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click to enlarge Aside from gaming, Northern Quest Resort and Casino features several bars and restaurants. - YOUNG KWAK
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Aside from gaming, Northern Quest Resort and Casino features several bars and restaurants.

Aces Casino This small, low-pressure casino just added High Card Flush to its selection of table games, which include blackjack, Spanish 21, and pai gow. Hang around for a drink and order some grill food — and if you text 72727 with the words blackjack, acesfood or aces bar, you can find extra deals, which change every few weeks. 6301 N. Division • 368-9785

Chewelah Casino This small but mighty casino is located near 49 Degrees North. You have your choice of slots here, along with blackjack and Spanish 21. The Hideaway lounge is the place to catch a game, and the Mistequa Café will keep you fed. Check their website for buffet specials and promotions like daily cash giveaways. • 2555 Smith Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 800-322-2788 •

Clearwater River Casino & Lodge Located on the Nez Perce Reservation, just east of Lewiston, Idaho, this lodge boasts a beautiful view of the Clearwater River and the historically preserved "Sleeping Chief" mountain. Right next door is the casino, which is open 24/7 and has more than 600 games to choose from. 17500 Nez Perce Rd., Lewiston, Idaho • 208-746-0723 •

Coeur d'Alene Casino The Coeur d'Alene Casino has evolved from a small tribal casino to a rightful tourist destination, complete with an upscale resort, an award-winning golf course, the uber-sleek Spa Ssakwa'q'n, and of course, a vibrant casino floor featuring slots, bingo and off-track betting. Head to the Red Tail Bar and Grill, where you'll find a wide betting range of live-action poker. 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 •

Hugos on the Hill In addition to an upscale bowling alley, Hugos is a self-professed "plush casino lounge." Each month, they post a new casino calendar on their website, detailing the special events which include frequent Spanish 21 tournaments, drawings and discounted food and drink. 3023 E. 28th Ave. • 535-2961 •

Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa Yes, it's all the way up in Bonners Ferry, but with tons of video gaming machines in three casino rooms, a bingo room, a fitness center for guests, a fancy restaurant (The Springs) and a day spa, this tribal casino is worth the trek. Relax your troubles away, then gamble away. 7169 Plaza St. • Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8511 •

Lilac Lanes and Casino It may be known as Eastern Washington's biggest bowling center, but the Lilac Lanes casino also offers daily poker tournaments, Spanish 21, pai gow, blackjack and Texas Shootout — a twist on Texas Hold 'Em in which each player plays "heads up" against the dealer, not the other players. 1112 E. Magnesium Rd. • 467-5228 •

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Go to Northern Quest's website, select whether you're in the mood for something fun, exciting, delicious or relaxing, and rest easy knowing that this casino can offer all four. With multiple restaurants, a swanky hotel, big-name entertainment, and a luxurious spa, Northern Quest recreates the entire Vegas experience. The casino's 46,000 square feet is packed with a couple of thousand slot machines, table games, Keno, live poker and off-track betting. If you're in need of some r and r, you won't be disappointed with the quality restaurants, including Masselow's Steakhouse — Spokane's only four-diamond-rated restaurant — an elegant cigar lounge, a luxury spa and of course, their extensive summer concert series that brings some of the biggest names to the area. It's like Vegas — just not 1,200 miles away. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 877-871-6772 •

Two Rivers Casino Resort Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane rivers near Davenport, Two Rivers is a marina, hotel, restaurant, amphitheater and casino — with plenty of Vegas-style video slots to keep you busy after the sun goes down on the rivers outside. If you need a break from the sun at the marina, camping and RV sites, the penny to $1 slots are sure to keep you entertained inside. The Sunshine Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside quicker snacks that won't keep you from the gaming and outdoor activities. 6828 B Hwy. 25 South, Davenport, Wash. • 800-954-2946 •

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