Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg


Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)

The Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg in Vicksburg, Mississippi is a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) casino with an 89-room hotel. It is owned and operated by Eldorado Resorts.

History

The project was initiated by the Rainbow Casino Corporation (RCC), made up of John A. Barrett and Leigh Seippel. Hospitality Franchise Systems agreed to provide $7.5 million in financing, and to franchise a hotel at the property under its Days Inn brand. Six Flags agreed to build a 10-acre theme park named Pennants. United Gaming (later known as Alliance Gaming, and then Bally Technologies) signed on to manage the casino.

The Rainbow Casino opened on July 12, 1994, with 574 slot machines and 28 table games. United Gaming took a 45 percent ownership stake on the day it opened. It took a controlling stake the following year, after RCC failed to finance elements of the casino that it was responsible for.

The hotel, owned by AmeriHost, opened in May 1995, and the company called it “the most upscale Days Inn anywhere”. It was rebranded as an AmeriHost Inn by 2000, and in 2002 it was sold to AmeriHost’s former chairman, Michael P. Holtz.

The theme park, renamed as Funtricity Entertainment Park, also opened in May 1995. Six Flags designed it as the flagship in a new chain of entertainment centers, targeted at markets too small to support a full-size park; within two years, though, the concept was reportedly put on hold. The park closed in 1998, and Alliance bought the site for $500,000 and adapted its main building for use as a concert venue.

A casino expansion was completed in 1999, increasing the number of slot machines from 725 to over 1,000.

In 1999, United Gaming put the property, along with its other casino in Nevada, on the market, to help pay down corporate debts, but no satisfactory offers were received.

Bally put the Rainbow back on the market in 2006. In 2010, a sale was finally made to Isle of Capri Casinos for $80 million. Isle of Capri rebranded the property under its Lady Luck name in November 2012.

In March 2018, Eldorado Resorts (which had acquired Isle of Capri Casinos in 2017) agreed to sell the property to Churchill Downs Inc., owner of the neighboring Riverwalk Casino, for $51 million. The sale was canceled, however, as a result of inquiries from antitrust regulators.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org

  • Comments Off on Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg

Comments are closed.