Originating as a unified group of casino executives operating as the Gulf Coast Gaming Association, the association grew into a statewide organization known as the Mississippi Casino Operators Association operating as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. In 2013, the association changed its name to the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (“MGHA”). MGHA’s mission is, generally speaking, to protect and enhance the reputation and success of the Gaming industry. (Click About Us to review MGHA’s entire mission statement.) The Gaming industry is part of the overall Travel and Tourism industry in Mississippi, which is the 4th largest industry in the state in terms of jobs - providing more than 85,000 direct jobs. Each year, MGHA publishes its annual report highlighting the Gaming industry’s impact on the state, including taxes generated and other contributions made to support education, public safety and the economy. Without question, gaming has made a positive impact in Mississippi, providing more than 21,250 direct jobs in 2017, generating nearly $1 billion in tax revenue and having a nearly $4.1 billion economic impact throughout the state. This says nothing of the countless hours the Gaming industry’s employees have donated for the past 25 years to charitable causes and the millions of dollars the Gaming industry has donated to the various charitable organizations throughout the state. MGHA seeks to ensure that the positive impact the Gaming industry has had in Mississippi is recognized and celebrated. MGHA also works with its members, including its associate members made of vendors, professional services providers and other organizations, to promote and encourage more visitation to Mississippi. Mississippi has much to offer its visitors. From the Delta region, to the River region, down to the Gulf Coast region, Mississippi covers a large geographic area steeped in history rich with music, food, culture and southern hospitality. MGHA recognizes that gaming is only one part of the story; however, the Gaming industry has worked hard to bring more visitors to Mississippi offering more than just gaming, rather, the industry offers visitors an array of amenities providing them with a resort experience. Go to visitmississippi.org to learn more.

These guys have the scoop on the early days of Biloxi casinos

The first casino to open in the southeast was on a riverboat at the Isle of Capri in Biloxi, and a quarter-century later, three of the “Pioneers of Riverboat Gaming” will be together in Biloxi for the Southern Gaming Summit. Lyle Berman, co-founder of the Grand Casinos; Timothy Hinkle
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