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Hancock County's Second Casino Since Katrina Set to Open Thursday

The Silver Slipper Casino is set to open Thursday at 7 p.m.

"Right now, we're watching the clock, but like I said, I've been in this situation before, and the transformation between now and Thursday night will just be remarkable," said the casino's general manager John Ferrucci.

"We have completed the chandaliers. We've got all the slot machines up and running, we've got our table games in place. All three restaurants are all fired up, and the equipment's all working there. All the bars are just being finished up," he said.

A lot of work is also being done outdoors on the road that leads the way to the casino.

"We've paved the first coat. We're putting the finishing touch on Monday and Tuesday. We put the All of our parking lot, all the way down to Portacachere, that concrete gets poured tomorrow. We're paving the road all the way down to the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Beach Boulevard," Ferrucci said.

Six-hundred-thirty employees are also on the casino payroll.

"Of those 630 employees, if I'm not mistaken, the correct number is 480 are Hancock County residents or misplaced Hancock County residents waiting to come back and this is an opportunity for them. So, we're very pleased with how that went. We really felt we were going to have a struggle with finding people to work," he said.

By Toni Miles

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