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Why You Shouldn’t Come for Just the Shows

One reason many people decide to come to Blue Water Resort is for a fun night out with the best shows in or around Parker, Arizona. While the shows are certainly incredible, there is much more to see and do! Here are five reasons why you should not come JUST for the shows.


  • Fine Dining: Without Leaving the Property – Nothing goes better with a great show than a delicious meal. When you decide to go to Blue Water, you will have access to many dining options. Whether you want a quick snack to take back to your room or an excellent meal, you don’t have to leave the property to find what you want. That’s something that cannot be beaten!
  • pool-area-at-nightThrills and Chills – At Blue Water Resort, there are plenty of thrills and chills that don’t take place at a gaming table. Check out our Wakeboard Island or The Marina and get ready for some fun that is unmistakably wild! The whole family will love the excitement and appreciate the beautiful weather found here in Arizona nearly year round.
  • Unbeatable Luxury – Want to relax in a pool, have a delicious drink brought to you or have your car parked by the valet? All of this luxury and much more is within reach at Blue Water. A Blue Water vacation is a luxury vacation. Relax and let us take care of all the little details.
  • Incredible Gaming – While we may be Blue Water Resort, everyone knows that our casino is one of the best around! Spend an evening playing your favorite casino game. Whether you love blackjack, poker or slots, you are sure to find a great way to spend the day and possibly win big!
  • Colorado river scenic viewThe Nearby Natural Beauty – Arizona is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Blue Water’s convenient location means that there is plenty of nearby natural beauty that you can easily access. Whether you want to go for a quick drive or go on an organized tour, you can experience everything nature has to offer without going far from your comfy hotel room.

As you can see, there is much to do at Blue Water! Whether you plan to come for just a night out with friends, or you want to book a room and make a weekend trip out of it, you will never get bored. Just make sure you check out the calendar of upcoming events and see one of those shows too—after all, they ARE one reason guests come from all around the region (and even the world) to visit Blue Water and experience the Blue Water life!

Proper Etiquette for High Limit Gambling

Whether you prefer slots, blackjack, roulette or something completely different, the best thing about visiting Blue Water Resort and Casino is that you have plenty of options when it comes to placing your bets. You can bet low or bet high—there is a table or machine there to fit your needs. However, when it comes time to up the ante, so to speak, and play at the high limit tables or machines, you may feel a bit nervous. Here are five etiquette tips for high limit gaming—at Blue Water or anywhere else you may play.

  • Know the Chip Colors – If you are playing a table game, you will have to deal with chips. The high limit tables mean that you will need to know several different denominations. Learn these well so that you do not have to fumble with the different colors and chips during play and slow things down. Your tablemates and the dealer will appreciate this!
  • Don’t Try to Buy Chips Between Hands – The dealer is very busy in mid-hand trying to keep track of everything happening on the table. Do not confuse the issue even more by trying to buy chips. Wait until the hand is finished and then buy in. You will make the dealer and other players happier by doing this.
  • Know the Game Rules – While the lower limit tables expect that new players will try to play and may need a refresher of rules, this should not be the case at a high limit table. At high limit machines, this isn’t an issue, but for your sake you will want to review the rules on the machine before you try to play.
  • Don’t Criticize Other’s Play – While you may not appreciate how another chooses to play the game (and in Blackjack it CAN affect your hand), don’t criticize this play. If necessary, you can get up and move or come back later. This type of criticism is not needed and may make other feel bad.
  • Tip – While tipping is optional, it is expected. Tip based on the friendliness of the dealer and how well you are doing. You’ll be more popular at the table and possibly boost your gambling “karma” if you believe in it too!

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when it comes to high-stakes gambling. However, just remember that your dealer and likely your tablemates are NOT likely to get upset with you if they can see that you are trying your best to follow proper standards for etiquette. Once you are a bit more comfortable with how to play at the high limit tables or machines, it is time to book your next trip to Blue Water Resort and Casino. We can’t wait to see you at the tables—hopefully, you’ll win big!

How to Spot the Tell when Betting

In most casino games, like slots, blackjack, and roulette, you play against the “house”—or the dealer/machine. It all comes down to smart play and luck. However, with certain games, like Texas Hold’em Poker for one, you are playing against other people, not the house. When you play against the other people at the table, you must consider another element in your gameplay. You will have to “read” your opponent. Not only does it matter what cards you hold, but also it matters whether you can beat the cards your opponent holds or if you can convince them to fold. The key to reading your opponent is spotting his or her tells. Here are five tips that can help you hone this important skill.

  • Watch for Speed – The best players play at a consistent speed, no matter what cards they hold. However, you may be able to catch a player with a tell of playing a strong hand faster or a weak hand slower (or possibly vice versa). Pay attention to the speed at which your opponents check and bet every round and look for inconsistencies.
  • Protection – One of the most common tells is the tendency to want to “protect” good hand. Look for your opponent to look to cover up a hand that is particularly good. Perhaps he or she will want to hold it closer or even cover it with a poker chip.
  • Looking Back at Cards – When a player has a big hand, he or she is more likely to look back and check his or her hole cards. This is done to make sure they are “correct”. A player who keeps looking back at his cards is more likely happy with his hand than unhappy!
  • Opposite Behavior – People tend to want to “act” at the table. If they are strong, they will want to act weak, and if they are weak, they will want to act strong. This is one of the classic tells—especially among people new to the game.
  • Tremble – A person who has trembling hands most likely has a big hand. It might be time to fold—unless you have a monster!

The most important thing to remember about tells is that they are not a guarantee. Some players are better actors than others or are better at hiding their tells. Other players may not exhibit the classic tells and show an entirely different selection of behaviors. The best thing you can do is to spend time watching the players at your table and look for inconsistencies in their play. The moments that sway from the norm are the ones that you need to pay the most attention to—this is when the player likely has a big hand or a big bluff in the works!


Top 5 “Good Luck Charms” for Gambling

Do you feel lucky? Gamblers are a superstitious bunch. That only makes sense—when you are playing a game of luck, it does not hurt to do what you can to turn fate your way. If you are planning to sit down at a slot or find your way to the blackjack table, perhaps one of these five good luck charms will help luck be a lady for you!

  • four-leaf-cloverFour-leaf Clover – Get out in that clover patch in your backyard and start looking for your lucky charm. While it is simple enough to find a three-leaf clover, finding a four-leaf variety can be a challenge. However, if you have one it may just be the good luck charm you need to succeed at your favorite game of chance.
  • Rabbit’s Foot – A rabbit’s foot is known for being lucky for everyone except the rabbit who lost it! Actually,  the “rabbit’s feet” sold in most stores today are nothing more than fake fur shaped like a foot, so you can enjoy the luck without worrying about the bunny!
  • Heads Up Penny – Look down while you are walking around. If you find a heads up penny, pick it up! That penny might just be worth much more to you than .01. However, make sure the penny is on heads—a tails up penny is known for being a bit on the unlucky side.
  • horseshoeHorseshoe – There is probably no symbol of luck more recognizable than the horseshoe. That is why you will often see horseshoes as symbols in slot games or used in décor around a casino. A full-size shoe might be a fairly large lucky charm, but perhaps you can choose a smaller replica to carry with you while you gamble.
  • Someone New to the Game – Have you ever heard of beginner’s luck? Maybe you need to bring a friend or family member who has never played your favorite game, and you can take advantage of this beginner’s luck. New rollers are well-known for being lucky at the craps table, but who knows, your friend could just bring you luck at another game too.

Remember, when it comes to luck, what works for some people may not work for others. Those lucky shorts of yours might not be lucky for anyone else. If you have that one lucky object, bring it to the table or slot (assuming it’s portable)! Who knows, luck may just be on your side next time you visit BlueWater Resort.

The Perks of Being a BlueWater Club Member

2015-08-13_1052The Club at BlueWater Resort and Casino is certainly an optional experience, but it is the one option you do NOT want to miss. Have you seen the signs around the property, or noticed others with their membership cards? Allow us to tell you a bit more about what “The Club” has to offer and why YOU should become our newest member.


Membership has Its Rewards

First, there is no reason to join a club if you do not get a benefit. Benefits abound at BlueWater. There are several different levels of club membership available, depending on how many points you earn and how often you play. The more you play, the more benefits. All members access benefits like mail offers, check cashing, member’s only promotions and slot tournaments. However, as you grow in our club, you can earn discounts on food and rooms, VIP experiences and even gain access to exclusive areas of our resort that are just for our most valued guests. Speak to our club agents to learn more about the different club levels and find out how you can get the most from your membership.


Gaining Points is Easy

The best thing about the club at BlueWater is that every game you play, including slots and table games, is calculated in helping you earn rewards. Either insert your card in the machine or have the game attendant record your member number. Your action will be recorded, and you will be rewarded. It is that easy. We want our players to gain all possible benefits here at BlueWater, so we want to make it simple.


Signing Up Only Takes a Few Moments

CasinoLandingTopPict-864x322At BlueWater Resort and Casino, we know you want to spend your time at our facility relaxing, playing your favorite games and having fun with your family and friends. Therefore, we have made the process of signing up for The Club stress-free and fast. Just stop by our club desk and in just a few moments you will leave with a card in your hand. Do not put off the process another day. You are missing the opportunity to earn valuable member rewards that DO pay off—unlike other membership clubs you may have experienced in the past.


Now that you know a bit more about the club experience here at BlueWater Resort and Casino, we hope you will join. We know you will love the benefits it offers and we are certain it will make your BlueWater visits even better than ever. See you soon at the club registration desk!

Post-Halloween, Pre-Thanksgiving Blues? Chase Them Away at the BlueWater!

There’s something festive about all the preparations for Halloween, but after the big night, it’s all over until the end of November and the holiday season proper finally begins. If you’re looking for something to do in the mean time, consider heading to the BlueWater Resort and Casino in sunny Arizona. The holiday blues are a real phenomenon—in fact, many people tend to feel a little anxious or sad leading up to and even during the holidays. To combat this, doctors recommend getting 20 minutes of sunlight each day, along with some exercise. The good news is that the BlueWater has plenty of sun and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it.


Get Outside and Get Active

The BlueWater Resort and Casino has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you feeling your best and having a blast. Check out some water fun with Wakeboard Island, where you can wakeboard on a fun course in the marina that’s perfect for all ages and skill levels. If you’re in the mood to swim, there are three indoor swimming pools, a spa and hot tub, a huge waterfall and a giant water slide that your kids will absolutely love.


Do you love hitting the links? The BlueWater features an 18-hole golf course where you can enjoy the most desirable tee times as a guest of the resort. You’ll get access to a driving range overlooking the river, a snack bar for when those hunger pangs strike, putting greens, practice greens, golf pro lessons and a full-service pro shop.


Grab a Bite to Eat

There are four restaurants at BlueWater: River Willow Steakhouse, BlueWater Grille, River Walk Deli and River’s Edge Cantina. When happy hour hits, check out the Dig Bar & Lounge and the Atrium Bar. If a picnic is more your speed, enjoy a bite to eat on the beach or plan a barbeque with all your friends and family.


Take in a Show or Try Your Luck in the Casino

The BlueWater’s calendar always shows you what’s coming up for concerts and shows. Awesome entertainment, coupled with some gambling at the slots or tables on the casino floor, can make your stay even more enjoyable. In the casino, there are plenty of slots, table games, a poker room and bingo to find something to suit any taste.



The weeks preceding Thanksgiving are some of the best for NFL fans. The BlueWater loves its football! If you’re a big fan, take part in the $1,000,000 Pig Skin Pick-Em contest, in which you’ll compete with others to accurately fill out the brackets, and the Gridiron Football Challenge, where you could win $70,000 through weekly drawings. Come game time, head over to the Dig Lounge and cheer on your favorite team in style thanks to the nearly 20-foot wide video wall.


Beat those post-Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving blues with a trip to the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker, AZ.