Demolition begins at Harrah's Casino in Tunica

Harrah's Casino demolition begins

TUNICA, MS (WMC) - Harrah's Casino in Tunica shut its doors in 2014, and now it's being demolished.

High rollers in Tunica, Mississippi have one less casino to choose from.

Many casino goers travel into Tunica County to visit the casinos.

It was once a booming business. Now, it's on the decline, with Harrah's demolition being hard evidence of the decline.

"If things were getting better, there would be a reason to keep that building there," James Reed said.

Reed said he isn't sure if Tunica County will recover from the economic blow of losing a large business and employer like Harrah's.

The casino's closing eliminated 1,000 jobs.

Now, gamblers must drive past overgrown grass and more than 2,000 acres of vacant land as they travel from Memphis to the remaining casinos in Tunica.

But some gamblers said losing Harrah's is not the end of the world.

"I think regardless, if people are going to go to one casino, they will find one no matter how many there are," Luke Pool said.

Pool said he thinks the other casinos are busier now that there's less competition.

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