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Mississippi House speaker to create lottery study group

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he will appoint a committee to study the pros and cons of creating a state lottery. The Republican from Clinton is a leader in his Baptist church and has long opposed the game of chance. But on Thursday, Gunn told reporters that he wants to see numbers evaluating how a lottery could affect the ...

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Penn National Gaming to buy 2 Tunica County casinos for $44M

Bally’s Casino Tunica and Resorts Casino Tunica are changing hands. Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that it will pay $44 million to buy the two Mississippi gambling halls, which had been handed over to creditors after bankruptcy. The company already owns three Mississippi casinos, including Hollywood Casino Tunica. Penn National CEO Timothy Wilmott says it will centrally ...

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Casino revenue falls sharply across Mississippi in February

Gamblers stayed away from Mississippi casinos in February, sending revenue tumbling 10 percent compared with the same month in 2016. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $172 million last month, compared to $190 million in February 2016. The 12 coastal casinos posted revenue of $95 million, down 9 percent from $105 million in February 2016. It was the second-sharpest ...

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Biloxi casino employee accused of stealing from slot machine

An employee at a Biloxi casino has been accused of stealing from a slot machine. The Sun Herald reports that the state Gaming Commission says 38-year-old Gary Landon Davison, of Brooklyn, Mississippi, was arrested Saturday and charged with theft from a slot machine. Brooklyn is south of Hattiesburg. Davis worked as a slot technician at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. ...

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The Latest: 2 casino sites rejected on Mississippi coast

Regulators have rejected proposals for two new casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes had said the sites don’t meet requirements of a state law that limits state-regulated casinos to sites touching water along the Mississippi River or the Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2mTQYY8 ) that the state Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected applications from ...

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Mississippi panel could rule on 2 proposed casino sites

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Gulfport is asking regulators to block two proposed casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports the state Gaming Commission is expected to rule on the site requests Thursday. The commission in 2008 denied an application from RW Development for a Biloxi site. In 2014, it denied Jacobs Entertainment application ...

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Fantasy sports bill approved, could mean small revenue bump

By BOBBY HARRISON The Mississippi Legislature, struggling for ways to fund state government in the midst of sluggish revenue collections, should have at least a little help on the way. On Wednesday, the 52-member Senate approved with six no votes and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation regulating and taxing fantasy sports. If Bryant signs the legislation into law, it will ...

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Gaming Commission considers approval for 2 proposed casinos

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) – After hours of debate, it’s still unclear how the Mississippi Gaming Commission will vote on two proposed casino sites that have been rejected in the past. News outlets report that attorneys and experts for and against the casino sites in Biloxi and Diamondhead gathered Thursday in D’Iberville in front of the three-member commission. The commission unanimously ...

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House approves tax, regulation of fantasy sports contests

The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to regulate and tax operators of daily fantasy sports contests. House Bill 967 failed Wednesday, but it passed after a second vote Thursday. The bill would set an 8 percent tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate fantasy sports contests online or in casinos. Mississippi legalized fantasy sports contests ...

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Mississippi mulls regulations for fantasy sports betting

Fantasy sports betting operators could soon face an 8 percent tax on their Mississippi revenue. House Bill 967 would establish the tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate sports betting operations online or in casinos. The bill passed the House Gaming Committee on Thursday and moves to the full House for more debate. Mississippi legalized fantasy sports betting last ...

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