Just got back from a quick two-nighter in Tunica, my 3rd trip there. First time staying at the Gold Strike -- my previous stays were at Horseshoe and Harrah's. I'm a frequent Vegas tripper (3-4 times/year), so I was able to get two weekday nights comped at GS.
Easy drive from Birmingham on US 78 / I-22. Arrived around 7:00. Quick checkin; the friendly clerk asked if I wanted high or low floor. I asked for high, she got me a nice king room on the 30th floor, overlooking the delta and the river, with Fitz and Sam's Town visible off in the distance. Nice.
Hit the Atrium Cafe for dinner that night. Good, not great. They were out of a couple of specials, and service was fairly slow. I also didn't have any cell phone service back there; so I was pretty bored sitting by myself without even the Internet for entertainment. :)
Played some slots for an hour or so, then found a video poker seat at the "Stage 2" bar when the live entertainment was underway. Really enjoyed the cover band, a group called "Nervous Presley" out of Nashville.
Played VP and enjoyed the band, and several beers, for about three hours. At the end, I'd managed to turn $40 into $80. Guess all that practice with the WinPoker app is paying off!!
Sat down at a dollar slot just to finish my beer, and hit a couple of bonus spins, turning that $80 into $200 in less than ten minutes!! Got off to bed before I pushed my luck any further!!
Slept like a baby in the comfy bed. Hotel was quiet. Woke up around 9 on Thursday morning, cleaned up, and grabbed a quick coffee and muffin from the GS food court.
Drove into Memphis in the late morning (after a quick stop at the outlet mall for a few things) and met a friend for lunch, and the Redbirds minor league baseball game. Love that ballpark. Major-league in quality, if not in size.
Got back to Tunica around 5:30. Showered and changed, and walked over to the Roadhouse to get some dinner. Was in the mood for a steak, and I like the Range Steakhouse because it's not too expensive; and it has a bar, which is better for a solo diner. Watched some NBA basketball and chatted with the bartender while I had a nice prime rib, baked potato, and a couple of beers.
Dabbled on some slots in Roadhouse after dinner, then at Horseshoe for a couple of hours as well. 10PM found me back at the VP bar at Gold Strike, once again enjoying "Nervous Presley." Didn't win any big money that night, but didn't lose too quickly either. Stayed 'til the band closed their set at 2:30AM.
Friday morning, checked out and darted over to Harrah's for breakfast at Paula Deen's buffet before hitting the road. Nice omelette, good assortment of other choices too. Then, the long drive back to Alabama in some VERY unpleasant weather!!
All in all, had a good time. Tunica isn't Vegas, but I don't expect it to be. Good food, a pretty high-energy casino (especially for a Wednesday & Thursday night) and good entertainment.
I also liked the hotel at Gold Strike better than at Horseshoe. My room at the 'Shoe was tiny and dark, and a LONNNGGG walk from the elevators. Quality-wise, the room at GS was pretty equivalent to my room last year at Harrah's Terrace Hotel. But I really dislike the "detached hotel" model; again, I'm used to Vegas, where the casino is just an elevator ride away from your room.
I'd certainly stay at GS again, and probably prefer it to any other properties in Tunica (unless I was concerned with pool time, in which case I might return to Harrah's). Didn't visit any other casinos this time, but didn't really feel the need.