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$100M casino transformation nears completion in Biloxi

On June 21, the Isle Casino in Biloxi officially becomes the Golden Nugget. On June 21, the Isle Casino in Biloxi officially becomes the Golden Nugget.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

On June 21, the Isle Casino in Biloxi officially becomes the Golden Nugget, with two new restaurants, new guest rooms, and a whole new look. Landry's, the parent company of Golden Nugget, is spending $100 million in upgrades at the property.

"We feel like this property just needed a facelift," Golden Nugget General Manager Jim Hoskins said. "There's a lot of great people that have been here. This has a fabulous history in the market, but it needed an uplift. In the gaming business, we need capital, we need outlay and for the market, I think it's a great thing." 

Bringing the Golden Nugget brand to the coast can only help the coast gaming market.

"This is the oldest property on the Gulf Coast and now we're turning it into the freshest and youngest," Marketing Vice President Bradley Rhines said. "So to invest $100 million and have phase one open June 21st is pretty exciting, not just for us but for the local community and the economy."

By early next year, every guest room will offer the latest in luxury. In addition to all the physical changes taking place at the Isle, soon to be Golden Nugget, other changes are taking place as well. More than 300 new slot machines are being brought in, which officials say is critical to the success of this property. 

"We also invested heavily in new products," said Greg Hennagin, Vice President of Casino Operations. "So when our guests come in, they're not only going to see a new facility, but they're also see all new slot machines across the whole floor. We're going to have the latest, greatest titles, exciting new product and a little bit of everything for everybody." 

For casino employees, this makeover is a real boost.  

"They're already energized, super excited, can't wait to open," Hoskins said. 

That wait is almost over. The second phase of the project will open this fall, with a new retail center featuring several shops, along with a new buffet.

The third and final phase will open early next year with a new pool, a 35,000 square foot casino, a high limit gaming room, and two more restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

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