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Tunica TR: 9/21-23. First VP royal!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by Wezvidz, Sep 27, 2012.

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  1. Wezvidz

    Wezvidz High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Friday

    A solo weekend getaway was much needed as a holdover between Vegas trips (last was in June, next will be at the end of October). My June play at CET got me cheap rates at the Tunica Roadhouse, so I decided to fly up for the weekend from Miami, add some chips to my collection, see an area of the country I've never visited and get my gamble on.

    Flying out of Miami was hassle free, with valet right beside the American terminal. After a 2 hour direct to Memphis and picking up a rental car, I was on my way south to Harrah's as a first stop. Love the 9/6 JOB that was easy to find.. played $1 VP for about an hour, hit quads once to finish ahead to start out the trip.

    Since it was early afternoon I decided to pop into the other casinos for a quick look around and to get a $1 chip for my collection before checking into the Roadhouse. Drove down to Sam's Town, Resorts, Hollywood.. then up to the Fitz then Bally's before getting to the Roadhouse.

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    Very friendly staff and check in was a breeze, and the room was quite big, with a love tub right beside the bed that unfortunately got no use.

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    I headed down to some more 9/6 $1 JOB and to get some drinks in me before checking out the casinos next door. The screen drink ordering at your machine surprised me at how efficient it was! I'm not sure what I expected but I would order a vodka tonic and the waitress would be over to me with it in like 2 minutes flat. Love it.

    Had a nice buzz after losing a bit and decided to take a walk. The 3 casinos being side by side was really nice as you could change your scenery without needing to walk far.

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    While craps was relatively dead at the Roadhouse, next door at the Horseshoe 6-8 tables were going strong.

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    Just stepped into the Gold Strike for a bit but focused my play at the two CET properties, so I wasn't back for the rest of the weekend. Decided to skip craps tonight on the way back through the Horseshoe and just play VP at the Roadhouse.

    10 vodka tonics later or so, right before I was going to head to bed... boom.

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    First ever. I only started playing VP this year (starting in January 2012 on a Vegas trip) and fell in love with it, but had read stories of people playing years without royals so I was in shock.

    I texted some buddies while an attendant came over, got my SS# and ID and said he'd be back shortly. 5-10 minutes later he's back and counts out 38 $100 bills into my hand. Mississippi tax was 3% ($120) and I tipped the attendant the $80 in 20s he gave me (no idea what an appropriate tip is..).

    My first W2G.. figuring out taxes should be fun next year.

    So I headed up to bed after losing another $200 back and slept with a smile.

    Saturday
    Woke up and walked to each bar at the 3 casinos trying to see who might have the Big 10 network for the Ohio State game at 11am. Nobody had it.

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    Played dice at the Horseshoe drinking baileys and coffee and a few bloodmarys, knowing I'd be on my butt playing VP watching football most of the day. Nice dealers, fun place to play. My standard position is dealer right or left on the corner of the table right in front of the DC box.

    Played my standard strategy of DP + 6x lay, with 2 DCs same lay. If I hit 2 or 3 bets 3 shooters in a row I press my base bet a unit ($5/30 to $10/60 ). Stay at that level until I lose 2 bets or more on a shooter and drop back down, or hit 2 or 3 bets 3 shooters in a row and press another unit.

    Table was very choppy though, I'd get a little streak going then press and lose all 3 bets at the 10/60 level and be back even for the session. Ended up finishing +50 and a nice dealer even asked if I needed a food comp, probably because I had the dealers on the DP quite a few times during the session. Scored a free buffet without asking.

    After grabbing a pastry from Starbucks as breakfast I hit up my same VP machine from the night before at the Roadhouse. I put my headphones on and streamed the OSU game on my phone. Not a good session! OSU won but during the game I lost $1100. Switched machines twice but every one of them was ice cold. Hit quads on BP ONCE during a 3 hour session, and barely any full houses or flushes. Just one of those money draining sessions where you'll keep going 5-10 hands right in a row of not even making a pair. Brutal.

    Ate the Horseshoe buffet which was very good (surprised to see a Pho station, yum) then played craps for a while, breaking even.

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    Went to the bartops at the Roadhouse to watch the Michigan/Notre Dame game and played quarters at the uglier paytable machines while drinking vodka redbulls. Drink service was fast and friendly, Michigan got beat which is always great as a Buckeye fan, but I lost another $250 during the game at VP.

    Couldn't walk a straight line at this point so decided on some craps at the Roadhouse before bed. One table going, and as usually is the case, when I started winning right off the bat the table quickly died. Won $150 on the Don'ts in the first 10 minutes and everyone left so I colored up and tipped the dealers.

    Sunday
    Got up feeling good about a net win on the trip and headed back to the airport.

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    Set my fantasy lineup and watched about an hour of the early NFL games before flying back to Miami. Got home in time to catch the end of the late games.

    I doubt I'll ever be back to Tunica but it was a good time. May check out Biloxi next spring over a weekend, but until then I have a Vegas trip planned for Halloween weekend next month and Superbowl weekend next February.

    Previous trip reports:
    6/23-6/30/12 Rio, Flamingo: WSOP, casino hopping and gamb00ling
     
  2. Reed

    Reed High-Roller

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    Congrats on the royal! Very sweet to hit early and play on house money the rest of the trip.
     
  3. S'AllGoodMan

    S'AllGoodMan High-Roller

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    Great hit. Congratulations. :beer:
     
  4. gongoman

    gongoman MIA

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    Good job--Glad ya hit that Royal:beer:
     
  5. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    That was very savvy VP playing indeed! Nice holding, and a sweet draw.

    It's true, some go years without Royals.
     
  6. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    I am one of those people that, on about the 10th hand of VP I ever played, hit a royal (quarters). However, in all the hands I have played since - never. Consequently it becomes a very boring game to me so I stick with slots.

    I love the Tunica area - with the exception that I wish the casinos were all together vs. spread out. We have only visited Horseshoe & Roadhouse - I haven't even made it to Harrah's - once truck is parked for the night, DH doesn't want me wandering off with it again.

    Was planning on being there this last week (topping off my Great Race $$) but we ended up in SD instead.
     
  7. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    Congratulations on the Royal. The first one I ever hit was also at the Roadhouse. (it was called The Sheraton back then) It was soon after I got up out of bed and decided to stop at the bar to see if a little hair of the dog would help my hangover. The Royal popped up before I finished that first beer. Since I was playing quarters, there was no tax work involved. I just printed my ticket and moved on. Thanks for the TR. The pictures were nice.
     
  8. theotherone

    theotherone Low-Roller

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    This is a great report, just got to finish it.

    I'm about 3.5 hours from tunica and I love it. I need to go more often. I like the idea of getting a chip from each casino. I've driven to each one but only played at Gold strike, 'Shoe, and Harrahs.

    Had my best craps hit at the Shoe. The dealers there are awesome.

    Congrats on the nice hit!
     
  9. castaway

    castaway Newbie

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    Congrats on the Royal!

    Wow. Congrat! Not to out-do you, but I have to share my Biloxi story. I drove my elderly mom from Tampa area to Biloxi during the night on July 25 2012. Arrived at the IP at 5 am ....too early to check-in. We decided to go to the Torch Bar for Bloody Marys and VP. Within 10 minutes, I hit 4 aces with a deuce for $500; then 2 hrs later, walking around aimlessly, something made me stop at a center $1 VP machine near the high limit area. Put in a $100 bill - played for about 30 minutes and had $142 on the machine when 2 to the Royal in diamonds showed up. Yep, the other 3 appeared for $4000 - and they also took out $120 and I filled out paperwork. Paid me right there in 100s. This was before even checking in! I NEVER played a $1 VP machine. Something made me go over and play it. Was a good one week stay - - I managed to put 48,000 points on a new b-connected card (my first visit since Boyd took over). Visited other casinos during the one week stay and played poker at the Beau. Fun trip. Woo hoo!
     

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