GULFPORT – Guests at Island View Casino Resort will be playing their cards right at high noon on Thursday, May 1, with the opening of the Gulfport, Miss. casino’s poker room. The nine-table room, located next to Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, is the newest player amenity to be added to the 80,000-square-foot casino.
Island View’s poker room, which will be managed by William Vineyard, a 15-year veteran of the gaming industry, will feature many of the most popular poker games, such as Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha. The smoke-free room will also offer table-side food service, tournaments, multiple levels of play and limits, free poker lessons and frequent promotions, including $60 in chips for a $40 buy-in for the first 100 players on opening day.
“We opened Island View a year and a half ago with the intention of creating a casino resort that always provides the amenities and games our players want. Island View guests told us they wanted a poker room, and we listened, by expanding our offerings beyond our 47 table games and approximately 2,000 slots to include this new poker room,” said Lindsey Inman, CEO of Island View Casino Resort.
The opening of Island View’s poker room represents the return of poker to Gulfport since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast more than two and a half years. The room will be opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Island View Casino Resort opened on Sept. 18, 2006 as the only casino in Gulfport, Miss. The land-based casino, located on 40 acres of waterfront property, currently offers an 80,000-plus-square-foot casino with approximately 2,000 slots and 47 table games. The 520,000-square-foot resort also features a 562-room hotel, an Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, a 400-seat buffet, a 24-hour restaurant called C&G Grille and the View Bar – an entertainment lounge. Island View Casino Resort is privately held by Rick Carter and Terry Green, two Gulfport natives and longtime casino executives committed to the post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.