Tunica poker games represent the largest concentration of poker gaming in the South.
Tunica County, Mississippi is one of the country’s largest gaming centers, right behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City. You’ll find Tunica Count just south of Memphis, Tennessee. In fact, Harrah’s Casino, once the Grand Casino Tunica, is the largest gambling resort anywhere in the country outside of Vegas or Atlantic City. Tunica is an easy drive from lots of Southern cities, so gamers in the South can get to Tunica’s poker scene without booking a flight.
There are nine casinos in Tunica – Bally’s, Fitz, Gold Strike, Harrah’s, Hollywood, Horseshoe, Resorts, Sam’s Town, and Roadhouse. Of these nine, only Horseshoe, Bally’s, Fitz, Gold Strike, Harrah’s,Hollywood, and Sam’s Town have legitimate poker rooms. The other casinos appear to attract pit game or slot players, many of them boasting about recent slot renovations.
The Horseshoe Casino and Resort has Tunica’s most famous poker room. Founded by Jack Binion soon after the legalization of gaming in Mississippi, this is the poker room that hosts the World Poker Open. The WPO has been at the Horseshoe since The Flood, and the room draws poker players from all over the world. The poker room has been expanded twice in the last six years — there’s lots of room for poker. Expect a lot of traffic at their weekly tournaments which offer some of the biggest cash takes in the region.
Another big poker draw in Tunica is at the Gold Strike, where there are daily tournaments featuring buy-ins from $25 to $500. The Gold Strike poker room is non-smoking and has sixteen tables — the room won the 2007 "Best Live Poker" award in the region.
Harrah’s Casino is huge and has been renovated in the past five years to include the largest poker room in the area. Harrah’s poker room has weekly tournaments in Hold’em and Omaha, and there’s always plenty of cash action running in the giant poker room.
Hollywood Casino and Sam’s Town’s poker rooms are the "newest" rooms in Tunica County, but the games there are more for amateurs and low limit players. There’s only six tables at each poker room, making the rooms seem really small. Look for lots of cash games at both rooms.
There’s plenty of poker to be played in Tunica,Mississippi. Be sure to stay in the area to take advantage of local restaurant and bar promotions for Tunica poker players and gamblers.
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By Tony Shepard
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