Isle Casino opening draws an eager crowd
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - From one cent slots to roulette, it's the thrill of winning that entices Jami Carter.
"Well, I brought $20 with me. I figured when it's gone, I'll go home," she said.
Not only is this her first time stepping foot in a casino, but she has the distinction of being the casino's first player. "I don't have anything else planned for the day," she said with a smile.
Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger is banking on its success. He said county and city tax revenues could reach $4 million the first year. The casino allows smoking on the gaming floor and Rediger expects that will attract a large crowd. He also anticipates the casino will draw in people from at least five surrounding states.
"I'm sure our citizens and our visitors will enjoy it for years to come," the mayor said.
"That's why we're here, to win some money," shouted Belinda Kenedy
Kennedy and her boyfriend plan to drop $250 during their visit. "We wanted to come out to check it out just to see how people actually showed up because i knew it was going to be a big thing for Cape Girardeau. It's big," she said.
So, whether you prefer Black Jack or the money wheel, the 41,000 square foot gaming floor has all the bells and whistles an amateur and professional can enjoy.