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05/25/05

Millionaire's Casino Leaving Savannah for Good

So long Millionaire's Casino, hello Texas Star. The troubled casino cruise boat is undergoing a facelift and getting a new name. But there is big news tonight concerning its future in Savannah.

Right now it's in the middle of the ocean undergoing test runs. But management says the Texas Star won't be coming back to Savannah. Their game here is over.

"The corporate office of Millionaire's Casino has decided to discontinue operations from Savannah, Georgia," the casino's Mona Hill read from a statement.

It's official. After more than a year and a half of false starts and faulty mechanics--and one maiden voyage they'd like to forget--general manager Jackie Jackson says the Millionaire's Casino has set sail for good.

"The vessel's in good shape," he said. "We just felt Savannah, Georgia, was not the right place for us right now."

Jackson won't say the casino boat was run out of town, but his bosses claimed in a statement that the City of Savannah didn't make life easy for the gambling cruise liner, asking for dock fees, contracts, and head taxes plus random drug searches and complete crew deportations.

"All because of local influential personalities," according to Hill.

A few weeks ago, casino boat competition arrived in Savannah. Diamond Lady spokesman Al Shuman predicted doom and gloom for the Millionaire's Casino. "Out of business," he said. "They are bankrupt."

"We are not bankrupt," said Jackson. "We will leave Savannah with our heads held high."

And as a betting man, he's not so sure the odds will be any better for the new casino boat in town. "We wish them all the luck," he said. 

Jackson won't say where the new Texas Star casino boat will go next.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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