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TUNICA report...Nov 5-7

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by nitc, Nov 7, 2010.

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  1. nitc

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    My Trip Report

    We were going to Tunica this past weekend, then we weren't going and then we were going again, but for a VERY short weekend. There were 3 of us: myself, my Hunny and our friend from work, FreFre. Hunny and I were going. Then some family issues happened and we had to cancel. Then Hunny got with FreFre and they decided to go. At the time, I needed to stay but there was no need for Hunny not to go. Then at almost the last minute I was able to join them.


    GETTING THERE/BACK

    We drove from Nashville, leaving immediately after work on Friday afternoon. The drive to Memphis is always boring...Memphis to Tunica not as bad as the casino billboards kinda put us more in the mood. The highlight was stopping about half-way between Nashville and Memphis at a McDonalds where we all dined on a wonderful meal of McRibs. Comina back, we had to leave Tunica by 5:00am, as FreFre had to be back in Nashville before 9:00. So we were there all of 33 hours...like I said, short weekend.


    HOTEL

    Hunny and I originally had a room at Harrah's Terrace for $25/night...a helluva bargain for a weekend night in Tunica if you don't get a comped room (normally upwards of $300+/nt). After we cancelled that reservation, FreFre mentioned she had comped rooms at the Harrah's Casino hotel. She booked a room with 2 beds for the weekend.

    The room was booked. FreFre called back 3 times to confirm 2 (two, dos, zwei, due, etc) beds, as there would be three of us...no problem we were assured each time. Apparently there were problems. Ther were no more of those left and we were stuck with a King + rollaway.The desk told us there were three other reservations they had done this to, so we apparently were not alone (or so we were told). Since it was FreFre's room I offered to take the rollaway, or even sleep on the most comfy sofa, but she insisted on the rollaway so Hunny and I could have the bed. The rollaway I am told was very comfy and slept well.


    GAMING

    We played mostly at HET props (Harrah's, Roadhouse & Horseshoe). FreFre won for the weekend, though Saturday was a down day for her). Hunny and I came back with a bunch less than we went with, but we still had fun. Weekends in Tunica are pretty busy and especially in the evenings, you have a hard time finding machines you want to play that aren't being played already...and most of these people aren't getting up any time soon. Roadhouse, for some reason, is an exception. It was never overly crowded and we never had a problem finding machines we wanted to play available.

    Tried a couple of new (to us) machines: Lord of the Rings and a new version of Wizard of Oz. We liked neither as both were not good to us at all. However, we both like the first Wizard machine.

    For the first time for us, neither Hunny nor myself played any poker...we mainly did slots. The only time either of us eevn played any table games was at Fitzgerald's, where they offer a $3 continuous-shuffle BJ game...which sucks, by the way. This was brutal. I tried this last time we went and the result was the same. I play pretty much basic strategy and hoped the results would be different. Nope.


    FOOD

    Didn't eat in Tunica Friday night as we had our McRib fix on the way down. I'll breifly decribe and offer my rating on my slight dememted scale (1-5).

    Saturday morning Hunny slept in so I went to the Paula Deen buffet at Harrah's. The buffet was $8.99 and was good, as always. The stand-outs included grit cakes topped with a fried egg and cheese sauce & the hash browns. Breakfast here rated 4.5 burps.

    Lunch was at Fitz. We had gone there before and it was good. This was $8.95 and still pretty goog. There were 5 stations: grill, southern favourites, Chinese, salad/soup and dessert. Stand-outs here were the fried chicken (which SHOULD be a stand-out in the South), baked chicken, mac & cheese and creamed corn. This is worth a trip for a nice lunch...4 burps.

    Dinner Saturday night was at the newly installed Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrahs (next to Paula's buffet). We weren't hungry enough to make a trip to the buffet which for dinner was $22.99, so we opted for Toby's. They offerred as a special a 12-ounce prime rib dinner with sides of campfire potatoes and garlic & butter steamed broccoli for $11.99. That sounded good to us. This was where the use of the word "good" came to an end. As the obviously-new server was leaving after taking our order, we had to tell her how we wanted out beef cooked. The prime rib was accompanied by steak sauce as there was no au-jus (?????). The campfire potatoes were not available this evening so a baked potato was subbed. And the steamed broccoli had come into absolutely no contact with either garlic or butter. We let all of this go and didn't complain or send anything back as we just wanted to be nice. Perhaps had we ordered something else, the rating I'd give our dining experience would he higher than 1.5 burp.


    ENTERTAINMENT

    Normally we don't see any shows in Tunica, as the only ones there usually are are concerts by acts that we don't care about...except this time. One of my favourite groups was performing at Horseshoe and they are the reason we went this weekend. Hunny isn't as much into Barenaked Ladies so she didn't go, but I did and had a great time. They played for 90 minutes and included new material, old classics and most of their hits. I say "most of their hits" because noticeably missing for me were "Jane" and "Another Postcard"...but they can't do every song every night. Still, I had a great seat in the 6th row, centre, and it was a great show...5 claps.



    I didn't take the camera, sorry about that. And I may have forgotten some details. Any questions, just ask. As we were there for just a short time and didn't experience everything, I may not have the answer, but I'll try to remember.
     
  2. jpw711

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    Thanks for the report, I'll be there in 15 short days and will have to check out the buffets. If the fried chicken isn't good, the buffet isn't imo.
     
  3. jgates8

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    Tunica amazed me last year. We were there F/S/S. As you mentioned you couldn't get a machine for anything on Friday & Sat night at around 1 am. There was a waiting line at least 50 people long for the buffet at the Horseshoe that late. We had to wait over 20 min in line at the snack bar & then take our food to our room to eat it. Good grief in Vegas the buffets close at 10 & this was nearly 1 in the morning!

    I finally got to play some of the machines I wanted on Sunday night.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. That kinda stinks that they did that to you with room. Sounds like Toby Keiths still working the kinks out. I would not have been as nice as you regards to your issues there. At least someone won some money.
     
  5. Sue24

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    We would like to possibly go to Tunica from Iowa at the end of Feb. or early March.

    I'm wondering if you used the shuttles around the Harrah's properties?
    If so, is that a hassle.... like waiting around for the Deuce in Vegas?

    I like the idea of the shuttle, so we can both party a bit, LOL!

    Just mainly wondering how you got around there as we have never been.

    Thanks for any info or tips on a trip to Tunica.

    Sue
     
  6. nitc

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    This is why we went to Roadhouse on Saturday night when Harrahs and Horseshoe got stupid crowded...no trouble getting a machine. Plus they have a cover band which was fairly decent and a mechanical bull which many were attempting that was really entertaining as well.
     
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    Harrahs has a shuttle that runs between properties, but not 24 hours. It's probably 3 miles or so between Harrahs and the horseshoe/roadhouse. If you want to party, stay at either the shoe or roadhouse. When the roadhouse was the sheraton, the rooms were very nice, though the bathroom wall is glass, so keep that in mind if your not going with a partner. It also has a spa tub in the bedroom.

    There used to be a area wide casino shuttle, but I believe it closed down.
     
  8. nitc

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    The Harrah's shuttle runs 24/7 between the Harrah's casino and their Terrace or Veranda hotels (they have 3 hotels, only one is attached). For the hotel shuttle you don't have to wait more than a couple of minutes.

    They also have scheduled service between Harrah's and Horseshoe/Roadhouse every 30 minutes. For the "every half hour" casino shuttle, the latest goes back to Harrah's at 2:45 am on weekends, it's at regular times, and they keep on time for the most part.

    Getting around otherwise, you WILL need a car. Casinos are spread out a bit and I have yet to see a taxi in Tunica.
     
  9. Hogman

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    We decided to go to Tunica this weekend...
     
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