A few days ago, my wife and I were driving from New Mexico to Florida on a series of business trips. As I was napping in the passenger seat, peacefully enjoying the white noise of the road, my wife jostled me and excitedly asked, ‘Hey, didn’t you say you’ve always wanted to go to Biloxi? We have some spare time.’
So I asked some friends to recommend a casino in Biloxi, and the majority of people recommended the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino as the nicest casino in the area.
The Beau Rivage it is!
The parking at Beau Rivage is free (strange that I have to clarify that piece of info).
After I parked, I then walked from the parking garage to the casino, which is approximately the length of two city blocks, maybe more. It’s not a short walk. If you’ve ever been to the mega casinos in Las Vegas that have integrated shopping experiences, the Beau Rivage is exactly the same. Witness…
Christmas was already over, but the lights and Christmas trees were still up. I must admit that I love the feel and cheer of the Christmas season.
The casino area is huge and rivals a Las Vegas casino floor in size, glitz, energy, and availability of gambling options. Also, the rules and table limits at the Beau Rivage are very gambler friendly, from what I saw.
I played Pai Gow poker for about 15 minutes and lost $80. My wife and I were on a deadline, so we didn’t have a lot of time to spend gambling. Never has 15 minutes passed so quickly.
Roulette table had heavy action with lots of bets. Beau Rivage was just electric.
The craps pit was rocking. I counted at least six tables open, all of which were nearly full.
I then went to the craps table and bought in…you’ll see exactly what happened in a few days.
Wife said that we were expected in Florida for business, and unless I wanted a speeding ticket for driving 95 MPH, I only had about 20 minutes to play. One thing about the RoadGambler is that he doesn’t show up late for business meetings.
So, based on that self-imposed deadline, I played craps for 20 minutes. The craps game was $10 minimum with 10x odds. Other tables had $25 minimums, and someone said there was a $100 table, but I didn’t see that table. The featured bonus bet was the ATS, paying 30-150-30. If you’re not aware of the ATS bet, read this:
In the span of 20 minutes, I was able to order two drinks, neither alcoholic since I was going to be driving later. Drink service was fast and the cocktail waitress was very friendly. Cocktail waitress was extremely friendly with a sweet southern accent.
If there’s one thing we learned from our short time in Biloxi, it’s that the people of Mississippi are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
After my 20-minute allowance on the craps table passed, I text my wife and tell her that I’m done. She calls me and directs me to her location in the casino. Oh oh. She’s a millennial, and millennials usually don’t call unless something unusual or urgent has happened. I asked why she didn’t come to me so we can leave quickly. She cops to being ‘stuck’ at a slot machine. Holy moly.
Lo and behold, I find her at a slot machine waiting for a hand pay. My wife almost never gambles unless she’s with me, so this was not expected. Her definition of ‘stuck’ was that she left her ID in the car, and needed me to run the two city block equivalent to the car and get her ID. Since I’m the really fit one in the relationship, I sprint out to the car and retrieve her ID. While she’s getting her hand pay, I cash out my chips.
Just to make sure security didn’t mistake us for a couple of robbery suspects fleeing a heist, I tell the slot attendant that we are late for a meeting and are going to be quickly jogging to our car.
We then both sprinted back to the elevator, got back in the car and on the road.
We were a little behind schedule, but nothing that a really fast drive on the main interstate couldn’t fix.
Overall, a really good stopover in an awesome casino, with great people. I’ll be going back for a longer trip.