LuckyPhow
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August 21st, 2016 at 12:11:49 PM permalink
Gaming Trip Summary:

I planned to stay 7 nights in Biloxi-area (to include D'Iberville) casinos, but the terrible storm that (subsequently) destroyed Louisianna was at Mobile, between me and home when I was supposed to leave. Scarlet Pearl graciously gave me an extra (free) night, allowing me to miss the worst of the weather on my return trip home. On my first full day in Biloxi I arrived early one morning to gamble at SPearl, only to find roulette, baccarat, and 4 BJ tables (which I never play). Pit opened MS Stud for me, closing one of the 3 empty BJ tables. I played (mostly) heads up with the dealer for several hours. I lost my shirt, lost my shoes, lost one sock. Painful. Then, I got a royal flush (no 50-to-1 Trips bet) with a 500-to-1 payout on my $5 Blind bet for $2,500. I played mostly even with Biloxi casinos the rest of my trip, so that gave me a small profit once all the smoke cleared. I mostly played UTH and MS Stud (no Mr Stud!), but also played some 3-Card Poker and some Pai-Gow Poker. Beau had a $10 Pai-Gow Poker game, but other casinos have higher minimums. (Ummm... Can you tell, I'm a "Bottom-Feeder"?) SPearl and ImpPalace have $15 Pai-Gow Poker, and (I think) GNug is even higher (but the table is never open when I visit). Boomtown recently got High Card Flush and MS Stud. I seldom play the MS Stud Trips bet, but when I do, I tell the dealer, "We split the proceeds." Got quads one time and had a VERY happy dealer, "This is the first time I dealt quads, and I'm in the pot!" Too cool. At HardRock If all UTH players fold (which happens more often if few players are at the table), they never see the dealer cards (because it slows the game, so sez the casino). But, at least the dealer doesn't always get the first hand, which makes me wonder sometimes about the fairness of the shuffle machines at some of the other casinos. Beau is too upscale to have drink-holders on table games. (Even GNug finally convinced Tilman Fertita, the VERY opinionated owner, to add them because of never-ending spilled drinks.) At one (unnamed) casino, the dealer told me dealer pay starts at $4.25 per hour plus 10 cents extra (per hour) for each game s/he can deal. Annual raise is 10 to 15 cents per hour. Base pay often is not enough to cover all the withholding on the total earnings (incl. shared tips). That dealer planned to become a pit boss soon, as pit boss pay starts at $26.50 per hour. At the Beau, one table had a lit sign showing min/max bets, with a scrolling message along the bottom of the sign. But, the sign had the default message from the sign company and kept telling people what a great way this was to reinforce customer interest. Ho-hum. (No more Biloxi trips until AFTER college football season.)

Note: If you never travel to Biloxi-area casinos, you can skip the rest.

Casino Hotel Notes:

Beau Rivage: Last nite of BraVeau show resulted in a casino overflowing with children, many adults unfamiliar with this (or any) casino, and long lines at food venues. Perhaps exacerbated by the fact that school started the following day, so this was the end of summer vacation. Same occurs when the "Shuckers" baseball team plays at home, as the M-Life Stadium is just across the street from the casino (and the casino's free parking garage). On a previous trip, one evening game was rained out, forcing baseball fans to escape into the dry casino with all the many children. Imagine: 10:45 pm and the buffet line was still a million miles long with upset, hungry kids that haven't eaten dinner and are up far past bedtime. Not a pretty sight, so be forewarned. No weather problem for baseball this time when I stayed at Beau, but I could see from my hotel room that the stadium was only about 20 percent full (for a week-night during the first week of school). With binoculars one could easily watch the game. Previous trips had two sizes of soap in Beau hotel rooms, a small bar (hand soap) and a bigger bar (bath size), but this time there was only one medium-sized bar of soap. Less soap and (still) only one coffee pot in the area's largest casino hotel. Sheesh!

Imperial Palace: Singer event (Dwight Youkam) filled the casino, with hotel check-in line stretching far out of the hotel desk area (and similarly long buffet line). Always try to arrive early afternoon at ImpPalace for better parking and shorter line at hotel check-in. First time I noticed the "touch-anything-in-this-well-stocked-mini-fridge-and-we'll-charge-you" had been replaced by an empty, clean, working mini-fridge. But, ImpPalace rooms are showing wear (towel holder about to fall out of wall in my room) and electronic keys are sometimes VERY fussy if they work at all. (By contrast, Beau does not reuse electronic hotel keys because tossing used key cards virtually eliminates guests having problems with non-working keys.) Also, when you turn on the TV in the ImpPalace hotel room, it starts with the volume at its highest level. So rude!

Scarlet Pearl: First time staying in the hotel, and I loved it. Electric floor-to-ceiling blinds in every room (according to staff), big & very functional bath rooms (unlike GNug), roomy, and well-designed with lots of counter space. Also, USA Today newspapers for guests (also done by ImpPalace and maybe Harrahs Gulfcoast). As part of training, new employees at SPearl (they were all new) stayed overnight in the (at-that-time unopened) hotel, with the assignment to identify any problems and to suggest any improvements. Few buses come to the SPearl. When buses do come, they are almost always "day-trip" visitors ("...with no luggage!" moan the Bell Hops). Lots of buses often means long lines at food venues and at the cashier, especially just before the bus leaves. Fewer buses are good, IMHO.

Other Notes:

If you get a discount buffet offer and plan to use it some morning, be aware that breakfast buffets are not available at several casinos, including Palace Casino, Boomtown Casino, and Scarlet Pearl Casino. Margaritaville, the new hotel-resort, located across the street from Harrahs Gulfcoast and next door to the Golden Nugget, has no casino. But a mom & her kids reported spending the whole day there, and all agreed the monster-sized game room was great fun and the food was good. There is also a water park on the property, but admission is only available to hotel guests, so they didn't get to use it. But they reported it looked like it would also be a lot of fun.
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August 21st, 2016 at 1:32:23 PM permalink
Hard rock usually has 5 dollar pai gow-
Below is a picture from the rooms at scarlet pearl- although new / didn't feel they were anything above a standard Marriott or Hilton level at best

https://imgur.com/a/upifC
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August 21st, 2016 at 1:43:57 PM permalink
You can do $3 carnival games at treasure bay
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August 21st, 2016 at 1:45:16 PM permalink
I think I remember playing double jokers or something like that at the 1 dollar denom level just killing time
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August 22nd, 2016 at 6:49:04 AM permalink
Quote: Wizardofnothing

rooms at scarlet pearl- although new / didn't feel they were anything above a standard Marriott or Hilton level at best



WoN,

If I recall correctly, you gave good marks to Hard Rock rooms. And, I guess, mediocre marks to rooms at Scarlet Pearl. Seems your standards for both dining and lodging are higher than mine.

Have you stayed at Beau Rivage, Imperial Palace, or Golden Nugget? If so, I'd sure like to get your opinion on how rooms at those properties stack up.

Hey, everybody else! If you have an opinion about Biloxi casino dining and lodging options, don't be shy about weighing in, OK?

Lucky
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August 22nd, 2016 at 6:57:21 AM permalink
Scarlett pearls food was terrible- maybe the pho was ok but everything else awful

Golden nugget rooms were ok maybe a notch above pearl. - beau was similar to bellagio but not AS NICE food was best at hard rock second best at beau- third golden nugget - then island view then pearl then ip. In fairness ip is an older property so I didn't even bother checking the rooms out.
Scarlett pearl is ok because it is new but once it gets older I think they die- Everything about it is terrible imo- To get to the pool you have to WALK through valet. The elevators are very slow. They have almost zero shopping- they had a small pop up gift shop. And the coffee shop was the worst I have ever been to- Not even fresh squeezed oj.
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August 22nd, 2016 at 6:57:37 AM permalink
Scarlett pearls food was terrible- maybe the pho was ok but everything else awful

Golden nugget rooms were ok maybe a notch above pearl. - beau was similar to bellagio but not AS NICE food was best at hard rock second best at beau- third golden nugget - then island view then pearl then ip. In fairness ip is an older property so I didn't even bother checking the rooms out.
Scarlett pearl is ok because it is new but once it gets older I think they die- Everything about it is terrible imo- To get to the pool you have to WALK through valet. The elevators are very slow. They have almost zero shopping- they had a small pop up gift shop. And the coffee shop was the worst I have ever been to- Not even fresh squeezed oj.
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August 22nd, 2016 at 7:10:47 AM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

WoN,

If I recall correctly, you gave good marks to Hard Rock rooms. And, I guess, mediocre marks to rooms at Scarlet Pearl. Seems your standards for both dining and lodging are higher than mine.

Have you stayed at Beau Rivage, Imperial Palace, or Golden Nugget? If so, I'd sure like to get your opinion on how rooms at those properties stack up.

Hey, everybody else! If you have an opinion about Biloxi casino dining and lodging options, don't be shy about weighing in, OK?

Lucky

I haved stayed in suites @ HR and GN within the last year two (Beau Rivage when it opened but don't remember much of the rooms) I thought the rooms were modern and nice at both places. I liked the HR buffett, GN had good places to eat like Lilies it's good.
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August 22nd, 2016 at 7:19:23 AM permalink
Axel you can probably confirm- any thoughts on the coffee shop at Scarlett pearl?
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August 22nd, 2016 at 11:40:10 PM permalink
Scarlet Pearl Oak Tree cafe near the casino entrance.is excellent. Good food, fair prices, large portions. Not sure how you had a bad meal there. Think I've eaten there 3 times, was very pleased with all.

Noodle bar was not to my liking. Disliked their spices and their selection. Only gave them one chance, though. Very cilantro and lemongrass heavy, Thai rather than broader Asian choices.
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