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Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta parties with Duck Dynasty cast at $100 million casino opening

Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta parties with Duck Dynasty

Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Brad Rhines, VP Marketing for GNBX_ Jim Hoskins, General Manager of GNBX
Brad Rhines, from left, Jim Hoskins, A.J. Ho and Tilman Fertitta Courtesy photo
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Golden Nugget Showgirls
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Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Brad Rhines, VP Marketing GNBX_ Jim Hoskins, General Manager GNBX_ AJ Ho
Brad Rhines, from left, Jim Hoskins, A.J. Ho and Tilman Fertitta Courtesy photo
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi grand opening Tilman Fertitta June 2013
Brad Rhines, from left, Jim Hoskins, A.J. Ho and Tilman Fertitta Courtesy photo
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi gambling Tilman Fertitta June 2013
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Isle Casino Biloxi Tilman Fertitta
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Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Brad Rhines, VP Marketing for GNBX_ Jim Hoskins, General Manager of GNBX
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Golden Nugget Showgirls
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi Tilman Fertitta Brad Rhines, VP Marketing GNBX_ Jim Hoskins, General Manager GNBX_ AJ Ho
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi grand opening Tilman Fertitta June 2013
Isle Casino Hotel Biloxi gambling Tilman Fertitta June 2013
Isle Casino Biloxi Tilman Fertitta

Duck Dynasty cast members, casino customers, Mississippi dignitaries and Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta himself convened at the Golden Nugget in Biloxi last Friday for the unveiling of a brand new look.

Landry's announced the $45 million purchase of the old Isle of Capri Casino Hotel around this time last year, and the first phase of a $100 million transformation were revealed at the weekend's grand opening. 

Improvements include a redesigned casino floor (with 300 new slots machines), renovated guest rooms and suites that provide a "modern resort experience," restaurants like Morton's Steakhouse and Lillie's Asian Cuisine, plus RUSH Lounge & Party Pit, a spot for listening to live music or trying your hand at gambling.  

"Every aspect and amenity at the property will be completely renovated and redesigned to ensure that we can deliver an unforgettable entertainment experience for our guests,"  Fertitta, sole owner of Landry's, said in a statement. 

Next up? A Michael Patrick's Sports Bar & Grill, Essentials Retail, renovation of the grand ballroom and meeting rooms, plus a new VIP lounge and registration area with private elevator access to rooms and suites. Phase two is expected to be complete by Labor Day weekend, with phase three — which includes new retail shops and a new buffet — slated to be finished by the end of 2013.

Final touches include a new 35,000-square-foot casino, a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and an H20 Resort Pool with all-season hot tubs and fire pits.

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