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Beginner’s Luck

If you’re new to the casino lifestyle and want to try your hand, we have a few tips to share to get you started. And don’t worry, believe it or not, you’re already at an advantage.

Beginner’s luck: when a novice experiences a streak of success.

When you first visit St. Croix Casinos, it may be a little overwhelming to see all the options, most unfamiliar to you. Start off small, perhaps with a few rounds at a slot machine, or some beginner-friendly games like roulette or blackjack. Do a little research on game rules before you head in, to save some time.

There are also a couple of things to know about casino etiquette. No, no, you don’t have to wear a suit and tie. But in order to ensure that everyone is having a good time, there are some “rules”—like that seats are for players only, or that you shouldn’t grab your winnings until the dealer pushes them toward you.

But the number one thing you should know when you visit our casinos as a beginner: have a little fun. Don’t be afraid to let loose, enjoy your time, and make the best of your experience.


So, there you have it. You’ll be a professional in no time. Good luck—not that you need it!

A Brief History of Roulette

Red or black? What’s your lucky number? Roulette is the ultimate game for gamblers looking to take their chances and win big. But how did this thrilling casino essential come to be?

The Roulette wheel was first invented in the 1600s by a French man named Blaise Pascal, who was both a physicist and a mathematician. Interestingly, Pascal’s intent was not to invent a casino game. His goal was to develop a “perpetual motion machine” that didn’t require external energy to continue moving. While his invention didn’t work as intended, it gave birth to one of the world’s most iconic casino games.

The gaming wheel was further developed in the 1700s, and the game - as we know it today - came about as a hybrid with the Italian game of chance known as Biribi. During the 1800s, the game spread in massive popularity across Europe and America. In the 1860s, the single zero roulette wheel was established as the premier casino game in Monte Carlo, which was the hub of gambling in Europe at the time. Nowadays, the beloved game of roulette can be found across casinos worldwide.

We’re Ready to Welcome You Back, Safely

It’s no secret that an escape from life’s merry-go-round is something most of us have been craving during this time. That’s why we’re so very thrilled to welcome you back to all three of our St. Croix Casino locations here in northwestern Wisconsin. Upon your return, you’ll notice that things might be a little bit different, but in a good way.

While the health and safety of our guests has always, and will continue to be, our top priority, our properties are committed to setting the standard for cleanliness as well as guest experience. Our promise is to safeguard your vacation by enhancing sanitization and hygiene measures while you focus on relaxing at our one-of-a-kind destination.

Here’s just a few of the measures we’ll be implementing:

• Temperature Screenings: Guests will enter through the main entrance at all properties and staff members will complete a non-invasive temperature check upon guest’s arrival. Staff members will also have temperature checks before they begin each shift.
• Facial Coverings: Both guests and employees are required to wear facial masks or the appropriate face shields designated for staff member's specific departments.
• Sanitization Efforts: We’ve ramped up our cleaning and sanitizing efforts, especially in high traffic surface areas such as slot machines, kiosks, and dining areas. Sanitizing stations can also be readily found throughout the casinos.
• Social Distancing: Changes have been made to our restaurants, Table Game seating, and other areas to assist with social distancing guidelines.

To learn more, please visit our website. We look forward to your return!

A Relaxing Evening Indoors

Who doesn’t love spending a cozy evening indoors after a full morning of work or play? Here at St. Croix Casinos, we make it easy to unwind.

First, beat the afternoon heat by catching up on some summer gaming indoors. From Blackjack to Baccarat, our three Wisconsin casinos know how to have fun. We even have an exclusive Players Club, where members can earn and redeem points towards dining, entertainment, and more.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some of the area’s best cuisine. Danbury Hotel features casual dining at the East Winds Dining Room, salads and sandwiches at the North Winds Deli, and cocktails and beer in the lively West Winds Lounge. Turtle Lake Hotel offers all-day dining at the gourmet Me-Ki-Noc Restaurant and family-friendly foods at its popular grab-and-go Concession Stand. And the Hurtle Hotel’s Gatherings Restaurant is the perfect place to grab a meal at any hour of the day.

After dinner and drinks (and hopefully dessert) it’s time to get ready for bed. Our spa-inspired bath amenities make the perfect addition to your nighttime routine. Once you’ve brushed your teeth and put on your pajamas, settle into bed and find your favorite movie channel on TV. Slipping into a restful night’s sleep after a complete day at one of our St. Croix Hotels and Casinos is just seconds away.

Casino Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Filled with famed legends, interesting myths, and stories that seem almost impossible to be true, the history of the casino world is a very entertaining one. Here are a few fun facts that you might not have known.

  • The Sandwich was invented at the casino, sort of. In the year 1765, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was gambling and didn’t want to leave the table to eat. Montagu asked his servants to bring him a couple of slices of bread with some meat in between so he could play and eat at the same time--and thus, the sandwich was born. Though many will say that the sandwich was invented long before this, Montagu was the only one to give it a name and a cool inception story at that.
  • The "World’s Smallest Casino" is located in the back of a London cab. Complete with a gaming table, dealer, bar, and TV, The Grosvenor Casino has a mobile casino that lets riders go anywhere in the city so long as they make a charitable donation--or, they can go straight to the casino free of charge.
  • Penny slots make more money than any other game in a casino. Don’t let the name fool you, the penny slots are the most profitable game in the casino industry, which came to be in the early 2000s recession when gamblers were looking to wage low.

How Slot Machines Came to Be

Featured at almost every casino in the world, slot machines have been a crowd favorite since we can remember. Their history dates back many, many years. Interestingly enough, there is some debate about who originally came up with the idea for slot machines, and when. Let’s take a look back at how these world-wide gambling machines came to be.

There are two widely accepted accounts of the slot machine’s original invention. One is that the first device was the Liberty Bell machine, created by Charles Fey in 1887. Featuring just three reels and five symbols, the machine was relatively simple. The other version of the slot’s original beginnings is that Fey didn’t develop the machine until later, in 1985, and that the device was inaugurated in 1891 by two men named Sittman and Pitt. This version of the machine was loosely based on poker—the better the hand displayed, the more a player would win.

There were similarities between the two devices. Both required a player to pull a lever that would start the spinning reels or drums. In fact, it was this aspect that led to slot machines being known as "one-armed bandits". Both also mandated that a player insert a coin and win a certain amount based on the spin’s result.

The differences between the two was that the Liberty Bell automatically dispensed coins, the other did not. It was perhaps this difference that led to the Liberty Bell being the more popular of the two, which ultimately started the slot machine boom.

The St. Croix Tribe: Past and Present

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians are among Wisconsin’s original inhabitants, occupying the northern region and the surrounding areas that span centuries. They developed partnerships with French traders in the 17th century, thus creating their first commerce endeavors. Through periods of prosperity, persecution, peace, and conflict, the St. Croix Tribe was once removed from ancestral lands. During this time of displacement, they were ultimately known as "The Lost Tribe". Enduring over 200 years of struggle to reclaim their original homelands, The St. Croix people were finally a federally recognized Tribe when the Reorganization Act was passed in 1934.

No longer known as "The Lost Tribe", but rather, resilient business leaders with a rich tradition and culture, The St. Croix people have created a regional, flourishing economic center. As a major contributor to the area’s economy, the St. Croix currently have five main reservation communities. This land allows the Tribe to practice its beloved traditions across several generations.

Through its powerful combination of traditional values and innovative business approach, thriving business ventures such as the casino properties in Turtle Lake, Danbury, and Hertel have come to fruition. All of which that offer something for everyone.

The Only Way to Play

Get your game face on and experience blackjack at its best during your stay at St. Croix Casino Danbury. Simply take a stroll from your comfortable accommodations and prepare yourself for an evening of excitement, high stakes, and fun when you join a table for a fast-paced, heart-pounding hand. St. Croix Casino Danbury features 8 blackjack tables to play from, with betting limits from $5 to $100.

Blackjack hours this winter are Monday through Thursday from noon to midnight, Friday from noon to 3:00 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 a.m. So there is plenty of time to play throughout your stay! If blackjack isn’t your game, be sure to check out the craps tables, roulette, and more than 500 slots for your chance to win big all while having a great time.

Heart of a Warrior – MAW Wrestling

Gather your friends and family together during your next visit to St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake for incredible wrestling action! Heart of a Warrior – MAW Wrestling is coming to you on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. for a night of awesome, heart-pounding action in the ring. The best wrestlers of the Midwest are coming together to give you the greatest matches of the season. You will see wrestlers like The Honky Tonk Man, Road Warrior Animal, Faces of Fear, Terri Runnels, and many, many more battle it out right before your eyes.

This family-friendly event is only $15 per ticket for general admission, $5 for children under 10 years of age, and is free for children under 2. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. sharp with a meet and greet with the wrestlers beginning at 6:00 p.m. Don’t wait, get your tickets here today!

The Perfect Date

The winter holidays may be over, but a romantic evening can still be had at St. Croix Casino Danbury! Take your special someone on the perfect date when you catch one of our upcoming concerts and visit our on-property dining room and buffet for some truly magical flavors and ambiance.

Open every day of the week, anytime is the perfect time to dive into excellent dishes and drinks at St. Croix Casino Danbury. With skillful techniques abound, our team of culinary experts will delight your palate with a variety of classic cuisine and unique meal options.

Bring your appetite and grab your partner because it’s time to head out for the best meals around, just steps from your luxurious and convenient accommodations.

Stop into Waabani-noodin and indulge in a juicy prime rib dinner on Saturdays, all-you-can-eat ribs on Mondays, lobster dinner on Tuesdays and more. And don’t forget to check out the fabulously fresh options at our Zhaawani-noodin buffet for tasty selections of salad, meat, fish and incredible desserts! 

That's not all. The lineup this year for approaching entertainment is one you won't want to miss! You'll have the chance to see incredible performances from Denny & the Drifters, Jo Dee Messina, enjoy a Girls Night Out Dinner Show and more at our Danbury and Turtle Lake locations. 

No matter how you spend your evening, choosing to stay, play, and dine at St. Croix Casino—your best bet for a great getaway!

New Year’s Eve Party

Spend your last hours of 2019 jamming out at the hottest New Year’s Eve Party in Wisconsin! You can kick-off 2020 when you stay at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake and attend our exciting New Year’s Eve Party with Ladies of the ’80s on Tuesday, December 31.

The party starts at 8 pm and lasts until 1 am, but this isn’t just any occasion. It’s a free concert to help you dance into the New Year on the right foot and enjoy the best party with your family and friends. At Midnight, we will have a massive balloon drop and we’ll be offering up to $5,000 worth of cash and prizes. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! Great tunes, a fun atmosphere, and prizes—there’s no better way to begin 2020 than at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake.

Boogie Wonderland

It’s time to throw it back to one of the hottest moments in music history with Boogie Wonderland’s "Get Down Tonight" performance. This 70’s disco dance band has the grooviest lineup to get you on your feet and moving to the music, right at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake on Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 pm. That’s two chances, just steps away from your accommodations, to join in the greatest party performance of the season.

Boogie Wonderland has several lead singers to keep the music at a high level of energy and a smile plastered to your face as you watch. As masters of their instruments and incredible vocal styling, you will not find a more unique and seamless group around. Get ready to hear your favorites powerfully performed! 

Grunge is Back!

Check out the fantastic music events coming up at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake this October! On Friday, October 18th, you’ll get to rediscover your favorite grunge songs when headliners Smells Like Nirvana and Mad Alice take the stage. This acoustic grunge show will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is sure to be a lively one! But the party doesn’t have to end there. Smells Like Nirvana will be performing again on Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 p.m. This Chicago-based tribute band will be playing all of Nirvana’s greatest hits from Bleach, Nevermind, Incesticide, In Utero, and their famous MTV Unplugged performance. These great shows will take you back and remind you of all the great musical memories from your past—so don’t hesitate. Grab your favorite flannel, buy your tickets in advance, and get ready to jam out at these amazing concerts, only at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake.

Chateau St. Croix Winery Fall Festival

On September 21st and 22nd, treat yourself to a day filled with entertainment and indulgence at the Chateau St. Croix Winery Fall Festival. This harvest festival lasts all afternoon and admission is free. You can browse many local craft vendors while sipping a glass of wine that was made right there. Tours of the winery will be available at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., so you can learn all about the winemaking process too. Live music will be played throughout the day by the Mike Salovich Duo, Rich Lewis Band, and the Lehto & Wright Band, so there will never be a dull moment. You will be able to enjoy tasty Italian dishes from a local food truck as well as a cold beer from the Oliphant Brewery too. There’s something for everyone, so make sure to stop by and start your holiday shopping with some truly unique crafts and jewelry.

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

Cruise down the St. Croix River and explore the outdoors in a whole new way when you join an excursion with Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, just thirty minutes from our St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake location. Whether you’d like to take a Daily Excursion on “The Princess” or “The Queen,” a variety of options are available for you and your family to enjoy. Dinner cruises are another fabulous option to explore for a unique night out, with delicious entrees like roasted prime rib and mashed potatoes, four cheese stuffed shells, and chicken breasts with wild rice. Wednesday evenings are reserved for the Ribs on the River Cruise so you and the family can dig into pork ribs and all your favorite sides, as you learn about the history of the river and the surrounding area. You can’t go wrong, no matter which option you select, so book today!

Clover Meadow Winery and White Wolf Distillery

Less than 10 miles from your stay at the St. Croix Casino Hertel sits the beautiful Clover Meadow Winery and White Wolf Distillery. Boasting its title as the only certified organic winery in the Midwest, and only one of five organic distilleries in the entire nation, you will find quality spirits here that can’t be beat.

With its tasting room open year-round, you will feel welcome as you sip on a variety of wines and spirits cultivated in the pesticide-free soil outside. Currently, they offer 23 varieties of wine as well as several brandies, moonshines, and cordials. Guests will delight in the charming café, where you can choose from a classic Wisconsin meat and cheese tray or delicious vegetarian options like the black bean sliders. There’s something for everyone in your party to enjoy alongside a glass of fine wine and friendly company.

The winery is open May through October, Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the winter, they are open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sing and Dance the Night Away

If you want a night of high-energy live music, look no further than the series of concerts performed at your choice of lodging—St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake. This June promises a lineup of incredible artists, including the legendary country band Montgomery Gentry. The band will have you singing along to all of your favorites as well as new hits on June 29th at 7:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome at this family-friendly concert, and children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free with the presence of an adult. General admission costs just $20, while the Coca-Cola VIP area in the first set of rows is just $30. The VIP area also offers seating so that you can watch the show in comfort.

Purchase your tickets today, and check out other headliners coming to the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, Hertel, and Danbury this month.

Camping and the Casino

If you are having trouble deciding whether your next vacation should be camping or luxury accommodations, you don’t have to choose with St. Croix Casino Danbury! From May 1st through October 15th, the Eagles Landing Campground is open for you and your family to enjoy. This wooded site is perfect for RV or tent camping along the beautiful Yellow River and is conveniently located only a mile away from the St. Croix Casino Danbury when you take our free shuttle service.

You will be able to relax in the great outdoors with all of the best amenities, including Wi-Fi, coin laundry, free showers, and our incredible on-site staff to ensure you have the best experience. The 45-site campground offers 35 full hookups and 10 electric-only sites, as well as volleyball and basketball courts, a playground, and much more. Your furry companions are welcome too as long as they are leashed so you can bring the whole family along! Then, come back to the hotel for some serious R&R after your quick glamping trip. 

Laugh It Up

Your stay at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake will have you cracking up on Saturday, April 20th, when you attend the All-Star Comedy Revue with Chris Fairbanks. At 8:00 p.m., you can settle in for a great show filled with quick wit and quirky humor to make your vacation that much more memorable.

Chris Fairbanks is a cohost of the popular podcast Do You Need a Ride with Karen Kilgariff, and his standup has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central. He was named as one of Amazon MP3’s Top Ten comedy albums with his routine on Fairbanks! and he has many comedic appearances coming up on Comedy Central’s Corporate, HBO’s Crashing, and Amazon’s One Mississippi.

With this many accolades, you know this is a night you won’t want to miss, so plan on attending this show when you reserve your room at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake.

Marvelous Maple

Enjoy a bit of the Wisconsin local flavor at the MapleFest at Glenna Farms on March 30th and 31st, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Just a quick 16-mile trip from your fabulous stay at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, you will find a brisk weekend outing for the whole family to enjoy.

The family-owned farm is home to 80 acres of maple trees and gives you a truly exceptional Wisconsin experience. Take a self-guided tour of the farm and see how sap is made into syrup as well as an “old time” cooking demo. Free pancakes are even served until 1:00 p.m. and drawings will be held for all kinds of delicious maple products for you to take home and enjoy or give to your loved ones as unique gifts.

A delightful petting zoo will be available and the retail store will be open until 4:00 p.m.

Back to the Classics for Valentine's

St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake doesn’t just offer the best in comfortable accommodations and fantastic casino games, it also has all the most amazing acts lined up this month, including a blast from the past performance by 2nd Time Around Band on February 15th and 16th at 8:00 p.m. You and your family will enjoy 60+ songs from the 50s and 60s, played in their entirety, without the interruptions sometimes found in other live performances.

With no auto-tune and no gimmicks, this nonstop act embraces the best Doo Wop music the way it was meant and will deliver a talent-filled show you will be talking about for years to come. Make sure you don’t miss this event on your visit to St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake or our nearby locations at Danbury and Hertel. Relive a bygone era and enjoy a night with the likes of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Beach Boys, and more!

Join Us for Dinner

When staying at the St. Croix Casino Danbury, you don’t have to look far for superior customer service and high-quality cuisine. Simply visit our Waabani-Noodin (East Winds) dining room for excellently prepared dishes at fair prices. With an expansive selection of meals available all day, you and your whole family can find something to love.

Savor in our fantastic specials, like Tuesday’s lobster dinner with all the best sides at only $17.99, our Saturday steak and shrimp trio dinner at $15.95, or our classic Sunday pork chop special and side salad for only $9.99. Our selection of seafood and other exciting entrees, like the all-you-can-eat ribs, fresh and tender vegetables, and mashed potatoes with gravy, is popular so come early and come hungry.

The best part, you can swipe your St. Croix Casino Players Club card to earn points on some of these specials to go toward your next fabulous meal at the St. Croix Casino Danbury.

Where Kids Count Too

Your family won’t have time to be bored when you stay at St. Croix Casino Danbury. Fun for the whole family is accounted for in our attentive customer service, and that includes our incredible array of arcade games found on the first floor! Our arcade offers the big thrills and amusement that your kids deserve on their vacation too. There’s something for everyone with classics like air hockey, claw games, and hockey foosball. For the bigger kids looking for action and adventure, the heart-pumping driving and hunting game selections are sure to provide hours of fun. At St. Croix Casino Danbury, it’s our priority to provide not just welcoming and comfortable accommodations but to provide fun for every member of the family – no matter how big or small.

A Toast To Wisconsin Wines

With its grand stone manor house, formal gardens, and horse stables, Chateau St. Croix Winery, located on Highway 87, looks as if its been magically transported from Tuscany and dropped in the heart of Wisconsin. In fact, this European-inspired oasis is a labor of love for winemakers undaunted by Wisconsin’s cold climate. In fact, since 2004, they’ve grown six varieties of hybrid, cold-hearty grapes that flourish in the state’s surprisingly forgiving soil, and turned out dozens of award-winning wines. Wine tastings and tours are offered throughout the week.

Crisp Weather & Colorful Events

Embrace the beauty of the season at the St. Croix Falls AutumnFest & Craft Fair in October. On your visit to one of our premier locations, be sure to check out this unique celebration of the season. Families will enjoy river walks along Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls where they can see the colorful changing of leaves into the vibrant hues of autumn. It is the perfect way to unwind on your trip and discover all of the wildlife that the St. Croix Valley has to offer.

The beautiful state parks will be open for all to enjoy picnics or to even go paddling. Those interested in crafts will find no shortage of art and wonderful works to enjoy, plus live theatrical productions at The Festival Theatre. Relax during your visit and enjoy the wonders of fall.

A Holiday Experience to Remember

Throughout the month of December, guests at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake can take part in a fabulous, annual Wisconsin tradition. The Village Park will be open for visitors to enjoy beautiful holiday decorations and magnificent lighting displays that are sure to bring joy to the hearts of you and your loved ones.

This snowy stroll is a magical memory in the making as you take in all the holiday season has to offer. The Village Park will also be open for those who wish to stay cozy in their vehicles and drive through to enjoy the displays in warm comfort. You will enjoy the holiday spirit either way you join in. Enjoy local shopping, wondrous lights and Christmas décor, and make your stay at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake merry at this free, month-long event!

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