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Scarlet Pearl opens doors as D'Iberville's first casino

Hundreds waited in line to be the first to experience the new casino. (Photo source: WLOX News) Hundreds waited in line to be the first to experience the new casino. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Not only is the Scarlet Pearl D'Iberville's first casino, but it's also the first ever Scarlet Pearl. Officials say if they have the kind of success they expect, it won't be the case for long.

People lined up hours before doors were set to open Wednesday morning. Visitors wanted to be among the first to experience the new casino. 

Marggie Woolsey of Mobile said, "It's just fun and exciting to come to a new casino."

Casino executives say they couldn't be prouder to finally unveil the Scarlet Pearl, a property they believe will stand out in the coast gaming market. 

"The design will absolutely be unique. The rooms are floor to ceiling glass. We have an amazing array of slot machines," said CEO LuAnn Pappas. " D'Iberville, it's my understanding has waited 20 years for this to happen. There is gaming all along the coast. I think we're an excellent compliment to our competitors in the market. I think we are uniquely different." 

City leaders are looking forward to the additional tax revenues.

D'Iberville Council Member Randall Pelous added, "It's huge. The economic impact that it will have on the city is absolutely huge." 

When the doors finally opened, a huge crowd poured into the building; eager to get to the slots machines, table games, and restaurants.

"It blows your mind. It's so big. It think it's a beautiful place for the coast," said Wanda Smith.. 

Scarlet Pearl officials say it's only the beginning. 

"Clearly want to see Scarlet Pearl number one in the market," said Pappas. "We also believe because we will be so successful, we could take Scarlet Pearl to another level potentially opening additional Scarlet Pearls." 

Officials say they are doing several special promotions to encourage people to visit the new property. 

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