Palace expansion plans considered a crowning post-Katrina achievement

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Palace Casino is about to undergo what's been called the largest casino expansion in south Mississippi since Katrina.

Once the new area is built, the Palace will have 38,000 square feet for gamblers.  Casino managers will place 1,000 slot machines around the property and 26 table games.  A poker room and a high limit salon will also be added.

A new, 300 seat buffet will be created for hungry customers.  A new sports bar will be opened to entertain Palace Casino guests, and a 24 hour cafe will open.

"We will also maintain many of our current amenities that have become popular, like our signature golf course, The Preserve," said Palace Casino General Manager Keith Crosby.

The Palace hotel will be upgraded.  A new front desk will be created.  So will a concierge area and a VIP check-in desk.  Other amenities in the hotel will include a gift shop, a spa, a fitness center, a business center, and meeting facilities.  The meeting space will help the Palace tap into convention opportunities.

The Palace's owner is Robert Low.

"We are very excited to have this opportunity to further invest in the city of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Low wrote in a news release.  "The key to our success over the past 12 years has never been based on the bricks and mortar, but rather the hard work of our dedicated associates and the high quality of personal service they provide to our guests."

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is also quoted in the news release.

"This project, especially in the current economic climate, shows the confidence and vitality of the Biloxi market," Holloway wrote.

A specific price tag for the Palace Casino expansion hasn't been tallied yet.  The news release says the Palace's new wing should open in the spring of 2011.

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