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An Anniversary Trip to Tunica with Actual Tunica Pics!

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  1. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    My Trip Report

    Recently my g/f and I celebrated our anniversary in our favorite non-Vegas destination, Tunica! Figure this would be a good warmup for our upcoming Vegas trip. I promise better non-gambling pictures for that one since she loves to take pics in Vegas.

    Saturday: Start with Rough Fortunes

    We get to Tunica about 6:30pm, and we check-in at the Quality Inn to save money, slash take advantage of an offer where if you have 2 qualifying stays this summer, you get enough loyalty points for a $50 gift card.

    Well, for the 1st qualifying trip the g/f and I went to KC over the 4th for the first qualifying stay, Had a great time there, and this was the clear cut highlight of that trip. Her biggest casino hit ever! Yes, she's a bigger tightass that me...:eek:

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    After that, Tunica was definitely part of our future plans!

    We get to Tunica, and quickly go to Hollywood since they were giving away $700 every 7 minutes that night. Supposedly it was a hot seat drawing, so that was definitely our best chance to win anything. Found that the progressive at the bar was about $1650 and immediately knew that would be the best VP here. Base games were 8/5 JoB (97.3%), 6/5 Bonus (96.87%), and 8/5 DDB (96.79%). I chose to drink Miller Fortune because it's new to me. It was alright, but had a bit of a malt liquor taste. :eek: I get off to a good start and wish I would have been playing DDB instead...lol

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    Eventually I chat up this black woman next to me, and I wonder if she was a hooker by the way she was talking to me. I felt like I was back in Vegas for a moment! lol The talked mellowed out when I mentioned a g/f. And she proceeded to play Keno. Unfortunately after that, my results lost their luster, but I was still up $10 when the drawings ended. Did we get called? Hell no. Someone else at the bar did though. :grrr:

    Go to Resorts quickly for a couple more beers and more progressive VP shots. Unfortunately, Resorts has become less appealing to my g/f because they revamped their slot selection. Many new machines which my g/f generally hates. They do not touch VP at all though, and it looks out of place as every unit is a minimum 10 years old. But at least that means the paytables didn't change! :evillaugh I take a $20 stab the main bar's ~$1500 progressive with 15/10 Double Deuces Wild (98.86% base). Nothing pic worthy though, and I'm down $10 I think. But I got a couple more beers (Budweisers, overall selection is not great), so I'm all good. Call it a night.

    Sunday: Actual Tunica, and Even Worse Places!

    Wake up with a nice headache. Too many of those Miller Fortunes I think. Eat the hotel's continental breakfast, consume some Advil and begin to recover. Now on our many trips to Tunica, I have occasionally noticed signs advertising "Isle of Capri Lula". We didn't have a huge agenda today, so I suggest we go there for something "different". Well, it was "different" alright. On the way there, you had to drive through actual Tunica, so we slightly deviated from US 61 since we have never been there. Will we be going back...meh, not unless we have a huge McDonald's craving.

    Welcome...I guess
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    Post Office...could be worse...
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    Random Tunica House. Some of these houses were actually nicer than this one, but I sucked at taking pics in motion slash tons of trees/bushes tended to surround the houses.
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    So going past Tunica, the GPS tells us to continue on US 61, and turn at the next light. But the next light it about 20 more miles. :grrr: We turn and now drive on the worst US Hwy I've ever seen, US 49. The speed limit was 55, but we were often going 45 because the road was terrible. Another 15 minutes of crappy drive. We make it to "Lula". We saw nothing but a rest stop between actual Tunica and Lula. Exciting!

    Yeah, right...why was I such a sucker?
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    One of the nicer cars I have seen at any locals casino. And this is definitely a locals place. There is a town of 10,000 in Arkansas right across the river called Helena-West Helena, which we end up visiting afterward...:nono:

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    The nicest looking part of the casino.
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    The actual casino was divided into two mini casinos which looked fairly run down. I visit the first "half" and find no video poker, except in the high limit room. I see a "Cats" machine to try, yeah $5 didn't last too long there. Wonder over to the other half, and this is the main casino. Has VP, one bar, a few tables along with mostly slots. We also see something rare in a casino:

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    But, the cartridges were so used up at the time, you couldn't even get a regular Coke from it...wtf???

    So after all this luck so far, I was shocked to see "full-pay video poker". Every dollar game king on the floor had 9/6 Jacks (99.54%) plus 9 other "good games". Their best game Flusher lovingly calls "Super Double Triple Overtime Desperation Hail Mary Bonus Poker, by IGT" (8/5 Super DDB; 99.69%). And the next best is a major forum fan favorite, 9/6 "Boner" Deluxe (99.64%). Now most of these machines were shorted at the 25c, 50c levels, but I found two machines that had all these games for quarters. So I make a quick stab at "Boner" Deluxe.

    Hit this to be willing to break even. If you stare at the bottom right corner of the machine, the screen might explain why the game is full pay at all denominations available vs. the others. It looks like it might keel over at any moment.

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    So at this point we have definitely overstayed our welcome, but we decide to cross the river over to Helena because we went this far...what's another 5 minutes? Silly us.

    I didn't expect to see you until Tuesday!!
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    This is a universal sign meaning, "Turn the F*** Around":
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    But did we do this? :evillaugh :evillaugh :evillaugh :evillaugh No.

    We drive 5 more miles of mostly destitute looking things, except for one Bed and Breakfast I couldn't get a good pic of. It was also home to a Civil War Fort, but no way I was getting out of the car to snap pics. Downtown was nearly entirely closed, and mostly abandoned shops. We were one of the few people driving in the entire town.

    We make the decision to head back, and on the way back, a black woman points a rifle at us from her porch from about 50 feet and acts like she shoots it at us. I don't think anything was shot because we didn't hear a thing. But WTF??? :faint:

    One of the nicest looking things in this town was their rest stop right across the state line:
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    G/f had to go to the bathroom and she apparently gets cornered by the visitor center lady. This lady apparently wanted to take her on a personal tour of the hellhole we just witnessed. No thank you!!!

    Who would have thought I would have been happy to see this state flag again...
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    We get back to Tunica, ahem, I mean Robinsonville. Stop by the strip mall...zzz And decide to go to the Fitz snack bar for a Philly cheesesteak. But decide to take a different route to get there.

    RIP Harrahs:
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    Cheesesteak was excellent and an awesome value as usual, but the casino was a tease for our hit-n-run session (planned to come back tomorrow).
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    Now it's about 3:30pm, so we need to head to the nicest hotel in Tunica to check into our "free" room at Gold Strike. Thanks myVegas! Jasmine checked us in, and before I know it, I get a bit crap from her wearing my "Sam's Town" shirt. :grrr: Well, maybe I would wear a Gold Strike t-shirt if they would give me one! :Þ This shirt would be ~bad luck for the most part. I think I was IDed a record number of times in Tunica while wearing it. I think I was asked for ID 5 times while wearing at age 34! :eek: The Horseshoe security guy also gave me crap for wearing it! Dammit!

    We hit the pool area a bit. Lot smaller than I expected given the size of the hotel. It worked. But hottubs were a little hot for our liking. Get ready for the Tunica Roadhouse slot tourney. g/f and I get assigned next to each other which was nice, but we both fail. Stop by the Double STP machines the Roadhouse has for a bit and run into a couple locals that are more addicted to the game than I am. I have seen them there at some point my last 3 trips. They're friendly though, so we chat a bit, and I ask how their room offers have held up since Harrahs closed. Yeah unfortunately, they don't get them now. They don't gamble enough to get them. And they often play 5 play nickel Double STP for 6ish hours when they show up with a nasty 7/5 DDB paytable (95.71%; 96.20% w/DSTP). Not like they absolutely need the rooms, but they live about 45 minutes away, and enjoyed staying the night occasionally. Harrah's Tunica was a huge loss for low-rollers like them, and fleas like us. Also in our chat, I learned from them that waitresses remember me as the "Budweiser guy", yeah, Roadhouse sucks for beer selection too.

    I say my goodbyes to them and we use another myVegas award and get free buffets at "Buffet Americana". We had to wait in line at the Milfe desk for about 10 minutes because there was a huge group from MGM Grand Detroit they flew in for a couple of days. The hotel was $50 higher than normal because of them (fortunately myVegas didn't care). We had tried the buffet last year when it first opened for lunch and it was pretty good. However I think dinner was even better overall. I definitely liked their steak and grilled chicken, so I was set on protein needs. :evillaugh Everything wasn't perfect though. My g/f gets a make your own pasta dish with chicken in it. The cook fails to season the chicken, and we weren't even sure it was all white meat! :eek: We sit down at 7pm and the buffet was nearly full, and it was still nearly full at 8 pm when we leave.

    Now we head out to Sam's Town because it was 2X points on penny slots today, and the g/f likes pennies. I get carded at Sam's Town wearing my Sam's Town shirt. :grrr: I decide to try for a bit of slots myself. I find a "True Blood" machine and try it because my mom seems to like that show. I didn't do badly from $5.

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    Eventually I want beer, so I settle down to Roxy's Bar for some 9/6 JoB. All VP at Sam's is bleh except this game. While I was there, some customers leave behind some food from a Mexican place in town for Todd, one of the bartenders. I thought that was a nice gesture, and Todd definitely deserves it, he's one of the hardest working bartenders in Tunica that I've seen. Your beer is only empty when you leave.

    As with most Tunica casinos, Sam's also has boring selection. So I drink some Bud Light Platinums. I do decently well on the machine. This helped me win $40.

    Castle Shot:
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    We head back to the hotel, and the g/f is not feeling it. I talk my way into playing by myself for a bit more. Work my way thru Gold Strike, Horseshoe, and Roadhouse. I didn't play much at the first two and got to the Roadhouse. Got off to a good start:

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    But then I move to Double STP, but I can't hit a thing. The last two hits mostly get evaporated by a long bout of nothingness. My neighbor, on the other hand, hits this on a 6/5 JoB (95.00%; maybe the worst VP there) machine...:vomit:

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    All the while, my waitress has been feeding me Budweiser's as I am the "Budweiser guy". In the end, I move to a "Hexbreaker" machine, and lose another $8 playing that at 13 cents a whack. I even got the "Ladder Bonus"...78 cents though...lol The waitress sees me on the slot without a beer, and I mention that I can't hit a thing. She asks me if I want another one, and that it's "on her". I submit to the offer. But I tip her double instead because I appreciated the gesture. Even if you are getting your ass beat, the Roadhouse makes you feel welcome. Much more than most Tunica casinos in my experience.

    Stumble back to Gold Strike and decide to play the best VP game they offer, 9/7 Double Bonus (99.11%). 3 hours since the last quad I hit, I take this pic mostly because it's an odd hold that's sometimes correct.

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    I break even on that, and call it a night a lot later than I should have. More to come...
     
  2. rvallez6

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    Cool pictures! The first two threw me off as they looked connected originally, i thought, what the hell were you sitting on when you were playing VP? Then i realized it was a separate picture of fireworks.
     
  3. tringlomane

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    Lol yeah that was a shot of fireworks she took at the Isle of Capri in Kansas City. It was only about a mile from the city's major fireworks celebration.
     
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    Nice TR. I really want to try Gold Strike. They sent me an offer with flights for this month but dates did not work. Hopefully I get another.
     
  5. tringlomane

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    It's really a nice place. Definitely the best property in Tunica overall I think, followed by the Horseshoe right next door.
     
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    Monday: My First "Run to the Hotel Room" for Money...On Our Anniversary....:nono:

    During the day, do typical non-gambling stuff to keep my g/f sane...lol Back at the Roadhouse slot tourney. The g/f gets out to a big lead, and I thought one of us might get out of the first round this time (only winner of 16 advances), but she tailed off in the end, bah. While waiting for our tourney time, get another diamond tease on my go to game at the Roadhouse 9/6/5 Double Bonus w/DSTP (97.81%; 98.30% w/DSTP).

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    Hit the Fitz buffet for the usual $7 Monday dinner buffet. Talk to some neighbors after their Keno machine froze up with $175 in it. Turns out they were from St. Louis. They also weren't aware drinks were "free" in Tunica. This is why Vegas charges a buttload per drink obviously. Go eat the buffet. Good for $7 as usual. They make very good custom stir fry. The chef made my Szechuan quite spicy this time though. Also watched a lady get the "poker bonus" on a "Kenny Roger's Gambler" slot machine. She gets dealt a Royal on it for 30X total bet...lol I must be good luck for others.

    Go to Bally's to hit the Tunica cycle. Bally's has the best craft beer bar in all of Tunica by a long shot with roughly 20 taps. What I don't get is why Bally's? The typical Bally's gambler probably doesn't care about craft beer. Nevertheless we show up to the bar with 2 other people total there and have a couple of beers.

    See this first and know I like it:
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    Still one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Tastes even sweeter when you hit something like this:
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    Along the way, we see the people from St. Louis that we met at Fitz. Now they were going to take advantage of the “free drinks”. They did note that Keno paytables were crappier though. Hell, I didn't know people actually paid attention to Keno paytables. :evillaugh

    Playing one credit to be a cheap drunk at 7/5 "Hail Mary Bonus Poker" (97.38% min; 98.61% max) and start picturing in my head that my 22 month royalless streak ends in an undesirable way...but nope, a pity straight instead.

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    while working on a 2nd beer that was completely new to me:

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    It was a “cherrywood smoked wheat beer”; considering I like Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, thought this one might be pretty good. Meh. Not much cherry flavor, more “nutty” tasting than anything else.

    Wrapping up at the bar, go to the STP machine with the highest return in all of Tunica (98.91% Deuces; 99.19% w/STP). Most of the time I try this machine, it eats my money. Not this time though:

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    Leave Bally's up $20. Get back to Gold Strike, g/f wants to play upstairs in the non-smoking area, I get a beer at the bar. This older lady next to me totally clueless on how to play the machine is having issues. She wants to bet cheap, so she can drink. Her daughter next to her, on one of those junkets, was the real gambler. Quickly figure out that VP is too advanced for her at the moment, so I set her on a Cleopatra 3x3 video slot to bet 5 cents a spin. While I was playing she made a comment that her purse was in her way (not really), but she moves it anyway. All of a sudden, the game's payout is $16. We're all shocked. Eventually, I noticed that she moved her purse on top of the max bet button...whoops.


    I finally go upstairs to look for the g/f, and walk by a guy that hits Aces w/kicker on DDB w/3X for $1500. I am a good luck charm for everyone I think! G/f also did the best she did all trip too, but it was only 2 of these $15 hits...meh. She was pretty much a losing machine otherwise. :(

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    We make our way back to Roadhouse about 11, and I proceed to play Double STP again. Sucks away more money like it had been before, and at about 12:30...finally a quad on the thing:

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    Good first quad for that machine!

    Follow up with this 8 minutes later:

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    Now I'm quite happy. G/f is tired and wants to go to bed. I'm of course am amped up over these wins and don't want to quit. I give her the ~$75 ticket so I don't do anything stupid, and have about $50 left to play on.

    Thought that would be enough...well...the machine turned cold again. And then after awhile of consistent losing, I move games and don't do much better. I also take a $10 stab into the 9/6 JoB 100-penny progressive sitting at ~$900. I couldn't make better than trips.

    So now I have $12 in my wallet going back to Gold Strike. I look at Ultimate X games...I find a machine worth taking a $12.50 whack at thanks to some unobservant players probably on this junket from Detroit. So I felt like a degenerate idiot going to the cashier to turn 4 quarters into a dollar. Get back to the machine. Lose $10 of $12.50. Then I find a similar opportunity. So now I feel like even a bigger degenerate as I go back up to the room for 40 more dollars. I make a good amount of noise, but my g/f didn't move at all, so I thought she was asleep. I get the $40 without saying a word. Go back down, hit these:

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    Definitely puts me up for the day, but my alcohol addled brain forgets how much. I think I was close to even for the trip overall, I hope! The g/f was down about $60 I think. Wind down at the bar a bit, taking my chances at 1-lining Spin Poker.

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    Scare myself again, but at least no royal came on the top or bottom.

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    Get back to the room real late again. I'm horrible, but fortunately, my g/f puts up with me. Apparently I woke her up too. And not surprisingly, she had dreams of being robbed...blah But overall we still had a good time. Next time, I guess I'll wake her up if I go back down to the room...whoops.

    Didn't hit this in Tunica, but this was a bit a boost at the local casino after the trip. I think this is a pretty fun game too. It's “Big Times Draw Poker”, it's like STP, but multipliers are given based on the highest non-Ace card dealt to you, the lower the cards dealt to you, the better.

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    Well, that's all for this trip. Hopefully it warms me up to write up Vegas next month! I promise to have better pics from my g/f! She'll actually take Vegas Pics. No good pics to take in Tunica except gambling.
     
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    That Isle of Capri lobby looks a hell of a lot better than it did when it was Lady Luck. Now that was a hole. Luckily when we wasted the gas to make that drive, it was a lot cheaper. As far as Helena goes, we actually stopped at a c-store. However, nobody had pointed a gun at us either.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your first GS stay. Just don't follow it up with a stay at Ballys

    Speaking of Ballys, I haven't been in there in years, but when I did go in, I was always impressed with their beer selection. At one time, it was the only casino in the area that served Original Coors (no bud for me).

    Great report, enjoy Vegas!
     
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    Thanks! We should have two days at Mandalay Bay at least! :evillaugh But Bally's sadly has a special place in our hearts because that is where the g/f and I first stayed together...:blowkiss: As for regular Coors in Vegas, I could see that being tough. Bally's has Sierra Nevada at least, so I'm good. My pallet gives Coors an unfair shake. I tried my first Coors when my cousin came over when I was about 18 :nono:, and said, "Here man, drink some of these!" The problem was, the Coors was over a year old...:vomit:
     
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    thanks so much for the report
    I was there the same days you were
    never been to isle of capri .... now I know why
    try the " mexico grill"on hwy 61 just before you get to tunica , very good food
    I was unaware that ballys of all places had a great selection of beer thanks for the tip
    I stayed at Hollywood

    I don't do poker , but the slot machines everywhere were very tight this trip
    I actually didn't drink this trip partly cause the beer selections are so limited
    now for sure ballys will get me drunk next time :beer:
     
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    I was speaking of the Ballys in Tunica! I sure hope that was where you stayed your first trip down there. If so, at least you survived!

    I've never had any trouble finding coors in Vegas, though I don't really look to much, more of a corona, bloody mary, whisky guy out there.

    Year old beer is never a good thing, in fact it's a sin. Sorta like the booze you drank that gave you the first "I'll never drink again hangover :vomit::confused2::vomit:" is avoided for years after. To this day (30 years later) I still don't drink bacardi 151.
     
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    I often wondered what other gaming places looked liked. Places like Tunica and AC.

    Thank goodness for Vegas!
     
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    Oh no. Trip advisor did enough to scare is away from Bally's Tunica for the hotel. The casino is rough enough. And it's not even attached to the casino anyway!

    The first place we stayed in Tunica was harrahs in 2009. Her work (in Atlanta back then) offered a junket there. For $40 you got 2 weeknights, $40 FSP, $50 food credit, a round of golf at cottonwoods, and 50 clay targets at willows. I suck at golf but I sorta regret not taking that free round.

    Yeah the booze I never drink anymore due to that is Jack Daniels.

    Yeah Tunica is not even close. Especially if you want to do any non gambling activities. Shopping is a joke in Tunica. We usually drive to southaven (25 min. away) once per trip. If Vegas was only 5.5 hours by car like tunica is for me, my trip counter would be tons higher.
     
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    Trig cool report. Great pics and excellent write up. Thanks
     
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