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Recipe for Casino Selections - Nevada

1 October 2001

By Gayle Mitchell

With so many casino selections out there for slot players, it's time to start cooking by targeting some favorite casinos of mine, our readers and the choices of slot players worldwide. The fillings for a gourmet casino recipe are many before us, however we must choose carefully.

Of course, the first ingredient for a perfect slots recipe must be the highest payouts including a large cup of 'certified' slots. Newest versions sprinkled about, lots of slot types, comp-slot card club benefits to include that creme-de-la-creme cash-back option, large dollops of customer service, mouth-watering dining, activities and shopping options plus your comfort level as a player/cook are all necessary ingredients for a perfect casino recipe.

I have said many times that the higher payout ingredient can be found in Las Vegas and because all casino gamblers end up in this desert town sooner or later; we will start 'cooking' there.

Las Vegas: Reserve, Sunset Station, Sam's Town, Santa Fe, Orleans, Fiesta, Arizona Charlies and Boulder Station on the outer loops of town. Downtown Fremont Street for Main St. Station, Union Station, El Cortez, Horseshoe and Four Queens. Just off the strip: Gold Coast, Palace Station and Barbary Coast. The Vegas strip, while certainly offering a wide selection of newest versions to compliment the newest hotel/casinos, does not fit in the 'highest payout' category -- choose carefully.

Laughlin: Desert Palms--who now tag the highest payout slot machines, Pioneer, Colorado Belle, Golden Nugget and Ramada.

Reno: Circus Circus, CalNeva, Peppermill, Eldorado and Silver Legacy. Note--the nickel slots in Reno have a higher average payout percentage than Vegas.

Smaller gambling venues sprinkled in our recipe include:

Elko: Red Lion Inn and Commercial Casino, the oldest casino still operating in Nevada -- located 300 miles N.E. of Reno.

Carson City: Carson City Nugget -- located 35 miles south of Reno.

Jean: Gold Strike and Nevada Landing -- located 25 miles S.W. of Las Vegas.

Lake Tahoe: Tahoe Biltmore and Cal-Neva (north shore). Harrah's, Harvey's and Lake Tahoe Horizon (south shore) -- located 60 miles N.E. of Reno.

Mesquite: Rancho Mesquite, Star and Virgin River -- located 80 miles N.E. of Las Vegas.

Primm: Buffalo Bill's, Primm Valley and Whiskey Pete's -- located 25 miles S.W. of Las Vegas.

W. Wendover: Peppermill, Rainbow and Silver Smith for the folks from Utah -- located west of the Utah border.

Now we're cooking! Just how hungry are you?

As slot payout percentages include video poker and video keno, players of those games can use this information for their casino selections also. Highest slot payout percentages from reporting gambling jurisdictions are offered in each issue of the Slots Report, a twice monthly publication.
Gayle Mitchell
Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

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