Good bets for local gaming

Chips stack up on the roulette table at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Aces Casino New owners, along with remodeled game and poker rooms, have kept this smaller casino lively. Its tables include blackjack, Spanish 21, pai gow and Texas Hold 'Em tournaments daily at 7 pm. Each night features a different discounted liquor to pair with a sandwich from a full menu. Finish one of the 3-pound burgers and win yourself a prize. 6301 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 368-9785

The Black Pearl Casino Look for daily hold 'em tournaments at the Black Pearl — Spokane Valley's only poker room and casino. And the fun starts early, like 10 am, in the poker room. Good thing there's a full restaurant and bar onsite, to sustain a full day of winning. Other options to help you pay off your bar tab include blackjack, Spanish 21, Pai gow, and high card flush. 2104 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley 290-5484

Chewelah Casino Along with slot machines, Chewelah has blackjack, Spanish 21 and newly added Bet the Bust to test your table skills. Eat everything from breakfast to pizza to a full prime rib dinner at the Mistequa Café or grab a cocktail at the Hideaway Lounge. The specials and discounts are always changing, so make sure to check online before heading over. 2555 Smith Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 800-322-2788

Coeur d'Alene Casino It's a drive to the Coeur d'Alene Casino, but it's a scenic one, as you pass through rolling golden wheat fields and wetlands. Once you've arrived, you're going to want to stay awhile. The vibrant game floor features slots, bingo and off-track betting. On-site restaurants will keep you well fed, and a deluxe spa and the pristine Circling Raven Golf Course are luxurious gaming alternatives. Rest your weary head at the upscale hotel.  37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464

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 restaurant (The Springs) and a day spa, this tribal casino is worth the trek. Relax your troubles away, then gamble. 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., Spokane, Wash. • 467-5228

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Want to spend a night in Vegas without booking a flight? Northern Quest has all of the bright lights, buffets, nightlife and open floors of table games and slots to make you feel like you're there. If you're new to table games, show up to one of the free craps, blackjack and roulette tutorials. End your night by staying in one of the 250 swanky hotel rooms and suites at the attached resort. An extensive summer concert series, along with an indoor concert venue, bring some of the biggest names to the area, including Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Jethro Tull and Dierks Bentley. See, it really is just like Vegas.  100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 877-871-6772

Two Rivers Casino Resort There are plenty of ways to gamble on the more than 200 gaming machines at Two Rivers, but don't just stop there. The marina is the perfect place to spend a day on a boat or just relax, and if you can't stand to feel like you're away from the water, pull up your RV instead of staying at the resort.  6828 B Hwy. 25 South, Davenport, Wash. • 800-954-2946

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