With rich musical and historical roots, Mississippi's capital city earned its moniker as the "City with Soul." You won't hear the music of one-armed bandits paying off in Jackson, however. Gambling only exists on the state's reservations, coastal areas and along the Mississippi River. Take a 45-mile drive due west to the city of Vicksburg, where you'll find a selection of casinos along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Rolling On the River
Try your luck at Riverwalk Casino's large variety of slots, which range from penny ante to $100 machines. Casino table games include blackjack, craps, roulette and a variety of poker variations. Stay the night at the casino hotel in a room with river views. When its time to strap on the feed bag, belly up to the Magnolia Hill Buffet, serving up lunch and dinner seven days a week. The buffet features weekend seafood buffets and an all-you-can eat steak night, with lobster tail available as an add-on. The casino also has a deli and sit-down restaurant for lighter eaters.
Be a Poker Star
Ameristar in Vicksburg is home to the Heartland Poker Tour, and you can practice your poker tournament skills at the casino's No Limit Hold'em Poker Tournaments each Thursday. If you play 35 hours during the month, you'll qualify for the monthly freeroll poker tournament the second Sunday of each month. Stay at one of the hotel's deluxe rooms, appointed with elegant upgrades, such as plasma TVs and upscale decor. When you're not gambling, enjoy live entertainment in the casino's lounge or cabaret, relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub, or take care of office work at the business center.
As Luck Would Have It
Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg has more than 35,000 square feet of gaming, including slot machines, video poker and eight gaming tables for craps, roulette and black jack. The casino's free bet blackjack lets you double down and split your hand for free. A winning hand pays just as if you had placed an additional bet. Get some rest in the hotel, which has regular rooms as well as suites with whirlpool tubs. Enjoy locally grown ingredients at the buffet, or enjoy sit-down dining at Otis and Henry's restaurant.
Rolling in Diamonds
A 30,000-square-foot gaming floor is the centerpiece of DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg. The floor has low-ante slots as well as machines that let you wager $5, $10, $25 or $100. Play three-card blackjack, Mississippi stud or try the craps or roulette tables. When you need a little shut-eye, choose from rooms with one king or two queen beds or a suite with a whirlpool tub. Soak away tension in the outdoor pool and hot tub. Grab a quick bite at the Lucky Bean, fill up at Legends Buffet or enjoy steak and seafood at DJ's restaurant.