was the third state to legalize riverboat gambling
when it was approved by the state legislature in 1990.
The law restricts casinos to coastal waters along
the Mississippi River and in navigable waters of counties
that border the river. The law also requires that
boats be permanently moored at the dock, and they
are not allowed to cruise, thus permitting twenty-four-hour
dockside gambling. The law doesn't require that the
floating vessels look like boats, so almost all of
the casinos are built on barges.
There is no limit
to the number of casinos that can be built, and as
of September 1996 there were twenty-nine casinos in
operation more than any other state except Nevada.
There is also
one land-based Indian casino: Silver Star Hotel &
Casino (800-557-07ll) in Philadelphia.
In southern Mississippi
the major gaming area is Biloxi, which is about eighty
miles east of New Orleans and is home to eight casinos.
Two of the largest are: Grand Casino (800-WIN-2-WIN)
and Casino Magic (800-5-MAGIC-5).
In northern Mississippi
the action is in Robinsonville, which is about thirty
miles south of Memphis and is home to ten casinos.
The largest is Grand Casino Tunica (800-946-4946),
which is also the largest dockside casino in the world.
All casinos are
open twenty-four hours and offer a full variety of
table games and electronic machines. The minimum gambling
age is twenty-one.
on Biloxi call 800-237-9493, and for information on
Robinsonville call 800-541-3823
careful. Each of the drawing players has 1:2 odds
of making a hand, but the odds of their hands winning
are much less. For example, Dan could make his straight
and still lose
when Doug hits a higher straight or a flush. When
you subtract all those chances of hitting and still
losing, the winning odds of the drawing players are
insufficient to bet for value with 2:1 betting odds.