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2 Nighter in Tunica

Discussion in 'North American Land Based Casinos' started by Mousey, Sep 28, 2011.

    Sep 28, 2011
  1. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    Seems like ages ago, but it was only last week. We went for Mon & Tues night. Hubby still needs to stay away from large crowds and I really, really hate weekends in casinos, anyway. LOL

    Not so much a trip report as a whine about the influx of multiline 'penny' machines and the fading away of the plain jane 3 reelers. *sigh* I used to love mixing my first night play between 50 cent slot machines and VP. I think I found only 4 ... that's right FOUR... .50 3 reelers at the GoldStrike and they were nearly always taken. Fewer and fewer .25 and $1 3 reelers, too.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the multi liner penny vid slots! but! ... enough is enough! They must hog fully 75% of the gaming floor -- unless of course I went to the high roller section for the $5 3 reelers. And there weren't many of those, either. Than again, who needs 2 coin $5 3 reelers ($10 bet per spin) when you've got a gajillion 50 and 100 line 'penny' machines. Very, very easy to bet like a high roller on those,-- just accidently hit the max bet button. (You can ask hubby about that one LOL -- he hates the vid slots.)

    I do like the multigame machines -- where the player can choose between 4 (or more) preloaded games. Then there are the machines where you play 4 instances of the same game. *whew!* Low rollers beware..... It was great fun playing the new games, but no major hits this trip -- got $150 out of Princess somethingerother multi liner a couple of times. Just as an aside, I'm really not fond of the WMS games, and I'm not quite sure why. Graphics just aren't what they should be... too ... what? ... amateurish, I guess is the word I'm looking for.

    All that aside... free room, free food (no buffet, all meals at the Atrium), free booze, $160 in free play (up front), hubby -- BJ player mostly -- had $60 freeplay, and all for playing with about as much gambling money that I once used to deposit online casino in 2 weeks (with NO comps to show for it). And I fully expect the same (or better!) offers to come off this little trip. We came home with half our stash, so that's good seed money for the next trip.

    I only wish we didn't have to drive 5 or 6 hours..... dammit....
     
  2. Sep 29, 2011
  3. jod5413

    jod5413 Is That Better?

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    I know that getting to and from to have some fun is a drag to me, too. But overall, it sounds like you had way more fun than me lately playing on line!! Lose, lose, lose, lose. And no free booze either!! :rolleyes:
     
  4. Nov 4, 2011
  5. pmutts

    pmutts Senior Member PABnonaccred

    Occupation:
    Hotel Sales
    Location:
    North Texas
    I have never been to Tunica. . . Looking for Blackjack Conditions Info!

    I received a postcard offering a very cheap flight & free room at Harrah's. I have gambled on the Gulf Coast of MS many times and in fact, Beau Rivage is my favorite B&M casino.

    Do you or anyone else have specific information regarding the playing conditions for Blackjack in Tunica? How many decks, deck penetration, ability to find a good game (2 or 3 players who know how to play max). Would be looking for $25 or $50 minimum bet tables. Also, are the cards shuffled by hand or by a Shuffle Master in most places--which of course requires two separate sets of cards effectively eliminating any player bias that my develop in the game.

    Please share any info you are willing to offer. Thank!
     
  6. Nov 4, 2011
  7. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Up$hitCreek
    I believe the Beau Rivage is a 'sister' casino to the GoldStrike in Tunica (which is where we hang out). If you have a host at the Beau, ask them to hook you up with a host at the GoldStrike. You might be able to garner game specifics from her (or him). I'm thinking the GS does have $25 single deck, 3/2, hand shuffle, but 6/5 $5 & $10 is to be found and you have to be careful. (I haven't been in the high roller room, so I do not know what is offered there.) I will make myself a note and speak with Hubby when I get home from work and hopefully post a little more info for you.

    As for Harrah's.... we haven't played at any Harrah's casinos to speak of in recent years, so will not be able to help with specifics. Perhaps Diane can help you there?

    If you have never been to Tunica, as most casinos are scattered about please be aware that a car is necessary for casino hopping, unless you stay in one the 3 Casino Center casinos. (GoldStrike, HorseShoe (a Harrah's casino), and the other one -- used to be Sheraton -(also Harrah's owned)- my mind went blank LOL) These 3 are right beside each other and are easy to go from one to the other. With your level of table play, the HorseShoe might be your best bet.

    Meanwhile, read some of the Tunica posts here for more tidbits.
     
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  8. Nov 4, 2011
  9. pmutts

    pmutts Senior Member PABnonaccred

    Occupation:
    Hotel Sales
    Location:
    North Texas
    Thank you so much for the info Mousy. . .

    As far as I know, GoldStrike is still an MGM/Mirage owned property. For BJ players, conditions at higher limit tables (hopefully $50 or $25--not $100 which as a minimum is too rich for my blood). Sure, you can find some good games at Harrah's casinos sometimes but they are getting tougher and tougher. Double Decks rarely deal more than 1/2 the cards prior to shuffle. Most employ that blasted Shuffle Master which definitely affects the game. Cards that are hand shuffled tend to develop either a player or house bias very often. The idea is to find the player bias and exploit it of course. :lolup:

    A good friend of mine went last year and he did not like much of the staff at the Harrah's property he stayed at. He said it was hard to get a drink--real hard--playing 25 cent Video Poker. I don't imagine Quarter bettors at the tables have that problem though.

    Any additional BJ specific info your husband can add will be most appreciated. In need to make my decision and book if I'm going to go.

    Thanks again.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2011
  11. BMWSTACK

    BMWSTACK Ueber Meister

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    That is correct, Gold Strike is MGM and so is Beau Rivage. I hate harrahs properties, but have no choice in Tunica. My favorite places are Horshoe and The Grand. But I stopped going when Harrahs took over the Grand or the Horseshoe. Actually Horseshoe recently tried to get me to go to a $200,000 slot tournament, but that still didnt appetize me. In terms of the Gulf Coast, I do like the Beau sometimes, and like the IP sometimes.
    It seems most casinos are reverting to the shufflemaster on 2 deck pitch. I think in these tough times they want to get more hands out to players rather quickly.
     
  12. Nov 4, 2011
  13. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Well... just shows what I get for thinking...

    Hubby says GS has 2 deck pitch. Shufflemaster. Penetration about 2/3 before shuffle. Check out the high roller room for $50 min and up. For your level of action, $25 - $50 min, you may want to give the Horseshoe a try.

    Hotels at the GS and the 'Shoe and Roadhouse (used to be Sheraton) are attached to their casinos.
     
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  14. Mar 28, 2012
  15. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    Another Tunica 2-nighter at the GoldStrike. Not a trip report as such, just a few thoughts and ramblings.

    Talked to another player who also played online a bit. His bank had closed his account. Too many 'strange' wire transactions. He was one of the smart ones and kept his poker/online gambling account at a different bank from his household account.

    Also talked with 3 other people in the elevator on the way down to the casino. 4 people in one elevator, all four of us were from Alabama.... For those who don't know. Gambling is illegal in Alabama, thus we have no casinos and take our money to Mississippi. Alabama legislators and politicians have their heads buried up their .... well... you know....

    Video poker ate me alive for two days... not one quad. And I'm not exaggerating. Considering the # of hands played, I should have had at least 5 maybe 6 quads in that length of time. Very weird. The morning we were to leave, we had a wonderful breakfast at the Atrium, then went out to the casino to play for an hour or so before we hit the road. (It was double points day.) I hit 5 quads within the space of an hour - nothing exciting (like A's with a kicker)- which brought my expected hands back to near normal range. Sheesh... I was beginning to think someone had been monkeying with the RNGs. :eek2:

    The reason we keep going back to the GoldStrike - even with their less than stellar VP tables? Nice rooms, good food, and decent offers. What I'm getting around to is: player retention. We are not high rollers by any means. But I had a couple hundred in freeplay, free rooms, and between the 2 of us, we had enough coupons to cover our meals. And I still have enough comps left on my account to feed us the next trip - even if they don't send more freebies... but they will. Online casinos have much to learn about player retention. Treat me like a customer you'd like to welcome back as a guest, not as a necessary evil to be pacified.
     
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  16. Mar 28, 2012
  17. harrys99

    harrys99 Dormant account

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    Sounds like a nice trip all in all-did that person who had his bank account closed happen to mention the name? (just curious with all the scares lately)
     
  18. Mar 28, 2012
  19. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    He merely said it was 'one of the big ones' - he had opened up his account when they had a free checking account promo a few years back... but didn't say specifically which bank. I thought about asking, but it was just sort of casual conversation and I didn't want to pick at him further. :)
     
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  20. Mar 28, 2012
  21. samoas

    samoas Senior Member

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    Philly born & raised 2 traffic lights away
    You said it, sister!:thumbsup: Nice get-away and an appreciated customer. Good for you, Mousey!Those damn penny machines are everywhere! Give me a good ole 3 reel or 5 reel any day! I play mostly VP and even those machine are getting crazy. Maybe it's an age thing but I hate change.

    I get numerous comps from Atlantic City now that PA has gaming. Not huge but plenty of free rooms, meals, free play and such. I used to be VIP but have not had the luxury of disposable income the last few years. I do go on ocassion to AC (6 to 8 weeks) and immediately noticed how generous the comps were based on my current play. I am not complaining!:p I have even had the great fortune of getting a few weekend room freebies for friends and family to indulge.

    There's a new casino opening in AC , Revel on April 2nd. Not far from my home, in Valley Forge, PA on Match 31st is the grand opening of VFCasino. Competition is stiff and now New York is coming into the picture. Our market here in the Mid-Atlantic states is saturated with gaming! Oh, I forgot Delaware too!

    So far I have been a good girl the last few years. I do not patron locally, unless playing the ponies count.:p I resist the temptation of local casinos and only play in AC. So far, so good! I am beginning to believe it's a bit too much. I worry about people I know who have the potential to get carried away. I see it all the time working in OTB. I am 10 minutes from the newest casino, 25 minutes from Harrahs Chester, and a 20 minute drive to Sugar House. Bethlehem Sands is about an hour away. Poconos about 1 1/2 hours .

    Imagine the comps I had if I did play locally and gave up online? I like the luxury of sitting in my bathrobe, having my morning coffee and bed head!:eek:
     
  22. Mar 31, 2012
  23. jinnia

    jinnia Dormant account

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    Bite, ME
    I've been to Tunica a few times, first took only $75, played 3 days and went home with $300. Was comped a room, free meals each time I went, plus coupons for $10 to $25 cash. Haven'y been in a loooong time, and if it's changed as much as I just read on the 3 real slots, I probably won't make the drive there, too many hours of driving for nothing.
     
  24. Apr 2, 2012
  25. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Up$hitCreek
    Penny vid slot machines have pretty much overtaken the slot gaming floor(s). There a few of my favs (White Orchid, I love you LOL), and many I detest (I hate all Aristocrat brand machines for some obscure reason) but I prefer the old fashioned 3 and 5 reelers. A bit hard to find... especially when the casino is busy. Hubby avoids the vid slots like the plague. Now even his once reliable 3 coin/3 reel .25 cent Wheel of Fortunes have all become 5 coin video ('fake reels' he calls them LOL) reel machines. He was pretty lost out on the floor this last trip.

    I still put most of my money into VP, when I can find a machine.

    We did not venture out to the other area casinos (only HorseShoe - lots of $1/$5 3 reelers - and the Sheraton/RoadHouse, which are beside the GoldStrike.)
     

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