For many of us in the South, there are three choices for casino poker: Tunica, Biloxi/Gulfport and New Orleans.
We’re now down to just one. Tunica.
The Grand Casino Biloxi, which once rested on a barge over the Gulf and was set to be the next stop on the WSOP circuit, was swept from its moorings all the way across the highway, crashing into an apartment complex and businesses (see picture below). The Hard Rock Casino, which was gearing up for its grand opening on Sept. 8, is also a total loss, as is pretty much every casino in Biloxi and Gulfport. Harrah’s in New Orleans may be salvageable, but when it will reopen no one knows.
But these are just memories. They will live on, unlike so many lives, towns, homes, businesses and more in the areas devastated by Katrina. I simply can’t imagine the realities on the ground right now from New Orleans to Mobile.
Well, I can, and it’s awful.
And for those living it, it’s hell.
When the casinos rebuild, which they must, as the state of
Let’s just hope when they rebuild the casinos, the politicians let them do so on land and not require them to float on water. We’ve seen what happens when you require massive structures to sit on floating barges in the Gulf, right along the path of a hurricane alley.
As for the WSOP circuit event scheduled in Biloxi for Sept. 29-Oct. 12, last time I checked the WSOP site there was no mention of alternate plans, although those are certain now.
The Grand Casino Biloxi website says it all:
“Our Grand Casino locations in Gulfport and Biloxi are closed indefinitely.”