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Officials expected to OK city's first gaming venue

D’IBERVILLE — The D’Iberville City Council is expected to give the final approvals for the city’s first casino. The Sun Herald reports the council will vote today on four measures that will allow Land Holdings I to build a casino on the Back Bay. The company hasn’t yet announced the name of the casino. Before the final master plan is ...

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Chickasaws moving forward on buy of riverboat casino

Vicksburg — An Oklahoma Indian tribe is moving forward with buying the DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg. A bankruptcy auction did not occur after Global Gaming Solutions was the only bidder to qualify. The unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to pay $27.5 million in cash and $97.5 million in new debt to secured lenders ...

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MDOT denies Natchez riverfront park grant

NATCHEZ — Plans for a riverfront park near Magnolia Bluffs Casino could now be dead since the Mississippi Department of Transportation denied a grant application for the $2.5 million park from the city of Natchez. City Engineer David Gardner says MDOT denied the application because the park did not qualify for the transportation enhancement funds for which the city applied. ...

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Delta casino laying off unspecified number of workers

TUNICA — The Fitz Casino & Hotel Tunica has laid off an unspecified number of employees, citing a soft economy, seasonal fluctuations and increased competition. General manager Chuck Miller declined to say how many employees were let go or how many remain. The casino reported 669 employees to the Mississippi Gaming Commission June 30. A company statement said laid-off workers ...

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Gaming chair to hold hearing on proposals for lottery

JACKSON — The chairman of the House Gaming Committee says he will hold an initial fact-finding committee hearing sometime within the next three or four weeks to look at proposals for a state lottery in Mississippi. Rep. Richard Bennett, a Republican from Long Beach, tells the Clarion-Ledger many people have asked about a lottery and some legislators put in bills ...

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Casino construction on schedule; opening set for December

NATCHEZ — Work on both the interior and exterior of Magnolia Bluffs Casino is moving along, and construction is on schedule for the casino’s opening in December. Project manager Dennis McEvoy of FoxCor Construction tells the Natchez Democrat crews are putting the finishing touches on the cypress siding on the exterior of the building and have begun installing tiles and ...

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Hurricane Isaac rained on casinos' winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Hurricane Isaac’s drenching rains dampened August casino revenues in Mississippi, with closings and bad weather keeping gamblers from losing as much as in August 2011. Statewide casino revenue fell 3.4 percent from last year, to $178.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. In August, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $86.3 million from ...

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Full House approved to own Silver Slipper's license

BAY ST. LOUIS — According to Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts, the Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved the company to own a Mississippi gaming licensee. The finding of suitability should enable the company to close on its acquisition of the Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC, the entity operating the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis Oct. 1, the company ...

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