Caesars to pull out of Tunica Roadhouse
Caesars Entertainment is giving up on the Tunica Roadhouse Casino in Mississippi. It has announced that it will cease gaming operations at the hotel casino, which has not been able to remain competitive in the growing market in the area. The casino will officially turn off its light on February 1 next year.
According to a statement by Scott Barber, Caesars Entertainment Mid-South regional president, After exploring every other viable alternative, we have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion to cease gaming operations at Tunica Roadhouse 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."
Tunica Roadhouse is a 31,000-square-foot casino that once boasted of 36 table games and over 1,300 slot machines. As of this past October, however, it only had 17 tables and 689 machines, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Competition in the state has been tough and there are now 28 riverboat casinos in operation with seven in Tunica after Caesars departs.
The property was once the Sheraton Casino and Hotel Tunica and was purchased by Caesars in 2004. Although the casino will cease to exist - unless it finds a suitor - the hotel room will remain open. Caesars previously operated Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino, but shut it down in 2014. Its other Mississippi properties, the Gulf Coast hotel and Casino in Biloxi and the Horseshoe in Tunica, won't be affected.