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.
Applause! Dinner Theatre’s production of The Miner and the Madame, a rollicking two-act musical comedy set in the Old West to hit modern songs, turns a night of theatre into an interactive experience for audience members. Fill up on a hearty, Western-themed buffet dinner before digging into the tale of a be-boozed and be-brothelled mining town resisting a modesty makeover that could save it from going ghost town. Seasoned musicians and actors steer the play to an ear-luxuriating apex set to hit songs from Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, the Beatles, and more. Sip on an included nonalcoholic drink (or spring for a drink with an extra kick for an additional charge), while silver miners, madames, and even servers prompt gravitas and grins with their entertaining banter and napkin macramé. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show includes two 45-minute acts with intermission.
Originally built in 1946, Broadway Theatre enjoyed an almost 50-year tenure of showing the popular films of the time and hosting live productions before it was sadly forced to close its doors in 1993. Dismayed by the loss of their theatre, members of the community came together, purchased the venue, and reopened it, and Broadway Theatre has remained under their watchful protection ever since. Now, the movie house screens independent films gathered from around the world and plays host to improv-comedy shows, concerts, and professional fire drills.
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).
Snooker Shack lures pool-hall marvels with billiards tables, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a menu of classic bar fare that is available 365 days a year. Chase wily eight balls with a friend or friendly postman ($11.50) while snacking on some crinkle-cut fries ($3.33). The dry ribs heat benumbed tongues with boneless seasoned dry ribs, ranch dip, and a zesty lemon wedge ($9.29), and the herbivore nachos season crispy tortillas with tomatoes, green onions, black olives, and jalapeños ($7.86). The Burger of the Rings responsibly tops a 100 per cent Canadian ground beef patty with two crispy onion rings and sides the sandwich with fries or a caesar salad ($8.81). Snooker Shack also wraps cheese steaks and grilled or crispy chicken, like a newborn fairy, in a tortilla before tucking it in with ranch or caesar dressing ($10.21).
The program presents Saskatchewan-born baritone Peter McGillivray intoning songs and arias investigating humanity's sinister side. Ivory-tickler Julien LeBlanc accompanies the award-winning troubadour as he skates across barely frozen lakes of vice, blackguardism, and illegal downloading. Saskatoon Opera is Saskatchewan's premier outlet for libretto-based amusements, with performances held in the elegant, modern Persephone Theatre. Seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis upon arrival at the box office.