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 hollywoodpokeropen.com 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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Michael Clark from WMC-TV Wins World Series of Poker Media Tournament at Horseshoe Tunica

Clark Chooses Tunica Humane Society to Receive $1,000 Donation


TUNICA, Miss., January 18, 2015 – Congratulations to WMC-TV’s Michael Clark for winning the 2015 World Series of Poker Media Tournament and beating out 33 other members of the local media.  As the winner, Clark receives $1,000 to be donated to his favorite charity, the Tunica Humane Society.




World Series of Poker Media Tournament 2015 Standings
                       

1st       Michael Clark              WMC-TV
2nd      Randy Adams             WHBQ Fox 13
3rd       Mo Better                    Flinn Broadcasting
4th       Eli Savoie                    Sports 56
5th       Frank Gilbert               I Heart Media
6th       Nick Burchett             WHBQ Fox 13
7th       Jeffrey Goldberg         Contemporary Media
8th       Janice Broach              WMC-TV
9th       CJ Hurt                       Cerrito Live
10th     Patrick McGinnis        WKNO-TV & FM

The World Series of Poker Circuit returns to Tunica this season with a new home. For the first time in the tour’s history, the Horseshoe Tunica will host a Circuit event.

Horseshoe Tunica has been part of poker history since it opened its doors. It was originally founded by Jack Binion, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and son of WSOP founder Benny Binion. Now, the Horseshoe becomes part of the WSOP Circuit as well.

The Circuit stop will run from January 22 to February 2, and tournaments will be held in Bluesville, the Horseshoe’s concert venue. The schedule features 12 official WSOP Circuit events. The winner of each will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring and points on the Circuit Leaderboard. The winner of the $1,675 Main Event (Jan. 30-Feb.2) will also earn a free entry into the 2015 WSOP National Championship.

One additional seat in the National Championship is up for grabs. The top point-earner throughout the 12 events earns the title of Casino Champion and will join the Main Event winner at the National Championship.

There will also be a full schedule of non-ring events, including a $250 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, a $250 H.O.R.S.E. event, a $250 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event, and nightly $135 tournaments.

Several nearby hotels are offering discounted rates to players. Reserve your room at America’s Best Value Inn Tunica Resort (use code ABVI World Poker) or Best Western Tunica Resort (code BW World Poker).

A full schedule for the WSOP Circuit is available on WSOP.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New museum addition progressing nicely at the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center

TUNICA, Miss. — A new blues museum will open this January as a part of an expanded Gateway to the Blues Vistor Center, when the center officially becomes the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center & Museum, according to tunicatravel.com. 
The visitor center is located alongside blues highway 61 in Tunica Resorts. Just 20 miles from Memphis’s Beale Street and Elvis’ Graceland, the expanded vistors center and museum will serve as a great stop for tourists and music lovers searching for that authentic blues experience. 
The 3,500 square foot museum will feature the following galleries:
What Is Blues Music
Why Here? (Mississippi Delta)
Evolution of Style and Form
Mississippi Bluesmen
Evolution of the Guitar
Blues Lyric Interactive
Highlights of the museum will include videos from local historian Willy Beardon and blues artists Preston Shannon and Eden Brent.  Visitors will end their journey with local bluesman Memphis Jones in the Blues Lyric Interactive where he will assist you in the production of your very own blues song. 
Once recorded, the Gateway to the Blues Museum staff will email each visitor a copy of their song as a memento of their visit to Tunica and the Mississippi Delta. 
The name “Gateway” was given to this project because the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center is truly the gateway to the larger blues and music product that can be found throughout the Mississippi Delta.  
Whether traveling the Blues Trail, visiting one of the many blues attractions in Clarksdale or attending an event at the BB King Blues Museum in Indianola, the Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and Museum will serve as the perfect first stop and educate all on why this original music art form originated and flourished from this unique landscape.
The blues, born among the hot, humid and dusty Mississippi Delta fields makes this marketing tagline about as true and original as any that you will ever hear or read.
Arguably Mississippi’s greatest export; blues music has been experienced across the airwaves on radios and televisions the world-over.  Today however, millions of people from around the globe are taking the 18th century poet John Keats’ words to heart and visiting Mississippi where this truest form of experiential music was born.


The Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and Museum will become real with visitors from around the world being able to experience this one of a kind music attraction in 2015.  Follow us on twitter @TunicaBlues and check in with www.tunicatravel.com for the most up to date and accurate times for the official grand opening of Mississippi’s newest blues music experience. For more gaming news, click here: Jackpot! Magazine.