I am a Salt Lake City resident and a (sometimes) regular patron of the Wendover Casinos, (mainly Montego Bay). I remember the days when the signs on the way to Wendover used to say "SUPER LOOSE SLOT MACHINES" They don't say that anymore and the machines reflect that. I don't remember winning anything larger than $100.00 on any machine in Wendover. But I do know that I have dumped thousands into them.
I am mostly a blackjack player at the casinos, as I rarely walk away from the machines with any more than I put into them. If it wasn't for the leisure play and the easy interaction with the machines and the decent timing of the cocktail waitresses, I wouldn't even bother with the machines. I use the machines as a place to relax and have a drink.
To me, on the tables is where the money is at! Unfortunately that's where most of the bad experiences come from. The problems are really simple though. Smokers for example, I am a non-smoker, and often find myself holding my breath because of other players. I usually spend less time on those tables and usually end up walking away annoyed and smelling like an ashtray. I don't necessarily find inexperienced players that much of a problem, but I do get annoyed when the dealer is constantly yelling at the new players. If I feel that if the new player is hitting too much and at the wrong times (steeling the dealers bust card), I simply move to another table.
Since I am quite often a regular at the casino, I often recognize other casino regulars as well. One (chain smoking) feller, With whom I have given him a private nickname of "chimney" is a quiet but rather spontaneous $75.00 a hand player. He is a regular on the $25.00 table. And often looses quite a bit of money. But besides that, he seems to hit and stay at the right times. When I play with him, I just try to find a spot three or for spots away from him. As I often bet anywhere from $25.00 to $1,000.00 per hand, depending on the good and bad vibrations of the table and skill levels of other players. The $25 dollar table tends to attract the most skilled players, but that's not always the case.
As far as I know, there is only one $25.00 table. At least during the week days that's all I see, I don't know about the weekends or busy holidays. I am hardly there when it's fully packed.
Let's talk about the dealers! I have a strong preference for a certain night shift that works there. I just wish I knew their full schedule, for that would probably be the only times I would hit the casino, if I knew it. Once you break the ice with the dealers, many of them can be rather friendly. And those certain friendly dealers I seek out with a passion, gotta love those friendly dealers. On my quiet days, I seek out the quiet dealers that offer a genuine 100% professional no nonsense demeanor. I love the dealers entirety at Montego Bay! Especially that shift that works Monday nights and Tuesday nights. I don't know their schedule for sure, but if you see a dealer named Hugo there, save me a seat please?
The highly professional pit bosses rarely speak, as they quietly lurk in the dark shadows, (of the casino life). On that shift that I enjoy the most, there is a skinny gray haired pit boss to be named "nameless." He often (professionally) walks around and just goes through the motions of being a pit boss. He can often seem to be tired of his job as his greetings and salutations by the patrons are met with a (hilarious) whatever type of response. One night a player once said... "Hey XXXXXXXXXX how are you doing?" The boss turned around (walked away from him) and replied "Hey great how are you" It was kinda like, WHO ARE YOU, WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME, HERES A RESPONSE, AND IM DONE SPEAKING TO YOU" lol Even though this boss does not have an ounce of humor in him, I really find his casual behavior and his lack of emotions as very humorous. The other night when I was walking through and checking out the tables, I made eye to eye contact with (said boss) and the boss said in a low audible tone to himself.... "and there he is again, and there he goes" he cracks me up, lol. After all is said and done, I think he has given me more in comps than any other pit boss (per gambling session). I like him a lot, he's great!
The rooms. I like all the rooms, but if you want the best hotel room experience. Ask for a room in the new section. When I stay over night, I prefer the mini sweets in the new section (with a hot tub, fridge and sauna/shower). Its an upgrade fee of about $35.00 more but hey, I bet more than that in one hand, so to me its well worth it!
The Restaurants. Their fine, nothing to brag about but I have no complaints against them. The staff there are fantastic, kind, courteous and normally quick and efficient. As a habit, I usually just eat at the Montego Bay, Peppermill, or Rainbow. I think the fanciest restaurant would be the overly expensive steakhouse across the street from the Montego Bay.
Unique Quality: All in all, Montego Bay is my favorite place to be on Monday nights and Tuesday mornings.
Good rooms in the new section, and many friendly blackjack dealers.
The place can be more expensive than the other casino's, but as the saying goes.
"You get what you pay for"