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

June 12, 2014

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Apparently, 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 […]

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Voters view casinos more favorably, industry poll shows

June 10, 2014

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In an attempt to find national political support for the gaming industry, the American Gaming Association Tuesday released highlights of a poll that it says shows voters view gaming more favorably than in previous years. According to the poll, more Americans embrace gaming, and more Americans believe casinos create jobs and strengthen local communities. It […]

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MDA to sponsor ISPS Handa Cup at Old Waverly

June 4, 2014

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One of Mississippi’s most venerable golf courses will soon play host to legends, and the state is throwing in its support. The Mississippi Development Authority will help sponsor the ISPS Handa Cup, the longest-running tournament on The Legends Tour, at Old Waverly Golf Club. Pitting a team of 12 U.S.-born LPGA Legends against a team […]

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Jackson arts icon Jack Kyle joins Belhaven University

June 3, 2014

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Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi – Jack L. Kyle, the man who brought the cultures of Russia, Versailles, Spain and Dresden to Jackson, has joined Belhaven University as Senior Director of Arts Development and Chair of Arts Administration. Kyle is nationally recognized for his services to the arts and international cultural exchange. He served […]

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Big win for Miss. tourism with hosting ‘SEC Championship of Barrel Races’

May 28, 2014

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STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The eyes of the barrel-racing nation will turn to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville on Oct. 17.   A barrel racing qualifying event for The American, a major national rodeo, comes to Starkville Oct. 17. The Mississippi State University facility will host a qualifying event for The American, a major national […]

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Poirier promoted to VP at Ameristar Vicksburg

May 28, 2014

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Special to the MBJ VICKSBURG, Mississippi – Jaque Poirier has been named Vice President of Casino Operations at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, casino officials announced today in a news release. Poirier previously was director of casino 0perations at Ameristar in Blackhawk, Col., since 2006. In his new role, he will oversee operations in table […]

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Revenue figures show struggles of casinos, especially along river

May 21, 2014

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The April revenue figures for the state’s casinos back up what the Mississippi Business Journal reported last week from the Southern Gaming Summit — Coast casinos are hanging on while riverboats continue to bleed. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $164 million from gamblers in April, down 6 percent from April 2013. […]

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New owners have big plans for venerable golf course

May 19, 2014

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One of Mississippi’s most noted golf courses, designed by one of the sport’s greatest legends, is under new ownership and is expected to undergo a major restoration. Veteran club pro Leigh Brannan is among the new owners who recently took control of Deerfield Golf Club, a Byron Nelson-designed 18-hole course in Jackson. Brannan was the […]

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Full House seeks to terminate deal to buy Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica

May 14, 2014

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Full House Resorts is attempting to terminated its planned $62 million purchase of Fitzgerald’s casino in Tunica from Majestic Star Casino LLC. The news was disclosed in its quarterly earnings report filed today. The deal was struck on March 21, but Full House Resorts said today that on May 7, it informed Majestic Star that […]

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LAS VEGASWEEKLY: MGM, Caesars must send message to ‘hatemongers’ in Mississippi Capitol

May 9, 2014

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Las Vegas Weekly says it’s time for MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, owners of six casinos in Mississippi, to leave the shawdows and speak out against Mississippi’s so-called Religious Restoration Act and its potential for widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians. Mississippi is not Arizona. There are precious few massive national companies with significant presences there. Lawmakers […]

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