Decadent buffets, electrifying entertainment and the chance to strike it rich inject any tour itinerary with high-stakes fun, immersing travelers in a magical world that seems light years away from the ordinary. Highlighted here are gaming meccas that will make your groups feel like they’ve won the jackpot.


Scioto Downs Racino

Columbus, Ohio

Scioto Downs has brought gaming to the Columbus community for over 50 years. Ohio’s first Racino brings Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) gaming and harness horse racing together. The gaming floor has more than 2,100 of the industry’s most popular games. Also enjoy seasonal harness horse racing every May-September and daily simulcast wagering, experience live entertainment and dine in one of four restaurants, including The Grove Buffet with its seven food stations. Scioto Downs Racino is open 24/7, 365 days a year. (

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

Northfield, Ohio

This brand new casino opened Dec. 18 at Northfield Park, a popular spot for live harness racing and simulcasting year-round. Featuring 2,200 Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) machines, the massive gaming and entertainment complex between Cleveland and Akron sizzles with a rock vibe and offers live shows with multiple stages and areas for concerts and events. Decorated throughout with a priceless collection of rock and roll memorabilia, the Rocksino has four restaurants, including a Hard Rock Cafe and Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill. (

Harrah’s Cherokee Resort

Cherokee, North Carolina

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is an enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Casino offers over 4,000 games including slot machines and traditional table games such as blackjack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, 10 restaurants, the Essence Lounge, a 3,000-seat Event Center, Mandara Spa and plenty of shopping.  (

Royal River Casino & Hotel

Flandreau, South Dakota

Royal River’s casino floor features more than 350 slot machines, along with blackjack, roulette and a dedicated poker room. Guests at the 120-room hotel enjoy spacious accommodations with whirlpool bath tubs, plus a swimming pool and hot tub. River’s Bend Restaurant is known for its sumptuous buffet. The Royal Room features nationally known musical artists and comedians. Group tours are welcome, with packages available for both day trips and overnight stays. (

Circus Circus

Las Vegas, Nevada

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, Circus Circus has 100,000 square feet of gaming in four full-size casinos. The resort’s 3,767 guestrooms and 135 suites are housed in three towers and five, three-story buildings. Circus acts perform on the Carnival Midway, which offers 200 classic games. The five-acre Adventuredome, the largest indoor theme park in America, has a roller coaster, swinging pirate ship, Ferris wheel and FX theater with two 4-D special effects ride films, plus 20 other rides and attractions. (

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Guests at this Inland Northwest playground can indulge in a massage or facial at the spa, hit the bingo hall or try their luck at more than 1,600 video gaming machines. Every month there are more than 1,100 jackpot winners. Another popular amenity is Circling Raven Golf Club, one of the finest new golf challenges in the region. Guests at the 202-room resort can choose from multiple restaurants and bars, including a food court, High Mountain Buffet and Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits. (