Month: March 2011

March – Letter from the Editor

Spring is just around the corner! We hope you are enjoying the new GTP. The February issue fl ew off the stands, so I guess you all approve!
Our fi rst Casino Action edition of 2011 is packed with information. IP President and General Manager, Jon Lucas was kind enough to take us inside his domain this month. Find out how the IP became one of the hottest adult entertainment properties on the Coast.
Get to know Rusty David – the quiet visionary who prefers to stay behind the scenes, but year after year provides South Mississippi families with the best in free fun for all!
We’ve added another brand new section, perfect for the small business man (or woman) who wants to get the word out about their talents or their products but the budget is tight…Check out our “Really Small Biz” ad page. It is downright crazy inexpensive, and you will get wonderful exposure, up and down the Coast!
Let us help you grow your business – Call Dawn for more information.
This month we dine at the sublime Thirty-Two at the IP Casino Resort Spa. When you want to celebrate life’s most special moments…look no further than Thirty-Two.
All This…and so much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


By: Nancy Marchbanks

Jon Lucas began in the casino business in 1984 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He worked for the Hollywood Casino Corporation at the Sands Hotel Casino for 11 1/2 years. He first held the position of Director of Administration and steadily climbed the corporate ladder. Upon leaving their employ, he developed and opened a riverboat casino in Iowa for Ameristar. Next came a move to Las Vegas, where he stayed for 4 1/2 years with Primadonna Resorts. (more…)


By: Nancy Marchbanks

Bill and Debra met in high school and began dating just days before graduation. They married four years later, in l973. Debra immediately began pursuing a career in Veterinarian medicine as soon as she graduated. It had been her dream since she was in the 7th grade. She attended the University of Kentucky for 2 years, Western Kentucky University for 2 years, then enrolled at the Auburn University college of Veterinarian Medicine in 73. (more…)


By: Nancy Baker Faul

Vice President of Food and Beverage at IP Casino Resort and Spa, Chef Steven Morgan, has spared no expense in creating what is possibly the finest restaurant in Mississippi. Thirty-Two has the most amazing views on the coast and some of the best food in the world. Everything is handpicked and chosen for freshness. From the Famous beef of Allen Brothers in Chicago to fish and crab that is flown in daily. The menu is to be envied. (more…)


By: Nancy Marchbanks

Our beautiful Gulf Coast is known for many things. Year after year, there are wonderful events and activities available to all that compliment each season. As spectators, we look forward with great anticipation to all the exciting and fun things that fill the Gulf Coast calendar. Locals and tourists alike make it a point to be there, front and center, so not to miss a moment! In order to plan and execute all these events, it takes a tremendous group of very special people working together for the good of the community. (more…)

NAMI MS – Mississippi’s Voice On Mental Illness

By: Melody Worsham

It is estimated that one in four Americans will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.  In Mississippi, more than 600,000 people have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  Families of mentally ill people need support and understanding in order to optimize their quality of life and overcome the challenges of living with these medical conditions.   (more…)

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park


At Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park you will find history at its finest. The one hour trip from Biloxi is a very pleasant drive, with lots to see along the way.  This “family-day-trip” is inexpensive and informative for all ages.  The recipient of nine WWII Battle Stars, The USS Alabama and her crew of 2,500 saw action in the Atlantic and then joined the Pacific Fleet in 1943. (more…)

Casino Game Odds

Odds Primer
Before going deeper into each casino game, it is important to know exactly what odds are. Odds refer to mathematics in that they represent a basic probability of a potential outcome and are usually expressed in a decimal or fractional format. A well-known example is the traditional coin toss before a football game. (more…)



Spring is fast upon us and those who love gardening are itching to get their hands dirty. Farmers are plowing their fields in anticipation of the first sweet crops. Rose bushes, dianthus and petunias are being trucked in daily to stores near you. Whether you are a first-time gardener or an old hand at growing flowers and veggies you will find the Master Gardener Spring Expo both informative and fun. (more…)