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My Pearl River Resort Visit..Golden Moon & Silver Star Casinos

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by RebelDiceMan, Feb 16, 2015.

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  1. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    The Baboo and I rode up to Pearl River Resort a week ago to check things out now that they have re-opened the Golden Moon Casino & Hotel. I had gotten our rooms at the Golden Moon because I knew that they had moved the Poker Room over there and I planned to spend some time playing cards. For us, the drive is only an hour so we were there by 1:30. We didn't expect to get checked in that early so we decided to start the visit with a libation or two. PRR has done away with the Waterfalls Bar that was in the center of the Golden Moon (GM) casino floor and now has the Center Bar in its place. That is where we went first. It looks a lot different. Unfortuntely, at 1:40 on a Sunday afternoon there was no bartender on duty. We hung around a few minutes to be sure but no one ever showed up. We did have time to check out the VP machines. It was an ugly picture indeed ! They only had eight machines in place. Four of those were out of service. The four working machines only had two denominations available...$1 and..$5. To top things off, the pay tables were the worst I have seen at any casino in the past two years. 6/5 JOB. Actually, the bar area is pretty appealing visually. Everything is bright and new with a lot of couches, tables, and plush chairs scattered around. It really looks like they want this bar to be more of a drinking bar than a VP bar. Those 8 VP machines are on one of the long sides of the rectangular bar but there are none on the other side. When I walked thru later, I looked at one of the drink menus scattered around on the tables. If they can ever get a crowd of people in there, they might make some money with these prices. Domestic beer was $6, imported beer was $8, wine was $14 (per glass), and they had about a dozen specialty drinks listed at $11. In summary, it is a beautiful, expensive, and stylish bar. Unfortunately for them, I never saw over five or six people in there during the two days I was there.

    We decided that our best course of action was to take the skywalk across the highway to the Silver Star and get a drink at a VP bar over there. As we walked around the GM promenade to the escalators, we noticed that all of the shops that were once open there are now boarded up. They may be planning to bring something new into those spaces but for now, it is nothing but a wall. As soon as we got on the Skywalk we noticed another change that we did not approve of. They have taken all of the clear glass panels that allowed you to have a view as you crossed from one casino to the other and replaced them with opaque glass. Being mid-afternoon, there was plenty of light but you could not see a thing of the outside world. I always enjoyed checking out what was going on outside when I made that trip across the highway. You can't do that now. Once we left the escalators, we saw that the old poker room was locked up tight and the two or three shops that had been in business on this Silver Star promenade were also closed. At least the Stats Sports Bar was still open at the foot of the escalators. I ate several good things there when the Poker Room was right across the hall from them. They may still be working on the remodel so I hope some of those old shops (or new ones) come back.

    We finally made it to the Silver Star and made our way over to the Atrium to play some VP and have a drink at that VP bar. Well, that didn't work. The entire Atrium area was roped off and closed. Darn, we always like playing in that secluded and quiet VP hide-away. We went back to the VP bar over by the buffet & Phillip M's. It wasnt' real busy so we were able to get two seats together without much effort. The paytables were no better (still terible at 6/5) but at least the denominations were .25, .50, and $1. We ordered and started to play. My Miller Lite was nice and cold but The Baboo's Screwdriver as delivered in a small flimsy plastic cup. To me, nothing says "Cheap" like getting served a drink in one of those cups. At least the drink was well made. I had hoped that they might bring back the progressive jackpots that they once had here but that was not the case. Both of our machines were being pretty generous so we stayed for a while and had a couple of rounds with no real damage to our bankrolls despite the horrible pay tables. We hadn't been up here since before Christmas and they did upgrade these machines since that visit. They were bright and clean with large screens and buttons that were not prone to sticking. (a real improvement over their old machines) One really neat things about these machines was that each machine had a little mini-television in it. The screen was only about 3" by 3" but you could tell what was going on. No audio but they would serve for sports watching. Good thing too because the way this bar is set up, the last 3 seats on the far left or right can't view the two TVs behind the bar very well. A couple of drinks, a fairly friendly bartender, and a small win from the machines put us into a little better mood.

    By now, we figured we could check in so back across the Skywalk we went. We thought we would be checked in quickly since there was only one lady in front of us when we walked up. Instead we stood around for a while. Maybe these two desk clerks were new hires since this hotel had just re-opened full time. Luckily we were in good spirits from the VP bar and had plenty of patience. We stopped by The Whiskey Bean and picked us up a couple of sandwiches and several danishes. The sandwiches were decent but the danishes were really good. We go four and wished that we had gotten more. My card points took care of the bill. Once up in the room, we quickly unpacked and prepared for our stay. The Baboo got comfortable (it was Sunday and Donwton was coming on) and I caught the elevator downstairs. I took the shortcut to the Poker Room thru the Center Bar. They was a bartender on duty now but there only a couple of people were sitting at one the tables.

    The Poker Room looked really nice. All of the tables (14 of them) were brand new as were the matching chairs. The old poker tables were blue and these new ones are red. They had two no-limit hold-em games going and one 3-6 limit table in play. If you remember the previous incarnatin of the Golden Moon, the Poker Room is located where the former Zenon night club was. It is elevated just like Zenon was and gives you a great view of the casino floor as you play. They have also upgraded the televisions in the room. I was fortunated enough to have a seat open on that 3-6 table in five minutes or so. I didn't recognize anyone but the dealer as I sat down but I hadn't played here in a couple of months so that wasn't totally unexpected. I had a good night on the table but only a few hands made my notes. The first memorable hand was when I got dealt Pocket Rockets (A A) and the board eventually completed the quads with two more Aces. I had checked the flop with a Ace and a King on it so several players stayed all the way to the end despite a couple of aces coming onto the board. That resulted in a nice sized pot for me. My only regret was that this poker room had stopped their promotion giving the high hand of the day an extra $100. Not much would have beaten those Quad Aces for that jackpot. That was my good hand of the night. Later, my bad hand of the night came when I had pocket eights and an eight came on the flop. I bet it all the way and got beat when I ran into a well hidden straight. When all was said and done, I cashed out for $330 dollars which was $230 more than I started with. Poker was pretty good to me that night. The new Poker Room was great but not perfect. There were a couple of things with the room that could have been a little better. Before the room re-located, you could get a $10 food voucher after playing for only four hours. Now, they load $1.50 per hour in food comps directly onto your card as you play. The other thing I wish they would bring back is the poker magazines that they used to have in racks scattered around the room. I subscribe to Poker Player magazine but there were some others that I enjoyed reading while waiting on a seat.

    By now it was after 3 AM and it seemed prudent to start making my way home. I walked thru the Center Bar and the only people there was a bartender and one cocktail waitress standing there talking. Late night hours make me hungry so I wandered over to the 24 Bistro. This is a 24 hour eatery that would best be described as a diner. I got an old standby (Club Sandwich & Fries) to take up to the room and feasted before going to bed. I was a little surprised that I still had enough on my card to take care of things. Another plus for the GM is that the rooms are well insulated. I don't think either of us heard anything outside our room the entire time we were there.

    We had to get up and take care of one little hassle the next morning. Both The Baboo and I had one free night on our mail-out offer. I booked mine for Sunday night and she booked hers for Monday. On a number of previous trips, we had told them that at check-in and they just made some sort of notation to keep us in the same room both nights. This time they made us physically come down to the desk so that I could check out and she could then check in. It wasn't a big deal and it did get us out of the room. We stopped by The Whiskey Bean again so that Baboo could get coffee. Since we were there, we stocked up on some more pastries and a couple of huge cookies. We had a leisurely breakfast off those purchases. This time we put everything on her card. After a refreshing shower, I felt ready to hit the floor again. My first stop was the VP bar that we had played at the day before. I settled in right in front of one of the TVs behind the bar. There were 7-8 people at the bar and all but me and one other guy were members of the tribe. There has always been a "Good Ole Boy" arrangement between VP bar bartenders and members of the tribe. It is very common for the members of the tribe to sit there and play a quarter at a time while drinking whatever they want for as long as they want. I feel certain that this practice cuts down the profit margin of these bars. Maybe that is why their pay tables are so crummy. Well, other than the awful pay tables, I don't guess its any skin off my nose. I had played half dollars the day before and started out on those today. My bartender, Jackie, was one of the people who had helped open this property years ago and is one of the friendlier, more customer service oriented people in the place. As we were talking, she let me know that the Atrium Bar was indeed closed for good. I just played away and drank beer for a while with no big swings up or down. I felt like a change so I started playing Caveman Keno for fifty cents a spin. On those rare occasions that I play Keno, I always mark eight spots. I hit six out of eight spots and got paid over fifty dollars. I went back to JOB and eventually cashed out a little over $80 ahead. I walked around for a while and noticed that the Silver Star had a few less craps tables than before. It looks like they moved some of the SS tables over to the GM instead of buying new ones. One other things I noticed about the GM craps pits is that they seem to be very amenable to letting people bring short stools over to sit on while playing. I saw one GM table with at least 6 of those little ottoman looking stools around it. None of the people on them looked old or infirm.

    I went back across the street to see about playing some poker. There was only one table open and it was a 3/6 limit table. I was second on the list so I walked out on the floor. There were several VP machines in banks out in front of the Poker Room and I checked them out. Some of them were really odd in that there was only one game loaded on them. They had double-double bonus and that was all. To me, that seemed a little strange. I spent a little time talking to a friend of mine who is a pit boss and then went outside to get some sunshine and air. At one time, the Golden Moon had a dancing fountain display as you came in from the parking lot. It certainly wasn't Bellagio but it was pretty nice. One thing I liked about it was how it would cool the air around it by 10-15 degrees in the summer time. That is a definite plus in a Mississippi summer. They have dug up the fountains and replaced them with a sort of rock & flower garden complete with palm trees. It actually looked niced and was a pretty peaceful setting until some idiot on a cell phone came out dropping F bombs about every fifth word as he bitched about a co-worker. When it became apparant that he was going to be there for a while, I went back inside. By now, I was first on the list for a poker seat so I stuck around.

    Finally a seat opened up and the dealer (one that I know and like) signaled me over. It wasn't long before I began to suspect why this seat might have come open. The guy to my immediate right had not stopped complaining since I sat down. He was obviously a no-limit player who felt it was beneath him to play a game that he could only raise six dollars at a time. He had a couple of other guys on the table expressing similar feelings. It left me wishing that they would get enough people to get that
    no-limit table opened up. However, this guy found plenty of other things to fuss about. His one redeeming feature is that he did not mind pulling out another $100 when he went broke. He did this twice in the first 30 minutes I was there. All these
    no-limit people changed the dynamics of the table a good bit. Usually, it is unusual to see more than one or maybe two raises pre-flop on a 3/6 table at this poker room. Many hands will often get limped around with no raise at all. With these no-limit guys on the table, we were regularly seeing five raises and a capped pot before the flop. Similar action was not uncommon after the flop. Sometime in my first five hands, I caught pocket aces and was in there betting with the best of them. I didn't improve and a guy finished with three kings to crush me. What should have been a great situation for me (pocket aces versus a pair of kings with one on the board and one in his hand) went sour when that third king fell on the river. That knocked a chunk of my chips out of my stack. Later on, I had an AK with a board that came out 3-4-K. The 5 on the turn gave me a straight draw to go with my top pair. When the 2 came on the river, I initially felt good but that changed quickly when it was bet and then raised on the other side of the table. I had been on the button and when things came around to me I had to fold knowing that at least one of them had a 6 for a bigger straight than mine. When the pot was raised and then re-raised again, I knew I was right. When things went to showdown, not only did one of the guys have a 6 but the other guy had a 6-7 to win it with the nut straight. That took another chunk out of my stack. I just tightened up and waited on a premium to catch these raise crazy guys with. Before I got anything good enough to play, I looked down and saw The Baboo waving to me from the casino floor. I quickly explained that I had been summoned and gathered up my remaining chips. I was more than ready to get away from this table.

    Ready for a drink, we made our way over to the Center Bar. We had decided to see if we could short play on these dollar machines and still get a drink. It worked pretty well. We had two drinks each despite us only playing a dollar at a time. I think the bartender was just glad to have anyone at his bar tipping him. It had been pretty lonely for him most of the day. Our drinks were served in actual glass here but they weren't as well made as the ones we had gotten at the Silver Star VP bar. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the plush surroundings and great view of the surrounding casino floor. After our drinks, we went back across the highway to the Silver Star. The Baboo loves the $5 machines so we went to the high limit room. We were only in there for 30-40 minutes but we never saw a single cocktail waitress. I went outside for a while to watch a guy playing a The Walking Dead machine. I like that show and it was amusing to me when the zombies would turn and become animated whenever the bonus round was hit. One reason that Baboo likes to play $5 machines is that you usually win or lose without wasting a lot of her time. She informed me that she was going back to the room before The Bachelor started. I decided to make a run thru Rally Alley and pick us up a little supper. It was only sandwiches and chips but it hit the spot when I took them up to the room. We had planned on hitting the buffet but we ran out of time. (can't miss the Bachelor)

    I was feeling the effects of my late night the night before but I went downstairs anyway. By now, there was a no limit game going as well as a 3/6 limit game so I got on the 3/6 list. I had one person listed ahead of me. I went back over to the Center Bar with the idea of playing short again while waiting on a seat. I sat down, fed some money into the machine, and was then totally ignored by the bartender for what seemed like a long time. It wasn't like he was busy. There was one girl sitting two seats over from me playing short coin too. He was too busy chatting with two waitresses to tend his bar. He finally came down to check on her and I was able to get me a beer. Nothing much happened VP wise but I enjoyed the 4 big HD televisions directly in front of me. Once I got my second beer I cashed out and went over to the Poker Room to wait on my seat. I was still second on the list so I ambled over to the table to see if anyone looked like they were about to quit. No one was extremely short stacked or looked like they had other obligations so I decided to call it a night. I had played hooky from my school today but I had to be there before 7 AM the next morning to do my morning duty. With an hour drive to get there, I would be getting up early the next morning. I went over to the cage to cash my ticket from the Center Bar and noticed a new feature that I think will be very useful to players. They had two kiosk sized machines on either side of the main cage (which also serves as the players club) that would automatically replace your players card if you needed one. All you had to do was put your drivers license in a scanner and the machine would spit out a new players card. Unfortunately, the screen also said "This machine not in service at this timd". Still, I think that will speed things up at the player's club a good bit.

    So, in summary, the Golden Moon really looks nice visually. It was always my favorite when it was open before. You can just tell that it was all designed by one architect rather than being added onto multiple times like Silver Star was. It just seems more cohesive. You could also tell that they had only been open a week when we went and there are still a few bugs to be worked out. We had fun despite losing a little money. After all, most anything is better than being at work.

    One other thing of note is the room where the Poker Room was when it was in the Golden Moon a long time ago. It was not locked so we walked to see what was in there. Inside, we found a very fashionable array of couches, tables, and plush chairs with heavy ornate curtains. It looked like they might be considering having a high limit players lounge or something like that. Back when this roomed served as a sports bar of sorts, there was a bar on one wall. That bar is still there so they should have everything to serve drinks. It was very fancy but we never heard what they are going to do with it.
     
  2. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    I just re-read my post and saw a number of typos. I hope y'all can stand that because I am just too lazy to go back and fix them tonight.
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good report! Sucks to hear about the horrible VP. And sounds like they are really letting VP die out. Much more so than Tunica.

    And hopefully those DDB games were higher than 6/5...6/5 JoB is the worst in Tunica right now that I am aware of.
     
  4. stickc

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    Was at silverstar a little over a year ago with a 2 night confirmed reservation number. Upon checking in process I was not on the list, nor did I have a reservation, according to the front desk. Ended up having to stay at the Dancing Rabbit hotel. Prefer Tunica easily as it seems the SS has lowered what the industry is based on called customer service.
     
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