Formerly known as the Copa Casino, Island View Casino is situated in Gulfport Mississippi. The resort has 970 rooms, and an 80 000 square foot casino floor among other attractions. It has been renovated a number of times since its opening in 2006, and has gone through a few incarnations. The original casino, the Copa Casino was located on a docked cruise ship at the Mississippi State Docks just off Highway 90. When Hurricane Katrina hit, the Copa Casino and many of its water borne neighbours were destroyed, including the next-door Grand Casino Gulfport.
After the disaster, the Grand Casino’s owners Harrah’s Entertainment decided not to re build, and sold the site to the owners of the Copa. Soon after this Mississippi legislature changed and allowed casinos to be built on dry land. This allowed the owners of the Copa to use their new piece of property to house a temporary casino for phase 1 of their development of both sites. Three phases of development have commenced since then, each one adding new amenities and larger attractions. The final phase, phase three was completed in April 2015 with a Beach Tower Hotel Complex which has brought the number of rooms to 970. The Beach Tower is located south of US Route 90 on the site of the former Grand Casino Gulfport.
Hotel Experience at the Island View Casino
There are now two separate hotels at the Island View Casino complex, the first is the Casino Tower and the second is the newer Beach Tower. All the rooms and suites at both of the hotels offer high quality linen, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV’s. The casino tower has its own Tropical Pool and Cabana area that is not open year round unfortunately. The pool area has its own poolside service that serves both drinks and food. The Beach Tower has direct beach access, making the Island View Casino the only Gulfport Casino with beach access. It also boasts waterfront rooms and suites as well as a beach side salt water pool.
Playing at Island View Casino
The casino at Island View Casino is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Spread over 83 000 square feet, it offers a wide range of table games as well as nearly 2000 slots and video poker machines. The slots will suit all tastes with wagers ranging from 1 cent all the way up to high roller status. There are 45 table games, including the old favourites like Blackjack and online roulette, and slightly less well known ones like Pai Gow.
A How to Play guide is available on their website, and all dealers and croupiers are happy to help should a player be unsure. A private High Limits Room is discreet and offers extra luxury such as wider aisles, complimentary food and drink and extra experienced dealers. The High Limits room has four Blackjack games and 34 slot machines with denominations going up to $100.
The Island View Casino has a number of attractions including different restaurants and bars. The beach restaurants are seasonal, but there is always a number of eateries open throughout the year. Bars and lounges all offer a different experience, some with live acts and all with various drinks specials throughout the year. The View showroom hosts bands and other live acts year round. Island View Casino also has its own championship golf course, that was named One of America’s best golf courses for the fourth year in a row by Golfweek magazine.