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Buffett Gets His Nevada Gaming License

posted March 22nd, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett made his case before the Nevada Gaming Control Board two weeks ago and today he was back in Las Vegas where the Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved his application:

Buffett and his company needed gaming licenses because of a trademark sublicense agreement with the Flamingo that allows Palm Beach, Fla.-based Margaritaville Holdings to share in gaming revenues from the Margaritaville casino, which opened in October. The company has also operated the Margaritaville restaurant at the Flamingo since 2003.

“When I wrote the song ‘Margaritaville,’ I never envisioned it would be a successful piece of intellectual property,” Buffett told the commission. “It’s a pretty good song. It worked out.”

Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard said Buffett had been investigated just as thoroughly, if not more so, than other gaming license applicants.

“If you make a song about this experience, I hope it’s a positive one,” Gaming Commission member Tony Alamo said with a laugh.

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4,000 Job Seekers Vie for 1,000 Openings at Margaritaville Biloxi

posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:29 am

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by Josh Martin

The Margaritaville Biloxi held its second job fair yesterday, bringing the two-day total of job seekers to 4,000. The casino, scheduled to open the week of May 20, is looking to fill about 1,000 positions.

News 5 has a video report:

Couldn’t make one of the job fairs? You can apply for several positions online here.

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Buffett Answers Questions at Nevada Gaming License Hearing

posted March 7th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Las Vegas Wednesday morning to appear before the Nevada Gaming Control Board. At stake was licensing to share revenue with Caesars Entertainment for his newly opened Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo.

It was an interesting event as Buffett told stories of his Margaritaville brand and answered questions about two drug-related incidents in his past: the Jamaica Mistaica incident and the time French authorities detained him, mistakenly believing he had ecstasy.

Buffett’s business partners and managers also answered questions. Long-time Coral Reefer Michael Utley was questioned as well.

The Las Vegas Review Journal and Vegasinc.com both have good articles on the hearing.

The state Gaming Control Board questioned Buffett for about 15 minutes and approved its recommendation in less than an hour. The matter will be considered for final approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission on March 22.

During the hearing, at which Buffett and his associates told several stories about his successes with the Margaritaville brand. He said he became interested in the restaurant business when his friend, superstar chef Emeril Lagasse, told him that his best nights at his MGM Grand restaurant occurred when Buffett was performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Buffett said he approached MGM about opening a restaurant, but the company went with an Irish pub concept instead. That led Buffett to inquire with Harrah‚s Entertainment, now Caesars Entertainment, and the Margaritaville restaurant was born.

“I occasionally wonder about the guy (at MGM) who made that decision and where he‚s working now,” Buffett said.

The Margaritaville restaurant opened at the Flamingo in 2003 and the casino was added in 2011.

Vegasinc also has a photo gallery with several photos from the hearing.

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Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi to Hold Job Fairs

posted March 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

by Josh Martin

We’ve received many emails from people looking for employment at the Biloxi Margaritaville Casino, and the location is finally starting to hire:

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant Biloxi will hold job fairs the next two Mondays as it prepares to fill 1,000 jobs.

The job fairs are Monday and March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Dock restaurant in Gulfport.

The resort is expected to open the week of May 20.

Cynthia Simms, a casino spokeswoman, says jobs are available in security, marketing, engineering, information technology, casino positions and food and beverage. She says applicants must be at least 21

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Video from Margaritaville Groundbreaking in Louisiana

posted February 29th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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by Josh Martin

Checkout this video report from today’s groundbreaking in Bossier City, LA.

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Buffett Attends Groundbreaking for Casino in Louisiana

posted February 29th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Bossier City, Louisiana this morning to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for his Margaritaville Resort Casino.

Developers of the Margaritaville Resort Casino officially broke ground on their $197 million project today during a special ceremony that included an appearance from Jimmy Buffett.

Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker, city councilmen, Bossier police jurors, representatives of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, as well as other area officials were in attendance.

Construction will begin immediately on the $197 million casino and hotel, which is targeted to open in June 2013. Margaritaville Resort Casino is projected to provide more than 1,200 jobs and more than $12 million in local tax revenue to support jobs for first-responders and educators.

The casino would feature a 30,000-square-foot, single-level gaming floor, the famous “It’s 5’OClock Somewhere” bar, an 18-story hotel with 396 rooms, a 900-seat entertainment venue, spa and fitness center, outdoor pool deck and dining area, and four dining options, including the trademark Margaritaville Restaurant.

View more photos of the groundbreaking here.

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