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Memphis Commercial Appeal

Originally Published:Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tunica County, casino industry struggle to regroup, remake tourism strategy

By James Dowd
Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Just as Hurricane Katrina did for the Gulf Coast casinos, this will increase pressure on Mississippi lawmakers to approve land-based gaming," said Weinart, vice president of Linwood, N.J.-based Spectrum Gaming Group. "The economic impact of these closures will be considerable. Having said that, Mississippi is a tough state to predict because on the one hand there is legalized gambling, but on the other hand it's a relatively conservative state.

"The Gulf Coast casinos were allowed to move 800 feet inland, but it remains to be seen if something similar will happen in Tunica. Getting to that point will be an uphill climb."

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