World-class casinos are among the first things that indeed come to mind when thinking about Las Vegas, but the South has its share of slots. Whether it’s for loose-up bets, hyperactive games or sightseeing, choosing among the Deep South’s high-end clubs could be daunting.
Buckle up and check out these five casinos you should not miss out on around the South. They are most definitely destination casinos, and two are in Biloxi, a beautiful, coastal location that is a booming casino city, according to betandbeat.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino got its name from the French term “beau rivage,” which means delightful shore. This four-star resort is within the proximity of Margaritaville Casino and Boomtown Casino Biloxi.
Opened in 1999 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this waterfront casino is one of the top 100 hotels by Travel+Leisure Magazine and is owned by MGM Resorts Global. The minute you enter, a new, ultra-lavish set of lounges will welcome you, accompanied by a full-administration bar and parlors. Beau Rivage’s 85,000-square-foot casino features the excitement of table games and slot machines, while also providing guests with a non-smoking area.
You can choose from among 100 games and slots, ranging from $5 to $100, whether you want to incline toward tables or slots. Besides a casino, Beau Rivage also offers fine dining, banquets and convention rooms, Category Five arcade, an outdoor pool, spa and salon and shopping and retail stores.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi
The first Hard Rock Café opened in 1971, and this brand has always provided leisure for all. Its Biloxi casino is no exception. A 60,000 square-foot gambling floor features 1,400 video poker games and slots, four poker tables and 50 table games. Hard Rock Hotel also takes pride in its two-towered hotel, with a fitness center, restaurants and a spa.
The two hotel towers named Royal and Platinum offer 479 rooms and suites with sophisticated and complete facilities. If you want some pampering for yourself, the Rock Spa can be your first stop before taking tables. Its unique Hard Rock-style casino includes roulette, craps, baccarat, blackjack tournaments and poker games. Poker players can enjoy a $1,000 blackjack tournament and the famous Mississippi Stud venue.
Hard Rock also features dining and restaurants, a VIP lounge from Friday through Sunday, Hard Rock Live and Road House Live, a pool area, fitness center and the Rock Spa.
Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino and Hotel
Founded in 2013 by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Wind Creek Wetumpka opened lots of opportunities for the Tribal members to start a new livelihood for their families. Located on the Coosa River banks, this 20-story hotel and casino immediately became an attraction in Alabama.
The gaming resort replaced its Riverside Entertainment Center with an 85,000 square-foot-casino. Wind Creek Wetumpka comprises 283 hotel rooms, open 24 hours with over 2,500 gaming machines. The casino’s main attraction is a shark tank that weighs around 16,000 gallons designed by “Tank” from a famous show on Animal Planet.
Besides being a home for games, Wind Creek Wetumpka also takes pride in its AAA, Four-Diamond, award-winning luxury hotel. The hotel offers an oasis pool with private cabanas for rent, cafe, buffet, grill and steakhouse restaurants, including Fire, named the best steakhouse in Alabama.
Gold Strike Casino Resort
Located in Tunica, Mississippi, Gold Strike Casino Resort was a partnership between Gold Strike and Mirage Resorts, which opened in 1996. As a casino for budget-conscious visitors, it has been one of the best hubs for fortune seekers all over the South.
This resort is conspicuous even from miles away with its gleaming golden 31-story beacon, having 24-carat casino fun on a 50,000 square-foot area. Players get hooked with more than 1,400 reel and video slot machine choices, along with the finest roulette, blackjack and craps action
Besides the casino, visitors can enjoy more than 1,100 rooms and suites paired with views of the Mississippi River. At night, listen to some chilling jams at the stage bars, accompanied by drinks at Ten10 Wine and Whiskey Bar.
Gold Strike Casino Resort also offers an on-site spa with two Jacuzzi hot tubs and an indoor pool, massage services, a workout facility, dining options and the Millennium Theatre.
Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino
As one of the earliest casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Golden Nugget was born during the heyday of mob influence back in 1946. In 2013, Golden Nugget got reborn, joining Isle of Capri casino as the first coast casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. A Lake Charles location opened in 2014.
Open 24/7, the Golden Nugget offers more than 1,000 reel, video and classic games, ranging from a penny to $100 bets. While winning some jackpots, you can also enjoy seven restaurants, live entertainment, two lounges, a spa and salon, beach, marina, pool with a lazy river and golf on an 18-hole, par 72 golf course on the bayou.