Property Reviews

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.


Gulf Shores Getaway: Going Coastal

UNLESS YOU’RE IN THE KNOW, you might not realize that Gulf Shores, Alabama rivals the Florida coastline for some of the finest sandy beaches in the South. Cruise along Beach Boulevard and the Sunshine State’s border is just a stone’s throw up the road.

This family-friendly Alabama destination – a sleepy town until the height of the summer season – delivers the perfect balance of non-stop activity and lay-around-and-do-nothing time.



Rustic Retreat: Exploring Greenwood, South Carolina

Know as The Emerald City, some of the simple joys of life can be found in the town of Greenwood, South Carolina and the Old 96 District. What seems like a world away from the crowds that collect on the state’s coastline for rounds of golf and afternoons of sun worshiping, this is a rustic retreat that deems consideration for a quick getaway.

Travel along scenic back roads in South Carolina’s up country, and you will find many small towns like Greenwood that all give a whole new meaning to the term “family values.” Add in the friendliness of the locals and the slower pace of life, and Old 96 District is just what the doctor ordered.


River City Casino & Hotel: St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is a remarkable destination for just about any genre. Whether you are looking for professional sports, delectable dining or naughty nightlife…you’ll likely find it here. The latest addition to the list is the $82 million RIVER CITY CASINO & Hotel where the property underwent a massive expansion of a 193-room hotel adjacent to the casino. The new hotel provides guests with a unique experience, from the luxury suites on the seventh floor to additional suites that will include a bar and surround sound, all in a premium downtown location.



What Happens In Vegas: The Highs and Lows of Sin City

RAT PACKER FRANK SINATRA crooned this tune countless times in one of his favorite playgrounds, Las Vegas. And why not, the lyrics of the 1966 hit capture the giddy roller coaster of highs and lows that makes Las Vegas such an irresistible destination.





Dine Like a King: Gold Strike Casino’s Incredible Buffet Americana

Fresh, Made-to-Order and Definitely Delicious!

The first new buffet to open in Tunica in five years, Buffet Americana has a fresh new look and a cooler, modern vibe!





Rave Reviews: Highlights from Our Best of Southern Gaming VIP Getaway Winner!


The 2013 Best of Southern Gaming Awards was another success! This year’s lucky winner of the VIP Getaway was Hal S. from Hot Springs, Arkansas who experienced Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi in true Southern Gaming VIP style. Here’s their trip review, enjoy!





Mignon’s Steaks & Seafood at Palace Casino Resort


AT PALACE CASINO RESORT, BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI located on the second floor lies a gem of culinary bliss and Southern hospitality. Mignon’s Steaks & Seafood, the casino’s flagship restaurant, has surpassed the norm and landed in the world of exquisite dining that regular visitors to the Gulf have grown to expect.





What makes a golf course great? Is it a layout that can challenge a scratch golfer, but still let a casual player enjoy it as well? Is it strictly based on the condition of the tees, greens and everything in between? Or, do cost and pace of play have major roles in determining your favorite retreat?




Author Spotlight: Frank Scoblete on Small Bets and Slowplay


Frank Scoblete has been a contributing writer to Southern Gaming for over 10 years and is one of the world’s most educated gamblers. Check out his website,