Tunica casino to reopen on Wednesday

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Gold Strike casino in Tunica County will reopen Wednesday morning, and two others may do so as soon as Thursday.

All but two of Mississippi’s river casinos have been closed due to flooding. The river has already crested at Tunica and is starting to recede.

Mississippi Gaming Commission director Larry Gregory said officials performed tests at the Gold Strike, Horseshoe and Roadhouse casinos.

Gregory said “they fared better than most of the other casinos.”

Gregory says the tests include ensuring that gambling machines and surveillance systems are working properly and that water is safe for drinking and cooking.

River casinos employ more than 13,000 people and generate $10 million in state and local taxes a month. Two casinos in Vicksburg have remained open.

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