The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reported 55,349 people visited Bok Homa Casino in its first month of opening, reported Laurel Leader-Call. "During its first month of operation, Bok Homa Casino equaled or exceeded our expectations," spokesperson Warren Strain told Laurel Leader-Call.
Strain notes the ups and downs of new casinos. Initially, casinos experience a significant surge in customers, then business levels off. “There will be peak periods and slow periods,” said Strain to Laurel Leader-Call. “Overall, we are still exceedingly pleased with the way everything has gone at Bok Homa and look forward to a very bright future in the Jones County community.”
The Sandersville-based gaming hall offers 768 slot machines, electronic blackjack, electronic roulette and video poker machines, and stays open around-the-clock with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week gaming.
The only downside to business thus far: “From the grand opening on Dec. 20 to Jan. 19, roughly a 30 day period, we have had 102 arrests and citations,” said Sandersville Police Chief Tony Hosey to Laurel Leader-Call. “I broke that down and discovered that 40 of those were either for no drivers license, suspended drivers license or DUI’s."
“These are not frivolous tickets. They are major traffic violations," Hosey said.
Still, the police chief is relieved to report no armed robbery, burglary or related criminal activity.
“Despite what some have predicted, the John Dillingers and Baby Face Nelsons have not arrived with the casino,” Hosey told Laurel Leader-Call.