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G&D’s Annual Casino Dining Guide – Apps, Entrees and Desserts

Here we are again with some of our favorite apps, entree’s and desserts at casinos around the region in our Annual Casino Dining Guide. We hope you get a chance to taste them for your selves! Bon Appetit!


Whiskey Rose Lights the Night at IP Casino Resort & Spa

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Biloxi’s night life just got jump started with IP Casino Resort & Spa’s newest weekend destination hotspot, Whiskey Rose.

After a successful trial run earlier this year, Whiskey Rose is back to offer a modern country entertainment experience featuring nightly live country music, and DJs, for those in search for what they like to call “Legendary Country.”

“We want every guest at IP to have the best experience possible,” said General Manager and Vice President of IP Casino Resort Spa Duncan McKenzie. “We currently have a concert venue, Studio A, and a nightclub, Chill Ultra Lounge. Now, we are excited to welcome back our country dancehall, Whiskey Rose.”


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.


Property Profile: MGM Grand Detroit

MGMGrandDetroit - webThe city of Detroit is known for many things. Motown music, auto manufacturers and the Detroit Lions and Tigers seem to come to mind first. But the city has also grown into a hot spot for first-class casino action. One property that continues to excel across several fronts, from spas and suites to dining and nightlife, is MGM Grand Detroit.

Located in the heart of downtown, the resort-style facility is home to nearly 4,000 slots and video poker machines, almost 100 table games, 400 hotel rooms and suites, three signature restaurants, a live entertainment lounge, a luxurious spa and more. When it comes to a great gaming getaway, this is certainly a stop to have at the top of your list.


Summer Fun in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Summer Fun in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Louisiana is a place filled with exhilaration, adventure, and natural beauty. As one of the largest cities in the “Pelican State”, Lake Charles attracts guests in droves thanks to the magnificent entertainment. Concerts, festivals, and much more help friends and families enjoy the activities while making memories. This summer from July 10 to September 10, check out the wonderful festivities with friends and family as you witness Louisiana’s exciting events.


Cajun Food & Music Festival

Help celebrate Cajun culture at The Cajun Food & Music Festival starting July 17th. Experience the laughter and fun of the musical and artistic atmosphere as you listen to music and indulge in Cajun cooking. Children will enjoy the music, arts & crafts booths, and games. The Cajun French Music Youth Band will play authentic Cajun music on July 18th while adults may participate in a live auction or sit back and drink an ice cold beer.

The Cajun Food & Music Festival is taking place at the Burton Complex, located at 7001 Gulf Hwy. Admission is $8.00; children under the age of 12 get in for free. Learn more about this fun-filled event by visiting


Cash Out at Lake Charles Casinos

Looking to win at blackjack or play the slot machine? Lake Charles has excellent, luxurious casinos such as the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Over 1,000 slot machines and various table games, Golden Nugget gives you chances to win extra cash. Not only does Golden Nugget have great games, but club programs that allow you to receive complimentary game plays and invitations to special events. Enjoy amenities including the bar, pool, spa, and arcade.

If you come to the casino July 10th, you can see country music singer Travis Tritt perform. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is located at 2550 Gold Nugget Boulevard. For room reservations, call 844-777-GOLD (4653), or call for casino info at 337-508-7777. Visit the website for more information at


Art in Lake Charles

If you are the type to be attracted to the splendor of performance art, then spend a Saturday with the Lake Charles Symphony and First Federal Bank of Louisiana. On July 11, watch the Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Witness professional acrobats flying high in the sky! Let’s not forget the brawn of veteran strongmen as they complete amazing feats of strength. The performance is played with modern and classical music with a live orchestra. Be amazed by the artistic expression of these men and women on July 11.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children under six years. The Lake Charles Civic Center is located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. Get your tickets and learn more at


March Over to Marshland Festival

Speaking of the Lake Charles Civic Center, don’t forget to walk over to the Marshland Festival on July 24 and 25. If you are searching for authentic Cajun, country, and zydeco music, this festival is just for you! Besides music, mouthwatering Cajun cuisine will be sold in booths. Exhibits, games, and much more will be available for kids and adults.

Active military and kids 12 and under enter for free. General admission on Friday is $10; Saturday will cost $15. For more information about the event, call (337) 802-2025 or (337) 540-3182. Check out the website to learn more at


Foodies Head to Farmers Market

Ever wonder where these Southern cooks find fresh ingredients to prepare many delicious Cajun foods such as jambalaya or gumbo? The Charleston Farmers Market is a great venue to visit with its fruit, vegetables, grains, canned and baked goods, and much more. It is a great place to see every Saturday from 8 AM until noon.

Admission is free for everyone. The Charleston Farmers Market is on Bilbo Street behind the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center (1001 Ryan Street). You can learn more and download the flyer here:


Louisianan Labor Day

Thankfully, not all of Lake Charles’s events take place in July; even September has a celebration many would enjoy. On September 7, the Boo Zoo’s Labor Day Festival will be filled with yummy BBQ, delectable crawfish etoufee, and upbeat zydeco music to listen to while eating.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with general admission at $15 and $2 for kids under 12 years. It will take place at 900 Lakeshore Drive.


Enjoy the rich Louisianan heritage this summer either by yourself or with loved ones. Food, art, entertainment, and fun will come from the experiences you will have during these events. Create memories of the wonderful adventures you will have at Lake Charles, Louisiana.


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.


Power Players

For a fun and rewarding penny slot experience, check out the new “Penny Lane” area at IP Biloxi.

Power Players

In 1941, Sam Boyd and his family arrived in Las Vegas with not much more than determination to succeed and fulfill a dream.




Show Review: SaltOriya Sizzles at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino thru August 17

DreamCast Entertainment has struck again with its new theatrical circus, SaltOriya, featured at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS.  This exciting show takes viewers into another world as the performers push boundaries of human imagination and create death defying thrills for on lookers.  The show takes a person’s dreams to the extreme, and is perfect for any audience of any age.  SaltOriya gives an out of world experience and allows people to live vicariously through the performers.  I recently had the pleasure of taking my daughters, six and nine years old, out on a date with mom to see SaltOriya. They were entranced and enthralled, in disbelief and amazement.  Their eyes were so big and filled with excitement. 


Destination Lexington: Horse Farms & Bourbon Distilleries

THERE ARE FEW PLACES in the world as eclectic as Kentucky. Known as the horse and bourbon capital of the world, the state is the birthplace of approximately 30 percent of the nation’s horses each year and home to nearly 5 million barrels of aging bourbon. The entire state’s population is only 4.3 million, if that tells you anything.


While many horse farms and bourbon distilleries are scattered throughout the commonwealth, the city of Lexington, located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, has an array of both. In addition, the city is home to Keeneland, one of the most historic racetracks in the country and the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, where approximately half of the 11 Triple Crown winners have been sold.


Livin’ it Up in Lake Charles, Louisiana

WITH A FOURTH CASINO TAKING shape on its bayou waterfront, Lake Charles is a gaming destination to be reckoned with. Opening later this year, the $600 million Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino promises world-class luxury, from top-shelf dining and a marvelous spa, to an 18-hole golf course and specialty suites. The Nugget is in good company.

L’Auberge Casino Resort just completed a $20 million upgrade, Isle of Capri revamped to the tune of $15 million and Delta Downs is a leader in gaming, swank suites and entertainment with a decidedly country accent.

While gaming may get you to The Festival Capital of Louisiana, there’s a great deal more going on here than what goes down on the casino floor. Situated just three hours from New Orleans and an hour from the beaches and marshes of the Gulf, Louisiana’s fifth largest city delivers distinctive cuisine, a vibrant local music scene, a rich history and a serious dose of the great outdoors.


Gulf Shores Getaway: Going Coastal

UNLESS YOU’RE IN THE KNOW, you might not realize that Gulf Shores, Alabama rivals the Florida coastline for some of the finest sandy beaches in the South. Cruise along Beach Boulevard and the Sunshine State’s border is just a stone’s throw up the road.

This family-friendly Alabama destination – a sleepy town until the height of the summer season – delivers the perfect balance of non-stop activity and lay-around-and-do-nothing time.



Final Summer Smoke Out WEDNESDAY at KingFish in Indiana!


Our event at Woodhaven was a blast! Nothing says summer like poolside Cigars, Bourbon, and Blackjack! Thanks to all that came out!

Check out our photos and get all the details about our last summer Smoke Out here!




Bourbon & Blackjack Cigar Series at Pat’s Steak House!


Cigars. Bourbon. Blackjack.

A big thank you to Pat’s Steak House! Their crew, patio, and food was phenomenal! In our first night of playing blackjack, we had six players qualify for the Blackjack Classic in October!




Southern Gaming’s 2011 Summer Smoke Out Series presented by Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana

Southern Gaming Magazine has closed out another very successful Summer Smoke Out series in 2011. Presented by Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana, the Super Smoke Out was an amazing grand finale event on September 29th! 


Celebrities Go All-In for the Kids and the Climate

Thursday April 29, 2010 - Louisville, Kentucky2010 Derby Poker Championship was a huge success raising $40,000 for our beneficiary charities!!! We look forward to another great event in 2011 and hope to see you there!

Click here to check out pictures from the 2010 event!

What has two national basketball championships, 12 World Series of Poker bracelets, unprecedented world awareness and the drive to feed thousands of hungry children? If you guessed the third annual Derby Poker Championship presented by Jim Beam and, you were right!