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February 19, 2008

Cherokee Casino: Great fun, food, folks

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While penny slots are pretty much confined to the downtown area of Vegas these days, CCC has a machine for every coin and lower-end denomination, starting with pennies and working on up to $5. Most machines will also break larger bills. After playing and observing for a while, we decided the quarter machines gave the best bang for the buck, although the $1, $2 and other "paper money" slots might have been "looser," thus giving you better odds. But at CCC as with everywhere else, to have a shot at a big jackpot, you have to plug in the maximum number of coins every time you play. For some penny machines, for example, the max is 180 coins, which is $1.80, whereas the max number of coins on a quarter machine could be as low as three, thereby costing you 75 cents a shot. (If you're just playing for fun, it doesn't matter; we saw people in line to play some of the penny slots, and they weren't putting in the max number of coins.)

And I counted at least three distinctive gaming floors at CCC, probably owing to the fact that it has undergone expansions already. The older part of the casino, which gives of the aura of a gussied-up warehouse, was the hoppin' spot when we were there. After a quick and tasty meal of barbecue, we ventured into the area, where a country band was doing lively covers on a stage, and a few couples were even doing some modified two-steppin' between the machines.

Down a hall and around a corner we found a fascinating, gargantuan version of Wheel of Fortune, where groups of people actually sat around the wheel on benches -- two to a bench, but one per play. (A car was to be the eventual jackpot.) Then, farther down, the main (and apparently newest) floor opens out to the left, and this is where most of the gaming tables can be found. Another band was onstage at one end, this one playing rock 'n' roll covers.

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