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Newbie to Tunica...questions!

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Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Actually we have been to Tunica one time before but it was years ago and I really don't remember too much about it other than I do remember the slots being really tight. Imagine that!

But going again next weekend and taking our adult daughter with us. We're staying at Harrahs in a terrace room. Never stayed there before so hopefully there nice. Not looking for luxury, just clean and updated. Heard the Verandah rooms were a little nicer but their a lot more expensive.

If the slots are tight again and no longer want to lose our money...is there other things around there to do such as movies, shopping, etc? We'll have a car.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Well, looser slots is subjective thing. Casinos are required to pay out certain percentages. Its a matter of finding the right machines. Typically, the higher the denomination, the higher the percentage of pay out. I'm partial to the Goldfish slots myself; not for the money, but the fun. I do my actual winning at the black jack tables.

That's interesting about the rates. In the past, Veranda and Terrace have been similarly priced while the hotel tower was much more expensive. Its been close to a year since we stayed at Terrace, so maybe that's changed. At any rate, the Terrace rooms are nice enough. The shuttle that picks up at the Terrace and Veranda runs 24/7, every few minutes. Also, there's a shuttle from Harrahs to Horseshoe. However, it runs limited hours so be sure to check before you use it so you don't get stuck.

There's really not a lot to do in Tunica except the casinos. There is a really nice river museum and park near the Fitz casino that would be worth a stop. Also, there is an outlet shopping center, but its not that great. The town of Tunica has a nice little square with some shops. There may be a movie theater in the town, but I'm not sure about that. Checking out all the different casinos can always be fun as well. Hollywood in particular has a lot of movie memorabilia to see. Many of the casinos have live free live music, so you can always take a break and listen for a bit.

If you're up to it, you could drive to Memphis for a day trip; about an hour north of Tunica. You could go to Graceland, stroll Beale, listening to live music, see the Civil Rights Musuem or any number of other attractions, depending on your interests. Of course, there is plenty of shopping and movie theaters in Memphis as well.

Now, about 30 minutes from the casinos is the Southaven/Horn Lake, MS area. Around Goodman Road and I 55, there are tons of shops, restaurants and for sure a movie theater.

Of course, all the casinos have multiple restaurants. If you want to dine away from the casinos, I always recommend Hollywood Cafe and the Blue and White in the actual town of Tunica. Do not confuse the Hollywood Cafe with the Hollywood casino. They are completely unrelated.

http://www.thehollywoodcafe.com/

Good luck!

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We have stayed in the Terrace three times in the last two years and already have reservations for our August visit. We have stayed in the Veranda once. Of the two, we prefer the Terrace. We find the Terrace clean and comfortable. They have a small deli area where you can buy sandwiches, salads, plate lunches and etc. The pool area is nice. The lobby is lovely with comfortable seating throughout. All in all, we enjoy staying at the Terrace.

I totally agree with Deb's suggestions. I would add that Clarksdale is an hour south of Tunica. If you enjoy "Blues" you might want to go on Fri/Sat night and enjoy some live music. (DH and I believe that a perfect trip in one where we can combine gambling and live blues!)

As far as "loose slots", I believe it is just a matter of luck. I will say that my best hit in Tunica was as Harrah's ($500 on a quarter machine). I like to play at Hollywood because of the theme and the open nicely lit casino.

Whatever you do, enjoy your trip. Please post a trip report and let us all know what a great time you had.

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3. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Good luck on your upcoming trip! Make sure you get a Player's Club card for every casino and USE THEM EVERY TIME!

Don't forget to ask for comps while there (not really sure how you get them on the slot machines, but if you play blackjack for almost any length of time, ask the dealer if you've played enough to earn a free buffet). Horseshoe especially passes free buffets out like crazy. Also, even if you are a low roller, find a casino host before you check out and ask if you've earned anything off your hotel bill. We almost always get at least one night comped off - although ironically the trip where I won $1600 on a quarter slot machine, we got it all comped off (funny that we got comped when we actually earned enough to pay for the room!!).

We love Tunica and if you are only there for the weekend and love to gamble, I doubt you will be looking for anything else to do with your time.

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4. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Well we had our Tunica weekend. Stayed at the Terrace and it was nice. I'll be posting a review in a few days hopefully.

Very disappointed in the slots and what there "isn't" to do around there. They so need some fast food restaurants and maybe a movie theater b/c there is property everywhere near Harrahs or any of the other casinos. Not sure who owns all that land but you'd think someone would put other things to do around there.

We probably won't be going back until things change there. If I'm going to loose money, I'd rather loose it in my hometown casino and eat where I want to and sleep in my own bed. That's just my thoughts.

We did see a lady who had just played a $100 slot machine at Harrah's and hit $36,000!! OMG...I can't imagine!

We did manage to go to the outlet mall there. Not that big. A couple of good stores, however, I think their prices are higher than most outlet stores I've been too.

Over all we enjoyed it because we met our daughter there from TN and spent the weekend with her which makes it all good. But would I recommend Tunica...probably not!

Thanks for all the info though. I do appreciate it.

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5. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

All that land is owned by farmers. If you are there during the growning season, you would see that the crops grow right up to the casino properties.

Tunica's income has been flat or down recently. One problem that has been cited is that there is nothing else to do there. Its not a big deal to me as we live in Memphis and just drive down, usually for the evening or we might spend one night. Of course, in the winter you don't have pool time either. They have a great pool party at the Terrace in the summer. There are some fast food restaurants and there may be a movie theatre in the town of Tunica. I'm not sure about that, but the casinos are actually located inn the town of Robinsonville, MS.

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6. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

I should have added that what I can't imagine is putting $100 a spin in a slot machine!

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7. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

A lady friend of mine won over $250 thousand on slots at Tunica last year. If you come back you should visit Clarksdale, MS and Oxford, MS if you have time.

Clarksdale is about 50 miles from the casinos. When you reach Clarksdale you will be on U. S. 61 which bypasses the city. Take a right just N of Clarksdale to downtown and you will be on N. State St. You will pass a big cotton gin on your right then you will see The Ranchero on your right. Abe's will be on your left just up the road. Past Abe's you will come to Sunflower which is just before the Sunflower River Bridge. Turn right and go N on Sunflower to the railroad tracks. Go back to your right just past the RR tracks and you will find Ground Zero and The Blues Museum. Madidi's is a few blocks to your N. Hick's is on N. State St. so go back S on Sunflower to N. State St. and go to the right cross the bridge and Hick's is on your right. President Clinton had lunch with Eugene before he left office but Hick's was in an old location back near the RR tracks. Ask for Eugene and ask him to show you his President Clinton photo's. He loves to show them.

On your way N stop at The Ranchero and get a cold drink. Charlie Conerly who was a famous QB for the NY Giants lived in Clarksdale and there are all kinds of old sports photo's there of Conerly and some of his old buddies. It's a fun place and the food is outstanding.

The Blues Museum in Clarksdale opens at 9AM. Have breakfast at Blue and White in Tunica and get to Clarksdale on Friday around 10AM. Blue and White is on the right as you go through Tunica. It's Blue and White and used to be a service station. Park at the Blues Museum in Clarksdale and visit there. You can walk several blocks N and be in the middle of downtown. Let your wife shop a bit then have lunch at Ground Zero around 11AM when they open. After lunch head back S on Sunflower by the river and stop at Hick's just to visit. Take a right on Highway 61 which is State St. Go across the river and Hick's is on the right in nice red brick building. Go in visit and get a cold drink. Talk to Eugene and look at his pictures when President Clinton visited. Then head N on State St. Stop at The Ranchero on the left for another cold drink and look at all the sports pictures there of Charlie Conerly and his friends.

Then head N on State St. to Highway 278/6 E to Batesville/Oxford. It's about 60 miles to Oxford. You should be there around 3PM. When you get to Oxford you will come to a red light and Jackson Ave. going to the left. Go straight ahead and get off at the first Exit which is Coliseum Dr. Get off on right but turn back left and cross the highway. Take your first right by the Basketball Practice Facility. I can't ever remember that street's name. You will see the football stadium straight ahead. Go to dead end at All American Dr. turn right and go past N end of stadium. You will run into the Grove. Go to the left on University Ave. and you will go past the Grove on your right and run into the Circle. Go around the circle and you will see The Lyseum which is the oldest building on campus. The James Meredith riot started in the Circle. There's a monument of him behind the Lyseum. The street you came in on at The Grove is University Ave. Take it back E all the way to Lamar. Take a right on Lamar and go about 6 blocks and take a right on Old Taylor. Go about 3 blocks and you run dead into Faulkner's home. You can drive up the gravel road in front and park and go in and visit. Go back to Lamar and go N past University Ave. two blocks and park. You are now on The Square. The building on your left is Square Books which is very famous. John Grisham has a home in Oxford. You passed it on the right just before you got to town. It sits off to the right on a hill and it's easy to see. It's just before the car dealership before you get to the first red light. He's a frequent visitor to Oxford.

Park and walk around the Square. City Grocery is two doors down W of Square Books. Neilson's to your right on the Square is a nice department store. If you walk past City Grocery on the left you will see Waltz Restaurant after you pass the Pizza joint. Going around the Square you will find Ajax which is a good country food joint. There are a couple of nice ladie's shops on that side of the Square. Downtown Grill is on N side of Square. They have a nice bar upstairs. There's a Rebel junk store around on the N side if you want to buy a Rebel souvenir to take home. Go N on Lamar and Lenora's is on the left. Have dinner at City Grocery. CG has a nice bar upstairs and you can sit outside if you like. I hope you have a great trip.

City Grocery @ 152 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS. 662 - 232 - 8080.

http://www.citygroceryonline.com/

Edited: 4:59 pm, February 24, 2011
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8. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

I think the thing that may bother me the most is that they have no mass transit in any form. No local busses, cabs, etc.

I still haven't been there (although we almost went but for a travel snafu) but I'm still looking to visit.

Of course, when my husband and I go to any gambling location, we normally stay on site. It would still be nice not to have to worry about being stranded because the last bus had left for the night (referring to Harrah's bus). Btw, what happens to the folks that took the bus to Harrah's other casinos and miss the last one? I always wondered about that!!

I do recall others telling me that there was an enterprise rental at the airport with limited hours. I do believe that is the only option for travel.

Good luck!!

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9. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Hi Sue! You can check out this link that someone else posted info about on here lately that lists taxis plus apparently a shuttle service. It doesn't run 24/7, but it does go to all the casinos.

www.tunica.ws/tours_and_transportation.htm

As for the Enterprise, I understand from another post on here that you can pre arrange with Enterprise for car pick up and can drop the keys in a drop box if you're leaving and they aren't open.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g44062-i608-k37908…

Those who come to Tunica for the first time I think are a little shocked by how remote it seems. I mean, you can normally look out your hotel window and see the farmer working his fields right up to the casino properties. Imagine trying to summon a taxi in a cotton or soy bean field!

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10. Re: Newbie to Tunica...questions!

Hi Deb!!!

Yes, I'm back again :-) Hubby is close to retirement (okay, a year and a half) and we still haven't forgotten about Tunica.

Heck, that is where our journey started last spring if you recall! I have no problem with rural areas (I live in one). I just become concerned with being stranded. As I recall, the taxis are out of Memphis and charge quite a bit due to travel time.

I have no trip planned, but it is likely that we will be visiting sometime within the next year or so.

The problem with Enterprise, is all about the timing. If I recall correctly, we were due to arrive via Harrah's Charter very late at night and depart very early in the morning which was outside the hours of enterprise.

It doesn't really matter at the moment because we don't have a trip booked at this time. I just like to touch base with this forum and the fine folks such as you to see what's new.

You are a wonderful and special person Ms. Deb! Always there for others :-)

Till next time.....

Good luck and be safe

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