Owned by the Grupo Slots company, Casino Flamingo is situated in Villa de Merlo – a town in the San Luis province of central Argentina. It sits at the foot of the Comechingones mountains. Grupo Slots is a company with commercial properties in over 24 different locations in Argentina.
If you’re unsure of what to do with your spare time in Villa de Merlo, it is recommended to visit the Poeta Antonio Esteban Agüero Museum which documents his life and work or drive to the Mirador del Sol lookout, with panoramic views of the mountains.
The fastest way to get to the casino is to fly into Argentina via Buenos Aires (because it is the biggest airport in the country) and from there to catch a domestic flight to the regional airport in San Luis. From there you can catch a bus or rent a car to get to the casino.
The look of the casino is that of a Spanish villa. There is a lawn in front of the entrance to the casino as well as a water fountain. The building is cream colored and has a large neon sign that is red that reads “Casino Flamingo”.
At the casino’s main restaurant, there is a stage that is used for live music and comedy shows. Other events at the casino are poker tournaments that are organized weekly and consist mainly of Texas Hold ‘em games (sometimes they will play Caribbean Stud).
There is a regular raffle held at Casino Flamingo where winners have netted up to $10000. Plus, the casino puts on some high paying tournaments for other games besides poker, such as roulette. Some of these tournaments boast up to a cumulative total of $12000 in the prize pool.
The operating hours of the casino are Sunday-Thursday from 10 AM to 4 AM, and Friday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 AM.
This casino hosts a wide range of table games, with over 20 available. There are 8 traditional roulette tables and they all use American roulette wheels. The limits at these tables are as follows: to play a number the minimum and maximum bets allowed is $5 and $100 respectively. For double chances, it’s $200 and $1500. For simple chances, it’s $200 and $3000 respectively.
There is one electronic roulette table that is semi-automatic (uses a croupier) and there are 8 seats available at this table. If you would like to participate in one of the casino’s regular roulette tournamnets, buy-ins start at around $300.
There are 4 blackjack tables that each use a 6-deck shoe. The minimum and maximum betting limits for half of the tables are $10 and $1000 and for the other half of the tables, it is $20 and $2000, respectively. You can play the Pairs Plus side bet at a few of the tables.
There is one craps table at this casino. The limits for this table are a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $2000.
You can play two types of poker at this casino; Caribbean Stud and Texas Hold ‘em. There are just two live poker tables played versus the house and both are Caribbean Stud.
Although not very obvious, poker tournaments are held on occasion at the casino. You will need to check out their social media or website for full details. The poker tournaments are all advertised in Spanish. Some of the tournaments here can come with high buy ins up to $5000.
There are a maximum of 40 players due to the number of tables there. If you are looking for a high end game of poker, then the best day to visit the casino is on a Sunday before 6 PM.
There are 104 slots and electronic gaming machines on the casino floor. These machines mainly consist of different types of slots, however there are other games too. The slot machines at this casino are video reel slots with some bonus multiplier slot machines. These slots are all multi-reel, meaning that you can place up to the maximum bet on more than one line. There are a number of slots with progressive jackpots.
The rest of the electronic games are either video poker machines or multi-game machines. The electronic gaming machines accept coin denominations between $0.25 and $25.
There may not be a hotel at the casino, but there are a handful of hotels within walking distance.
Cabañas Los Amigos features a number of mountain cabins and is directly across the road from Casino Flamingo. These cabins have room for a maximum of 4 people and are self-catering. There are two bedrooms with single beds and en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen, a lounge area and a garden area.
Epic Hotel Villa de Merlo is a modern hotel that is right next door to Casino Flamingo. A night at this hotel in a standard room will cost around $120 per night. They offer complimentary breakfast, and other amenities include a colorful playroom, and a spa area offering an indoor pool, a fitness center, and massage rooms.
Posada del Tiempo is a low-key hotel that offers basic rooms at a reasonable price. A basic room (with free WiFi) that sleeps two costs about $40 per night. Apart from a room, you will also receive free breakfast and access to their small restaurant and bar.
Casino Flamingo has a restaurant/bar called the Flamingo Casino restaurant. This restaurant provides the best gastronomical experience in the city and also includes live music on most nights. The food served here is international and they have a varied menu. This restaurant is also a fully stocked bar.