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Sell me on Tunica, MS

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by IAlowroller, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. IAlowroller

    IAlowroller Tourist

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    After years of annual, bi-annual trips to wonder Las Vegas, the wife is insisting on trying Tunica, MS this fall. Anyone have any experience there and the surrounding area? To keep my marriage intact and to let her know we are going, I've already booked a suite at the Horseshoe. Got a better deal there than at the Gold Strike, which is part of MGM. Anway.... anything helpful would be appreciated!
     
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I go there all the time. What would you like to know? Up front, recognize that it is nothing like Vegas. If you're looking for a vegas experience in a new locale, Tunica is not it
     
  3. Kobra2848

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    Went to Tunica last year as my second stop on the CET Race for Rewards and was really impressed with the room. Only stayed one night but really enjoyed the casino. Stayed at the Horseshoe which was walking distance to the Roadhouse. There were not too many eating choices but the burger place at the Horseshoe was very good.
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  4. UKFanatic

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    As a general summary:

    Best resorts in Tunica are the GoldStrike, Harrahs, and Horseshoe. Everything else slots in a few tiers below those three. I would say the Harrahs has the best food options, but GoldStrike is giving them a run for their money with a renovated buffet that is not bad.

    The gambling is similar to Vegas with better rules on craps, worse rules on BJ. A couple showrooms have weekend performances (I think Loretta Lynn was playing at GS this past weekend when I was there). No real clubs to speak of. My poker playing friends tell me GoldStrike is the best room in town for that and I believe they have daily tournaments. No real pool or spa scene to speak of.

    Overall, a fun place
     
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    I cannot agree with that enough.

    There is one cluster off hotels (Gold Spike, Horseshoe and Roadhouse) but other than that, all of the casinos are about a mile apart, and all connected by a long, winding twisted frontage-like road. If you are driving in on US 61, there is no "strip" to see (like Vegas or Reno). The casinos aren't walking distance from each other, and some hotels (like Harrah's Veranda) require a shuttle to get from the hotel to the casino.

    That is no way speaking of the gambling, the quality of the casinos, hotels or restaurants. Only that there is no Strip, and it is nothing at all like Vegas.
     
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  6. lucky13

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    vegas it aint .......but ..
    it has gambling
    buffets , food ...limited choices
    booze
    no hookers....
    gambling
    gambling
    I go there often, will be there 7-7 thru 7-12
    hit all the casinos , you will enjoy it ...
    as I said food options limited , try the mexico grill on hwy 61 heading into tunica , great Mexican food
    also go to the blue/white café , same road in tunica , good food
    it can be crowded on fri/ sat nights , slow during the week
    I like it slow myself
    enjoy yourself
    you can also visit Memphis for something else to do
     
  7. IAlowroller

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    Thanks everyone... we are going to Memphis for day for sure, have to hit Graceland for the wife, Beale Street for me. Not sure what else we'll do. No set agenda, so whatever we do is whenever we feel like doing it. I just know we don't like to gamble 24/7 and by the sounds of it, that's all there is to offer there, so we'll find other things to occupy the time, try some restaurants, shopping, etc. But hey, it's vacation, no matter what we do is better than work!:beer:
     
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    Graceland is actually pretty mellow and classy for a tourist destination - I enjoyed it along with my wife. For dinner before you hit Beale Street the Rendezvous has seriously good barbeque, especially the dry-rubbed ribs. There are also a bunch of excellent neighborhood food joints throughout the city. Have a great time!
     
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    We were there two years ago when Nashville had the bad flooding. It was quite an experience trying to get from the Nashville airport to Memphis/Tunica by car. Tennessee was literally cut in half by flood waters.

    We stayed at the Horseshoe, it was very nice. And the Gold Spike next door was impressive as well.

    The Diamond Lounge at the Horseshoe was nice and breakfast at the buffet was wonderful. There was woman cook at one of the stations. She was excellent!

    We also enjoyed Graceland, Sun Studios, Beale Street and we even went over to St. Judes.

    It was a good trip. But like everyone is saying, it is not Vegas.

    Have a great trip!
     
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    Can't comment on Tunica, but saw you plan on visiting Beale St. I was there about 15years ago and missed the opportunity to eat at Dyer's.

    http://www.dyersonbeale.com/

    They use 100 year old grease to cook their burgers. I'm sure this will turn some stomachs but this sounds so intriguing to me.
     
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    I go to Memphis on business twice per month and hit up Tunica maybe 4 times per year. You definitely want to stay at either GoldStrike or Horseshoe. They are right beside each other with Tunica Roadhouse also in that cluster. You can easily walk between the 3 of them. The rest of the casino's, not so much. The Grand is also nice, but it is by itself as is Ballys, Fitzgerald, etc. Sams Town and Hollywood are also together but I dont go there. All of them are driveable, and there is actually a shuttle that goes to the Grand and back to Goldstrike/Horseshoe/Tunica Roadhouse I believe.

    Memphis is the Detroit of the south. It is a dump and I dont advise anyone to go there for any reason, other than the great BBQ joints that abound. It is a dirty, dying, dangerous, ghetto. My office there is in Germantown, the supposedly "nice" part of Memphis, but it has been repeatedly broken into and you cant leave your laptop, phone, purse, or any other valuables in your car. It used to be a special place, but 20 years of "King" Willie Herenton (Think Marion Barry but more ghetto), created a very hostile city. You can very easily get in trouble by going a block or two off the beaten path. It is 200 miles geographically but light years culturally from Nashville. Its amazing how different two cities can be. I would advise you to stay in Tunica and gamble.
     
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    Just an FYI, the Grand became a Harrahs a couple years ago. So don't anyone go there looking for the Grand because you will not find it. The Harrahs is also nice by Tunica standards (I actually prefer it to the Vegas Harrahs, but really that says more about my opinion of vegas Harrahs than anything else), but as stated, it is by itself. Rather than a Strip of casinos, Tunica is set up into pods. The best pod, by far, is GoldStrike/Horseshoe/Roadhouse
     
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    LOL! You are correct sir! Harrahs used to be called The Grand but changed names a couple years ago. I like Harrahs too, I just prefer being over where I can easily go between GoldStrike and Horsehoe and Roadhouse.
     
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    I'll never go back. Hope that sells you...
     
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    Absolutely agree! I would pick the GoldStrike/Horseshoe combo over Harrahs as well.

    Sort of related: before I ever went to tunica, someone told me the Harrahs, before it was the Grand, was a Caesars Palace brand? anyone know if that was true?
     
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