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BILL CRAWFORD: Casinos may get sports betting on the sly

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender’s column entitled “Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?” Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled “Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?” Lots of legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to ...

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Developers appeal rejections of Mississippi casino sites

Developers are appealing denials of two casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Jacobs Entertainment wants to build a casino in Diamondhead, while RW Development seeks to build one in Biloxi. The Mississippi Gaming Commission on March 16 rejected both sites. Such approval is a key step in getting a casino licensed in Mississippi. In its appeal, Jacobs says Gaming ...

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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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January revenue up by 15 percent for Gulf casinos

BILOXI — January revenue of $100.5 million for Mississippi’s 12 Gulf Coast casinos is $13 million higher than the $87.3 million posted in January of last year. That is a 15 percent increase. In a report on the latest figures in The Sun Herald, a local hospitality industry spokesman says the Scarlet Pearl, a new casino in D’Iberville, helped grow ...

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D’Iberville gets its first share of Scarlet Pearl revenue

D’IBERVILLE — After more than 20 years of waiting for a casino in the city, D’Iberville got its first payment from casino revenue. City officials told The Sun Herald Tuesday the Scarlet Pearl Casino opened Dec. 9 and its first month’s gross casino revenue was $8.4 million. The local tax is 3.2 percent, or $270,000. Sharron Perkins, the city’s comptroller, ...

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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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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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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Sports betting could boost casino traffic

By FRANK BROWN At a time when many states are looking for ways to reverse sagging casino revenues, there’s a three-judge panel in New Jersey pondering a decision that could change the gambling playing field. In the next week or two, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule on a New Jersey challenge of the Bradley Act, ...

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2 Gulfport men nominated to Mississippi Gaming Commission

BILOXI — Two Gulfport men could take their seats on the Mississippi Gaming Commission next week in Biloxi — if the state Senate can confirm their nominations in time. The Sun Herald reports the Gaming Commission meeting scheduled for March 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will have to be postponed if one or both of Gov. Phil ...

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