Originally posted by tomtom232
I am interested in the early days period so if you want to rant, by all means, continue. Maybe you should make a website called paulbuchmanfromficsdailyrant.com.
You asked for it!
The casinos came to my part of Mississippi (Tunica) around the early 90's. I don't have many memories of the early ones, being born in 82. My only memory is that I was really big for my age, so my uncle just said come on in until they throw you out. I actually played quarters for a while until they asked for my id and escorted me to the giftshop.
At this point casinos were just beginning to come to Tunica, and they were in a growing stage.
Fast Forward to about 1995 or so. At the Arkansas-Mississippi bridge (Lula, Mississippi) they put up a big one. These things were really taking off in Tunica, so they tried it here. They built quite a few casinos on Arkansas-Mississippi state lines, because the heavy religious majority of Arkansas didn't want any gambling in their state. Now, all they have to do is cross the state line, play, and go home! Anyway, back to the casinos ...
I was about 13 or 14 and this casino was a site to see. It had a huge parking lot and a building that puts Wal-Mart supercenters to shame. On each side was a casino, but the middle was really something. There was an arcade for the kids, a movie theater, a concert hall (with musicians and weekly wrestling events), and more. When you went in the doors they handed out bags of popcorn and free meals. It was like going to a fair or something. They also brought in the all you can eat buffets with seafood on the weekends (crab legs and sometimes lobster). Usually, you had to drive for hours just to get to a Red Lobster for this stuff.
It was like you went somewhere, even without gambling. ( I know I couldn't even gamble!)
Tunica was big at this time too. They had all these things, multiplied! Tunica has about 8 or so casinos.