BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippi's casinos lost at least $18 million in
gaming revenue after being ordered to close while Hurricane Georges
swept through the region, said Chuck Patton, executive director of
the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
With nine of the 11 casinos having reopened by last weekend, how
much Georges will ultimately cost the casinos and tourism here in
general is "tough to guess" and depends upon tourists' confidence
in the infrastructure, Patton said. By infrastructure, Patton said
he means traffic signals and signage, lodging accommodations and
whether hot meals are readily available.
As to the casinos' preparedness, Patton expressed confidence in
their ability to resume full operations this week.
All except Grand Casino Biloxi and Treasure Bay in Biloxi were
slated to resume operations by the weekend.
Treasure Bay sustained glass and water damage, according to
Bernie Burkholder, company president, and will reopen Oct. 8, as
will Grand Casino Biloxi, according to a company officer
Grand Casino, whose Gulfport property reopened Oct. 2, said it
anticipates that the closings will hurt financial results for both
the third and fourth quarters of this year.