The Board at VegasTripping

Board @ VT RSS Feed Board Topic RSS Feed!

Airfare, Hotels, Rental Cars, Vacation Packages

Southwest Vacations logo!


First Tunica Trip

Last edit: stevie on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 3:13 pm
Last response by sandyastrogl1de 23rd February 6:33pm

The wife and I took our first Tunica junket this past weekend. We were impressed by the casinos, but not much else. The whole area is pretty depressing, hopefully it brightens up some in the summer. We stayed at Harrah's (Veranda), and although it was a decent place, the biggest complaint was the paper-thin walls. You could hear every conversation and every bodily function (bathroom, bedroom, hallway) that went on in the rooms on either side. I also wasn't crazy about having to ride a bus/trolley every time we visited the casino, but we got used to it.
We also visited the Gold Strike, Horseshoe, and Roadhouse. We had good luck in all of the casinos, so that was a big plus-that's what we all go to gamble for. I would probably visit again if it was comped, but I don't think I'd pay too much to go. It's only an hour flight, so that helps too.
I'm not going to discuss the food, because we didn't eat a single meal that was worth a shit.
We've surely been spoiled by Vegas, and even the Beau Rivage a few times, so our expectations weren't real high going in, although the amount of money we brought home made up for it. We will be back in Vegas for 4 days in April (to see the Eagles on our 26th anniversary) and hope to bring our Tunica gambling luck with us!
We had a good time and brought home their money, so Tunica won't join Atlantic City on the "places to never go again" list...

Post Response

Report this topic as inappropriate.

     Add To Itinerary
 sandyastrogl1de responded on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Atlantic City needs its very own "reasons never to go there again" list.

 wpsteel66 replied on Thursday, 23rd February 2012

So what are some of the reasons NOT to go to AC?

 sandyastrogl1de replied on Thursday, 23rd February 2012

The crack whores, the drug dealers, the homeless people who pretty much assault you as soon as you step outside, which you'll have to do if you want a cigarette. The casinos are too widely spread out and they are ALL on the bad side of town. Atlantic City: rundown casino, 15 blocks of the second worst ghetto in NJ, rundown casino, 15 more blocks of the second worst ghetto in NJ, etc. I live an hour away, I NEVER go there, but I'll go through the standard TSA cavity search, be herded like cattle, fly 6 hours, and spend 25 times as much for travel to go to Vegas as often as I can.

 stevie responded on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Oh, I did forget to mention my FAVORITE thing about Tunica---at the Harrah's properties, you order drinks straight from your slot machine. I never waited more than 5 minutes for a drink, and got at least twice as many drinks as I normally would have. I know this wasn't happening in Vegas when we were there in September, but I sure hope it happens before we get there in April. Anyone know?

 lewintn responded on Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Where did you eat? I stay at Horseshoe or Gold Strike often for work and, I agree, the buffets are not that great. Binion's and 8 oz Burger Bar at Horseshoe and Chicago at Gold Strike are good.

 stevie replied on Thursday, 23rd February 2012

We ate buffets at Harrah's and Gold Strike, and steaks at Chicago. The buffets were terrible, and I can cook a much better steak at home than I had at Chicago. To be fair, my appetite wasn't up to normal the whole weekend-between just getting over the flu and the ocean of alcohol I had to drink-well you know what I mean...I was still sober enough to know that the food wasn't to my liking.

 wpsteel66 responded on Thursday, 23rd February 2012

Horseshoe buffet is the best in Tunica. Been a few years since I ate at Chicago’s and Binion’s steakhouses; I had good steaks at both.

I agree with one of Harrah’s Tunica problem is the need to be shuttled to the casino. I stayed there once and that is all it took for me not to go back. Plus I prefer staying where I can walk to other casinos (unlike Harrah’s out all by itself). However, Harrah's has the best fitness center and pool.

Tunica is good for those living close and need a gaming ‘fix’. But for me I can drive the same amount of time (and all interstate vs. stop-and-go traffic) and be in Biloxi. Tunica is in a cotton field while Biloxi is on the gulf coast; enough said.

I was a frequent visitor to Tunica, and then did not return for 4 years. Went back this fall and really did not see that I had been missing out on anything. Customer service did not improve and gaming is nothing special here.

 stevie replied on Thursday, 23rd February 2012

I had much better gambling luck here than I ever did in 4 trips to Biloxi, but the wife came out about the same at both places. I would much prefer Biloxi (Beau Rivage), but when Players Club became Mlife the offers to anywhere but Vegas completely stopped.