The Golden Palace Casino in La Punta is one of two casinos in this remote village that is located in the San Luis province of central Argentina. It belongs to the Grupo Slots company, which manages several casinos and other entertainment venues throughout the country.
La Punta is a small farming village, so while there may not be that many active experiences or major landmarks to visit, you can still head over to the beautiful fruit and wine farms that surround the casino.
To get to La Punta is a fairly easy journey. Most visitors start out in San Luis where there is a small international airport (if there are no direct flights to here then first fly to Buenos Aires International). From this airport, you can catch a bus to the town of La Punta.
There is not much to say about the exterior Casino Golden Palace because it is tucked inside of the Epic Hotel lobby. You will see a neon-red sign that reads “Golden Palace” above the entrance of the casino that is in the lobby of the hotel. The casino’s operating hours are Monday-Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 AM, Friday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 AM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 2:30 AM.
Inside the casino is a celebratory atmosphere, with sounds of jackpots and jazz music predominant. There are Las Vegas-style carpets laid down on the gaming floor of the casino, with various abstract paintings on the walls.
There are monthly poker tournaments hosted in the special tournament room where they play No Limit Texas Hold ‘em. You can always look on the website of the casino for further details and tournament times.
There is a total of just 8 table games in this small casino, but it is actually the biggest of the two casinos in La Punta.
You can play 2 types of roulette games; electronic roulette and live American roulette. There are 2 American roulette tables and 4 electronic roulette machines (fully automatic machines). The minimum and maximum bets allowed the roulette machines are $10 and $50.
There are 2 blackjack tables and you can choose to play Pairs Plus side bet at any one of them. The one table has a $10 min and the other is a $50 min and the maximum bets allowed per table are $100 and $500 respectively.
Last, but not least, you have casino poker and this includes 2 tables with Caribbean Stud poker. The minimum and maximum bets allowed are $50 and $200.
There are a total of 108 gaming machines at this casino and they are split up as follows: 4 electronic roulette tables, 1 video poker machine, 3 multi-game machines and the rest of the machines are slots.
There are two types of slot machines available at this casino, namely video reel slots, and classic reel slots. The classic slot machines only go up to a maximum of 3 reels while the video roller machines can go up to 5 reels. There are multiple progressive jackpots at this casino that connect a select few of the slot machines.
The Golden Palace casino is part of the Epic Hotel San Luis so it is recommended that you sleep here if you are going to use the casino facilities.
Epic Hotel San Luis
This upscale hotel & casino offers modern rooms with mountain views at a price of $55 per night for two people sharing. This includes a room with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. Upgraded Suites have living rooms, coffeemakers, balconies and wet bars. Amenities at this hotel include free breakfast and parking, a restaurant and a cafe, as well as an indoor pool, a gym, a spa and sports courts, a casino and shopping.
Other hotels in the area worth looking at are:
Mandarina House Resort which costs $25 a night per two people sharing
La Posada de Salim a bed and breakfast that costs $50 per night for two people sharing
There is a restaurant in the same building as the casino but it not officially the casino’s restaurant. However, it is the most convenient place to eat. They serve food for a range of budgets and some of their meals are very reasonably priced. The menu features international dishes.