NY Times: Tunica’s casino closing impacts more than gambling

June 12, 2014

Business, Tourism

Poker small rgbApparently, Mississippi’s successful venture into the casino industry 20 years ago was so outstanding that it ultimately led to the industry unraveling in the Tunica market — once the third-largest casino market in the country.

“No one knew in 1993 or 1994 what it was going to be like, and then Mississippi showed the world that it could be a viable industry,”  Anthony F. Lucas, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who researches the gambling industry told the New York Times. “And that encourages everybody else that has a possible way into the gate that they can compete.”

Times writer Alan Blinder chronicled last week’s closing of Harrah’s Tunica and examined its impact on the people of Northwest Mississippi.

Read the whole story here.

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