Some Mississippi coast casinos reopen Thursday

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

BILOXI — Some of the 12 casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast started reopening Thursday, just over a day after the most severe weather from Hurricane Isaac pushed through the area.

The two casinos in Hancock County closed Monday, and the 10 in Harrison County were ordered to close Tuesday as Isaac was still in the Gulf of Mexico.

Island View in Gulfport and five casinos in Biloxi — Beau Rivage, Hard Rock, Isle of Capri, IP and Treasure Bay — opened Thursday evening.

Five others plan to open Friday, while the Silver Slipper in Waveland plans to open Saturday.

There’s some urgency to get the doors open. Coast casinos win more than $20 million from gamblers in even a slow week. And, Labor Day is traditionally a busy time.