Coast Casino Execs Encouraged By Holiday Business

Casino executives are pretty encouraged by the number of holiday visitors they've seen at their slot machines.

For most of the weekend, business at Biloxi's five casinos was brisk. It slowed down just a bit Tuesday as gamblers checked out of hotels, and either headed home, or to family celebrations.

Palace Casino General Manager Keith Crosby said the Fourth of July proved the casinos have an important role in south Mississippi's hurricane recovery efforts.

"Well, you know, it's encouraging. It's another holiday where we can recognize the fact that we've recovered, things are back to normal. The guests who are here are people we see year in and year out," Crosby said. "Recently, we saw Boomtown open. And the good news was there was some growth in the market."

Five more casinos are scheduled to open between mid August and October.