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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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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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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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Hard Rock Casino unveils plans for hotel tower

BILOXI — The management of Hard Rock Casino plans a 12-story, 154-room hotel tower along U.S. 90 in Biloxi. The company says the $32.5-million project is expected to be completed by New Year’s 2014. The addition will create 90 permanent jobs and 250 construction jobs. The Sun Herald reports Premier Entertainment Biloxi, LLC and Hard Rock International explored the viability ...

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Magaritaville Casino laying off approximately 200 workers

BILOXI — Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant Biloxi is laying off about 50 full-time and 150 part-time workers as the summer tourist season ends. CFO Scott King tells the Sun Herald for six weeks the company has been informing employees their jobs would end with summer. Margaritaville hired nearly 1,000 people for its opening May 22. Traditionally, Coast casinos ...

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Vicksburg hotel owners arrested for price gouging

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi attorney general says the owners of a Vicksburg hotel have been charged with price gouging during a state of emergency. Attorney General Jim Hood says authorities arrested 56-year-old Devenora V. Patel and 26-year-old Hemel Ramesh Surati at their business, The Battlefield Inn in Vicksburg. Hood says Patel and Surati are accused of charging more than their ...

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Coast City Council: Repair abandoned hotel or raze it

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council says the White House Hotel should be repaired or demolished. Councilman George Lawrence told The Sun Herald he would vote to force repairs of the hotel on U.S. 90, which has sat vacant for more than 20 years, but not for demolition. Jerry Creel, community development director, says he recommended the city direct owner ...

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