We have been to Las Vegas multiple times, but have never visited any of the casinos right in our own area of New York state. The casinos in Las Vegas are huge and glitzy. They are shows in themselves with erupting volcanoes, water fountains, and fighting pirates. The Finger Lakes Gaming casino is much smaller, and subdued. They had plenty of parking. Our first order of business was to get some dinner. We had been told that their buffet was pretty good. The price of the buffet was $16.99, or $14.99 with a Player Extras card. So we headed over and signed up for Player Extras cards. The cards even came with a little coiled cord, and clip. We got some tickets that we could place into some big drums to be entered to win a tailgate package for a Buffalo Bill’s football game, and also a trip to Australia.
We made our way back to the buffet. After paying (with a $2 off for each of us with our new cards), we were seated at a table. We got plates, filled them with food including prime rib and shrimp, and returned to our table. A waitress came took our drink orders, and brought our drinks shortly. The food was good, not great, but good. And they had a decent variety. It was no comparison to the $5 (or $6-$7 these days) prime rib dinners you find in Las Vegas.
After we were done eating, went out to play some games. Unlike Las Vegas, the Finger Lake Gaming casino is non-smoking! I liked this. I hated it in Vegas when I was sitting playing a game only to have someone sit down next to me and start chain smoking. Yuck! But I didn’t have to deal with this at Finger Lakes Gaming.
They have a great variety of games. My wife likes a slot machine named Larry’s Lobster Trap or something like that. I headed over to find the nickle video poker games. I played for a little while toggling between Jack-Or-Better, Bonus Poker, and Double Bonus Poker. After a while I decided I would like to spend some time with my wife. They have a lot of machines in there, and I wandered around the place a couple times without spotting my wife. I finally asked an employee where the Larry’s Lobster Trap games were, and he pointed me to them. I made my way over, and found my wife. I guess the machine is called Lucky Larry’s Lobster Mania. I sat down, and played the game next to her. After she had gone through $40, and I finished off my $20, we decided we were tired, and headed home.
Overall, it seems to lack the attraction of Las Vegas. Actually in Vegas, we mostly gamble while we are waiting for dinner, or maybe to kill some time. We generally don’t gamble just to gamble. We may go explore a couple of the other area casinos such as Seneca Niagara Casino.
Also, Las Vegas gives comp drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, but it is nice to have some Diet Cokes while I am playing.