The dice are no longer rolling and the slots aren’t spinning at Harrah’s Casino in Tunica. The casino lights went out for good a little after midnight recently and 1,300 employees are now looking for work. For many people, the closure marks the end of an era in gaming in Tunica County.
The lights at Harrah’s Casino Tunica were still flashing brightly a few minutes before midnight on Sunday, June 1. But there are no winners among the 1,300 Harrah’s employees whose jobs ended at the stroke of midnight. The casino’s lights burned for a few minutes past midnight, and then at 12:05 Monday morning, they went dark for the last time.
It was an eerie sight, seen only once before in 2011, when flood waters closed the casino. Many believed the flood was the beginning of the end for Harrah’s, which has experienced declining revenues. By daylight Monday, the Harrah’s brand name was slowly disappearing from the landscape, leaving behind empty hotels and no more high-rollers to fill them.
Harrah’s Tunica opened in June 1996 as The Grand Casino. It was the biggest casino between Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and the closest Mississippi casino to Memphis. The name change to Harrah’s Tunica was finalized in May 2008. Then in March of 2014, the company announced plans to close the casino for financial reasons.
source: News Channel 3