If you’ve got a passion for poker or want to give the roulette wheel a spin, test your luck at these gaming centers and casinos near Portland.
Gaming in Portland
While mostly known as a horseracing venue, the historic Portland Meadows has been providing gaming entertainment since 1946. The Meadows is home to Portland’s largest game floor, featuring more than 150 terminals of bingo, spinning wheels and matching games, as well as casino games based on historical horse racing. The poker room features $40 buy-ins on Big O and Hold’Em.
Final Table Poker Club
Located just off of Southeast Division Street, Final Table Poker Club is the most spacious poker room in the city. With buy-ins at as low as $20, the Final Table offers multiple Texas Hold’em and Big O tournaments daily, along with pool, video games and board games. Once you’ve had your piece of the action, enjoy a menu of burgers, beer, churros and other snacks while watching your favorite sporting events on a big-screen TV.
The Game Portland Poker
Located on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near Multnomah Village, The Game is the Texas Hold’em shootout capitol of Portland. The poker destination uses custom Vegas-style tables with speed felt and designer-grade chairs to ensure a comfortable and authentically VIP experience. The lounge is outfitted with an 80-inch (2 m) HD projector, allowing visitors to enjoy NBA and NFL sports packages — all while feasting on a menu of burgers, sandwiches and specialty cocktails. Night owls will appreciate that The Game is the only legal after-hours licensed social gaming club in the city; tables close at 8 a.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Casinos near Portland
Located just north of Portland in Ridgefield, Washington, Ilani Casino (pronounced “ay-lon-ay”) is the newest entry in the local gaming and entertainment scene. The casino takes its name from the indigenous Cowlitz tribe’s word for “sing.” The heritage of the Cowlitz people is evident in the design and feel of the gorgeous 156-acre (63 hectare) resort.
Ilani’s 100,000-square-foot (9,290 sq m) gaming floor is packed with more than 2,500 slot machines and 75 table games, including favorites like blackjack, roulette, midi baccarat and craps. Ilani offers more than the thrill of gaming, however. The casino is home to 15 different restaurants, bars and retail outlets, including premium deli stylings at Butcher & Baker, delicious pasta and pizza at I.talia Restaurant and designer fashions at Marshall Rousso boutique. The resort also features a 2,500-seat entertainment venue for concerts, stand up comedy and karaoke.
Located 60 miles (97 km) south of Portland, Spirit Mountain Casino is Oregon’s premier gaming destination. The casino boasts a fleet of table games such as blackjack, roulette, craps and pai gow. Additionally, it offers traditional and touch screen slot machines, a dedicated 24-hour poker room and the luxurious Spirit Mountain Lodge.
Treat yourself with a stay in a deluxe suite featuring a triple-sheeted king bed, wet bar and jacuzzi tub. Don’t forget to dine at one of the resort’s four on-site restaurants. Options include the first class meals at Legends Restaurant or the Cedar Plank Buffet (the largest buffet in Oregon). Whichever you choose, Spirit Mountain delivers plenty of delicious eats to power you through another round of cards.
While you’re there, take a break from the gaming table to enjoy one of Spirit Mountain’s events featuring comedy and music stars. The venue attracts big names like Kool & the Gang, Wanda Sykes and Boyz II Men. There are also free live rock-and-roll shows at the Mountain View Sports Bar.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Playing cards is even better by the beach! Take in the salt and spray of the scenic Oregon coast at luxury resort casino Chinook Winds. The venue is located just two hours southwest of Portland in Lincoln City. There are plenty of thrills to be had, with plentiful neon slot machines, bingo and keno. Chinook Winds also offers 22 classic table games, including favorites like three-card poker, roulette and blackjack. Betting limits start at $5.
The resort hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness center, sauna and spa. Book an oceanfront room and enjoy a round of golf at Chinook Winds Golf Resort, just north of the casino. The resort also features great food, including a fresh-catch oyster bar and a Native American-inspired menu at Chinook’s Seafood Grill. If your tastes run more turf than surf, check out the Rogue River Steakhouse, where you can take in a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying your meal. Hop on a free bus from Portland to experience all that Chinook Winds has to offer.
Located 20 minutes north of Portland in La Center, Washington, Palace Casino offers 24/7 live casino action. Games include Lucky Ladies blackjack, baccarat and Emperor’s Challenge pai gow. The Palace’s dining options provide an Asian flair to the casino experience. The Lucky Dragon Restaurant features Vietnamese specials. Sample dishes like au choi crispy rolls, chim cut quails and other favorites from their seafood and sushi bars. On top of specialty cocktails, the casino bar offers smoothies, sake and bubble tea.