As unlikely as it may have once seemed, a rural section of northwestern Mississippi along the river is one of the three largest casino gaming areas in the United States. Just behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Tunica has grown into a gambling destination for people across the region and the entire country. Many well-known names have made their mark in the Mississippi Delta and now call Tunica home.
Bally’s Tunica is rustic in design; complete with a grain silo that doubles as a comedy club, just off the casino floor. The neon red trim beckons gamblers from all over, and inside there is lots of Vegas-style action to be found and enjoyed.
Bally’s casino floor features all of the newest slot machines brought in during the latest multi-million dollar renovation and all of the table games a gaming enthusiast would come to expect from a full-scale casino.
While Bally’s is certainly not the largest casino in town, it offers some games that others in town do not. Bally’s has the exclusive on two hot table games known as Wild Hold ‘Em Stud and Single 21.
Player’s club members at Bally’s receive generous comps during their stay and the comfortable atmosphere at this casino is tough to beat anywhere else in town.
Bally’s Tunica 1877 Bally Blvd. Tunica, MS 38676 662-357-1500? ballystunica.com
Gold Strike Casino and Hotel are hard to miss when approaching the area on the highway. The Gold Strike Hotel is the tallest building in Mississippi, according to the Regional Economist.
The casino within the Gold Strike Hotel features more than 1,400 slot machines, more than 40 table games and a poker room offering favorite games like Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha with various stakes levels.
The Gold Strike has a high limit gaming area exclusively for those players wishing to make significantly larger wagers. The Gold Strike facility also offers a spa, golf and shopping opportunities as well as a pool for relaxation after a hard night’s gaming.
Gold Strike 1010 Casino Center Drive Robinsonville, MS 38664 662-357-6894 goldstrikemississippi.com
Previously known as the Grand Casino, Harrah’s has put its familiar moniker on the sign at the entrance of Tunica’s largest resort and casino. Harrah’s Tunica has the largest casino floor between Atlantic City and Las Vegas at 140,000 square feet on two levels.
One of the area’s largest poker rooms combines with 60 varieties of table games and 2,000 slots to form one of the liveliest spots in the Tunica area.
In between gaming sessions, stop in for a bite at Paula Deen’s Buffet, enjoy one of the hotel’s Heat Wave Pool Parties or see a top entertainment act play live in the auditorium.
Harrah’s Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 N. Tunica Resorts, MS 38664 800-946-4946 harrahstunica.com
Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.