If you've never been on the Mississippi Coast, you don't know there are plenty of casinos overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Bummer, cause the prices are right, the casino entertainment is fun, and the showroom entertainment is like Vegas used to be 20 years ago! Now that's partly because the same acts in Mississippi are the same acts that were actually in Vegas 20 years ago, but it's also because the prices are so reasonable.
I'm sorry to say I missed Ray Stevens singing The Streak and Mississippi Squirrel on Nov. 23rd at the Imperial Palace, but they also had Bill Engval in concert this month. In the next six weeks you can catch REO Speedwagon, Mel and Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, and Little Bigtown. Ronnie Milsap was just at the Hard Rock, but a few big names upcoming are Michael Bolton, The Temptations Review, Michael Grimm, and Kansas. You can even catch the Guess Who or Tony Orland for just $14.95. The Beau Rivage has new acts every week, including upcoming shows by Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Patti LaBelle. If you haven't been to Biloxi, you should consider a trip.
And, if you make it to The Magnolia State, you might try a little poker game called Mississippi Stud. It's very popular right now, but only a few other states have the game. It's not played in the poker room, it's a table game, and it reminds me of an upside-down Let-it-Ride game, because in that game you get three cards and the dealer shows two others and you make a five-card hand. In Mississippi Stud, you get two cards and the dealer shows another three cards, again, for a five-card hand.
The best part of the game is you get to raise (from 1 to 3 times your ante) when you are drawing to, or already have a hand that's going to pay-off. That's pretty cool. Enjoy.