The rule is being implemented in the hopes that the new requirements will force new casinos to draw in new customers rather than stealing existing visitors from other Mississippi casinos.

“With the competition and density of casinos in nearby drive-in markets, we no longer can just add a casino and expect visitorship to increase,” Gaming Commission Chairman John Hairston said.

The new rule will require new casinos to have at least 300 hotel rooms,  casino floor that is 40,000-square-feet or more, 500 parking spaces, a restaurant that can seat at least 200 people and a fine-dining restaurant that can seat 75 people. Casinos that have already been approved have until Dec. 31 to build under the old rules.

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