Gamblers Flock To Reopening Of Biloxi Casino

Boomtown Casino reopened on Thursday in Biloxi.

The casino’s general manager, Pat Murphy, said there are no big changes in the layout of the casino, except for the absence of an arcade for children and baby-sitting service. Boomtown will use the space for more slot machines and a new restaurant.

Boomtown has no hotel. It refurbished its gambling barge and installed all-new slot machines. The casino has 1,000 slots and 22 table games.

Boomtown is one of two coast casinos owned by Penn National Gaming. The company is re-branding its Bay St. Louis property as a Hollywood Casino, which will reopen later this year.

The other coast casinos back in business since Hurricane Katrina are the IP, the Isle of Capri, the Palace and Treasure Bay.

Grand Casino Biloxi reopens in mid-August. Beau Rivage reopens Aug. 29. Island View, a casino at the site of the former Gulfport Grand’s Oasis Hotel, opens in September.

The Silver Slipper in Hancock County is slated to open in October.