Going for the Gold

Sep 20, 2005 12:15 AM

Visitors to Black Hawk, Colorado have a chance to sample a flavor of Las Vegas-style gaming with a Rocky Mountain twist at the three Golden Gaming Inc. casinos — Mardi Gras, Golden Gates and Golden Gulch.

Like most of the casinos in Black Hawk, the Golden casinos have a historic ambiance and Victorian charm.

But inside, there is fast-paced casino excitement coupled with Las Vegas-style amenities.

Even though Colorado offers "low stakes" gambling, the casino offerings are nearly indistinguishable from those on the famed Las Vegas Strip.

The casinos feature more than 1,100 of the most popular slot and video machines. Machines from major manufacturers (IGT, Aristocrat and Williams) are represented and include, Little Green Men, Triple Red Hot 7’s, Pharoah’s Fortune, Hoot Loot, Sea Monkeys, Queen of Sheba, All that Glitters, Diamonds in the Rough and Panda Pays, to name a few.

Customers can choose machines up to the $5 statutory limit (most machines are quarter and dollar denominations), as well as the wildly popular 1¡ and 2¡ games.

For those who prefer live action, the Golden casinos feature nine table games that offer blackjack (including double action blackjack and multi-action blackjack).

Other table games feature the popular banked poker variations such as Bonus 6, which is a five-card stud-style game and the enormously popular 3-Card Poker.

Coming very soon to the Golden Gates will be live poker in its new Poker Parlor, where players will be able to ante-up, go all-in and belly-up for Texas Hold’em, seven card stud and other popular games.

When it’s time to refuel, diners will find tasty and bargain-priced choices. Café Orleans features a casual dining experience that includes a winning selection of entrees such as Cajun shrimp marinara, crawfish, and stuffed tenderloin.

On the second floor of the Golden Mardi Gras casino diners can feast on steaks and seafood specialties, as well as a complete menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings.

For those players on the run, the Golden Express snack bar serves great hot dogs, pizza and other fast food favorites.