Tunica Journals

Tunica, the best little gambling town in America?

A travel journal to Tunica by wvbluerock

Quote: I accidentally stumbled upon this gaming oasis several years ago, and gladly travel 1000 miles to do it again and again. Details and comparisons of my favorite casinos, restaurants and accomodations.

Tunica, the best little gambling town in America?

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Overview

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Hearing that Tunica had cheaper accomodations than Memphis, I headed south through the cotton fields and found myself in Robinsonville. I stopped at the first casino/hotel (the Grand) and obtained a luxury room for about . An hour at a craps table earned me and my girlfriend a nice meal, and we found that we never needed to pay for a meal there again. We stayed 3 days, mostly swimming, eating, shopping and exploring. And when we got back, we had several free room offers in the mail. It was close enough to do activities in Memphis, and offered us surprises on each and every return trip. There's a huge outlet mall, small quaint towns nearby, concerts, golf courses, and "user-friendly" casi...Read More

Grand Hotel and Casino

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Hotel

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The first of the three Grand Hotels we stayed in was the Veranda. I think it now costs $39 Sun-Thurs, and a bit more on weekends. Rooms are spacious and clean. The Grand shuttle (leaves every 10 minutes and runs all night) takes you to the other two hotels, the Kids'' Activity Center, the Conference Center, Golf Course, RV Park, Skeet shooting course or the Casino. So whether you stay at the Veranda, Terrace or Main Hotel, you can use pretty much the same facilities. The Veranda is the cheapest, but the king sized beds are great, and the pool and outdoor whirlpool are excellent. The Terrace rooms are a little larger, and the pool is bigger. But we like the whirlpool at the Veranda better, so it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Grand Hotel and Casino
13615 Old Highway 61 North
Tunica, Mississippi 38664
(662) 363-2788

Gold Strike Casino Resort

Hotel | "Gold Strike Hotel and Casino"

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The rooms at the "Strike" are some of the most comfortable in town. They are large, clean and attractively decorated, but do not have in-room whirlpool baths. Staff is friendly, and prices for rooms and they offer generous "comps" for rooms and meals if you''ve played in their casino. The Gold Strike is the tallest building in Missippi, so for the best views, ask for a room high up and facing the river. Gold Strike is conveniently located next to the Horseshoe and Sheraton casinos and has ample covered parking. The Gold Strike buffet is my favorite in town, and features an excellent grill with roast beef and New York strip steaks daily. The casino downstairs offers live bands and all t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Gold Strike Casino Resort
1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica, Mississippi 38664
(662) 357-1111

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This hotel has only been open for about a year, and is modern, spacious and clean. Staff, like water, runs hot and cold. Sometimes they seem like the friendliest people in the world, and attempt to make every accomodation for you. Other times they just don''t seem to care. The rooms are almost all large suites, complete with 3 televisions (one in the bathroom), huge personal jacuzzi tubs, balconies and great toiletries and soft towels. Downstairs is Faraday''s Steak House (good, but slow service), Tradewinds Cafe (sandwich bar) and Calypso''s Buffet, as well as the Casino and Concert Hall. Faraday''s has very limited hours (5-11), and for the most part, when Calypso''s is open, Tradewinds is clo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino-Tunica
Casino Strip
Tunica, Mississippi
(800) THE-ISLE

Harrahs Hotel Casino Tunica

Hotel | "Harrah's"

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In general, the rooms at Harrahs are a little older and smaller than others in the area. There is almost nothing for children to do there, and no pool or spa. They don't have many rooms, and are frequently fully booked, especially on weekends. Restaurants in the casino include a steak house, bistro/cafe and buffet. Although I have played long and often in their casino, I get few free room offers from these folks, so do not stay often. But if I'm in a serious gambling mood, I occasionally enjoy staying here and playing in the fine casino downstairs. Other casinos nearby include Sam's Town, Hollywood and the Isle of Capri.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Harrahs Hotel Casino Tunica
13615 Old Highway 61 North
Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664
(601) 363-7777

Isle of Capri Lula

Hotel | "Isle of Capri-Lula"

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Isle of Capri Casinos bought and renovated the old Lady Luck Casinos a little over a year ago. As in the old Lady Luck, there are 2 hotels in the complex, separated by 2 casinos but all attached to each other. Rooms are neither fancy nor luxurious, and sometimes are a little musty, due to heavy cigarette smokers who frequent the mostly working-class casinos. Quarters are small and motel like, and have warnings designed to keep the occupants from stealing items like towels or ashtrays. The older hotel (used to be called Rhythm and Blues Hotel) has a residence-sized outdoor pool, and has standard sized tub/showers equipped with jacuzzis. The other side (used to be Country Country) has a spacious in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Isle of Capri Lula
777 Isle of Capri Parkway
Tunica, Mississippi 38644
(662) 363-4600

Doe's Eats Place

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Restaurant

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Eat at Doe's while you still have the chance. Doe's is one of the great American Southern restaurants, and has never displeased me in the least. I always eat steak there; sometimes the filet, or sometimes the NY strip. The seafood and shrimp also look wonderful. Expect huge, carefully prepared, home cooked portions served by friendly staff. Side dishes are never overcooked, and they have great salads, green beans and potatoes at no extra cost. Southern cooking at its best. The decor is like an old cotton gin, and has interesting stuff all over the walls. No effort is made to be pretentious, so the ambience may seem lacking for some. The margaritas are as good or better than any in Tunica....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Doe's Eats Place
1536 University Avenue
Tunica, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-9003

Harrah's Tunica

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Attraction | "The Grand Casino"

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This is the largest casino to date in the Tunica area, and the first one you come to if you're driving south from Memphis. Situated on huge, beautifully maintained grounds, it is attractive, inside and out. You can usually hear live music from the bandstand as you play your favorite game. They usually have 3 or 4 craps tables open, and offer 20x free odds (better than Atlantic City or Las Vegas). Most games have a $5 minimum bet, but they have high roller tables, too. The roulette wheel is double zero type. They have two mini-baccarat tables which are usually open, but reserve one for $25 minimum players. There are many blackjack tables, and you can almost always find a spot. But there ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Harrah's Tunica
13615 Old Highway 61 North
Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664
(800) 946-4946

Gold Strike Casino Resort

Attraction | "Gold Strike"

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The casino floor is large and has many table games. It's a popular place with both locals and travelers, and is often very crowded, particularly on weekends. On a recent weekend trip, I cruised the gaming floor for almost two hours and couldn't find a $5 or $10 minimum blackjack table open. Mixed drinks are good, and staff try to keep the refreshments flowing. Live bands are always excellent, and play through the afternoon until about 2am. The slot floor is also huge, and payouts appear frequent. But expect to wait a half hour or more if you hit a jackpot and need to be paid. The outdoor parking lot is often almost completely full, so drive back to the attached free parking garage, where...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Gold Strike Casino Resort
1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica, Mississippi 38664
(662) 357-1111

Isle of Capri Casino Tunica

Attraction | "Isle of Capri Casino-Tunica"

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Hardly ever crowded, this quiet casino offers some of the best odds in the area. The roulette table is the only single zero (European) type that I have seen in the area (better odds for the player), and often has a $3 minimum bet instead of the usual $5. If you're playing craps you can place a free odds bet behind the pass line (even odds with the house) for up to 30x the amount you put on the pass line. (Other local casinos only allow 20x.) Table minimum always seems to be $5. There is only one craps table, but you almost always can get in to play. Most players haven't discovered this place yet and it will surely change if/when it gets more popular. Except for the occasional surly deale...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Isle of Capri Casino Tunica
Casino Strip Blvd.
Tunica, Mississippi 38664

Harrah's Casino

Attraction

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Harrahs runs a real professional casino. I'd describe it as large, but not too large and dimly lit, but not dark or dingy. It's my favorite for extended craps play, and has a great poker room. I also like the "bonus" blackjack tables, although there are not many to choose from if the dealers are "hot". I like the dealers and the pit bosses, for the most part, and it's quiet enough to concentrate on the games. I like to visit a variety of casinos when I'm in town, but always make a point to stop here and play. The buffet is mediocre, but the Bistro is very good. Points accrued at Harrahs' other locations apply to Harrahs casinos everywhere. Next door to Hollywood Casino, and across the street f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Harrah's Casino
Casino Strip
Tunica, Mississippi