Review written by Sophie Couard, October 20, 2016.
Are you passing through the province of Alberta, or you planning on spending a weekend or a holiday there? Are you travelling to Canada, and you don't know where to go or what to do? The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino is one of the best options! The complex offers everything needed for the perfect getaway. You can find different games at the casino and experience a fantastic time there. You can find a good choice of various slot machines, table games, as well as poker and horse betting. The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino also has a hotel with 111 comfortable rooms and 20 suites if you are planning on staying overnight. With regards to dining and drinking, you can find two places to satisfy your needs, the Ridge Buffet and the Sidelines Lounge. The establishment also offers a great program of entertainment and shows, and can also organise your own private or professional events.
Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino : games for every taste
The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino has relatively small game rooms that offer you the chance of playing in a friendly atmosphere. The slot machine selection features 299 devices, the table games room has 14 tables with traditional games, and you can also play poker.
The slot machines
The Casino features a selection of 299 slot machines. The games room is equipped with all types of devices, ranging from the famous mechanical one-armed bandits to video poker terminals and modern video slot machines. Everyone can find their favourite game here.
Every player, regardless of their budget, can enjoy the slot machines in the casino. You can find slots that will cater to your needs with regards to your budget and the time you wish to play. The denominations accepted by the slot machines start from $ 0.01.
The Casino also gives you the opportunity enjoy a fantastic and thrilling experience when you try to win one of the many jackpots, fixed or progressive. You can find several machines with jackpot, such as Red Hot Jackpots, Big Money Show, Suraci, Golden Cash, Jungle Wild, Jackpot Junction and many more.
The slot machine room is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
The table games
The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino also offers you the opportunity to play the great casino classics. There are 14 tables offering the most popular casino games, including Blackjack, Roulette, EZ Baccarat and Ultimate Texas Hold'em.
Blackjack is the most popular casino game and fans can play this game at one of the 8 tables at the establishment. The minimum bet is $5 and you can play as long as you like.
The 8 Blackjack tables are available Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
You can enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the EZ Baccarat tables at the Casino, whether as a spectator or player. The game is a lot more prevalent in American and Canadian casinos, and it consists of predicting which of the two hands, that of the player or that of the bank, will be the better hand. You will get dealt random cards and you compete directly against the other players at the table.
You can try your luck at EZ Baccarat at the Casino from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
The casino also satisfies the demands of lovers of pure gambling by offering them two Roulette tables. Although Roulette is much less popular in Canada, the excitement of the game will far exceed your expectation.
The two Roulette tables are open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Another game in the table games room is Ultimate Texas Hold'em. The game is a great way to become familiar with classic poker games, as it is not only suitable for beginners, it will also allow the more experienced players to relax, especially before tournaments. The game follows the same basic rules as the classic poker, the biggest difference of this game lies in the fact that the players at the table are not playing against each other.
You can play this game at the Casino from Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 2am.
The Poker room
The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino is also one of the main meeting places of poker fans in the region. The Poker room offers something for everyone and hosts cash games from Monday to Sunday, as well as weekly tournaments.
The two Poker tables at the Casino start cash games once the number of required players is reached. You can play No Limit Texas Hold'em games with blinds starting at $1/$2 and a buy-in of $50/$100.
If you rather prefer the challenges and atmosphere of a competition, the Casino organises weekly tournaments where you can play against other players from the region. The Thursday Series Poker Tournament takes place every Thursday from 7 pm. This tournament can accommodate up to 55 participants and requires a buy-in of $55, including $5 for an additional 1000 chips. If you prefer to play on weekends you will be able to sign up for the Saturday Weekly Poker Tournament, which takes place every Saturday from 7 pm. Playing in this tournament also requires a buy-in of $55.
The casino poker tables are open Sunday to Wednesday from 4 pm to midnight and Thursday to Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am. Entries for Thursdays and Saturdays start at 6.30 pm.
Additional services of the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino
In addition to the many different games, the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino also offers multiple services that will make your stay at the establishment unforgettable. These include the Loyalty Express program, Off-Track Betting, Senior's Day Trips and a shuttle service.
The Loyalty Express Program
The Loyalty Express is a loyalty program set up for visitors to the Casino. After registering for the program, which you can also do through the Casino website, you will be able to accumulate points for each of your visits and expenses within the establishment, in the casino, the restaurants and other venues. A total of 1000 points is worth $5 and you can use the points inside the complex or exchange them for gift cards. Possession of the membership card will also give you access to a 15% discount for certain services, including accommodation in a hotel room, evening buffets and meals at the Sidelines Lounge.
Off-Track Betting is located in the Sidelines Lounge, and you can follow horse racing on 12 high definition screens while betting on your favourite horse. At the same time, you will be able to order drinks and food from the menu.
Off-Track Betting is available Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
Seniors Day Trips
The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino can also take you to discover the region and all it has to offer. You have, among other things, the opportunity to explore the mountains, which is just one of the interesting destinations among the many offers available. Each destination is offered in a package that includes a sandwich and a soup, as well as $5 in chips that can be used in the game rooms.
The Shuttle Service
If you are in the boroughs of Banff or Canmore on Fridays and Saturdays you have the chance to reach the Casino for free with the shuttle service. The free shuttle service connects the Casino to Banff and Canmore, and it makes regular trips from the Casino, with departures at 6 pm, 9 pm, midnight and 2.15 am.
Dining, drinking and relaxing at the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino
The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino also offers you the opportunity to enjoy fine dining and nice drinks in a cosy atmosphere. The complex features the Ridge Buffet and the Sidelines Lounge, where you can find two different types of cuisines and enjoy a gourmet experience.
The Ridge Buffet
The Ridge Buffet is one of the places at the Casino where you can enjoy fine dining with friends or family. You can either choose the buffet or from the à la carte menu.
In addition to various choices that are being presented in the daily buffets, the Ridge Buffet also hosts themed buffets from Thursday to Sunday. On Thursday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, you can enjoy the Country Comfort Buffet with a wide selection of meats, salads, desserts and many others. Prices for this buffet are $4.99 for children under 5, $6.99 for children ages 6 to 10, $8.49 for children aged 11 to 13, $14.99 for adults and $12.75 for Loyalty Express members.
On Friday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, you will be presented the Steak & Lobster Buffet. This buffet features steaks and lobster as well as a selection of salads, desserts and more. Prices are $4.99, $10.99 and $13.99 respectively for children under 5, 6 to 10 years and 11 to 13 years, $27 for adults and $23.79 for Loyalty Express card holders. Included in the price are also a choice of beverages for children and a bottle of beer or a glass of house wine.
On Saturday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, you can enjoy the Prime Rib & Lobster Buffet, which features beef rib and lobster. Salads, desserts and other dishes are also available. Prices range from $4.99 to $13.99 for children up to the age of 13, $27.99 for adults and $23.79 for Loyalty Express members.
The Hot Breakfast Buffet is hosted on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 am to 12 pm, and you can find an assortment of sweet and savoury breakfast items. The prices are $4.95 for children under 5, $9.95 for children aged 6 to 12, $13.95 for adults and $11.86 for Loyalty Express members.
You can also order à la carte dishes from the menu during the opening hours of the Ridge Buffet, which are Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm. Here you can find a variety of sandwiches, such as the Classic BLT sandwich for $10, the California Club sandwich for $13, the Chicken Caesar Wrap for $11 or the Alberta Steak Sandwich for $12, various burgers, such as Black Jack Burger for $11, the Buffalo Chicken Burger for $12, the Sidelines Burger for $13 and others, various main courses, such as the Full Rack of Ribs for $25, Grilled Chicken Breast for $16, Lobster Mac n Cheese for $15 and others, soups and salads, such as a Classic Caesar salad for $5 or $8, a Chicken Chop Salad for $13, the Asian Chicken Salad for $13 and more, appetizers and pizza, such as Wings or Dry Ribs for $12, a bowl of French Fries for $5, Pork and Veggie Dumplings for $9 and many other dishes.
The Sidelines Lounge
The Sidelines Lounge offers you drinks and catering services in addition to a nice lounge area with many high-definition screens where you can follow all your favourite sporting events.
Aside from an extensive menu of drinks, the Sidelines Lounge offers the Big Rock on Tap for $5, which is available every day of the week, on Sundays a Caesar Sunday’s for $5.50, on Monday's the Paralyzer Monday’s for $5.50, many different drinks, such as Tequila on Tuesday, Budweiser & Kokanee for $ 4.50 on Wednesday and Jäger Shots for $5.50 on Thursday.
The restaurant also offers many different snacks and other dishes if you are a little hungry. You can enjoy a steak, salad and fries for $9.99 on Mondays, small pizzas on Tuesdays, chicken drum sticks or wings for $0.35 per piece on Wednesdays, and NY Steak for $19.99 on Sundays. You can order meals from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to 11 pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to midnight.
The Sidelines Lounge is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
Accommodation at the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino
When you stay in Alberta you will also not have to worry about accommodation. The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino has a hotel with a capacity of 111 rooms of three categories and 20 luxury suites.
Each room does not only offer you a maximum of comfort, but also a lot of amenities that will make your stay even more entertaining and relaxing. In addition to comfortable equipment, such as bathtubs or fireplaces, all rooms are equipped with large television screens and satellite cable TV, wireless internet, and many more. Game consoles, such as an Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii can also be available in the rooms and suites.
The hotel also offers areas where guests can relax and enjoy certain activities. Among these services are an indoor swimming pool with a slide, which is open every day from 9 am to 11 am, a launderette, a gym and fitness room, which is always open, a Golf Simulator for $25/h on weekdays and $30/h on Friday from 4 pm to Sunday, and there is also a games room with two PS4s and two Xbox Ones and many games.
The resort also offers different packages allowing you to enjoy all kinds of benefits at great rates. Packages include the Stay & Play Package starting from $149, that includes one night at the hotel, $40 in casino chips and a continental breakfast for two, the Girls Night Out Package for $175, that includes one night, two lunches, $20 in casino chips, a $30 ticket for a meal and drinks, one bottle of champagne delivered in the room and $200 to be used at the Tip to Toe Spa Boutique, the Romance Package for $179 which offers a choice of the 18 suites of the hotel depending on availability, a $50 meal ticket and a bottle of sparkling white wine and strawberries coated with chocolate, and many more.
Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino : events and functions
The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino also hosts and organises different events, ranging from concerts to sporting events, games and competitions, and gastronomic events.
Events at the Casino
You can experience a unique experience when you stay in the city of Morley and in Alberta, as the Casino offers a variety of entertainment suitable for everyone.
There are two main rooms, one is the Chill Showroom that can host concerts and all kinds of shows, such as the comedian Don Burnstick, Kenny Rogers interpretations by Kinda Kenny, and many others.
The Casino also invites you to watch the UFC Pay-Per-View fights and you can see confrontations, like those of Aldo against Mc Gregor, Rousey against Holm, Johnson against Dodson 2, Mayweater vs. Pacquiao, and much others.
Your private and professional events
The Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino also gives you the opportunity to organise your own private or professional events.
The Casino has two large modular rooms that can be adjusted depending on your needs. The Chill Showroom has a capacity of 300 people in a seated configuration, which is perfect for weddings and other private functions, and also for professional meetings and seminars. The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and they are also available for conferences and other gatherings.
You can trust the managers of the Casino to make your project come to life, and they will be happy to send you a tailor-made offer according to your budget which will exceed your expectations.
20 min east of Canmore and 30 min east of Calgary.
92 km from the international airport of Calgary.
Approximately 12 hours flight from Paris.
361 km from Edmonton and 938 km from Washington.
The games room :
Slot machines : Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
Table games : Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
Poker Room : Sunday to Wednesday from 4 pm to midnight and Thursday to Sunday from 4 pm to 2 am. Entries for Thursdays and Saturdays start at 6.30 pm.
Off-Track Betting : Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
The restaurants and bars :
The Ridge Buffet : Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.
The Sidelines Lounge : Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.