Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi became a gambling destination after the Mississippi legislature allowed casinos in the state in the early 1990s. The city has bounced back from Hurricane Katrina, and as of 2010 features eight casinos offering many of the same accommodations and amenities you would expect to find in Las Vegas.
Casinos are grouped into two main locations in Biloxi: along Highway 90 on the Gulf of Mexico and in the Back Bay area. From west to east on the Gulf, you will find Treasure Bay, Beau Rivage, Hard Rock, Grand Casino and Isle of Capri. Boomtown and IP are situated along Back Bay. Palace is located on the east side near Back Bay.
Beau Rivage, which is often referred to as the "Bellagio of the South," offers a walkway full of high-end shopping, fine dining, a large pool area and a fitness center. Both Beau Rivage and Grand Casino offer access to nearby 18-hole golf courses. Grand Casino has a spa and beauty salon. Hard Rock has perhaps the best nightlife with the The Ledge nightclub and concerts at Road House Live. Palace Casino includes a 10-slip marina for those who want to dock and play.
All Biloxi casinos offer games such as slots, video poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, but most also offer baccarat, let it ride, three-card poker and pai gow poker. Beau Rivage has the most-trafficked poker room, but plenty of Texas hold'em games can be found at Hard Rock and IP. The American Casino Guide recommends IP for craps because it offers 20 times odds on pass line wagers. The best places to play blackjack are Boomtown, Grand Casino, Palace Casino and Treasure Bay, according to ACG.
You will need a car to get from place to place as public transportation is spotty in Biloxi. Beau Rivage and Hard Rock are literally next door to each other, making them about the only two casinos within walking distance of each other. Beau Rivage offers the most luxurious accommodations, but also is the most expensive place to stay. Grand Casino and Treasure Bay generally offer some of the lowest rates among Biloxi's casino hotels
- "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009