5,000 slots, including Red Hot (TM) Multi-Level Progressives, Top Gun, Hot Shot and more.

Trump Taj Mahal

The dazzling Taj Mahal by “The Donald,” with its mega-watt entrance and giant minarets, was built at a cost of nearly a billion dollars. One of the world’s largest casinos, it’s home to world-class entertainment in addition to gaming that includes more than  3,000 slots and 200 table games, a baccarat pit, an exciting simulcast facility, and a smoke-free poker room that’s home to the United States Poker Championship. Progressives include Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Indiana Jones. Form an “alliance” and go find the video game Survivor: Winning Streak.

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One of the largest casinos in Atlantic City, Caesars fills more than 145,000 square feet with nearly unlimited gaming choices. Players can use Total Rewards cards to earn “comp dollars,” and invitations to special casino events. Feeling flush? Head for the maximum-bet tables where blackjack has a $50,000 cap. Opt for Spanish 21 to experience the same game with a few twists. Or try your hand at Sic Bo, the three-dice game where patrons bet on combinations. Payoffs go as high as 180 to 1. And hold on to your hat: Fortune Pai Gow has a heart-racing payout, for a seven-card straight flush, of 8,000 to 1.

Las Vegas

MGM Grand

Here’s the best reason to go to MGM Grand Las Vegas: Guests can enjoy daily table-side massage service performed by licensed massage therapists while making bets during their vacation. This might be the perfect warm-up for MGM’s No Limit Hold ‘Em poker tournaments now Sunday through Friday. Slots are hot, with denominations ranging from penny to $1,000, and this casino has thousands of them, plus video poker and multi-game machines. Want to play a game you won’t find anywhere else in town? Look for Majestic Lions, the $1 progressive machines that pay out over $750,000 each day. You can even take a chance on a $1 million payout on the Reel Millions and Lion’s Share machines. MGM’s video scratch-and-win game, Pick Six Giveaway, has up to $2 million in prizes.

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The sexiest poker lounge on the Strip is likely the one-of-a-kind Poker Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Private VIP rooms, bottle service, iPod stations, big screen TVs, killer music and a full bar and lounge set the stage. Even novices can relax; free lessons are available here. This room shoots  and scores. Tournaments happen daily, at noon and 8 p.m.

If “keep it simple” is your vacation mantra, find Casino War. This fast, one-card showdown pits player against dealer in Wild West gun-slinging style.

New Orleans

Harrah’s

Roulette, baccarat and table action keep excitement levels high at Harrah’s casino in New Orleans—located just steps from the French Quarter. A brand-new themed slot area called Party Gras is making a splash. Slots start at only a penny, so you can while away fun-filled hours for next to nothing, or try your luck on one of the $500 machines. Harrah’s offers enough poker variety to please beginners and seasoned players. No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is a perennial favorite.

Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk Casino

Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells packs plenty of traditional gaming fun into its oversized facility: bingo, craps, poker, more than 2,400 slot machines and video poker.

Ho-Chunk also offers terrific off-track betting inside the full-service Ho-Chunk Dome. Drop by the high-stakes blackjack room to try your luck at a really big win. This casino’s Ticket-In, Ticket-Out technology lets you cash out without a wait and eliminates heavy coin buckets. The winnings on your ticket will work in any denomination machine for which you have enough credit.

Ho-Chunk is also “bingo nirvana,” with Double Pay Sundays and BOGO (Buy One Get One) Fridays.

Hollywood, Florida

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The famed Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which features blackjack, baccarat, mini baccarat, three-card poker, Pai Gow poker, and Let It Ride. But the most unique gaming experience in this exciting casino might well be its exclusive, interactive Star Trek slots: players choose a character, and play through an actual Star Trek episode.

Hard Rock’s Player’s Club is the “frequent fliers” way to earn bonus points on slots and machines. You can earn prizes like free meals, free drinks, free valet parking and invitations to private parties.

If you enjoy gaming, the odds of having a great time at any of these establishments certainly are in your favor.