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Mississippi coast casinos roll out best year since 2008

D’IBERVILLE — The Dec. 9 opening of Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville helped push the Mississippi coast casinos to $1.14 billion in gross casino revenue for the year, squeaking revenue past the 2009 total of $1.11 billion. It was a 6 percent annual improvement over the $1.08 billion won in 2014. That’s according to a report Wednesday from the state ...

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Biloxi casinos, businesses will pay more for utilities

BILOXI — Proposed water and sewer rates for casinos and other top users in the city will jump 54 percent over the next five years under a plan proposed by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. The Sun Herald reports rates for seniors and the 89 percent of customers who use less than 8,000 gallons of water a month will stay where ...

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Strong coast casinos boost Mississippi gambling revenue

JACKSON — Mississippi casino revenues rose in November, fueled by strong performance on the Gulf Coast. State Revenue Department figures released last week show casinos won $161 million in November, up 3 percent from $156 million in November 2014. The 11 coastal casinos won $91 million, up 10 percent from last year. The Scarlet Pearl casino in D’Iberville opened Dec. ...

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Scarlet Pearl Casino set for Dec. 9 opening of resort

D’IBERVILLE — Scarlet Pearl Casino management says reservations are being accepted for the Dec. 9 opening. The Sun Herald reports the resort will have 300 rooms and suites. The latest progress update says that large palm trees now surround the building and are part of Lava Links, the 36-hole miniature golf course. The city also has planted palm trees along ...

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D’Iberville’s Scarlet Pearl on track for December opening

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville is working with developers of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort to get the project open as soon as possible. Hank Rogers, community development director, says the facility should open the first week in December. The Sun Herald reports Rogers told city officials Tuesday the miniature golf course being built as part of the resort, however, many ...

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Revenues rise in July at Mississippi casinos

JACKSON — Strong July results from Gulf Coast casinos continue to buoy overall results at Mississippi’s gambling halls. Meanwhile, an improving trend since April among casinos along the Mississippi River hints revenue may finally stop shrinking there. State Revenue Department figures show casinos statewide won $189.6 million from gamblers in July, up 5 percent from $180.3 million in July 2014. ...

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Isle of Capri casino seeks to reduce boat value

NATCHEZ — Representatives from the Isle of Capri casino have asked the Adams County Board of Supervisors for a reduction of approximately $4.3 million in the assessed value of the casino’s dockside boat. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1E0a5nU) the casino’s representative at the tax assessment objection hearing, Brian Brandstetter of Property Tax Service of Dallas, said the company agreed with ...

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Melonie Ducre Johnson GM at Gold Strike

Melonie Ducre Johnson joins the MGM Resorts International team as the new general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort near Tunica. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations while providing strategic direction for all divisions. She began her career in finance with Jazz Casino Co. in New Orleans, where she gained meaningful experience in setting the financial reporting and ...

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Isle of Capri Casinos announces closure of Natchez casino

NATCHEZ — Isle of Capri Casinos has announced it is closing its casino in Natchez, one of the oldest gambling houses in Mississippi. St. Louis-based Isle of Capri has owned the Natchez property, a dockside casino with 520 slot machines and six table games, since 2000. The company says in a news release Tuesday it has agreed to sell its ...

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