Entertainment And Gambling Coming Together With Mississippi Casino
Jimmy Buffett has for decades been one of the most recognizable names in music. Buffett has developed what some would call a cult following with his laid back energy and charisma. Now, Buffett is attempting to conquer a new breed of person, the gambler.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday approved Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant that will be built along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The casino will combine the musical genius of Buffett with the gaming intelligence of Tom Brosig.
Buffett is from Mississippi and he has been trying for years to bring a casino resort to the state. Originally, Buffett had partnered with Caesars Entertainment, and construction began on a casino resort to be built on the beach in Mississippi. That development plan, however, fell through when the economic recession stalled most major casino construction in the US.
"Any time a celebrity puts their name on a casino project, it is likely that big revenue is going to follow," said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. "In most cases, the celebrity's name is branded so well that gamblers naturally gravitate towards the establishment. In this case, it will help that Buffett will be bringing his Margaritaville brand to the casino."
Buffett has always been in the spotlight whether performing or not. Several years ago, the singer, who can frequently be seen at Miami Heat games, was tossed from his court side seats after verbally blasting an official. Despite getting up there in age, Buffett continues to tour with the Coral Reefer Band.
Mississippi is one of the Gulf Coast states that is pressing forward with an attempt to rebound from the economic recession. Louisiana casinos had been hit the worst economically in the past decade, with Hurricane Katrina forcing closures in 2005, and the recession causing a drop in revenue from 2008 to the present.
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