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Tunica Mississippi

Discussion in 'North American Land Based Casinos' started by catrina m, Aug 30, 2007.

    Aug 30, 2007
  1. catrina m

    catrina m Senior Member PABaccred

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    I have been to Tunica several times. I like Sams Town, but have played poker at Hollywood with good results.

    They have several more but I have not made it past these 2 yet.
     
  2. Aug 30, 2007
  3. NASHVEGAS

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    Still asking myself how I spent 21 days in July in Tunica. I guess trying to find my ass which is still missing,lol. If anyone locates it, please kick it...... Your best bets in Tunica are Harrah's Horseshoe and MGM's Goldstrike although the crowds and riff raff are unbearable at times.(I did checkout Sam's for the first time for a few hours and the employees were nice but I have no desire to go back)......Tunica's casinos are really just gambling joints and convenient for those within reasonable traveling distances. I would never recommend Tunica as a vacation destination for those who are not within a reasonable traveling distance unless a trip to Graceland tickles your fancy as it is within about 45 minutes.,,,,Really not much to do in Tunica(although they try with some decent entertainment like Meatloaf this past w-e,one decent golf course and a few decent restaurants but that is about it other than I like to chase cocktail waitresses for exercise,:D)............a few days is probably enjoyable for most and I probably should be involuntarily committed for just having said the above then actually somehow spending 21 days straight in the cottonfields of Tunica,:confused:
     
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  4. Aug 30, 2007
  5. GGW Laurie

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    as ive always said sams town is my fav, but horseshoes and goldstrike are the best to play at if you want to relax and maybe win some. i also like hollywood casino. i dont care that much for the grand , the golf course i hear is great and it is by far the largest casino in tunica but you never seem to get that comfy feeling playing there.i agree with nash, a 3 or 4 day stay is nice but anything over is a waste of time unless you wanna do the memphis thing which i highly recomend, graceland, beal street,and the civil rights tours about rev.m.l. king alot to do in that area .:)
     
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  6. Aug 30, 2007
  7. catrina m

    catrina m Senior Member PABaccred

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    I took a trip up the mississippi river on the Tunica Queen. Drove by graceland but didnt take the tour. (should have)

    I go there because its the closest casino's to where I live.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2007
  9. GGW Laurie

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    i loved going on the tunica queen, did you get your pic taken too? it was really an interesting cruise, we took the morning one but i hear the supper cruise is the best one to take:)
     
  10. Aug 31, 2007
  11. catrina m

    catrina m Senior Member PABaccred

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    I took a morning cruise and I had to get the picture, lol.
     
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  12. Sep 3, 2007
  13. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    News: Tunica Airport receives $6.1M

    You must register/login in order to see the link.receives $6.1M from federal government

     
  14. Sep 3, 2007
  15. GrandMaster

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    Can you say pork barrel?
     
  16. Sep 3, 2007
  17. Mousey

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    ummm.... how about... "Oink!" LOL The casinos really do need that airport, though. Much more convenient for players than Memphis. Too bad they don't have an airline that will use it!
     
  18. Sep 3, 2007
  19. NASHVEGAS

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    True 10 minutes versus 45 to an hour to MEM plus no security hassle and get to the airport a hour before deals so it saves a good 2 hours of travel time. Yet, TUNICA INTERNATIONAL:D is like a SHELL gas station,literally........a few charters and some private flights is all the traffic it gets...........not sure where the money will really go??????????????maybe another Starbucks,LOL:thumbsup:
     
  20. Sep 10, 2007
  21. Mousey

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    news: W. Memphis faces competition from Tunica

    You must register/login in order to see the link. faces competition from Miss., challenges from opponents

    The Associated Press


    LITTLE ROCK A greyhound track in West Memphis that recently acquired electronic gambling machines is getting stiff competition from Mississippi casinos and legal challenges from gaming opponents.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments this week in a case that challenges the law that allowed voters in Hot Springs and West Memphis to approve video poker and other electronic games.

    Meanwhile, the manager of Southland Park Gaming & Racing says the new electronic games havent been a financial boon for the West Memphis greyhound track because of gaming competition in Mississippi.

    Overall, I would say its not performing as well as we expected because of the types of games, said Troy Keeping, Southlands president and general manager. Were not on an even playing field with our competition. We significantly underestimated the power of Tunica, Keeper said, referring to casinos just across the Mississippi River in Tunica, Miss., that offer games currently not allowed by Arkansas law.

    Southland underwent a major renovation and expansion after the games were approved and offers nearly 1,000 games of skill. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs added just 130 games.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case brought by the Family Action Council Committee. The group argues ....
     
  22. Sep 19, 2007
  23. Mousey

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    **sigh** I was afraid this was all a pipe dream in the first place.... Tunica desperately needs new blood (casinos) but nothing ever seems to get off the damn ground. :mad: I want someone to come in, build a great casino with great VP and give Harrah's a run for their money.... And I'm sorry, I've lost the link for this story. :oops: If anyone wants it, post and I'll see if I can find the story again.

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    Setbacks blunt grand plans for Tunica resort
    Developers promise Myriad will still be built, but on smaller scale
    By David Flaum - The Commmercial Appeal - Memphis, TN
    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    Developers of the ambitious Myriad Botanical Resort in Tunica hoped to have people gambling at their casinos, staying in their hotels and playing on their golf course by now.

    But the project -- the 2004 brainchild of Scott Hawrelechko, a commercial painting contractor based in Edmonton, Alberta (he's no longer a part of the effort) -- has yet to get off the ground.

    The venture also is almost $12 million in the hole, according to documents filed with regulators.

    The new managers have postponed purchase of the land for the plan, which has been scaled back by about two-thirds from the earlier vision.

    Chairman Nick Lopardo said the $1.3 billion version of the project will get done.

    "The major thing we've done is we've decided that to build six casinos, six hotels, a convention center and water and snow park to come out of the ground was not realistic," he said.

    The new plan: Two casinos with hotels, 125,000 to 150,000 in convention space -- down from 375,000 in the original vision -- with a 600-room hotel, the water-snow park, wellness and health spa, a 6,000-seat covered stadium and a golf course, including the original idea of enclosing the course in a bubble burst.

    Myriad agreed to buy more than 500 acres in the northwest part of Tunica county and close on the deal Aug. 1. That was pushed back to Oct. 2.

    "We're pretty confident we're going to make that date," Lopardo said.

    But, he conceded, it will depend on whether the company raises $200 million in equity by then.

    If those pieces fall into place, he said it will take three to four months to get permits needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and another six months to build roads and utilities for the property.

    "We hope to see vertical (construction) by late spring, early summer," he said.

    Myriad has no timetable for getting any of the project built, including the two casinos that will have a Myriad brand name, Lopardo said.

    The company's timing isn't the greatest....
     
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  24. Oct 4, 2007
  25. Mousey

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    Harrah's to redo the Grand -- $45million

    HARRAHS ANNOUNCES PAULA DEEN PROJECT, $45 MILLION TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI RENOVATION



    Extensive Renovation to Include a New Paula Deen Buffet, Rebrand of Grand Casino to Harrahs Casino and Remodel of 1168 Hotel Rooms



    TUNICA, Miss. October 2, 2007 Harrahs Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE:HET) today announced through its subsidiary, Harrahs Operating Company, a strategic alliance with Food Network star, Paula Deen, and an approximately $45 Million renovation of Grand Casino Resort Tunica. The 560 seat, Paula Deens Buffet is expected to open in May 2008. In conjunction with the renovation, the Grand Casino Resort Tunicas name will change to Harrahs Casino Tunica. The unveiling of the newly re-branded Harrahs Casino Tunica is scheduled for May 2008.


    This $45 million investment at our largest property in Tunica, the third largest gaming market in the United States, is further proof that Harrahs Entertainment is committed to continue to enhance our network of branded properties around the world, said John Payne, central division president, Harrahs Entertainment.



    The installation of Paula Deens buffet at the newly named Harrahs Casino Tunica will be the beginning of the transformation of the entire second floor into an entertainment promenade consisting of three retail outlets, three food outlets including Paula Deens Buffet, Replays Sports Bar and Grill, and Muranos Italian Restaurant. Additional vendors and outlets are still in negotiations.


    Bill Wright, General Manager for the Grand Casino noted, We are pleased to work with Paula Deen at Harrahs Casino Tunica. We believe this will be a tremendous draw to our property and to the market since this restaurant will be second only to the Lady and Sons in Savannah, Georgia.


    I am so excited to be able to work with Harrahs on this project and be able to bring my vision and food to the all my fans and the new Harrahs Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, said Paula Deen.


    The complete overhaul will include a refurbishment of the rooms, new beds, carpet and furniture. Rooms will be refurbished by floor with the first hotel tower to be completed by May of 2008 and the second tower to be completed by September of 2008.


    Harrahs Casino Tunica also will undergo a complete first floor reconfiguration including a new entertainment bar, new carpet, lighting, high limit salon and poker room. As an industry leader in gaming and gaming technology, this reconfiguration will represent the innovation and quality gaming experience associated with Harrahs.


    This expansion and name change is another project in the extensive growth portfolio announced in the past 24 months by Harrahs Entertainment, including:, $1 billion expansion to Caesars Palace Las Vegas, a new world-class sports and entertainment arena with AEG on the Las Vegas Strip, London Clubs International, Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Miss., a new hotel tower at Harrahs Atlantic City, and a substantial expansion to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.


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    And here's a bit more on Deen and the restaurant... You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  26. Oct 4, 2007
  27. Mousey

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    And more less than good news on the Myriad white elephant project...

    Myriad gets second extension for Tunica land

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  28. Oct 4, 2007
  29. NASHVEGAS

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    Can they make chicken salad out of chicken_______________???............At least a passing thought:eek:...........I really, as I think you know, can only handle The Horseshoe and Gold Strike(and I think neither of us can handle Tunica on the w-e's,iirc) so lets hope for another option which would be nice,could give us a little leverage with our only current options.:)
     
  30. Oct 4, 2007
  31. Mousey

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    NASH, has the GS ever started any renovations on their hotel rooms? The rooms were getting a bit shabby, and the beds were hard as a rock. It was 'home' till MGM took over and we stayed there almost exclusively for years.
     
  32. Oct 4, 2007
  33. NASHVEGAS

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    Mousey, I did not notice any signs of construction or construction traffic when I was in Tunica in July but I was only in the GS casino and bars (imagine that) as I stayed all 21 days at the Shoe. It is possible since then but I am not in the know post July. I will try and make a call and ask an aquaintenance at the GS assuming she will give me the time of day.:D
     
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  34. Oct 5, 2007
  35. NASHVEGAS

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    MOUSEY, my friend and I had a good conversation today. Ironically, she has left GS and is now cocktailing at the Shoe. She said there is no current renovation at the GS and furthermore she added the back areas we do not see plus the rooms are nasty,(that is a quote). She said stay with The Shoe pursuant to me..........She was clueless as to GS's plans for any future renovation of the rooms upon my inquiring...........Hope this helps,:)
     
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  36. Oct 5, 2007
  37. Mousey

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    Thanks Nash, that does help. I think we'll stick with Sam's again next trip. Rooms are not upscale, but they're clean -- and room and food is all comped with no hassle, so no reason to spend more time ($$) at the GS. I wasn't happy with our rooms at the GS the last couple of times we stayed there (early last year) -- and one of them was a suite. You can tell the GS was once top of the heap... but the rooms were getting really worn and shabby. Housekeeping is slack. Carpets were filthy -- couldn't walk around in bare or sock feet in the room. Old cig burns on sofa and night tables, curtain hems coming out, wallpaper just beginning to peel in the corner. Little stuff that you don't notice at first glance, but after 3 or 4 nights you see the dust and mold under the chairs. Just shows MGM is spending all their money on that new tower and condos in Vegas and letting the GS go to shit.

    Renovations were planned way back when Mandalay Bay owned it. And once they started talking about selling the joint, nothing got upgraded -- oh... except they did put restrooms in the little VIP lounge.

    GS also has a use it or lose it comp policy now. Comp $ are not banked. Personally I don't like spending hard earned comps on overpriced paper-thin logo Tshirts and crappy resort wear just to use up my comps before going home.
     
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  38. Oct 7, 2007
  39. jinnia

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    I've been to Tunica several times. Only on my first trip did I pay to get there,
    gamble and eat.

    From then on, it was free rooms, free meals, free money to gamble with, and
    all those free drinks carried to you while you play.

    I always stayed at the Sheraton, then visit Horseshoe, and a few others.
     

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