Resorts Casino Tunica


Resorts Casino Tunica

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Resorts Casino Tunica, formerly Southern Belle Casino and Harrah’s Tunica Mardi Gras Casino, is a 201-room hotel and a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) casino located in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi. It is one of three casinos located in the “Casino Strip” area, along with Sam’s Town and Hollywood Casino. Resorts is owned by Gaming & Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming.

History

Southern Belle Casino (1994-1995)

The casino was opened in 1994 as the Southern Belle Casino. That casino closed approximately four months after opening and remained shuttered for a short time. Harrah’s Entertainment, which owned a Harrah’s casino about a block away just off the main road, reopened the property in 1996.

Harrah’s Tunica Mardi Gras Casino (1995-2004)

The company briefly operated both locations as Harrah’s casinos, but eventually closed the older facility, selling it to Isle of Capri Casinos. The former Southern Belle became the sole Harrah’s property.

Resorts Casino (2004-present)

In 2004, Harrah’s agreed to buy Caesars Entertainment. The combined company would have controlled five of Tunica Resorts’ nine casinos: Harrah’s, Grand Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Sheraton Casino and Hotel and Bally’s Casino. Because of possible anti-competitive domination of the Tunica market, Harrah’s agreed to sell the property, along with Bally’s, to Colony Capital, who then created Resorts International Holdings to own and operate the casinos (including Bally’s Tunica). The casino was renamed Resorts Casino Tunica in 2005.

On November 9, 2011, Foundation Gaming Group from Gulfport, MS assumed the management of Resorts Casino and Hotel along with Bally’s Casino Tunica. In 2013, management responsibility changed.

In May 2017, Resorts and Bally’s Tunica were sold in a joint deal, with Gaming & Leisure Properties acquiring their real estate assets for a total of $83 million, and Penn National purchasing the operating assets for a total of $44 million.

Dining

Resorts Casino Tunica features three dining venues:

– 61 Grille Steakhouse
– EATs
– Delta Blues Buffet

Entertainment

The casino features a casino stage bar featuring live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Resorts Casino is adjacent to River Bend Links golf course.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org

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