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New casino gains Commission's approval

TUNICA — A Tennessee newspaper is reporting that the Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved the site for the proposed Sportsman Casino in Tunica.

According to the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the commission gave site approval last week.

The next steps for Abston-McKay Ventures will be a little tougher, including getting approval to proceed. By then, the company must have gathered the money to finance the project, said Allen Godfrey, the commission’s deputy director.

Sportsman Casino would inhabit the site of the Isle of Capri, which closed in 2002.

Abston-McKay Ventures will “refurbish the entire site and re-orient the property towards Sam’s Town, Hollywood and Resorts casinos, which will significantly enhance the casino strip area,” Abston-McKay Venture’s attorney, Wilson Carroll, said in a prepared statement.

Sportsman Casino would be about 50,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the Isle of Capris’ gaming space.

Abston-McKay anticipates the casino to be completed in 15 to 18 months, according to CEO Kevin Hunter.

Abston-McKay and Orr Family Properties would own the casino.

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