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Heard it on the river

26 March 2007

By Rudi Schiffer

It seems that the MISSISSIPPI BAND of CHOCTAWS like progress and growth a lot and thus there is always something new at their lovely PEARL RIVER RESORT, such as their latest amenity, in a resort filled with amenities, the HILTON GARDEN INN CHOCTAW. At the recent groundbreaking ceremony we talked with the Band's visionary leader, CHIEF PHILIP MARTIN, who likes teaming up with organizations, like the LANDMARK RESORTS & HOTELS in furthering the development of Pearl River. He cited the Tribe's regional leadership in economic development by pushing forward with new developments and partnering with time-tested industry leaders. The Chief, supported by the Resort Board and Tribal Council, have set the pace for decades in the region making the Resort a true overnight destination.

Resort President, CHUCK MILLER, said the new Inn further enhances what Pearl River Resort and the acclaimed Dancing Rabbit Golf Club already offer. "It is an unbeatable combination," he said. The 140-room hotel is expected to open early next year and will include an indoor swimming pool, a full service restaurant, meeting space, 24-hour business center and an executive board room with high tech capabilities. Sounds like a great combo for biz retreats, company and group outings.

I have blackjack tournaments on my mind and have played in several this past month at GRAND and HOLLYWOOD, both fun and very competitive with low buy-ins. I am doing this to practice my tournament play for the big boy that is at the HORSESHOE on April 21 when $250,000 is up for grabs. With a $100,000 first place prize, this huge event is going to attract a lot of players from around the country. The $1,000 buy-in will make players think twice but when they think about the $100,000, they tend to pony up. The event is capped at 250 players and with Harrah's mega data base at work, we think it will fill up so don't wait. If you want more information go to goodtimesradio.com and click on the sidebar for southern gaming news and read the full tournament story there. Getting back to the Grand weekly tournaments, they end this Saturday March 31, with the MILLIONAIRE MAKER blackjack tournament that will include final table players from the past month's play but also anyone who jacks up the $100.00 buy-in. There will be a total of $5,000 in prize money, but I have my eye on winning it because the winner heads to CAESARS PALACE for three nights to have a shot at a million bucks. A $100 buy-in seems like peanuts for that trip and the potential prize money. Just show up outside LB's Steakhouse at Grand from 10 to noon to register on March 31. I suggest you get there early before it fills up. The Hollywood tournament kicks off with registration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and is playing to capacity. Register outside the main cage in the blackjack pit.

I have a feeling that there are not many tickets left for the upcoming ZAB JUDAH fight at the FITZ on April 13 so better stop by the casino gift shop now before it is sold out. With an arena built to hold 1,300 outdoors on the banks of the Mississippi, all casino execs need now is good weather to bless the ESPN televised event, for the first outdoor boxing matches in Tunica. Even if it rains, however, the ring and first six rows are covered with a 40-high canopy and the Great Room inside the casino, where fights are usually staged, will be set up with televisions to catch all the action. No matter what, it will be an exciting night.

RESPECT, the signature song of ARETHA FRANKLIN's career, is what the Memphis-born soul singer will bring to the stage at the GRAND EVENT CENTER on Saturday April 14. She has done it all and needs no more puff here so get your tickets today 901-525-1515, or at Ticketmaster.com Listen to the COTTONWOODS UPDATE every Saturday morning on the goodtimes radio show at 8:45 on WMC 790 AM for course conditions, special rates and other news. In April rates are only $59 Mon-Thursday and $69 Fri-Sun. Call 662-357-6979 for tee times. The BLACK BUSINESS ASSOCIATION has presented HARRAH'S ENTERTAINMENT with the 2006 Corporate Involvement Award for its significant contributions to the involvement, empowerment and enrichment of minority and women-owned businesses in the area.

Watch for a $200,000 Mini-Baccarat tournament at GOLD STRIKE in April, a first for the market for that amount of money. There will be a $50,000 first prize coupled with $50,000 in table game play. Interested? Call 866-245-4536 for more info.And don't forget to get your new Players Club card that you can now use at 12 MGM Mirage casinos.

THE TUNICA REPORT…Headlining the news this week is the annual RIVERGATE FESTIVAL to be held April 12-14 in downtown Tunica. If you worship barbeque and music, LYNN ARNOLD, Chamber of Commerce President, says it will be all here and she expects a huge crowd since this is a Memphis in May sanctioned event. Check out Crawfish Alley, children's activities and music by the Memphis Blazers, Larry Raspberry and Interstate 55, not to mention the wild "Running of the Hogs." It's free so motor on down Highway 61 and take a turn west at the Blue and White restaurant.

While you may know that the newly renovated TUNICA QUEEN is now making regularly sight-seeing cruises on the Mississippi from its dock near the Fitz and the TunicaRiverPark, you may not be aware there is another river ride for the more adventurous. How about an airboat run through the coves and behind the sandbars. It's only $25 per passenger and like the captain sez…"This is the most fun you will ever have with your clothes on." Call 1-866-805-3535. Just around the corner is the $300,000 MISSISSIPPI CLASSIC U.S. Pro Golf Tour event at TUNICA NATIONAL. The stretched out 7,210 yard course will provide a stiff test for over 160 golfers and the nearly week-long event will give a nice economic boost for the area and features pro-am parties, stadium seating and a junior clinic. You can take it all in April 2-8. The new goodtimesradio.com internet site is up and running after an extreme makeover. You can even check the local weather there before you head out to the course or the river or link up to your favorite casino and more.


Q. Is it true you can tip those nice folks in the cashier's cage and if so, why should I ? Please tell me what to do. Tightwad, Memphis, TN.
A. A lot of visitors to Mississippi's casinos haven't a clue about tipping cage employees because they don't have their hand out as they are too busy giving you money. Tip 'em, Tightwad.

Q. A blackjack dealer asked me to please refrain from blowing my cig smoke in his face. Does he have the right to do that to guests like me who pay his salary? Pall Mall, Chicago.
A. You are right about one thing…you and thousands of other losers do help pay his salary. The casino may frown on his request to stop with your toxic fumes already but how do you like it when the smoker in the next seat does the same to you? You can get up and leave while dealers have to stay put for hours. Put your pack back, Pall.

ASK THE GURU… email your gaming-related question to goodtimesradioaaol.com and if your question is humorous, weird, bizarre, or otherwise interesting to our readers and we print it, you win a pair of comps to the Great Buffet courtesy to SAM'S TOWN , Tunica.


Heard it on the River is published courtesy of Jackpot Magazine, the South's leading gaming newspaper.

Rudi Schiffer
Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time on Country Classic 1180 AM.

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