When I first visited Thunder Valley Casino I thought I was lost. I drove past the buildings in Sacramento and into wide open space. This was odd to me because I didn’t know Sacramento had too many wide open spaces. And even though I felt like I was way out it really didn’t take but about 30 minutes from our hotel. As California casino lovers I’m sure you realize that’s not very far for some of these casinos.
So there I was in what I felt to be the middle of nowhere when I saw it in the distance. I was actually quite stunned because it was massive! I thought it’d be small considering the surrounding areas grassy fields, but believe me it’s not. It’s like 6 stories!
My wife’s eyes light up like Christmas. She’s the true lover of gambling. I just love the casinos and the nightlife, but when she saw that place, her jaw dropped. It stayed that way when we entered the gambling for too. The ceilings were seriously, and I mean seriously vaulted.
There’s this great modern bar in the middle here she and I really enjoyed sitting back and talking. For those who know my wife they know that sitting back and talking at a casino is not normally her thing. The bar had this great geometric dim lighting and was located in the middle of the gaming floor on the west end.
And I was not disappointed on the other end either. There an equally as cool but totally different bar. More of a sport bar but encased and surrounded with fountains and multi colored lights. We enjoyed ourselves there a bit as well.
If you frequent Native American Casinos in California you are used to seeing a lot of the same slot machines and video poker. Luckily the gaming floor is massive and there are tons of slots. I was really surprised to see games I had never played before. Sure enough later I saw them starting to come into my own local Native American casino, but it was there that I got to try them first.
I would have really enjoyed the chance to stay at the hotel. I went there at night so I didn’t really get a chance to see the huge pool and luxury that the spa and hotel are had to offer. I’m heading down there again this Labor Day weekend and I am going to take a look. I’ll be sure to get some pictures.
The beers were cheap. Of course I come back to beer but isn’t that what a casino is for…? Drinking and Gambling! They had a lot of micro brews, free drinks and the bars were stacked with all sorts of alcohol. Alcohol I’ve never heard of and I was a bartender. Granted it was only for two years, but I was a bartender none the less.
We were only planning on staying for 3-4 hours due to our limited schedule but we had so much fun we moved some things around and stayed for 6! We had a blast and like I said we will be heading back down there this weekend.
So if you’re looking for a casino near Sacramento the check out Thunder Valley Casino, Hotel, and Resort. It really is all those things. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I will be returning again and again. http://casinoscal.com/placer-county/lincoln/thunder-valley-casino/
Bryant Gordon is a connoisseur of casinos, food and all things California.
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