Resorts Casino Tunica
|Address||1100 Casino Strip Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi 38664
|Number of rooms||200|
|Total gaming space||35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2)|
|Signature attractions||River Bend Links golf course|
|Owner||Resorts International Holdings|
|Previous names||Southern Belle Casino
Harrah's Tunica Mardi Gras Casino
|Renovated in||1996, 2005|
Resorts Casino Tunica is a 200 room hotel and a 35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) casino located in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi. It is one of three casinos located in the "Casino Strip" area, along with Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Tunica and Hollywood Casino Tunica. The casino is owned by Colony Capital and operated by its Resorts International Holdings division.
The casino was opened in 1994 as the Southern Belle Casino. That casino closed approximately four months after opening and remained shuttered for a short time. Harrah's Entertainment, which owned a Harrah's casino about a block away just off the main road, reopened the property in 1996. The company briefly operated both locations as Harrah's casinos, but eventually closed the older facility, selling it to Isle of Capri Casinos. The former Southern Belle became the sole Harrah's property.
In 2004, Harrah's agreed to buy Caesars Entertainment. The new company would have controlled five of Tunica Resorts' nine casinos: Harrah's, Grand Casino Tunica, Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Sheraton Casino and Hotel Tunica and Bally's Casino Tunica. Because of possible anti-competitive domination of the Tunica market, Harrah's agreed to sell the property, along with Bally's, to Colony Capital, who then created Rih Acquisitions Ms ii, llc to own and operate the casinos (including Bally's Tunica). The casino was renamed Resorts Tunica in 2005.
On November 9, 2011, Foundation Gaming Group from Gulfport, MS assumed the management of Resorts Casino and Hotel along with Bally's Casino Tunica.
Resorts Tunica features three dining facilities:
- TJ's Steakhouse, fine dining
- The Big Burger
- The Buffet
The casino features a stage and a ball room with live entertainment that includes karaoke, boxing, MMA, and open mic nights. Resorts is immediately adjacent to River Bend Links golf course.