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Company closing second casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County

Caesars Entertainment will close a second casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County, as the region’s years-long decline in gambling revenues continues to weigh on business. The Las Vegas-based casino behemoth announced Tuesday that it will close the Tunica Roadhouse Casino at the end of January, citing “persistent declines in business levels in the area stemming from increased competition.” The move will ...

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Mississippi casinos win more in second month of sports bets

Casino revenue rose sharply again in Mississippi in September in the state’s second month of legal sports betting. State revenue department figures show gamblers lost $177 million statewide in September, up 6 percent from $167 million in September 2017. Of that amount, $5.5 million was lost on sports wagers, out of $32 million legally bet on sports in Mississippi. Casino ...

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Governor names 5 to new Mississippi Lottery Corp. board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming four businesspeople and a longtime educator to the board that will oversee creation and operation of a Mississippi lottery. Bryant announced his choices Friday. Starting the lottery is expected to take months. Philip Chamblee of Madison directs the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association and the Mississippi Propane Gas Association. Gerard Gibert of Ridgeland ...

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Republicans favor new federal regulation on sports gambling

House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members expressed concerns Thursday about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, as well as the potential for match-fixing. “For Congress to do nothing is the worst possible alternative,” said Rep. ...

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Group asks Arkansas court to strike casinos ballot measure

A group asked Arkansas’ highest court on Monday to disqualify a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state, claiming the proposal’s wording is ambiguous and misleading to voters. The group, Ensuring Arkansas’ Future, asked the state Supreme Court to not cast any votes on the proposed constitutional amendment that election officials approved last week for the November ...

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Mississippi lawmakers approve bill to create a state lottery

The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state’s Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate ...

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Bryant: Open-government laws should apply to lottery group

Gov. Phil Bryant says that if Mississippi creates a state lottery, the public should have access to information about the group that operates it. Reporters asked the governor Friday about a lottery bill that legislators are debating during a special session. The bill passed Thursday by the Senate says a Mississippi lottery corporation wouldn’t be subject to state laws on ...

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Caesars launching sports betting in Mississippi, New Jersey

Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally’s casino in Atlantic City will start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Monday. Its sister casino in Atlantic City, Harrah’s will start taking sports bets on Wednesday. ...

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Analysis: Gambling not a clear-cut state budget booster

Will Mississippi take a chance on a lottery? It’s a big question lawmakers could answer if Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls them into special session in the next few weeks. Officials are looking for ways to generate about $200 million a year to pay for improvements to highways and bridges. Bryant says he will call a session sometime in August ...

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Mississippi casino revenue falls as coast gamblers lose less

Casino revenue fell in Mississippi in June, as a hot streak at Gulf Coast casinos turned cold. State Revenue Department figures released last week show gamblers lost $170 million statewide in June, down 3 percent from $174 million in June 2017. Receipts fell to $97 million at the 12 coastal casinos, down 4 percent from June 2017. Those casinos had ...

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