The Gulf Coast gambling city of Biloxi has bounced back from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, since most casinos quickly rebuilt after the 2005 storm. The Mississippi city features several high-profile casino resorts, such as Beau Rivage, Hard Rock and IP. These resorts offer many of the same accouterments you would expect to find in Las Vegas casino hotels.
Often referred to as the "Bellagio of the South," this facility comes from the same pedigree since both properties are owned by MGM Resorts International. Beau Rivage features a large casino with similar decor as Bellagio, several restaurants and a passage filled with high-ticket shopping options. The pool area is one of the largest in town with plenty of cabanas available for rental. The casino has a large selection of games, including a high-roller area and the most trafficked poker room in town.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Under construction when Katrina hit, workers restarted the effort, and Hard Rock was one of the first casinos to open following the hurricane. Featuring the assortment of rock memorabilia, restaurants and hipster vibe you expect from a Hard Rock property, this facility also has among the best nightlife options. Check out a concert at Road House Live or smoke a cigar by the fireplace at VIBE. Amenities here include a spa, pool and several stores. The casino is heavy on the slots, with a variety of table games complementing the gambling options.
IP Casino Resort and Spa
Formerly known as Imperial Palace, this resort with the tallest hotel tower in Biloxi underwent a major renovation in the first decade of the 21st century. This construction added restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a modern vibe with plenty of stone, glass and running water as part of the decor. The casino offers plenty of the most popular casino games and includes a poker room. The resort offers nearly 1,100 rooms and suites with a pool and fitness center among the amenities.
Other choices in Biloxi include Boomtown, Grand Casino, Isle of Capri, Palace Casino and Treasure Bay. These facilities are smaller but offer the standard assortment of games of chance as well as amenities such as pools and restaurants. If you want a break from the jingle-jangle of slots, take a stroll along the beach or visit Jefferson Davis' home, Beauvoir, along US Highway 90 on the coast.
- American Casino Guide 2010 edition; Steve Bourie; 2009