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Construction at Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi ends, grand opening May 1-3


BILOXI, Mississippi — Construction that transformed the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi over the past 16 months is coming to an end and a three-day party to celebrate its completion is about to begin.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) Tilman Fertitta, owner and chairman of parent company Landry's, will cut the ribbon on the $100 million renovation and expansion at noon May 2 at the new H20 swimming pool.

The party will begin on May 1 and run through May 3.

Bradley Rhines, vice president of marketing for Golden Nugget Biloxi, said except for the finishing touches, the work is done, including remodeling of all 700 rooms and suites, the expanded casino, new restaurants and lounges, H20 Pool and Bar, new shops, entertainment venue and meeting and convention space.

Joining in the celebration will be the Hand of Faith — a 61-pound gold nugget discovered by Kevin Hillier while using a metal detector in his Australia hometown. He sold it to the Golden Nugget for more than $1 million. It's been on display at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

"It will be encased in glass next to the front desk," Rhines said.

Fertitta has said customers were "just going to love the place" when the work by Yates Construction was done.

"The Golden Nugget transformation is going to rejuvenate Biloxi, in the same way that we have helped revive downtown Las Vegas and the Marina District in Atlantic City, New Jersey," he said in a press release Wednesday.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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