|A busy cardroom in Biloxi|
By Jan Fisher
"No Fussin', no Cussin', where Southern hospitality is a reality."
The 21-table poker room at the Biloxi Grand Casino, the largest cardroom in Mississippi, is always bursting with action. The week of the MARGE event was no different. Vice President of Mississippi Grand Poker Operations Tony Collins, and his entire staff, went out of their way to make sure that everyone had a great time. Having previously been a guest at the Grand, this was no surprise to me as this is how Tony runs his day-to-day operations. It is as if every player in the room is special seven days a week! The primary philosophy of Southern hospitality widespread in these parts of the country is no stranger to the poker rooms. Adhering to a strict no-abuse policy, players are treated as guests in the host's room and if you misbehave, you are dealt with in the same manner as if you were to misbehave as a guest in someone's living room!
One newly implemented concept at the Biloxi property is the betting line. This is a semi-circle about a foot from the edge of the rail used to constitute action. If you put chips into the pot inside the line, it is a bet; outside of the line, it is not. Same thing goes for checking. You may check inside or outside of the line but you'd best be careful where you "cut" your chips as chips cut on the pot side are in action. This rule is being finely tuned and is becoming increasingly popular. Watch for it in many cardrooms in the years to come. Likely, it is the wave of the future as it makes many difficult floor decisions much more cut and dried as opposed to being open for interpretation.
Games spread at the Grand include seven-card stud at $1-$5 and $20-$40. A HORSE game has become very popular and is regularly spread at $4-$8. Omaha/8 and hold'em are also played at $4-$8 and $10-$20 and higher-limit games are often dealt on holidays, weekends, or by special request as was the case during the recent MARGE extravaganza. Football squares contests are offered to customers free of charge, as are drawings for cash awards for seated players. The room features a self-serve snack bar with soft drinks, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate offered around the clock. Munchies also are always available consisting of raw vegetables, hot dogs, fruit, salads, and other snack foods. This is welcomed by the players, as they seemingly never have to leave the room unless they want to! Everything that they could want or need is within easy self-serve reach! Tournaments are offered and a monthly schedule is printed and always available so that you can plan ahead. The mailing list is free and easy to get on and special offers and incentives are ever present. Entertainment at the Casino's main theater is great and always changing and there is a Kid's Quest for the little ones' safety while the adults are at play.