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South's oldest casino to reopen as Golden Nugget

Casino_rouletter_wheel-RGBBILOXI — Although its hotel is still in the middle of a $100 million makeover, the oldest casino in the South will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday with a new look as the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi.

Changes range from new windows and fewer walls to new carpet and new nametags, The Sun Herald reported. They are only the first phase.

“Everything gets touched. Everything gets changed,” said vice president of marketing Bradley Rhines.

All 700 rooms and suites could be remodeled by the end of the year.

The changes officially began in November, when Landry’s Golden Nugget bought the Isle of Capri’s Biloxi property.

It was the first casino in the South when it opened in a pair of paddle boats on Aug. 1, 1992.

Now modern art and chandeliers are going up, pillars are being wrapped with marble and silver beads are adding bling.

The Grand Ballroom and meeting space, which were absorbed into casino space after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the gambling barge, will return by Labor Day in the next phase of construction.

That will be followed at the end of the year by a new retail corridor and a completely redone buffet with more seating and a greater variety of food, Rhines said. By next spring, the work will be complete with additions including a resort pool with all-season hot tubs and fire pits and a new casino between the parking garage and hotel.

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