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Third casino in Mississippi's Tunica County to close Caesars closed the massive Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino in when it was in.


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Citing decreasing business, Harrah's Casino Tunica and its related amenities closed in June , and the casino was demolished. FEMA declared the area an urban renewal zone due to Mississippi River flooding in


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An abandoned Harrah's complex in Tunica, Miss. (Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times). With a steep drop in tax revenue from North Mississippi.


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The once-glittering Harrah's complex stands abandoned in Tunica. allowed dockside casino gambling in counties along the Mississippi River.


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Most shifts run from the late afternoon to the early hours of the morning -- a tough gig for parents, particularly those without cars or an adequate salary to pay for baby-sitting. Along the four-lane highway next to the abandoned complex, a Valero gas station and Sonic Drive-In also are shuttered. Many in this predominantly black county of just 10, residents, about 30 miles southwest of Memphis, worry they are moving backward. He shrugged when asked what he would do next. In November, voters in neighboring Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos, including one 35 miles from Tunica in West Memphis. Meanwhile, officials in Memphis are discussing legalizing sports betting on Beale Street. But the year-old bartender is increasingly hedging his bets on the future. Tunica casinos now employ about 4, workers, less than a third than of what they did at their peak. Jesse Jackson dubbed the county "America's Ethiopia" after touring Sugar Ditch Alley, a block of downtown Tunica, the county seat, where residents dumped raw sewage into a ditch that flowed alongside their run-down wooden shacks. More than half its residents lived below the poverty line. While there are some signs that the economy has diversified -- in the past decade, a pair of German companies have opened new plants manufacturing stainless steel pipes and crankshafts, creating more than jobs -- residents worry that more casinos may go out of business as the market becomes more competitive. In a whir of giddy beeps and chimes, just a smattering of players tap buttons and pull levers on penny slots and video poker machines. A few miles east, weeds sprout across the sprawling 2,acre Harrah's complex that once housed an enormous casino, convention center, three hotels, an hole golf course and an RV park. Print Headline: After boom, chips down in casino-betting Tunica. Inside the Roadhouse, a Western saloon-themed casino improbably positioned within a faux Bavarian castle with a moat, the blackjack and poker tables are dim and without dealers. He huddled in the fire station's TV room as officials held a meeting about the future of the department. In its heyday, Tunica was one of the nation's biggest gambling meccas, ranking third after Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But casino revenue in the area has plummeted in the past decade as major casino markets have exploded in dozens of cities from Chicago to New Orleans. At the end of the month, the casino will shut down and Hall is unsure whether he will find a secure job at one of the seven surviving casinos. Young hopes to work with casinos and county officials to set up a hour day care and transport system that can span the rural area to ferry workers without cars. And across Tunica, there are signs of decline.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Even with the decline, the region's boosters exude optimism, saying new roads and infrastructure, and its proximity to Memphis, make the county well-positioned for growth. Nearly five years ago, Hall lost his job when the county's largest gambling complex, Harrah's, closed as the result of a glut in the market. In , the Rev. Still, most everyone agrees there are still more opportunities than before the casinos arrived, when there were no paved roads, limited water and sewage lines, and few jobs outside agriculture. Most nights the kitchen behind the bar is closed. An outlet mall that once housed national chains, from Nautica to Old Navy, now offers a flea market, a pawnshop and a string of discount stores with penny-pinching names such as "Super Bargain" and "Cheap Charlie's. After a two-hour private meeting, no decision was reached. Firefighters worry county officials may switch to a volunteer system or cut the number of full-time firefighters by half. Before glitzy casino palaces were built along the Mississippi River in the early s -- state legislators hoping to revive the ailing economy passed a law in that allowed dockside casino gambling in counties along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast -- Tunica was the most impoverished county in the nation. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Lavish monuments to gambling -- a gleaming high-rise tower, an Irish medieval castle, an art deco movie house -- rose up in the cotton and rice fields, flooding the impoverished Mississippi Delta county with tourists, money and jobs. At the Hollywood Cafe, a blues club that used to pack in tourists and locals with catfish, hush puppies and fried dill pickles, servers are feeling the pinch.