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Mississippi Casinos Starting To Reopen After Devastating Flooding

Mississippi casinos have been dealt a tough hand by Mother Nature in recent months. Flooding has caused some of the casinos to close in the past few weeks, and the devastation has been massive in regards to the flooding.

Now, the casinos are starting to slowly re-emerge in the state. Rainbow Casino was one of the facilities that had to deal with the flooding, and on Thursday the casino re-opened their doors for the first time in over two weeks. The loss of revenue has hurt the state's bottom line when it comes to gaming revenue.

"I want to thank all of our employees, and especially our facilities team, for their hard work and dedication," said Rainbow Casinos' Vice President and General Manager Paul Avery. "Everyone stepped up to protect and secure our facilities, and they truly have my appreciation. Our team is excited to be getting back to work and welcoming our guests."

It is not often that Mississippi residents are without their gaming options. Louisiana casinos had to deal with closures after Hurricane Katrina, which helped Mississippi gaming establishments. Now, the tables were turned, as it was the Louisiana casinos that were able to capitalize on the flooding in Mississippi.

By Friday, it is expected that ten of the sixteen casinos that closed after the floods will re-open. It is unknown how long it will be before all of the casinos are back operational. State officials count on gaming revenue to account for millions of dollars each year. The economic recession has caused many states to expand their gaming options, but Mississippi had already been one of the top gaming states in the country.

"It still may be a while before casinos in the US are back to normal operating procedure, and with the natural disasters, that process may be delayed," said Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins. "The weather and the closures are only delaying the process, and it is making plenty of gaming officials anxious."

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