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Casino Question ~ best for food, poker, entertainment?

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Casino Question ~ best for food, poker, entertainment?

Which casino would you recommend in NM that has a good poker room, excellent restaurants, beautiful accommodations, and some sort of entertainment/diversion for the non-gaming spouse? We often go to Santa Fe so Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino caught my eye, but there are many to choose from. (I will also post this on the Santa Fe forum.)

Thank you for any input.

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1. Re: Casino Question ~ best for food, poker, entertainment?

The nicest Resort-Casino, IMHO, is Sandia. The hotel is large and only a few years old, several good restaurants with an 18 hole golf course. Not sure about the poker, maybe someone who gambles could fill you in on that. The only other Casino really close to Albuquerque is the Isleta Casino, now the Hard Rock Casino and Resort. Very modernistic decor, they do have some entertainment, but it is sporadic, and the same applies to Sandia. Both are relatively close to major sites in Albuquerque, such as Museums Galleries and Old Town. Santa Ana Star Casino has the Hyatt-Tamaya Resort about a mile from the Casino. Very nice, but other than the golf course, not much else to do, and further from Albuquerque proper. Don't know much about Buffalo Thunder, it's too new, several miles from Santa Fe. Hope this helps

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Sorry for the late reply, but I had to ask a friend about this one. He and his wife are both poker dealers, and they say the best poker room is definitely Sandia. I've stayed there several times and I like it very much. The rooms are nice and spacious with large bathrooms. If you get one that faces the mountain the views are spectacular.

I really like the spa. I enjoyed a day of pampering there once, and loved every minute of it. Also they have a beautiful golf course, if your dh likes that. The entertainment (when it is happening) is usually great. I've seen Ringo Starr, Harry Connick Jr., Melissa Etheridge, and more at Sandia. Check the website during your travel dates and see what's at the box office.

They have a few restaurants, I think they're pretty standard casino food--not bad but not spectacular--with one exception. The rooftop restaurant is much more upscale dining. I unfortunately had one bad experience there, but some of my friends have had great dinners there, one in the last couple weeks. Right next to the rooftop restaurant is an open air bar has great atmosphere. The mountain is so close it seems like you could touch it from up there.

IMHO, the $3 frito pie at the casino snack bar is where it's at! Yum!

Have a great trip!

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3. Re: Casino Question ~ best for food, poker, entertainment?

ABQinfo, thanks for the response!

We're staying in Santa Fe for a week so Buffalo Thunder is more convenient, and they will provide transportation.

Since you have friends in the business, I wonder what they think of the BT poker room. We don't know if there are a reasonable amount of poker players during the average weekday, so DH is thinking of going to a scheduled poker tournament.

Red Sage gets very hot and cold reviews. We're curious to check it out. And apparently there is an arcade for our young teens.

Sandia would probably be a good add on next time we visit Santa Fe. We could spend a couple of nights there on the way back to the airport.

Thanks again for the info.

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I just sent an e-mail to my friends--stay tuned and I'll update as soon as I hear from them.

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5. Re: Casino Question ~ best for food, poker, entertainment?

I have to agree Sandia. I even have to say Sandia is nice than Buffalo Thunder up north....the food at the buffet at Buffalo Thunder is not as good as Sandia.

If you are willing to drive...there is Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso near the lake....very nice scenery,,,its like a oasis.

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