I told my friends I was going to Biloxi for the weekend and they said, "What for?" Before the "Big Awakening," Biloxi and sister city Gulfport were sleepy Mississippi Gulf Coast towns, known for their Gulf shrimp and air force base. But in just a few short years, the area has become the country's hottest casino destination. And the transformation is just beginning. Between 1992 and 1996, more than 12 casinos opened, attracting the attention of Las Vegas casino developers. For instance, the ...

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