Casinos were asked by the Mississippi Gaming Commission to down their shutters by Tuesday morning in the wake of a storm hitting Mississippi and Louisiana coasts with a slow speed. The few guests in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino’s hotel were also advised to leave by that time.
Life in the Gulf Coast came to a stand still on Friday as Hurricane Isaac struck it with a bang, putting everything out of gear with a great panic for all. However, people tried to return to normalcy after few hours and started their daily activities. Beau Rivage Resort and Casino equipped with the 1,740 room; re-started its activities by allowing three poker fans at a table before 6 p.m. when the storm still existed outside at its last stage and most of other properties closed by that time. Beau Rivage faced same type of tornado, namely Hurricane Katrina seven years ago; putting it to huge loss of $550 million and one year to reopen. However, the property managed to recover very soon this time. The Gautier, Miss resident; Ismail Birben intended to enjoy a movie but found only Beau Rivage, with its doors open for the players.
Everything was rearranged properly by the hard workers of the casino. Right from the ATMs down to the counting room, nothing was left unattended. A last check was conducted at the computer room for error-free functioning. The workers were advised by the management to take personal interest to keep everything in the proper place so that there is no complaint from any quarter.
Despite the strong storm, the power supply did not fail and hence the 2,200 machines were operational. The craps tables were also in proper condition. These favorable aspects encouraged the marketing personnel to invite valuable clients through Facebook and Twitter to the casino. As a result many gamblers poured in at the property giving it an edge over its counterparts.
The sincere workers at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino put in their best and cleared all sludge and remains of the storm for the convenience of its valued clients. In fact, the owner of the property, i.e. MGM Resorts International did not intend to close it as they were confident about its strong building that could bear the strong hurricane.
Gambling activities in the state count much for its overall development. A record figure of $110 million was registered in terms of casino revenues in this coastal area and the government had to suffer a loss of $100,000 on a single day if the casinos had to shut their doors. Jordan Brooks, a retired school administrator and a video poker fan with the global sign for money said that it is an open secret as to why the casinos remain open. The public holiday on the Labor Day would mean lot of activities at the properties that would be packed with Poker Tournaments and more revenues. This region gives employment to a large number of job-seekers though it lags behind the Atlantic City or Las Vegas casinos in terms of its gaming capacities.
The female spokesperson, Mary Cracchiolo Spain informed that Beau Rivage Resort and Casino has hired approx three thousand persons for its smooth functioning. Joseph Friel, the top chef is there for arrangements of all food stuff.
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