|Casino opened:||May 12, 2015|
|Casino sq/ft:||4,750 sq/ft|
|Venues:||Bars & Lounges|
|Jacks or Better Dining|
Jacks or Better Casino Review
Now located in Galveston Bay, the former Aransas Queen Casino, which set out on her much anticipated maiden journey on May 12, 2015, relocated to 715 North Holiday Drive in Galveston on March 6, 2017 due to high winds and sea conditions and the resulting need for frequent repair. It was given its new name, Jacks or Better Casino, which is actually what it was named when it sailed out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and then Florida, prior to docking in Aransas Pass.
The 155-foot vessel sails from the Galveston Yacht Basin twice a day Wed. - Sat. and once on Sunday afternoons. Wednesday through Saturday the first departure is at 11am and returns at approximately 4:30pm, with the second and final cruise on those days departing at 6:30pm and returning at around midnight. The Sunday cruise leaves at 1pm and returns around 7pm. Tickets are $15 per person plus tax and can be purchased on the website.
The casino features a sportsbook, more than 180 slots, a variety of table games, and has separate smoking and non-smoking decks. Jacks or Better can accommodate up to 350 passengers but its average cruise is about 100, except for weekends.
Passengers can expect an a la carte menu to order from while they'e gaming. There are two bars, one on the travel deck and one on the 3rd level Lounge Deck.
Cancellations are taken over the phone. Cruises sell out fast so get your tickets now! You can print it at home or simply bring your confirmation number with you. The boarding office opens 90 minutes prior to departure and boarding begins 45 minutes prior. Doors close at 5 minutes before the hour. Full refunds are issued if cancellation is necessary due to inclement weather.
Gaming at Jacks or Better
Players on the Jacks or Better will find two gambling decks with slots, classic table games, and a virtual sports/race book.
Slots action includes denominations ranging from $.01 to $25 on over 180 state-of-the-art Las Vegas style slots, video poker, including bar-top games; video blackjack, and super progressive jackpot slots. The games come from makers like Williams, Bally, IGT, Aristocrat, and ISI. All games are ticket-in/ticket-out.
Table games include blackjack with generous rules letting players double on any two cards. Split aces once, and double any split other than aces.
There are two roulette tables with minimum $5 bets.
If you ever wanted to play the exciting game of craps but were a little too shy to learn, then take advantage of the tutorial available on the short cruise to international waters. When the tables fire up for real you'll find 3x4x5 times odds behind the pass line.
Table limits run from $5 to $500, however, higher limits may be available by special request.
Step into the virtual sportsbook to place your bets on any future or current event. If the event hasn't finished before the cruise is over you can be paid the next day. Place your bets then head onto one of the sports bars on deck to watch the action and cheer your team. Race and sports events from all over the world are on the menu.
Casino games available
- Slot machines
- 3 Card Poker
- Video Poker
- Let it Ride
- Blackjack Switch
- Texas Shootout
Dining & Restaurants
Jacks or Better Dining
- Serving: American, Cafe/Variety
There's a full buffet on board and you'll want to take advantage of that on your way out to international waters. The buffet is located on the second deck, where the slots and table games are so of course you can also access it while you are gambling. You'll also find indoor and outdoor dining decks and lounge areas to relax in. The top deck features open air tables, a bar, and open deck/refuge area to soak in the sea breeze and views.
- Price range: Budget
- Reservations: 844) 426-2534
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Attire: Casual
- Outdoor seating
|Sunday||11:00am / Close|
|Monday||11:00am / Close|
|Tuesday||11:00am / Close|
|Wednesday||11:00am / Close|
|Thursday||11:00am / Close|
|Friday||11:00am / Close|
|Saturday||11:00am / Close|
Jacks or Better Venues & Hotspots
Bars & Lounges
You'll find two fully stocked bars, one with bar-top video poker, on the jacks or Better. The first one is on the transport deck featuring all the comforts of home. The other bar, the Landshark, is on the Lounge Deck, level three.
Address: 715 N Holiday Dr, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
Phone: (844) 426-2534
Toll-free: (877) 844-4725
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