Isle of Capri Casino Opens in Biloxi – First Land Based Casino in State

After Katrina, the state of Mississippi recognized the danger of forcing their casinos to remain of floating platforms, so they amended the gaming laws to allow land based casinos. Now, all of the major casino operators are racing to get their properties open, and jobs going in this stricken area.

The Isle of Capri became the first business south of U.S. 90 in Biloxi to reopen its doors Monday to the beating of steel drums and the delight of hundreds of gamblers.

“Let the good times roll,” Isle of Capri general manager Bill Kilduff said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It is the second Gulf Coast casino to reopen since Hurricane Katrina pounded the state, following the IP, which opened Thursday.

Officials changed the Isle of Capri’s entertainment and convention space into game rooms with 728 new slot machines, 29 table games and a poker room with nine tables.

More than 500 hotel rooms and three restaurants also are open. USATODAY.comi.

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