“We’re anxious to open our doors for our customers and to get our employees back to work. Our initial priority was the safety of our employees and guests. Once secure, our focus turned to mitigation efforts and asset protection. Now comes the exciting part, where we get to bring our incredible employees back to reopen the property and re-ignite tourism to the region.” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and COO of MGM Resorts International Regional Operations.

The Mississippi River reached its crest on May 10, 2011 at 47.8 feet, the second highest reading on record, surpassed only by the 48.7-foot crest in February 1937.  Thanks to an effective emergency management plan and due to the deployment of the latest technology and dedication of its 1,400 team members; 150 employees from its Biloxi sister property Beau Rivage, the Gold Strike Casino successfully prevented Mississippi River water from entering the resort and the recently-renovated facility remains safe.

In addition to employing more than 1,400 team members, the reopening of the Gold Strike will have an immediate, positive impact on the local economy while simultaneously fueling Mississippi tourism – the second largest industry in the state.

Gold Strike Casino Resort is located 20 minutes south of Memphis in Tunica, Miss. The property recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation and remodeling project that included the renovation of all of Gold Strike‘s deluxe rooms and suites, hotel lobby, casino, 30,000-square-foot conference and convention center, Atrium Cafe, Courtyard Buffet and high-limit gaming area. The resort also features the award-winning Chicago Steakhouse, a refreshing spa and salon, an 800-seat showroom and 50,000 square feet of gaming space with 53 table games and more than 1,200 slot machines.

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