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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 workers in Mississippi

Officials for a riverfront casino in Mississippi have announced plans to permanently lay off 150 workers as the industry faces challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Ameristar Casino, which sits along the Mississippi river in Vicksburg, will remain open, but will reduce its staff beginning in August, according to a letter notifying city officials of the layoffs. The Mississippi Gaming ...

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Some Mississippi casinos reopen after 2-month virus hiatus

Some casinos in Mississippi reopened Thursday for the first time in two months, following state guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. At least three dozen people stood in line waiting to get into WaterView Casino in Vicksburg as it opened. A manager came outside to do a countdown until opening. Customers were allowed to enter ...

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Eldorado Resorts to re-open three Mississippi casinos today

Eldorado Resorts will resume operations at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lula, Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Tropicana Casino Greenville today. Eldorado is implementing the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s regulations that limit the number of guests to no greater than 50% of the property’s maximum occupancy. “As we continue to resume operations at our properties, the health and safety of our ...

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‘Twilight Zone:’ Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds of hotel rooms have been empty for two months, and thousands of people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily. As it has in so many ...

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$9M in highway contracts set from Mississippi lottery money

The Mississippi Transportation Commission says it has awarded nearly $9 million in pavement restoration contracts, using money generated by the state lottery that started selling tickets in November. By the end of April, the state had collected $47.2 million from the games, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Tuesday. The April collections were $9.7 million. For the first 10 years, the ...

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IP Casino Resort Spa to re-open on Thursday

IP Casino Resort Spa today announced it will reopen to the public on Thursday. Casino gaming will resume at 11 a.m. on Thursday, along with a limited number of amenities. “As we reopen our doors, the health and safety of our customers, our team members and the community will be our highest priority,” said Vince Schwartz, Senior Vice President of ...

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Mississippi casinos to reopen before Memorial Day weekend

The Mississippi Gaming Commission said Thursday that casinos in the state can start reopening May 21 — more than two months after the commission closed them because of the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening is allowed just before the Memorial Day weekend, which usually marks the beginning of the summer tourist season. Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey confirmed the reopening ...

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Mississippi betting revenue plummets in March

Mississippi’s sports betting revenue fell sharply in the past month, after the popular National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) basketball tournament was cancelled and the state’s casinos shut from March 16.  Revenue for the month dropped 86.8% year-on-year to $648,646.60 (or 69.2% month-on-month) after the March Madness tournament, which drove customer activity in the prior year, was cancelled as a result of ...

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Mississippi casinos close as precaution over coronavirus

Mississippi casinos are closed, state lawmakers could leave the Capitol for a few weeks, and the state’s top education official is recommending that accountability standards be temporarily suspended as classrooms shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi reported 12 confirmed cases of the virus as of Monday. The Mississippi Gaming Commission said in its order closing the casinos that keeping ...

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Casinos to close at midnight Tuesday

All of Mississippi’s state-regulated casinos were ordered to close by midnight Monday to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Mississippi reported 12 confirmed cases of the virus as of Monday. Schools and universities and some museums remained closed. The Mississippi Gaming Commission said in its order closing the casinos that keeping them open “poses an immediate threat to the ...

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