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Tunica Visit--may 2016

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by ronc, May 10, 2016.

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  1. ronc

    ronc High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Our daughter's graduation in Mississippi brought us close enough to Tunica for a visit. We flew into Memphis on Friday evening, attended the graduation and packed her out of the apartment she lived in on Saturday, watched her hit the road to her new job, and then made it to the Gold Strike Tunica about 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

    I did originally post that we would be staying at the Tunica Roadhouse, but that changed through the week prior to departure...here is a quick synopsis:

    --Monday, Total Rewards (TR) had a room at Roadhouse for $75. Reserved it.
    --Tuesday, TR had a room at Roadhouse for $50. Called and lowered the rate.
    --Wednesday, I called Gold Strike Tunica (their reservations are handled by people at the Beau Rivage) and asked about a room. After a few minutes, I was told the room would be comped. I'll take it!!

    Upon arrival in the casino, I took $500 out at the ATM. I immediately found a $10 craps table (lowest minimum that evening; there were some $10's, a $15, and some $25 tables...

    The tables paid double on the 2/triple on the 12 in the field. They had the ATS bet.

    I won the first bet. This seems to be how it works most times that I have a winning session. of course, sometimes winning the first bet makes no difference. Those damn dice are...well...random...

    I played for about four hours or a bit more. My $200 buy-in went to $1900 in chips at the high point. It settled out at $1750 when I colored up.

    My wife lost about $350 in slots per the MLife tax letter you can find in your "My Account" information.

    My rating for the period was $100 average bet. The suit was very nice, and explained that "while we don't rate odds (I had done a lot of come bets during the evening), I bump the average a little bit to account for them." Then I asked if he could comp a buffet in the morning; he said "Sure" and told me that it would be on my card. He did not write up a comp slip, so I was a little skeptical.

    The were several good rolls and a lot of the shooters took care with their rolls. I saw nothing to indicate anyone was actually trying to make the dice do anything but roll as close to the same each time, but it didn't seem like anyone was really changing their betting thinking they had control or anything like that. I will just note that there were more "careful" rollers than most places that I have played. That was consistent at all three casinos we visited.

    The ATS paid off a couple of ways. there were several "S" wins without anything else. The good thing was that the ATS hit three times in the four hours--I had $1 across twice and $2 across the third time. That certainly helped along the way to the final count that night.

    My other notes on the Gold Strike:

    --Room was nice, not fantastic, but good
    --Drink service was slow, which was a mixed blessing...I wanted more beer but it kept me from "drunk betting" all evening...
    --Casino was smokiest of the three we visited
    --View from hotel room was of the former "Treasure Bay" site.
    --the buffet was good and the comp was on my card, just as promised
    --The dealers did not pay correctly on several "center" bets. I had to correct them several times on paying my "horn high 12" (yep, a bad bet...but I like it). They seemed to always get the other bets right. The mistake was never in my favor.
    --Rated @ $50/average bet for 10 hours. I think I played 6.5 hours at most. This was the number given to me by the casino host desk.

    We also visited Roadhouse Tunica--
    --My wife lost more on slots
    --I won $50 on craps
    --Field paid 2/12 at 2x each
    --They would not book a $5 horn. horn high, yes. Horn, no. First time that I have seen that.
    --They had the "fire" bet but the paytable was not visible.
    --the casino seemed clean with decent air quality for a smoking casino

    Then the Horseshoe--
    --2x 2/3x 12 on the field
    --Fire bet was 25/250/1000. They hit a four pointer when I first got to the table (it was the third point when I began playing). The shooter complained about people making too many "junk bets" between rolls and making him roll a 7. Funny stuff.
    --I won a little on slots...maybe $80.
    --I played Mississippi Stud and won a bit.

    We were on casino property for 17 hours. We were in a casino for about 10 of those hours. I had $1850 in my wallet when we left for the airport. It was a fun little side trip and we enjoyed the casinos in Tunica.

    Now we'll see what offers roll in...
     
  2. Jake_37221

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    Nice little trip. I used to go to Tunica often back before it started downsizing. I first went there in 1995 when it was opening up. Went to the Circus Circus (which is now the Gold Strike I think). They were just finishing up the construction. The buffet was $4. The old Grand Casino (later Harrahs) had a single zero roulette wheel and one of those 25 cent horse racing machines which vacuumed me dry. The two hotels that are now closed (Veranda and Terrace) had Vegas class swimming pools (almost). Wish the old days were back...

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  3. Hogman

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    I was in Tunica this weekend as well, we got in Friday and left Sunday. I didn't do as well as you did. I was ahead Friday night when I went to bed and gave it all back and more. I only played craps but played mostly at Horseshoe because we stayed there but I gave the GS money as well.
     
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    Nice report and win!

    Gold Strike has really bad drink service on the main slot floor too, imo. I am too impatient and usually try to get on a bartop instead. At least with slots/VP you self-order the drinks at horseshoe/roadhouse so you can put the order in before you're done and wait less with an empty drink. ;)
     
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    I did get them to bring drinks for both of us once I pointed out my wife playing slots...that helped a little...as did the $5 tip...
     
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    Agree 100%. Even their high limit room has slow drink service. But the main floor is crazy slow. Going a half hour between seeing servers is not unusual from my experience
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    And I would say 20 minutes is fairly common in the VP area. They PGPed that department long before Murren announced the program. Lol
     
  8. buzz_king

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    Hijack! We will be at the Horseshoe for three nights in a couple weeks in the middle of an eight night road trip. They do not have laundry facilities. Does anyone know if there are any around? Thanks.
     
  9. martinr

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    I doubt if there are any laundry facilities within at least 20 minutes of any of these properties. You would probably have to travel down HWY 61 to the actual Tunica area in order to possibly find a coin-op laundry. It's a really small town area but surely there would be something like that there. Otherwise, you would have to go back to one of the towns in Mississippi like Horn Lake or Southaven, which are about 15 miles away from the casinos.
     
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    Horseshoe claims they have a "laundry service" available. But dunno how expensive it is.

    http://caesarsmeansbusiness.com/meeting/horseshoe-tunica/accommodations/

    Yeah you're right. Google suggests spin city cleaners in horn lake for a coin-op laundromat that's "near by".
     
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    No laundry near the casinos.

    8 night road trip? Heck, we just did a 3 week multi country trip with carry on and only washed a few undies.
     
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    Thanks all. Looks like Horn Lake may be an option.
     
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    Actually, Hernando is close to Horn Lake an there's another reason to go there. I found a great restaurant on their little town square that is a gem. It's AC's steakhouse and is open for lunch and dinner. You'll be amazed at this place and there should be some sort of laundry business close by as well. You'll thank me.

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    Thanks Martinr. I have found a couple coin laundries and also jotted down AC's address. I'll thank you now and thank you again later if we go!
     
  15. timsand

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    Check out the camping areas of Sams Town or Hollywood. When the old Harrahs campground was open we use to camp there. They had pay laundry machines at the little club house where they checked you in at. So Sams Town or Hollywood probably have them also.
     
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