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Visiting the Harrahs New Orleans Casino

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Harrahs New Orleans is a sprawling single story casino located in Downtown New Orleans. When you enter from any of the 3 entrances, you are presented with gambling as far as you can see. The interior isn’t over the top, but you will know that you are in New Orleans. There is a large, loud night club located in the middle of the casino. It is loud. And dark. The night club area has a few gaming machines, but it gets rather crowded depending on the time of the day. The casino is clean throughout, relatively well light, and easily navigable. It takes a good 5 minutes to transverse the property, but the cage is centrally located, and there are plenty of decorations to keep your eyes entertained.

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Harrahs New Orleans has tons of newer IGT and Bally’s machines, and will more than likely have your favorite game. I recall seeing countless multi-denomination nickle minimum Video Poker machines, TV themed machines, Video Blackjack machines, as well as virtual table games like craps, roulette, and blackjack. I didn’t encounter any broken machines, and cleanliness wasn’t an issue. One feature unique to Harrahs New Orleans was their drink ordering system. Instead of cocktail waitresses wandering around the slots area, you have a touchscreen interface next to the player’s card slot that allows you to order your beverages.

This property has to have the widest array of table games I have seen at any casino. They have your normal games like blackjack, roulette, and craps are the obvious games, but the less common games are where Harrahs New Orleans excels. Baccarat? I’ve seen at least 3 different types offered. Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker? I watched my friend go from up $500 to broke in 30 minutes doing the minimum bets. Not only do they offer tons of unique games, the dealers are some of the friendliest I’ve encountered. One Mississippi Stud dealer even disclosed the odds for the game, making sure it was known that it had some of the worst odds of the offered games.

The poker room at the New Orleans’ Harrahs is crazy! The room is huge, with 4-5 tables running around the clock, minimum. During the evenings the room fills up and there can be around 20 tables going. The lowest limit is $1/$2 with a $300 max buyin. You should be pretty well bankrolled, because the play here can be out of control. Why? Drunk tourists. They saw Phil Ivey pull off this sweet double barrel bluff, so they think they can, too. If you sit and wait for your spots, this has to be one of the most lucrative casinos in the country.

Harrahs New Orleans has a few restaurants on site. There is the typical buffet, the cheapest I have seen it is $16 during the week, it isn’t anything special. There are seafood nights on the weekend, which cost north of $20 per person, which is expensive for the quality of the seafood, considering you are in New Orleans. Besides the buffet, there is an Asian-fusion restaurant that has weird hours, a McAllister’s Deli, Fuddruckers, and a Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand. There are better options than chain restaurants in New Orleans.

Harrahs New Orleans is located in…. New Orleans. The casino is about a 5-7 minute walk from the top of Bourbon Street. There are constant police patrols, so you are pretty safe, just don’t make eye contact with any sketchy looking people- they’ll ask you for money. Bourbon Street  has a lot of touristy attractions and decent food. Since each person’s tastes are different and the fact I’m not familiar with most of the restaurants, I won’t recommend any. The one place you do need to visit in the French Quarter is Cafe du Monde. If you like donuts, you’ll love beignets, they’re fluffy pieces of bread covered in powdered sugar served with a Cafe au lait, a coffee drink mixed with milk.

Harrahs New Orleans probably ranks as one of, if not the top, casino I have visited. The casino is well above average, combined with the destination location. If you’re planning on a trip to New Orleans, you can park in the Harrah’s Garage, then if you gamble for 30 minutes on a player’s card, your parking is free. The garage is safe, and close to Bourbon Street. You can play $.25 video blackjack for 30 minutes and break even, meaning you can park in Downtown New Orleans for free, elsewhere look to spend around $20 for one night’s parking. If you’re going to New Orleans, Harrahs is a must visit. If you’re wanting to take a trip somewhere to gamble, go to New Orleans.

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