Among the oldest Henderson casinos, the Skyline on Boulder Highway has withstood the test of time.
Most recently, it’s withstood the test of new ownership. Many long-time customers were concerned last year when auto magnate Jim Marsh bought the casino. But their fears were unfounded as Marsh did very little to alter the "good thing" going at the Skyline.
Evidenced by the elbow-to-elbow crowds, the Skyline remains one of the more popular locals’ haunts in the competition-rich East Valley.
"We have a dedicated clientele," said a casino floor supervisor. "They keep coming back for the hearty, full-course dining in the restaurant, as well as the mix of video poker and keno machines in the casino."
Indeed, the Skyline’s Horizon Room restaurant does a superb job in serving solid American favorites at bargain prices.
For instance, you can feast on a generous prime rib dinner with salad bar for less than ten bucks. In fact, most of the entrees — from steaks, chops, chicken and fish to pasta dishes — are less than $10.
There are also tasty daily specials, such as beef stew, chicken-fried steak and pan-fried trout almandine. Breakfast-lovers won’t leave hungry if they order the hearty Farmer’s Breakfast — ham, bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast, and biscuits and gravy, all for less than $5.
The Skyline’s casino is dominated by a huge oak bar, where the specialties are frozen margaritas and shrimp cocktails, both a buck apiece.
The bar is flanked by a modest table game pit (about three blackjack tables) and a poker table. The cozy sports book (Leroy’s) has its own corner of the casino, where sports bettors can watch the action and bet with impunity.
The featured attraction at the Skyline, however, is its vast collection of slots — mostly video poker and video keno, the games of choice for most locals.
There are about 500 machines spread around a casino floor that meanders through several rooms. Featured are the popular deuces and joker wild games, double bonus, triple bonus, Game King, four card keno and much more.
Most of the slot games are of the nickel and quarter variety, but for those willing to step up there are plenty of dollar slots and a few $5 slots.
The Skyline is at 1741 N. Boulder Hwy., about five blocks east of Sunset Road.