timberjim
timberjim
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November 19th, 2010 at 5:27:59 PM permalink
This is my first attempt at something like this, so bear with me and ask any questions you like.

I was there Nov 11-14 for an invitational golf tournament. Look on a map and try to find Philadelphia, Mississippi. It is in the middle of nowhere.

There are two Hotel/Casinos. The Golden Moon and Silverstar. They are directly across the street from one another and connected by an enclosed walkway. All the golfers were staying at the Golden Moon. My first impression was not good as the checkin person could care less about helping me. Let me say now that this was my only bad contact. Everyone else associated with the Hotels and Casinos were very polite and helpful.
The Golden Moon Casino is currently closed for renovation. This disappointed the guys I was with as they had been there numerous times and all preferred playing the Moon. They also agreed that they preferred to stay in the Silver Star as the rooms are nicer. The short walk is no big deal.
The hotel room was very clean. The beds were comfortable. A coffee maker in every room. Everything was just a little run down. Overall the rooms were more than acceptable. They could be nicer, but they could be a whole lot worse.
Both the Moon and the Silverstar have indoor and outdoor pools that are very nice. My wife used the Spa ( which is in the Silverstar) for a massage, facial, and steam. She is very particular and was very pleased with it.
Food choices are very limited. The Buffet is OK and not overpriced in the least. A few mediocre snack bars and one nice mexican restaurant. Nothing near the hotels except fast food.

The golf course is called Dancing Rabbit. Two excellent 18 whole courses. I highly reccommend them if you are traveling through this part of the country. Less than 1/2mile from the Hotel. A real challenge.

Now the important part. The Casino. A fairly good selection of slots, some brand new and others old. The only slot we couldn't find that we like to play was American Original. The video poker pay tables were so bad that I refused to play them, but that is what happens when you are the only game in town. Numerous single deck blackjack starting at $5 paying 3:2 and dealer stand on S17. Craps $5 minimum with 20X odds. One table of Mississippi Stud and a Texas HoldEm, both of which were $5. No Pai Gow Poker or Tiles. Lots of Three Card Poker, also starting at $5. About half of these 3 Card tables also had a Progressive side bet. Also some kind of a baccarat table. Small poker room, I think only 3 tables. I should have taken notes! In 4 days of playing, I only came across one dealer that I did'nt have fun with and that was because he was one of those guys that goes faster than is humanly possible. I was not the only player that would take long breaks when he took over. Overall the pit bosses and dealers were helpful and remembered me from day to day. My positve view of the casino is slightly skewed because of a great run of luck on Sat AM. See my post under Big Wins.
The crowd was locals (within 100 miles), golfers and people there for the Al Green concert Friday. Saturday night the Marine Corp Ball was held there. It was good to see all the dress blues again as our daughter was a marine. Lots of women in formal gowns. It certainly made the people watching interesting with such a diverse group there. We met alot of nice people, and yes a few jerks.
There is a bar/stage/dance floor in the middle of the casino. Very active every night we were there and I only saw one fight! The band was very good, but their lead singer tried some songs that were well beyond her range and made me wince.
The overall level of noise was not bad at all. You could hold a conversation without yelling.
The smoke was about average. Not bad unless a chain smoker sat down next to you. They did have a fair sized non-smoking area - slots only.

My overall opinion is positive. I will be back in the spring for the next tournament. I would not return otherwise. The trip here is identical in length for us to go to Biloxi. Biloxi wins hands down.
BigTip
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November 19th, 2010 at 5:48:31 PM permalink
Thanks for the write up. I am in charge of setting up a 3G trip every year. That's golfing, gambling, and guzzling! I like to go to different places to put another notch in my golf bag. We've been to Biloxi 6 times, Shreveport and Lake Charles once each, and Vegas and all the surrounding towns multiple times.

I had looked into Pearl River, but never could really find any reviews on it that were relevant to what we are looking for. Yours did. We love The Beau. Nice, good gaming conditions, lots of golf to choose from. It sounds like Pearl River would be a step down.
JerryLogan
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November 19th, 2010 at 5:51:33 PM permalink
Al Green's still alive?
timberjim
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November 19th, 2010 at 6:24:37 PM permalink
Quote: BigTip

Thanks for the write up. I am in charge of setting up a 3G trip every year. That's golfing, gambling, and guzzling! I like to go to different places to put another notch in my golf bag. We've been to Biloxi 6 times, Shreveport and Lake Charles once each, and Vegas and all the surrounding towns multiple times.

I had looked into Pearl River, but never could really find any reviews on it that were relevant to what we are looking for. Yours did. We love The Beau. Nice, good gaming conditions, lots of golf to choose from. It sounds like Pearl River would be a step down.



Given the choice - Biloxi definitely. My favorite courses there are Fallen Oaks and Grand Bear. Keep me in mind if you ever need to fill out a team.

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