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Special Promotional Section: Let the Gaming Begin


Posted on May 21

No need to drive to the lake—a number of casinos sit practically on Sacramento’s doorstep. Try your luck at blackjack or poker, or gamble the night away on the slot machines. Here’s a look at some of the area’s biggest options.

Photography by Rudy Meyers Photography

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln
916-408-8777, thundervalleyresort.com

This stunning casino just north of Roseville offers visitors an all-inclusive gaming experience. Think of it as Club Med on a local level, with all of your dining, entertainment and lodging needs in one spot. The 17-story hotel features 297 rooms, including 40 suites, with a state-of-the-art health club, an elegant spa and, for water lovers, Coconut Pool + Bar, reminiscent of luxurious Las Vegas resort pools. Enter the building and you’re greeted by a dazzling array of flashing lights and sounds from the slots, each beckoning you to stop and spin the reels. More of a card person? Try your hand at blackjack or poker, then refuel at the newly remodeled Buffet, where you’ll choose from a seemingly endless line of sumptuous dishes such as carved meats, grilled sausages, brick-oven pizzas, sugar snap peas with forest mushrooms, and dim sum. Top off your meal with a sweet treat or two from the dessert station, and you’re ready for a show. Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater hosts well-known acts music lovers won’t want to miss, including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Cheap Trick, Doobie Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. As the sun sets in the background, stage lights with rotating color gels softly illuminate the bands, making for an ethereal experience of which you’ll be thrilled to be a part. “If you have not been to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, it is definitely worth a trip,” says resort representative Doug Elmets, founder/president of Elmets Communications. “Our outdoor amphitheater is second to none in the region, and we have an exciting lineup of big-name entertainers for our fourth annual Summer Concert Series. From our AAA Four- Diamond accredited High Steaks Steakhouse to our luxurious hotel and spa, Thunder Valley has something new and exciting to offer everyone.”

Amenities
Slot Machines: Progressives, Premiere Slots, Video Poker
Table Games: Bonus Spin Progressive Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Blackjack, Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow with Progressive, California Craps, Mystery Card Roulette, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Let it Ride, Dealer Bluff Poker, Mississippi Stud
Poker Rooms: YES
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars Red Lantern, Thunder Cafe, High Steaks Steakhouse, Food Court, Mingle Bar, Falls Bar, Thunder Bar, The Bar at High Steaks Steakhouse, Coconut Pool + Bar
Buffet The Buffet
Hotel Rooms YES, Hotel Packages
Spa/Salon Spa with whirlpool, steam and sauna areas; 24K gold leaf facials, manicures and pedicures
Swimming Pool Coconut Pool + Bar
Golf Whitney Oaks Golf Club, Resort Golf Packages
Rooms for
Weddings/
Meetings
Pano Hall, High Steaks Steakhouse, Coconut Pool + Bar, Red Lantern, Thunder Cafe, The Buffet, Whitney Oaks Golf Club and Holiday Pavilion

 

Summer Calendar
Must be at least 21 years of age to attend. (Guests ages 13 through 20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.) Prices do not include taxes and fees. All shows take place in the Outdoor Amphitheater.

June 1 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons $87.50, $72.50, $59.50, $47.50 and $39.50
June 7 Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo $87.50, $73.50, $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50
June 8 Super Summer Soul Jam featuring Cameo, Lakeside, Rose Royce and Evelyn Champagne King $74.50, $62.50, $52.50, $44.50 and $39.50
June 14 Doobie Brothers $77.50, $62.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50
June 21 Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham $94.50, $78.50, $62.50, $49.50 and $39.50
June 22 Lynyrd Skynyrd $97.50, $83.50, $67.50, $54.50 and $44.50
July 12 Under the Sun featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball $77.50, $64.50, $52.50, $42.50 and $34.50
July 13 Huey Lewis & The News $79.50, $67.50, $57.50, $47.50 and $37.50
July 20 Larry Hernandez $77.50, $62.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50
Aug. 3 Chicago $92.50, $77.50, $62.50, $49.50 and $39.50
Aug. 9 Family Reunion Tour: Gladys Knight and The O’Jays $89.50, $77.50, $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50
Aug. 10 Comedian, actor and game show host Bill Engvall $74.50, $62.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50
Aug. 16 Chris Isaak $77.50, $62.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50
Aug. 30 Frampton’s Guitar Circus $97.50, $83.50, $67.50, $54.50 and $44.50

 

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson
(800) 822-9466 jacksoncasino.com

Just south of Sutter Creek, this AAA Three-Diamond property warmly welcomes guests with its recently renovated 86 deluxe rooms and suites conveniently located next to the casino. Once you’ve settled in, head for the casino floor and let the gaming begin. Slot machine enthusiasts can spin the reels to their hearts’ content on one of 1,600 games with denominations ranging from one cent to $100. Love the action but not the cigarette-scented haze that often comes with the territory? Then go straight to the smoke-free casino area or one of the poker rooms for all the fun sans fumes. During your stay, become a Dreamcatcher’s Club member (it’s free) and earn points to redeem for major discounts on lodging, meals and shows such as ’70s rock band Foreigner, set to perform this August in the Grand Oak Ballroom. Got kids younger than 18 in your party? Drop them off at Minor’s Camp Arcade, where they’ll feast on complimentary popcorn and hot dogs and get their fill of age-appropriate video games in a safe environment. If you arrived in the family recreational vehicle and don’t need a room, they’ve got you covered: “Jackson Rancheria’s RV park remains one of North America’s highest rated,” says resort PR representative Miranda Marsalla of Elmets Communications. “[It’s] located in a beautiful, secluded forest setting, minutes from the action at the casino as well as the Mother Lode Gold Country. You’ll find it all here.” Whether you can’t get enough California roulette or just want to relax poolside, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has something to please people of all ages. What are you waiting for? Get in your car and come play, today.

Amenities
Slot Machines: Video Keno, Video Poker, Reel Slots
Table Games: Blackjack, Pai Gow, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Mini Baccarat, Card Craps, Roulette
Poker Rooms: YES
(Nonsmoking, table-side food and beverage service; low- to no-limit games; high-limit rooms)
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars JoBo’s Junction, Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge, Pacific Grill, Margaret’s Cafe & Bakery, Hotel Coffee Bar
Buffet Rancheria Buffet
Hotel Rooms YES
Newly renovated Three-Diamond, Three-Star hotel offering 86 eluxe rooms and suites
Spa/Salon NO
Swimming Pool YES
Golf NO
Rooms for
Weddings/
Meetings
YES

 

Summer Calendar
Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets or attend shows.

June 2 An Evening with Easton Corbin $20 for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40 for nonmembers
June 7 Jackie Greene $20 for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40 for nonmembers
July 12 Soul Jam $20, $30 and $40 for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40, $60 and $80 for nonmembers
July 13 YES $20 and up for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40, $60 and $80 for nonmembers
July 21 Ted Nugent $20 and up for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40, $60 and $80 for nonmembers
Aug. 15 Foreigner $20, $30 and $40 for Dreamcatcher’s Club members; $40, $60 and $80 for nonmembers

 

Colusa Casino Resort

3770 California 45, Colusa
(530) 458-8844 colusacasino.com

This multifaceted resort west of the Sutter Buttes requires a bit of clever navigating to reach, so travel with a smartphone- toting front-seat passenger if you don’t have a GPS tracking device in your vehicle. Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, Colusa Casino Resort entices visitors with an impressive array of amenities: lodging, restaurants, a salon/spa, gaming and off-site activities. The 55-room River Valley Lodge offers complimentary Wi-Fi, direct casino floor access and a Wellness Center with a full gym, year-round heated pool and sauna. “From the moment you walk through the door, you know that you are a valued guest,” says advertising manager Jennifer Martin. “From the best new member rewards to our outstanding guest service, we go out of our way to ensure you have an exciting experience every time.” Outdoor lovers can choose from golf, horseback riding, riverboat tours and fishing expeditions organized through the resort’s partnership with Colusa Indian Community Outdoor Adventures. Planning a bachelorette party or girls’ getaway? Round up your gambling gal pals and treat yourselves to manicures, pedicures and massages at Ooh-La-La Salon & Spa, followed by fizzy drinks and appetizers at Wintun Dinnerhouse—all the fun of Las Vegas without the pricey plane tickets. Jack’s Lounge & Grille is the place to be on the weekends for free musical entertainment. This month’s featured performers include rocker Jason Buell, DJ X-Cell and the disco sounds of the G-Spot Boogie Band. When it comes to meeting all of your gaming needs, Colusa Casino Resort gets the job done.

Amenities
Slot Machines: YES
Table Games: Texas Hold ‘Em, Three- Card Poker, Single 21, Emperor’s Challenge Pai Gow, Blackjack, Deuces Wild
Poker Rooms: NO
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars Wintun Dinnerhouse, Jack’s Lounge & Grille
Buffet Seasons Buffet
Hotel Rooms YES
Spa/Salon YES
Hair, tanning, nails, massages, makeup and salon products
Swimming Pool YES
Golf YES
Organized through Outdoor Adventures
Rooms for Weddings/
Meetings
YES

 

Summer Calendar
All shows take place in Jack’s Lounge unless otherwise noted.

June 1 ESP Free
June 7-8 Kymmi and the Diamond Back Free
June 14-15 Jason Buell Free
June 21-22 Northern Heat Free
June 28 DJ X-Cell Free
June 28 Fiesta Nights, Showroom, Prices TBA
June 29 G-Spot Boogie Band Free
July and August shows TBD

 

Red Hawk Casino

1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville
(530) 677-7000 redhawkcasino.com

Since its December 2008 opening, Red Hawk Casino has provided guests with superior gaming, entertainment and dining experiences. Right off Highway 50 in the heart of El Dorado County, the casino is an economic and social dream-turned-reality for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. “There is something for everyone at Red Hawk Casino,” says general manager Bryan deLugo. “From the delicious, award-winning dining, free live music nights and more than 2,300 of the luckiest slots, guests can expect an outstanding casino experience every time they visit.” While you’re busy hitting the jackpot, your little ones (babies to 12-year-olds) will enjoy passing the time at professionally supervised Kids Quest, where they’ll channel their inner Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber on the Karaoke Star Stage, run around the indoor playground and get their fill of nonviolent arcade video games at Cyber Quest. End the day with a family dinner at Waterfall Buffet, complete with live-action cooking stations featuring Asian, Italian and south-of-the-border dishes. It’s no wonder visitors have chosen Red Hawk as the best casino in more than 100 polls, including those by KCRA 3 A-List, the Mountain Democrat newspaper and Casino Player magazine.

Amenities
Slot Machines: YES
Table Games: Multi-deck Blackjack, Singleand Double-deck Blackjack, Bonus Spin Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow Poker, Mystery Card Roulette, Bonus Craps, Midi Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, EZ Baccarat, live nonsmoking Card Room featuring Texas Hold ‘Em and Multi-deck Blackjack
Poker Rooms: YES
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
(second floor)
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars Henry’s Steakhouse, Pearl Asian Cuisine, Koto Grille, Two Rivers Cafe, Hawk’s Coffee, Mahogany Bar, Stage Bar, High Limit Bar, Sports Bar
Buffet Waterfall Buffet
Hotel Rooms NO
Spa/Salon NO
Swimming Pool NO
Golf NO
Rooms for Weddings/
Meetings
NO

 

Summer Calendar

June 1 Mother Mayhem, Stage Bar, Free
July and August shows TBD

 

Feather Falls Casino & Lodge

3 Alverda Drive Oroville
(530) 533-3885 featherfallscasino.com

Oroville may not be right around the corner, but Feather Falls Casino & Lodge is definitely worth the easy, 90-minute road trip from Sacramento. “Feather Falls Casino is California’s best bet for gaming, dining, lodging and entertainment,” says marketing assistant Dori Moura. “With more than 1,000 slot machines, a dedicated poker room and a dozen card tables in the blackjack pit, the facility also boasts an 84-room hotel with a pool, five-story parking garage, an award-winning KOA Kampground and two cocktail lounges.” Kick off your summer here on June 22 with a refreshing dip in the one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor pool, followed by a flavorful lunch at the BBQ Cook-Off; just $10 gets you five tastings. Wash it all down with a cleverly named brew or two such as Coyote Spirit, Wild Warrior and Naughty Native. Later that night, the festivities continue with a musical performance by blues rocker Elvin Bishop in the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company. Before you head for bed, put your poker face to good use over a game of Texas Hold ’Em or Seven Card Stud, or try your luck at those thousand generous slot machines. Offering roundthe- clock action and eats, Feather Falls is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.

Amenities
Slot Machines: YES
Table Games: Blackjack, Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud
Poker Rooms: YES
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company, Bow & Arrow Lounge, Golden Feather Lounge
Buffet Dreamcatcher Buffet
Hotel Rooms YES
Spa/Salon NO
Swimming Pool YES
Golf NO
Rooms for Weddings/
Meetings
YES

 

Summer Calendar

June 1 Spazmatics $5
June 3 Car & Bike Cruise Night Brewery Parking Lot, Free
June 5 Dinner Show featuring Dean-O-Holics $10 show only, $35 single/$60 couple for dinner show
June 7 Rockin’ Down the Highway $5
June 8 Crossfire (tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan) $5
June 14 Chris Gardner Band $5
June 15 Chicago Tribute Authority $5
June 21 Decades $5
June 22 BBQ Cook-Off $10 for five tastings; Elvin Bishop $20, $30 and $60
June 28 Straight Country featuring Buck Ford $5
June 29 Fiesto Latino $7–$10
July 1 Car & Bike Cruise Night Brewery Parking Lot, Free
July 4 The Alternators $5
July 5 Travelin’ Band $5
July 6 Fan Halen $5
July 13 Caravanserai (Santana tribute) $5
July 16 Summer Beer Pairing Dinner $35
July 20 Fiesta Latino $7–$10
July 27 Queen Nation $5
Aug. 5 Car & Bike Cruise Night Brewery Parking Lot, Free
Aug. 9 Paperback Writer $5
Aug. 10 Aces Up $5
Aug. 16 Decades $5
Aug. 17 BBQ Cook-Off $10 for 5 tastings; Journey Unauthorized $5
Aug. 23 Mumbo Gumbo $5
Aug. 24 Fiesta Latino $7–$10

 

Cache Creek Casino Resort

14455 Highway 16, Brooks
(888) 772-2243 cachecreek.com

If a AAA Four-Diamond, Four-Star casino resort sounds like your ideal summer escape, look no further than Cache Creek Casino Resort. The lush, hilly Highway 16 scenery through Esparto and Capay en route to Brooks makes the hourlong drive from Sacramento fly by. “Cache Creek is really an ideal gaming getaway,” says casino PR manager Michael Traum. “Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day trip or want to enjoy a few days of four-star luxury, Cache Creek is the perfect destination.” Apply for a free Cache Club card and score desirable perks such as concerts and a $25 resort credit, valid toward golf, dining, gas, hotel, spa and other amenities. Golfers will love the Stay and Play Packages, which include complimentary Callaway RAZR rental clubs to use at the resort’s 18-hole championship course, Yocha Dehe Golf Club. A day hitting the greens leads to a hearty appetite; satisfy it at Cache Creek’s newest restaurant, Canyon Cafe, where you’ll dig into seasonal selections of flavorful Filipino and American fare in a relaxed setting; a glass or two of local Chardonnay makes the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Don’t even think about hitting the sack until you’ve played a hand or two of blackjack—lady luck might just be on your side.

Amenities
Slot Machines: YES
including Video Poker and Video Keno
Table Games: Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Casino War, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Let it Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow Tiles, Lucky Lucky Blackjack, Dragon Baccarat
Poker Rooms: YES
Smoke-Free Casino Area YES
Headline Entertainment: YES
Restaurants/Bars C2, Asian Kitchen, Chang Shou, Canyon Cafe, Sweets, Etc., Sports Page Pub & Grill, The Deli, Loco Express
Buffet Harvest Buffet
Hotel Rooms YES
Spa/Salon YES
Massages, facial therapies, hand and foot treatments, whirlpools, steam rooms, fitness center, hair salon, saunas and relaxation lounge
Swimming Pool YES
Free for hotel guests/ day pass $20 per person
Golf Yocha Dehe Golf Club
Rooms for Weddings/
Meetings
YES

 

Summer Calendar
Must be at least 21 years of age to attend. All shows take place in Club 88.

June 1 The Temptations $69, $59 and $49
June 2 Job & Joy Free w/Cache Club card
June 8 Ms. Suzan G. & Mr. Hsieh Lei $108, $78 and $58
June 15 Tower of Power $55, $45 and $35
June 22 Vietnamese Summer Concert Free w/Cache Club card
June 29 Ju Hyun Mi Free w/Cache Club card
July 6 Society of Seven $65, $45 and $35
July 13 38 Special $59 reserved and $45 general admission
July 20 Jonny Lang $59 reserved and $45 general admission
July 27 Salt-N-Pepa $75, $59 and $49
Aug. 2 Bella Donna (tribute to Stevie Nicks)/Free w/Cache Club card; $20 without Cache Club card
Aug. 10 The Whispers $75, $59 and $49

 

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