We are now getting our first look inside the
newly refurbished Big Easy Casino, formally
The Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach
after it was damaged during Hurricane Irma.
That damage was so extensive, the casino has
been closed, until now.
Local 10’s Neki Mohan live with more. Hey Neki.
Janine, they really thought after Hurricane
Irma that this place was awash they said they
were able to get it back open, they are not
ready for the grand opening just yet but they sent
out some emails to some loyal customers that
came back and they said they’re just grateful
to be back in business.
We’re not Mardi Gras anymore, we’re The Big
Getting to this point has not been easy for
the former Mardi Gras Casino.
It is back open with new slot machines and
an updated look that loyal players seem to like.
It looks beautiful. It looks real nice.
More space, more light.
It looks real nice.
This is what it looked like after hurricane
Irma last year.
A complete wash out.
Damage so bad they’re only able to reopen the
first two floors.
Irma destroyed this building.
At 240,000 sq foot building, took the whole
roof off, all four floors were destroyed.
We really didn’t know if we could save it.
Employees worked round the clock to clean
The casino was bought last month by the owner
of the Fontainebleau Hotel.
They’re hoping the new investment brings new
life to the Hallandale staple.
It is a beautiful casino now.
I like it.
This is my second home.
The new Big Easy Casino is open for business.
The remodeling far from over.
Still, owners say it is a good start.
We were completely destroyed by hurricane
Irma, so, I thought the place would never reopen again.
And they say they are fully functioning.
They have poker, they have slots, and they
also still have off track betting here and
of course, dog racing but they say on the
November ballot folks will get to vote on
whether or not they can keep dog racing here.
They say they plan to build this into a much
bigger facility and they’re hoping that the
voters will agree with them on that, on the
ballot in November.
Live in Hallandale, Neki Mohan.
Local 10 News.