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Biloxi Jul 29 and Aug 7--Grand and Isle

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by ronc, Aug 12, 2010.

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  1. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    The family was headed to the Keys from our home south of Houston for a week of fun and fishing. While planning the trip I "noticed" that Biloxi was about an 7 hour drive from here--perfect, since we had to leave late (1300) due to sports camps. I double-booked the Isle (original booking from a mailed offer) and The Grand (experimented on Total Rewards site and came up with a comped room).

    We rolled out at 1300 and everything went well...until we got about half way across the infamous Atchafalaya Swamp. Traffic stopped completely and we spent four hours on the bridge (the bridge is 20 miles or more long). The gas tank kept getting emptier; we were soon in danger of running out of gas. We actually shut the A/C off and then started shutting the engine off between moving 100 yards every 10 minutes or so. We were lucky--many people did run out of gas. The mosquitoes came out as it got dark, adding to our pleasure!!

    Once we finally got off the bridge, we continued to Biloxi and got in about 1 a.m. (we had planned on being there before 9 p.m.). Checked in to the Isle then we all went to the Grand.

    The Grand was nice--our room was fine for the five of us. Kids slept three to the bed.

    My wife played slots and I played craps until about 5:30 a.m. She did okay at slots and racked up well over 1,000 points on mostly penny play. I had a couple of good runs at the craps table but did not get out when the getting was good and we ended up about even (plus or minus less than $100) for the night.

    The craps rules were pretty good--the commission on buys for the 4/10 was only collected on the win. I like to buy them with that rule in place because there is something fun about getting two greens for a buck. Of course, the dice can screw you up pretty bad.

    Ended up rated at $50 bets for about four hours per the box.

    After sleeping three hours, I hit the craps table and lost $35 quicker than you can say craps...

    My wife played through $40 in free play at the Isle even more quickly than I lost at craps...

    Hit the road and had a wonderful week in the Keys...we rented a house and a boat in Marathon. Except for the lack of a casino, it had everything I needed! Fished offshore and also caught lobster. The lobsters were amazingly good!!

    On the trip back, we left Marathon @ 7 a.m. and arrived in Biloxi about 9 p.m. I had another free offer from the Isle. We had an upgraded (concierge floor) room that was really nice. The bonus was the direct elevator that only stopped on the casino, pool, and 12th floor.

    We hit the Isle casino for five or six hours. Again, my wife was all over the slot action but it was not a winning evening for either of us.

    I made some mistakes in not getting out while I was up and also in playing carny games that went bad way too quick...it is not so much that I should not have played them--I just should have gotten off them quicker!!

    Craps was choppy with some good sessions but overall losses. I had some good rolls, including one where a guy named Tony walked in and played $1100 across ($200 4/5/9/10 and $150 6/8). The vibe was weird when he walked up--there were more suits around than in Joseph A. Banks!! They furiously tracked his ever-changing bets. Up, down, down and back up with less, etc.

    One thing I did find out that is a nice rule is that they do not charge the commission on the 4/10 buy if the bet is taken down. Tony always took them down and came back with a lesser amount to save the commission. I took advantage of that also--I bet across and then come bets on each roll. When the 4/10 was the come roll, took the bet down and placed it as odds...no commission on the win!

    We eventually called it quits and headed up to our room with our tails tucked between our legs...not a good session for either of us!!

    We did a little more playing in the morning but never got anything to go our way. Our loss for the second trip to Biloxi was about $700. Blah!!

    We decided that we will try the Beau Rivage next trip (we'll likely have to pay for a room) because we hear a lot of good things about it.

    Headed from Biloxi to Houston.

    Wait...it IS time for a potty break AND we do have $15 in free play at the Isle in Lake Charles. Maybe we can catch a break...NOPE...the $15 free play plus $2 turned into $0 quicker than everyone could get in and out of the car. Oh well!

    The loss we took was tempered by the free rooms--we would have spent $200 for two nights for hotels on the road and we also got a free meal out of the deal. It is still an overall loss, but it was really less than $500 factoring in the freebies.

    The drive back to Houston went well. It was a great family vacation!!
     
  2. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    Host Card...

    Just got the mail...there was a card introducing a host for the Isle in Biloxi included. I guess our play was "noticed" this time. I kind of expected that, but I am not sure Biloxi is in our plans unless we are headed to Florida again. It is a lot further than Coushatta and I think I would try Harrah's New Orleans before I would drive to Biloxi for a casino visit.

    We'll see...maybe there will be an offer I can't refuse!
     
  3. jpw711

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    thanks for the report, I went to Biloxi for the first time in June, stayed at the Beau and really enjoyed it. Wish it was about 5 hours closer by car, though a good stop over would be Tunica.

    Try the Beau, you'll like it.
     
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