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by Amber Autumn
April 3, 2011
It was a girls' day trip that had been planned for over a month. My mother was celebrating her birthday by attending the Harry Connick, Jr. concert, and my great-aunt and I decided to try our luck at the slot machines. It was my first time at this casino, which is an enormous white building with valet and self-parking garages. The second floor, I believe, is the main casino floor that has bright lights, the iconic sounds of hitting the jackpot, and people shouting their joy at winning a small fortune. To the left of the room is the Studios A and B where the performances are held, and where guests can find the Asian-inspired restaurant, Tien. Tien is a really interesting place that had a rocky gravel-like entrance where this vapory mist loomed over the entrance, and the name and symbol for "Tien" was projected. To the right is rows and columns of slot machines and the Highlights Sports Lounge with huge televisions.
Beyond the Highlights Sports Lounge is the Back Bay Buffet. The lines are a little confusing at first because there's three or four lines when you first walk up. The most important one is the line in which you need to pay the cashier, then you are divided in two lines by regular patrons and visiting patrons. After that, and about five or six in the afternoon on a Friday night, it takes twenty minutes to go through the line and finally be seated. For $25 per person, this buffet has a great variety of food from steak, charbroiled oysters, ethnic foods, and finally the white chocolate and dark chocolate fountains.
Throughly satisfied, we then went to gamble as my mother expressed her undying love to my future stepdaddy when he divorces his wife. She paid over a hundred dollars to be in the second row, was within three to five feet of him, and enjoyed her birthday present to herself. Surprisingly, I had some luck and managed to take home some money instead of leaving empty handed.
From journal Day Trips to Biloxi and Picayune
September 12, 2000
For $300 we were given three nights accomodations, lunch and dinner, including a banquet the final night of the tourney, an open bar, and a free t-shirt, along with a chance to walk away with $25,000. We flew in a day early so she was among the first to register, allowing her a good choice at the hours she wished to gamble.
The way the tournament works is twice a day for two days, the participant goes to the slots tournament area and chooses a machine that is already loaded and then proceeds for the next 15 minutes to try and see how many points he/she can accumulate. At the end of the two days the one with the most points goes home with $25,000. My wife chose the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. due to the fact we were meeting friends for lunch at various restaurants around Biloxi during our stay. Lunch and dinner is served buffet style and the food was very good, especially the seafood served for dinner the final night.
From journal Biloxi - more than just gambling