Some Casinos Set to Reopen

Three of Mississippi's battered Gulf Coast casinos are expected to reopen by the end of the year.

The Imperial Palace, the Isle of Capri and the Palace Casino have all announced reopening dates in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm, which struck August 29, damaged or destroyed most of the 12 coast casinos and a 13th that was about to open.

The Imperial Palace is currently advertising its new look and new offerings with the image of a wrapped and ribboned present. The casino reopens on December 20.

The Imperial's reopening will be followed by the Isle of Capri on December 26 and the Palace Casino's reopening on December 30.

The Isle of Capri is putting its casino inside its new hotel tower, while the Palace's initial operation will be smaller than it was before Hurricane Katrina.

The Imperial Palace Casino will increase its slot machines from 1,400 to 1,900, its table games from 36 to 52 and will add a 16-table poker room. It will also have a new buffet, steak and seafood restaurant, and renovated guest rooms.