Casino numbers follow economy and events


As Coast casinos continue to rebound from Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Gaming Commission is seeing more developers wanting to enter the game.

“We have had more interest in the past 30 days for new operators than in the past 12 months,” said Gaming Commissioner John Hairston, “so the future appears very encouraging. Most inquiries have been for very positive developments.”

Hairston said there is room for more casinos on the Coast, “but they must add to the total revenue pie rather than redistribute what we already have.” Any new casino needs to add value and visitors, he said.

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