The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is one of the top casinos in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Located in Lemoore, California, a small city of only about 26,000 people, it’s in easy driving distance of a much bigger population that live in the region, and attracts a lot of drive up traffic in addition to the tourists they get in their 255 room hotel.
The City of Hanford, twice the size of Lemoore, is only 10 minutes away, and they are also only a half hour away from both Fresno and Visalia, with over a million people being within a very easy drive of the Tachi Palace. Their 140,000 square foot casino attracts quite a few of these people on a regular basis.
Tachi Palace was born during the early days of Indian gaming in California, at a time where several Indian tribes challenged the state government and went ahead with gambling in spite of the state’s wishes, and eventually prevailed in the courts. This provided the foundation for Indian gaming not only in California but in the United States as well.
It all started here in 1983 with the building of the Southgate Bingo Palace, a 1,100 seat bingo hall that cost the tribe a million dollars to build. It was such a success that after only 7 months they had paid back the million dollar loan and payments started going out to tribe members.
Just three years later, in 1986, the bingo hall was expanded to become “the most luxurious bingo hall in the state.” This generated millions of dollars a year in profits for the tribe who invested the money in improving their standard of living on their reservation.
In 1994, slot machines were added, making this more like a casino than a bingo hall, and thus the name was changed to the Palace Indian Gaming Center. More slots were added later, in spite of the state’s trying to block them from doing so, and in 2006 the casino underwent a major expansion, where it became renamed Tachi Palace.
The next year, in 2007, a 255 room hotel was added, a 7 story semicircular structure, and it was time for yet another name change, to Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, which it is presently known as. Plans are in place to eventually expand the hotel further and complete the circle.
The Features of Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Although Tachi Palace is both a hotel and casino, it is most famous for its fights, starting in 2006 with their hosting of mixed martial arts fights, including a UFC series which began in 2009 called Tachi Palace Fights.
Tachi Palace has also hosted a number of boxing events, and is particularly well known for its hosting women’s boxing bouts. While they do have concerts here as well from time to time, fights still comprise the majority of the entertainment events here.
The rooms in the hotel are spacious and comfortable, and all the rooms here are smoke free. All offer such niceties as high thread count bedding, 40 inch HD TV’s, wireless internet access, in room dining, complimentary valet parking, and complimentary evening turn down service.
Rooms are available with either a king or two queen beds, starting at $129 per night. Executive suites, with a separate living room and high ceilings, start at only $169, and you can also get a 2 story loft suite here, starting at $229 a night.
The Pork Chop Hill Buffet is a big hit with guests here and offers much more than pork chops, with over 60 different items on the menu, with a minimum of 6 cooking stations, plus a dessert bar.
The Coyote Grill has won several awards for being the best casino restaurant in the region. In spite of its reputation though, this is more like a family restaurant than a high class dining establishment, and offers a variety of comfort food as well as Asian specialties, and claims to have something for everyone.
If you’re in the mood for hot dogs, tacos, or nachos, Rez Dogs on the Go has it for you. There’s also a 24 hour Pizza Hut Express where you can grab some pizza anytime, and you can grab a coffee and pastry at the Coffee Shop.
There are two lounges here, the Sunset Lounge and the Koy Wae Lounge, which features not only cocktails but 200 slot machines and 13 high definition TV’s.
There’s even a spa on hand offering various spa treatments, as well as a pool, a 24 hour a day business center, and a 24 hour a day fitness center, to make sure all your needs are taken care of during your stay here.
There are a number of golf courses nearby and their friendly concierge staff will be happy to make all the arrangements for you, or assist you in whatever you need help with. There is also 6,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups who come here to do business as well as enjoy the resort and casino.
The Casino at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
There are two casinos here, the Casino of the Sun with 80,000 square feet of gaming space, and the more relaxed Casino of the Moon with 60,000. Together they provide 2,000 gaming machines, in a wide variety of denominations and with a great selection of different slots and video poker machines to choose from.
There is everything here from classic slots to the latest video slots, and plenty of progressive jackpots to play for.
The table games area here features 24 gaming tables, with such games as Blackjack with Royal Match Bonus, Spanish 21, Mystery Card Roulette, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, EZ Pai Gow Poker, Mini Baccarat with Dragon Bonus, and Ultimate Texas Holdem.
There’s also a separate 7 table non smoking poker room featuring a variety of limit and no limit Texas Holdem, with a progressive jackpot.
Bingo is what this place started with and it’s still going strong after all these years, with several games running every day.
There’s also a player’s club which is free to join and will reward you for all of your play here with 4 different reward levels and a number of perks, such as cash back, free play, discounts on various things at the resort, and more.
Overall, the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino is worthy of a visit whether you live in the area and come and spend the day with them, or wish to take full advantage of everything they have to offer by booking a room and enjoying both the casino and the hotel resort.