The Grand Returns
The Grand Casino Biloxi still has its great arching entrance. Only no boat on the other side of it.
-PokerCats, March 17, 2006
There's a gap in one of my 50-chip display cases, one of the ones in which I have a chip for every place that I've played poker.
The chip that's missing is from the Grand Casino in Biloxi, Miss., the place where Mark and I both took $500 out of an ATM (a real one, not a toaster) and sat down at the $5/10 NL table. I doubled up with trip jacks and should have left then, but played and left with a $274 profit.
I accidentally gave that chip to my uncle, who collects chips, when I went to Hawaii in February. I thought it was a chip from the Grand Casino in Tunica, which would be easily replaced!
But it's been appropriate symbolism, that my case would have an empty space marking the devastation of the Gulf Coast and of a casino, which washed entirely away.
It turns out that I'll have a chance to get another chip next month, since the casino is slated to open Aug. 17, according to Card Player magazine. (I'll be in New Orleans at the end of September).
It makes me happy to think that soon the Gulf Coast will be teeming again with casinos, many of which will have poker rooms.
I wish they would make their rates more attractive for players like Tunica, Miss., although there's really not much else in Tunica and at least there's a beach in Biloxi.
But until then, I'll be happy to shuttle over for short trips from New Orleans.