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City of Biloxi recognizes IP as Adult Volunteer Group of the Year

IP Casino Resort Spa has been recognized by the City of Biloxi as the Adult Volunteer Group of the Year at its Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. In February 2017, IP awarded over $1 million in support to various agencies and programs. Those included in the city are the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence, Second Liners Mardi Gras ...

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A new product and new day for Tunica gaming

Sports betting gives Delta casinos an opportunity to regain lost business By Ted Carter Tunica County casino executive R. Scott Barber’s long wait for the light to change is almost over. Legalized sports betting is about to materialize in Mississippi and with it prospects for a change of fortune for the Delta’s gaming sector. Barber, Caesars Entertainment regional vice president, ...

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Mississippi coast casinos break April revenue record

Casinos on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that gross casino revenue at the 12 Gulf Coast gambling centers hit an all-time high of $108.6 million in April. That’s $1.4 million more than the previous high set in April 2007 when volunteers and contractors were flooding the coast following ...

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Sports betting to be exclusive domain of casinos

By TED CARTER Whatever shape Mississippi’s sport betting takes in its expected fall arrival, it’s a lock that enhancing the state’s visitor numbers and hospitality spending will be a main goal. This goal puts Mississippi officials in harmony with a gaming sector eager for their casinos to become sports betting destinations. And as a major plus for the industry, anyone ...

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Mississippi casinos could take bets soon as court clears way

A leader of a Mississippi casino association says casinos have been in talks with state regulators about draft rules allowing sports betting, and that regulators could vote quickly.Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association Deputy Director Michael Bruffey says the rules envision that any Mississippi casino could take bets. He says casinos could welcome bettors by the time football season begins. The ...

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Tsai named Gold Strike president & COO

David Tsai has been named President & COO of Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi. In this new role, Tsai will lead daily operations and provide strategic direction and leadership for the property. Most recently, Tsai served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. He also led the $550 million transformation of ...

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IP recognizes employees for December, January

IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi recently recognized outstanding team members for December, January and the fourth quarter of 2017. December’s honorees were Terrence Hardwick (Security), Charles Vonderbruegge (Security), Robert “Bobby” LaHatte (Table Games), Brandi Ingram (Purchasing), Virgil Thompson (Slots), and Mike Hryhorchuk (Facilities). Fourth quarter honorees were part-time team members Wendy Myers (Marketing), Mucio Puga Resillas (Environmental Services) and ...

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Reno-based Eldorado selling 2 casinos to Churchill Downs

Eldorado Resorts has entered agreements to sell two of its casino properties to Churchill Downs in Kentucky. The Reno-based company announced Wednesday Churchill Downs has agreed to acquire Presque Isle Downs & Casinos in Erie, Pennsylvania and Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg in Mississippi for a total of $229.5 million. As part of the agreement, Eldorado Resorts will sell Presque Isle ...

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Sara Chatham promoted to director of Spa, Salon & Pool Operations

Sara Chatham has been promoted to Director of Spa, Salon and Pool Operations at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. Chatham is a long-term Beau Rivage team member, having worked as a licensed cosmetologist in the salon. Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, Chatham served as hospitality professional holding positions of Rooms Division Manager at the Battle House Hotel ...

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Mississippi casino revenue fell 2 percent in 2017

Casino revenues fell in 2017 across Mississippi, as slight gains by Gulf Coast casinos couldn’t overcome continued declines at gambling halls along the Mississippi River. State Revenue Department figures released this week show statewide revenue fell 2 percent for the year to $2.08 billion, down more than $40 million from 2016. December was better, with gamblers losing $176 million statewide, ...

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