The Edgewater Casino: An extravaganza of table games
We’ve visited, read up on and reviews *a lot* of casinos in Canada and the United States, but *never* have we seen such emphasis placed on table games. Sure, the Edgewater Casino offering some 600 slot machines and electronic games such as video poker and keno; in addition, all sorts of slots are there for the playing, including penny slots and progressive jackpot slots.
But, check out the *70* table games offering nearly as many seats as the slots! In fact, any table game considered a staple at North American casinos and is ready to play. The list includes blackjack (including double-deck and "Free Bet" variations), craps, baccarat (in four variations), Pai Gow, Texas Hold 'em (in two variations), four-card poker and electronic roulette. And if you really want to throw down, you can visit the “High Limit Table Games Room” – which includes free drinks!
The Edgewater Casino also includes a poker room with a handful of tables playing Texas Hold'em and Omaha daily.
Besides of everything else, you might be in love the location of the Edgewater, which is comfortably set downtown nearly the Rogers Centre and BC Place.
The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver: Not really in Vancouver
We think that the “Hard Rock Casino Vancouver” is a bit more marketable than “Hard Rock Casino”. Besides, with quality gaming hours like this, who’s gonna quibble about a distance of about 27 kilometres from Vancouver’s downtown?
No matter the name, the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is exactly what you’d expect from a casino built by Las Vegas-based developers and operated by First Nations citizens. This is the largest casino in British Columbia and is 100% Vegas-style gaming.
Over 1,000 slots and other electronic games are installed within the 7,400+ square meters of floor space alongside 70 table games with standards including blackjack, roulette, baccarat and craps along with a few variations on these and other popular games; the in-house high-limit room has eight baccarat tables at its centerpiece. The poker room’s eight tables make this space the largest regularly-run poker games in the province and often have pots to match.
And if the player should ever tire of this variety and actually require some, you know, sustenance, the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver boasts an incredible *seven* restaurants for a variety not even approached by other Vancouver-area casinos.
The Grand Villa Casino: VIPs most welcome
Tired of struggling to find a place to stay near entertainment spots? The problem is already solved. This casino venue is located right next to the top Burnaby Hotel. It offers:
- Well-furnished, clean rooms
- In-door restaurant with magnificent food
- A separate fitness center with cardio machines and free weights
- Convention center for any type of business meeting or conference
One can even have a wedding or any other special occasion there. There are twelve events and nine breakout rooms. The hotel provides offers and packages. Some of them can facilitate saving up to 20% on weekend costs. They cover either the stay and dining services or activities like sightseeing or sports services.
Returning to games, it is better to start to speak directly about specialties. Pulse Arena is one of them. It’s open 24 hours with non-stop live dealers. Here one can enjoy slots as well as 21st-century technology machines. Another feature is the three VIP rooms. They differ from games and design. Each is a unique composition of style and colors. By the way, promotions are offered in the VIP zone as well.
Last but not least is dining. It goes without saying that one is able to find many other good restaurants. However, the grand villa has something to offer. Don’t pay attention that most of them have the word “bar” in the heading. They serve delicious dishes. Each one has its own style and food. For example, there is even a noodle bar.
Rules regarding online gambling in Vancouver
Laws regarding online gambling in Vancouver naturally fall under the auspices of the provincial government. British Columbia is of course known as introducing North America’s first-ever government-contracted casino website. In fact, this launch of the Play Now website in June 2010 didn’t exactly go without a hitch, as the site became inactive within a week before what might be called a soft relaunch. Some glitchiness continued through the site’s first two months of operation, but things eventually got running smoothly enough that Play Now has established provincial government-run online casinos in Manitoba.
Within the industry – and admittedly some of this may be grousing of rival casino owners – it is believed that Play Now slots have much more lower payout percentage than the typical online slots: While most online slots games payout at 92% to 97%, Play Now slots have been said to pay out at around 80%, a ratio a European pub might have offered before the EU saw to the elimination of these.
Prevailing laws on gambling in Vancouver and British Columbia thus seemingly eliminate the possibility of choice for the player. Regardless, many online casinos other than Play Now accepting players residing in (or with bank accounts based in) Vancouver. Most of these sites have been audited by independent international authorities and offer safe play – at more reasonable payout percentages, too.