Laughing in Laughlin is easy, because it is like going back in time about thirty years. The tiny town of Laughlin is at the southern tip of Nevada, 90-miles from Las Vegas, but it's truly a world apart.
While Vegas has 5000-room resorts that have thousands of slot machines and buffets that cost $29.95 for dinner, in Laughlin you can get a room and have enough left over for a meal for $29.95
Concert tickets in Vegas usually start at $85 and work their way to $250 or more. This past week in Laughlin you could have seen Martina McBride (what a voice!) for $45! If you love country music, Trace Adkins will be at the Riverside on May 7th, and tickets to his concert start at $40.
Speaking of the Riverside, I played in several poker tournaments there and filled my wallet up a little. In the course of five tournaments I made the final table and cashed four times. Did I get rich? Well, since the tournaments were all $15 buy-ins, I didn't.
On the other hand, since our room was comped and a little bit of pit play took care of most of our meals, I was skating around on a freeroll anyway. The dealers in the Riverside poker room are great, although David kept telling me the snacks were for players only and I didn't really qualify as a real player.
There are ten casinos in Laughlin, each with their own special low-limit charm. At the opposite end of the river from the Riverside sits the Avi. It was there that we played in a $15 blackjack tournament. Again, the casino is fun, full of nickle machines and $5 blackjack.
New player's club members get a coupon book with a first-card ace coupon and two $5 match-play coupons. For the record, I won on all three of the hands I used coupons for and paid for my tournament. And, Thursday night was 2-for-1 buffet and double club points night.
Also, for the record, I washed out of the tournament, but my wife cashed at the final table (as she has done several times) and won't let me forget it. Every spot on the final table cashed, and first place was $400. If you can't laugh and have a good time in Laughlin, you probably don't have fun anywhere.