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Gaming Tips: Blackjack, Poker, Craps & More

If you love to gamble, but you don’t win as much as you’d like . . . check out these gaming tips to step up your game the next time you’re in Tunica!

The Ultimate Guide to Live/Table Poker vs Video Poker

Travelers to Tunica tend to want the odds in their favor. With a wide variety of gaming spread across six different first-class casinos, some folks may wonder if certain poker games are more winnable than others. Spending money with plans of making a profit is an investment, but like all investments, profit isn’t guaranteed. That’s… Read more »

When is the Best Time of Day to Play in Tunica?

Timing is Everything . . . If you’ve ever visited one of Tunica’s six casinos, you know that the action never stops. In fact, something about the bright lights, game sounds, and the allure of achievement make visitors require very little rest. It’s hard to ease excitement, but sometimes you need to eat, sleep, or… Read more »

Bowfishing Fun in Tunica

Who doesn’t love a new adventure? Imagine standing aboard a boat as it idles in open water. You’re probably picturing a rod and reel in your hand, right? Instead, you raise your bow and arrow, pointing it toward a massive fish that happens to be swimming close to the surface. With the precision and intensity… Read more »

Tunica Has Eats for Every Experience

Most visitors already know that Tunica provides a wealth of adventures and offerings, including world class golf and the region’s best casinos, but the dining scene is just as diverse and delightful. When in town, you’ll probably want a range of different meals depending on your itinerary. From local favorites to formal settings, Tunica’s restaurant… Read more »

It’s Time to Ring in a New Year!

Happy 2023! Most casinos will be offering party favors with a New Year’s Eve countdown. See below for specific promotions or events happening on New Year’s Eve. Fitz Casino & Hotel Car-A-Week & Promo Cash Giveaway Farewell to 2022 Hot Seat Gold Strike Casino Resort Entertainment: Third Coast at Stage2 Dining Specials: Horseshoe Casino &… Read more »

Hangover Help in Tunica

The casino is fun, a LOT of fun. And sometimes the fun sneaks up on you and leaves you with a price to pay come morning. We’re not talking about gambling losses. No, we’re taking about that dear-sweet-goodness-I-am-no-longer-21 morning hangover. Sometimes you show up for a good time and the good time hits back. But… Read more »

It’s Bowl Game Season in Tunica!

College football is wrapping up this month and some of your favorite SEC, AAC or Conference USA teams will be heading to bowl games this year! You don’t need the bright lights of a stadium to enjoy the majesty of the South’s most beloved pastime. Instead, you can travel to Tunica and experience high-end amenities,… Read more »

Tunica is Your Place for Comedy!

If you’re looking for fun and are ready to LOL all your cares away, head to Tunica this fall! Great comedic acts are filling the stages in 2022. Gold Strike is proud to present the world-renowned Bonkerz Comedy Series every Thursday night in the Gold Strike Theater. The weekly stand-up comedy series continues through October…. Read more »

First Timer Tips & Tricks for the Best Possible Casino Experience

Just like most sports and recreation, there’s etiquette involved in the casino experience. It can be daunting not to know the unspoken rules. So, we’ve put together the low-down for the soon to be high-rollers. If you’re new to the casino scene, here are a few things to keep in mind:

4th of July Weekend 2022 – What to do?

Looking for a good time this 4th of July? Need to getaway? Check out this list of promotions and events at each casino in Tunica. For a complete list or more details for specific promos or events, visit tunicatravel.com.

Check Out the Ultimate Tunica Road Trip Playlist

We all know life is better when there’s a playlist. Songs can transport us to our favorite places and moments in our lives. All the movies we know and love best have a slapping soundtrack (and one that we probably know by heart!). We’re here to make your next Tunica road trip a pure cinematic… Read more »

April Festival Frenzy – Gateway to the Blues 25% Off

Stop by the Gateway to the Blues Museum & Visitor Center on your way to or from one of these festivals, mention which festival you’re heading to/from and receive 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE at the gift shop! Tunica Rivergate Festival – Tunica, MS Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale, MS Double Decker Arts Festival –… Read more »

Ring in the New Year 2022

1st Jackpot Tunica Entertainment: Unfazed at Stage Bar from 8p-12a Party favor distribution New Year’s Day – $500,000 myLuxury Car Experience grand prize drawing at 10pm   Fitz Casino & Hotel Car Giveaway 12/31 @ 11:30p New Year’s Eve countdown with party hat distribution on casino floor All-You-Can-Eat Buffet $19.99: December 31 4p-11p & January… Read more »

Brush Up on Your Blackjack Before Visiting Tunica

Twenty-one—a number that fills us with adventure and hope. Of all the traditional games of chance, blackjack enjoys a special place in our hearts! It’s the one we learned first, the game we played for nickels with family or at sleepovers. It’s like an old friend tucked into a deck of cards. Even now, among… Read more »

The Magic of Tunica – Glitz and Glamor a Short Drive Away

Man and Woman Gambling

Let’s get the obvious of the way: the whole human race is in desperate need of a vacation. After months indoors or cooped up in our homes, we’re practically gasping to be somewhere, anywhere, else. At this point, the stages of quarantine coping are proving to be more cyclical than linear, but signs of hope… Read more »

What To Expect When You Arrive In Tunica

Are you wanting to visit Tunica but curious about what the casinos are doing to protect you from COVID-19? Here are 10 things to know before visiting.   Q. Are employees required to wear masks? A. Yes, all casino employees are required to wear masks at all times. Employees are also screened and have their… Read more »

662 Bistro Opens At Horseshoe Casino Tunica

Chef Otis Dickerson, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana brings his love for Southern quality and tradition to the new 662 Bistro at Horseshoe Casino Tunica. The restaurant’s menu is heavily influenced with the flavors of Creole and Southern cuisine. The menu looked so good we knew we had to try it our as soon as… Read more »

Place Your Bets in Tunica –Safely Enjoy 6 World-Class Casinos

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Even in the midst of a global health crisis, Tunica’s six world-class casinos are committed to providing the same sensational, heart-pounding entertainment known throughout the South and beyond. With sanitation and safety in mind, Tunica has scrubbed every square inch of felt, leather, and neon to give guests… Read more »

Tunica Casinos Welcome Back Visitors

The Tunica hospitality industry is excited to welcome back our visitors. All 6 Tunica casino properties are now open for business. Careful planning and new policies have been developed by our attractions and casino resorts in an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience.  The safety of our guests and employees are of… Read more »

Tunica Nutrition Opens In Downtown Tunica

Tunica Main street has a new business and it’s owned by 17 year old Burch Franklin. Burch decided to open the business after the school she was attending in Colorado closed due to COVID-19. She needed a summer job and didn’t want to have to drive out of town for work. She frequently visited other… Read more »

Tunica Casinos Set To Reopen

The Tunica hospitality industry is excited to welcome back our visitors as we begin to reopen our destination amenities. Careful planning and new policies have been developed by our attractions and casino resorts in an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience.  The safety of our guests and employees are of the utmost… Read more »

It’s Duck Hunting Season In Mississippi

It’s November in the Mississippi Delta!  It seems that each month has its own theme, October – Breast Cancer Awareness, November – Thanksgiving, December – Christmas.  But for those who live, work and play in the Mississippi Delta, November is a time of dramatic change.   We lose an hour of day light as we set our clocks back an hour and the lush green fields of summer return to their natural state as the farmers end their harvest and prepare the land for next years new beginning.

Fourth Of July Fireworks And Fun In Tunica

Spending the 4th of July weekend in Tunica this year will get you in the patriotic spirit, but it’s not the 4th of July without seeing the beauty of red, white, and blue in the sky. Here is where you can watch the fireworks in Tunica.

Cool Down This Summer In Tunica, Mississippi

On a hot streak at the casino and need to cool off? We have put together a list of our casino hotel pools. Book your room and find your own private oasis at one of our casino resort pools. 

Tunica’s Upcoming Entertainment Is Heating Things Up

There may still be a chill in the air but Tunica’s upcoming entertainment is heating things up. With big name concerts from Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples to The Beach Boys and Gary Allan and the comedy of Andrew Dice Clay, Rodney Carrington and Sinbad there is sure to be something for everyone. 

Tunica Airport Launches New Service

The Tunica Airport is bringing back regular scheduled air service to the Tunica destination. The new partnership with Ashley Air and Travel will provide service to the four new markets of Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Tampa beginning July 1, 2018.

Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals

Whether it’s classic cars, bicycle rides, crawfish or live blues performed on a train depot stage, this year’s festival line-up in Tunica has something for everyone.

Mississippi Blues Trail: Experience The Blues Where They Were Born

The Mississippi Blues Trail is your unforgettable journey into the land that produced arguably the single most important inspiration of modern popular music. Whether a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveler in search of an authentic experience, follow the trail and you’ll visit places you’ve never been and learn facts that you didn’t know about the area that is the birth place of the Blues.

Tunica’s Upcoming Entertainment Is Heating Things Up

There may still be a chill in the air but Tunica’s upcoming entertainment is heating things up. With big name concerts from Blues Traveler and Jonny Lang to Phillip Phillips and the comedy of Bruce Bruce and Rodney Carrington there is sure to be something for everyone. 


Motorcycling Down The Blues Highway In Tunica, Mississppi

When my husband, Frankie, and I heard that there was a new Grammy Museum just two hours south of our home in Memphis, it was the perfect reminder of a trip we had been wanting to take for so long—a cruise down the Blues Highway on our motorcycles, but first we had to make a stop at the Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center in Tunica.

Pet Friendly Hotels In Tunica, Mississippi

Want to come visit us here in Tunica but don’t want to leave your four legged friends at home? Here is a list of our pet friendly hotels in the area.

Spring Strolls in Tunica

This has to be my favorite time of the year. I look forward to the sun shining and warmer temperatures after a long winter. When Spring arrives I can not wait to get outside, take a stroll and explore. The great thing about being in Tunica is that I don’t have to go far to take a Spring stroll and if strolling is not your thing we even have a bike trail. Here are a couple of my favorite places to visit –

Cotton Season Begins in Tunica

It’s finally spring and for those of us in the Delta that means it’s planting season! Cotton is definitely one of the most picturesque of the crops in the Delta, so it’s no wonder that visitors love it!

Tunica, MS Best Burgers

Who doesn’t love a hot juicy hamburger every once in a while? No matter how you like it, Tunica has some of the best burgers around. From diners to fine dining, here are our top 5 burgers that are a must for your next visit to Tunica. 

Celebrating Retirement With Flare In Tunica, Mississippi

Angie, my longtime friend, and I were celebrating our recent retirement with a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert at Gold Strike—one of the eight casinos in Tunica, Mississippi. We may be a pair of little old ladies in training, but we know how to have fun. Starting with the drive.


10 Photos We Loved In March

We love seeing everyones photos from their trips to Tunica. Here are our top 10 for the month of March. 

Be Surprised And Delighted At The New Spa At Horseshoe

Surprise and delight is the standard at the recently opened Spa at Horseshoe and there is no doubt that you will experience both when you visit. The spa is the perfect way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Ring In The New Year Tunica Style

It’s almost time to put on your party attire and ring in the New Year.  Here is your guide to New Year’s Eve events in Tunica.

Pappy Van Winkle At Jack Binions Tunica

Some people would go as far as saying that Pappy Van Winkle is like the unicorns of bourbons.  With it’s smooth aged to perfection taste and only 7-8,000 bottles released each year you would probably agree.  You will find Pappy on many fine restaurants and bars drink menus, but most likely it’s followed by when available and most of the time its not.

Holiday Treats For Your Feast!

The Holidays are upon us and to me that means eating, and lots of it. I love cooking during the Holidays and here are a couple of my favorite recipes.

Best Of Tunica – Museums

As summer approaches and the days get longer, you often look for new experiences and new places to visit. Did you know that Tunica has three museums open and offering fun for all ages? It is a perfect way to spend a day in Tunica whether a regular visitor or a first timer! 

Free Live Music at Tunica’s Stage Bars

Looking for the best place for live music in Tunica? Take a look at Tunica’s eight stage bars. They are sure to get you in the dancing mood.


Slots Paying Early vs. Late In The Game

It’s not difficult to see patterns in wins and losses, and it’s all too easy to jump to conclusions based on small samples. Over the years I’ve fielded questions from readers who wondered if they should skip drawing to four-card straights because they missed several times in a row and from others who were convinced 20 was a losing hand in blackjack because they dealer drew a few 21s to beat them one night.

Splitting 5’s In Blackjack And Why It’s a No-No

One of the absolutes in blackjack is that you should never split 5s. Most players aren’t even tempted, because they recognize they have a much stronger building block for a hand when they start with 10 than starting each of two hands with 5s.

Nontheless, I received an email recently from a player who challenged the notion. He reasoned that when the dealer had a weak card such as a 5 or 6 face up, he had an edge. If he was dealt another 5, he wanted the opportunity to get a third bet on the table.

Spring Shopping In Tunica Is In Full Bloom

After a long winter, the signs of spring are arriving all around us here in Tunica! Everywhere we turn, we see flowers being planted, birds flying and trees turning lush and green again. All of these things remind us that spring offers a fresh start and time to get out of the house! Spring also brings a time to freshen up that wardrobe or house décor! Downtown Tunica offers an opportunity for you to get outdoors and enjoy the weather while also shopping for a fresh new look both for you and your house.  

What are Commissions in Craps?

At any game, players come in all levels of experience and knowledge. Some are more familiar than others with game rules, strategies or even the mechanics of how to make a bet.


Best Cocktails In Tunica

Looking for the best cocktails in Tunica? We put together a list of our favorites for you to try on your next trip. Try one or try them all you can’t go wrong when you order one of these refreshing drinks. 

How Does a Multi-Bet Format Affect the House Edge in Mississippi Stud?

Many poker-based table games involve an ante before you see your cards, and then a bet or multiple bets to keep playing. Caribbean Stud was the trend-setter, but we also see that format in Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud and other games.

Odds When Playing Roulette vs Slots

Players sometimes have difficulty with the idea that slot machine results can be programmed and random at the same time. So for many years, I’ve used a comparison to roulette, where you don’t know when any given number will turn up, but the odds of the game will lead to a 5.26 percent house edge – the same as a 94.74 percent payback percentage.

Slot Machine Payouts Coins vs Tickets

Among those who have been playing in casinos as long as I have, there’s a sizable number who miss being paid in coins clattering into the tray of slot machines.  On a September day when I cashed out by printing a ticket, the machine’s speakers resounded with an imitation of that sound, and a neighboring player told me she missed the real thing.

Stop Getting Burned At Blackjack

Some of the most frustrating hands at blackjack come when the dealer starts stringing out low cards. You see the dealer with a 14, and think there’s a good chance he’ll bust. Then comes a 2, and with 16, he just HAS to bust, right? Then, boom! Here’s comes a 5, the dealer has 21 and the whole table loses.

New Trivia Slots

Sometimes, you just can’t keep a good idea down. And blending slot machine excitement with tests of knowledge plays right to my taste.

New Pro Wave Slot Machines Tunica Mississippi

If you’re in a casino that has slot games on the Pro Wave cabinet from the Bally Technologies division of Scientific Games, you can’t miss it. The Pro Wave is a eye-catcher, with a giant 40-inch, curved main screen for high-resolution graphics.

Do You Have What It Takes To Play Professional Poker?

For almost all of us, a day or evening in the casino, or even a trip of a few days, is a nice break from everyday life. We’re excited for the wins when they come, but we know that more often than not, we’re going to be paying for the day’s entertainment.

But there are a few who dream of playing professionally. When I hear from them, I always urge caution. Take the video poker player who emailed recently to say, “I can usually get a royal flush every 30 days. I can be a professional player? I play video poker every day.”

Busting at Blackjack in Tunica Mississippi

No blackjack player likes to bust and wind up with a total of more than 21 that’s a loser before the dealer even plays his hand. But if we’re going to take the best chance to win, accepting the risk of busting is part of the bargain.

Your Tunica Getaway. Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who entered the We Got It! Your Tunica Getaway Giveaway!

Congratulations to the following winners…

New Slots From Multimedia Games Tunica Mississippi

When you’re a smaller slot manufacturer trying to compete with the likes of IGT, Bally, WMS and Aristocrat, you need to be nimble, creative and innovative.

Multimedia Games has been all of that, and expects to keep bringing the innovation now that it has been acquired by Global Cash Access. The new company is in the process of rebranding, and will reveal a new name in late August.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth In Tunica

In Tunica we believe every meal should be finished off with a great dessert. Here are a few of our favorites.

How To Choose A Video Blackjack Machine

One thing I’ve warned blackjack players about is games that pay less than the standard 3-2 on blackjacks. If you play video blackjack, you have to be extra watchful, as one reader learned.

Should You Place A Fortune Bet In Pai Gow?

Pai-gow poker is known as an even-keel, extended play kind of game. The Fortune Pai-Gow side bet injects a little excitement for jackpot hunters, including a big payoff of 5,000-1 on a seven-card straight flush that does not include the joker. That’s about a 4.8 million-to-1 shot, but hey, we can dream.

A Betting Mistake Pays Off

We all make mistakes in the casino. Blackjack players stand when they meant to hit, slot players forget to check to see all the paylines are active and players at any game sometimes have a brain cramp and make a bet that’s larger than they’d intended.

Is The House Edge Lower In Baccarat?

On most casino games, the house wins more often than the player, and it’s easy for the casino to get an edge on the game. All it has to do is pay players less than the true odds of winning the bet, and random results will lead to profit for the house.

Best Of – Free Things To Do In Tunica

Everybody is watching their spending these days. Some have decided that the first they should cut back on is fun. The truth is fun can be costly at times, but it doesn’t always have to break the bank. I happen to love being able too show just how much fun I can have on the least amount of money, so recently I took it upon myself to try to spend an entire afternoon in Tunica on a budget of, well, ZERO dollars! Crazy sounding, right? Well I will have everyone know that It was probably the most fun I have had in a while and I left about as rich as I came.

“Big Bang Theory Slots” Give You More Bang For Your Buck

When video slots first came out, it took only a single bonus event to entrance players. Neighbors would stop their play to watch whenever someone went fishing in Reel ’Em In or chose their Chinese foods from the menu in Fortune Cookie. 

Should You Change Your Betting Strategy in Craps?

Just about every craps player has a favorite way to play. Some play the percentages and make sure they take the free odds offered when you back pass or come bets with additional bets. Some like the place bets on 6 and 8, to make sure they always have the most frequent non-7 numbers working. Some like to take their chances for bigger payoffs on the one-roll props such as yo-leven or any 7, and let the house edge fall where it may.

Recently, I got an email from a reader wondering if he should change his method.

Are Progressive Jackpots A Better Bet in Video Poker?

Video poker players in the know understand that on most games, payback percentages are changed by altering the returns on full houses and flushes. A “9-6” Jacks or Better game, where full houses pay 9-for-1 and flushes 6-for-1, returns 99.5 percent with expert play. If instead you see 8-5 Jacks or Better, meaning full houses pay 8-for-1 and flushes 5-for-1, then the average return is 97.3 percent with expert play.

However, when progressive jackpots are involved, even a game with a lower pay table can have high average returns.

New Slots Offer Entertainment And Extended Play

For gamemakers, attracting slot players is all about offering different play experiences to different segments of players. There are big jackpot games, high volatility games, second-screen bonus games, free-spin bonus games and more. 

Experience Tunica On Two Wheels

Dust off your bikes and air up your tires it’s Springtime in the Delta. Tunica has two bicycle trails to get you outside and enjoying this weather. The first of the 2 trails is a 35 mile trail that begins at Walls in DeSoto County and follows Old U.S. 61 — the Great River Road Scenic Byway — passing through Lake Cormorant in DeSoto’s west to the Tunica County Line. Stopovers include the future Bass Landing Park, DeSoto County’s only Mississippi River access. The second trail is a 13 mile loop that begins in historic downtown Tunica and leads you through the Delta to Mhoon Landing on the Mississippi River and back to town.

Blackjack Changing Strategy As The Game Evolves

Blackjack basic strategy has been around as guide to when to hit, stand, split and double down has been around since the 1950s. It’s well-grounded in the math of the game, and it’s something anyone who’s serious about blackjack should learn.

However, the game itself evolves, and when the rules change, so does basic strategy.

Play Tennis in Tunica in Any Weather

If you’re looking for a good place to work up a sweat on your next visit to Tunica, grab your racquet and head to a tennis court that’s ready to be played all year long. At Tunica National Golf and Tennis, four indoor climate-controlled courts keep players cooled off or warmed up throughout the year, whatever the weather.

A Day on the Course at River Bend Links

Growing up in the region, I’ve always been familiar with Tunica and the array of entertainment options the city offers. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I recognized Tunica’s position as one of the area’s premier golf destinations.

What A “Both Ways” Wager Means In Craps

Craps has language and terminology all its own, like “Yo,” or “yo-leven” for 11 and “hard way” for rolling a total with both dice showing the same number – 4-4 is 8 the hard way.

Travel Tunica Goes to the Greens

Most fans of Tunica enjoy playing games of leisure at our nine casinos, but our Travel Tunica group decided to step off of the casino floor this month for a different kind of game of leisure—learning how to play golf.  While this can be overwhelming topeople of different skill levels, Tunica National General Manager Bob Wolcott, a former PGA Tour player, got us swinging in the right direction for a day that everyone who comes to Tunica should experience.

Get Your Blues Fix At Resorts Casino

When you hear the name Resorts Casino you usually think winning, but did you know that Resorts also has some of the best dining choices around as well as great shopping? Each experience even has their own way of paying homage to the Blues culture here in the Mississippi Delta.

Sons of Anarchy Slot Machines

The video age has enabled game designers to get creative in any number of ways, and that includes the way they use reels and symbols. One of the latest wrinkles is Cluster Power, a new way to play you’ll be seeing in the coming year on Aristocrat Technologies’ Sons of Anarchy slot machine.


W.C. Handy And The Blues

As we’re in the midst of Black History Month, we are reminded of the contributions that African Americans have made to our culture, country and world.  One great offering is the creation of The Blues.

Gateway To The Blues Museum Now Open

January 1st rang in the New Year 2015 and with it came the all-new Gateway to the Blues Museum.  Located alongside America’s Blues Highway 61 at the entrance of the Tunica Resort area, the new museum officially opened to the public on January 26th

Hot Streaks, Are They For Real?

Not long ago, I received a note via email from a craps player who was taken aback when a shooter rolled five sevens in a row. “It would seem to me there has to be a makeup time to get the odds to come out right,” he wrote. “What’s the hidden factor that balances those five 7s in a row?”

Ante-bet Strategy in Three-card Poker

I remember when Three Card Poker was a new game in the 1990s, struggling to carve out a niche. It had failed to make enough money to satisfy the house in a trial at the Stardust in Las Vegas, but it was a hit in Mississippi. The success of the game in Tunica was enough to convince operators in other states that maybe the Stardust experience was an anomaly.

Setting Your Hand in Pai-Gow Poker

An e-mail brought me a tale of woe from a pai-gow poker novice:

“My friend told me to make my bottom hand as strong as I can,” the player’s lament began. “But when I put a pair of Kings in the bottom hand and a pair of 9s in the top, I was told I arranged them wrong, and the dealer took my money.”

In pai-gow poker, you’re dealt seven cards, which you arrange into a five-card “high” hand and a two-card “second-high” hand. Both must beat the dealer for you to win your bet, but you get your money back if one wins. The deck consists of 53 cards, with the standard 52 joined by a Joker that can be used either as an Ace or to compete a flush or straight.

World Series of Poker Star Chris Moneymaker Talks to Down the Road

No player in the history of the game has done more to raise the profile of poker than World Series of Poker champ Chris Moneymaker. He calls Memphis home, but this jet-setting professional poker player visits some of the world’s most exotic locales—Monte Carlo, Macau, Australia—to play the game he loves. Chris took time away from the tables to talk to Down the Road about how he got his start, the famous Hollywood stars he’s played (and taken money from) and what he finds special about Tunica.

New Place For Relaxation In Tunica

Lights. Camera. Relaxation. Spa Around The Corner recently opened at Hollywood Casino, and if you are in need of some relaxation this is the place to go. The spa has not been open long, but it already has people talking about how good they feel after a treatment. 

Free Wine and Whiskey Tastings at TEN10

Do you enjoy a nice glass of wine or to sip on some fine whiskey? If so you will want to stop by TEN10 Wine and Whiskey bar at GoldStrike Casino Tunica.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Tunica Style

Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015!

This year is quickly coming to an end, and I don’t know about you, but I am ready to celebrate. Tunica is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. We have everything from live music, car giveaways, slot tournaments and fine dining.  Here is a complete list of the New Year’s Eve activities. We are sure that there is something for everyone.

Gateway to the Blues Museum Progress

The Gateway to the Blues Museum, Mississippi’s newest blues experience will open this January alongside blues highway 61 in Tunica Resorts.  Just 20 miles from Memphis’s Beale Street and Elvis’ Graceland, it will serve as the perfect stop for tourists and music lovers searching for that authentic blues experience.  

How Stacked Symbols Affect Video Slot Play

Every year, the bag of tricks slot machine designers use to keep the games fun to play and the customers coming back grows a little. Second-screen pick’em bonuses, free spins, bonuses within bonuses, shared community style events, mystery jackpots — the list goes on and on.

Alive After Five Concerts – Downtown Tunica

Each Spring we pull out the lawn chairs and stock the coolers for the Alive After Five concert series in downtown Tunica. The concerts are the last Friday of the month in May and June and are held in Rivergate park. Scheduled to perform this year is Nancy Apple and the WDB and Delta Heart.  Here is a clip from last years concert where the Memphis Snake Doctors performed. For more information on the Alive After Five series contact Tunica Main Street at 662-363-6611.

Mississippi Delta Mornings

It’s been about twenty years or so since I commented to my then wife to be, “look around you, is this not the most beautiful place on earth!”  The comment was made during one of our late afternoon trips through the Mississippi Delta.

Delta Country Jam Tickets Only $57

The countdown is on for the biggest Country music festival this year, the Delta Country Jam on Oct. 4th and 5th and we have your tickets.  Purchase your tickets at the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center for a discounted rate of just $57 each day. That is an over $30 savings compared to what you would pay online.

Fall Sizzles with Hot Entertainment in Tunica

The summer may be coming to a close on the calendar but things are just starting to heat up in Tunica.  We have some of the biggest names in entertainment coming our way as well as some cool cars and hot BBQ.

Tunica Balloon Bash Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the 2nd Annual Tunica Balloon Bash. It was a beautiful weekend to fly balloons and we have a ton of awesome photos that were submitted for our photo contest. It was so difficult to choose just three winners for our contest but we did and here are the winning photos.

2nd Annual Tunica Balloon Bash – Did You Know?

The Tunica Balloon Bash is just two weeks away, so we thought we would brush up on a few ballooning facts before the big event. Here is a fun piece that we have put together for you –

Delta Country Jam – New Artists Added to Lineup

Just when you thought the Delta Country Jam couldn’t get any hotter, they go and add even more Country Music stars to the line up. The Delta Country Jam Music Festival is October 4-5, 2013. I promise, you don’t want to miss the hottest music festival of the year.

The fun starts on Friday night when Billy Currington, Thompson Square, Jerrod Nieman, Josh Thompson and Steel Magnolia take the stage. On Saturday night things get turned up a notch with Brantly Gilbert, Kellie Pickler, Blackberry Smoke, Maggie Rose, Bush Hawg, Drake White, Michael Ray, Randy Houser and Tim McGraw with more artists still to come.

The festival will be held on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation behind Hollywood Casino & Hotel. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Single day passes start at $80 and 2 day passes are $125. VIP packages are available starting at $280. For more information about VIP packages visit DeltaCountryJam.com.

2nd Annual Tunica Balloon Bash

Balloons return to the sky at the 2nd Annual Tunica Balloon Bash on August 9-11, 2013.  Tunica will welcome 50 hot air balloons at five casino resort properties.  Hot air balloonists from across the country will compete in early morning races to win over $12,000 in cash and prizes.

And this event isn’t just for the hot air balloon expert!  Each casino property will host balloons in their parking lot for a balloon glow at sunset on Friday night with glows also on Saturday night as select properties.  Visitors are invited to meet the pilots and experience the size and beauty of this majestic sight of the orange glow in the Mississippi Delta.

Girlfriend Getaway in Tunica

Do you ever get the song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” stuck in your head and think about grabbing your girlfriends and heading out for some girl time? When I get that feeling the first place that comes to mind is Tunica. Of course we all know that Tunica is know for gaming and has 9 world class casinos to keep you entertained, but it’s also a great place for a weekend getaway with friends.

Don’t Miss This Years Hottest Events in Tunica

There is a lot going on in Tunica over the next few months. So much that it is hard to keep track of it all, so we put everything in one spot to make sure you don’t miss out on the hottest festivals, car shows and music events.

Try The New Buffet Americana at Gold Strike For Free

The new Americana Buffet opened last week at Gold Strike Casino to rave reviews. The newly renovated $8 million dollar buffet design is inspired by the area with a large skylight, southern pine and even Levi’s 501 jeans. Yep, you read that right. Levi’s are incorporated in the space and add a hip element to the buffet. But the design is not the only thing we are excited about.

Get Social With Tunica For More Ways To Win

Many of you may already have signed up to receive updates from Tunica via email, but did you know that there are even more ways to connect with Tunica? Not only do we promise to keep you up to date on breaking news, concert announcements and specials, we also have more ways for you to win comps from your favorite Tunica Casinos.

Cinco de Mayo Tunica Style

You don’t have to be in Mexico to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Some of our casinos are getting into the action and are serving up everything from free beer, yes I said free beer, live entertainment, party favors and special tournaments.

Cruise the Mississippi on the Tunica Queen

Want to experience the Mississippi River kind of like Tom Sawyer did but without having to get your feet wet? You can, on board the Tunica Queen. The Tunica Queen is an authentic riverboat that sails from the Tunica RiverPark and offers sightseeing, sunset and dinner cruises.
We recently went along for a ride and had a blast. See for yourself in our video from TunicaTV!

The Best of Showfest Featured on Tunica TV

Showfest, the car, truck and bike show that shows off vehicles that are loud by sound – and by paint color – rolled into Sam’s Town for its 15th anniversary last May. Tunica TV was on site to catch some of the most unique and creative vehicles, including a 1934 Ford Model A.  And now Showfest is returning to Tunica again on May 18 & 19, 2013.  For information, visit their website ~ www.showfest.com or follow Showfest on Facebook or Twitter.

Meal Comps vs. Charging to Your Room

In more than two decades of staying at casino resorts, one of my favorite methods for getting all I can out of available comps has been to charge meals to my room, and then see if I can get them comped at the end of my stay. That enables me to use comps earned later to take care of mealtimes from the beginning of the stay, when I don’t yet have anything in the comp bank.

New Progressive Slot Machines

Back when slot machines were a three-reel world, progressive jackpots were available only to those willing to bet the max. If you weren’t going to bet three coins, or two coins on some high-denomination machines, you weren’t going to be eligible for the progressive.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Championships returns to the Tunica Arena

The Tunica Arena is hosting the Cowboy Mounted Shooting National Championships April 14-20, 2013 for it’s 10th year.  Over 500 horses and their riders come to town to take part in the annual championship. Admission is free everyday during the event. On Friday, April 19th at 7 pm you will have a chance to see the top riders that are vying for the National Championship.
Check out our video from last year and make plans to come see for yourself. For more information on the event please click here.

21+3 Side Bet in Blackjack

Side bets at blackjack come and side bets at blackjack go. Mostly they go when players discover their money is disappearing a little too rapidly. One that’s lasted, though, is 21+3, which combine blackjack with a three-card poker hand.

Crawfish and Corvettes at Fitz Casino Tunica

Mark you’re calendars for Saturday, April 13 from 12noon-6pm for the Crawfish and Corvettes Festival at Fitz casino Tunica.

There will be crawfish, hot dogs, hamburgers, and nachos to munch on while browsing corvettes, new and old. Face painters and balloon artists will be on hand for the kids along with arts, crafts & apparel vendors for the adults.

Rain or Shine it’s Rivergate Music Festival Time

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said “The only thing one can do when it rains is to let it rain.”  Even though rain is a pain in the “boot-ie” the  festival will be a go and no truer words can describe the 21 years of the Tunica Rivergate Music Festival.  This year’s festival will be held April 19th & 20th rain or shine.

New Tap House Poker game from IGT

Video poker was the first massively popular coin-operated casino gaming using video screens and virtual images instead of spinning reels or other mechanical components. But one thing video poker hasn’t used is the kind of animation we’ve seen since video slots became the hottest growth area of the casino industry.

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Tunica RiverPark

Join us at the Tunica RiverPark on March 30th from 11-1 for a hippity hoppity good time at the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the River.

The egg hunt begins at 11 followed by games with prizes and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Photographs with Mr. E Bunny will also be available. Parents we haven’t forgotten about you. There will be drawings for museum passes and prizes from the museum gift shop. This is a free event for the whole family.

Tunica Live Music Spotlight: Derek Joseph Band

For country music fans, Tunica’s casinos have country artists like Vince Gill lined up in the next few months. But if you want to listen to great country music while dancing and having a drink or slot machine close by, don’t miss the Derek Joseph Band at one of Tunica’s stage bars.

The Luckiest Day of the Year is Upon Us

The Fitz Casino goes all out each year for St. Patrick’s Day. And who better to hold Tunica’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day party than the casino that celebrates the luck of the Irish all year long?

Mimic the Dealer Not a Viable Blackjack Strategy

I’ve mentioned in this blog before that mimicking the dealer is not a viable approach to playing blackjack. Dealers and players operate under different conditions. Players act on their hands first, and if they go bust, the house wins even if the dealer busts too.

Video Poker Players Need to Watch for Straight Flush Opportunities

One of my video poker games of choice is Double Bonus Poker, especially on versions that pay 7-for-1 on flushes and 5-for-1 on straights. If full houses pay 10-for-1, then you have a full-pay 10-7-5 game that returns 100.17 percent with expert play. If they pay 9-for-1, then the 9-7-5 game is still a good one at 99.1 percent.

Tunica Live Music Spotlight: Billy Jones Bluez

Billy Jones Bluez, a blues-funk band from North Little Rock, Ark., will perform this weekend at Resorts Casino. Jones has traveled the world entertaining audiences with the sounds of nu-blues, and his band visits Tunica several weekends out of the month.

Superstitious Slot Play

I’m not a superstitious sort, preferring to trust the math of casino games rather than my brother’s family-famous jackpot dance. It’s harmless fun, and like many, he engages in superstitious behavior without really believing it makes a difference. He’s not alone. Take these tales from readers who have relayed their own superstitions:

Get Away for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 18 is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Whether you have Monday off work or are just looking to blow off a little steam, why not make a long weekend of it just down the road in Tunica? We promise not to tell your boss.

Is It Best to Play Craps at a Table That’s Been Hot?

A craps table with a hot shooter on a roll is one of the most exciting places in the casino. When the shooter is rolling number after number without sevening out, players are winning together, celebrating and cheering the shooter. Big wins bring tips, so the dealers are happy, too.

Mardi Gras Meals and Celebrations in Tunica

Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, and one of the best ways to celebrate is by paying homage to the food and culture that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has made popular across the U.S. In Tunica, Gulf Coast seafood like shrimp, oysters and crab can be found all around, and we all know Tunica is the perfect place for an extended celebration.

Reason #7 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Hotels

All week, we’ve been focusing on the reasons why closer doesn’t mean better when it comes to comparing Tunica and Southland. We talked about free drinks yesterday, and today we’re talking about something that might come in handy after you enjoy that special perk—our variety of accommodation offerings. And read on for a very special promotion announcement that will reward you for ditching the dog and trading up to Tunica.

Reason #6 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Free Drinks

We’re telling you the top 7 reasons why closer doesn’t mean better when it comes to the experience you can find in Tunica. Yesterday, we talked about all of the activities available in Tunica. Today, we’re talking about perhaps the most significant reason of them all—free drinks.

Reason #5 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Activities

When you compare all that Tunica has to offer with what you can find in Southland, it’s not even close. So this week, we’re introducing you to the top 7 reasons why closer doesn’t mean better.  Yesterday, we discussed talked about the world-class entertainment you can find in Tunica. Today, we’re talking about all of the action you can find outside of the casino floor and the variety of activities Tunica offers to please everyone in your group.

Reason #4 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Entertainment

This week, we’re sharing our 7 favorite reasons why closer doesn’t mean better and why making a trip just down the road to Tunica is worth the drive. Yesterday, we talked about the great dining to be had in Tunica, and today, we’re telling you how to pair your dinner with a great show. If you enjoy a variety of world-class entertainment, then you definitely belong in Tunica, because we’ve got the shows and events that you want to see most.

Reason #3 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Dining

This week, we’re introducing you to 7 reasons why closer doesn’t mean better. We’ve talked about gaming  and comps, and today we’re talking about the key to all of our hearts—our stomachs. We hope you are hungry, because the dining options in Tunica will certainly whet your appetite.

Reason #2 Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Comps

Yesterday, we showed you that when it comes to gaming, nowhere else in the MidSouth even comes close to the Vegas-style action you can find in Tunica. Click here for Reason #1.  Today, we’re giving you yet another reason why closer doesn’t mean better, and it’s one of our personal favorites. Today, it’s all about the comps.

Reason #1 Why Closer Doesn’t Mean Better – Gaming

In Tunica, Mississippi, we appreciate good entertainment. After all, we feature plenty of it for just about every taste. So, you probably are not surprised that we chuckled at the attempt at humor in recent commercials by a competitor across the river. Clever, but we have to ask: Why don’t they talk about any benefits, just about a shorter drive (and that depends on where you live)?

In Tunica, we also appreciate the difference between fact and fiction.

  • Fact: closer doesn’t mean better.
  • Fiction: you risk alien abduction, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and organ harvesting if you drive to Tunica.

So, in the spirit of good, clean competition, we would like to focus over the next seven days on the Lucky 7 reasons why closer doesn’t mean better. Because when you compare Tunica to Southland, it’s not even close. And be sure to read on to find out how to receive $25 in free slot play and a $5 food credit when you trade up to Tunica.

Betting Ties in Baccarat

Baccarat offers players two of the best percentage bets among casino games, with house edges of 1.06 percent on banker and 1.24 percent on player. It also offers one of the worst bets in the house. If you chase the 8-1 payoff and bet on ties, you spot the casino a whopping 14.4 percent. The house keeps $1.06 per $100 wagered on banker and $1.24 on player. Then the house take soars to just over $14.35 on ties.

Snowbirds: Make Your Nest in Tunica

Northeasterners, Midwesterners, Northwesterners and those of you spread out across other unreasonably wintery regions: it’s time to make your annual migratory escape to warmth. Take off your snowshoes and come down South to Tunica and enjoy our gaming, restaurants and entertainment. You may think our accents are a little funny, but our warm hospitality will make you forget all your snow shoveling responsibilities.

Bring Your Valentine to Tunica!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we have put all specials and promotions in one place, so you can spend your special day with your special someone in Tunica!  Here are the posted specials we compiled for you:

Sequential Royal Bonus on Video Poker

A reader wrote recently to ask me about a wrinkle she’d seen on video poker games, a little attraction that’s been around for quite a long time, but isn’t always available in every casino.

Is It Worth Bigger Bets To Get a Higher Slot Payback Percentage?

Casinos everywhere put their highest payback percentages on their highest-denomination slot machines. The Mississippi Gaming Commission report for October—the most recent available as I write this—showed that in northern Mississippi on non-progressive machines, payback percentages included 91.1 percent on penny slots, 93.3 percent on nickels, 93.4 percent on quarters and 94.5 percent on dollars.

Tunica Live Music Spotlight: Triggerproof

Tunica’s casinos attract live music performers across all genres. Rock, blues, R&B, pop and country: we’ve got it all to suit the tastes of all visitors. The bands and performers who regularly stop in Tunica gain followers who feel like their visit would be incomplete without seeing a set from their favorite live band. To help our readers get to know these performers a little better, Down the Road is launching a series spotlighting some of our favorite acts.

Maintaining an Empty High-Limit Table When $5 or $10 Tables Are Overflowing

When my wife, Marcy, goes to casinos with me, she rarely plays on the tables, but she knows the kinds of things I watch for. So when she spotted one empty blackjack table in a crowded casino, she pointed it out.

“It’s a $100 minimum bet,” she said. “Couldn’t they get more players if it was lower?”

Tunica Super Social Super Bowl Giveaway

Congratulations to Walker Haygood winner of the Super Social Super Bowl Giveaway!

Are you getting excited for the Super Bowl but not sure where you are going to watch it? Harrah’s Tunica Field House Sports Bar and the Tunica CVB are giving away a Super Bowl getaway that includes a $200 tab at the Field House inside of Harrah’s Tunica and 3 hotel rooms. The Field House has great food, cold beer and too many TV’s to count and is the perfect place for you and your friends to watch the big game.  To enter, click on the photo below and fill out the entry form. That’s all it takes to be entered to win.  Winner will be announced on January 21st.


~ Entries must be RECEIVED by Sunday, January 20, 2013

~ Winners will be ANNOUNCED Monday, January 21, 2013


One entry per person is allowed.  Must be 21 or older to win and be a legal U.S. resident.  Winners will be randomly chosen from all submissions.  Prizes are awarded by Harrah’s Casino Tunica and the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Prizes do not include transportation. No prize substitutions allowed. Contest questions should be directed to the Tunica CVB Facebook page (Facebook.com/TunicaMS), Twitter page (@TunicaMS) or at DownTheRoad.TunicaTravel.com blog. 


New Table Games from SHFL Entertainment

The biggest name in new table games for the casino industry is also a new name. SHFL Entertainment changed its name from Shuffle Master this fall. By any name, it always has new poker-based games in its mix.

Stir Crazy this Christmas? Visit Tunica!

For many families, a trip to Tunica at Christmastime is a tradition. Because most businesses are closed on Christmas, and the crazy shoppers are in full force making returns December 26, Tunica is your destination for relaxed fun that’s only a car ride away.

New Table Game, BJ-Bac

When the Global Gaming Expo rolls around every fall, the display floor is dominated by major slot manufacturers. You could spend days just trying new slot games — and I do spend most of two days doing just that.

But I like to reserve one day seeking out new table games. There are nowhere near as many new table games as there are slot games, and many of the table games designers have small booths on the back rows of the floor, far from the main action. But walking the floor sometimes allows you to uncover a gem.

Bowl Game Action at Tunica Casinos

If you’re looking for the perfect place to kick back and watch college football bowl games this season, Tunica’s casinos are the perfect place for you and your friends. With nine world-class resorts featuring a host of bars and high-definition TVs, you won’t have to worry about missing one minute of the action.

Nature Trail the Right Path for Relaxation

It’s wintertime in Tunica, and while you may enjoy the even temperature inside Tunica’s nine casinos, sometime on your trip, you might want to get out and explore! We wanted to fill you in about one of our favorite places to get away from everything and really see Tunica and the Mighty Mississippi River

A Perfect Pairing for Your Date Night in Tunica

If you are looking to take that special someone out for a romantic dinner and want to impress them with a perfectly paired wine we have a list for you. We have asked the head chef’s from many of Tunica’s award winning steakhouses to share with you their favorite entrée and wine pairing. We hope you enjoy and please come back and let us know your favorite.

ACO World Championships at Harrah’s Tunica

Whether you call it bean bag toss, corn toss, baggo, bags or cornhole, the popular lawn game in which players take turns throwing beanbags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end guarantees a good time.  And in Tunica, we’re all about a game that allows you to have a free hand for drinks!  Whether you prefer being a spectator or participant, we have the event for you.

The American Cornhole Organization World Championships of Cornhole returns to Harrah’s Tunica on January 9-12, 2013.

New Video Poker Options from IGT

You always can count on International Game Technology for an interesting twist on video poker. In the coming year, the twists will include games with new Ace-based multipliers and a marriage of poker and keno.

December Casino Promotion Sampler

Tunica’s casino-hotels are getting into the holidays with themed giveaways and packages. With all the money being spent on gifts and parties during the holiday season, it’s nice to a have few extra chances to win or save on a meal in Tunica.

Make Time To Relax Together Just Down the Road

How many of you feel stretched thin? Between school and work commitments, family obligations and seemingly never-ending lists of chores waiting to be done, it can be hard to find time in the day to sleep, much less to spend quality time with our significant others. Luckily, relaxation is just down the road, because Tunica offers a variety of different ways to help you and your loved one recharge and reconnect.

Still Time for Holiday Shopping in Tunica

Having a stress-free holiday is all about making the most of your time. One of the best ways to make your time count is by killing two birds with one stone. It’s easy to have some fun living it up just down the road in Tunica while crossing off holiday shopping from your to-do list.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment in Tunica

Whether you are wanting a low-key romantic evening with that someone special or looking to live it up with live music and balloon drops, this New Year’s Eve Tunica has something for everyone.

Keep Calm and Rock On in Tunica

If you’re looking to spend a night out on the town, Tunica’s filled with great entertainment!

Winning Streak Video Poker from WMS

WMS Gaming has long been an innovator in slot machines, with games such as Jackpot Party and Reel ’Em In becoming casino standards, and Lord of the Rings, the Monopoly series and others taking gaming in new directions. But WMS has not been a major player in video poker, a field dominated by International Gaming Technology. WMS is trying to change that with a couple of new products, and one I find particularly intriguing is Winning Streak Poker.

Date Night Ideas for Couples in Tunica

From poker experts to foodies to the couple who wants an adventurous variety, there are ways for every kind of couple to enjoy themselves in Tunica.

Spielo’s Plants vs. Zombies and Aruze’s Knight of La Mancha

Inspiration for new slot machine themes can come from anywhere. We’ve seen slots based on board games, movies, TV shows, rock bands—if it resonates with the public, it’s fair game. At the Global Gaming Expo, Spielo International introduced a line of slots based on popular online free-play games, while Aruze Gaming turned to classic literature.

Secret Santa is Giving Away Tunica Comps

It’s the season of giving, so Tunica’s Secret Santa is giving back to our wonderful fans!  By commenting, liking or sharing our posts over the next 2 weeks, we’ll randomly choose winners of comps like one-night stays, fine dining dollars or free buffets.

We Hope You Enjoyed the Tunica Balloon Bash

If you missed the balloon glow at the Tunica Balloon Bash last weekend, read on to see some of the photos attendees took from the events.

Superheroes: Spider-Man from WMS Gaming and Superman from Aristocrat

Who’s it to be, Superman or Spider-Man? The Man of Steel from the planet Krypton, or the angsty young man with the radioactive spider bite? As a comic-book loving kid, it was Superman for me, but that was before Spidey really hit his stride.

When it comes to slot-playing time, either one can save your bonus in new games of heroic proportions.

Little Green Men: Cosmic Blaster from IGT

I love a little skill in my games. That doesn’t mean I’m particularly good at applying the skill, but I love the feeling that I have an impact on whether I win or lose. International Game Technology has taken its popular Little Green Men theme and added a test of skill in a bonus event on Little Green Men: Cosmic Blaster.

Last Minute Balloon Bash Tips

The Tunica CVB is getting ready to welcome visitors and more than 40 hot air balloons and their pilots to Tunica this weekend for the Tunica Balloon Bash. Here are some things to know in order to be prepared for the Balloon Bash weekend.

Our Favorite Pins, Projects and Time Passers To Prepare for Tunica Balloon Bash

The Tunica Balloon Bash is only a few days away. If you can’t wait to take a tethered ride or watch the balloon glow, there are plenty of hot air balloon distractions on the Internet to pass the time until you head down the road November 9-11 to experience it for yourself.

Introducing NASCAR and Pawn Star Slots from Bally

At the annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the major slot manufacturers always have the biggest, brightest, noisiest, busiest high-energy booths. Thousands of new games were on display this October, ready to impress the casino execs who decide what goes onto their slot floors.

A couple that are sure to draw crowds in the casinos, just as they drew crowds at G2E, are from Bally Technologies. Anyone who’s watched “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel is going to love the bargaining over bonuses on Bally’s Pawn Stars slot. It has multiple bonus events, including a wheel spin that shows just what event you’re going to play.

Video Keno And The Random Number Generator

When you play video keno, how do you pick numbers? Do you have lucky numbers, like family birthday and anniversaries? Do you try to outguess the machine, either staying with or picking against numbers that just hit? Do you just guess randomly?

Boost your Balloon IQ

While you’re lifted in a hot air balloon at the Tunica Balloon Bash, the experience might make you wonder how the 70-foot-tall balloons work. Read on to find out hot air balloon basics and how they launch from the ground.

Hot Air Balloons in Pop Culture


Hot air balloons are going to brighten up the sky in Tunica next month when forty float in for the Tunica Balloon Bash. They’re fun to watch from the ground, but they also add pizzazz in movies, TV and when celebraties appear in them.

New Betty Boop Fortune Teller Slots From Bally

The last time I saw Betty Boop, the iconic cartoon flapper was the center of attention of Betty Boop’s Love Meter. That was one of the first Bally Technologies slot machines to incorporate its iDeck touch-screen technology where the button panel is on most machines. In one bonus event, you’d touch a hand outline on the panel, and the Love Meter would rise in the top box. The meter would rise from lovable to romantic to sexy to wild to smokin’ and beyond — the higher your Love Meter score, the bigger your bonus.

Pin and Win in Tunica

 Congratulations to Terri Vanlandingham for winning the “Pin Your Way to the Casinos in Tunica” contest.

Do you Pin? If not, I’d highly recommend you check Pinterest out! It’s a highly addictive social media forum where you can find photos, recipes, and more of things that inspire you and share them with your friends! Many of us on Pinterest see all those pretty pictures of fabulous vacation spots and wish we were there, well now you can be

We have a chance for you to win a trip to Tunica which includes 2 nights hotel stay at a Tunica Casino hotel. Dinner for 2 at a fine dining restaurant at one of Tunica’s 9 casinos. Two buffet comps at a Tunica Casino Buffet. Choice of golf, $100 spa or $100 sporting clays at Willows. Dinner for 2 at the Hollywood Café along with $225 in gaming chips and and a gift basket from the Gateway to the Blues visitor center and gift shop!

Follow the steps below to enter ~

Step 1 – Follow TunicaMS on Pinterest.
Step 2 – Create a “Pin to Win in Tunica” board
Step 3 – Start pinning! Your board must have at least 15 pins.
Step 4 – Submit the URL on our contest page and hit submit. How easy is that?

For more information and contest rules click here. Contest ends on October 31, so get pinning!


Fall Into October Casino Promotions

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During October, there are plenty of gaming promotions, giveaways, hotel savings and buffet specials to help you make the most of your fall visit.

Gaming and Giveaways

At Resorts, there will be a $10,000 football frenzy table games drawing October 27. At 9 p.m., 20 players will win $500: $250 in cash and $250 in promo chips. Earn one entry for every hour of continuous play ($5 minimum bet per hand). Entries can be earned until 6 p.m. the day of the drawing.

On Wednesdays at the Hollywood Casino, the Silver Screen Slot Tournament gives Club Hollywood members the chance to win a $2,500 tournament. Players only need to earn 25 points in one day to enter, and those 55+ only need 10 points. In giveaways, players at Hollywood can enter to win a car every Saturday in October in the Choose Your Hybrid Giveaway.

A Hot Air Balloon History Lesson

On November 9-11, Tunica will host the first-ever Tunica Balloon Bash. We’re very excited to add tethered rides, balloon glows and a pilot competition to our visitors’ gaming experience that weekend. But all the talk about hot air ballooning has also made us wonder how they got their start.

Tunica Rocks All the Way to New Year’s

Tunica is finishing 2012 with a bang! Check out this great upcoming entertainment! For a complete list, click here.

October 2012

9-14 ~ JR Brow ~ Funny Bone Comedy Club at Harrah’s Casino Tunica

12 ~ Martina McBride ~ Harrah’s Casino Tunica

13 ~ Kansas
~ Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica

13 ~ Neal McCoy ~ Sam’s Town Casino & Hotel

1st Annual Tunica Balloon Bash

The air’s going to be hot in Tunica this November!  Come see the 1st Annual Tunica Balloon Bash that will welcome 40 hot air balloons to four casino resort properties.  Hot air balloonists from across the country will come together the weekend of November 9-11, 2012 to compete in early morning races to win over $12,000 in cash and prizes.

And this event isn’t just for the hot air balloon expert!  Each casino property will host balloons in their parking lot for a balloon glow at sunset on Friday and Saturday nights.  Visitors are invited to meet the pilots and experience the size and beauty of this majestic sight of the orange glow in the Mississippi Delta.

In addition to the balloon glow, visitors will have an opportunity to ride 40-50 feet up in a hot air balloon on a tethered ride.  One balloon at each property will be tethered or attached to the ground for these rides at no cost.  Make sure to get there early because the tethered rides only last for 2 hours and we expect a long line.

And if you do visit during the festivities, we want to see your photos of the event or your view from up above Tunica.  Show us your view by sharing your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #TunicaBalloonBash or post them on Facebook.com/TunicaMS.

Why Some Four of a Kinds Pay More Than Straight Flushes in Many Video Poker Games

Neither straight flushes nor four of a kinds are exactly common in video poker. But the foursomes come up more than 20 times as often as the straight flushes, and in games such as Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Super Aces and more, all quads at least equal the straight flush payoff of 250 coins for a five-coin bet.

Celebrate Fall with Delta Day on October 27

Fall is upon us in the Delta. Temperatures are beginning to drop and leaves are starting to turn, and there’s no better way to mark the season than with the Delta Day Festival in Downtown Tunica’s Rivergate Park on October 27.

The fun begins at 9 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 5 p.m. for this one-day festival celebrating the heritage and history of The Delta.  Free and open to the public, Delta Day offers something for everyone in the family.

Casino Spotlight: Play Big at Blackjack and Slots at Roadhouse

I’ve been giving you some tips about how to have some biker-style fun at Roadhouse, but now I’m wrapping up the Roadhouse spotlight with its main attraction. Use this guide to gaming at Roadhouse to see if you can be like one of the casino’s latest big winners who won $72,000 at the slots.

A Roulette Player Asks Odds of a Win Streak On Birthday and Anniversary Numbers

Picking roulette numbers rarely shifts into the realm of science. Much less than once in a blue moon, a player might discover a biased wheel, where some numbers come up more than you’d expect by random chance. But for all practical matters, roulette is a game of pure chance.

Casino Spotlight: Live the Biker Lifestyle at Roadhouse

Tunica Roadhouse is a “let your hair down” kind of place where you can experience an attitude you can’t find at any casino outside of Tunica. Roadhouse has games and entertainment that make it feel like Tunica’s biker bar, but you don’t have to own a Harley to feel at home.

Casino Spotlight: Extend Your Summer with Promotions at Roadhouse

Fall is synonymous with back-to-school, so it’s only fitting that as we approach fall that we feature Tunica Roadhouse, a casino that offers the kind of fun that takes me back to my college days: beer pong, pool, darts, poker and mechanical bull riding (you have to see Whiskey the Bull in action).

Can Enough Free Odds Eliminate the House Edge at Craps?

Those who are serious about craps probably have looked at charts detailing the house edge on the pass line as the amount of free odds permitted increases. With no odds bet, the house has a 1.41 percent edge on pass. That drops to 0.8 percent with single odds, 0.6 percent with double odds, on down to 0.3 percent at 5x odds, 0.2 percent at 10x and a miniscule 0.02 percent at 100x odds.

Super Chickan and Zak Hood Free Concert in Tunica

On October 3rd Bridging the Blues will connect the week between the Highway 61 Blues Festival and King Biscuit Blues Festival with dozens of incredible blues events across Arkansas, the Mississippi Delta, and Memphis. Among those official events is possibly the first social media driven blues event in the world: the #BridgingTheBlues” #BluesTweetUp  at the beautiful site of the Gateway to the Blues in Tunica, Mississippi — an ancient train station turned into a bluesy gift shop and valuable delta tourism resource.

Smokin’ Aces BBQ Festival at Harrah’s Tunica

You don’t have to wait until next may to smell the smoke in the air from teams cooking BBQ in the Mid-South. Harrah’s Tunica will have it for you this month.
The Smokin’ Aces BBQ Festival returns for it’s 3rd year to Harrah’s Tunica September 14-16 and it is sure to be great fun for everyone. Festival events include a FREE concert, FREE admission to the festival, a Carnival, and great BBQ for sale as well as all the standard carnival favorites! Carnival Wristbands are only $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday for unlimited carnival riding privileges!

Make plans to bring the family for a weekend of food, fun, and entertainment!

Watch Sinbad’s Visit to The Funny Bone on Tunica TV

If you need a few laughs to brighten up your day, check out Sinbad’s recent visit to Tunica on Tunica TV. The comedian was at The Funny Bone Comedy Club at Harrah’s Tunica in May, and we were left in tears from laughing so hard.
The Funny Bone at Harrah’s is Tunica’s only comedy club. It’s not uncommon for headliners like Sinbad to visit The Funny Bone. Jim Carrey and Steve Harvey are past performers, and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Tim Meadows will perform at the club September 14-16. There are performances at The Funny Bone most Tuesday through Sunday nights, so check The Funny Bone website for a complete schedule of upcoming performances.
If you missed out on Sinbad’s performance, watch a clip of his routine and interview with Tunica TV. We especially appreciated that he took some time to recall the early days of Tunica.

A Reader’s Good Fortune: 10 Royals at Once on Ten Play Poker

When you play multihand video poker games such as Triple Play, Five Play and Ten Play Poker, part of the attraction is that you get multiple chances to make a high-paying hand on the draw. Hold two pairs, and maybe you don’t pull the full house on hand No. 1, but the possibilities are still there on the draw for the second hand, or third, or however many you play.