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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi Celebrates Lucky 7: Top Shows at the Property

Sheryl Crow. The name says it all. When people think of southern pop/rock music, it’s her voice and well-strummed guitar that fans across the world hear in their minds.

All I Wanna Do, Soak up the Sun and If It Makes You Happy are amongst her biggest hits. Her genre-blending music has earned her nine Grammy Awards and a spot on VH1’s list of the Greatest Women of Rock N’ Roll.

She has performed for millions of fans over the years at venues world-wide including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, where she has earned a top spot among the best shows at the rock n’ roll-themed property.




SUMMER TIME and the living is breezy

THERE IS NOTHING better than a Southern summer getaway. Whether you are looking for a gambling excursion on the Gulf Coast or trails to meander in the mountains of Tennessee, chances are you will find your perfect escape without ever boarding a plane. If your trip is for a week or just a weekend, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the many attractions of the region. These are a few of our favorites.


Power Players

For a fun and rewarding penny slot experience, check out the new “Penny Lane” area at IP Biloxi.

Power Players

In 1941, Sam Boyd and his family arrived in Las Vegas with not much more than determination to succeed and fulfill a dream.




A Better Wagering Experience



DAY AT THE RACES IS NO LONGER LIKE it was a generation or two ago when betting on horse racing was virtually restricted to wagering at the track where live racing was being held. A boom in simulcast off-track betting (OTB) locations brought the action closer to home, to where more than 90 percent of wagering on horse racing is now done away from where live racing is taking place. An ever-growing share of that percentage is now done on the Web in what is the only legal form of online wagering in the United States., a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, is THE go-to place to wager on horseracing online or from your phone/tablet.


For a society busier than ever, is at the forefront of making wagering more accessible to those who would like to bet but don’t have the time to visit their nearest racetrack or simulcasting facility. Customers can pull up the odds, make a variety of wagers and then watch the race unfold. It is like having your own racetrack on your computer or smartphone!


“There is very little that beats the thrill of experiencing live racing. What we do with is take that experience-as only we can-to players, wherever they may be,” said Vice President of Marketing

Jeremy Clemons.


“The convenience of betting online and through mobile devices allows players to engage in racing on days and from locations where they never thought it possible.”


While wagering convenience is a primary goal, providing horseplayers with the tools they need to make those wagers is another benefit to those with a TwinSpires account. Free Brisnet Ultimate Past Performances and free selections are available to account holders, as well as free live video and race replays. To help develop new fans and break down barriers for those new to horse racing, TwinSpires also provides free video tutorials on how to sign-up, fund, wager and use past performance products.


“Getting started with is easy,” added Clemons. “Players can get signed up, fund their account and start playing the races in less than 10 minutes.”


Another benefit of TwinSpires membership is free deposit and withdrawal methods, including the popular EZ Money option, which allows players to easily transfer funds in and out of their bank account.


The contests and promotions on are great too. Currently, there is a $10,000 Guarantee tournament every Saturday through November where the top 15 places get paid and the first place is paid $5,000 plus an entry into the November 29 $50,000 Guaranteed Championship. The Saturday tournament results are determined by having players place mythical $2 win/place wagers on one horse in 12

pre-selected races. The player with the highest bankroll after the 12 races get paid. To get into the Saturday tournaments, the buy-in is $100, or players can qualify for a free buy-in by placing among the top finishers in a variety of weekly handicapping tournaments.


In the end, is easy to use, has great features, promotions and contests, and allows you to enjoy the thrill of horseracing from anywhere! Give it a shot and let us know what you think!










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A matter of COURSE


HERE’S THAT KID AGAIN. Hacking little plastic golf balls around the front yard.

All. Day. Long. If you were Bubba Watson’s neighbor in tiny Bagdad, Fla., in the late 1980s, you likely picked up your share of those plastic balls from around your house. You might have thought the kid nuts for spending so much time on a game like golf.


Southern Swings and Splashes

Summers in the South mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but to almost everyone they mean heat and humidity. How to keep your cool? Take advantage of some of the countless Southern outdoor activities and weekend getaways, especially when they involve ice-cold cocktails, resort-style swimming pools and the occasional early-morning round of golf.


Destination Lexington: Horse Farms & Bourbon Distilleries

THERE ARE FEW PLACES in the world as eclectic as Kentucky. Known as the horse and bourbon capital of the world, the state is the birthplace of approximately 30 percent of the nation’s horses each year and home to nearly 5 million barrels of aging bourbon. The entire state’s population is only 4.3 million, if that tells you anything.


While many horse farms and bourbon distilleries are scattered throughout the commonwealth, the city of Lexington, located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, has an array of both. In addition, the city is home to Keeneland, one of the most historic racetracks in the country and the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, where approximately half of the 11 Triple Crown winners have been sold.


Horseracing: The Meaning of Jockey Changes

Few factors can be as meaningful in handicapping a horse race as a jockey switch.
While even the best of jockeys lose two out of three races, when one of a circuit’s top riders hops aboard a horse it’s a reason to take a careful look at that runner.
When you can deduce a valid reason for the change, it’s time to head to the betting windows.
On Feb. 22, Chart Topper ran in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on the turf. He was ridden by Abdiel Jaen, who is currently winning at about a 9 percent clip at the Florida track.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi – $32.5 Million Platinum Power Tower

BET YOU DIDN’T THINK Biloxi knew how to rock ‘n’ roll? Well, as Eric Clapton would say, “We got the boogie-woogie right down to our very soul!” Considering Mississippi is the “Birthplace of America’s music,” it is fitting that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi is rocking a lot harder after investing $32.5 million in a captivating hotel that is unlike any of its kind on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

Named the Platinum Tower, the hotel is themed and decorated with memorabilia from only platinum recording artists. Shakira, Bette Midler, Meatloaf, Brett Michaels and eight other artists each have floors dedicated to their talents.

Each floor is decked out with costumes, photos, paintings and quotes throughout the halls and smoke-free rooms.


Mighty Mississippi: Visiting Natchez

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI IS THE PLACE to visit for a real dose of Gone With the Wind charm. The oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez once boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country, including New York.

Although its plantation economy crashed and burned after the Civil War, the city’s impressive mansions –there are more than 1,000 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places – remain a huge draw for history buffs and tourists. 

Located three and a half hours from New Orleans, and less than two hours south west of Jackson, Natchez offers a slice of American history with a healthy dose of Southern hospitality on the side.



Tax Time for Gamblers: Get the Scoop

MARCH IS A WONDERFUL TIME of year, especially in Southern states; however, if you didn’t get ahead of the game by completing your taxes in February then you may be stressed over finding all the data needed for tax preparation.

States differ over whether or not you can write off your losses to the extent of your winnings, but it’s the same for all on federal returns.

Here are some tips to help you along!



Behind the Scenes: NASCAR Kasey Kahne’s Pit Crew

THINK OF AN NFL quarterback facing a two-minute drill with 90 yards to go. Now, drop that down to 14 seconds, and those 90 yards to 250 miles. No disrespect, Peyton, but that is pressure. In a sport like NASCAR, where winners are decided by tenths of a second, absolutely everything – a missed lug nut, a dropped gas can, a loose cap – counts and can cost your team a race. That’s what the pit crew of Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team faces every week during the season, which began in Daytona in mid-February and runs through November.

Yet, for crew chief Kenny Francis and the crew of the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, it’s less about pressure and more about performance. Each race week, the crew rehearses its moves like a dance company so each pit stop is an effortless replay of practice.



Horseracing: Triple Crown Handicapping Help

JUST AFTER 6 P.M. ON MAY 3, Stephen Foster’s compositional masterpiece, “My Old Kentucky Home” will serenade one hundred thousand emotionally charged zealots situated underneath the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Subsequently, 20 optimum three-year old thoroughbreds will warm up over our nation’s most hallowed granular oval before attempting to commandeer the 140th Kentucky Derby.


In 1872, Col. Meriwether Clark Jr. (grandson of William Clark from the famed Lewis and Clark expedition) traveled to England and France where he witnessed Europe’s two most eminent horse races, the Epsom Derby and Grand Prix de Paris. Wholly inspired, Clark established the Louisville Jockey Club upon his stateside return and with it, Churchill Downs; the world’s most recognized thoroughbred horseracing cathedral.


Slot Floors of the South: Great Places to Play!

Slot machine play is at an all-time high, and casinos know it. Whether you’re enjoying the reels at a casino in Indiana or winning big on a glitzy Vegas floor, you will find that the machines once known as “one-armed bandits” are now centered around some of the most popular themes in the world, including chart-topping movies, games and music icons.


Today, the slot machine manufacturing business is booming. As more casinos open and existing properties continue to expand around the world, everyone is looking to get their hands on the latest and greatest machines that they know their players love.


Horsing Around with Michael Beychok- National Handicapping Champion

When it comes to handicapping a horse race, there are many approaches you can take. Pick a number, color or name, and cashing a winning ticket becomes as simple as playing the lottery. Or, maybe your buddy calls you with a “sure bet,” that he says, “can’t lose” and you take the bait.

But there is a more advanced way to go about finding the right horse in the right race at the right odds. By evaluating everything from recent workouts and past performances, to track conditions and more, professional handicappers have more information at their fingertips than ever before.