New Natchez casino boosts Miss. gaming revenue

Apr 8, 2013 10:08 AM

Three months after Natchez’s second casino began play, gaming revenue is up in the city, but insiders warn it’s too early to bet on the increase holding or folding.

Natchez gaming revenues for December, January and February increased over the same months last year. The Natchez Democrat reports figures from the Natchez City Clerk’s office show the biggest increase coming in January.

Total gaming revenue was approximately $3.7 million in January, an approximately $1.3-million increase over January 2012’s approximately $2.4 million take.

After nearly 20 years of being a one-casino city with the Isle of Capri Casino having a lock on the market, Magnolia Bluffs Casino opened on Dec. 18.

The new casino, even though only in operation for a portion of December, appears to have impacted revenue.

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