Biloxi attorney Michael Cavanaugh confirmed the transaction for the land, located in Misssissippi, was closed last Friday.
US.- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians bought the former Royal D’Iberville casino land located immediately to the west of Interstate 110 in D’Iberville. There are four approved casino sites in D’Iberville, the Scarlet Pearl and the Royal D’Iberville’s sites, another site adjacent to Royal D’Iberville and a fourth one located in Oyster Bay, on the eastern boundary of D’Iberville.
The Poarch Creek Indian Gaming Authority said in a statement.”PCI Gaming Authority monitors events throughout the Southeast that represent opportunities for our investment consideration. This particular property was brought to our attention and after evaluation we felt it represented an excellent investment opportunity that, regardless whether we pursue development now, in the future or never, that land will hold its value. We continue to evaluate development opportunities and the Mississippi Gulf Coast gaming market is one we may seek to enter at some future time.”
The PCI Gaming Authority would have to pay casino taxes like any other commercial casino in Mississippi. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, made that clear to any Native American casino operator in the state that builds off the reservation: “We won’t treat them any differently than any other applicant. We have a very strong gaming market on the Gulf Coast right now.”
The tribe already operates three Alabama casinos, the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Creek Casino Wetumpka and Creek Casino Montgomery along with poker games and race tracks in Gretna, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.