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AC - Biloxi - Tunica

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by Adam33, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. Adam33

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    Hey guys. I go on 2-3 gambling trips a year. Wife hates gambling so I go solo. Been to Vegas so many times, I’ve never visited the below gambling towns.

    AC
    Biloxi
    Tunica

    is it a “waste” of a trip to not hit Vegas and go to one of these?

    I am comped for 100% free rooms at any Caesers property.

    AC - Trop - Caesers - Harrahs
    Tunica - Horseshoe
    Biloxi - Harrahs

    Just looking for thoughts if it is worth the trip.

    I fly out of Detroit and I know Vegas is much more convenient being I land and it’s a 10 minute cab ride. For AC I would fly into Philly. Tunica would be Memphis and Biloxi would be New Orleans.
     
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  2. zoobrew

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    If you have a good gaming relationship with CET or Mlife, I would think you could get a comp junket to Biloxi thru them. In Biloxi the Beau is a much superior property than Harrahs.
     
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  3. Rob6 8

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    My 2 cents Biloxi is my home base so I do recommend that. However, I’m not a big fan of Harrahs. The casino is small and earning comps is the slowest on the coast. The rooms are okay. I just recommend getting one with a view of the coast. Makes the stay much better.
    Not a big fan of Tunica. I know others are.
    I would like to visit AC myself so I got nothing there.
     
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  4. HardEight44

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    As an AC guy, there is likely more non gaming entertainment and variety due to the number and sizes of the properties. Tons to celebrity chef restaurants, the beach (in the summer), Vegas knock off shows and concerts nearly every weekend. While I find Biloxi to be much better for earning table game (craps comps), ac is nice as each of the Caesars properties comps separately. Therefore it's like visiting three entirely different properties as opposed to Vegas which treats everything as one.
     
  5. NandJfrmNJ

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    I would cross Tunica off that list unless all you want to to is gamble. There is absolutely nothing to do there and it's impossible to rent a car (unless you fly into Memphis and rent a car there) to get around to the other casinos. The only possible side trip from Tunica is a trip to Memphis. Have you considered Lake Tahoe? While the gambling isn't great there, if you're at all interested in beautiful scenery and maybe some outdoor activities, Tahoe is the place to be. CET also now has three properties in Reno which is where you'd fly into.

    We love Biloxi but don't like Harrah's there. We stay at the Beau.

    We live in NJ so are frequent visitors to AC. While it's a convenient trip for us, It would be a hassle to get from PHL to AC. That being said you have three choices of places to gamble. The Trop and Caesars are on the Boardwalk and Harrah's is at the marina. We prefer Harrah's.

    As Zoobrew mentioned, I would check out Caesars air rewards program. You might be able to get a free junket to any of those places which might help you to decide which you might want to visit.
     
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    If you don’t mind paying to use the pools, AC isn’t a terrible choice. I’ve been to Biloxi, and would definitely choose Biloxi over AC. Tunica only has gambling AFAIK. I looked into making a trip there, didn’t find any reason to. As others have suggested, consider Lake Tahoe. I think it’s the best choice, just get a rental car, as you can take a scenic ride around the lake, a trip to Reno, with a stop in Virginia City.
     
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    As someone who is Tunica right now, I agree with @NandJfrmNJ. The Goldstrike and Horseshoe are 2 of my favorite casinos but all we do is gamble.

    I love Biloxi but we get junkets to the Beau which is far superior property to Harrahs.

    We have never been to AC.
     
  8. Adam33

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    This trip would be late Oct / Early Nov

    all I do is gamble (table games) and bet on football.

    I don’t care about pools or shows at all
     
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    In that case, Tunica would be fine. Horseshoe is a great property. Not vegas of course, but will fit your needs, and Gold Strike (MGM) is next door.

    As to Gulf Coast, check on flights to Gulfport.
     
  10. zoobrew

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    Pre covid it was my experience that Harrah's in Biloxi had many fewer tables than the Beau, but the table min were also lower.
     
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    Biloxi, better temperatures in November, a variety of casinos in the area to bounce around.
    The Harrah's GC property there is tiny as others mentioned. You could always play at Beau Rivage/seed offers there if Harrah's bores you.
     
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    I can't compare AC to anything due to having never been there but if Tunica and Biloxi are the finalists, I would definitely choose Biloxi. Back in Tunica's glory days, I was there five or six times a year for about a decade; always staying at either a CET property or Gold Strike (MGM). I always had a great time there. Unfortunately, things have gone downhill for most of the properties up there since then. Full disclosure, I moved to the MS Gulf Coast about 4 years ago, partly for the casinos. Basically, for the MS choices, I see two distinctions.

    First the properties. CET is down to one property (they once had 3) in Tunica - the Horseshoe. In Biloxi, CET also has one - Harrah's Gulf Coast. Horseshoe is probably the superior of the two basically because it is larger with more amenities. Both have nice steakhouses but Horseshoe wins on food for me. HGC has by far the best pool but that isn't a big thing for you. Both will have similar gaming rules and both will have sport books for your betting on games. Even though I am in HGC at least a couple times a month, Horseshoe wins on a casino property only comparison.

    Second is the activities beyond the CET property. As mentioned before, Tunica is pretty much a gambling dominated location. There is very little to do other than gamble unless you go to Memphis. The MS Gulf Coast has a plethora of activities going on all the time and a much better selection of other casinos if you decide to venture outside the CET umbrella while on your visit. For me, the only other option to The Horseshoe in Tunica is Gold Strike. Fortunately it is right next door to The Horseshoe, less than a minute's walk. On the Gulf Coast, you have a wide selection of nice properties. The Golden Nugget is basically across the street (hwy 90) from Harrah's. Palace Casino (the only non-smoking casino in Biloxi) is a very walkable distance away) The Beau Rivage (MGM) and Hard Rock are a two minute drive down the highway. If you take a 20 minute drive down the beach hwy you will be at the View Casinos - Beach View on the water side of the hwy and Island View on the land side of the highway connected by an elevated and enclosed walkway. The View Casinos are actually in Gulfport not Biloxi but still only a 20 minute drive. (depending on traffic of course) So, on activities beyond the CET casino, Biloxi wins hands down. Just in case you like the vibe of "locals" casinos, you have IP (a Boyd property) and Treasure Bay, both of them about a 10 minute drive from Harrah's.

    Two final thoughts in case you wind up coming to Biloxi. You should be able to avoid having to fly into New Orleans by booking a flight to Gulfport International. That would eliminate the 90 minute drive from the NOLA airport. From the airport to Harrah's is a 20-25 minute drive. It is a pretty nice airport that I have flown out of 6-8 times since we moved here.

    Also: If you move your travel dates up a little to early/mid October, you can be here during "The Best Car Show in America" as awarded by USA Today. That nationally recognized car show would be Cruisin' The Coast. Cruisin' runs from Sunday (Oct. 4) thru Sunday (Oct 11). In 2019 (before Covid), there were almost 9,000 cars that actually registered with the Cruisin' organizers and probably another four or five thousand more cars that came and had all the fun but didn't even register. Even last year during Covid, we had 7,000 registered cars participating. If you like antique cars, muscle cars, rat rods, custom creation cars, or anything else automotive, this event would be a lot of fun. Check the Cruisin' The Coast website for more detailed info about events & schedule if you have any interest.

    Anyway, that's my two cents if you wind up having to decide between Biloxi and Tunica. As I said in my first sentence, I would choose Biloxi over Tunica. I hope you have a great time wherever you go.
     
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    Just to add to RebelDiceMans post. Biloxi also has two other casinos Scarlet Pearl and Boom Town. Scarlet Pearl is I think the newest casino in Biloxi. It is a nice property on the back bay about 10 minutes from Harrahs. My biggest problem is after COVID table minimums jump from $5 to $25 for craps. Boom Town is a smallish locals which some people like and some don’t.
     
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    At tunica this weekend they were $15 at GS and $25 at Horseshoe but I think during the week you will see $10 @ each casino GS had $10 this am and HS had $15.
     
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    @RebelDiceMan has some great info. I was just in Biloxi in May for my first trip there and had a blast! I’ve been to Tunica numerous times. The only thing that Tunica beats Biloxi at (at least in the current time) is lower table minimums. But since there are so few tables in Tunica, it’s also harder to get a spot. Biloxi offers more gaming opportunities and a much more enjoyable atmosphere too!

    Wherever you decide, hope you have fun!
     
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    As a craps player I like tunica better than Biloxi. There are a ton of tables!
     
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    Tunica is truly a locals only type of place. There is NOTHING outside of gambling. I would say you can take a day trip to Memphis if you want, but I live in Memphis so can't really see why anyone would want to visit here .
     
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    @Adam33 I am a big time AC guy. 4+ trips a year and it's about a 3.5 hour car ride. Wife has already begun pestering me to look into Hard Rock Air which flies out of our home airport.

    I think the biggest factor is when you are going to be there. If you are during detroit winters then I would recommend Biloxi since the weather should be dramatically better with average temps in the 60s and little rainfall. By contrast AC is going to be highs in the low 40s and snowy and rainy and generally effing cold. By contrast in the summer AC is in the 80s and usually drier while biloxi is 90s and wetter.

    I would think the decision should be between Biloxi and AC and the season/time of year is important since most of the "good stuff" outside of gambling is going to be outside. The boardwalk is awesome in the summer. There are a ton of great local food joints in AC, but the hours are better in the summer.

    My pick is always AC as we skip junkets to Biloxi and go to AC in November and February, but for someone never there before, a June/July trip to the Jersey shore would be awesome.
     
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    Go to Biloxi - the Gulf is pleasant in the fall. AC is chilly at that time of year. Tunica, I have no reason to ever go back there. Its heyday is long past. No reason to get on a plane to that area vs. playing at 100 other casinos. I agree with whoever above suggested looking out for a Beau Rivage junket.
     
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    I’m wondering if I should just do vegas. It’s great not dealing with a car and being within a 1 hour walk of 30 casinos
     
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