Big payouts aren't the only things that draw smiles at Dakota Dunes Casino. Across the facility's 85,000 square feet, visitors break into grins over sprawling buffet, the full-service bar, live entertainment, and, of course, gambling. A multitude of staffers roam the casino floor, ensuring each guest has no cause to frown.
More than 600 machines fill the slot area with electronic beeps and bright neon lights, which display names such as Life of Luxury and Dakota Dunes Mysteries. The largest potential payday comes from the Smoke Signals Jackpot, which awards its winners with at a minimum of $250,000—enough to purchase the entire moon in 1952. Hundreds of machines may dispense thousands of dollars at any given time, while one- and two-cent machines dispense more frequent thrills. Inside the poker room, games of limit and no-limit Texas hold'em stretch well past midnight.
Dakota Dunes Casino also hosts the occasional live music performance from country and bluegrass artists along with other entertainment acts.
Burgers and pints of beer are a popular pairing at Lumsden Hotel & Steak Pit. Diners can also opt for heftier entrees such as veal parmigiana or liver and onions, or just sip mixed drinks while playing pool or singing karaoke. Guests can also stay overnight in the hotel's rooms.
The House features an extensive menu and dishes out a large selection of pub fare alongside its wide variety of imbibables. Starters such as the house platter, a generous smattering of wings, ribs, chicken fingers, and calamari ($25), can get a group of intimate Facebook friends started on their culinary journey. For the herbivorous, four different salads are available, including a soup and salad combo ($7) with a choice of caesar or greek salad. The House's eight burgers—ranging from the Old Skool beef patty topped with bacon, mushrooms, mozzarella, and a house sauce ($9) to the spicy chicken burger, a Cajun-spiced chicken breast piled with jalapeños, onions, cheddar cheese, and spicy mayo ($9)—hush the compulsive growls of carnivorous patrons. Wee ones can also conquer hunger cravings thanks to The House’s kid’s menu of tyke-friendly options, such the chicken fingers and fries ($5) or cheese pita pizza ($5). After the kids’ appetites are curbed, they’ll be free to monitor the adults’ pool playing and other antics, keeping hissy fits at bay.
The famed annual country-music festival propagates its popularity via apparel and accessories artfully emblazoned with the festival's name. Like the moon reflected in a tub of moonshine, rural rustic roots are reflected in Craven Country Jamboree's weathered, casual regalia. Young yeomen can don duds that include a black-printed sleeveless T-shirt that reads “Farm Boy,” embellished with a rogue rooster design ($15). Laconic ladies can let their threads do the talking for them, with a charcoal pullover that not only exhibits the festival's name but also regales its owners with stories from its days at the cotton mill ($40). For those whose all-purpose one-piece jumpsuits render them indisposed towards apparel, Craven Country Jamboree also features 11"x17" aerial festival photos ($15) and posters of past seasons' lineups ($10).
At Living Sky Casino, fortune seekers set a gambling pace to the whir of slot machines and tinkle of chips amassing across eight live gaming tables. Upon stepping into the 50,000-square-foot space laden with earth tones and stacked fieldstone, guests sign up for a free Players Club membership. The gambling floor then avails itself to shrewd manoeuvres and covert magic 8 ball consultations as players cast their lots at the blackjack and poker tables and cajole their croupier at the roulette wheel. Limitless rounds of coffee and soft drinks sate palates as guests exercise their arms at the slot machines. After emptying pockets and hollowed-out pizza pocket of gaming chips, risk takers can head to Horizons Restaurant, whose menu stays in circulation until 10 p.m. daily. Diners can placate bellies with an Indian taco ($11), traditional Navajo fry bread topped with ground bison, or delve into the house-made pilsner-battered fish 'n' chips ($11).