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Tunica is alive and well - Memorial Day Weekend Trip Report

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by TJC, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. TJC

    TJC Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Gaming:

    Sam's Town:
    They had a 15x points day for penny slots on Monday 5/30. At their point earning rate of 1 per $0.30 coin in for slots, that's an attractive promotion for sure. I got my maximum of 100k points, or $200 in food comps...sweet. Slots were pretty brutal, but VP (especially 9/6 quarter JOB) wasn't too shabby. I arrived early afternoon on Saturday and left Tuesday morning. The casino had a good crowd the entire time I was there.

    Hollywood:
    The floor was pretty well packed over the weekend. No luck on slots, but I did ok on the shortpay bar VP.

    Resorts:
    It was pretty busy both on Saturday and Sunday. The main bar Royal progressive was over $2k, but got busted on Sunday night. I hit a few premium quads and actually won a little here for a change.

    Gold Strike:
    I only went on Monday night, but it was very crowded. I love their 2 cent Hot Roll VP over by the Atrium. In contrast to the older, more conservative crowd at Sam's, HW, and Resorts, there were lots of "ladies" spilling out of their various spandex wardrobe choices....but not in a good way.

    Hotels:

    Sam's Town:
    A nice, clean standard room that I've come to expect, but unfortunately poor A/C as I've also come to expect. Come on guys, run some chemicals through your water treatment system! Speaking of their water, this is one of the few (maybe only) Tunica casinos without the extremely soft water that leaves you feeling greasy after a shower. Kudos to Sam's for that and a great shower head. Also, Sam's wifi is still slower than those folks (you know who you are) who take forever making 15 different transactions at the automated ticket redemption machines.

    Hollywood:
    Nice clean, standard room. This is the first time I've stayed at the HW, but I was very pleasantly surprised by their HD TV setup. Most channels were in high def and this is clearly one of the best programming options I've had in a hotel. It's comparable to the Wynn/Encore setup. The A/C got the room nice and cool and the beds were very comfortable. Wifi was great, but it better be for the (albeit cheap) $7.99 resort fee. Besides the Batmobile, Delorian, and Spinout car in the lobby, I enjoyed seeing the Addams Family costumes and Steve Segal movie train props amongst the others on the way to the room.

    Shows:


    Resorts:
    Mickey Gilley put on a great show. The cat's 80 years old, but still put on a 1 hour 45 minute show with video clips of his life and career interlaced to give him a sit break. If you get a chance to see him and his great band perform, do it before it's too late.

    Sam's Town:
    Clint Black also put on a great show, singing most of his hits and a few new tunes. He would've been even better if he had a steel player. Sam's concert hall setup is plumb decent with decent prices for refreshments.

    Vittles:

    Sam's Town:
    Twain's is always excellent no matter what you order - no exception this time.
    Flights had a $6.99 AYCE Fish & Chips which was damn good.
    Smokey Joe's BBQ sandwich and waffle fries are still great,too.
    The Great Buffet needs a name change to The It'll Make a Turd Buffet. Nothing terrible, but nothing spectacular, great, or even that good, here. It just doesn't seem like they try very hard.

    Hollywood:
    The Epic Buffet never disappoints. It's not huge, but they always have unique offerings and they're always delicious. Use your ACG coupon book for a BOGO buffet. The breakfast buffet was exceptionally good this time with the stars of the show being fried bologna, grilled spicy breakfast sausage,and pancake wrapped sausage.

    Resorts:
    Big disappointment for their seafood buffet on Saturday night. Certain patrons (the same ones who hold up the ticket redemption line) would spend 15 minutes holding up the line and picking through the crab legs to find one good half crab. Other, less classy patrons would empty the tub by filling two or three plates to the point that they were dropping them on the floor on the way back to their seats that suspiciously had lines of sight directly to the crab legs. I'm not a huge crab leg fan, but this was just irritating. They could have easily solved this by planting a warm body at the serving point and placing one or two on people's plates for them. All other offerings were similar in variety and flavor to the Sam's Town It'll Make a Turd Buffet.

    Horseshoe:
    The Million Dollar Burger at 8 oz Burger Bar is still the best burger I've ever had every time I eat it. I hate it that it's not free, but I'm not a huge CET fan, don't like their payouts or political panderings, so I never gamble much there. However, I'll spend $12 for this burger everytime I'm in the area.

    Overall:

    I couldn't get any good slot hits, but did ok playing VP. I didn't get a chance to play any BJ, as all $5 tables were full about the whole time I was there. The crowds were both encouraging and annoying. The last time I was here in March, the casinos were plenty crowded on the weekend, and pretty lightly occupied during the week. I also didn't get a chance to visit Bally's, the Fitz, or the Isle this time since I ran out of samolians and time. Some say Tunica is dying, but it appears to be surviving just fine to me. Vegas is better, of course, but The Gaming Capital of the South is still far and away my second favorite place to gamble.
     
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  2. grando1.0

    grando1.0 Tourist

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    Man buffet mooches are the fucking worst. Enjoyed the report though!
     
  3. JericaKimber

    JericaKimber Tourist

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    We were also there for Memorial Day weekend and had s great time but lost all our money as usual. We always stay at the Gold Strike because I like their mix of slots plus they always treat us well since we live so far away. We went to Bally's for the first time in several years and was pleasantly surprised at all of their new slots. They even had Game of Thrones which I didn't see any where else but we didn't hit all of the casinos.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report! Love those Sam's Town bartops! I'm also jealous that you saw the royal at Resorts get up to $2k...two of the games there begin to turn positive with that Royal amount. But I couldn't hit the Royal or 4 Deuces on Double Deuces when I saw it at $2500+ before. :( It's the fastest moving progressive in town, so it's definitely tempting!

    How was the traffic at Flights? When I visited it with my g/f in Dec. I told her it would be closed within a year. I love craft beer, but Tunica patrons love "free" beer more, especially with 9/6 JoB, how can you beat that?!?! I feel at home sucking down Bud Light Platinums with Todd at the bar.

    And Epic Buffet better than Sam's Town? The Epic Buffet was the worst buffet we ever have had in Tunica and several other casinos across the country. The only one I could think that was worse is the old CP buffet before Bacchanal. Sam's Town isn't outstanding, but at least I haven't really struggled to leave full there like I did at the Epic Buffet at lunch time. I hope things change before I eat Sam's again because I have $90 of Boyd food comp to use!

    And finally $7.99 resort fee at Hollywood??? They have started that shit too??? :( At least Hollywood has great beds and a good pool I guess.
     
  5. TJC

    TJC Low-Roller

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    Flights was pretty busy on a late Sunday afternoon. Since the whole concept works best when it can benefit from concert traffic, the place was full for the hour I was there. Unfortunately, they don't have very many shows. I know it's not very Boyd-Like, but I think they'd make a killing if they changed the old 2nd floor casino/current Magnolia room into a night club. There's not one at any casino around and Flights would probably thrive. Based on some of the clientele that hangs around the Horseshoe and Goldstrike, there's a market for it. Not my cup of tea, but that's an unserved demographic IMHO. Flights did add two AYCE specials on what I assume is their two slow(est) nights, plus they seem to have at least one $2.50 beer special. They didn't have any specials last time I visited in March and the place was dead, so maybe they'll survive.

    In my last three Tunica trips in the last 9 months, I've been to both The Epic and Great buffets for breakfast, dinner, and supper and The Epic at Hollywood was hands down better every time. It's smaller, but I think their vittles are much more creative with a lot more flavor. The "Great" seems like a buffet that Cracker Barrell would roll out if they decided to go "blander" if that's even possible. It could also be that we got lucky and hit Sam's on bad buffet days and HW on good buffet days, as the gambling goes sometimes, too.

    If you've got $90 in Sam's Town food, I highly recommend Twain's . Although reservations are recommended, it's not as stuffy as it may seem, plus they have a $25 three course early bird special from 4-6. They're not included in the special, but as an option on the table, you can get any beer from Flight's menu as well.

    But you're so right.....9/6 JOB and free beer at Roxy's is a hell of a draw and probably my favorite thing about Tunica
     
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