Royal Casino, S. Everett, WA. by Sweet Location: 13010 Highway 99 South, Everett, WA. 98204 Hours of Operations: Mon – Wed = 9am - 5am Thu – Sun = 24 hours PH# 425-743-9200 Games offered: 2-20 spread limit, minimum $40 buy-in, no maximum. Number of tables: 5 Minimum Age: 18+ Website: Royal Casino WA I decided to do a review for this website on a local casino. I chose Royal Casino. I had played here once or twice in the past in their NLHE tournaments. I hadn't played there for a few years. I signed up for the Washington Gold Players Choice card so that I can get some rewards, if you want one too, just go to the cashier and ask for one (I got 3 $5 to $15 match plays and 2 $10 free plays when they ran my card at the poker desk). The reason why I chose Royal is because during December and January they have an hourly high hand promo where they give away $400 on Wednesdays and Sundays. There is no minimum hand requirement, but both cards must play. Monte Carlo is not available during this time. Pros Very close to residents of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Everett, you don't have to drive 30-45 minutes to get to a tribal casino. They have a poker room dining menu (available online to look at), where players get one item comp'ed Lots of free parking Paulson Chips, 2-20 game played with all ones. There can be lots of chips on the table. It's located right on Hi 99, between the 128th and 164th exits on I-5 (I'd say take the 128th exit) Cons Easy access when heading south on Hi 99, but have to make a U-turn in the old Honey's parking lot just North of Royal Casino because of a median. Chips are well worn, but not too dirty Poker table felt is well worn, not sure of material, maybe velveteen? I visited this Casino on 1-1-12 and they have rotated out some of the tables with tables with new felts. For the most part, the dealers were good, but I saw some mistakes. Like giving the chips to the wrong player after showdown. Games/stakes available 2-20 spread limit, minimum $40 buy-in, no maximum. Decor and atmosphere When I was playing, I noticed a friendly atmosphere. No one getting too angry against drawing out. I saw one guy lose all his chips when a guy called with nothing on the flop and runner runner'd trip 4's. They have many different table games. They also have Pull tabs, Baccarat, Emperor's Challenge, Four Card Poker, Lucky Ladies, Match the Dealer and Spanish 21. There are many T.V.'s for your viewing pleasure. I don't drink, so I didn't check out the bar. Quality of opponents Everyone seemed to know what they were doing. One guy called me out for a string raise, but I clearly said raise, I was SB and I threw in my call. Then I counted out my raise and put it across the line. Everyone seemed to know each other. I heard that a few of them were dealers. I was playing on the second table, and I heard that most of the "pro's" are on the first table. The guys at my table were decent players. I saw all different playing styles. Being spread limit, I saw many players call up to $10 with anything preflop. The 400 high hand promo brought in a bunch of players. I got there at 4pm and around 7pm they had a 3rd table going. As players drop from table one, they ask players if they want to move up from table 2 and 3. Chips Paulsons, most of the $1's I saw were well used. It took me 300 chips to find one keeper. $1 chips are almost exclusive on these tables, so there are tons of chips. Additional perks They have a 2pm NLHE tournament everyday, $45 buy in with no rebuys ($40 goes to the prize pool and $5 to the house). 10K starting chips, 15 minute blinds, blinds start at 100-200. Monte Carlo promotion. They have a $1000 reward for Royal Flushes, this is all the time, even during the $400 high hand promo. Reviewers Comments I was happy with my experience there. The two guys next to me were happy to talk about strategy at the table. I bought in for $100 and lost most of that. I felt that I was playing ok, but wasn't catching any cards, in limit you need cards. I added on for another $80 and made that grow to a nice little profit for 3.5 hours of play. I noticed that they had very loose standards with the betting line and forward motion. Players could put a handful of chips over the bet line and pull some back with out declaring the bet/raise size. I saw players moving multiple stacks of $20 up to the line and pull them back. I thought it was weird that players are allowed to play with their chips in chip racks on the table. Waitress's were coming around often. I ordered the Mongolian Beef (actually pretty spicy and I do like spicy food) off of the poker menu. It was pretty good, but a very small portion, guessing 300-400 calories, not including sauce. It was free, except for the tip I gave the waitress. On another visit, I tried the Turkey Bacon Avocado Wrap with regular fries, it was ok, not too much flavor, but the ingredients were fresh. The next time I went, I had a bacon cheese burger with spicy fries. This was really good. I heard the potstickers are really good. The $7 comp for food is a pretty nice deal, you can order off of the regular menu but have to pay the difference. I saw the chicken fried steak with country sausage gravy, that looked pretty tasty.