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Gaming commission head: Coast only region where Mississippi casino business went up last year

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GULFPORT, Louisiana — Mississippi Gaming Commission executive director Alan Godfrey says that South Mississippi was "the shining star" of Mississippi's casino business last year. He says the coast was the only part of the state where casino revenue was up.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1yhORwF ) that statewide casinos revenues fell 3 percent, to $2 billion. Coast casinos posted a 1 percent increase, from $1.07 billion to $1.08 billion.

Godfrey says that over the past decade, Mississippi dropped from the nation's third-largest casino market to the sixth-largest but remains a strong, well-respected market.

Godfrey delivered his State of the Casinos report during the Gaming Commission's January meeting Thursday at Island View Casino Resort, which will open its restored hotel tower in April. Work on the tower south of U.S. 90 cost $58 million.

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