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    Flyguy Visits Biloxi

    Flyguy Visits Biloxi 13-16 April 2021
    After a year plus (Jan 2020), I made the trek to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi courtesy of a junket offer.
    The trip was not free but at $99 round trip, three nights comped in a king water view room I was happy. Especially since they gave $50 in free play to each junketeer. Sorry no photos were taken as I forgot my camera and my cell does a lousy job. Not too much to see although the Beau had itís normal allotment of spring flowers on display.
    Transportation: This proves to be a memorable trip due to the travel. We 130 souls plus crew were on a B737-800 packed in tight. By making my reservation in late Jan I was lucky enough to get an aisle seat which turned out to be the last row. So my seatmates (two elderly widows) and I took on the role of bathroom monitor. The jet was an hour late arriving at our departure city due to a minor fuel leak around the refueling port. Fixing that and the resultant check and paperwork caused the delay. That delay proved significant in the scheme of things.
    Once boarded we were off and we learned there were not serving the normal comped adult beverage on the way out but a small bottle of water and a bag of pretzels. I gave my pretzels to the lady next to me. All was normal until about 20 minutes out from the airport on an hour 24 minute flight. We started getting some turbulence that got worse over time. No bug smasher pilot would fly into that weather unless he/she had a death wish. The closer to landing we got the stronger the windshear was and people were tossed around like rag dolls even though tied down. The guys in the pointy end were working all the controls very hard and likely sweating. The self loading cargo was sweating too from a different reason. I have been flying myself since age 17 plus many million miles on commercial aircraft and my military experience and never seen such violent movement of a big jet. One lady a couple of rows up had a death grip on the seat back and another was throwing up. The pilot aborted the landing since he could not keep a steady altitude and course due to strong gusts. Finally I thought he was going around for another try when I looked out and saw the Beau Rivage pass us on the left side indicating we were headed North.
    The pilot then came on and explained that he could not land due to weather and we were going to Mobile AL to wait out the storm. That 60 mile flight took no time and the weather was calm in Mobile so we landed and sat on the ramp for 2 hours. During that time we people in the last row saw at least half the passengers who were testing the restroom waste capacity. I noted that 99 percent of them were older and very overweight. Then we returned to the Gulfport MS airport where our bus transport was waiting. The drove in was normal but we were off loaded at the front entrance instead of the normal bus lobby. The person who met the bus told us we all were given and extra $100 in free play which made many happy. (Later I met a lady from a Columbus, OH junket who had taken that jet in after midnight.) They gave all those folks the same $100. Seems like unloading at the front door was Covid driven. Being about the last off the bus I tipped the driver a $2 bill (like to bring those for the waitresses). He asked where I was born so I told him in a small place in TN 5 miles west of Resume Speed.



    Covid Restrictions:



    We all wore masks from the time we entered the airport until we got to our assigned rooms. No one was allowed in the casino and common areas without a mask. Earlier they had been doing temp checks on everyone who entered the hotel or casino but that had been dropped. All normal maid service was suspended and each room was thoroughly cleaned before use. If you wanted anything you call housekeeping and they brought it to your door and hung it on in a plastic bag. I had heard that some MGM rooms didnít have laundry bags so I brought my own. I also packed a can of spray Lysol and sprayed everything in the room and my luggage before opening the suitcase. The casino employees wore masks and patrons were encouraged to not smoke and only drop the masks for brief period for drinking. Machines were separated and plastic dividers were placed on all table games except Craps where only the dealers had that protection. The buffet was closed except for Fri-Sun and you were served by a staff member. It was not open during our stay. There were 4 handwashing stations in the casino. They were very elaborate affairs but I never saw anyone using them. Instead we all used the hand sanitizer that could be found all over the casino. I also had brought some wipes in packets and used them on the VP and slot buttons. I think I put more alcohol on my hands than in my body. Not sure how they handled the chips as I didnít play any table games. The slot club also had limited hours as opposed to my last trip there. People were encouraged to is kiosks for accessing accounts and making new player cards.


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    It stopped raining during the ride from the airport to the casino. That calm period lasted about 3 hours that evening. The next day it rained most of the morning but I did get a walk in to the Hard Rock next door. The place was dead at the early hours. It rained and had a blustery wind the rest of that day.
    The second morning I was awakened at 0400 by continuous lightning for the next hour. My room overlooked the Gulf water and the curtains were opened. The sky was lit for the next hour. The worst of it was offshore but it was entertaining seeing so much electrical energy for such a long period.
    Almost all three days there was rain and the morning of the fourth day when we left for the airport it had stopped. So I didnít venture out much.



    Food:



    With only the two high end dining locations open in the evening, the Snack Bar open at 1000, nothing open for food in sports bar (MGMBET) until evening, buffet closed, our breakfast/lunch choices were the coffee joint Roasted Bean and the 24/7 establishment Terrace Cafť. https://beaurivage.mgmresorts.com/en...race-cafe.html
    The first night I found the waiting list for the Terrace Cafť to be an hour and having had little to eat I took advantage of the semi-dry spell to walk across the street to a Waffle House. There were two couples and me in the place and I ordered a breakfast with eggs, bacon, grits, toast, and a large waffle. That didnít take long and was very well cooked and inexpensive.
    All the rest of my meals were in the Terrace Cafť. The casino gave me two food credits of $20 each and the young man taking names for the wait list comped me one other meal after we exchanges some pleasantries. So I didnít spend much on food. In fact I used one credit to take a small (18 inch) pizza to the room one evening as I hated to waste the comp. There I got a Sprite out of a machine in the ice room. (I like to buy a bottle there every trip as change is given in gold dollars.) Could only manage half the pizza. The morning we left I had a couple of cookies since I was planning lunch with Mrs flyguy.



    Gambling:



    I was a bit disappointed with my final tally of just plus $60. I had a total of $260 free play and $375 point play but didnít use it wisely. My bankroll was larger than normal but it remained in my zippered black Jeans pocket except for $300 I took out the first night. I figured I spent about $90 on food, tips and small losses at the Hard Rock. The wins from the free play and point play accounted for my $60 gain despite losses on $5 an $1 slots and VP.



    Misc:



    Crowds were about normal at the Breeze Bar where I usually play VP and less so at MGMBet where I also play VP. Due to spacing restrictions the VP spaces were almost continually occupied in the late afternoon hours until late night. Popular slots like Buffalo Gold, Buffalo Grand, Lighting Link were also busy but I played those mostly early in the mornings since I am an early riser.
    Everyone I met seemed nice and friendly as did all the staff.
    Not too exciting a trip but nice to get into a large casino after a year plus.
    I bet you I can stop gambling!

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    Glad you were able to finally have a getaway. Love reading trip reports, thanks for sharing yours.


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    Oh wow, the airplane situation had to be scary for a fellow pilot. Thatís crazy you had to go to Mobile. Glad all was ok though.
    Iíve been to the Beau a few times since COVID. Each time it gets more and more crowded. My brother went last week and said it was packed on the weekdays he visited. Iím sure weekends are worse.
    I also get up early so I can have my pick of machines.
    I think itís great you came back ahead. Thatís rare for me....but I love it there.
    Thanks for sharing.



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    Still no shows or music entertainment but nice to get back to a casino. My biggest hit was $330 in a $5 slot and $250 in VP DW at the quarter level.
    I bet you I can stop gambling!

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    Great Trip Report!! Hopefully your next visit will be a little smoother...
    Thanx!!
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    flyguy, I thoroughly enjoyed your trip report. That flight sounded scary. One of the reasons I don't like flying. Thanks for sharing.

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    Flyguy,
    I bet that flight was scary. When my husband and I went to Biloxi the first time we had to sit on the plane at our airport for about 3 hours waiting for a bad storm to leave Houston. We were supposed to get to Houston by around 7pm but did not get there until around midnight. All the planes were grounded going to Houston because of the weather. Of course everyone wanted to take off but I would rather be on the ground wishing I was up there rather than being in the air wishing I was on the ground. When we had our airplane we would go to lots of neat places. We had a couple close calls with the weather. My husband was not rated to fly in the clouds so we always had to watch the weather
    I am so glad you made it safe and sound.
    Really enjoyed reading your trip report.
    Good luck on your next trip.

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    FG, your travel there could be turned into a "made for TV" movie......very scary stuff....glad you survived that!!

    Great trip report....my wife arrived there (Beau) on the day you were leaving.....she said that the weekend was completely crowded and most of the time patrons had their masks pulled down because they were either smoking or drinking......

    Glad you came home with money in your pocket as well......hard to do nowadays for 3+ day trips.......congrats!!

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