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Major events in Mississippi gaming history


The legislature legalizes dockside casinos and establishes the Mississippi Gaming Control Act


Voters remove a constitutional ban on a state lottery
The legislature legalizes charitable gaming
In August, Isle of Capri Biloxi, President Casino Biloxi and Biloxi Belle are the first casinos to open
Splash Casino Tunica opens in October
The first charitable bingo hall opens in October


Seven new casinos open in Biloxi, Gulfport, Tunica and Vicksburg


13 new casinos open during the year
The Choctaw tribe opens its Silver Star Resort and Casino in July


Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Tunica, Jubilee Casino and Bally’s Casino open


Harrah’s Tunica opens in June


Imperial Palace opens in December


Beau Rivage opens in March
Isle of Capri Tunica opens in July


Isle of Capri opens casinos in Natchez (June) and Lula (July)
Boomtown Casino Biloxi and Casino Magic Bay St. Louis open in August


Hurricane Katrina hits in August, destroying the Gulf Coast casinos
The Legislature authorizes land-based gaming
In December, IP Casino, Isle of Capri and Palace are the first Biloxi casinos to reopen after Katrina


Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis opens in August
Biloxi casinos Beau Rivage, Boomtown, Grand Casino and Treasure Bay all reopen
Silver Slipper opens in November in Bay St. Louis


In July, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opens in Biloxi
Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville opens in November


Riverwalk Casino and Hotel opens in Vicksburg in October


Flooding closes many casinos along the Mississippi River for an extended period in May


Grand Station Casino Vicksburg closes in March
In May, Trop Casino Greenville opens, consolidating the former Lighthouse and Jubilee casinos
Margaritaville Casino opens in May
Rainbow Casino is renamed Lady Luck
Magnolia Bluffs Casino opens in December


Golden Nugget opens in June in the former Isle of Capri Biloxi property


Harrah's Tunica closes in June
Margaritaville Casino closes in September


Isle of Capri Natchez closes in October
Scarlet Pearl Casino opens in D'Iberville


In May, Diamond Jacks is renamed WaterView Casino and Hotel

Note: For a complete history of casino licenses, including openings, closures and transfers, see the “reports” page of the Gaming Commission Website


Casinos and casino-style gaming

Mississippi has an extensive riverboat/dockside casino gaming industry. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, legislation authorized land-based casinos subject to certain restrictions. There are currently 28 operating casinos in three regions – the Coastal Region, the Northern River region (Tunica) and the Southern River region (Vicksburg).

Ameristar Casino Vicksburg – 1,404 slots, 41 tables
Bally’s Casino Tunica – 926 slots, 16 tables
Beau Rivage, Biloxi – 1,810 slots, 96 tables
Boomtown Casino Biloxi – 905 slots, 14 tables
Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel, Tunica – 976 slots, 20 tables
Golden Nugget, Biloxi – 1,191 slots, 53 tables
Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica – 1,194 slots, 58 tables
Harrah's Gulf Coast Casino, Biloxi – 772 slots, 32 tables
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi – 1,203 slots, 47 tables
Harlow's Casino Resort, Greenville – 737 slots, 15 tables
Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast, Bay St. Louis – 1,080 slots, 24 tables
Hollywood Casino Tunica – 1,039 slots, 23 tables
Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Tunica – 1,100 slots, 101 tables
IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi – 1,595 slots, 68 tables
Island View Casino Resort, Gulfport – 1,842 slots, 42 tables
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, Lula – 899 slots, 21 tables
Lady Luck Casino, Vicksburg – 616 slots, 7 tables
Magnolia Bluffs Casino, Natchez – 476 slots, 18 tables
Palace Casino, Biloxi – 862 slots, 26 tables
Resorts Tunica – 800 slots, 9 tables
Riverwalk Casino and Hotel, Vicksburg – 638 slots, 15 tables
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Tunica – 816 slots, 20 tables
Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, D'Iberville – 1,202 slots, 48 tables
Silver Slipper Casino, Bay St. Louis – 931 slots, 29 tables
Treasure Bay Casino, Biloxi – 814 slots, 26 tables
Trop Casino Greenville – 609 slots, 10 tables
Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel – 693 slots, 17 tables
WaterView Casino and Hotel, Vicksburg – 544 slots, 14 tables
Mississippi Gaming Commission
620 North Street, Suite 200
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone (601) 576-3800
Fax (601) 576-3929


Tribal gaming

There is one tribe in Mississippi with a tribal-state gaming compact, and it operates three casinos; two as part of its Pearl River Resort.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians – Bok Homa Casino, Golden Moon Hotel and Casino and Silver Star Hotel & Casino


Charitable gaming

The 1992 Charitable Gaming Law authorized bingo as a way to raise revenues for groups, associations or clubs that are registered with the Secretary of State’s Office as non-profit organizations.

Charitable Gaming Division
Mississippi Gaming Commission
620 North Street, Suite 200
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone (601) 576-3800
Fax (601) 576-3929


Last updated on March 18, 2017