There are nine casinos in Tunica – Bally’s, Fitz, Gold Strike, Link Alternatif MPO777 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.
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.Expect a lot of traffic at their weekly tournaments which offer some of the biggest cash takes in the region.
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.