Dec. 9 opening of Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville helped push the Mississippi coast casinos to $1.14B in gross casino revenue for the year



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D'IBERVILLE, Mississippi — The Dec. 9 opening of Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville helped push the Mississippi coast casinos to $1.14 billion in gross casino revenue for the year, squeaking revenue past the 2009 total of $1.11 billion.

It was a 6 percent annual improvement over the $1.08 billion won in 2014. That's according to a report Wednesday from the state Department of Revenue.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1T7WlfR) the river casinos had their worst year since 1994, when the first casinos opened in that area. For the second year, revenues slipped below $1 billion to $954.0 million. That is 3.5 percent below 2014.

The Coast's strong performance helped raise Mississippi's total casino revenue to $2.07 billion, or 1.4 percent above 2014 levels.

Twice in 2015, the Coast casino revenue topped $100 million, the first time that had happened since 2009.

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