Review written by Sophie Couard, on June 13, 2016.
Scanterbury is a small town in the province of Manitoba in Canada. It is located 70 km northeast of Winnipeg, and has a large casino-resort, the famous South Beach Casino & Resort, that opened in May 2005 and is also the subject of this review.
The town itself allows you to enjoy all the charms of Manitoba, which has beautiful landscapes, such as the Assiniboine Park, Riding Mountain National Park or even FortWhyte Alive. The capital Winnipeg is also not far away and is full of tourist attractions, such as the Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours in Saint Norbert, the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and a large zoo.
Playing in a colourful atmosphere
The games room at the South Beach Casino & Resort in Scanterbury spans over 3.700 m² and has a classic but very colourful decoration. It is open 362 days a year (closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day), and can be accessed by anyone aged 19 years or older upon presentation of an identity document.
The slot machines
The slot machines are available Monday to Thursday 10 am to 3 am, and around the clock from Friday 10 am to Monday 3 am. You can play at over 600 devices accepting bets from 1 cent to $5. There is something for everyone available, and you can play the following types of games:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- latest generation video slots with digital screens,
- video poker in many different variants.
The game selection consists of games from the following developers:
- Bally Gaming.
You can find the following popular games in the selection:
- Sphinx 3D,
- Beat the Field,
- Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory,
- Fort Knox,
- Hot Shot Dual Wheel,
- Great Zodiac Race,
- Cash Me If You Can,
- Wheel Of Fortune.
The table games
The table games have different availability. The summer hours are Monday to Thursday 2 pm to 3 am, and Friday to Sunday from 12 pm to 3 am. The winter hours are Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 3 am, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 3 am. There are different tables with:
- double deck blackjack,
- midi baccarat,
- texas shootout,
- fortune pai gow poker,
Dining and accommodation at Winnipeg Lake
There is already a lot to do at the establishment, and the interesting game selection offers many games. Unfortunately, there is no poker room available. However, the South Beach Casino & Resort in Scanterbury also offers other services to their visitors. You can also stay at a hotel and visit several restaurants and bars. These are not only great places to take a break from the games and clear your head, but also to rest in a fantastic location on the edge of Winnipeg Lake.
The hotel is designed in an Art Deco style with some tropical motifs. It offers different types of rooms, such as:
- the deluxe king of 35m²,
- the deluxe queen of 35 m²,
- the luxury king of 35 m²,
- the junior suite of 69 m²,
- the grand suite of 72 m².
The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. There is always a nice and well-equipped bathroom and a comfortable mattress on the bed.
Restaurants and bars
Mango's Restaurant has an excellent self-service buffet that is open every day from 7 am to 11 pm. It offers a variety of cuisines with many Canadian specialties and some tropical dishes.
The South Beach Café is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located in the lobby of the hotel. You can drink a coffee or a soda, eat some muffins or a sandwich and take advantage of the free wireless Internet access.
There is also a bar-restaurant. The Blue Dolphin Lounge is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 2 am, and Sunday from 12 pm to 2 am. The restaurant has a special atmosphere with rock and country music concerts every Friday and Saturday evenings. You can order from a large selection of hot and cold drinks, with or without alcohol. You can also eat there and find the following items on the menu:
In short, I can say that the South Beach Casino & Resort is not the casino of the century, as it does not compete in any way with those in Las Vegas or Macau for example. However, it is a very pleasant casino with a nice design, quality services and a good game selection.
By car : Highway 59 .
By plane : International airport of Winnipeg.
Slot machines: Monday to Thursday 10 am to 3 am, 24 hours from Friday 10 am to Monday 3 am.
Table games: Summer hours: Monday to Thursday 2 pm to 3 am, and Friday to Sunday from 12 pm to 3 am. Winter hours Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 3 am, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 3 am.