Minnesota Gaming Guide


Minnesota’s casino and entertainment options are vast—from traditional games to Las Vegas-style entertainment, there is something for any entertainment seeker right here in your own backyard.

Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Event Center

Boasting awards like “Favorite poker room,” “Best poker tournaments,” and “The most friendly dealers,” Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Event Center in the Northlands is home for great entertainment. Proudly owned and operated by the White Earth Nation, Shooting Star is your getaway for exciting gaming, concerts, dining, spa treatments, and luxurious accommodations.

It’s the area’s hottest gaming action — including over 1,000 slot machines, poker, 16 black jack tables, a bingo hall, and more. And when it comes to live shows, some of the biggest names in entertainment take the stage at the Shooting Star Event Center. Kara DioGuardi, and Dwight Yoakam are just a few of the stars who are going to shine this summer at the state-of-the-art concert venue.

Shooting Star knows that one day of Poker is never enough, so they have Four Days of Poker starting on August 12 at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 12 begins the marathon with a $50 buy-in and a $10 entry fee. The prize on Thursday is an automatic seat in Sunday’s main event. The Bounty Tournament begins Friday at 7 p.m. with a $4,000 guaranteed prize pool. Saturday has a $6,000 guaranteed prize pool, and the main event on Sunday has an $8,000 guaranteed prize pool. For more information, visit the website.

The current promotion, “Summer Winnin’” takes place July 18, August 1, and 15 with the grand prize drawing on August 29. $500 cash drawings are held 24 times a night. At 7, 8, and 9 p.m. a semi-finalist will be drawn. They will win $1,000 and a chance at more money on the grand prize night. At 9:15 p.m. on the grand prize night, each of the semi-finalists will select a promotional gift and win the money attached with prizes ranging from $500-$10,000.

Slot tournaments are another summer promotion going on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 and 7 p.m. With free entry, 8 semifinal rounds and the top 3 in each round winning a cash prize up to $500, there’s no reason to withhold from the fun.

In addition to catering to your appetite for fun, Shooting Star offers a delicious variety of tempting food and beverage choices. You can enjoy full cocktail service throughout the property or hang out at the Mustang Lounge where incredible drink specials and live music always run wild. And whether you just want a quick bite between games or a leisurely gourmet feast, the chefs at their restaurants offer casual to elegant fare in a comfortable atmosphere.

After a busy day raking in the winnings, unwind and pamper your body with soothing spa treatments at the full-service Sereniitee Spa. And when it’s time to call it a day, retreat to the Shooting Star Hotel and the comfort of a well-appointed suite with a jet tub.

Overall, Shooting Star Casino is a great attraction and a great staycation for both gamers and non gamers across the Midwest.


Treasure Island Resort & Casino

As the only casino resort in Southern Minnesota located on the Mississippi River, Treasure Island offers guests some of the best gaming, accommodations, food service, and nationally known entertainment in the casino industry.

Aside from the 2,500 slot machines, 42 blackjack tables, six carnival games, a 10-table poker room, and 500-seat high stakes bingo hall, Treasure Island has much to offer. The open floor plan and myriad of employees walking around help those who may not be avid gamers feel comfortable. Casino guests can relax in Treasure Island’s luxurious 480 room hotel and take in a show in the 3,000 seat Island Event and Convention center.

Additional guest amenities include a 137-slip marina, where many guests boat down and enjoy the bar and beach area. The “Spirit of the Water” is a 120-passenger cruise yacht offering guests a relaxing ride on the Mississippi River. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and a special pizza cruise option are available on a regular basis.

The Island Xtreme Bowl, a 24 Brunswick Lane bowling alley, arcade, and lounge offers guests who want to stay inside and off the casino floor many options for fun.

“’Bingo Gone Wild’ is another fun alternative to the poker table which takes place after hours, with a live DJ, great prizes, drink specials, and more,” says Cindy Taube, Public Relations Manager.

With a high caliber of entertainment and a low cost, no seat in the Island Event and Convention Center is a bad seat, not to mention they are all within 125 feet of the stage. National entertainers visit on a regular basis like Blondie and Cheap Trick performing on August 21, and Ron White on September 18-19.

The upscale Parlay Lounge is a hot spot for free live music. Its distinctive features include an illuminated bar, ten 42-inch plasma LCD flat screen televisions, and a 640 square-foot stage that highlights live music.

Tradewinds buffet boasts an award winning chef, with over 25 years experience, and a banquet catering staff that provides exceptional guest service and the best regional seafood to thousands of people every Thursday night. Six additional restaurants can meet the needs of any appetite.

The Prairie Island Indian Community owns Mount Fronteac golf course. “The course has stunning views looking out over the Mississippi River Valley, and it is suited to golfers of all levels of playing ability. Mount Fronteac also has a spacious clubhouse, Pro Shop, and a bar and grill,” says Taube.

Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine has named Treasure Island Minnesota’s Favorite casino for the ninth year in a row. They also won the Best High-Limit Area, Best Video Poker, Most Comfortable Poker Room, Best Hotel Amenities, Best Hotel Ambience, Best Nearby Recreational Activities, Best Bingo Packages, Best Early Bird Bingo, Best Bingo/Casino Combination, Best Overall Bingo Hall, and Best Bingo Jackpots awards.

Over 480 rooms equipped with flat screen televisions, walk-in showers and wireless internet for guests make Treasure Island a great place to stay after your fun-filled day, but if you need to get back to reality they offer daily bus routes from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Winona and La Crosse, WI.


Canterbury Park

It’s not everyday you can walk up to watch the live race at Canterbury and see camels and ostriches come shooting out at the sound of the first shot, but they will on August 8. Extreme Race Day is fun for the whole family with races you can’t get anywhere but Canterbury park. Other themed days include: Racino Day (August 14), Craft Beer Festival (August 20), Mascot Day (August 22), and the Minnesota Festival of Champions (August 29), all which offer days filled with pulse-quickening action.Visit Canterbury Park before the season ends and help celebrate 25 years of running.

Located only 25 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis on highway 169, Canterbury offers summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing, and a deluxe 24-hour card club dealing a plethora of poker and casino card games like the classic Texas Hold ‘em and Black jack.

The Canterbury Park Card Casino has been completely remodeled with the goal of making it the coolest, most comfortable place in Minnesota to play cards. And all games are offered in a smoke-free environment.