Locals flock to friendly Poker Palace

Sep 7, 2004 5:50 AM

Looking like something out of Disney’s Fantasyland, the Poker Palace has a castle skyline outlined in multi-colored neon lights, flanked by massive marquees that shout the latest happenings.

But inside, normalcy prevails in a casino accented by wood-paneled walls, indirect lighting and crystal chandeliers.

The casino is surprisingly large, meandering through several gaming areas.

The main casino floor features a few low-limit blackjack tables, a bingo hall, a modest poker parlor (usually two tables operate around the clock), race and sports book, plus plenty of reel and video slot machines.

In addition to popular poker machines such as Triple Play and Double Bonus, you’ll find reel slots such as Wheel of Fortune, and Quartermania and the latest video slot games.

Non-smokers will like their own "mini-casino" that features a separate front entrance, where you can play poker, video keno and slot games. While the slot games include most of the latest releases, there are still plenty of "oldies but goodies" such as Bonus Poker and Bonus Poker Deluxe.

In order to compete with the other popular casinos on North Las Vegas Blvd., the Poker Palace features weekend promotions in which lucky players can win up to $10,000.

One popular attraction is the paycheck promotion, in which a lucky player can win up to five times his paycheck ($10,000 maximum). Enhancing the experience is the spin of a huge wooden wheel of fortune.

The in-house restaurant is really pretty nice, serving a wide-variety of solid American specialties at bargain prices.