Copa Casino

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Copa Casino
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Location Gulfport, Mississippi
Address 7 Copa Casino Blvd.
Closing date 2005; 12 years ago (2005)

The Copa Casino was a casino located in Gulfport, Mississippi (USA). Prior to its destruction in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, it operated a small casino that catered to local residents. The casino was originally housed in a former cruise ship, the Pride of Galveston, then later on a barge built to resemble an on-shore building, but which still floated on water to comply with Mississippi dockside gaming laws. The facility was located in a berth of the Mississippi State Docks.

History[edit]

As the only casino in Gulfport or Biloxi to not have an attached hotel, the Copa catered to a locals market, featuring low-minimum table games and relatively high paybacks on slot machines and video poker.

The storm surge from Katrina swept the barge onto the parking lot of the neighboring Grand Casino Gulfport, with the barge coming to rest against the Grand's parking deck.

In December 2005, Harrah's Entertainment announced a deal to sell the former Grand site and remaining assets to the owners of the Copa. The Copa owners are using the new site for the new Island View Casino, which has opened a temporary land-based facility (now allowed after regulations were relaxed after Katrina) in the Grand's former hotel on the north side of Beach Boulevard. The new Phase I facility features the company's first hotel.