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    We have casinos and guns in Oregon.
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    There's a ton of casinos between Seattle and the California border, they're not a thing that's exclusive to Nevada. I don't know what all of the regulations are, but the Indian tribes in Oregon can run casinos and have all of the regular games you'd expect like blackjack, poker, and roulette. If your friend is exclusively interested in poker you don't even need to go to a casino. The Rialto in downtown Portland hosts cash hold-em games every night starting at around 7pm. There's tons of poker rooms between Seattler and the California border of varying quality, do some research.

    If you absolutely need to go to a casino just search them on google maps in Oregon, there's a bunch.

    In terms of guns, there's a few places near PDX that offer rentals, but this place has a machine gun

    looks like you'll need to figure out some paperwork though
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    *edit: If your friend has seen Rounders he should be familiar with the concept of a poker room. Unlike that movie however poker rooms in Oregon have a house dealer, and a corresponding rake.
    California has the same Native American casinos. Some are even fancy fancy.

    Here, for example, is one sort of on your way (and very near a lot of the famous alleged Bigfoot sightings, including the famous film).

    https://www.hoopa-nsn.gov/enterprise...y-bear-casino/
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    Joe, I'm interested as a fellow shadowrun player... what are your plans for Seattle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerWish View Post
    Joe, I'm interested as a fellow shadowrun player... what are your plans for Seattle?
    Uhm, good question. Whatever the fine folks here wrote?
    I'll be meeting with my travel mate next week at school as I've been sick the whole week and haven't spoken to him much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
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    Joe, I'm interested as a fellow shadowrun player... what are your plans for Seattle?
    Uhm, good question. Whatever the fine folks here wrote?
    I'll be meeting with my travel mate next week at school as I've been sick the whole week and haven't spoken to him much.
    I can only suggest the Seattle's Underground tour

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerWish View Post
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    Joe, I'm interested as a fellow shadowrun player... what are your plans for Seattle?
    Uhm, good question. Whatever the fine folks here wrote?
    I'll be meeting with my travel mate next week at school as I've been sick the whole week and haven't spoken to him much.
    I can only suggest the Seattle's Underground tour
    +1, I did that several years ago, was cool.
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    You should go to Portland, unfortunately I cant recommend a place to stay, as the Joyce Hotel, where I spent my nights has closed.

    Here is two reviews of the Joyce from Yelp:
    the joyce is a standing monument to all the dreams and nightmares of vaseline alley, and will always hold a special place in my heart. sure, there are roaches and bedbugs, the halls echo throughout the long portland nights with the sounds of moaning and weeping, and somebody is more than likely to shit in the shower at least once a day. but these walls serve fortress to a cast of thieves and villains like none you have ever met. there's "heroin-jesus" on floor 2, who decends from his room once a week and stands on the street under that awful green awning, staring into the rain with eyes that could tear your soul apart. rico the cat, of course (pdx celeb), that guy who worked with special needs kids who stopped by one evening on ecstacy to chat, then stole my lube. and of course jim, up on the fourth floor, who seemed friendly enough when he offered me my pick of any of his delicious canned food goods, but seemed to show his more aggressive side after sliding a series of about 15 notes under my door inviting me to come over and watch porn with him while he blew me.
    i'd say the joyce is pretty fabulous. and if i haven't sold you yet, upon checkout, you get a nifty little printout of all the "guests" you'd had stay over. what kind of sleeze bag would hookup with someone living at the joyce? ..my thoughts exactly.
    This is a place that put the "god" into "godawful", but bear in mind that it's also true to the you-get-what-you-pay-for principle. All manner of derelicts, transients, skeezers, nutters, and down-and-outers are packed into the dingy yellow walls that are marred by brown spots of squashed cockroaches, which is why the brown carpet that's as thin as a couple sheets of binder paper reeks of Raid. Add to the ambiance the thundering of the various clubs, bars, cars, drunken pedestrian revelers at night, and the construction and garbage haulers in the day, and you get...atmosphere. Not to mention the fact that whatever detergent they're using to wash their linens with leaves your skin with a slimy, soapy coat two showers can't even remove, and some are probably allergic to. For less than $20 a hostel room and $40 a single occupancy room, this is the place to bang those crack hoes when you spent too much on rock and don't have the bus fare to get out to Interstate or Powell. The price is right. Ah, but there is Rico, the Joyce flophouse cat, who always lights up my face whenever I see him.
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    Sounds like big trouble. You're going to need plenty of legal advice before this thing is over. As your attorney, I advise you to rent a very fast car with no top. And you'll need the cocaine. Tape recorder for special messages. Acapulco shirts. Get the hell out of L.A. for at least 48 hours. And of course, you're gonna have to arm yourself... TO THE TEETH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Legionnaire View Post
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    We have casinos and guns in Oregon.
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    There's a ton of casinos between Seattle and the California border, they're not a thing that's exclusive to Nevada. I don't know what all of the regulations are, but the Indian tribes in Oregon can run casinos and have all of the regular games you'd expect like blackjack, poker, and roulette. If your friend is exclusively interested in poker you don't even need to go to a casino. The Rialto in downtown Portland hosts cash hold-em games every night starting at around 7pm. There's tons of poker rooms between Seattler and the California border of varying quality, do some research.

    If you absolutely need to go to a casino just search them on google maps in Oregon, there's a bunch.
    A agree with the general notion that if playing Poker is the main motivation, there's no need to go to Reno. Other casinos will do.

    Disclaimer: I've been to Vegas 5 times and enjoy the gambling, so I'm obviously biased.

    However - if the intention is to experience a gambling city, drop Reno and go to Vegas instead. It's just not comparable and to be quite honest, the first time I drove into Vegas (we arrived there in the evening), I was overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of lights on the the Strip. I've never seen anything like before or after.

    I recommend Vegas, because it has the benefit that it offers quite few things to do there for the folks that are not into gambling. E.g. just walking the Strip from the Monterey Bay Hotel up to Cesar's Palace, watch the (free) outside and inside attractions of all the hotels on the Strip, takes at least a day. The Fremont Street is worth a visit for it's light show. Hoover Dam is also nearby. And as a German you might enjoy the overdose of stereotype on display at the Hofbräuhaus in Vegas. Fun fact: it's built from the original blueprints of the Munich original.

    If the distance to Vegas from the west coast seems to be problematic with a car, consider taking a flight. Tickets are cheap to affordable, so doing a side trip for 2-3 days is achievable. My hotel recommendation: the Excalibur. Because it's one of the oldest theme hotels, it's quite cheap in comparison to all the other ones, but it still directly (on one end) of the Strip, so that you can get by without a car for that trip (implying Hoover dam is excluded).

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    Vegas by car from the bay area/coast is quite a trip, but you do get the chance to drive through some pretty unique scenery (Mojave, go see all the civilian Aerospace testing going on there. Best breakfast in the desert is at the Voyager cafe). Also Tehachapi/Sequoia if you go down that way are purty (like, California's Alpen/Obersee experience).

    I agree with Helloween about the uniqueness of both Reno and Vegas. Road tripping to Vegas would be a good end cap on a road trip.
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    Been to Vegas myself. I would go if the trip wasn't an insane road trip as is already, but Bay Area <-> Vegas is a long road trip. I did that before, my family did San Francisco - Vegas - LA - San Francisco in 2005. And I want to go to Vancouver and Seattle this time around as well.

    Btw. my friend fully intends to fly over to Baltimore to his family and then add on some days in NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    Been to Vegas myself. I would go if the trip wasn't an insane road trip as is already, but Bay Area <-> Vegas is a long road trip. I did that before, my family did San Francisco - Vegas - LA - San Francisco in 2005. And I want to go to Vancouver and Seattle this time around as well.

    Btw. my friend fully intends to fly over to Baltimore to his family and then add on some days in NYC.

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    I mean, you driving from Vancouver, Joe. What's another 530 miles?
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    As far as Casinos go Cache Creek north of Sacramento CA is probably your best bet, Reno isn't worth the trip and it doesn't sound like you want to hang out long enough to take advantage of South Lake Tahoe which has good casinos but is more scenic and laid back. Cache creek will let you get more time out of CA and is basically like someone tractored a chunk of vegas and dropped it into some backwoods hills in norcal.

    Setting your southernmost point at SF I'd tell you to go see the Steinheart aquarium/academy of sciences in golden gate park, if you go on a weekday it's a lot less crowded and I keep telling people to show up on thursday night where they turn one of the craziest aquariums in the world into a fucking nightclub. I'd tell you to make it south to monteray for the aquarium there but it sounds like your deadset on not going south of SF area.

    Do see yosemite if you're going to see any national park. I've been to/camped in/backpacked every park anyone here has mentioned and quite a few more, yosemite has every last one of them beat. Sequoia national park is great too, but I'd warn against camping there if you don't want to meet large carnivores face to face (getting in the face of a grown black bear is quite an experience and lead to my dad getting banned from booking campsites ever again)...

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    I mean if he’s visiting Seattle and heading to the coast, and if he takes me up on my offer of lodging on Bainbridge, we have a casino literally six miles up the road.

    and yes Thursday nights at the CAS are awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachesis VII View Post
    I mean if he’s visiting Seattle and heading to the coast, and if he takes me up on my offer of lodging on Bainbridge, we have a casino literally six miles up the road.

    and yes Thursday nights at the CAS are awesome.
    Bainbridge Island is nice, I got an uncle up their with a super nice house on the bay with a view of the Seattle skyline. Can confirm, there is a casino out there too (my friend went to it, I wasn't interested).
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichkknaar View Post
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    Been to Vegas myself. I would go if the trip wasn't an insane road trip as is already, but Bay Area <-> Vegas is a long road trip. I did that before, my family did San Francisco - Vegas - LA - San Francisco in 2005. And I want to go to Vancouver and Seattle this time around as well.

    Btw. my friend fully intends to fly over to Baltimore to his family and then add on some days in NYC.

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    I mean, you driving from Vancouver, Joe. What's another 530 miles?
    I did play with the idea of not flying east to Baltimore but rather drive, but that would be too much time wasted in flyover states, not to mention more expensive than just flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    Been to Vegas myself. I would go if the trip wasn't an insane road trip as is already, but Bay Area <-> Vegas is a long road trip. I did that before, my family did San Francisco - Vegas - LA - San Francisco in 2005. And I want to go to Vancouver and Seattle this time around as well.

    Btw. my friend fully intends to fly over to Baltimore to his family and then add on some days in NYC.

    EDIT: You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Lief Siddhe again.
    I mean, you driving from Vancouver, Joe. What's another 530 miles?
    I did play with the idea of not flying east to Baltimore but rather drive, but that would be too much time wasted in flyover states, not to mention more expensive than just flying.

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    Yeah, once you get past Denver, its long drives between sights. There is stuff to do cross country, but it IS a long drive. Vegas, by comparison, on a west coast trip, really isn't a big detour or anything. Just another days drive.
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    True, but the cross-continent drive is still an experience in and of itself. Have marathoned it back and forth before; 48 hours there 43 hours back. Good times.

    Also I don’t think this has been mentioned, but to the extent that you’re driving on the coast road, expect it to take longer than you expect to get places. Traveling from Washington to California along the coast takes four to five times as long as driving down I-5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    I did that before, my family did San Francisco - Vegas - LA - San Francisco in 2005.
    Yeah, we also drove that the first time we went Vegas. I forgot where we started, San Diego or L.A. and from there went via Palms Springs -> Joshua Tree -> Vegas on a two day trip.

    Somewhere along that route we stopped at one of the most amazing diners I've been to in the U.S. It was literally in the middle of nothing, miles away from anything, had a rather large off-road track outside, where people drove around with their motocross bikes and those 'lil 4-wheelers. The interior, the hosts (stereotypical old mum and pop) and guests looked as redneck as it gets, but were very welcoming. We played a few rounds of pool billiard with some of the guests. And although there weren't that many guests there at that time, around a dozen or so, everyone ordering something to eat had to write down his last name on the order, which then would be called out, if his meal was ready to serve. Now imagine their faces when my friend wrote "Lötzbeier" on it. After a couple of comical pronunciation attempts, they agreed to settle on "Michael" for him. Needless to say it all tasted delicious.

    Good god, that brings back some nice memories...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachesis VII View Post
    Traveling from Washington to California along the coast takes four to five times as long as driving down I-5.
    Confirming this , its a brilliant drive though and well worth the time spent on it. We split at Portland , Grants Pass and Eureka on the way up. First two were to visit friends so not really needed. Great fun though

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