Casinos In Louisiana? Wanna Bet?

Your casino-gambling article ("Will too many players spoil the game?," Entertainment, Oct. 18) contains a glaring error, and I'd like to set the record straight. There are not 9 floating casinos in Mississippi, there are 11 (7 on the Mississippi gulf coast in Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis, and 4 on the Mississippi River in Natchez, Vicksburg, and Tunica.) There are not 15 in Louisiana but zero--that is to say, none. I didn't want any of your readers to be lost in Louisiana looking for nonexistent casinos when they could come directly to Mississippi--where the action is.

Also, I don't believe Promus Corp.'s cancellation in Biloxi had to do with an overcrowded market but rather with site difficulties. Promus' $40 million investment in hotel facilities, plus a floating casino in Vicksburg, Miss., should begin operation in about two months.

Governor Kirk Fordice

Jackson, Miss.

Editor's note: Governor Fordice is correct. Louisiana has granted 15 licenses for floating casinos, but none is in operation.

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