Biloxi, officially the City of Biloxi, is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi. The city is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area and the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area.
Tourism and Entertainment in Biloxi City
Biloxi is one of the prime destinations for tourists and visitors in the Mississippi River region, due to its nice coastal location. Thus, the Biloxi casino and entertainment industry has ever since been one of the city’s primary industries and source of income. The casinos in Biloxi date back to the 1940s, even if somewhat illegal. Gaming and betting took place in a casino within the Broadwater Beach Resort (later known as President Casino Broadwater Resort). Gambling operations in this establishment were shut down eventually in the 1950s.
The Boom of the Gaming Industry in Biloxi
Fast forward to the 1990s, gaming and casinos have finally been legalized in Biloxi. Consequently, the city has become a significant center for casino gaming, as the gaming industry brought in millions of dollars in tourism revenue to the city. The more well-known casinos in Biloxi during that time include Beau Rivage casino resort, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Biloxi), Casino Magic, Grand Casino, Isle of Capri Casino Resort Biloxi, Boomtown Casino, President Casino Broadwater Resort, and Imperial Palace. Like Tunica County in the northern part of the Mississippi State, Biloxi and the surrounding Gulf Coast area was considered a leading gaming center in the Southern United States.
Catastrophe Strikes Biloxi
Come 2005 though, catastrophe struck the city in the form of Hurricane Katrina. Majority of the casinos in Biloxi were damaged or utterly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Nevertheless, after the calamity, eight of the casinos in the city have since reopened, including the Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel Spa (formerly known as Grand Casino Biloxi), the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Isle of Capri Casino and Resort, the Palace Casino Resort, the IP Casino Resort Spa (formerly known as Imperial Palace), Treasure Bay Casino, Boomtown Casino, and the Beau Rivage. As it stands, the Beau Rivage is still the largest casino in Biloxi today. It features 85,000 square feet of gaming space, which sports more than 2000 gaming machines, 100 table games, and 16 active poker tables.