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What Stakes to Play 

Aside from the simple question of where to play (the Horseshoe or the Venetian) which is usually a matter of convenience, the first decision you have to consider is what stakes you should be playing. You might think this is merely a function of your current bankroll, and while this is almost completely true, it isn’t the entire story. In addition to being properly rolled you should also take into account the following two factors: 

What your goals as a poker player are: 

If you’re using poker to unwind after a day at work you don’t need to be playing the $215 buy-in online tournaments, even if you may technically be bankrolled for it; a $20 event will accomplish the same thing, and likely be a better fit into your budget and skill level. By all means, if you have the bankroll then go ahead and play them, but don’t think you have to play at certain stakes based solely on your bankroll. On the other hand, if you are using poker tournaments as a way to put a little more money in your pocket than you need to consider both your bankroll and your tilt number – which I’ll explain in the next bullet—as you are trying to maximize your time at the tables. 

Your tilt number 

Your tilt number refers to the amount of money you can lose before you go on tilt. This is a different number for everyone, and you may find a person with $1,000 to their name has the same tilt number as a millionaire, so while bankroll is important, it isn’t the only factor. If you know being eliminated from a $200 event will send you on tilt it really doesn’t do you much good to have a $50,000 bankroll. Knowing your own tilt number should help you determine what stakes you should be playing, and what stakes you should be avoiding for the time being. At least until you solve your tilt issue. 

What Type of Tourneys to Play? 

I am referring to type of tourney. This decision is probably the most dependent on your style of play, but don’t forget the fun factor either! Here are a few generalities about a few of the more popular types: 


A lot of people think Turbos decrease the skill of a tournament but what they really do is test your short-stack game. If you are a good short-stacker Turbos should be your bread and butter. Turbos also shorten the time a tournament takes to play, which is beneficial to players with certain restrictions or players looking to put in a lot of volume. 


If you are one of the players that likes to build a big stack early on than bounties should be a good fit for you, as they reward players who have a “Go big or go home” attitude towards tournament poker. 


Reentry and rebuy tournaments favor players who are willing to take early risks (but not –EV risks), but can also adjust on a dime and revert back to their normal style of play when the reentry period ends or when they have surged up the leader-board. The reason I say this is that tight players are generally better served playing in a standard freezeout tournament as their slow, prodding, style of play is not rewarded in an event where accumulating chips in the early levels is the top priority. 


My view point is it may speed the game up some but it will be necessary to change the way one plays the game as it will handicap the short stacks. If tourney directors really want to speed the game up just ban all electronic devices from the table.


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Tunica Restaurant Reviews

Choctaw Durant Restaurant Reviews

Tunica Restaurant Reviews


My personal reviews of Tunica casino buffets, I'm sure many will disagree but we all have our preferences.

Road House

Not rated as they have closed their buffet.          The Fitz  #1  

Riverview is a highly improved buffet over past years. The variety of food was wonderful and the staff great.

Gold Strike  #2

I've eaten the buffet here multiple times. As a local I eat  the buffets often and the Gold Strike's knocks the socks off the other casino buffets! Too bad they no longer have a poker room as if I can't get comped I ain't  going back. Unless my wife drags me there. 

Horseshoe #3 

For the most part I like their buffet. Lots of variety. Big salad bar area. Big variety of dessert and even sugar free desserts. Friendly staff but sometimes it is hard to get them to come back and refill drinks. My favorite here is the prime rib.

Hollywood  #4 

The Prime Rib is usually rare the way I like it.   The fried shrimp is good, but usually they only bring out a few at a time, which everyone was fighting over.   Sides are just meh.   Peel and eat shrimp is very good and not overcooked for once.

Sams Town  #5

A below average buffet in an average Tunica casino! The food is not changed often and this results in dry food.

Resorts  #6

While not as large as some others in town, and not as wide variety of items, I found the food fresh and well prepared.

Ballys  #7 

This buffet, in comparison to the other Tunica buffets, is small. The food selection is less than most of the others. However the quality of food is equal to the other buffets in Tunica.                                                                    

Casino Steak Houses:  Jack Binion's at the Horseshoe

I have eaten at Jack Binion's many times and I don't have a single complaint. The food is decent and service is great.  It's pretty pricey if you aren't using a comp.  In fact, I have never dined without a comp and I doubt I ever would.  I've eaten at a few other casino steakhouses in Tunica and Jack Binion's is by far my favorite.

Twains @ Sams Town 

The steaks are the reason to come here the 20 oz Cowboy Rib Eye will not disappoint you and the Filet will melt in you mouth. As with most steakhouses, the entrees are served a la carte. The selection of sides are right out of central casting. Even so, they are yummy.

Fairbanks @ Hollywood 

This is a casual/fine dining area. They prefer you to dress up but they are fine with me wearing a polo and jeans as I ain't been run off yet. The steaks are great and my wife likes the lobster. Sides comparable to the rest of the steak houses.

This is my limited reviews of the steak houses as I only eat where comped and I ain't been offered comps to the other steak houses in town.                     

Non Casino Restaurants         Hollywood Cafe

Address: 1585 Old Commerce Rd, Tunica Resorts, MS 38664 Phone:(662) 363-1225 Prices:$$$$ Hours: Closed on Sunday - Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 – 9:00 pm Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 – 9:00 pm Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 – 9:00 pm Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 – 10:00 pm Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday Closed Great home cooking and home of the fried pickles

Blue and White Cafe

Address: 1355 U.S. 61, Tunica, MS 38676 Phone:(662) 363-1371 Hours: Sunday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm  -  Monday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Wednesday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday5:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm

This place has been around since it was opened as a bus stop/gas station/restaurant in the thirties.

The staff was excellent. I had the Rib Eye She had the hamburger steak.. Now mine was not the greatest cut I have ever eaten, but it was prepared perfectly. Perfectly seasoned... and really tender. The Hamburger steak was by all reports amazing. It looked fantastic but my wife was not willing to surrender a bite for me to try. In my defense I felt the same about my steak. The pies are to die for... Super cute... food is really solid.... and the wait staff could not be more charming.


Choctaw Durant Restaurant Reviews

Choctaw Durant Restaurant Reviews

Choctaw Durant Restaurant Reviews


I found their 1832 steak house to have the finest steaks and seafood of any casino I have ever been to. As far as their buffet it includes Tex-Mex and Southern-style comfort food, brick-oven pizza, Italian food, a live wok station and Mongolian grill making it well worth the money. They also have a Subway, Gilley's, Bamboo Noodle bar, Grand café, Jackpot Java with Starbucks, Krispy Krunchy Chicken that I feel is better than KFC but not as good as Churches spicy, La Cantina, Papa Johns Pizza and a Smash burger.