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Beau Rivage / Biloxi MS - 6/2-6/5

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by TRN, Jun 5, 2014.

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  1. TRN

    TRN High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    On my last trip to LV in February, I had raised my MLife level from Gold to Platinum, and since then I've gotten a lot of offers from both LV and non-LV properties. One of the recurring offers I had been receiving was a fully-paid 4-day/3-night trip to the Beau Rivage, including a travel companion. I live in Cleveland, but the offers kept coming to fly me from Detroit (maybe a 3 hr drive from Cleveland). I have some close family I don't get to see very often about 10 minutes from the Beau in Biloxi, so I had been seriously considering going from Detroit. Then an offer showed up a few weeks ago to fly me out of Cleveland. At that point it was a no-brainer - free trip, see the family, play at the Beau. Booked it a few wks ago and the wife and I just got back this evening.

    First off, I will say that the Beau is pretty much a mini-me Bellagio - as is often said around here. It looks like the Bellagio from the outside (minus the majestic fountains), and the casino inside looks a LOT like the inside decor of Bellagio casino. Even the chips are remarkably similar in design. You can tell what they were doing here and it was no accident :) The Beau, like Bellagio, is one of the top tier properties in the area.

    We had a standard room, which was very clean, on a high floor at the end of a hallway - was a bit of a hike off the elevator but we joked it gave us more chance to burn off calories. We were not very impressed with the bed - it was VERY hard. I like a hard bed, and this was almost too stiff for me. Wife had back issues after a few nights of that. Asked a friend we made on our flight about his bed, he said the same. I think this is part of the ploy to get you to sleep less and play more :)

    We did spend some time with the family on 2 of the days we were out there. They live 10 minutes from the Beau right up the 110 highway, couldn't have been easier. For us, this was the highlight of the trip.

    The casino was nice, not very smoky at all. The thing I did not like was that craps didn't run 24/7. The one night I went to sleep very early and then woke up very early (4am), went downstairs, and all the craps tables were closed. Another day I was down in the casino around 1030am, and they were just opening up one game, the crapless craps game only (sigh). They said it would be 1230 or 1pm until the real craps game would start up. Not sure if there just isn't enough interest in craps or what the deal is. In LV you can wander down and find at least 1-2 craps tables open at any hour, even if no one is playing.

    Played poker here, the locals were actually really hostile towards the tourists (only place in the world I've ever seen this). Won some $ one night, lost some $ at poker another night. Probably wouldn't go back to poker here, given the locals I encountered. Even the dealers were in on the inside jokes and smartazz jokes about how someone played a hand.

    We did eat at Half Shell Oyster House across the street for lunch one day, it was EXCELLENT. Highly recommend stopping by this place for lunch or dinner if you like seafood. I had a trout special and the gumbo... awesome.

    Also ate the buffet for breakfast 2 of the days we were there - it was also great. On par with any of the Vegas buffets (I typically only eat a buffet for breakfast - I <3 bacon).

    Never made it over to Hard Rock next door or any of the other casinos - between family and playing at BR, it felt pretty time constrained. Not enough hours in a day sometimes. Forgot to sleep a few times :p

    Overall a very cool experience - would pay to go back there now that I know what it's about. Highly recommended for sure for anyone looking for a place to change up from LV (dare I say that here? :) ).

    -TRN
     
  2. TDB Aces

    TDB Aces Tourist

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    Thanks for the report. I have been on about a dozen of these junkets to Beau Rivage and always have a great time. It is very hard to turn down these offers. Now that you are familiar with Beau Rivage and how these trips work, your next visit should be even more enjoyable. It is important that you book these trips as soon as you have the offer because they always fill up fast. A couple of times I have been put on a cancellation list and was able to go after someone else cancelled. I've been able to fly out of Dayton, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
     
  3. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl Low-Roller

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    Thanks for your report. I think it summarizes the Beau pretty well. We go on junkets or drive. The last trip was driving since the junkets are undergoing a change in airlines and it was an 8 1/2 hour drive, but having a car made that all worthwhile. Should you go back you can arrange a rental from the hotel or local rental places (they will bring the car to the hotel). That would allow a look around the coast and give a break from gambling.
    The table games get a slow start in Biloxi as it isn't the same 24/7 city as Vegas and weekends are the moist crowded. Of course early morning is the best time for getting on those always occupied slots and having a quiet coffee at the VP bar.
    One thing all should know is that they have free papers at the Bell Desk for guests.
     
  4. mansam

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    I'll be taking the junket next Thursday out of Savannah/Hilton Head for 3 nights & this will be the 1st time using Sun Country Airlines instead of the usual Vision Air. I'm sure Byrdman Casino Trips will continue to run a "tight ship" ~ looking forward to next week.
     
  5. TRN

    TRN High-Roller

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    They did mention they were ditching Vision Air and moving to Sun Country starting next week, for better service, newer/better planes, and a bigger fleet to do this from more locations. I've never flown Sun (and it was my first time on Vision as well), but those Vision planes could certainly use an upgrade :)
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report! With some of your family nearby, this trip was definitely a no-brainer.

    Sucks to hear about the poker though. I've played poker in Tunica a handful of times and always had a friendly experience.
     
  7. ccjh49

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    Agreed about the locals in the poker room. Also found dealers to be unclear on current poker room promotions.
     
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