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America’s Cigar-Friendly Casinos

There are more than 900 casinos across the United States, and most will throw you out if you light a cigar inside. A select few, however, welcome cigar smokers, some in spectacular fashion.
| By CA Editors | From Gambling Guide, May/June 2022
America’s Cigar-Friendly Casinos

Arizona

Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Maricopa

Just outside of Phoenix, this casino has a small smoker-friendly section, 23 table games and more than 1,000 slots.

California

Cache Creek, Brooks

This large casino allows cigars, and has a full array of table games.

Graton, Rohnert Park

About an hour from Napa is this serious casino, with a smoking section.

Hard Rock, Wheatland

More than 1,600 slot machines and table games, with a smoking section.

Jackson Rancheria, Jackson

About three dozen table games, 1,700 machines and a smoking section.

Jamul Casino, Jamul

You can smoke in much of this casino, with table games and plenty of slots.

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, Highland

Visit the cigar-friendly Y Lounge, for VIPs and high-stakes players.

Colorado

Wild Card Saloon, Black Hawk 

This slots-only site has fought smoking bans to keep the stogies lit.

Connecticut

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville  

Both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods now prohibit smoking on the casino floor. Mohegan Sun has plans to bring back its Clay Pipe cigar bar and lounge.

Florida

Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood

You can’t miss this resort, which has a unique guitar-shaped tower that lights up the night. The hotel is decorated with music memorabilia (is that Tom Petty’s guitar on the wall?) and the arena hosts serious musical acts. The casino is large, with 200 table games, more than 3,000 slots and a poker room. Cigars are sold throughout the property (including at a 24-hour shop called Seminole Cigar Landing) and you can puff at several bars and lounges, fitting for the hotel that hosts Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest.  

—David Savona

Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa

Smoking is allowed in various parts of this casino, which has nearly 250,000 square feet of gaming space.

Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Casino, Worley

A 60,000-square-foot casino complete with a humidor and cigars for sale.

Illinois

Ameristar Casino, East Chicago

About 20 miles from downtown Chicago is this casino with a smoking section, 46 table games and 1,000 slots.

Indiana

Caesars Southern Indiana, Elizabeth

A host of table games at this casino including craps with 20 times odds.

Hard Rock Casino, Gary

Eighty tables, slots and a smoking area.

Kansas

Hollywood, Kansas City

You can view the Kansas Speedway from this casino, which has smoking areas, 40 table games and about 2,000 slots.

Kansas Star, Mulvane

This Boyd Gaming property has 1,600 slot machines, 50 table games and spots for smokers.

Louisiana

Golden Nugget, Lake Charles

More than 1,600 slots, 87 table games and a handful of poker tables.

Horseshoe, Bossier City

A mix of games (130 video poker machines alone), slots and smoker sections.

Maryland

Live Casino and Hotel, Hanover

Maryland law prohibits smoking inside casinos, so the Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel decided to get creative to find a way to welcome cigar lovers. In 2018, they built the 8,500-square-foot Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio, essentially a casino outside the casino, with an elegant bar, specially built humidors stocked with premium smokes, 12 live-action table games, 28 electronic gaming tables and 150 slot machines. The ambiance is relaxing, with a garden-like atmosphere, waterfall and a chic design.  

—Garrett Rutledge

Mississippi

Beau Rivage, Biloxi

There are designated smoking areas at this beautiful casino, built by Steve Wynn with a look reminiscent of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Hard Rock, Biloxi

Quite cigar-friendly, allowing puffing at casino bars and tables.

Missouri

Bally’s, Kansas City

A casino with smoking sections and nearly 900 slots.

Hollywood Casino, Maryland Heights

A 120,000-square-foot casino with around 100 table games and 2,000 slots.

Lumière Place, St. Louis

You’ll find a poker room, 1,400 slots and almost 60 table games at this casino.

River City, St. Louis

With a look reminiscent of the early 1900s this is a big casino, with a 90,000-square-foot gaming floor.

Nevada (Las Vegas)

Aria Resort and Casino

Aria has its own brand of cigars for sale, and for true high rollers, the resort has a cigar cart and cigar butler.

Bellagio

The posh Baccarat Bar is a high-end, cigar-friendly lounge.  

Caesars Palace

Hail Caesar, as this vast casino resort has not one, but two world-class cigar bars. Casa Fuente has rarities you won’t find anywhere else and the Montecristo Cigar Bar has a great selection of whiskies and other spirits.

Circa Resort and Casino

This luxe downtown resort has the Legacy Club, a cigar-friendly lounge with a huge outdoor terrace. 

Cosmopolitan

The multilevel Chandelier Bar is an upscale spot to smoke.

Encore and The Wynn

These sister properties have amazing rooms, and you can smoke in many areas of the casinos. Pro tip: The Encore is right across the street from the upscale Davidoff Cigar Bar.

Mandalay Bay

Puff away at Eye Candy plus the old-school Foundation Room, with views of the Strip.

Palazzo and The Venetian

Both The Venetian and its connected sister property Palazzo have serious cigar shopping. Places to smoke abound, none better than the Dorsey, a stylish cocktail lounge.

Paris

This resort is impossible to miss, with its miniature version of the Eiffel Tower. Napoleon’s Piano Bar has a comfortable cigar lounge, and it is slated for an expansion.

Resorts World

Resorts World is a stunning new, $4.3 billion property that opened last June, the first casino in a dozen years to open on the Las Vegas strip. The complex has three hotels, from the entry-level Hilton to the very high-end Crockfords. There’s also a superb selection of restaurants, including the newest outpost of Wally’s, which features delicious food and an amazing selection of wines, a reason the original in Beverly Hills holds a Grand Award from Wine Spectator, our sister publication. Cigar smokers will gravitate to Eight Lounge, Las Vegas’ newest and, perhaps, most upscale cigar bar and lounge. Eight is a mix of indoor and outdoor; inside is dark and elegant, outdoors is tranquil and strikingly spacious, complete with an outdoor fireplace. The drinks are upscale and pricey, as are the smokes in the striking, walk-in humidor. Resorts World will host the Big Smoke in November, making this even more cigar centric. And cigars are also welcome while you dine outdoors at the adjacent Brezza, a restaurant serving fine Italian food and steak.

—DS

New Jersey

The Borgata, Atlantic City

A fancy A.C. casino with smoking areas, 180 table games and plenty of slots.

Hard Rock, Atlantic City

Smoking areas and 150 table games.

New York

Turning Stone, Verona

This resort is a staple of upstate New York and features a world-class casino with 2,000 slot machines, the largest poker room in the state and 66 Vegas-style table games, including blackjack and roulette. Half of the casino floor is smoker-friendly. Look for the private cigar lounge attached to TS Steakhouse, open to anyone that dines at the restaurant. It features leather club chairs, a humidor, and a selection of cigars to enjoy while chatting about how the tables were kind, or unkind.

—GR

Oklahoma

Choctaw Casino, Durant

Oklahoma has a large number of casinos, and many allow smoking. This is one of the biggest, and it had a $600 million expansion.

River Spirit, Tulsa

You can smoke at most spots in this big casino, which has more than 3,000 machines and 23 table games.

Oregon

Three Rivers, Florence

Set on 100 acres in the Pacific Northwest, with areas for smokers.

Pennsylvania

Harrah’s, Chester

A combination racetrack and casino near Philadelphia with areas for smokers.

Hollywood Casino, Grantville

Fifty-six table games, more than 2,000 slots and smoking areas.

Washington

Northern Quest, Airway Heights

The Spokane-area casino has the Legends of Fire cigar bar.

Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie

Finding a true cigar bar inside any casino is a bonus, but it’s especially rewarding when that discovery is in Washington State, home to some of the toughest smoking laws in the United States. The Snoqualmie Casino outside of Seattle has a beautiful cigar oasis called Lit Cigar Lounge, with a fine array of high-end smokes arranged in a large, stylish walk-in humidor. There are more than 200 cigars from which to choose, including Padróns, Olivas, Fuentes, Illusiones, CAO Amazon Basins, and great spirits as well, with a particularly deep bench in fine whiskies. The casino has more than 1,700 slot machines and more than 50 table games, including blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette.  

—DS

Wisconsin

Sevenwinds, Hayward

More than 600 slot machines, areas where cigars are allowed and a selection of table games.

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