03 March 2006

Casinos In Tunica

The picture is taken inside the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi., where I spent the day as part of my R&R before heading across to Atlanta. The picture itself doesn't say very much does it? Well, this is where I have a fascinating story to tell but before I go any further, here's a bit of background history in order for you to understand this picture later.

Tunica itself has, since history, been a place of chronic depression. The place is in perpetual poverty. That was until 1992 when they started to build casinos and bringing in the tourist dollar. Tunica today is no longer in debt and deal all of its projects in cash. A big turn around of fortunes for this place of humble beginnings.

As they were building the casinos, they hit a snag. Mississippi State Law specifies that casinos are not allowed to be operated on land. As a result, you see these casinos building themselves over slips cut into the banks of the Mississippi River. What that means is that part of the casino is on land while the other part of it is over water.

Naturally, the game floor areas would be the one hovering above water while the restaurants, hotels and other entertainments are on land.

Now back to the picture. You see the big black strip that runs across the room? The is the line dividing land and water. In this particular picture, the gaming area is on the left of the strip (you can see some slot machines in the background) while the non-gaming area is on the other side. In other words, left side of the strip is above water and right side of the strip is on land.

When my friend told me about this, my immediate reaction was....

"Wah! Like that also can har?"

I learnt a very valuable lesson from there.

When it comes to surviving, there will always be a way out of it. Don't give up on life!

I hope this new found wisdom would be applicable to me some time in the future as well as everyone else. Cheers.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Thursday, 2 March 2006 2:15 pm
wow! they are quite ingenius to think of something like this. Good way of getting around the l@w.

2. mht left...
Thursday, 2 March 2006 3:08 pm
this is a case of 规矩/法律是死的,人是活的!(rules/law is dead, human is alive!)
but i think in s1ngapore, the gahmen will just amend the law in parliament to make sure casino can be built.(this is exactly what they are currently doing / have done.)

3. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 2 March 2006 3:54 pm :: 
Anna: Well, if you think about it that it was man who first created the law and as such, he has the power to undo it as well.

mht: Couldn't agree more. Shifting the goal post is what they do best. :P

4. kim left...
Thursday, 2 March 2006 4:22 pm
Hahaha.. Win liao. But why the rule of casinos on water?

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 12:52 am :: 
kIm: This concept very much work like our Casino Cruise to nowhere. Probably skirting around a technicality where the law states that no casino may be built.
However, in this case, since the casino was over water, they exploited the loophole and classified it as a boat.

6. winter left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 1:38 am
i agree with u esp about the having a way out. that's exactly how i feel too.
it's only how we get out of it. tats the catch :)

7. SB left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 2:05 am
Just a question: Do you think I'm "Sick In The Mind" and a fucking lousy person to boot? Your true and unvarnished opinion, please.

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 2:24 am ::
winter: I supposed when one is down in the dumps, the process of trying to figure the way out would be the bitch.

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 2:36 pm :: 
SB: Frankly, I don't know, given the fact that I have no info on you other than the fact that you comment on my blog.
What I do know, is that I sense a bit of unhappiness in you but then again, it is only secondary to why you are unhappy.
Sorry, can't provide more insight.

10. SB left...
Friday, 3 March 2006 4:22 pm
Hey, you're right(in a way). Why should I care about what others think of me? As long as I know myself best, and that I know that I'm not the person that others think I am, I should be ok. Why should I let their opinions of me cloud my own belief of who I am?

11. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 4 March 2006 6:01 am :: 
SB: Like they say, different strokes for different folks.

12. Zhe Bin left...
Saturday, 4 March 2006 2:10 pm
This is interesting lor. Human brain is power!

13. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 4 March 2006 2:50 pm :: 
Zhe Bin: 所谓: 人急生计, 狗急跳墙.

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