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Casino Review: the Tulalip Casino and Resort (Marysville, WA)
The Tulalip is a large, flashy casino which features the newest slot machines
by Paul Diamond Blow
The Tulalip Casino and Resort is located approximately 30 miles north of Seattle in Marysville, WA. The Tulalip Casino and Resort consists of a 12-story, 370-room hotel and a large, state of the art casino. The Tulalip also features a gorgeous outdoor ampitheatre which hosts big-name concerts in the Spring and Summer months.
The Tulalip Resort and Hotel is a very luxurious hotel with 370 guest rooms. I have stayed in a King sized room here and it was a real treat. The beds here are indeed fit for Kings (and Queens) and the three-head walk-in shower is something I've never seen before. Rooms at the Tulalip start at around $199 a night, but if you are a club card member you can get special discounts and coupons (I got my King size room for $99 on a Saturday night with a coupon). The hotel also has a large swimming pool complete with waterfalls and a nice sized jacuzzi. I quite enjoyed my stay here and will book a room again in the future.
The Tulalip Casino is the real reason I go to the Tulalip. I've been coming up here for my slot machine action for a number of years now. The Tulalip casino is one of the nicest casinos I have visited in Washington, as well as one of the largest, with 71 table games and 2025 slot machines. The Tulalip casino features the newest slot machine games -- it even puts most Las Vegas casinos to shame in that department -- my only beef with the Tulalip is that they feature very few "retro" games, except for Copper Dropper. Out with the old, in with the new, as they say. The Tulalip slot machines are a bit on the stingy side, though. On a "good" night I will win maybe 30-40 dollars. On a "bad" night I will lose a couple hundred. It is a tough place to consistently win on the slots!
The Tulalip gets crowded and noisy on weekend nights with the "Jersey Shore" crowd especially when they have live music playing in the show room, so the best times to go for gaming are on weeknights or on weekends after 2:00 AM. Besides the gambling, the Tulalip casino also offers entertainment with two clubs (a live music showroom and a smaller dee-jay, dance music orientated club). The Tulalip also features several restaurants ranging from a simple cafe to a high class, expensive restaurant. The Tulalip's buffet puts all others to shame... the buffet food is top-notch awesome and affordable ($20). You should try the buffet at least once... it's 100 times better than your Old Country Buffet.
The Tulalip casino offers the most generous rewards program in Washington State -- with a rewards card you earn one point (one penny) for every dollar you wager. The Tulalip also offers the best free monthly coupons to its reward card members -- they give me a 10-20 dollar free slots play coupon each month as well as generous discounts on the hotel room rates. The night I stayed in the hotel, with a special club card coupon I got the room for only $99 (on a Saturday night) and it included $40 of free slot play and $20 good for food!
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