The 25th anniversary of the first casino opening in Mississippi will be Aug. 1. Plans aren’t made yet for a celebration, but expansions and improvements to the industry in South Mississippi are in the works.
American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman outlined accomplishments of casino industry in 2016 and sends memo to former casino operator, now President-Elect Donald Trump outlining the industry’s key issues.
A 2006 report on casinos and money laundering had been critical of the industry. The reports are released every 10 years, and this time the casinos scored high for its focus on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.
A new survey shows almost half of Americans support legalizing sport betting. Leading the charge to change the federal ban on sports betting is American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman, who was named one of the top lobbyists of 2016.
The mayor of Foley, Alabama, told al.com that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are planning an amusement park that will be a cross between Six Flags and Disney World. Meanwhile, the tribe has bought casino property in D’Iberville and a well-known Gulfport amusement park, FunTime USA, is trying to make a comeback.
Mississippi Gaming Commissioners on Thursday will propose a change to regulations that would open up many more sites for casinos in South Mississippi where they aren’t currently allowed. The opposition says it’s bad for the Coast and the state’s reputation.
Gov. Phil Bryant recently said he’d be willing to talk about a lottery for Mississippi after Alabama recently came close to passing one. Most other states have a lottery. Mississippi is one of six holdouts.