4116 Washington St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Located 47 miles west of Jackson, Mississippi is the Ameristar Casino. Since gambling is outlawed in Mississippi, Ameristar is the closest casino and well worth the drive to Vicksburg. The Ameristar Casino is unique because it is actually on a boat on the Mississippi River, straddling the state lines of Louisiana and Mississippi.
This 70,000 square foot casino originally opened in 1994 but was revamped in 2008. Now, it is home to over 1500 slots, many of which are brand new and top of the line. There is also a plethora of table games as well as live and video poker available for guests to enjoy.
The Ameristar casino offers multiple dining options. Should you be in the mood for a traditional casino buffet, check out the Heritage Buffet. It has cook to order stations and a chocolate fountain. Note: a discount is available with your players card. Bourbon’s BBQ and Steak is home to smokehouse BBQ, ribs, and sirloin. Located right outside of the casino entry is Bella’s Bakery and Cafe. Here, you can eat breakfast, dinner, or even a late night snack. We chose to dine at Bella’s and were not disappointed with our meal. We got to watch people play at the neighboring slot machines which was fun.
Ameristar has two bars. The Cabaret Lounge hosts traditional lounge acts from across the area while the Bottleneck Blues Bar has a 1930’s Delta style theater feel. Both are very different and I recommend checking each one out because the music and decor are great.
Ameristar participates in the MyChoice rewards program and you should definitely get yourself a card the first time you visit. Points add up quickly and you get $50 to play with when signing up. Points can be redeemed for slot play, food, shopping, hotel rooms, or even cash back.
From what I have seen while visiting and online, this place fills up on the weekends. A few weeks ago, we went late one Friday night. The casino was still packed at 3 AM and there was no sign of it slowing down. The next time that you are wondering what to do with your evening, make the less than an hour drive to Vicksburg and see all that the Ameristar casino has to offer. Who knows, you may come back a big winner!
Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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