by A.C. Clark
Just east of Pendleton on I-84, a gem of a property stands alone in Eastern Oregon. Wildhorse Resort & Casino is possibly the Northwest’s finest: casino, hotel, golf course, food … this poker capital of the Pacific has it all.
Poker at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino is your source for constant action. Players can enjoy daily low buy-in tournaments, weekly player tournaments, and serious Northwest players are well aware of Wildhorse’s three annual poker tournaments: the Spring Poker Round-Up, April 12-22, the Summer Poker Rodeo, July 18-22, and the Fall Poker Round-Up, November 7-18.
With possibly the best and hottest slots in Oregon, it’s Vegas-style with the highest payouts of any casino in the Northwest. In 2011 there were 6,844 hand-paid jackpots for a total of $9,206,125. Wildhorse also offers 66 spinning reel (nickel, quarter, dollar, and five-dollar) slot machines, all waiting to make you a winner. From mystery progressives and spinning reel slots, to the newest titles around, they have ‘em all. You may just find a new favorite.
From gourmet dining, to a wide array of buffet dishes, Wildhorse proudly offers a variety of dining options that fit all tastes. Treat yourself to Plateau Fine Dining or take advantage of choices at Traditions Buffet. Located in the heart of the casino, one can order up tasty wings, nachos, and burgers at Hot Rock Café. Or choose from a bit lighter, creative cuisine at the Kinship. Coffee drinkers can start their day right at Wild Roast Espresso Bar, in the hotel lobby.
For entertainment visit the Wildfire Sports Bar. Top bands rock the house every Friday and Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Weekday events start at 8 p.m. with Comedy Jam on Thursdays, and Karaoke on Wednesdays.
The Wildhorse Golf Course – with over 7,000 yards of lush greens will challenge players of all abilities. This impeccably maintained masterpiece is modeled after the traditional Scottish-style links courses with tall fescue grass and deep bunkers, 66 in all. It has gently rolling hills and five lakes. For 18 holes on Friday-Sunday, pay $34, and $13 per player for a golf cart. Save some dough and play Monday-Thursday for only $28. Play only nine holes, and save even more ($16- 19 and $8.50 per player for a cart). Hit the driving range or pick up a new club at the pro shop. The Clubhouse Grill has a great view of the Blue Mountains and serves plenty of drinks and eatables. Show up early for breakfast and be the first on the course. They also offer special rates for seniors (60 and over) and juniors (16 and under).
The Wildhorse Hotel offers a new 10-story tower with luxurious amenities: flat screen TV, double plus mattress, Keurig coffee maker, and Sister Sky bath products, along with microwave, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, and hair dryer. A Tower Standard Room in King or two queens is $90 during the week and $110 on the weekend. A Tower Plateau Suite, which has an expanded living area and optional sofa bed, runs $140 during the week and $170 on the weekend. For a separate bedroom, try the tower Vista Suite for $180 and $200. Save a little and stay in a Standard Courtyard Room, king or two queens, for $70 and $90 or live it up with a larger living area and Jacuzzi tub in a Courtyard Junior Suite for $100 and $120. The Courtyard Deluxe Suite offers a separate bedroom and extended living area with sofa bed for $110 and $140. For reservations call 1.800.654.9453.
All-in tip: Experience the story of the settling of the region and the Oregon Trail from the Native American perspective and top it off with a delicious dining experience at the Kinship Café, located at the Cultural Institute.
Andy Clark is in charge of Poker Player’s Northwest advertising sales. He’s an accomplished high school teacher, coach and avid poker player. Father of four, he enjoys traveling with his family. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.