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Rising Star Casino Resort Shines Bright – Property Profile

Rising Star Casino

Sitting on the banks of the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana, is the premium gaming property Rising Star Casino Resort, a full-service resort destination. With more fun, more excitement and more entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Rising Star Casino offers 294 plush and comfortable rooms. Hotel guests can lay back, relax and enjoy well appointed rooms and in-room amenities such as flat screen televisions, upgraded, luxurious linens, gas fireplaces, colorful decor and more. Other guest amenities include a whirlpool spa, an indoor pool, a steam sauna and fitness room. You owe it to yourself to visit this friendly resort!

Of course Rising Star Casino is known for thrilling casino action but that’s not all! While on property, guests can experience all that Rising Star has to offer along with an excellent staff who might even call you by first name. The property has 1,000 of the most popular slot machines plus a wide variety of your favorite table games. With bigger table limits, you’ll want to Let It Ride on any of our great Rising Star Table Games.

Rising Star Casino is also home to headliner entertainment. The Grand Theatre hosts many entertainers including Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, the Beach Boys, and Three Dog Night. For more fun and entertainment Friday & Saturday, guests can also enjoy FREE live entertainment in the Pavilion and on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy a frosty mug in Big Vic’s Pub while listening to some of the tri-state’s most popular bands.

The golf course at Rising Star is Southern Indiana’s only Scottish links-style course.

If you have the opportunity to play a round on The Links, Southeastern Indiana’s only Scottish-links-style golf course, it is must! The course features gently rolling bent grass fairways and greens nestled among traditional long waste bunkers, winding lakes and heather rough, with many holes boasting panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley. You can play the tees most appropriate to your game: 5,000 yards from the front or over 6,800 yards from the tips. Ask any player … The Links at Rising Star Casino is a golfer’s playground.

And if that’s not enough, indulge in one or more of Rising Star Casino’s fabulous dining options including Wellington’s Steakhouse or the River View Buffet. Whether you are in the mood for a gourmet steak set in the warm elegance of a fine dining setting while enjoying the finest choice cuts of tender beef or freshest ocean seafood, or prefer the open, bountiful buffet, or even a quick bite at Queen City Market … the tremendous variety and quality of selections will have your taste buds begging for more!

Comfortable rooms offer great views & amenities.

So, what is keeping you from visiting this property? Rising Star Casio Resort is the perfect getaway for anyone. And especially for those who live in Louisville, Indianapolis or Cincinnati areas … you are within driving distance of the perfect weekend getaway!






For reservations visit or call 1-800-472-6311.

Property Profile: IP Casino Resort & Spa – Biloxi, Miss.

IP building exterior - pic 2_Biloxi is booming! One property that seems to always bring their A-game on the Gulf is IP Casino Resort and Spa, a AAA Four Diamond-awarded resort located on the Back Bay in Biloxi, Miss. You can’t miss the towering 32-story hotel tower when coming across the I-110 bridge. Featuring a roof top pool with cabanas and cocktail services, a spa with all of your favorite treatments and services, top tier dining, including thirty-two, a restaurant on the 32nd floor of the hotel tower, IP has branded itself as a premium Biloxi gaming destination that appeals to the guests from the entire region.

Upon entering the massive lobby, you will notice the Chill Ultra Lounge, a contemporary place to relax and enjoy the sounds of some of the Coast’s best local artists. Get there early on the weekends, as it tends to get crowded and seating is a premium, but the cocktails are always perfect. The stage is elevated behind the bar, making the band visible from anywhere in the lounge. Opening at 5 p.m. daily, Chill opens at 5 p.m. daily with a happy hour that lasts till 8 p.m. Every Thursday features Ladies Night, with free drinks for ladies from 9 p.m. until midnight. Chill Ultra Lounge is the perfect place to go with friends for a night on the town.


Make Hollywood Casino Home for the Holidays

Hollywood insideMake the season bright and step into the spotlight for your shot at fame and fortune at the place where unrivaled gaming action meets award-winning dining: Hollywood Casino Tunica. Then put a bow on your visit with a stay in our luxurious hotel or full-service RV Park.

Put a little something extra under the tree this year when you win big on our 54,000-square-foot casino floor, featuring over 1,100 of the newest big-hitting slots, more than 30 world-class table games, and the hottest dedicated poker room around.

Once you’ve had all the winning you can handle, take a break and take in some holiday cheer at any of our incredible restaurants, including the award-winning Fairbanks Steakhouse. Here, you can indulge in mouthwatering steaks, succulent seafood and desserts that would make the Sugar Plum Fairy blush. Or pile up your plate with holiday favorites at Epic Buffet. There’s something for every taste at Hollywood.


Show Review: YAYE


YAYE (pronounced “yay”) is the appropriate name for the newest cirque-style show being held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. Running from June 9th – August 9th, the month-long show features dazzling acrobatics, death-defying aerial stunts, and a comedic clown krewe that will keep you entertained throughout the evening. While the Beau Rivage is not new to the circus game, with twelve years of cirque shows under its belt, YAYE brings a new kind of excitement to the gulf coast that we’ve never seen before.

From the multi-million dollar theatre to the oversized props, colorful lighting, and custom music, YAYE brings Vegas-style entertainment to the beachside casino resort. The show itself requires a crew of nearly 50 technical staff to prepare, and according to Producers Anthony Gibson, of the Beau Rivage, and Mischa Matorin, it doesn’t stop there.


Southern Gaming’s 2015: Readers Choice Award Winners


We are excited to announce the winning properties of Southern Gaming’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. It goes without saying that gaming properties have their hands full when it comes to meeting the high expectations of their customers. Whether it is providing a perfect meal in their steakhouse, showcasing exciting entertainment acts or having an abundance of life changing jackpots in the casino, attention to detail is always a priority and the recipients of these awards have proven that.


What Makes a Great Slot Floor?

Gold Strike High LimitsThe popularity of slots is at an all-time high, and so is the demand for places to play. Of course, every casino has slot machines. But not every casino has a great slot floor. So, what are the defining characteristics of a great slots floor? I spoke with renowned gaming expert Linda Boyd, who has been to every casino on the Vegas Strip, among others. She knows exactly what to look for in a slot floor and with her assistance we’ve put together a list of a few things you might consider before spending your hard earned money.



Slot Trends: A Look at the Greatest Slots at G2E

EACH YEAR IN THE EARLY FALL, casino professionals and their suppliers gather in Las Vegas for the Global Gaming Expo, part conference with high-level seminars and discussions, and part trade show. (more…)

Hit the Holidays: Lake Charles, Louisiana

IF YOU ARE LOOKING for some Cajun flair, warm personalities, trendy night spots and more this holiday season, be sure to plan a visit to Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana. The town is decorated for the season, and special events include Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, Nov. 20-22, and the Holiday House market held during the Christmas Under the Oaks Festival in Sulphur, Dec. 5-6. The festival is the only place around where it “snows” every year and features a lighted-balloon street parade called The Light Up. (more…)

The Holidays, Dixie-Style

THE TEMPERATE, balmy South might not conjure snowy images of Courier & Ives, but at least visions of palm trees and mistletoe, seashells and fireworks may dance in your head. The holiday feast may swap the Christmas goose with sea bass, shrimp and grits, or fried chicken. Colorful peacocks and graceful magnolias don’t replace turtledoves and a Douglas Fir, but could be a dandy traditional ornamentation all the same. (more…)

On the Road Again: From Oaklawn to Southland

GAMING AND RACING destinations make great weekend getaways. There’s the thrill you get when you play and win, which seems to instantly melt away the stress from the past week. Then there’s the abundance of food, which is delicious and filling while hitting the spot.

When it’s time to leave, you gather your winnings and head home, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like the getaway was long enough. What you need is the excitement gaming provides paired with the relaxation of a scenic destination, a chance to explore the area attractions on a relaxing journey, rather than just a quick getaway. (more…)

Head Out to the Outer Banks

TO A FIRST TIME visitor, the dearth of Southern culture in the Outer Banks in North Carolina is surprising. For generations, local families have survived by harvesting the sea, creating a population of entrepreneurs who tend to think outside the box. Even the local accent is unique to the region. Known as a high-tide brogue, it borrows inflection from the area’s Irish and English roots, with nothing Deep South about it.


Las Vegas – Quick Delights and Sights of Sin City

Las Vegas is a destination that literally has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a great gambling getaway, fantastic food finds or sensational sightseeing and people watching, this is the place for you. We could write for days and still not cover everything this city has to offer.

On a recent visit, we were excited to check out a few places that recommend adding to your next Vegas itinerary. 


Fun and Gaming: Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana

FUN AND GAMING CONTINUES TO GROW in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. Whether you are looking for great gambling golf, fishing or hunting, there are plenty of activities to fill your schedule for a quick getaway!

We know you’ll love it and hope you’ll give it a try!


2014 Casino Dining Guide

Appetizers…Entrees…Desserts…Hungry Yet?

Casinos in the South take pride in providing their guests with the best, especially when it comes to food. Try not to drool as you flip through the next few pages.

This year’s Dining Guide highlight’s some of the top casino dishes from throughout the region. Whether you are looking for an awesome appetizer or a delicious dessert… we’ve got you covered.

Be sure to add these hot dining spots to your next casino getaway.




Hollywood Casino Tunica: Celebrating 20 Years of Gaming Excellence

IN THE EARLY 1990’S, TUNICA, Miss., was one of the poorest counties in the country. Located just two miles south of Memphis, hot summers and cotton fields embellished the otherwise unremarkable region. Then, in 1990, legislation legalized casino gaming, and the race was on to build the biggest and the best facilities to meet the demands of gamblers and to compete with the booming business being had in Las Vegas. The tax revenue generated was an immediate benefit to the county school systems, road ways and downtown district. Today there are eight casinos boasting almost $1 billion in annual revenue and providing thousands of jobs.