More Mississippi Casinos To Close

Mississippi gambling regulators say all of state’s 19 dockside casinos on the Mississippi River likely will be closed in the coming days because of high water.

High water has shuttered nine casinos in Tunica, three in Greenville, one at Lula and one at Natchez. Mississippi Gaming Commission deputy director Allen Godfrey said one of the four operating casinos in Vicksburg was closed Monday. Authorities are monitoring the other three.

Godfrey said that with predicted water levels, all Vicksburg casinos likely will be closed in the coming days. A fifth Vicksburg casino had been closed prior to the high water for remodeling.

Godfrey said the river closure will cost the state $12 million to $13 million a month in gambling taxes and affect 13,000 casino workers.