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Isleta Casino and Resort


I recently visited the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico and found that it is a true Gem for all players and especially those of us who play table games.

It’s no secret that casinos generate more revenue from slot machines than table games. Over the last few years many of the casinos have been shrinking the size of the pits and replacing their table games with slot machines. Some casinos have been changing the rules of the games to make them more profitable. In Las Vegas some casinos are now paying 6 to 5 for Blackjack instead of 3 to 2 and they are hitting on soft 17. Many of the craps tables only allow a player to take double odds on their passline bets. This is not the case at the Isleta casino where their goal is make their games the best in the country.

I spoke with Clyde Callicot, Director of Marketing, and he said, “Isleta is committed to giving the gambler the best possible games with great rules and paybacks. We are changing the face of gaming in New Mexico by making Isleta a gamblers’ paradise with our latest changes to our casino. We are offering the best table game limits and the market’s most liberal rules including ‘early bird’ low-limit table games, double-deck hand pitch blackjack games, standing on soft 17, and 20X odds on craps. On the slot side we have loosened the entire slot floor with slot paybacks up to 99% on selected machines throughout the casino floor. These revisions started October 5th and it is our goal to put Isleta on the map as the place to play in the New Mexico casino market. We are a player friendly casino.”

The Blackjack game is definitely the best I have seen anywhere I have played over the last few years. In the double deck game you are also allowed to double down after splitting. The rules are so liberal that it is almost an even game for the basic strategy player with the house edge less than a quarter of one percent.

The casino is 300,000 square feet offering over 28 table games, 1,600 slot machines along with a Poker room and High Stakes Bingo. There is ven a The only negative I found was the selection and pay schedules for the video poker machines. I was told that they were looking into improving this in the future.

The Pueblo of Isleta is centrally located in the Río Grande Valley, just 13 miles south of Albuquerque and only five minutes away from I-25 via Exit 215. Isleta does not have a Hotel attached to the casino at this time. There is one planned and ground breaking will take place in the near future. This is no problem as they have a working relationship with nearby Hotels and offer free shuttle service throughout the day and night.

Isleta is truly a player friendly casino. The staff and management go out of their way to insure the players have a great gaming experience. I am looking forward to visiting Isleta Casino again in the future. When you find a place offering the best games around it’s hard to stay away.

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