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My Impression of the Mountaineer Casino in Ohio

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Mountaineer is located directly on the Ohio River in Middle of Nowhere, WV. The outside decor is that of the “Roaring 20′s” featuring moldings of houses of the period. It appears to be a nice casino from the outside. Once you get inside, you will think otherwise. Of all of the casinos I have visited, Mountaineer had the strongest odor. The smell of smoke is tolerable, but it smelled as if the casino had never been cleaned. The smell stays with you throughout the entire casino. Even the non smoking area had people smoking in it. I’m pretty sure the smell had permeated the walls and has become part of the building itself.

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Even if the building stinks, they could stand to tear it down. The entire casino is a steel constructed building, so don’t expect to be impressed. The main entrance has marble floors and walls, but that is it. The actual casino is dark, dreary, musty, and visually unappealing. Aisles are narrow, machines are stacked one on top of each other.

I have visited Mountaineer twice. Once in 2011 and once in 2017. The only thing that changed was the smell. By that I mean that the machines at Mountaineer are OLD. If I recall correctly, Mountaineer opened around 2000. The majority of their machines haven’t been replaced.

Not only were many of the machines older, they were generic machines that I hadn’t seen in other casinos. Typically Bally’s and IGT machines dominate floorspace, in Mountaineer’s case, Bally’s and IGT were the rarer machine manufacturers. As far as variety goes, there is a nice assortment of themed machines, but don’t expect anything besides pure slots and quarter Video Poker. My friend did play video poker for 15 minutes or so, the machine didn’t even have a touch screen and one of the hold buttons didn’t work. The lowest denomination was .25 for video poker, and there weren’t any of the newer GameKing machines that feature upwards of 10 games at your fingertips. I searched for any Video Blackjack machines, but there were none to be found.

The newest machines were located right at the entrance, I recall an Amazing Race machine, Sex and the City, and towards the back there was a Breeder’s Cup row, but those are the only machines that stand out in my memory.

All of the common table games were offered, and most had $5 minimum bets. The two dealers I encountered first hand seemed kind of depressed. I would be, too if I had to work at a place as depressing as Mountaineer.

The one upside to Mountaineer was their buffet. While the quality of food wasn’t top notch, the lunch buffet with a drink was only around $8. The actual buffet was rather small, but it had a variety of foods, including fish, Italian foods, as well as Chinese foods. The desert bar had your typical cookies, pies, and cakes.

I wouldn’t really recommend Mountaineer as a potential destination casino purely based on their casino. Because Pennsylvania and soon to be Ohio have legalized gambling, there are better places to spend your entertainment money at.

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