In Mississippi customers were lining up to enter the new Natchez casino as it opened its doors for the first time, after a long wait that has seen much anticipation build up in favour of the venue. Casino President, Kevin Preston, cut the ribbon at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino, and the local mayor Butch Brown was the first amongst those to try out the craps table later on in the evening.
“I want to thank those of you who have supported us through this process,” said Preston. “It’s been one of those things that today you can believe it’s really happening.” Meanwhile, Mayor Brown also waxed lyrical, saying: “I have to give a tip of the hat to the people who built it. It seems very pretty and functional.” There was a long line at the door as patrons came early to take advantage of opening day promotions, such as free play and free t shirts that were only available while stocks lasted. A tour for invited guests began at 2pm, with an opening time of 5pm (which had been scheduled for 4pm, but was delayed due to continued testing from the Mississippi Gaming Commission).
Patrons are happy with the idea of a second casino in the area giving them some more slot machine games to choose from. “We need the competition,” said one, while Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis was happy to mention the effect on the local economy: “It’s not just people from Natchez who are getting jobs,” she said. “I talked to a woman from Fayette who works here and another from Vicksburg who is from Natchez and coming back to work at the casino.” If you missed the first day, never fear – there is set to be a grand opening ceremony on the 17th of January which will feature live entertainment. The casino measures 45,000 square foot, and has five hundred and eighty slot machines, ten table games, a centre bar which hosts twenty seven table games, a player’s VIP club, an Italian steakhouse, a lounge, and also a buffet for dining options.