The MGM National Harbor, the last of Maryland's casinos to be approved since casino gambling was legalized here several years ago, has arrived. There are some fair vp options consisting of 10 game king slant top machines located in the rear left side of the video poker section, parallel to the poker room. These machines offer 9/5- 98.5 Jacks or Better, 9/6-Double Double Bonus-98.98, and 9/7 Double Bonus-99.10 at $1, $2, and $5. I believe there are several other games on these 10 machines that also fall between 98-99% return, including Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker Deluxe and some a few Triple Bonus Poker options, but didn't write the paytables down to research and confirm this....The real problem here is you have to gamble $35 to earn 1 slot club point on these machines, kind of a bummer. I can't really comment on comps and mailings yet, but will update if I get anything worthwhile. ...One plus, is they have been running a promotion on Thursdays the past few months where you can get between $5 and $1000 in free slot play for every 100 points earned. This can be done up to 5 times per Thursday. I have found that at least for the 10 game king machines they actually give you the free play offer for every 25 points earned, whereas it is 100 points for slots.This is not advertised but has been the case the past two months. A small concession to vp players. Thursdays appear to be the day to go right now, but overall the $35 coin in to earn 1 point on the 10 game king machines with the okay but not great games is a real bummer. I haven't played the other vp machines I observed with lesser pay tables, so cannot comment on what the coin is for a slot club point on these machines. ....The drink service has been pretty good here, at least for me, so far, with cocktail waitresses making the round fairly regularly. This place has Horseshoe and Maryland Live beat in terms of what they offer if you're a dollar vp player, but the slot club puts a damper in that.
I have been a long time (25 years) player at the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga Michigan. Baraga was the FIRST native casino in the USA, Started by Fred Dakota a tribal member in 1983. The current casino is very old , could use new air handlers and air conditioning. The gaming is pretty solid. I have gambled in probably 50 other casinos here in the U.S. and abroad. Casinos are built to make money so keeping that in mind Baraga does a decent job of giving back to players. I am not a comps user so I cannot speak on that but I have won a considerable sum playing video poker and dollar slots. I do not play the 1 cent video game type machines. There is a plan to build a brand new Casino as they should. I rate Baraga a 3.9 out of 5 for gaming. Staff is friendly and the drinks affordable.
Good value for medium limit players. The ACES and Eights at 50 cent level 100%+ payback and the Bonus Poker 25 cent with progressive on royals, str. flush, 4 aces and bonus 4 of kind are best bets. Combined with good slot club (cash back plus meal and room comps) make this one of the best values on the strip. Dining choices are limited but the steak house and pizza shop are above average. Rooms are so so. Still offers FREE parking.
They have lowered their payout schedule on 25 cent video poker to a ridiculous level.
I believe this is the best overall casino anywhere. I have frequented just about every casino in Las Vegas and Henderson (as well as Reno and Laughlin) and this casino has nicest atmosphere, in my opinion. Drink service is excellent. There is a wide array of machines with excellent payables throughout the casino. The service staff at the restaurants are very attentive, in my experience. This casino is very clean and upscale. This is one of the furthest casinos in Vegas from my home (local) but it is well worth the trip for the casino experience. I have not stayed in the hotel so I can not make a comment about that experience.