BOONVILLE BOOMING IN DEBUT WEEK

December 16, 2001 11:30 PM
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The Isle of Capri's newest casino in Missouri is off to a huge start.

The Boonville casino averaged 5,300 gamblers during its debut week and 8,194 on opening day. The town of Boonville has 8,202 people.

"It was good. We expected a lot of people and the number of patrons exceeded our expectations," said casino spokesman Traci Stiles.

Executives of Isle of Capri, which is headquartered in Biloxi, Miss., have projected hosting 1.5 million gamblers a year.