Southern Gaming Reviews: Wine, Bourbon, Cigars and things we love!

Summer Fun in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Summer Fun in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Louisiana is a place filled with exhilaration, adventure, and natural beauty. As one of the largest cities in the “Pelican State”, Lake Charles attracts guests in droves thanks to the magnificent entertainment. Concerts, festivals, and much more help friends and families enjoy the activities while making memories. This summer from July 10 to September 10, check out the wonderful festivities with friends and family as you witness Louisiana’s exciting events.

 

Cajun Food & Music Festival

Help celebrate Cajun culture at The Cajun Food & Music Festival starting July 17th. Experience the laughter and fun of the musical and artistic atmosphere as you listen to music and indulge in Cajun cooking. Children will enjoy the music, arts & crafts booths, and games. The Cajun French Music Youth Band will play authentic Cajun music on July 18th while adults may participate in a live auction or sit back and drink an ice cold beer.

The Cajun Food & Music Festival is taking place at the Burton Complex, located at 7001 Gulf Hwy. Admission is $8.00; children under the age of 12 get in for free. Learn more about this fun-filled event by visiting http://cfmalakecharles.com/.

 

Cash Out at Lake Charles Casinos

Looking to win at blackjack or play the slot machine? Lake Charles has excellent, luxurious casinos such as the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Over 1,000 slot machines and various table games, Golden Nugget gives you chances to win extra cash. Not only does Golden Nugget have great games, but club programs that allow you to receive complimentary game plays and invitations to special events. Enjoy amenities including the bar, pool, spa, and arcade.

If you come to the casino July 10th, you can see country music singer Travis Tritt perform. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 2550 Gold Nugget Boulevard. For room reservations, call 844-777-GOLD (4653), or call for casino info at 337-508-7777. Visit the website for more information at http://www.goldennugget.com/.

 

Art in Lake Charles

If you are the type to be attracted to the splendor of performance art, then spend a Saturday with the Lake Charles Symphony and First Federal Bank of Louisiana. On July 11, watch the Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Witness professional acrobats flying high in the sky! Let’s not forget the brawn of veteran strongmen as they complete amazing feats of strength. The performance is played with modern and classical music with a live orchestra. Be amazed by the artistic expression of these men and women on July 11.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children under six years. The Lake Charles Civic Center is located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Get your tickets and learn more at http://www.lcsymphony.com/summer-pops-2015/.

 

March Over to Marshland Festival

Speaking of the Lake Charles Civic Center, don’t forget to walk over to the Marshland Festival on July 24 and 25. If you are searching for authentic Cajun, country, and zydeco music, this festival is just for you! Besides music, mouthwatering Cajun cuisine will be sold in booths. Exhibits, games, and much more will be available for kids and adults.

Active military and kids 12 and under enter for free. General admission on Friday is $10; Saturday will cost $15. For more information about the event, call (337) 802-2025 or (337) 540-3182. Check out the website to learn more at http://www.marshlandfestival.com/.

 

Foodies Head to Farmers Market

Ever wonder where these Southern cooks find fresh ingredients to prepare many delicious Cajun foods such as jambalaya or gumbo? The Charleston Farmers Market is a great venue to visit with its fruit, vegetables, grains, canned and baked goods, and much more. It is a great place to see every Saturday from 8 AM until noon.

Admission is free for everyone. The Charleston Farmers Market is on Bilbo Street behind the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center (1001 Ryan Street). You can learn more and download the flyer here: http://www.cityoflakecharles.com/department/division.php?structureid=80.

 

Louisianan Labor Day

Thankfully, not all of Lake Charles’s events take place in July; even September has a celebration many would enjoy. On September 7, the Boo Zoo’s Labor Day Festival will be filled with yummy BBQ, delectable crawfish etoufee, and upbeat zydeco music to listen to while eating.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with general admission at $15 and $2 for kids under 12 years. It will take place at 900 Lakeshore Drive.

 

Enjoy the rich Louisianan heritage this summer either by yourself or with loved ones. Food, art, entertainment, and fun will come from the experiences you will have during these events. Create memories of the wonderful adventures you will have at Lake Charles, Louisiana.

 

Show Review: YAYE

DOBROVITSKIY

YAYE (pronounced “yay”) is the appropriate name for the newest cirque-style show being held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. Running from June 9th – August 9th, the month-long show features dazzling acrobatics, death-defying aerial stunts, and a comedic clown krewe that will keep you entertained throughout the evening. While the Beau Rivage is not new to the circus game, with twelve years of cirque shows under its belt, YAYE brings a new kind of excitement to the gulf coast that we’ve never seen before.

From the multi-million dollar theatre to the oversized props, colorful lighting, and custom music, YAYE brings Vegas-style entertainment to the beachside casino resort. The show itself requires a crew of nearly 50 technical staff to prepare, and according to Producers Anthony Gibson, of the Beau Rivage, and Mischa Matorin, it doesn’t stop there.

“How big is the staff of the Beau Rivage? 3,000? And every single one of them is working toward this show. Whether it’s catering, or housekeeping, or bell staff, every single person here is working to make sure we are ready,” Matorin shares.

Considering that past shows have brought in over 85,000 audience members each year, it’s no wonder the team at Beau Rivage is working tirelessly to prepare. Production for a show of this magnitude starts a year in advance, and despite the fact that Gibson and Matorin have been producing shows at the Beau for over a decade, each new show is not without its challenges.

“The biggest challenge is coming up with something new. We have a lot of repeat guests who come 3 and 4 times, and they come every year to see the show, and we want to show them something new and exciting. The people of the gulf coast are really the inspiration, because we want to make sure the show is something different for them. We want a different look and feel, different acts, different music, everything different.” Matorin, who was raised in a circus family and toured with both the Moscow Circus and Cirque d’Soleil, strives to make each year’s show unforgettable, starting with an unbeatable cast.

The cast of YAYE is especially unique this year as every act has won awards in some of the most famous international contests. These performers are the finest in the industry, and with numerous daring stunts, one of which is nick-named “The Wheel of Death,” it’s clear that this show is going to be unbelievable. “I don’t like to call it the ‘Wheel of Death,’ I won’t call it that,” Matorin laughed when describing the nearly 30 foot tall structure, “But there are no second takes. It’s not like film where you can try again. There is only one chance to get it right. We are constantly changing and evolving and trying new things. Even once the show starts, we are always changing things. These aren’t just people who like to do this sort of thing, these are professionals with years of experience.” Matorin and Gibson described a rehearsal schedule that is “24 hours a day” with only two weeks for the acts to all rehearse before the show.

The acts are chosen specifically by Matorin and Gibson, and this year the cast is entirely new, with the youngest member only eighteen years old. “He is actually the son of someone I performed with 25 years ago. We all know each other, we grow up together. You see children backstage and they’re watching and learning and practicing tumbling, because their parents do it and they want to do it. Most of the performers know each other from different shows, and when they get together it’s like a big family, and that energy comes out in the show, and goes out to the audience and to the audience families.”

The Beau Rivage also has family in mind when it comes to YAYE, with ticket prices starting at only $12.95, or $40 for 4 tickets. The Beau Rivage is also offering kids eat free in the buffet with a ticket stub, and discounts at other casino restaurants. Mary Crachiollo Spain, Regional Director of Communications explains, “As a company we decided to make this a family event. Most of our guests are parents with two, three, or even four kids, and that can get expensive! We want families to be able to come out and see the show and have a good time. We have the resort and the arcade, and we have the casino, sure, but we have so much to offer families.”

With the acts, music, lighting, props, and even the theatre seating meticulously re-designed, you are guaranteed to see something new at YAYE.

 

by Kristen Lennard

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.

 

 

(more…)

Show Review: SaltOriya Sizzles at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino thru August 17

DreamCast Entertainment has struck again with its new theatrical circus, SaltOriya, featured at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS.  This exciting show takes viewers into another world as the performers push boundaries of human imagination and create death defying thrills for on lookers.  The show takes a person’s dreams to the extreme, and is perfect for any audience of any age.  SaltOriya gives an out of world experience and allows people to live vicariously through the performers.  I recently had the pleasure of taking my daughters, six and nine years old, out on a date with mom to see SaltOriya. They were entranced and enthralled, in disbelief and amazement.  Their eyes were so big and filled with excitement. 

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Livin’ it Up in Lake Charles, Louisiana

WITH A FOURTH CASINO TAKING shape on its bayou waterfront, Lake Charles is a gaming destination to be reckoned with. Opening later this year, the $600 million Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino promises world-class luxury, from top-shelf dining and a marvelous spa, to an 18-hole golf course and specialty suites. The Nugget is in good company.

L’Auberge Casino Resort just completed a $20 million upgrade, Isle of Capri revamped to the tune of $15 million and Delta Downs is a leader in gaming, swank suites and entertainment with a decidedly country accent.

While gaming may get you to The Festival Capital of Louisiana, there’s a great deal more going on here than what goes down on the casino floor. Situated just three hours from New Orleans and an hour from the beaches and marshes of the Gulf, Louisiana’s fifth largest city delivers distinctive cuisine, a vibrant local music scene, a rich history and a serious dose of the great outdoors.

(more…)

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.

 

(more…)

Final Summer Smoke Out WEDNESDAY at KingFish in Indiana!

 

Our event at Woodhaven was a blast! Nothing says summer like poolside Cigars, Bourbon, and Blackjack! Thanks to all that came out!

Check out our photos and get all the details about our last summer Smoke Out here!

 

 

(more…)

Bourbon & Blackjack Cigar Series at Pat’s Steak House!

 

Cigars. Bourbon. Blackjack.

A big thank you to Pat’s Steak House! Their crew, patio, and food was phenomenal! In our first night of playing blackjack, we had six players qualify for the Blackjack Classic in October!

 

 

(more…)

Southern Gaming’s 2011 Summer Smoke Out Series presented by Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana

Southern Gaming Magazine has closed out another very successful Summer Smoke Out series in 2011. Presented by Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana, the Super Smoke Out was an amazing grand finale event on September 29th! 

(more…)

Celebrities Go All-In for the Kids and the Climate

Thursday April 29, 2010 - Louisville, Kentucky2010 Derby Poker Championship was a huge success raising $40,000 for our beneficiary charities!!! We look forward to another great event in 2011 and hope to see you there!

Click here to check out pictures from the 2010 event!

What has two national basketball championships, 12 World Series of Poker bracelets, unprecedented world awareness and the drive to feed thousands of hungry children? If you guessed the third annual Derby Poker Championship presented by Jim Beam and Twinspires.com, you were right!

(more…)

Jim Beam’s Kentucky Bourbon Poker Tour — Fall 2009

jblgo_01_newseal_web1.jpg(Louisville, KY) –  Jim Beam’s Kentucky Bourbon Poker Tour is a series of FREE Texas Hold ’em poker tournaments held at bars and restaurants in Louisvlle, Kentucky.

Test your poker skills at any or all of the 5 events where the top four finishes will advance to our final event for a chance to compete for a seat in a WSOP Circuit Event at Horseshoe Casino.  In addition, the top finisher from each weekly event will recieve a FREE overnight stay at Horseshoe Casino. There will be Jim Beam drink specials at each event so don’t miss out! See below for a schedule of events!

(more…)

Jack Daniel’s Casino Night @ Bar Louie in Newport, KY

copy-of-jackdaniels_invite1
Bar Louie in Newport, KY celebrated their birthday in style with a
Jack Daniel’s Casino Night
on Thursday August 20,2009!! 

(more…)

Belterra Casino Presents…. FRIDAY’S @ Fourth Street Live!

fridays-event-logoIt’s A Whole New Spin on Happy Hour! Start your weekend right with
Belterra Casino Resort & Spa’s
Friday’s @ Fourth Street Live!
Relax with good friends, and enjoy free appetizers and
$4 drink specials from Jack Daniels and Rhythm.

Expierence a whole new spin on your typical happy hour and take a chance on the “Wheel of Winners” to claim overnights at Belterra, scratch-offs from the Kentucky Lottery, discounts from Ideal Image and more!
(more…)

Spring 2009 Jim Beam KEntucky Bourbon Poker Tour

jblgo_01_newseal_web1.jpg(Louisville, KY) – The 2009 Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon Poker Tour is a series of FREE Texas Hold ’em poker tournaments held at bars and restaurants in Louisvlle, Kentucky.

The top two finishers at each tournament advance to compete for a $550 seat in Phil Hellmuth & Robert Williamson’s Kentucky Derby Poker Championship at Horseshoe Casino on April 30th.  

(more…)