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Guide To Pittsburgh Area Casinos

May 28, 2011 10:30 AM

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Want to take a trip and do something different this weekend? From slots to table games to racetracks, casinos are a great option to try something new. We’ve made a list of five casinos in the western Pennsylvania/West Virginia region that will surely offer a night of fun. You never know, you might just leave with a little extra cash in your pocket!

Rivers Casino

777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
(412) 231-7777
www.theriverscasino.com

Even though it is the newest casino to the Pittsburgh area, the Rivers Casino certainly does not disappoint. There are 3,000 slots on the floor, as well as 86 table games. Also, there is a separate 24-table poker room. As for dining, there’s something for everyone, including a sports bar (Wheelhouse), high-end steakhouse (Andrew’s Steak & Seafood) and an all-you-can-eat buffet (Grand View Buffet). Night life is also an option as the Rivers houses three different bars.

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino

200 Racetrack Road
Meadow Lands, Pa. 15347
(724) 225-9300
www.meadowsgaming.com

The Meadows boasts 3,500 slot machines within its casino. There are also 62 different table games, including a 26-table poker room. If gambling isn’t your thing, Meadow Lanes is on-site for some bowling. There is also Silk’s Lounge, which features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. The Meadows also features harness racing, a new twist on a traditional activity.

Mountaineer Casino

Mountaineer Circle (Route 2)
Chester, W. Va. 26034
1-800-804-0468
www.mtrgaming.com

For the penny-pincher in all of us, Mountaineer features a variety of 2-cent slot machines, as well as 5- and 10-cent slots. Craps, Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and Roulette are some of the table games you can expect to see. For those looking for an upscale vacation, the Grande Hotel at the Mountaineer is for you. This five-story tower features over 250 rooms, including 20 suites. If that isn’t enough, both a spa and a fitness center are within the hotel. Dining includes the Riverfront Buffet, the Gatsby Dining Room & Lounge and Big Al’s Deli & Pizzeria.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino

8199 Perry Highway
Erie, Pa. 16509
1-866-ERIE-FUN or (814) 860-8999
www.presqueisledowns.com

The Presque Isle Downs features a different way to experience the racetrack. A pari-mutuel on the building’s second floor is open for betting on simulcast racing. But if traditional gambling is more your style, Presque Isle features over 2,000 slots and a variety of table games. Four lounges are within this casino as are many different eateries. La Bonne Vie Steakhouse, the Trackside Buffet & Bar and Speakeasy Saloon are just some of the places to eat.

Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino, & Racetrack

1 South Stone Street
Wheeling, W. Va. 26003
1-877-WHEELING
www.wheelingisland.com

Are you a racing buff? Wheeling Island Racetrack boasts the No. 1 greyhound racetrack in the United States! Classic and new table games are also featured in this casino, as well as a new Jim Beam poker room. There are also 2,000 slot machines with hundreds of the most popular games. Live entertainment events can also be attended at Wheeling Island, with a 1,000-seat showroom! Whether you want a meal or snack, there are many places to grab something to eat.

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