Mississippi is a state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city, with a population of around 175,000 people.
The Onset of the Gaming Industry in Mississippi
Since the 1990s, the Tourism and Entertainment industry has played a significant role in the state’s economic health and development. The legislature’s 1990 decision to legalize casino gambling along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast has led to increased revenues and economic gains for the state. Gambling towns in Mississippi have attracted increased tourism: they include the Gulf Coast resort towns of Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi, and the Mississippi River towns of Tunica (the third largest gaming area in the United States), Greenville, Vicksburg and Natchez. By 2012, Mississippi had the sixth largest gambling revenue of any state, with $2.25 billion.
The Riverboat Casinos in Mississippi
Mississippi was the third state to legalize riverboat gambling when it was approved by that state’s legislature in 1990. The law restricts Mississippi casinos to coast waters (including the Bay of St. Louis and the Back Bay of Biloxi) along the Mississippi River and in navigable waters of counties that border the river.
State law also requires that a riverboat casino in Mississippi be permanently moored at the dock and they are not permitted to cruise. This allows the riverboats to offer 24-hour dockside gambling. The Isle of Capri in Biloxi was the first casino to open on August 1, 1992 followed one month later by The President.
Since the law does not require that the floating vessel actually resemble a boat, almost all of the casinos are built on barges. This gives them the appearance of a land-based building, rather than a riverboat.
Currently, there are more than 30 casinos in Mississippi State. If gathered altogether, all of those gaming centers would accumulate almost 37,000 gaming machines and slot games, almost 1,000 table games, almost 100 live poker tables. The biggest of these casino gaming centers include the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, and the Island Casino View Resort. Both of them are full sized casino hotel resorts, which feature extended amenities like spas, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.