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Heading to Biloxi... a few questions

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by nickbig14, Jul 28, 2020 at 11:56 AM.

  1. nickbig14

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    My wife and I are heading to Biloxi at the end of August for our 21st Anniversary! Looking for pros and cons on staying at IP vs Harrahs GC since we currently have both booked at COMP rate.

    Sounds like Harrahs is smaller, but looking for more intel on video poker. Our first choice is bar top (is it every other machine turned off at all locations?) with SuperStar type machines, with single line second, then out on the floor for either variety third. We will be renting a car, so could go elsewhere if they had the right VP setup for us. We usually play at the .25 level, but like the 3/5/10 play options at that denomination or UX. Any insights people could provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Joe
     
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    Don’t know about the machines, but I have enjoyed staying at the IP.
     
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    Bar top at IP is pretty decent. Insomnia Bar has progressive at .25/.50/1.00/2.00 levels with ok pay tables. Flame Bar is not progressive, but stays busy. I’ve hit two RF at this bar. Not bar top, but they have 9/6 JOB in the non smoking area In “The Cove” upstairs. There is another bar near “The Cove”, but not great pay tables.
     
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  4. nickbig14

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    Thank you! Do you know if any of these bars have the SuperStar or AllStar marchines with multiple games?
     
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    Not sure, I’m a one liner game king player.
     
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    I would do Harrah's, it is a better location. You can walk to Golden Nugget also it is on the gulf, so you can get a view of that. LONG walk or short drive to Beau Rivage and Hard Rock. Note: i was not a fan of the steakhouse, or any of the food inside Harrahs. I like the blind tiger which is gulfside at Harrahs.
     
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    I was just there my vote is ip, especially if you have a car. Harrah’s is just too small
     
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    I enjoy both the IP and Harrah's GC. One of the biggest differences in these two properties is their size. IP has at least three and more likely four times the casino floor space as Harrah's. As someone who likes VP bartops, IP has three different bars with bartop VP (4 if you count the sports bar which has VP but not as bartops) while Harrah's has one bar with VP bartops. My two favorites at IP are the Insomnia bar on the first floor and the Cove bar up on the second floor. Insomnia is a busy bar with progressives at all four denominations. The Cove bar is a much quieter, peaceful bar that I like to go to when I want to catch my breath and get away from the machine bells and whistles for a while. The Cove has a nice view of the Biloxi Back Bay thru wall to wall windows which has a calming effect. It also has it's own set of progressives for all denominations that are different from the progressives down at Insomnia. Sometimes there is a pretty significant difference in which bar has the higher progressive jackpot at whatever denomination you like to play so it makes sense to check before you play. I haven't noticed a lot of multi-line options at IP bartops but I haven't really been looking for them either. I know that Harrah's has a decent amount of multi-line machines out on the floor in front of their VP bar because I played several back in June when Harrah's had a 5X tier credit multiplier in effect. BTW- if you are at Harrah's on August 21-23, they will have that 5X tier credit multiplier in effect again.

    I have stayed in both properties multiple times and I don't see significant differences in their room quality. One difference is that IP has a thousand rooms and my guess is that Harrah's has about 400, maybe 500. Both property's pools are very nice. You will find a little more restaurant variety at IP. I really like their sports bar for casual food and their "32" restaurant for high end food. I actually did my marriage proposal a few years back at "32". As you might guess, it is up on the thirty second floor and has an awesome sunset view which I appreciated during the proposal. They have a new casual dining option in the main lobby that is also a sort of wine bar. If you come in August, the Quench pool bar/restaurant will have casual food out at the pool. If it is four in the morning, you can go to the 24/7 Infusion snack bar which has a lot of grab and go options. They also have some killer grab and go desert options at Infusion.

    As stated, Harrah's has the Golden Nugget Casino within a reasonable walking distance but they also have the Palace Casino which is just a little further away in a different direction The IP has Boomtown Casino within easy walking distance if you wanted a change of pace. Boomtown is one of the smaller casinos on the coast and is probably a little smaller in size than Harrah's. It mostly falls into that "locals" category.

    Whatever you decide, I hope you have fun down here and that you win a little money. One last note : Harrah's Gulf Coast has a Millionaire Maker qualifying slot tournament scheduled for August 27 - 29 to win a spot in the national Millionaire Maker tournament. The top 8 places will send you to the national MM tournament in Atlantic City sometime in 2021. Two years ago I won a Millionaire Maker qualifying slot tournament at Harrah's Gulf Coast and went to Lake Tahoe to compete in the national MM tournament. Did terrible in the Tahoe tournament but it was a great experience anyway.

    I hope this info helps with your decision. Like I said, I enjoy my time at both of these properties.
     
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    I always have a hard time finding the damn door out at IP.
     
  10. nickbig14

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    Thank you for the detailed response! Really appreciate it! We will be there 8/27-8/29. Is there something special we have to do to sign up for that slot tournament, or can we just do that once we get there if we decide we want in? We are Boyd players in Vegas, and Harrahs in NOLA/Council Bluffs/Laughlin (now).....so not that high of status, but can get room comps etc. Thanks again!
    Joe
     
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    I didn't know anyone was still doing any slot tournaments, not seen any anywhere since everywhere closed down.
     
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    All you have to do is earn 100 tier credits to get an entry into the tournament. In addition to the top 8 finishers getting to go play for a Million Dollars in AC, they pay cash or free play to the top 25 high scores in the tournament.
     
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