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10/04/02

Coast Casinos Open Again

At three O'clock Thursday all Coast Casinos re-opened their doors for business. The Gaming Commission ordered all Casinos to close at 10-o'clock Wednesday night. They stayed closed for 17-hours because of the threat of Hurricane Lili.

Thursday night we found folks at one local casino who could barely wait for the doors to open again.

Joe Stepan and his wife Dorothy stayed an extra day at the Palace Casino Resort.

"We want to get in, the last time we played here, I think I won twenty five hundred dollars, I am lucky," Joe Stephan said.

The Stephan's weren't the only ones who couldn't wait to get in. 

"We had people trying to get in the minute we closed. '[They said] why are you closed. It's not that bad. Oh come on, we drove all the way from Louisiana." But I think they understood it was for their own safety," Palace Casino General Manager Keith Crosby said.

All Coast Casinos are back open except Treasure Bay. It suffered substantial damage during Isidore. Treasure Bay executives say construction crews are working around the clock to repair the barge and reopen it by October eleventh.

By:  Rebecca Powers

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