I recently celebrated my birthday and decided not to go any place fancy, at least that’s what I thought. Instead, I opted to drive to Shreveport, Louisiana and try my luck at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, which is right across the bridge from Shreveport. Much to my surprise, it was nothing like I had imagined.
First of all, I am not a gambler. As a matter of fact, I think gambling is a waste because I can think of a million things I could spend my money on instead of taking my chances of losing in the casino. However, there was free money and a comp stay involved so I thought I might as well. I will explain that in detail in just a minute.
Secondly, I had this preconceived notion that the casinos are filled with a lot of cigarette smoking older men and women. No shockers there when I discovered that part was true. Surprisingly, my room was pretty nice, though. My mom is a card-carrying casino player and she gifted me a free room and her free REWARDS card from the casino. As you can imagine, free room plus free money equals one curious birthday girl! Vamonos!!!!
Lastly, I’ve had the food in Shreveport before and they have pretty good cajun spots. That’s really all the convincing I needed. Once I arrived at the hotel, to a nice hotel room, a pretty decent view (I was on the 16th floor overlooking the river), and the rest of my perks, I was good to go.
Now here’s the good part. I arrived in the hotel on my birthday and went to dinner at Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro at the Louisiana Boardwalk. I had the stuffed crawfish ravioli that was superb. After eating that and drinking a Louisiana Hurricane, I was no good. Therefore, I went back to my hotel room and went to sleep like a baby on my first night.
The next day, I went down to the casino to try my luck. My mother gave me $175 of free money to gamble on her REWARDS card. I did just that. Much to my delight, I won a whopping $425 cash from playing the free money! I could not believe it!
I played the infamous Buffalo Penny machines and ran it up! What is so great is that I went to the casino early in the day. After I cashed my money in, I had the rest of the day to go and enjoy my spoils. You know what I did next!!! I went back to the Boardwalk to shop! After walking aimlessly for about 20 minutes, I decided that I didn’t want to spend my money. So, I took my money and went back to the hotel.
It’s still early so I decide now to go to the pool. The bar at the pool is really nice and it’s called the Dare Day Club. They have a nice open bar area completely surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs. I sat with my Pina Colada like I was at the beach, watched the movie Jaws on the big screen, and relaxed.
It turned out to be the best staycation experience I had ever had. As I am writing this, I am thinking about when I’m going to go back and try my luck again. I had such a great experience that I realized that it was well worth it.
Have you had any similar experiences like this? If so, please share in the comments below. 🙂