Monday, August 17, 2015

Flights open at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica

This is a new favorite place for craft beer lovers

By David Grisham

Enjoy flights of craft beer in 4-ounce glasses to select 16-ounces of your favorite at Flights Craft Brews + Apps at Sam's Town Tunica.
TUNICA RESORTS —Flights Craft Brews + Apps at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 3. Flights Craft Brews + Apps serves regional craft beer and appetizers and is located on the second floor of the casino next to Twain’s Steakhouse. The soft opening for the bar took place on Aug. 13, so one can enjoy the Flights experience now. In addition to craft beer and apps, also enjoy crafted cocktails and a fine selection of bottled beer.
Craft beers come from breweries that are smaller than large-scale breweries and emphasize quality, flavor and brewing technique. Flights is a great place to sample a variety of craft beers, as “flights” consist of four 4-ounce glasses, each containing a different beer. This allows one to try multiple styles and brands of beer and then order a 16-ounce glass of the beer most preferred.
Flights is open weekly at Sam’s Town, Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Alan Handler, Sam’s Town food and beverage manager, said Flights is a great place to eat, relax and enjoy a variety of best-rated craft beers. One can also enjoy sports on the weekend on Flights’ many flat screen HDTV sets in addition to the latest in regional craft beer offerings. “We will be changing beers quarterly. This is the first bar of its type in Tunica. We’re the first casino to bring this concept to Tunica,” Handler said.
Flights is located on the second floor.
The upscale bar has a unique appeal and provides a place to go away from the action of the casino floor. Well lit, with wood paneled walls and lots of bar-top space, one won’t find video poker inside of Flights. It’s all about experiencing beverages, apps and enjoying conversation with friends, or catching some sports action.  There’s also available WiFi. Handler credited the Facilities Department for building Flights and making it possible.
Craft beers currently available at Flights include: Abita Andygator High Gravity, Louisiana; Michelob Amberback, Missouri; Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Missouri, Covington Strawberry Ale, Louisiana, Tine Roof Juke Joint IPA, Louisiana; Southern Prohibition Devil’s Harvest Extra Pale Ale, Mississippi, Wiseacre Get Up to Get Down Coffee Stout, Tennessee, Tin Roof Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale, Louisiana, Chafunkta King Fish Ale, Louisiana; Yalobusha Copperhead Amber Ale, Mississippi and Naked Pig Pale Ale, Alabama.
Appetizers available include waffle fry nachos, pulled pork egg rolls, hummus and vegetable platter, buffalo tenders, turkey lollipops, pulled pork nachos, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings, Italian stuffed mushrooms, Bang Bang Shrimp and beef tenderloin sliders.
Crafted cocktails include such selections as Melon Patch, UV Watermelon Vodka, pineapple juice and Sierra Mist; Grapefruit Crush, Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka, triple sec. grapefruit juice and Sierra Mist; Blue Lagoon, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blue Curacao and lemonade; Peach Fuzz, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Peach Schnapps, orange juice and grenadine; Sweet Tea, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka an water; I Don’t Care, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, triple sec. sour mix and Sweet-n-Low; Harvest Moon, American Harvest Vodka, triple sec. sour mix and grenadine; and Bloody Mary, Absolut Peppar Vodka, Absolutes Bakon Vodka and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix.
You’ll want to check out Flights for yourself. It’s good to know this experience is available in Tunica. Plan to bring your friends and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The $50,000 TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament at Hollywood Casino Tunica July 31 through Aug. 1

TUNICA RESORTS —The $50,000 Tournevent of Champions Slot Tournament is at Hollywood. Win your share of $50,000 when you play in this tournament, July 31 and Aug. 1. Buy in for $50 July 1 through July 31 at noon. Early registration is Friday, July 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday tournament play begins at 8:30 and the top three highest scores from Friday will go to the Final Round on Saturday, August 1. Regular registration is Saturday, August 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all registrants will receive an entry into the Wild Card Drawing at the Finals. Round 1 play begins at 2 p.m.
Participants may earn an extra entry by earning 150 points during the gaming day on Saturday, August 1, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. to participate in the Re-Buy Round (Round Two).  Registration for Round Two is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Participants must have played in Round One in order to be eligible to play in Round Two at 6 p.m.
The Final Round begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and will include: Top 85 scores from Saturday Round One and Round Two; the top 3 scores from Friday Round and two wild card winners on Saturday.

The Top 50 scores from the Final Round will win prizes. First place wins a seat to the National One Million Dollars TournEvent of Champions finals in Las Vegas, $5,000.00 in Free SlotPlay and $5,000 cash.  One wild card winner will also win a seat to the National One Million Dollars TournEvent of Champions finals. Winners must be present to win.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Performers coming to Gold Strike Casino include Travis Tritt, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill and Leann Rimes

TUNICA, Mississippi — Gold Strike is bringing star power to Tunica, Miss., with series of big-name entertainers over the next few months. It all starts with the legendary Kenny G. on Saturday, May 30. The smooth jazz saxophonist has sold more than 75 million records worldwide with such albums as G Force and Gravity, early albums that went platinum, followed up by Duotones, which sold more than 5 million copies in the United States, and Breathless, which went on to become the top selling instrumental album of all time with more than 15 millions copies sold. His holiday album, Miracles, became the top selling Christmas album, selling more than 13 million copies. Tickets to see Kenny G. are $39.95/$49.96/$59.95.
Travis Tritt
Country music superstar Travis Tritt comes to Gold Strike on Saturday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Tritt has released seven albums that have attained or exceeded platinum status and has charted more than 40 intances on the country charts. 
He has five No. 1 songs: “Help Me Hold On,” “Can I Trust You with May Heart,” Anymore,” “Best of Intentions” and Foolish Pride.” In addition to the No. 1 hits, Tritt has amassed another 15 Top 10 singles. A country performer with a southern rock flair, Tritt’s unique sound has garned him two Grammy Awards. Tickets to see Travis Tritt are $49.95/$59.95/$69.95.
BALAGAN, the Theatrical Circus Sensation, comes to Gold Strike June 19 through July 12. Show times are Tuesdays through Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $9.95, $14.95 and $19.95.
Loretta Lynn
The first lady of country music, Loretta Lynn, is set to perform at Gold Strike for two shows, Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.
Lynn has amassed 16 No. 1 hits and charted 70 songs in her career, which spans more than 50 years. She has written more than 160 songs and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. She was the subject of the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which went on to become the No. 1 box office hit in this country. Sissy Spacek won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in the movie.
Lynn was the first women to receive the “Entertainer of the Year” award by the Country Music Association and was awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Some of her many No. 1 songs include “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Fist City,” “Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone),” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “One’s On the Way,” “Rated X,” “Love is the Foundation,” “Trouble in Paradise,” “Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight),” “She’s Got You,” “Out of My Head and Back in My Bed” and more. Tickets to see Loretta Lynn are $49.95/$59.95/$69.95.
Vince Gill
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Vince Gill will perform at Gold Strike on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. Having achieved success as the frontman for popular country rock band Pure Prairie League in the ‘70s, Gill went on to become an even more successful solo artist, recording more than 20 albums, selling more than 25 million copies and charting more than 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His 18 Country Music Association Awards include five Male Vocalist Awards and two Entertainer of the Year Awards. He has collected 20 Grammy Awards, the most of any male country performer. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 
Top hits include “When I Call Your Name,” “I Still Believe in You,” “Don’t Let Your Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “One More Last Chance,” “Tryin’ to Get Over You,” “Whenever Love Comes Around,” “What Cowgirls Do,” “When Love Finds You,” “A Little More Love” and many more.
Tickets to see Vince Gill are $89.95/$99.95 and $109.95. 
Leann Rimes
Leann Rimes brings her rich vocals to Gold Strike on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Rimes became a star with the release of the single “Blue” at the age of 13. The song became a Top 10 hit, making her the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker. A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Rimes has a Country Music Association award, three American Country Music awards, a dozen Billboard Music Awards and an American Music award. She has more than 40 singles on American and internation charts and has more than 37 million records sold around the world and some 20 million albums sold in this country. She was ranked the 17th artist of the decade (1990-200) by Billboard. 
Hear Rimes perform such songs as “Blue,” “How Do I Live,” “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and many more.
Tickets to see Rimes are $54.96/$69.95/$89.95 (on sale May 25). 

All ticket prices listed for all shows don’t include tax and service charge. Call Gold Strike at (866) 245-4536 for ticket information and (888) 245-7829 for hotel information. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Slot tournament at Hollywood Tunica could lead to Vegas trip and $1 million grand prize!

TUNICA RESORTS — Play your way to one million dollars cash in the $10,000 Marquee Millionaire Qualifying Slot Tournaments at Hollywood Casino Tunica this month. Qualify to earn a seat in the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournaments on Fridays, March 13, 20 and 27.  Earn 400 points Monday through Friday each week of the qualifying tournaments for one entry to Round 1.  

Registration is from 2 to 6 p.m. for Round 1 and the round one begins at 5 p.m.  Then, earn another 200 points day of the tournament by 8 p.m. and receive one entry into Round 2.  That is two chances to win. The first place winner will receive a seat at the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament in Las Vegas and $1,000 for travel expenses. Plus five wildcard winners will win $500 in Free SlotPlay. 

Must be present to win. The $1-million grand prize is paid in annual installments over 20 years. Be advised that any person enrolled in a self-exclusion program in any state in which Penn National Gaming operates a casino facility (operating under the names of Argosy, Hollywood, Casino Rama, Boomtown Biloxi, Zia Park or M Resort) is ineligible to participate in the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament.

Try the prime bone-in rib eye at Bally's Casino Tunica's steakhouse - The Barn Prime

By David Grisham
TUNICA RESORTS — Bally’s Casino has some big news. The Barn Prime is now open and has something for steak lovers to get excited about. Guests at The Barn Prime can now feast on the restaurant’s special prime bone-in rib eye — it’s a cut above most any steak you’ll find in the area. Plus, enjoy delicious new entrees and specials, a new wine menu and relax in a cool and contemporary new vibe. 
We decided to visit The Barn Prime and check out the new menu last week. Bally’s Food and Beverage Director Steve Armer and Manger Eddie Sinaga have been busy taking The Barn Prime to a new level and helped chart our dining adventure on this evening.
The bone-in rib eye at The Barn Prime
I was there for the restaurant’s signature item – the prime 22-ounce bone-in rib eye. Others in my party opted for a 6-ounce filet. I asked Armer to pair a wine for us and he recommended Bogle Merlot California 2012. This full-bodied wine paired well with steak. I noted that it had concentrated berry and cherry aromas. Tasting it, I found that it offers an intense fruity and spicy flavor. It is one of several nice wine selections on a wine menu that includes a variety of wines from Kendall-Jackson and offerings from other popular winemakers. 
Although appetizers, a salad and desserts were part of our meal, the star at the restaurant is steak, so I’ll get to the point. 
We could see our steaks on the grill while they cooked via a large monitor facing the dining area. It was nice to keep an eye on them as they sizzled over a hot flame. 
When they arrived at our table, the steaks were visually appetizing, branded with a dark grill pattern. It didn’t take long to put our steak knives into action. To our delight, the filets were so tender that one could have cut them with a fork. I sampled a bite or two and found the filets to be delicately tender, almost buttery.
My rib eye was every bit of 22 ounces and its attractive seared grilled exterior gave way to a beautiful pink center with each glide of my steak knife. The hearty beef flavor and juicy melt-in-your-mouth consistency of this steak makes one understand why it is a cut above - delicious.
For surf-and-turf fanatics, the menu provides add-ons in the form of Steak Oscar, crab legs, one or two lobster tails, or a sizzling shrimp skillet.
Other steak selections available include top sirloin and a 12-ounce strip. Specialties include dry or wet ribs with barbecue sauce, braised beef short ribs, pork chops, Atlantic salmon, shrimp scampi, seared trout and seasoned crab legs.
For appetizers, we chose shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and jumbo crab cakes. The shrimp and grits was my selection. The blend of specially seasoned shrimp, cheesy grits and Andouille cream sauce made for a satisfying pre-dinner treat – one that was perfect portioned. Other apps include jumbo shrimp cocktail, crawfish dip ‘n’ chip, oysters on the half shell, Oysters Rockefeller and Bally’s Sea x 3 – shrimp, crab and red snapper served in a white wine sauce.
For dessert, we opted for the Creme Brule. The traditional caramelized French vanilla custard topped with fresh berries and whipped cream was the perfect ending to a meal. Other choices include cheesecake, cake with berries and creme, a chocolate lava cake and, for the adventurous, The Dirty Pig. It is a flavorful combination of chocolate and bacon – the marriage of sweet and salty taken to the extreme.

The Barn Prime is open Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (866) 422-5597.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Meet Chris Moneymaker and win seats to Hollywood Poker Open Championship in Vegas at Hollywood Casino Tunica

TUNICA, Miss. (Monday, March 2, 2015)  — Poker’s Chris Moneymaker is coming to Hollywood Casino Tunica for the Hollywood Poker Open. Anyone who even casually follows poker knows the story of Chris Moneymaker, the one-time accountant who would one day enter an online poker tourney that would take him on a journey to the World Series of Poker Main Event. There, a win over a large field of seasoned poker pros and a $2.5 million payday turned him into an overnight celebrity and helped fuel an explosion in the popularity of poker.
The year was 2003 and his WSOP final table duel with second-place finisher Sammy Farha would seal his life-changing victory and link them together forever in poker lore. While the two are joined together in history, they aren’t palling around with one another.
“After I won, he (Farah) didn’t speak to me for six years,” Moneymaker said, in an interview with Jackpot! Magazine. “Then, a rematch was arranged a few years later in a best-of-three, straight up. I beat him again.”
Chris Moneymaker
The best-of-three event was a Poker Stars “grudge match” during the 2011 World Series of Poker.
“A few years later,” Moneymaker continued, “We were at a charity event and spent some time together that evening – pro and rookie. He said it was amazing how much I had improved. I really appreciated that.”
Getting the compliment from Farha means a lot to Moneymaker. Farha has made a fortune through his wins in many tournaments and has a knack for winning bracelets in World Series of Poker Omaha events. His second-place finish to Moneymaker in the Texas Hold’em 2003 WSOP Main Event was good for $1.3 million.
Moneymaker’s live tournament winnings exceed $3 million.  Some of his best poker moments since his 2003 win, he said, include his experience on the “Heads Up” TV series finals on NBC, where he finished second to Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel and the World Poker Tour Shooting Stars event in 2004, where he finished second for a big $200,000 payday.
Moneymaker’s poker success since 2003 has come with some challenges, however. His celebrity status after 2003, with network television exposure and appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” made him something of a marked man at the poker tables. Imagine going from playing as an anonymous player to playing as the WSOP Main Event Champion – someone everyone knows. It’s something Moneymaker had to handle. “Seven to 10 years ago my game wasn’t advanced enough to handle it but I’m comfortable that everyone knows who I am,” he said.
Even though the championship win was more than a decade ago, it is rare for Moneymaker to meet someone in the poker world who doesn’t know or recognize him. “I ran across a guy in Prague who didn’t know who I was,” Moneymaker recalled. “It was really unusual.”
With the passage of time since his biggest win, Moneymaker now has something else to adjust to: A new generation of fans. “People will come up to me, and say, ‘I was 11 when you won, #legend,” and I’ll say, ‘Come on now, I’m still in my prime. I’m 39!”
Moneymaker has some advice for younger casual players and want-to-be professional poker players. “It’s really difficult to be a professional tournament poker player,” he said, explaining that the win percentages are low. He advised, “It takes a lot of patience. You have to wait for your spot and have the patience to do it.”
“It also takes great bankroll management,” he added, “And once you hit the table, a good memory helps. You have to be able to read people. It’s more about observance than following the patterns – simple observance. You’ll see things.”
Moneymaker is an ambassador for the Hollywood Poker Open and meets a lot of people along the way in his role. He’ll be at the tables some, playing in the main event and no doubt taking pictures with fans and signing autographs.
“I always like playing at home,” Moneymaker said, who played in Tunica poker rooms long before he became famous. He said the Tunica event is a great opportunity for players in the area. “The Hollywood Poker Open is a way for the average player to play in well-structured tournaments. In other tournaments structures get really fast. The HPO has more level structures with a big buy-in feel. Fees are lower, players are friendly as well, and the customer service is great.”
The third season of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) is underway at Hollywood Casino Tunica through March 8 for big money and chances to win seats to the HPO Championship Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
In the HPO Feature Events at Hollywood Casino, winners will receive an HPO trophy, additionally the player with the highest point total (leaderboard) from the feature events (including the Main) will receive a seat in this year’s HPO Season 3 Championship
at the M Resort, June 26-28. The winner of the HPO Regional Main Event will also receive a $2,500 entry into the HPO Season 3 Championship at the M Resort in in June.
Remaining events and feature events (listed in red) at Hollywood Casino Tunica are: 
No. 11 - Monday, March 2, 12 p.m., Satellite (Guaranteed Seat Event No. 12), buy-in is $70.
No. 12 - Monday, March 2, 3 p.m., NL Hold’em Deepstack, buy-in is $235.
No. 13 - Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., No Limit ($2,000 guarantee), buy-in is $125.
No. 14 - Tuesday, March 3, 12 p.m., Satellite (Guaranteed Seat Event No. 15), buy-in is $70.
No. 15 - Tuesday, March 3, 3 p.m., NL Pot Limit Omaha, buy-in is $235.
No. 16 - Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m., No Limit ($2,000 guarantee), buy-in is $125.
No. 17 - Wednesday, March 4, 12 p.m., Satellite (Guaranteed Seat Event No. 18), buy-in is $70.
No. 18 - Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., NL Hold’em Deepstack, buy-in is $235.
No. 19 - Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., No Limit ($2,000 guarantee), buy-in is $125.
No. 20 - Wednesday, March 4, 12 p.m., Satellite (Guaranteed Seat Event No. 21), buy-in is $70.
No. 21 - Thursday, March 5, 3 p.m., NL Hold’em Deepstack Flight A, buy-in is $300.
No. 22 - Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., NL Hold’em Deepstack Flight B, buy-in is $300.
No. 23 - Thursday, March 5, 10 p.m., Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed), buy-in is $125.
- Friday, March 6, 12 p.m., Mega/Restart Flights.
No. 24 - Friday, March 6, 1 p.m., NL Hold’em Deepstack, buy-in is $300.
No. 25 - Friday, March 6, 3 p.m., Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guarantee), buy-in is $235.
No. 26 - Friday, March 6, 5 p.m., Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed), buy-in is $125.
No. 27 - Friday, March 6, 7 p.m., Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guarantee), buy-in is $235.
No. 28 - Friday, March 6, 10 p.m., Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed), buy-in is $125.
No. 29 -Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m., Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guarantee), buy-in is $235.
No. 30 -  Saturday, March 7, 12 p.m., HPO Regional Main Event, buy-in is $1,115.
No. 31 - Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m., Ladies No Limit Hold’em, buy-in is $125.
No. 32 - Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m., No Limit ($2,000 guarantee), buy-in is $125.
No. 33 - Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m., Seniors No Limit (age 50 and older), buy-in is $235.
- Sunday, March 8, 12 p.m., Main Event Restart.
No. 34 - Sunday, March 8, NL Hold’em Deepstack, $235 buy-in.

Visit for more details or call the casino at (800) 871-0711.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Growlers now at Sam's Town Tunica's Smokey Joe's

Fill your's with 64 ounces of fresh beer straight from the tap

At Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica, Miss.

By David Grisham
TUNICA RESORTS — Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall has great news for beer lovers. The casino now has a growler station at Smokey Joe’s.
For those who may not be up to speed, a growler is a large jug used to sell take-out craft beer from breweries, brewpubs and/or beer taps. The growlers from Smokey Joe’s are 64-ounce, amber-colored glass jugs and feature screw-on caps. Properly sealed, a growler can hold carbonation indefinitely. The growler’s darker glass protects the beer from excess light and UV, which breaks down the beer’s integrity. 
Alan Handler, Sam’s Town food and beverage director, said the growler station is a real plus at Smokey Joe’s. “You can take the finest craft beer home or to your room and enjoy it straight from the tap to your glass.”
Purchase the growler for $15 and fill it with domestic beer for $10 or craft beer for $20. Keep the growler and bring it back to refill it for the fill price. Crafted beers available include Redd’s Apple Ale, Ghost River Golden Ale, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Suzy B Dirty Blond Ale and Fat Tire. Domestics include Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite.
While growlers may be more popular now than ever, the beer vessel dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is said that original growlers were galvanized pails with lids that made a rumbling sound caused by escaping carbon dioxide – hence the name “growler.” 
While you’re at Smokey Joe’s you’ll want something to go with your beer - especially if your stomach is “growling.” The eatery has plenty of options. Choose from 15 different sandwiches, ranging from burgers to clubs to barbecue to chicken salad and more, or try the classic BLT or the ever-popular Philly cheesesteak. Favorite non-sandwiches listed on the menu include chicken wings, fried shrimp, onion rings, barbecue nachos, chili and more. Is salad your thing? Try a fruit salad, a chef’s salad or the grilled chicken Caesar salad. And since Smokey Joe’s is open 24 hours, it’s a great place to grab breakfast. Enjoy ham, sausage or bacon biscuits or try the two-egg platter, which comes with ham, sausage or bacon with toast and tots. Smokey Joe’s menu also includes a hamsteak and egg platter with toast and tots, plus other breakfast options. Check out Smokey Joe’s on your next visit for your very own growler and tasty sandwich platter. It’s located across the Atrium from The Great Buffet. For more gambling news from Mississippi, read Jackpot! Magazine online.