Skip to comments.Harrah's Casino in Tunica closing costs 1,300 jobs (Mississippi)
Posted on 03/28/2014 5:41:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Caesars Entertainment announced in a press release Wednesday that it will close Harrah's Tunica on June 2.
This is one of three casinos Harrah's operates in Tunica in northern Mississippi.
The 1,300 jobs that will be lost makes this one of the biggest layoffs ever in Mississippi, said Richard Bennett, chairman of the House Gaming Committee.
The layoffs come at a time when Tunica County had the highest unemployment in state in February at 17.3 percent.
Bennett said 75 percent of the jobs are held by Mississippi residents, with the remaining 25 percent of the employees from Tennessee and Arkansas.
"After exploring every other viable alternative, we have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion to close Harrah's Tunica in an effort to appropriately position our business for the current market opportunity and ensure the long-term viability of our remaining operations in the vicinity," said John Payne, president of central markets and partnership development.
The company said it plans to collaborate with local officials to find other uses for Harrah's Tunica.
The casino will remain operational until its closure, the company said, and will help its employees in the transition.
Caesars Entertainment also owns Horseshoe Casino Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel, and Bennett said the company plans to invest in those properties.
Caesars also is investing about $40 million in the Gulf Coast market, he said, in a remodel and re-branding of Grand Biloxi into Harrah's Gulf Coast.
"They're not leaving the state. They're investing in Mississippi," he said.
And because of Global Warming.
More people freed from job lock by the great employment emancipator, Barack Obama.
I do hate that for them. This economy sucks. I’m sure my shi#@ss brother spent our family inheritance there as well.
I wonder how much state subsidy they recieved
Highest unemployment in the state? But legalized gambling does wonders for the local economy, doesn’t it?
Hey bro, this area has been hunted out.
“Highest unemployment in the state? But legalized gambling does wonders for the local economy, doesnt it?”
I understand the sarcasm; it is part of an “entertainment economy” that briefly worked in this country when people had discretionary income, but will probably never recover (unless rich foreigners revive it). Here in NJ it did nothing but take from suckers; Atlantic City makes money from it, but it is still a toilet (while gibsmedats sit on their asses, workers are bused in from Philadelphia). In the Bahamas their own people couldn’t enter casinos (so it was all “foreign investment”); in Niagara Falls (Ontario) the gibsmedats from Buffalo swarmed across to the casinos they built there (I believe watching that money cross into Canada every day spurred NY to act on its own casinos).
Anyone earning a living in a casino better have a Plan B...
Can’t use EBT cards there anymore?
Disneyworld. Poke me in the eye with a stick. Utter hell on earth. Standing in the hot sun in line after line for hours and hours to either buy overpriced cold drinks or get on some contraption for a 90 second "ride" while horrid music plays all around you.
Then it's off to "Epcot Center" for more of the same. Except at least now, I get to do the "11 Countries" circuit in which I try to purchase an alcoholic drink from each country. I managed to collect 9 on one trip before I collapsed onto a bench and fell asleep. I think it was the Japanese sake that did me in. Or maybe it was the 90 degree temperature.
I did it for the kids. I suffered greatly but kids wanted to go to Disneyworld and so I spent thousands of dollars to make it happen.
Now kids have grow up and instead I go to Las Vegas casinos. So much more fun than Disneyland. When did anybody come off Space Mountain with a $1300 jackpot? Or sit at an oblong green-felted table for hours, with free drinks, and walk away with $80 at the end playing blackjack?
OK, so you end up losing in the long run. Everybody who goes gambling at casinos does. But sometimes you win. And the games are fun. And the food is better. And it might be 105 degrees outside but you have no idea even what time it is because they do not have clocks in casinos and it always feels like 10PM on a Saturday night.
Now that's Las Vegas. It's different at these other casinos across the country. Those are usually sad and depressing places. Little old ladies throwing their grandchildren's inheritance into slot machines one nickel at a time - or playing bingo. BINGO! I hate bingo. What a stupid game.
Old men, being grouchy, sitting at the roulette wheel putting $1 at a time on red. Sad.
Las Vegas is the only place that should have casinos. And it costs less to have a good time in Las Vegas than it does to have a horrible time at Disneyworld.
the taxi driver in Vegas was telling us a few weeks ago that the unemployment in Vegas rivals Detroit, that most of the big lavish hotels are half empty even though they'll tell you that their "booked"....all it means is that they laid off lots of staff to keep going....
people are going to spend money on casinos and movies and restaurants but maybe not as much as before...
No, it was causedd by exhuberant, irrarional expectations fueld by greed.
Two were enough. Three were one to many
Alcohol was invented to survive Epcot. I never drink to escape my problems. Epcot was the only exception. DisneyWorld is one thing. Epcot... < shudder>
The casinos in Tunica never recovered from the floods in 2011. Folks started going to the casinos in Arkansas and never came back.
lotteries and casinos are a blight on society.
Businesses aren't going to hire when they have to deal with regulations, taxes, and weaker profits, so they will hire less or close shop.
Then the cycle repeats.
Just amazed that no one can see this connection.
wonder what will up the ante?....prostitutes for the men?....
Great post. You’re a wordsmith.
1300 more Obamacare recruits. Plus more welfare, food stamp enrollees.
Of course, at no fault of their own. But the end resort will be the same.
You sound like Uncle Bill Bennett, the Family Values/Frequent Casino Gambler dude.
May the odds be with you.
The Harrah's in New Orleans isn't bad, but those casinos along the Mississippi coast are pretty much as you describe. I quit going to those, after the places filled up with little old ladies in wheelchairs (and often toting oxygen bottles, too). I doubt they had anybody's inheritance to spend - more likely social security $$ going in the slots. Yep, depressing on many levels.
Morbidly obese people everywhere.
Recovery Summer, Part IV
Indians don't RUN the casinos. They OWN them and let other more, um, "experienced" people run the casinos.
The Indians sit on their reservations, that is, FREE LAND from the U.S. government and drink. They have a terrible problem with alcohol.
And NO, they were not NATIVE to America--they were immigrants too from Asia via the Bering Strait. DNA proved that. The Oriental Asians have the same problem with alcohol, showing up in their emigrant brethren from Asia to America..."Indians."
They are only called INDIANS because Columbus thought he hit the country of INDIA. Oops.
The FIRST Americans were the Kennewick people (named after the name of site: the Columbia River in Washington) who hunted the giant mastodons.
Their bones weren't found around the pits where they trapped the GIGANTIC beasties but were found in the areas where the Kennewick hunters had died.
Those hunters had OVAL SKULLS, as Caucasians do.
Oriental Asians have ROUND SKULLS, so THUS, the Euro-prototypes were the FIRST Americans....
The folks who run the casinos have strangely-ITALIAN sounding names.
Lol. My first time there a big black caddie limo pulled into Harrah's and the Neveda license plate read: SICILY.
The streets were cleaner, no blaring music, panhandlers or other weirdos on the strip. They even had attendants and shoe shine stands in the rest rooms
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Tunica used to be the poorest county in the whole USA before the casinos came.
This old man plays 6, 8, 11 , 24, 29 and the first third on the Roulette table. Red does not exist but for 16 ( Joe Montana) and 14 (Pete Rose).
Ding ding ding...winner.
I go to Tunica about once a month, usually the Gold Strike. Harrah’s was nice and had good rates ($100 for two nights Sat & Sun).
I usually get free nights anytime and get the pit boss to comp me food, so my only cost is what I lose.
If U was to lose $200 over a weekend, it is still cheaper than most any other entertainment. Just going to a movie costs me $75 (for three people) after eating and movie.
Like you mentioned in your entertaining post, many of the usual places can be more hell on earth than entertainment. My wife and her sister play the machines some and I play the tables. Its an hour from my home and I can get away with a mini vacation away from home. Sometimes I make money and sometimes I don’t.
Go to Vegas much? Still lots of old ladies and dudes puffing down a pack a night playing nickel machines.
I liked Harrahs and 1300 people might disagree with you.
Most people I talked to were only part time i the past couple a years. Looks like they are getting ready for obamacare.
When they bought out another group a few years ago, they owned five of the NINE casinos at Tunica.
They had to give up Ballys and moved their Harrahs casino and sold the old one which is now Resorts.
There are only three small casinos in Ark. One at Southland Park in West Memphis (greyhound racing) near Tunica. One at Oaklawn in Hot Springs (horse racing)and a “Cherokee” casino way up in the NW in Eureka Springs (Passion Play).
The economy sucks is a big part of it. If you got no extra money to spend...
The overall economy is a big part of it, but I do believe you are right about the floods in 2011. I’ve never been to the dog track since they put in casinos (which are not full casinos), but I hear a lot of folks (minority) I work with talk about it.
The newly jobless will be happy having a full-time vacation, because Obama said that if you have Obama are you don’t need a job.
Ceasars Corp ( Harrah’s) is in trouble. Atlantic City
Properties may go on the market. Rumored are
Showboat and Bally’s . They are still building
Horseshoe casinos . Debt is high and profit
The Mohegan tribe and the Mashentucket Pequot operate their casinos. Mohegan owns a casino in Pennsylvania, runs a Mississippi casino and is trying to get pepermission to start a Massachusetts casino for the Nipmuck tribe.
“I say that if they’re going to allow indians to run casinos without regulation then lets have casinos everywhere”
They tried that in Atlantic City, and realized they were fighting over the finite number of gamblers; building more casinos doesn’t creat more gamblers, just attracts some from another casino. Now that there are casinos in eastern Pennsylvania, Atlantic City is getting crushed; not only did Pennsylvania gamblers stop coming, but many in northern NJ would rather drive an hour than two and a half. Years before, the CT casinos had started siphoning off NYC gamblers; the distance was similar, but outside of the summer the environment in CT was much more appealing.
Probably the same taxi driver that said the same thing to me 3 years ago.
Harry Reid got re-elected how, again?
“Most people I talked to were only part time i the past couple a years. Looks like they are getting ready for obamacare.”
Probably; that’s still a lot of work to lose.
I'm sure the 1300 folks losing their jobs would totally appreciate your self-serving comment. Not.
Now WHAT in the world did I say to make you think that I disliked Harrah's? Just because I saw the plate "Sicily"? MY, you do have an odd way of thinking, ready for the negative.
My husband and I were TICKLED PINK to see that. We LOVED it. We enjoyed Harrah's too.
Try, maybe, to keep your mindset a BIT more positive when it comes to fellow FReepers. We aren't all as ready on the negative as you are.
We have a few local Indian tribes here in California who "run" their tribal casinos. It's MOSTLY a joke. No, it's kind of sad to see--SO tacky, run down and hardly worth the effort. They are CERTAINLY no threat WHATSOEVER to Vegas. NO ONE is.
I see them going the way of the dodo eventually.
I was replying to this snarky post of yours
“Awww, ONE gambling casino is closing down.
CRY ME A RIVER. Not. “
What is "snarky" about my post and, more to the point, why even BOTHER reply to it if it is offensive to you? Makes no sense.