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 new Smoke Signals Jackpot, which awards its winners with at a minimum of $1,000,000?enough to purchase the entire moon in 1952. The Player Jackpot has prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, and The Dreamer Jackpot dispenses prize amounts up to $75,000.Hundreds of other 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.
At Bocados, which means "mouthful" in Spanish, fresh local and seasonal ingredients fill every dish. Chefs whip up colorful Mediterranean-inspired meals from mouthwatering mussels to toasty, thin-crust pizza. The menu also incorporates American dishes, including the restaurant's signature Reaper Burger. The welcoming atmosphere and tasty kids' menu keep the 300-seat dining room bustling with families and groups of friends most days of the week.
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).
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.
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.
As half of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has played everywhere from the arena to the rodeo, beer joints to casinos. His Texas twang and electric guitar chronicle 20 years of wide-ranging exploits on his self-titled debut solo album. After he and Kix Brooks played their last show together in 2010, Dunn set to work as the new album's sole producer and main songwriter. "This time around, I baked it,” he said. “I baked it and cooked it, and cooked it again.” His signature rowdy honky-tonk kicks through in the single “Let the Cowboy Rock,” and the poignant ballad of forgiveness, “Bleed Red," urges listeners to “turn the anger into water / let it slip through our hands.”