In terms of size, the Horseshoe Tunica Casino and Hotel wouldn't look out of place in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. It boasts more than 1,700 slot machines and 70 tables where you can play poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette. But in place of the neon-hued glitz of those other gaming meccas, the property offers warm, wood paneling, golden, padded chairs, and hanging chandeliers. Still more entertainment can be found at Horseshoe's sister properties, Harrah’s Tunica and the Tunica Roadhouse. A free shuttle service travels back and forth between the two every 30 minutes.
Gaming is a primary focus here, but there's a wealth of other amenities at the hotel, including retail shops and an outdoor pool. Dining options range from Jack Binion's Steak House to family-style Asian fare at Noodles. The casino also hosts shows at Bluesville nightclub, with upcoming acts including Buddy Guy (February 9) and the Doobie Brothers (March 24).
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi: Gaming Hub 45 Minutes from Memphis
Located 45 minutes from Memphis, Tunica Resorts (also called Robinsonville) is home to nine separate casinos. In addition to providing several gaming opportunities, these pleasure palaces constitute the area's nexus for fine dining and nightlife.
For even more of the latter, take a 45 minute drive to Memphis, the birthplace of blues, rock ’n’ roll, and soul. Music from all of these genres can be heard nightly in the bars on Beale Street. Blues-guitar legend B. B. King still puts in an appearance a few times a year at his establishment. Music lovers should also make a pilgrimage to Sun Studio, where Elvis dropped his first track, and Graceland, where he sampled his first peanut-butter-and-Twinkie sandwich.