Casinos are steeped in suspense, from a high-stakes roulette spin to the horror-film music that accompanies every walk down the buffet line. Take in the aesthetic joy of green felt and neon with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $20 worth of noncashable slot play and a $20 dining voucher at Dakota Dunes Casino in Whitecap (a $40 total value).
Dakota Dunes Casino's 85,000 square feet of betting bliss invites players to stroll a vast gaming floor and dine. After disembarking from the Saskatoon shuttle or slingshotting car keys to an impressively reflexive valet—both complimentary services for casino guests—players armed with $20 in noncashable slot play can sidle up next to one of more than 500 slot boxes (the entire $20 slot play amount must be expended before cashing out). Heed the call of the high jackpot with enticingly named slots such as Mystic Temple and Life of Luxury, or stretch out the fun with thriftier one and two-cent slots that include Goldfish and Wizard of Oz. Dakota Dunes has more than 400 staff, omnipresent on the casino floor, there to assist slot neophytes by answering questions and aid in carrying out large walrus stuffed-animal winnings. Plus, staff members can sign guests up for the Player's Club, a free rewards program that can earn players cash-redeemable bonus points for playing slots, along with free coffee and soft drinks.
Dining vouchers worth $20, usable at the casino restaurant, satisfy high-roller appetites with sprawling lunch ($10.95) and dinner ($14.95) buffets. The in-house deli counter dishes out fast, casual eats, such as hot dogs ($3) and pizza slices ($5), for those too busy guzzling golden-coin downpours to sit-down for a meal.
Dakota Dunes Casino
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 Triple Double Diamonds. 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.