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Empty casino, warehouse part of military exercise in Biloxi

BILOXI — The former Margaritaville Casino and an empty warehouse in East Biloxi will be used by special forces for military training Aug. 1-8. The Sun Herald reports the city council this past week approved the training exercise that will occur over several nights on air, ground and water. Naval Special Warfare Command Group 2, which is listed on the ...

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Island View’s $58 million Beach Tower makes its debut

GULFPORT — A $58 million transformation of the beachfront tower at Island View Casino has turned the 18-story building into a hotel and conference center with a South Beach vibe and amenities that make it a luxury beach resort. The Sun Herald reports the new project gets its wow factor from the 405 rooms and suites that all have a ...

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Former Biloxi casino to be redeveloped as resort, water park

BILOXI — A former Biloxi casino damaged in Hurricane Katrina will be redeveloped as a resort and water park. The Sun Herald reports the developers have begun to reinvent the Casino Magic tower in east Biloxi. The casino has been closed since Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the site in 2005. Developers told the Biloxi City Council Tuesday the resort will ...

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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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Visitors' center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage. Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica. It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895. Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors ...

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State's casinos took in more winnings in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A strong performance by Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos boosted gambling revenue to $167 million in October. The figure bested the $165.5 million lost by gamblers in October 2013. The 11 casinos in South Mississippi showed 9 percent jump in revenue — despite the closing of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures showed the ...

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Full House marks 'topping off' of new Silver Slipper hotel

BAY ST. LOUIS — Full House Resorts is celebrating the “topping off” of its new 142-room hotel at the company’s Silver Slipper Casino property in Bay St. Louis. Community leaders, employees and investors have been invited to attend a special ceremony on-site at the property. Andre Hilliou, chairman and CEO of Full House, said, “We are on schedule to open ...

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Board authorizes sale of company that owns Silver Slipper Casino

BAY ST. LOUIS — The board of directors of Full House Resorts Inc., which owns the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, has authorized management to initiate a process for the sale of the company. After its evaluation of strategic alternatives, the Las Vegas-based company said the board determined that pursuing a sale of the company is the best ...

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State's casinos saw another fall in revenue in August

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue fell in August, with performance continuing to diverge between coastal and river regions. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $175 million from gamblers in August, down 2 percent from $179 million in August 2013. The 12 coastal casinos won $94.1 million, up 5 percent from August 2013. The 17 river casinos ...

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Margaritaville owner files for bankruptcy before landlord hearing

BILOXI — The owner of Biloxi’s Margaritaville casino filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, only hours before a hearing where the landlord aimed to seize the property. The filing by MVB Holding LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Gulfport follows the casino’s shutdown on Monday night. Don Dornan, a lawyer for landlord Clay Point, LLC, said the company had ...

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