We finally made a visit to the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall. It was our first one since the new owners took over on May 1st. Gaming resumed on Labor Day weekend.
|The New Pioneer|
Just prior to the resumption of gaming at the Pioneer they stripped the old Neon Letters from the front of the building and removed the railings and statues. Word is they were being refurbished and would be put back later. Not an official word, but shared by various employees. Hopefully, they do so because it looks very plain now.
|The old look of the New Pioneer |
The New Pioneer has a new players club and card. The old cards no longer work. They kept the same name, Round Up Club.
The first thing we noticed is it was cleaner looking, brighter, and more open space. It even smelled better, although as one employee put it, "for now".
There seemed to be fewer machines but there were newer style games mixed in with some of the older machines.
There a no table games at the New Pioneer. No word again on if or when they might have them. They do have a Blackjack and Craps machine as a substitute.
The sportsbook was still there, looked about the same.
Sassy Sue's Saloon which overlooks the River and Riverwalk has new video poker/keno games on the bar. There appears to be many more of them than we remember. We gave our favorite two spots a try but hit nothing. They do have a good selection of beer on tap and the bartender was friendly and welcoming.
There was a placard for a Bar Munchies Menu. We didn't try anything but it looks good. Presumably, the food comes from the only restaurant in the Pioneer, BumbleBerry Flats. Carve Deli was closed.
We wondered exactly what Dinosaur Wings
While playing at the bar we did have some luck by being picked randomly as the winner in the Hot Seat pick. Won $50 in free play! They hold these drawings periodically, though sorry we don't know what days or times. You win by simply having your players card in while actively playing.
Luckily because of the $50 free play we did win back what we lost at the bar in Sassy Sues.
The New Pioneer is not much different than the Old Pioneer. Just cleaned up a bit on the inside. If you visit or have visited leave a comment on this article and let us know what you thought. Or drop by our Facebook Group
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